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Not only in Science Fiction, this is a major problem in studio movies in general. How refreshing is it when a movie simply begins and we must piece together what is important and what is not? How about the few films, mostly Independent, that just end; with no explination of what becomes of the characters? We used to call those "slice of life" films. Dear Hollywood- We are not dumb. I assure you we can figure out the plot, and if we can't; then the film should not have been made in the first place.

2 years ago on How ‘Star Wars’ Killed Smart Sci-Fi Cinema – Flavorwire


One of the saddest songs sung by Nina Simone is certainly "Don't Smoke in Bed". A woman singing to the husband/lover she's leaving but obviously still cares something for. It is my go to when I'm feeling blue. Thanks for including the cover of "Ne Me Quitte Pas". i think I may like it better than the original@!

2 years, 2 months ago on Nina Simone’s Most Beautifully Sad Songs – Flavorwire


It's funny... I remember falling in love with Jane Eyre when I first saw the film starring Charlotte Gainsbourge. Upon reading the book many years later, in my mid-twenties, I was disappointed to find the heroine I had come to love and cheer for, a far more sniveling and whiney character. Perhaps I was in the wrong headspace, but Ms Eyre lost her appeal to me that day.

2 years, 4 months ago on 10 of the Most Powerful Female Characters in Literature


Unlike some critics, I really appreciated the songs being sung during filming instead of being looped later. It gave a real "in the moment" feel that many movie musicals lack. It certainly helped the actors reach both painful and jubilant places in their acting that otherwise would have fallen flat. However, I do wish Tom Hooper could go through some sort of medical procedure in which the knowledge of the close up is erased from his memory. We, the viewer, understand it's difficult to stage a number in which one singer is alone on stage. The over use of the close up doesn't pull the viewer further into the character or the story, but rather separates us from the narrative. It really is a shame.

2 years, 4 months ago on Open Thread: What Did You Think of 'Les Miz'?