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Nick Alexander

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  1. Ah. Cultural differentiators. What is considered tame in one country is worthy of a rating upgrade in another.
  2. Anybody know why this film is rated PG, instead of G? My kids have appeared to have zero interest in this, only because they had upgraded from the toddler-specific channel (where this had aired) to more sophisticated fare (*ahem* Spongebob). So what cuss-word did Shaun say in an upcoming Happy Meal promotion?
  3. Jeffrey, FTFY. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61AWnIZrT5g
  4. Well, since I'm in this thread, I give my horror aficinado thumbs-up to Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion, both of which get under your skin. I also thoroughly endorse The Pianist. I have Knife in the Water on my DVR, waiting until October. I've no memory of Frantic. And I avoided the rest of his films, whether too long (Tess) or too miscalculated (that Pirates movie with Walter Matthau).
  5. "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." So I did. I knew what you were referring to; but Chinatown is one of the most riveting, atmosphere rich, and memorable films I've ever seen. Not for me. The plot was convoluted, with plot elements inserted for mere shock value. Every single element of the film was done better in other movies, especially those done decades prior.
  6. "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." So I did.
  7. Yeah? Well I saw Chinatown. Meh. I forgot it quite easily, as the characters instructed.
  8. And I was the only one in the theater who laughed out loud at this line. My other favorite sequence: abstract thought. I liked Inside Out, but it's not my favorite movie ever. Consider this a personal failing, if you wish. I haven't even seen Chinatown,* and I laughed. * I KNOW. Don't judge me. The bigger question... had 11-year-old Riley ever seen Chinatown?
  9. An interview with the prominent psychologist who consulted on the film.
  10. Interesting thought. Is the Tasmanian Devil driven by anger? He always seemed to me to be just manic and compulsive. Yosemite Sam has a hair-trigger temper. Good point! I just think the Tazmanian Devil's rage trumps all others. But then, I never saw Porky Pig represent anything but happy-go-lucky attitudes. Perhaps sadness could be Marvin the Martian. And, no diss on Bugs, but Joy could be that frog....
  11. I would've replaced Yosemeti Sam with the Tazmanian Devil.
  12. Playing on TCM tomorrow (Thurs) morning.
  13. For today only... 0.99 HD rental on Amazon.
  14. >can anyone think of any shows that started out brash and provocative and got classier or more restrained over time? Soap.
  15. I get that it's a parable; I contend that common experiences, by default, ought to be the results of common actions that lead up to it. Slapstick stuff doesn't lend itself to common experiences. Otherwise one of those books that Sadness gets to read would be privy to this (it's in the Troubleshooting section).
  16. This may be a loophole plothole: Are the filmmakers insinuating that for every 11-year old girl who has mood swings, it is entirely because that individual's Joy and Sadness got sucked into Long Term Memory due to some accidental clumsiness? In every single girl?
  17. I can't speak for how implausible it is for today. But I can speak that there were many times I had done long bus trips from NY's Port Authority, by myself, at that age. And nobody batted an eye.
  18. Finally caught up with it last night (or, to be more direct, half of it; I'm returning the Blu Ray today, I'll wait 'till it hits Netflix or Amazon prime to finish it; I can wait). I could not agree with the sentiment that Tom Cruise was miscast more. I appreciate the ways that Tom Cruise performed in this, but really, was there any doubt in the film's outcome? (Hence, my ambivalence in finishing the movie). But that said, with the exception of Rockwell, I think the choices should be more in the vein of Vaughn, Segel, Rudd, and Franco. Someone who could excel at being a slacker, a coward, a firm spokesperson, and ultimately a hero. Emily Blunt, that said, is fantastic. ETA: Come to think of it, Bill Paxton would've been better for that role. Was he available?
  19. Even though a lot of folks say this film is appropriate for five year olds, my just-turned eight year olds tried watching this for the first time. My wife turned it off at the half-way mark. Too scared.
  20. No. I meant that ANFSCD is rated PG, so most of the real mature bits were not included. There may be some Gilliam-animated sequences with statue-esque nudity, though.
  21. What was left on the cutting room floor (Spoilers galore!)
  22. For teens and up: Monty Python's Flying Circus - that's okay for teens, right? Absolutely not, due to nudity. But the sanitized And Now For Something Completely Different may suffice. My picks: Current: Shark Tank, The Amazing Race, and early episodes of The Apprentice. Older: WKRP in Cincinnati
  23. Yeah, I read Docter's interview when he first got the six emotions, including surprise. He needed to simplify the story, and he thought the reactions of surprise was the flip side to the reactions of either fear or anger.
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