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  1. AlmostAGhost

    High Noon

    Hm ya that makes sense. I had no real qualms with Cooper after one watch but definitely, I want to feel his tension, his worry, much more. Stoicism is one thing, and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted Heston-like emoting, but we need more of his inner turmoil to come through.
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    High Noon

    I do keep bouncing back on forth on this, especially as I think about the movie more. I understand the emphasis on how shitty the town was. Maybe it was necessary and the point: a bit of irony, or bittersweet, or whatever. But I keep coming back to that my gut reaction to the ending was basically "huh" and nothing stronger, and I was trying to figure out why... especially because I quite enjoyed the preceding hour, the build-up to it, a lot.
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    High Noon

    Yea I missed this part. I knew his wife was a Quaker, but didn't think how that maybe affected his actions/progress. While he wasn't confronting them head-on at the end, I still think it's an heroic takedown there. Maybe I haven't seen enough normal Westerns to realize it isn't though, but outwitting and outsurviving is what heroes do. He was indeed trying to save the town, a town of cowards no less, and I get that needed to be shown. I don't think that he's a hero is in question (unless you're John Wayne); to me it was, is this effective heroing on a storytelling/film level? And I feel some of the impact could have been expressed and felt stronger.
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    High Noon

    This made me think a lot about it, which I liked. Paul early on said he felt it was 'bland' and I've been thinking along the same lines. So the story breaks down to basically this: 1. Bad Guy comin' 2. Good Guy tries to get help to stand up to Bad Guy 3. everyone says 'f you' 4. Good Guy wins anyway Now I hate that my complaint sounds a little like the guest said John Wayne felt (a real manly sheriff wouldn't go asking for help), but... why the heck did he ask for help? I think the fact that he wins without help is weakened by him having spent the whole movie asking for help. I get that it sets him up to do it alone, but the whole build-up is him asking for help he does NOT NEED. I found that a little weird. I don't particularly feel like the town let him down, because he won anyway. How I see it is this.... there's 3 possible heroic endings: 1. The Devastating Heroic Ending: he asks for help, doesn't get it, fights Bad Guy alone, loses/dies because the help he needed didn't come. That's still heroic, fighting against the odds, but it's much more impactful. 2. The Feel-Good Heroic Ending: the town turns him down, but has a change of heart and helps him win in the end. I'm sure that's what John Wayne wanted. Probably way to feel-good, or maybe traditional Western? Surely it's good they didn't do this, but it would've had an impact. 3. The ending they went with: shrugs off the town, wins with his wife's brief help. They went with the bland ending. He's still a hero, I guess, but it's just far less emotional. He just won anyway, whatever. I mean, we get the awesome look of disgust at the town as he leaves this way, but I don't know. Was it the best choice? I'm not so sure.
  5. Cool, looking forward to this one
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    Upcoming Episodes

    oh oops, for some reason I was thinking Fellowship was the third LOTR movie. I've only seen them a million times but somehow I registered that the third one was the one on the list, and didn't think any harder about what I was noting. still, I think everyone should watch all three.
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    Episode 197 - Beastly: LIVE!

    pretty sure "Machu Picchu" is just some restaurant in NYC tho
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    Episode 197 - Beastly: LIVE!

    that makes me feel like there some staff on this movie who were consciously sabotaging it from the inside
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    Episode 197 - Beastly: LIVE!

    i think the inherent problem is that the film thinks it is being all "looks don't matter in love," which is fine and sort of noble, but instead it actually comes off as "horrible people aren't so bad really," which is shitty
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    Episode 197 - Beastly: LIVE!

    Yea. The show bombed, but there was a brief DC Universe comic book comedy on TV called Powerless. Vanessa Hudgens was on it and I thought she was terrific there, a very likable lead actress for a TV show. I'm not familiar with the High School Musicals or whatever but from that show I've thought she was cool.
  11. AlmostAGhost

    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

    Nah I'm much closer to you here (I think I have it #12 or 13). Like I said, I've been turned off the film since it initially scared me; I can't imagine ever really loving it after that. I do get the nostalgia people have, but it wasn't mine. It was warmer than I remembered when watching it last night, but there's still a lot of things about the story that I question as basic nonsense, and I know the score is everyone's favorite, but I prefer a minimal style there myself.
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    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

    Yea we probably are in agreement. I think it's a good interp tho. I initially took it just as sort of 'friends' (and I think that's the common interp) but I do think there's definitely something more 'family' about it all. E.T. is the crazy uncle
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    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

    But isn't "strengthening their familial bond" what we mean by "father figure"? I mean, sure, E.T. isn't raising Elliott to be an adult; as sycasey said it's more abstract. He's just a presence in the family which teaches some lessons to one particular family, makes them all closer, then leaves. It is for sure a strong contrast with the actual father, who did the opposite: left the family a mess.
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    E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

    I was going to ask what you all thought about the alternate interpretations. I like Paul's take of E.T. being sort of an absent father. It's strange to think about it that way, but I think it works? Honestly though, I'm not sure I buy Spielberg's thing about it being all 'accept your neighbors and other cultures' though.