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Buckeye Jones

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About Buckeye Jones

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    In America
  • Interests
    any roasted coffee, home renovation, travel, raising two boys, church, Swiffer, Charmin

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    Market Research
  • About my avatar
    I think it's me.
  • Favorite movies
    (today) Empire Strikes Back, LOTR:FOTR, TT EE, ROTK, The Searchers, Braveheart, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spartacus
  • Favorite music
    Copland: Appalachain Spring, Orff: Carmina Burana, U2 Joshua Tree, Zooropa, Achtung Baby, Rich Mullins, Resphigi: Pines of the Rome, almost anything from or by Pepe Romero; Buckeye Battle Cry, The Ohio State University Marching Band
  • Favorite creative writing
    JRR Tolkien LOTR/Silmarillion, the Hobbit; Tom Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, Resurrection of the Son of God, For All God's Worth; Edmund Morris TR biographies. David McCullough's John Adams biography, Remains of the Day, Ishiguro.
  • Favorite visual art
    John Volck's stuff. And Dan Sorensen's.

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  1. Buckeye Jones

    The Good Place

    This show is really good. Perfectly cast. Like Lost, though, it needs to ensure it’s working to an end.
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    Wind River

    I don’t know. Watched this last night and while it had its moments, a few things really stuck out like a sore thumb. First, the initial scene with the grieving father was a standout. Then, the editing of the shootout (both of them, actually) was solid and cathartic. Finally, the grieving brother and Renner’s conversation was well done. However, this had some issues. Spoilers abound. Did business make this a white savior story? I get the logic behind the Olson role (naive outsider). But Renner’s character could have easily been cast as a native role. I don’t get it. But the main plot—the oil rig security team is a bunch of evil FBI murdering native killing rapists—makes zero sense. Here is a group of people who exist just to shoot and exact vengeance upon. They have no motivation to start a shootout. There’s nothing they accomplish that would not have been better served by just stonewalling. Let’s say their ambush was successful and they were able to kill all the cops without any losses. Then what? Makes no narrative sense. And how convenient that Renner’s cats are camped out on the same trail and the same mountain as the side trail from the drug house which is also the same trail as the cats, the deceased boyfriend, the deceased girl, and the trail back to the rigs. And that Renner goes back up the trail one last time to run into the killers trail right next to the cats’ lair. Rolling my eyes. But that was a tense shootout, and stuff.
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    Examples of "Cinematic Parables"?

    Pale Rider
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    Examples of "Cinematic Parables"?

    The Grey (the wolves are cancer)
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    Examples of "Cinematic Parables"?

    Babette’s Feast Ikiru
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    Star Wars: Boba Fett spin-off movie

    If this was a Dengar movie, I'd be in. But ain't gonna pay money for someone who gets belched on by a sarlaac.
  7. Buckeye Jones

    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    I'd be very curious to know how this version differs from the Lord version, aside from the Bettany/Williams switcheroo. Were the clunky parts (the final act, especially) clunky because they pieced this thing together from two sources, or because Kasdan & Son wrote a clunky script? And I really would have loved to have seen the dude who played young Harrison Ford in the Adaline movie play Han in this movie. He just seemed to have the same knack at wry-ness that Ford has. There's one line in this film that made me react to it with a huge eye-roll, at the end, when one character says, "You're the good guy". To me, that tells me the filmmakers didn't understand their characters---at all. And that, more than anything else, is why I think Solo fails for me. It doesn't understand its own story.
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    Avengers: Infinity War Part I

    Relentlessly okay is a pretty good descriptor. As franchise movies go, I'm more invested in the Star Wars series (though its long had diminishing returns, even as I remain favorably inclined to the new sequels, despite their faults), so I don't get tremendously excited when various Marvelista's appear or disappear. I found Thanos to be pretty engaging as a bad guy, even if his minions and their motivations never really gel. There was a bit too much Guardians of the Galaxy screen time, though I suppose the story demanded it to be so given the third act and its machinations. And I'm not sure that this ending could be affecting, as it is so obvious a set up for the next film, and with such clear Chekovian guns still hanging over their various mantles. For starters, of course, is that phone call that was never made between Cap and Iron Man, then Banner's impotence, as well as the fact that for an Avengers movie there was no Avengers reinstatement. So many MCU threads that need resolution, and resolution that won't take place until the fourth film. Just cinematically, this is half a story.
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    A Quiet Place

