Jan 03 2013

2012 Movies, Part 1: Top 5 Films


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    1. Life of Pi (Really curious how fellow atheists have responded to this film)
    2. The Cabin in the Woods
    3. The Imposter
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    5. The Avengers (yeah I know)
    6. Looper
    7. 21 Jump Street
    8. The Grey
    9. Silver Linings Playbook
    10. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

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    I am actually reviewing Life Of Pi but you have to wait for a bit… I am mid exams and I want to see it again!

    Oh as for Brave? It’s set in medieval highland Scotland (hence the accents) so no black people. I honestly would have been insulted if we throw in the token asian (You do realise we are the biggest minority in the UK?) into a movie where we have no place. There are no brown people in Braveheart either (Well that’s because Mel Gibson is allergic to melanin). That’s the thing. I don’t want tokenism. I liked life of Pi because being Indian was integral to some of the plot and Piscine’s upbringing. It meant something. He wasn’t brown and tamil (another thing that I am) for the sake of pandering to the tamil audience.

    Want to know something interesting? They represented a group of people who in the UK have it worse than asians for “racism”.

    Gingers. Red Heads. That alone gives them my vote… Ginger bashing is technically a form of racism (It’s the original gene pool of the UK and they don’t really have a good time going through life).

    So Brave gets my vote despite having no people of colour because it has a protagonist from a group of people who are normally side lined and often simply just ignored. A group of people who are often more bullied than people of colour. They had a heroine who had orange hair (A very scots thing to have…). They also didn’t put in people of colour which would have been stupid because there were probably no people of colour in medieval Scotland and the scottish (outside of moi and the Demoman) are considered “pasty and prone to catching fire in the sun”.

    (TLDR – Non white scots are a recent thing, putting us into movies like Brave isn’t sensible. It’s tokenism! Also? The biggest minority in the UK are not black people who make up just 1% of the UK it’s Brown guys like me. British asians are 4% of the UK.)

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    Concerning your list of not-seens: At our house, Friday and Saturday are usually movie nights (via Netflix). Some recent weekend, the two were Safety Not Guaranteed and Moonrise Kingdom. Best weekend ever. I haven’t seen any of your top 5 so can’t comment, so I guess you can’t compare your taste to mine, but I recommend those two anyway.

    Also: Thanks for including the Bechdel info.

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    dysomniak "They are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred!"

    Count me as another white bleeding heart who loved Django. In fact, I saw it with my mom who is far more averse to violent and exploitative films than I and we both agreed that it did more justice to our nation’s shameful history than that overwrought one dimensional Spielberg hagiograpy we took in a few months back.

    But I’m just a dumb cracker.

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    Django Unchained may enter the pantheon of Best Westerns, but there have been MANY that have eclipsed Blazing Saddles since its release. Unforgiven is the most obvious, the re-make of 3:10 To Yuma, the re-make of True Grit, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Silverado, Dances With Wolves, Tombstone, Open Range, and, if you grant them membership in this genre, There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men. Blazing Saddles was an astonishment in 1973, but it really hasn’t aged very well, compared to, say, Young Frankenstein.

    I might add that my tastes are always correct, so no disagreement is possible here.

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