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Cameron H.

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  1. Are there any other movies that I’m missing? Is Winter’s Tale Holiday related?
  2. Rich People Problems: The Movie We watched:
  3. Come on in! https://www.rabb.it/CameronH
  4. Cameron H.

    Rocky

    Oh, I’m including that in the second “run.” I guess I should have really said the “Gonna Fly Now” scene. I just meant there’s not a lot of time devoted to training in the movie at all. Like Cam Bert said, the other movies are more about the “fight,” so the training is more center stage. The fight isn’t really the point of Rocky.
  5. Cameron H.

    Rocky

    When I watched it this time I thought to myself, “I there being way more training.” I guess I got it confused with the other more montage heavy sequels, but it’s really just the two runs, the meat thing, and the rope/balance thing with Mickey. That’s pretty much it.
  6. Of course! I’m all set with the room.
  7. No apologies necessary Life gets in the way. We all know we all need to pop in and out from time to time.
  8. Cameron H.

    Rocky

    Honestly, I think he’s been crushing on her his whole life.
  9. Cameron H.

    Rocky

    He specifically says he didn’t get married because of her. I *think* he’s supposed to be quite a bit older than her. At least, he tells her he “raised” her at one point. I think their parents died when she was pretty young and he took care of her and there’s a lot of resentment. He blames her, like he blames everyone, for his shitty lot in life. My only problem with this as I feel like Rocky says at one point he and Paulie “grew up together.” But we also know both Rocky and Adrian are ~30, so who knows. I don’t think we learn much more about Paulie in the sequels except for he’s a chronic leech and disaster waiting to happen.
  10. Cameron H.

    Rocky

    The Monkees’ Christmas Album (Christmas Party-Available Now) is great. There’s no denying that. Everyone should buy it.
  11. Cameron H.

    Rocky

    Drown it out with Hanson’s “Finally, it’s Christmas” (I’m acting as Hanson’s street team this Holiday Season. You will be hearing me mention them a lot.)
  12. Cameron H.

    Rocky

    I love the fact that this is your White Whale
  13. Cameron H.

    Rocky

    I agree, but I also feel like that’s intentional. She’s specially written to have no agency and her journey is to retake it - which she does when she finally snaps at Paulie and moves out. She goes from this mumbling, caged bird, to this woman that’s willing to push and scream her way through a crowd to get what she wants. Granted, it’s not perfect since the thing she wants, as well as the source of her new found confidence, is a man, but it’s still something she wants for herself and actively works toward. I guess I personally feel like it’s that intention separates it from other movies that treat women like straight props.
  14. Cameron H.

    Rocky

    Sorry, I haven’t listened to the episode yet so I’m not sure what they said, but I think this is right. I would say, while Rocky may not be intellectually smart, he’s got high emotional intelligence. He knows she’s too shy to talk about herself, so he talks about himself to set her at ease. No, it’s not the most romantic approach, but with these two, traditional romance wasn’t ever really in the cards. If he were to ask her questions about herself, at best, all he’s going to get are “yes/no” answers. Most likely, it would be unintelligible mutterings and quiet nods - which would be far more awkward and uncomfortable. Like he tells Paulie, they have gaps and they fit together. She gets him and he gets her. You just kind of have to accept that. So, yeah, I agree. I feel like their relationship is realistic in the sense that most real life romances are awkward and stupid.
  15. And I’m fine with artistic license, but it should serve a greater theme. Something I think FFJ tries to do, but doesn’t really nail. It might be a bit cliche, but I think I would have started the movie with her recital for President Hayes. It would show how much true promise she truly had, and how that promise got taken away from her. This way, playing Carnegie at the end would feel like a more impactful moment than just enabling the delusions of a wealthy socialite.
  16. Whoever voted for Joyful Noise just went and threw their vote away on a third party candidate...
  17. I noticed this too. At first it didn't bother me, as I was just glad people weren't being erased altogether, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like presenting a false history is kind of dangerous. It allows dumb-ass racists to look at a period piece and think, "See, it wasn't that bad. Everyone got along back then. It's so much worse now. Thanks, Nobama!" It feels like a tough nut to crack, though. I think the idea was to show that Foster appealed to all types of people, but I don't think the movie wanted the audience (i.e. us) to be distracted by the negative image of a segregated section when racism wasn't really an issue the movie was ready, or trying, to tackle. Honestly, I'm really not sure what the answer is - if there even is one.
  18. Another thing that kind of bugged me was how the movie ends on this vaguely triumphant note, where she sees herself as a beautiful singer, but then kind of throws up some kind of depressing cards about what happened to St Clair and Cosme. Like, why even include the fact that Cosme never enjoyed success as a pianist again or that St Clair struggled for the rest of his life? I believe it said St. Clair helped continue to support the arts “as best he could” despite his “modest” means. I mean, if I were really interested, I’d Wiki it. Those cards felt like something you’d put up for the villains of your movie. If your central character didn’t inspire the other characters to greatness, then do we really need to know that Cosme became a weightlifting judge?
  19. I think what I would have liked more is if the movie had been more from her point of view. In a way, this movie was more about St Clair and Cosme than her. Maybe they were trying to make her a more mysterious figure (i.e., interesting) but it didn't land for me. We never actually know how she felt. We would just get glimpses when she would let her guard down. Not only would we get a little more insight into what made her tick, but I think it would have been absolutely gut-wrenching if we were to witness the reveal of her lack of talent talent through her eyes. Like what if all the performances were performed as it had in her head on her death bed? And through her eyes, we would see her (apparently) killing it, and then the movie could change focus and we would realize the people aren't really cheering her on, but laughing at her. I'm not really sure if that would jibe with the how in real life she was aware she wasn't a great singer, but this movie wants to pretend she didn't know that until the very end either, so whatever.
  20. From what I’ve heard, Chris was chosen because his speaking voice sounded close to Danny Elfman’s singing voice. He was probably trying to match Danny’s voice in his performance. It did blow my mind to see him Child’s Play this year.
  21. In case anyone is interested....
  22. When I was a kid, my best friend's mother kept her ex-husband's last name. I'm not sure exactly why. Maybe it's just easier than changing it again or maybe it was so it would be consistent with her kids' names. But, I get it for a celebrity. Susan Sarandon kept Chris' name. I think sometimes it's just the name you get known by and it's easier than trying to get everyone to recognize you by a different name...
  23. I think my biggest issue with this movie - and as a fan of HDTGM, MST3K, And Rifftrax, I recognize the hypocrisy of what I’m about to say - is that it felt like it wanted you to laugh *at* Jenkins. There was almost a cruelty in that it was basically presented as buffoonery. But then, without warning, it wanted you to suddenly sympathize with her - which never felt wholly earned. Also, I never got why people seemed to genuinely like her. Like, in a MST3K way, I got why the soldiers ended up digging it, but not the people at the Verdi Club. Things are hinted at (e.g. pretension of bourgeois, deafness of the audience, etc), but the movie never really settles on anything. And maybe that was the point. Maybe the writer was like, “I don’t really know,” but I felt it kind of weak not to at least speculate. And since it doesn’t commit to anything, in my opinion, the movie lacks a strong point of view. Orherwise, it was enjoyable, just not entirely satisfying.
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