    Two thoughts: the nail is exposed by the laundry bag earlier in the film, it gets snagged on a piece of splintered wood and is exposed when she pulls it up. However, having dealt with nails in wood floors for the past fifteen years, it is a pretty unlikely event to have the pointy end of the nail exposed like that. The second is that Brody's reading seems a little self-righteously ridiculous. The silent majority fighting back against dark skinned marauders is a little too New Yorker out there for me. I'm all for exposing subconscious and outright bias, but this is unsupportable. I'm sure there's a rhetorical error there somewhere.
  10. Buckeye Jones

    Christian Filmmakers Networking Group

    AWESOME. Two quick things/notes really. ONE--Most important one. I am writing a script based on 2 Kings 2:24. Its a gritty black comedy tale of REALISTIC violence and VENGEANCE: Logline: After his only son is mauled to death by a bear commanded by the Prophet Elisha, widower Elkaniah son of Jerushabem sets out to avenge his son's untimely death by betraying the kingdom to Naaman of Aram. But just when Elkaniah has turned his back on God, God has another thing planned for him. It's gonna be AWESOME. Like Passion of the Christ but with bears and prophets and romance (widower meets Shunnamite widow!!!) and faith and redemption and a little bit of deMille style decadence (you think Claudette Colbert was the only ancient person into milk baths?) TWO-- I couldn't help but notice your legends page felt a little .... well, not very legendary. But I was glad to see you had John Carpenter on there. Halloween was AMAZING.
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    A Quiet Place

    Well, for what its worth, there was this older lady reflecting on the film afterwards: "I mean, why the @#%& would you have SEX when you know what's gonna happen!? Damn, girl!"
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    A Quiet Place

    A taut little scifi thriller that takes a new twist on an old formula and creates a richer stew than the usual fare. SDG's review (which has a few notes that may best read until after you've seen it) captures a lot of what makes this a fine film: This happens fairly early in the film, and its important, I think, to pay attention to what each character does during that grace as it lays out some character notes that have meaningful payoffs. This movie really reminded me of Shyalaman's Signs. A family that's dealt with tragic loss in the midst of almost inconceivable circumstances holds out on a farm surrounded by cornfields, while ever tightening problems force them to rally around each other in unexpected (though perhaps in Signs' case, conveniently telegraphed) ways. Krasinki does great work with the sound design. His creatures are effective and scary, looking a bit like a mashup of the Stranger Things monsters and a Star Wars beastie meant to eat up our heroes. The casting is excellent, especially the girl who's deaf (Millicent Simmons). As SDG mentions, it is especially refreshing to see a functional family onscreen, and here's to hoping we see more.
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    300 (2006)

    This thing is on Netflix, which means I've finally gotten around to seeing it. Ken's spot on with his 10 years review. I'm surprised that the film with all its stylization was as inert as it was. I also expected more gore, so I noticed that when the blood was flowing, the sand stayed unstained. This led to an almost clinical feeling--that there's no weight to this thing, even as it purports to showcase Spartan valor in the face of unstoppable invasion. The politics of this are a mess, I suppose, although it may have no politics to begin with. The end coda, with Dilius leading the charge lend only the tiniest gram of weight to the sacrifice of Leonidas, which could have been supplied with a much stronger dramatic arc. What if Gorgo was actually marshalling the army to come to their aid? What if she was evacuating the city and only needed three days' time? But nope--pretty much, what would it have looked like if we turned 300 the comic book into 300 the movie? And that's about it. One final shot--why the incessant narration? So annoying. My wife asked if I had the voiceover for visually impaired feature on.
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    Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    Well, she learned that the Force moves rocks. But the three lessons that Luke teaches her are 1) The Jedi are not the sole owners of the light side of the Force, 2) something else I've forgotten by now, and 3) I don't think he explicitly teaches her one, but I took it that Luke's final lesson is the sacrificial feint at the end, from which she learned that a real hero will give everything up of himself to save those he loves. But maybe it was the rock lesson. But was Yoda lying? She DID have everything she needed. I can't recall the actual line. I really don't get worked up about where Johnson took this as somehow subverting the Star Wars mythology, but I can see how one can be so inclined. When I reflect on the film, I just wish for a little tighter edit. What I'd really like to see are Lucas's treatments he passed along to Disney with the sale.
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