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Re: “Kubo and the Two Strings

the 2016 Silk Screen festival begins soon.. Excellent offerings and locations.. Lucky us.

Posted by Nettie Glickman on 08/27/2016 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Florence Foster Jenkins

It is both alarming and heart-rending to recognize what we've morphed into over the last several decades. TV shows soliciting cheap laughs by ridiculing those of us who might be somewhat different or eccentric or even a bit self-deluded now abound. Think Two and A Half Men, or The Big Bang Theory or American Idol for starters. The sort of programming devoted to, as you say, "openly mocking the deluded and talentless."

Yet you have no difficulty praising a film devoted to precisely that sort of thing, someone's idea of a "delightful comedy" based on the very very sad story of pathetic Florence Foster Jenkins, an easily manipulated innocent, cruelly mocked by the sort of people who'd probably have enthusiastically cheered at those Roman festivals where Christians were fed to the lions. I'm sorry but I have no desire to watch such a spectacle. I've heard recordings of her singing and it's no worse than what comes out of the mouths of the great majority of would be "rock stars" of our own era. What a heartless, bitter and cruel society we've become.

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Posted by Victor Grauer on 08/17/2016 at 10:00 PM

Re: “The Legend of Tarzan

Al Hoff, your unnecessary review is pointless and shallow. You're only criticism is that The Legend Of Tarzan was made at all. Tarzan fans are happy with the results. There is room for criticism, but you are clueless.

Posted by Bob Owen on 07/20/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Free State of Jones

Al Hoff was bored by being exposed to too much history? "Free State of Jones" is an exciting film about an era of American history that has been kept secret from most Americans.

Posted by Ad Powell on 07/05/2016 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe

The theory was discredited by the person who has confessed to lying...have you watched the film??

Posted by Merily Duster Pompa on 06/23/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Dark Horse

I LOVED it! Seen it twice...

Posted by jjll on 06/22/2016 at 9:48 AM

Re: “The Divergent Series: Allegiant

The Divergent series was or rater is not bad at all maybe you can suggest why you think this.
http://www.readingsanctuary.com/veronica-roth/divergent-by-veronica-roth-pdf/

Posted by HomeTown on 06/17/2016 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Paper Towns

Not sure if this was a mistake but this movie is an adaptation from the Paper Towns novel by John Green. I haven't read the book but is it because of how the book was adapted which makes it seem like the chase girls by boys (which is natural). Or are both the book and novel of that nature?

http://www.readingsanctuary.com/john-green/paper-towns-by-john-green-pdf/

Posted by Fault in our Stars on 06/14/2016 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

I saw this film recently via Netflix and I must say I have mixed feelings about this guy. On the one hand, he is very charming, interesting, certainly very brave, and also, I believe, sincere. On the other hand, he is clearly an uninhibited attention seeker, who thinks nothing about exploiting the tragedy of others to promote himself and his "art." I found his relentless pursuit of "justice" for the victims of a terrible earthquake especially disturbing. Since there was nothing he could do to bring these children back, all his "obsession" accomplished was in the realm of publicity -- primarily for himself.

As seems clear he also is in the habit of exploiting the many artists and artisans who actually make the "artworks" he produces. He's even proud of the fact that he calls upon them for ideas as well. How very humble of him to admit that.

His habit of smashing neolithic vases also doesn't endear him to me. First, because I have never had much patience with this type of "concept" art, second because it's deliberately destructive, third because it yet another cheap publicity stunt and finally because what it amounts to is yet another example of conspicuous consumption on the part of someone who's manged to accumulate enough money to buy these very expensive items in the first place. Finally to be brutally frank, it's not particularly original either. Robert Rauchenberg famously erased a drawing by Willem de Kooning back in the 50's.

Finally, his eager support from politicians in the West seeking to promote a confrontation with the Chinese government makes me wonder regarding his role as provocateur. Are the Chinese movers and shakers any worse than our own oligarchs and corrupt politicians here in the States -- I wonder. If he were truly a revolutionary he'd be working to upend the phony and corrupt world art market -- instead he feeds on it.

Posted by Victor Grauer on 06/02/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Ip Man 3

Donnie is fascinating, the story moves right along, and the martial arts sequences are impressive. Conclusion, is a very worthy movie to watch.

Posted by Kenny Burrell on 04/02/2016 at 4:31 AM

Re: “The Divergent Series: Allegiant

This series turned out to be the trash. I wonder how's the maze runner going to be in their next series.

Posted by Kenny Burrell on 04/01/2016 at 10:38 AM

Re: “The 10th annual Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Faces of Conflict opens in Pittsburgh

Does anyone have a preview opinion of tonight's film A SYRIAN LOVE STORY?
I've been mostly disappointed with the films; yet have continued being optimistic...

Posted by Nettie Glickman on 03/25/2016 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Chimes at Midnight

Yep. Like Bill said. Saw it last night. Thanks . . . cause I wouldn't have known it was screening if I hadn't seen this piece in CP . . . Have read about this movie for years. It lives up to expectations, if not beyond.

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Posted by Mike Schneider on 03/01/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “The 2016 Oscar-nominated documentary short films screen

Please consider the following as a front page article on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -

The Transcendental Meditation program has been endorsed by the Veterans Administration for over 20 years for soldiers with PTSD.

