Every time I see comments or reviews about Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, I hear the same complaints: it was two completely different movies, and the first half was better than the second half.
I remember initially feeling the same way as I was watching the Vietnam portion of the film. I thought, “Woe, wait a second. What’s going on? I just sat through this incredibly riveting segment about some kid who goes crazy in boot camp because his drill instructor was riding him the entire time. Now I’m in Vietnam, and it’s like that entire segment never happened. No one’s talking about it, not even the main character, Joker (Matthew Modine). And no effort has been made to connect the two segments.”
Had The Master lost his touch? Was this the movie in which I could finally say, “Kubrick finally jumped the shark”?
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As someone who appreciates the craft of writing, nothing gets me angrier than the corruption of language. When you corrupt the meaning of words, you also corrupt thinking itself. How? Because it’s through language that we’re able to think and talk about reality clearly. When you start corrupting the meaning of words, everyone’s ability to talk about the things those words were meant to convey also becomes corrupted.
Continue reading “Reclaiming the Term, “Mary Sue”, from MRA Troll, Max Landis”
Like so many others old enough to have seen the Star Wars franchise since the beginning, I’ve been catching up with the latest Disney films. Contrary to the gnashing of teeth by hardcore fans, I think they’re a blast and hold true to George Lucas’ original vision better than even The Master Himself. However, they’re suffering from an issue that’s beginning to bug me, and it’s one that I hope that future film makers will consider for future installments.
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Poor Olivia de Havilland. By the late 1950s, she had the misfortune of being an aging star from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Rather than the entertainment industry seeing her as a national treasure, she and other middle-aged actors and actresses were seen as no longer relevant in an age in which Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe were now the biggest box office draws.
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When you mention “nuclear war movies,” the first thing anyone thinks about are The Day After, Dr. Strangelove, Fail Safe and Threads. But very few people are even aware that there a whopping fifteen other films in this genre, ranging from dark comedy and anime to hard hitting drama and mockumentary.
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As someone who’s old enough to remember the terror of living under the threat of WW3 during the Cold War, nothing frustrates me more than the fanboy war that broke out a decade ago between Threads (1984) and The Day After (1983). But before I explain why, I have to go into the history of why these movies were made.
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Know that sense of relief you always get when something happens that finally allows you to express how much you dislike something? That moment has finally come. I hate American Beauty, and I’ve always hated American Beauty. I don’t just hate it. I f*cking hate it. If I were to make a list of my most overrated films of all time, it would make it into the Top 10, easily. Continue reading “Finally, I Can Say It: I Hate American Beauty”