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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Kong: Skull Island movie review (QR on Location in Salt Lake City)

I tried something different with this episode of Quick Reviews and shot this episode on my phone while I was in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It was a fun experiment that needs some tweaks (especially in the sound department), but I like the general idea.

Kong: Skull Island exceeded my expectations, but that doesn’t mean it’s great or anything.  Check out the video for my review and don’t forget to subscribe to the NEW YouTube channel!

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Monuments to the Confederacy NEED TO GO

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We’ll get to this in a minute…

You can whip up a snappy catch phrase (“Heritage, Not Hate,” “State’s Rights,” whatever), talk about the importance of history and our forebears, but this doesn’t change the facts.  Monuments to the Confederacy honor people who committed treason against the United States and pay homage to a system that condones people owning other people.

So what are the facts?  It’s simple.  Jim Crow was the law of the land for 100 years and that’s when these statues went up, that’s why they went up.  In fact, you’ll see here that a STUNNING number of these monuments went up in he first quarter of the Twentieth Century, NOT the Nineteenth.   The purpose of these statues is to disparage an entire race.  You could say the statues celebrate history (although the word “celebrate” just barfed all over itself), you could argue that these statues were erected to facilitate Reconstruction (but again, if you check the dates that most of them were installed, you can see that this can’t be true), but if that history is something you want to celebrate in a park, well, here’s a few reasons why that’s beyond inappropriate.

That’s not what parks are for!
Parks are for children, for families, for people walking their dogs, playing chess, just relaxing, taking a quiet stroll, for reading…  you know, flying kites, park stuff. They’re not for celebrating the Confederacy.  Monuments are for honoring people and events – history belongs in a museum.

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Do you know what “empathy” is?
Can you imagine what it must feel like to be an African American and walk past a statue or monument to the confederacy?  Or, for that matter, just anyone who believes in equality?  For me, it’s frustrating.  I don’t have to experience this on a daily basis, but some people do and they shouldn’t. Wouldn’t it be strange to have the aforementioned King George statue in your face everyday? We don’t honor our Colonial Roots in this country BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE STUPID.  We observe our history in museums and places like Colonial Williamsburg (which conducts itself under a strict code of ethics) to understand our history, not to romanticize it.

High Treason
In case you had the chickenpox that week during 5th grade, how about this?  When you’re talking about someone like Robert E. Lee, you’re talking about someone who took up arms against the United States.  That’s TREASON.  If America had lost the Revolutionary War, I doubt the British would allow a bunch of George Washington statues littering the landscape.

And as long as I’m on the Revolution, check this out:

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Yep, we tore down King George statues because he was oppressive.  Seeing any parallels yet?

Statues aren’t necessarily meant to stay up forever. They’ve been getting pulled down since… well, since there were statues.  Over time, statues can lose context, become belligerent or just irrelevant.  Statues to the Confederacy need to be removed from parks and other public spaces and head off the museum where they can be put in their proper context:  an unfortunate part of the American past that should never be forgotten, but never celebrated.

Understanding Rotten Tomatoes (Quick Reviews)

The latest episode of Quick Reviews delves into the complexities of understanding the scores on the movie review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi could get bogged down by The Force Awakens unanswered questions

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The second movie in a Trilogy is almost always the best installment. This makes a lot of sense; the first movie has already introduced the heroes so you don’t have to deal with nearly as much setup exposition. This means the movie can go straight to exploring the plot and associated conflicts. (See The Dark Knight for perhaps the best example of this.) But Star Wars: The Last Jedi won’t have this luxury because The Force Awakens asked a ton of questions it had no interest in answering.

AND DON’T TELL ME I NEED TO READ A BUNCH OF STAR WARS NOVELS OR VISUAL DICTIONARIES!  I’M NOT DOING THAT!

So, here are just a few questions The Force Awakens asked that The Last Jedi needs to answer: Read the rest of this entry

Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 1) movie review (Quick Reviews)

I can’t remember the last time I felt so differently about a movie after I watched it the second time, but such is the case with Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: What Were You Expecting?

Mike and Dave need wedding dates Rotten TomatoesWe live here on Earth, where it’s hard to escape seeing a trailer a movie before you see it. Even if you haven’t seen a trailer, I’m going to presume that you don’t live in a hermetically sealed bubble and that you know something about a flick before sitting down to watch a movie.​  That being said, I am stunned at how low the audience score is for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and I’m confused about the critic’s score given the movie’s construction. Read the rest of this entry

Best Collaborative Performance – a nuanced Oscar for a modern problem

I often find that modern problems are still approached with black and white solutions. As adults, we know that life is often gray and there are seldom two definitive choices to pick from. Since I’m big on film and the Academy Awards has been slowly driving me insane for years, I’d like to proposed the idea of an Oscar for Best Collaborative Performance to solve one of the biggest areas overlooked by the academy.

Who would be eligible:

Voice actors, motion capture actors and the people that helped bring these characters to a fully realize state on screen

Why this is important:

An entire subset of the community is ignored when there is no recognition. A visual effects award is just not cutting it, particularly when they hide such things in a separate ceremony only for nerds.

How quick do we need this?

We need this yesterday, but we can settle for the 2018 Oscars and just give Andy Serkis and his team what they deserve. Obviously, Team Serkis isn’t the only performer and effects group that’s been overlooked, but it’s certainly the most egregious example to date.

The opening scene of The Godfather is GENIUS (Quick Reviews – NEW EPISODE!)

NEW EPISODES.  NEW SET.  NEW CHANNEL. SAME JAMIE.

This episode of Quick Reviews examines the opening scene of The Godfather, which we all know is one of the best movies of all time. but I wanted to take a specific look at how it digs its claws into you so quickly.

Please subscribe to the new Quick Reviews channel on YouTube!  All old episodes have moved there and this is where all new episodes will be posted going forward!  If you subscribe, you’re not only telling me that you like the show, but you’re helping spread the word because the more subscribers the channel has, the better placement it’ll get in search results.  And it’s free!  A little love goes a long way!  Just log into your google (Gmail, YouTube, etc) account and hit the subscribe button, it’s easy!  And, you’ll make my day!

And I love COMMENTS!  Feel free to let me know how you feel about the video, The Godfather or anything else.   Maybe you think there’s a more important scene – man, that last scene sure is a candidate for why it’s one of the most enduring films of all time…  Stuff like that!  Here’s hoping to hear from you soon!

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