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Re: “Sound Advice: Saturday - Return of the Spiders, The Alice Cooper Tribute Band

...dead babies can't take things off the shelf ...

Posted by thecatsmeow on 10/27/2013 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Why Memphians Should Hate the Tennessee Titans, Part I

Lol " I hate a team because their owner". Sounds like something my child would say. Don't take offense to Nashville titans, they are the Nashville titans. And Memphis titans. And Knoxville titans, its Tennessee so it covers all of em. so I wanna lol the guy who wrote this. Can't seem to grow up and get over himself.

Posted by Daniel Baker on 10/27/2013 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Midtown Music/Sadhana Studios Open for Business

Open Nov.1st! Offering lessons for saxophone,ukelele,guitar,bass,drums and whatever you can think of we will find someone to teach you!

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Posted by Daniel Mckee on 10/24/2013 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Troubled Waters

@Addison E

I think this review cuts the "kinda racist" cheese, then points its finger at the director of the film.

Posted by GWCarver on 10/19/2013 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Troubled Waters

I have no desire to see this film, mostly because the trailer I saw in the movie theater led me to believe it would portray the pirates sympathetically. But I am glad to know it presented them as bad people, whether black or otherwise. I know it wasn't your intent to assure me of it, but thanks anyway. Still don't want to see it, though.

Posted by Brunetto Latini on 10/18/2013 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Troubled Waters

Shocked...SHOCKED this is even a published review. A movie based on true events, with parts played by Somalis WHO LIVED IN THE REGION prior to escaping to Minnesota, and it's not accurate? Addison should be ashamed for not considering to read an actual account of the event. I worked on the film and spoke with the Somali men between takes. They couldn't have been happier to be a part of it. Barkhad Abdi's portrayal of Muse was phenomenal!

Posted by StuckIn1950 on 10/18/2013 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Troubled Waters

First, thanks to all the intelligent comments. I'll try to respond to each person:

@GroveReb84: I think it's okay to imagine the lives of dead people; it's one of the things art and artists try to do all the time. But more to the point, I don't know how I would have done things differently. I appreciated the one scene in Somalia that gives the pirates some backstory, but that scene fades as the movie goes on. So one question I kept asking myself is whether that one scene was enough to justify the way the characters ended up looking and acting by the end of the movie. I tried to express these reservations but it looks like I wasn't all that successful.

Here's Armond White, a film critic who's far more certain about what he saw. He drives people nuts, but he's provocative and worth checking out: http://cityarts.info/2013/10/11/shaky-cam-…

@GWCarver: Sorry you disliked it, but I like to think I'll have something even dumber to say about something released in the future.

@Concerned Filmgoer: My only assumption about Memphians is that they like to read interesting film writing, so I try to deliver it. I don't suppose any expertise on Somalia, either. Again, I was more interested in the pirates' portrayal as people on screen, and it seemed to resemble many other simplistic portrayals of Black people in the movies. That bothered me enough to point it out.

@Chaser: Reservations and discomfort about the pirates' portrayal aside, ene thing I'm sure of is that other directors would have been better--like the Dardennes, if they ever got the job. Or Charles Burnett. That was partly why I tried to explain the cursory characterization as part of a larger Greengrass strategy.
Here's my favorite review of the film, which is critical but has room to point out and celebrate Hanks' extraordinary final scenes: http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/c…
I like where Osenlund finally landed as well.
I remember writing for Grantland; that was fun. But thank you for pointing me in Wesley Morris' direction. He's good, but I wish he had the space to cover some of the more out-of-the-way stuff he used to do for the Boston Globe.

Again, very cool to hear from you all.

Posted by Addison E. on 10/18/2013 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Troubled Waters

@chaser,

That's what I was asking essentially.

Life in Somalia ain't so grand. Now, pirating is not a good thing, but I do think I can understand how it gets to that point for some of these people. They're poor and desperate. We're talking about really poor too, not "waiting on my food stamps and welfare check" poor. The poor in America have it great compared to these people. There is no safety net for most of them to make them reasonably comfortable in their poverty, and I would bet that some of them ARE angry. I didn't see any descriptions in this review to suggest anything I wouldn't expect from someone in that region that is drawn into pirating.

