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Re: “How Fred Rogers used his neighborhood to teach important, often radical, lessons

I have to agree with Faith of Fred here. Although Mr. Rogers is, obviously, not here to weigh in himself, what I have studied about his character and beliefs leads me to think that he would feel very conflicted about today's "pride" culture.

On one hand, I think that he would have, as always, felt the need to show others kindness and love, regardless of their labels. On the other hand, I also think that he would be deeply distraught and horrified by the way the Pride Movement and its narrative have forced sexuality into our children's lives and allowed them to be abused and exploited.

Tragic as it is, it may have been merciful that he left us before this cultural dumpster fire began.

Posted by Alan Herberger on 07/17/2019 at 3:44 PM

Re: “The Last Black Man in San Francisco vacillates between relevant and overwrought

While I appreciate any post bringing attention to this beautiful film, youve completely missed the point about the the purpose of Kofis death in the movie. Gun violence is a superficial characterization of what was happening. Kofis character was meant to foil Jimmy and Monts Characters. Black men are rarely allowed to be vulnerable, especially with each other. This is evident in the other men teasing them. On the flip side, you have Kofi and his friends. They deal with pain in the way that society expects them to: with violence and teasing each other. What is the risk of being vulnerable for a Black Man? As we see with Mont and Jimmy, the risk is being outcasted. But what is the risk of not being vulnerable? In Kofis case, death.

I hope others will take the time to think through this movie instead of making superficial statements about it. Thank you for your review.

Posted by Dana Miller-Cotto on 06/29/2019 at 9:37 AM

Re: “How Fred Rogers used his neighborhood to teach important, often radical, lessons

Tolerance and acceptance are two completely different things. Mr. Fred Rogers showed tolerance and that's a very big deal. Using Fred Rogers' picture with "Pride" and colors of the homosexual flag are a stretch. Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister, so he knew what the Bible said about homosexuality along with other sins. A Christian is commanded to love and that love is shown through long suffering and perseverance. A Christian should be tolerant of one who is living in sin to the point that the person is willing to listen to the Word of God and consider turning away from sin, but a Christian cannot accept sinful behavior that runs contrary to God's word.

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Posted by Faith of Fred on 05/30/2019 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Doctors risk their lives to provide abortions in After Tiller

Little surprise to me that after reading your delusional article about the injustice of a pierogi holding a purse, that I would find an article written by you supporting 3rd trimester abortions. You are what is wrong with the world.

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Posted by Panda on 05/22/2019 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Rogen and Theron's odds at romance are far better than Long Shot wants you to believe

Actors with two Jewish parents: Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Logan Lerman, Paul Rudd, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bar Refaeli, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adam Brody, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Erin Heatherton, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Esti Ginzburg, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Margarita Levieva, James Wolk, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Michael Vartan, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Julian Morris, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Dan Hedaya, Emory Cohen, Corey Haim, Scott Mechlowicz, Harvey Keitel, Odeya Rush, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is Jewish, too (though I dont know if both of his parents are).

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Timothe Chalamet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Ryan Potter, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black DElia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Brandon Flynn, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, and Harrison Ford (whose maternal grandparents were both Jewish, despite those Hanukkah Song lyrics).

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jewish and/or identify as Jewish: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zac Efron, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Andrew Garfield, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

Oh, and Ansel Elgorts father is Jewish, though I dont know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr., Sean Penn, and Ed Skrein were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer, Chris Pine, Emily Ratajkowski, Mark-Paul Gosselaar are part Jewish.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

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Posted by Wendy Moss on 05/01/2019 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Dystopian drama Level 16 is bleak and dull

It's not just trendy to make art about repressed women, it's trendy to make female empowerment movies in general now. The over saturation of this 'movement' is turning movie-goers off in droves. It really beguiles the the art of film making when every film is about a female lead character overcoming some sort of atrocity in order to gain some surreal independence. The same trite narratives that women have generally complained about in decades past have now taken a 180 and have in themselves become their own trite narratives. Every action film now requires a bad-ass female counterpart overpowering and defeating their enemies. Strong female leads don't require masculine traits or the perception of being discriminated against. Hollywood simply cannot seem to write a proper female character in general, it's either buttercup or Xena. These productions, and their sheer volume, may appeal to coastal elites, but the general viewing audience is turning away from this overused narrative.

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Posted by Terry Flus on 03/02/2019 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Dick Cheney biopic Vice is a tedious and incomplete analysis

Patricia Arquette just gained wait for her role in Escape at Dannemora and won the Golden Globe, so....

Posted by Shirtboy on 01/08/2019 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Elf on the Shelf goes ultra-creepy with short film The Elf in the Room

Good. I never liked being force-fed this new elf concept with accompanying merchandise to make money for somebody else. My disappointed kids would just be told the elf doesnt come to our house because he knows mommy doesnt like elves.

Posted by Amber on 01/08/2019 at 9:17 AM

Re: “The incomplete feminism of Widows

Spot*

Posted by Shirtboy on 11/16/2018 at 7:36 PM

Re: “The incomplete feminism of Widows

Soot on

Posted by Shirtboy on 11/16/2018 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Barely mediocre Bohemian Rhapsody undersells the legend of Freddie Mercury

If only the movie was as much of a mess as this review.

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Posted by Banky Chase on 11/02/2018 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Box office struggles, fan remakes and oversaturation: The state of Star Wars

Nice article. I agree with several points. But I would add that everything was going well until Last Jedi. Disney purchased a movie franchise worth $4B and then alienated its fan base. They are now suffering the consequences.

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Posted by stevehooktown on 07/11/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Isle of Dogs

I didn't like the movie, but wow this was a horrible review. It really is a shame people like this have jobs.

