actually i haven't seen any chinese, they are mentioned but it's mainly blacks getting the short end of the stick... they're always like "hey, you think this is bad, you should see the other railroad where the chinamen are working"
but yeah it's like one work gang of irish (conditions are super shit to begin with), and another of blacks who have an even worse lot in the company... blacks aren't allowed to go to the brothel or the bar, they aren't happy; they don't just twiddle their thumbs, need i say more.
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<-grew up in the south.. have had my fill of "white guilt." Pretty much tired of anything BAW about african american history. I know it was shit sux just saying, growing up here you are fed a constant guilt narrative. My family wasn't here for that and my grandmother was a Yankee . If it is really good and not preachy I'll watch it but if it is one of those preachy guilt films I will rage.
i didn't really feel like there was much of a guilt theme; two guys who team up along the course of the story are a yankee and a freed slave but it's more as a story element than something they beat you over the head with... after all, the caste system in the railroad seems to be whites-> blacks-> prostitutes-> indians so it's not like they're the worst off
your perspective due to background may differ but i figure it's worth trying an episode in any case
I can recommend these two movies: http://www.pnop.com/Detachment http://www.pnop.com/Happiness They are both kind of sad/harsh (second one is especially heavy, due to topics and... trying to be realistic about them). But both are good. no action. Both movies are contemporary and concentrate about problems in society, very roughtly speaking. they both concentrate a lot of problems into a few minutes.
watched "the descendents" with my gf last week, it was pretty decent... not really my cup of tea but good acting and the plot kept me engaged. george clooney is hit or miss for me but i enjoyed him in this one.
i have a problem reading reviews in a style like this without a grain of salt; many of his arguments are cyclical and seem to revolve back to the point that he feels the movie is overrated, rather than attempting to take in the movie without prejudice... like my friend that thought "drive" was shit because it didn't have enough driving in it.
my other issue with the review is that when you sit down to watch a movie, there really is a requirement to suspend belief regardless of whether the movie is "realistic" or not; when it comes down to it a film is NOT reality regardless of how familiar it may feel to you; in short i feel like using psychology to analyse the interactions of movie characters is an exercise in futility for the most part because you only ever see some of how they act, presented to you in a nicely packaged and time-edited format.
what makes me tired about (these movies) is the audience pretending to believe (they) represent reality.
this really sums up the general feel of the blog and comments: this review is more a review of movie audiences and the general publics' perception of films and what makes them good rather than about the film itself, which, accompanied by three tall-cans and my girlfriend, actually went down fairly smoothly. would i give it 89% or whatever it was on RT? no. i would probably give it about 65%, because it didn't really connect for me, but at the same time, i only watched it once and didn't attempt to give it undue analysis. hollywood films are not designed for subtlety; you watch them, then you're done. if i want something with meat, i'll watch something from a film festival and have better luck.
effective: although it didn't take me as long to read that blog as it did to watch the movie itself, i feel in terms of the actual effort:time:quality ratio spent, reading the link was more of a waste.
my advice: read less blogs, watch more movies: you should be ashamed of yourself to be watching harry brown in 2012 after i highly recommended it... in this thread... in 2010.
john carter : watchable, not fantastic, but there was enjoyment there. amazing how much money they lost on it, because overall it wasn't a bad product the return : the torrent i got was of a 2006 movie with sarah michelle gellar. for some reason i decided not to turn it off and wasted two hours of my life. still on my list though to watch the actual one though.
http://youtu.be/-IhXHQ7cM98 this was the best thing i saw in the last few weeks "a very british gangster" documentary... i'll assume it's public domain since it's up on youtube (my apologies if i'm sharing illegally)
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