That's why I asked what the author expected for the portrayal of the pirates.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 10/18/2013 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Troubled Waters

This reads like a parody of a bad review. Part of the film's greatness is the way it handles the very thing this review is bashing. We get to spend time in Africa before they board the ship. Those scenes inform motivation and provide context for this form of piracy.

The pirates are excellently layered and you completely understand their motivations. Compared to the way other director's would've handled this issue, this film is a triumph.

Check around the Internet and you'll find some great reviews that articulate this point better than I can. I recall Grantland having a good one.

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Posted by chaser on 10/18/2013 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Troubled Waters

I have to wonder what does the reviewer consider to be stereotypes for Somalia and the piracy and warlords that dominate that particular geographic region. "Bad black boys... Sambo?" Really? I would like to know the film reviewers expertise and knowledge level of world affairs and socioeconomic situation in a country on the other side of the globe, and how they have empowered themselves to speak so authoritatively, while simultaneously derisively, about this film. I wonder if it is the reviewer projecting their stereotypes upon Memphians instead...

Addison, different country, different culture, different political situation, different world view ---- not the same as in our country. Huge assumption on your part.

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Posted by Concerned Filmgoer on 10/18/2013 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Troubled Waters

Dumbest review since a previous reviewer decided the theme of "The Hunger Games" was "Don't trust Whitey."

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Posted by GWCarver on 10/17/2013 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Troubled Waters

Haven't seen it yet, but I'm curious what character traits you would've done differently for the pirates.

I say that because it's impossible to know what these characters were like, since they're dead. About all we know is how bad it is in Somalia, and then you have to make inferences about the types of personalities that would get into pirating in that region.

So again, just curious how you would do it different, so when I do see it, I can think how it might have been different your way.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 10/17/2013 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Why Memphians Should Hate the Tennessee Titans, Part I

I know this article is old but I find some of it ridiculous. The truth is Nashville was willing to build a new stadium and we were not. The Liberty Bowl is a horrible stadium that not only is not NFL caliber, but it isn't even a decent college stadium. I really think part of it too has to do with this city's obsession with the SEC. The SEC has overlooked Memphis for many years yet you don't hear people talk about that. Listen to a local sports show and it is going to be 90 percent SEC talk and very limited Tiger talk when it comes to football. Personally I prefer the pro game and it is fun at a Titans game. We should all try and embrace the Titans throughout the state, just like the Grizzlies should do more in Nashville to make themselves the state's team. Love the Titans.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Quinn on 10/17/2013 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Session Notes: Kilzer's Killer Band

I'd Pay to hear these guys!

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Posted by wharbin on 10/10/2013 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Heaven and Hell

The Act of Killing is very much worth seeing. It does a great service by highlighting the impunity that persists in Indonesia for the crimes depicted in the film. This impunity continues for other serious human rights violations by Indonesia, for example for the illegal invasion and occupation of East Timor and for ongoing abuse in West Papua. Human rights groups are supporting an appeal from survivors for the Indonesian government to acknowledge the truth about the 1965 crimes and to apologize and provide reparations to the victims and their families. See http://etan.org/action/saysorry.htm

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Posted by John M Miller on 10/09/2013 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Elvis Arisen

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Posted by Margaretha on 10/06/2013 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Grantland Features Jerry Lawler

Still shorter than some of our esteemed posters' posts on school unification.

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Posted by Midtown Mark on 10/05/2013 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Grantland Features Jerry Lawler

Definitely a long article.

Posted by TruthBeTold on 10/05/2013 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Grantland Features Jerry Lawler

Enjoyed it, but it was long.

Posted by thecatsmeow on 10/05/2013 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Bo-Keys Single on ABC's "Scandal" Season Premiere.

I miss Skip. But still, congrats Guys!

Posted by Ed Arnold on 10/03/2013 at 11:21 AM

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