Posted by offendedbyeverything on 06/21/2018 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Isle of Dogs

So many things to complain about, so little time to fit them into my rough schedule of constant bitching

Posted by Logan Sullivan on 04/21/2018 at 5:12 PM

Re: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Thank you! I realise this is old..but I just had the misfortune of watching this film..and you are the only one who hates it in exactly the same way I do.

Posted by Chris Carpenter Oursler on 04/19/2018 at 2:17 AM

Re: “Isle of Dogs

I was upset that there werent enough gay dogs.
Too many cis male dogs. And one of the black dogs turned out to be white! This whitewashing is getting out of hand.

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Posted by throwaway123456 on 04/15/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Slumdog Millionaire

Misssed it - it is an enduring undying love story that wins us over. It is love and its triumph over this savage world we must inhabit that moves the audience.

Posted by Bob on 03/25/2018 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Kangaroo: A Love Hate Story

Native animal advocates do direct their comments at both amateur and professional kangaroo shooters and at other measures that harm and kill kangaroos (such as snares, survival training and exclusion fencing). There are at least some people from within the Aboriginal Australian community, including Elders, who oppose the killing of kangaroos. Kangaroos are not pests but native animals and should have every right to live in their native homeland, just as they have done so for millions of years. It is the huge populations of sheep and cattle that are destroying the environment in Australia (and other countries). What kind of 'animal lover' would support the killing of a majestic animal living in harmony with the natural ecosystem in order to feed a caricature of an animal that cannot live a natural life (such as a 'pet' dog)? It is not true that those who oppose the killing of kangaroos do not oppose other kinds of meat from the supermarket since many are vegan. Before anybody answers that vegans kill plants or that soybean farms are destroying forests in South America, I wish to state that: (1) I choose foods that do not have to involve the killing of plants because they are derived from fruits, seeds and minerals and (2) I avoid anything that comes from North and South America, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Congo (due to the continuing ongoing destruction of natural ecosystems in these lands and/or the fact that they are the result of genocide against indigenous peoples). For the same reasons, after living in Australia from 1970 to 1992, I returned to my country of origin, Croatia, and encourage others to do the same. I never saw a kangaroo in the wild even though I travelled a lot and did farm work such as picking potatoes and peas. Humans should stop destroying what is left of natural habitats. That could be achieved if governments stop offering financial incentives to increase the human population (such as one-off baby payments and family allowances; especially to those with more than 2 children) and if they stop encouraging people to immigrate into Australia (and North America).

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Posted by Sime Validzic on 03/13/2018 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Phantom Thread and Call Me By Your Name

BTW, did you know that Timothe Chalamet is Jewish? His mother, who is American, is Jewish.

I mention this because the mainstream media is pathologically obsessed with exactly only one half of his background, French, and categorically refuses to mention his other half, Jewish. Even though his character in this movie isn't French - he's Jewish, and spends half the movie wearing a Star of David.

So if not now, when? In fact, Call Me By Your Name is the rare major film where three actors of Jewish heritage (Chalamet, Hammer, Stuhlbarg), play Jewish characters in the leads.

Posted by Wendy Moss on 02/07/2018 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Kangaroo: A Love Hate Story

A future without professional kangaroo harvesting will ultimately fail in animal welfare. I am yet to see this biased film but lets see if you can recognise animal cruelty. Here is the real truth and not the twisted version that I suspect is being portrayed. View - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yeyJK9E4I4 for those that cant, the first kangaroo is still alive and dragged off, the others are gut shot.
Do you really think closing the commercial trade is the answer, ultimately leaving it to amateur shooters and aboriginals that are in no way regulated nor have the same ethics and skills? You are naive to think you are making a difference, kangaroos will always be shot it just depends by who. In WA amateur shooters and aboriginals can shoot them without a license and that includes the occurrence of gut or chest shooting as seen on the internet. It is only amateur shooting that is our shame that shoots to waste or hunt kangaroos without licenses. With wallaby snaring in the top end of the Northern Territory by our armed forces, including Americans and other soldiers that are taught by aboriginals for so called survival training, government paid for exclusion and cell fencing, poisoning or turning off of waters and filling in dams to control kangaroo numbers, all seems to be less impotent to those that still think there meats only comes from the super market shelf that need to get a grip, with wildlife advocacy groups just wanting to suck you in and make money, for this is what I question in relation to their integrity and agenda. Instead the propaganda and comments are nearly always directed towards the professional shooters or the processing industry. Not once have I read an article relating to recreational shooters, farm hands or just some idiot with a gun, who for sport goes out and shoots kangaroos with his mates and then drives on and shoots the next gut shot roo without checking for that poor defenceless little joey thats described. As professional shooters this does not occur, they inspect the pouch and with decapitation its instant death. Yes, its true, it gory and unpleasant but that's the facts. In Australia we have to cull kangaroos and to think you dont is unrealistic but it shouldnt be to waste and not to be done inhumanely period. There are three groups that shoot kangaroos. The accredited commercial harvesters that are governed by accountable measures for animal welfare issues as carcasses are delivered and checked ensuring head shots, these shooters are highly regulated and enforced by governing authorities including meat quality that is checked by government meat inspectors and if that has to be tightened Im all for it and then there are the amateur hunting and shooters that portray a different story. Any rogue shooters found doing the wrong thing need to lose their permit rights and firearm license. However in saying all this you are having yourselves on, because there is a huge pet meat trade that will never close but what a waste of a valued resource that is better for you than any other slaughtered meats found in your super market that I have been using to make sausages, hamburgers, shish kebabs and even occasionally meat pies and I and my family will continue to do so happily singing Skippy the best ever meat, the bush kangaroo.

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Posted by The Blunt Bushman on 02/01/2018 at 12:35 PM

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