Monday, January 7, 2013

Why all the love for Beasts of the Southern Wild?



The latest movie I watched was Beasts Of The Southern Wild.  Don't be misled by stills like this, or reviews you may have read indicating it was a fairy tale. The movie is about  a young girl with the misfortune of being dependent on a poor father with mental problems.  They and their mentally unstable neighbors try to survive amidst flooding.  Nothing much happens, and what does happen, happens slowwwwly.  An unpleasant way to spend 90 minutes.  But maybe you'll derive more enjoyment if you look more fondly on hippie lifestyles.

19 comments:

  1. That's too bad. I enjoyed the hell out of this movie.

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  2. I was a bit disappointed by the movie as well. Not that I thought it was bad (it was a decent movie with some incredible performances by Quvenzhané Wallis (Hushpuppy) and Wink (Dwight Henry) - much the same way I felt about The Artist), but I really don't get the fuss about it either. 7/10 movie for me, and a stellar 10/10 acting performance.

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  3. Movie was creative, fresh & extremely enjoyable!!! F-k “looking fondly on hippie lifestyles,” if you like movies where anything can happen to both the plot & characters watch it

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  4. John, I love when you post all the random (awesome) images and interesting links, but I wish you would stop with these (mostly negative) movie reviews! You don't seem to like much of anything these days, which is fine, but you're rubbing me (and I'm sure others) the wrong way. I'm starting to get turned off of your blog. Please stick to what you're good at, which is posting awesome stuff, and leave the movie reviews to the nerds at AICN.

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    1. I'm sorry you don't find the reviews useful or interesting. I'll try to post more cool stuff.

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    2. Amen to this.

      Please stop emulating Kotaku and io9. I came here and ditched them because I was tired of reading cynical, adolescent opinions. The net doesn't need more "biting clever commentary".

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    3. Iblis, I also ditched io9 and boingboing and the like for the same reasons. I would never compare the writing here to the self-satisfied, snide stuff on those sites. I mean, I may not agree with John's reviews, but I don't think they're cynical.

      I'm also curious--what other blogs are you reading? I haven't found many good alternatives to the stuff you mention and wish I could.

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  5. I thought Beasts of the Southern Wild was refreshing and poetic. It's definitely a movie which requires more than a passive view... and isn't one I could revisit often (if at all). However, it was nice not to know everything that happens before it does, nice that it wasn't a carbon copy of every other film out right now. That's a feat in itself.

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    1. Yes, different and unpredictable is an accurate description.

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  6. I will have to agree with a previous poster: the host of this blog has decidedly cool tastes when it comes to images, toys, and media, tastes which seem strangely incongruent with his personal opinions on movies, TV, etc. Not everyone who likes one piece of alt-art should be expected to EVERY piece of art, but when JOHN uses his position to run down quality works like BEASTS or 13 ASSASSINS, then it does throw the rest of his tastes into questionable relief. Whatever: he posts enough cool things that I'm not going anywhere, but he should consider that his remarks on movies sometimes make him look like a prude or at the least, unadventurous. Mein two cents.

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  7. I was very taken aback by John's opinions on some of the recent movies that he posted. I agree that everyone is entitled to hate movies that I love (or vice versa) but It was a surprise to say the least. It's weird that we (your long time readers, for years this has been one of my fave sites on the net) would have such different tastes when it comes to movies vs other forms of art. Hey I'm not here to tell you how to run things and I'm sure as hell not going anywhere but I may have to skip any future movie reviews. Or maybe I'll just read em and see a different side of things : )

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  8. I hear all of your comments. I will try to make my reviews infrequent, interesting, and useful.

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    1. Post as many reviews as you like. I enjoy all of your opinions, even if I don't agree, BECAUSE THAT IS HOW GROWNUPS WORK. Also you're right, that movie was unenjoyable in my opinion AS WELL.

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  9. How about we just let the man have his opinion. Everything is subjective so try not to get too worked up over different opinions. Sheesh. Post all the movie reviews you like John! Although you don't need my permission seeing as how this is your blog and all.

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  10. I'm more surprised by the 'don't blog on your blog' comments than I am by the review of the movie, which was good, but I found problematic because of how it romanticized poverty and a certain degree of ignorance. I really don't like how everyone has to fall in line with opinions on certain movies...maybe these entitled folk would be happier if the opinion was tweeted?

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    1. That's a good way of putting it, especially the ending of the movie, it romanticized a way of life I disapprove of. Shunning society and logic and learning.

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  11. I always enjoy reading your movie, book and game reviews. You also find me lots of great books to read, so please don't make the reviews infrequent!

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    1. I'll have another batch up this week

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  12. Well I think that all went very well.

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