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October 23, 2012

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Dan

This movie was beautiful, exciting, and it moved me greatly. I'll take an incredibly mounted, flawed amalgam of both pretentious and sentimental philosophy with beautifully-paced action (such as this or "Watchmen"), over excrescently boring, pretentious dogshit about absolutely nothing (like "The Fountain", "The New World", and "The InnKeepers", all of which Walter seems to love because they... why? Actually, I'm sorry. Seriously. Why the fuck?) any day of the week.

And the reason the same actors played different characters is - ya know - kinda built into the premise of cyclical human history and reincarnation? Not always successfully done, but not real difficult to understand why it was attempted. Yes, the philosophy is simple, though not all of it naive - just as simply because something is convoluted and complicated on the surface doesn't automatically make it inherently worthy of study.

I agree with Kevin that there was no Magic Negro. He was a good sailor, and a perceptively good (not to mention hot) friend who changed someone's mind about slavery. That's it. How is that offensive? And when contained within it is commentary that seems intrinsic to the overall themes of the whole movie, how is that storyline not worth pursuing?

There was, of course, no need for black face. But in all honestly, I wouldn't have been opposed to it, though I am white so admittedly disqualified from even proffering that as an option. The only reason they didn't do it while continuing to do yellowface was not because they couldn't have done it without being culturally insensitive, but because Al Sharpton and Spike Lee would have had a field day, and there are (fortunately) no Asian equivalents to those ass-clowns.

That the Wachowskis self-financed this gives me a little fucking hope that someone, somewhere is committed to making large-budget movies that challenge us with big ideas wrapped in equally challenging, but always exciting, narratives - not just commercial monstrosities that challenge us to keep our IQs, or to stay awake.

The fact that Walter has the nerve to make comparisons to reference to Solzhenitsyn's imprisonment in the middle of this as a form of irony, but not the nail-clawing actual prison sequence in the middle of horrendously interminable - and boring as all shit - "The Dark Knight Rises", is selective fucking memory if I've ever seen it.

Oh, and "The Field Where I Died" might have made even *me* cry, but that was rightfully considered one of the worst, most boring episodes of "The X Files" produced during the Duchovny years. I'll give him this - for the kind of work he heaps praise on, at least Walter's consistent.

Just didn't realize he was so sensitive about critics being attacked. There, there, Jon Lovitz. Perhaps we should all grow a thicker skin.

Dan C.

This film struck me as the improbable marriage of The Fountain and Seven Faces of Dr. Lao -- although the former did a better job of cross-cutting between eras over swelling strings (with campy conviction, of course) and the latter doesn't dilute the dubious pleasure of costume changes with half-baked philosophy (give or take the speech they recited when Joel escaped Mystery Science Theater) .

Sam J

Nothing like a critic scorned. Why don't you admit that you could never make something has ambitious as this, because you'd have to crawl out of your basement, you big baby. Mwah!. You're a critic! ha! ha! The fim-makers got it right!

jocko

race race race; this stuff is coming to head in America, especially with the election. Alot of people are just looking for a fight

George

"Look at him go! He's got fish hooks for feet, yeaaarrrhh!"

Kevin Dale Ringgenberg

"That doesn't stop the movie, though, from talking about the evils of slavery with a super-duper, plantation-attitudes-changing Magic Negro..."

Isn't this too a form of racism? In this assertion you've reduced AUTUA's character to a mere stand-in for the previous racists stereotype of the Magic Negro.

How exactly does he fit this role?

He is a seaman with skills, he tells Ewing this. Ewing saves his life which he in turn repays by pointing out the obvious to everyone but Ewing that Hanks' doctor is poisoning him thus saving his life.

Where is he a Magic Negro?

Doesn't this same line of logic continue to confirm that race is valid just because it has widespread acceptance? I mean, come on, race is a cultural construct used to enslave people. Period. It has NO scientific value. Doesn't mocking it without critiquing it's false roots reinforce it?

I am curious for more dialogue on this after people have seen it. The movie is flawed and mawkish in some of its sentiments but maybe it will expand a dialogue on what the concept of race really is - slavery justified through a false ideology.

George

I think Walter's talking about "Love: The Field Where I Died" from the fourth season.

Stephanie

I could tell from the trailer it looked embarassing. I don't get Tom Hanks anymore.

Sarah

Terrific review - can you remember which episode of the X-Files that is, by the way?

KayKay

Pity. I loved the book, a virtuoso feat in literary ventriloquism by David Mitchell. Read it almost 5 years ago, so I may be a little fuzzy on the details but to the best of my recollection,the book wasn't about the interconnectivity of people through the ages but themes, so this idea of casting severely limited actors like Hanks and Berry in multiple roles is a strange one, more so when Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers are still available for that shit.

AshTalon

Why not just have different actors portray the variations of the same characters? Certainly through certain mannerisms and dialog we'd realize they're the same people. Putting actors in awful makeup and wigs just distracts. That said, I'll give it a shot. I think the music in the trailer (is it actually from the film?) is faking me into wanting to see the film.

ghostface

Awesome I'm looking forward to tedious arguments about race where I'm a bad person because I have a problem with white actors donning the racial makeup and I shouldn't because it's an artistic choice about how we're all human, maaan.

Too bad they didn't go all out and throw some blackface in there. Speaking of which, am I the only one who's seeing a resurgence in blackface? Yellowface never went away and now if I want to see some blackface, all I have to do is watch the Oscars.

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