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Re: “Mel Gibson's bloody Apocalypto argues some empires are better than others.

You dont have understood a shit about the movie nor the end. The end show that the spanish were no better than the Mayan, even if they appeared 300 years after that the Mayan empire was completely inexisting. You are also wrong regarding culture and sacrifice: it was unususal to Mayan to use human sacrifice in their golden period, those shows on the movie relate to the later period when they had completely degenerated due to illnesses (a FACT PROOVEN BY ARCHEOLOGY, READ YOUR BOOKS!) and to children born with physical malformations. ´They killed hundreds of people a week sometimes so they were violent but the Paw is not a Mayan you idiot!!! he is from another tribe and another culture living far away from the mayan city but Mayan begin to invade others territory in search for food after they had destroyed their own soil through deforestation. Again, read your books or rent them. The prisonners didnt knew a thing about the Mayan, like you do not, and like american will not know a thing about irakian stuff havent it been for this war. You dont know a thing about history nor archeology and have just miss a unique chance to fill a wide lacune on your general knowledge by meeting the teacher with such presomptuous "I know it all I might even teach you and correct you " attitude combine with head strong prejudices and certitudes. Your article is to be laugh at. Think that knowing so little you didnt even read your collegues articles who might have teach you some... Let remind you that Apocalypto is a unique pearl in cinematography as a movie genre never been tried before in Hollywood, and a new way to make action movies, with a very high qulity of picture and movie making who is very refreshing compare to the rest. Mel Gibson also used the first time ever tried Genesis digital filming, and in that regard too made a breakthrough in film making. The film want to underline the violence of human being no matter the egree of technology attained (as it was the case with the mayans) and the ritual do not compare to abortion but to the war in Irak, as a gun shot hardly stress anyone anymore, and the blood shed even of the explosion where 100 die, is hardly remembered, but 2 heart ripping stay in the memory for long, and thats the goal of the movie, have consciousness of what it is we do when we take life. So you were wrong all along. As for the conquistadore, mel Gibson show that one control freak replace the other and that one useless and unecessarry colonisation and sacrifices in the name of a deity is quicly replaced by another, and ask if what could be obtain by that could justify the amount of blood shed caused by it, and the answer is clear: no. So you are still so centered on nailing the guy for antisemitisme that you forgot to watch the movie you were sensed and paid to comment and instead replayed you own last sommer movie. What a shame! Dont you think the tape is old now and that its about time to come back to reality and to stop blaming some guy for something he said while drunk, when you are doing the same but without alcohol and deliberatly: arguing through prejudices and viewing the world through prejudices and preconception of what the man ought to think and do. Thats discrimination! Try to zero in instead, and correct your errors. This article sucks by its total inacurracy and lack of knowledge to what it is suppose to speak about, being the movie, the film director artistic talents, and the mayan civilisation and the other tribes living in the same area at the same time. Dont write a guide to France when you have never been there, chances are you are going to make people laugh at best. My sincere condoleences on the death of your article.

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Posted by Ocean on 12/14/2006 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Dear White People

Dear Black People..

accept responsibilty and work

thats it ..

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Posted by fred flinstone on 10/22/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “On the Road

Kloman, You should probably be a little more considerate and respectful of the movie's source material. The book is neither "unreadable," nor will we "waste time" reading this work that is generally considered a gateway to a new style of literature as well as a new reality for many. Who are you to disagree, you ask. Who are you to proffer an opinion at all. And nice us of Wikipedia. Simply ridiculous, City Paper.

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Posted by Ray Smith on 03/27/2013 at 11:35 AM

Re: “A Dog’s Purpose

It was a beautiful film folks. Go watch!! This review is a typical liberal depressed view of everything!

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Posted by Doglover on 02/01/2017 at 7:43 AM

Re: “On the Record with David Matthews: New film, Aspie Seeks Love, documents a 20-year quest for romance

The posted interview accurately presents what I said, except that under the "Some responses to the film" question, I actually said "You can't say that I have a chipper personality," though I probably meant "bubbly personality."

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Posted by David Matthews on 03/24/2015 at 7:49 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: “Dear White People

A little too general to make sense, but I get the idea. You're tired of black people complaining about how hard their life is, when life is hard for you too and everyone you know. Yes, that applies to some but not to all. Just remember that.

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Posted by Sundevil on 10/22/2014 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Mel Gibson's bloody Apocalypto argues some empires are better than others.