Kindly watch and share with all -

"PTSD and Transcendental Meditation - David George, Infantryman" (2:34; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ki4c-XkYsM / excellent!)

and

"Transcendental Meditation Improves Performance at Military University" (5:12; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIH0913lQe0 )

Also see, "Use a Treatment for PTSD That Actually Works" in The Hill, Washington DC
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/262340-use-a-treatment-for-ptsd-that-actually-works

and

"Transcendental Meditation May Reduce PTSD Symptoms, Medication in Active-Duty Personnel" in EurekAlert (01/11/16)
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/mcog-tmm011116.php

Thanks!
Bill @ BillsArtBox.com

P.S. Please visit http://www.OperationWarriorWellness.org for more information.

Note: Results are available for long-standing PTSD symptoms, as well, including for Vietnam Veterans.

Also, see the dramatic effects for Domestic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for women and children, and for PTSD for "First Responders", at http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/#video=6gM_sXiUPvo (5:24)

Also, from www.Army.mil :

"Transcendental Meditation - a Path to Healing"

"Doctors promised him through medication and hard work he could potentially heal over the course of years, but since transcendental meditation he has moved much closer to achieving his recovery in months."

- U.S. Armed Services official website, http://www.Army.mil

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Posted by William Torrington on 02/04/2016 at 7:02 PM

Re: “The Big Short

Michael Lewis’s retelling of the history of the subprime residential mortgage bubble and bust of 2008 was a good read.

But as a helpful guide to understanding the powerful political forces that fueled the animal spirits of all those realtors, mortgage lenders, investment bankers and bond traders “The Big Short” comes up very short, indeed.

Viewers can enjoy the story of a small group of odd-ball traders who decided the bubble was going to burst and battled their way to success. The screenwriters even managed to make “credit default swaps” comprehensible for the attentive viewer.

However, the explanation in both book and movie for why the bubble grew to such gargantuan proportions is essentially superficial and sophomoric: greedy bankers, traders, realtors and credit rating agencies.

There are no references to the recurring historical pattern of manias, panics and crashes so well described by Charles Kindleberger in his book with that title, nor to the insights that Hyman Minsky developed regarding the forces that create financial instability and crises.

In his book, Lewis goes so far as to write that, “The problem was the system of incentives that channeled greed.” But nowhere does he discuss incentives except with respect to “outrageous bonuses” and the transformation of the investment banks from partnerships to public (shareholder) firms, which vastly increased their appetite for risky trading.

There is not a word in the movie or book about pressure from “affordable housing” advocates and the obedient politicians of both parties in Washington to make lending institutions grant subprime mortgages. The chief instruments were the federal government’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which coerced lending institutions into making subprime loans, and the lowering of standards by the two government-sponsored mortgage companies, Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as the Federal Housing Agency.

The chief front man for affordable housing promoters was Congressman Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. In neither the book nor the movie does Barney Frank exist. He played a leading role in pressuring the government housing agencies to lower their lending standards and bad-mouthing those who warned of possibly dire consequences, as Gretchen Morgenson and Josuha Rosner detail in their book, “Reckless Endangerment.”

It is notable that Frank has confessed to being a part of the problem. In an interview in 2010, he stated “it was a great mistake to push lower-income people into housing they couldn't afford and couldn't really handle once they had it."

Of course, there were lots of other players, mentioned above, who threw wood on the fire once it was lit, and who helped to make this particular boom/bust cycle an unusually severe one.

Perhaps the best study of the forces which lead to all major financial crises can be found in “Fragile By Design” by Charles Caloramis and Stephen Haber. Their bottom line is that “Banking systems and financial crises . . . are produced by political bargains that shape the institutional structure, incentives and regulatory framework within which banks operate.”

As Caloramis and Haber show, the bargain which played the leading role in the great bust of 2008 was straightforward: banks that wished to take advantage of the 1994 law allowing interstate banking needed to buy off affordable housing advocates who could block the banks’ expansion plans by charging them with failure to comply with the de facto lending quotas that grew out of the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act.

Trashing tough-talking bankers, bond traders, credit rating agency managers and realtors for responding to the incentives put in place by politicians and regulators may earn “The Big Short” more than one Academy Award. But as a thoughtful story of why the subprime bubble bloomed and burst, this movie deserves a D minus.

Posted by SHUC1939 on 01/26/2016 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Janis: Little Girl Blue

THIS IS not a place for your ad... feh.

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Posted by Nettie Glickman on 01/09/2016 at 11:40 AM

Re: “The Big Short

One of the year's most important films. Tragic docu-comedy in the manner of "Wolf of Wall Street." I reviewed it here: http://bit.ly/1RWheKa Highly recommended.

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Posted by hollywoodglee on 12/23/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Truth

Despite the documentary weaknesses which are the subject of this film, has it ever been shown that the story that Bush deserted the Guard to escape detection as a cocaine user was factually wrong?

Posted by Mark Lussky on 10/28/2015 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Reel Q: The Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Hey City Paper, you forgot about this awesome Peaches Christ event that's happening as part of the festival: https://www.facebook.com/events/363065257230328/

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Posted by djbf on 10/07/2015 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Straight Outta Compton

This Film doesn't lose its energy. NWA as a group did do to real life shady business deals coming to light. The film was raw and as accurate as Hollywood allows. The story brought a positive outcome from the most negative situation. I salute Cube and Dre on their job of inspiring any one with goals.

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Posted by Fuck Facebook on 08/19/2015 at 8:00 AM

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