Thanks for sharing.

I’d like to respond at greater length, but I think the conversation would be a muddle, and not because I gather that English is a second language for you.

The problem is Gibson’s movie makes a horrible mishmash of Mayan culture and history. (I allude to this in the story, but I’m pretty sure he was thinking of the Aztecs, not the Mayans, when he created the sacrifice scene.) Gibson himself has said the film wasn’t supposed to be a historical document, so I didn’t dwell too much on the real whoppers …except to the extent that his obvious ignorance of Mayan culture turns into a judgment on it. So I don’t know why you seem to be making claims for the movie’s historical accuracy … when even Gibson doesn’t try.

You say that Jaguar Paw’s ignorance of this city and its practices is believable because: a) he’s supposedly not Mayan, and b) he lived far away from the city where such things are practiced. There’s lots I could say about these claims, and research I could cite. (I have a few books on Mayan history at home.) But to make things easy for both of us, I’ll choose just one source that you can find on-line. (I didn’t rely on this source, or even know about it until I went looking for it to respond to you, but it generally sums up the prevailing research on some of the questions you raise):

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/061208-apocalypto-mel.html

Note page 2, in which the Mayan history expert is asked whether it’s realistic that Jaguar Paw and other captives would have “never heard of such a place” as the city they are taken to.

The professor’s response:
[snip]“During the Classic period Maya settlement was so widespread that you lived at least within 10 to 20 kilometers [6 to 12 miles] of a large community. Pyramids were never more than 20 kilometers away from anywhere in the Maya world. There was a great sense of political connectedness between different groups. Even small villages in the hinterlands of large cities were connected to some political center.”[snip]

The movie itself is pretty murky on how removed Jaguar Paw’s village is supposed to be. Clearly, it’s close enough that he can reach his own village on foot — despite a wound in his side! — in time to save his wife. (As I recall, the film shows only a single night elapsing during his escape.) So I guess under your understanding of the film, Jaguar Paw lives far enough from this city to be totally ignorant of its location and cultural practices … but close enough to speak its language and reach his wife on foot with a gaping abdominal wound.

Let’s also not forget that both the villagers and their captors urge each other to “journey well” when they are at death’s door. I guess you’re saying they have these ritualized benedictions in common, but that only one group has ever even HEARD of sacrifice, etc.

If that’s your interpretation, you’re welcome to it. Just as you are welcome to have your own interpretation of the movie’s conclusion, and to like it better than I did as well. You should know, however, that I opposed the invasion of Iraq.

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Posted by Chris Potter on 12/14/2006 at 4:36 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 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: “A Dog’s Purpose

I don't understand how any dog-loving person could see this film after the cruel and downright abusive treatment of the dogs used for filming came to light. Sure as hell won't be getting my money.

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Posted by Tina on 02/02/2017 at 4:23 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: “A Dog’s Purpose

I loved the movie. Was it a great feat of cinematography or acting? Nope. But it WAS a beautiful, fun story. I laughed and cried throughout the entire movie. It's pretty simple. If you have an emotional bond with your dog - you will love this movie!!

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Posted by Linda Bradley on 02/01/2017 at 1:23 PM

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: “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: “Local film professionals are hopeful for more productions in Southwestern Pennsylvania

http://thecastingpitt.com
Lots of productions in our area!!

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Posted by nhall on 01/03/2015 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Local film professionals are hopeful for more productions in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Lots of Southwestern PA productions happening on http://thecastingpitt.com

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Posted by Dillon Becker on 01/03/2015 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Kill the Messenger

This is what's currently going on with abrupt climate change. Believe me, what you don't know will hurt you.

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Posted by Jack Wolf on 10/08/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “To Be Takei

We are at war. But, I am brave. You are too. Whatever the cost, we shall defend our island planet, whatever the cost may be, I shall fight on the beaches, I shall fight on the landing grounds, I shall fight in the fields and in the streets, I shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender to the fossil fuel foe. It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. This is our ultimate challenge, the stuff that epic history is made of. Don't stay home and watch it on the tellie. Be there and share. Be brave.
Peoples Climate March: NYC 9.21.14

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Posted by Jack Wolf on 09/17/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Photography is under the lens at this month's Film Kitchen

Also check out this photo tips & tricks www.99phototricks.com

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Posted by John Craft on 09/04/2014 at 7:50 AM

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