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    Girls are different, and that's good.

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    'I only surround myself with people I find intellectually stimulating.'

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  1. Who knew Russell Brand could and would so clearly articulate a healthy perspective on '50 Shades' (and all porn in general) when not a single male here on 'Arts and Faith' even made an attempt? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kvzamjQW9M#t=376
  2. This is noteworthy. http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/this-is-who-would-win-oscars-if-the-public-decided-not-the-academy--gkoX4XU02l
  3. How did I not realize this is about you, Peter? Forgive me. Carry on. Clearly this is your domain.
  4. Yes, there is only one right female perspective. The one that honors all women and girls as having equal rights and dignity to males, and treats them as such. There is not one single thing okay in any woman or girl being manipulated, controlled, abused, and/or treated as a disposable object. Whether or not it is certain sick women that are the ones throwing their sisters under the bus for profit is irrelevant. Hope that's clear, because if it is not clear, especially in a community calling itself Arts and Faith, there is a serious problem in this community that needs to be solved. Is there a problem here?
  5. Jeffrey, thank you for that clarification. It is much appreciated. I do think more input from the perspective of experienced women would be nice to have here. Anyone know some former Women's Studies majors who are also cinema aficionados? I'd like to hear more of a chorus here, and not be a lone female voice every time I speak up; nor would I expect any man to ever be fully versed on the subject, just as I would never feel comfortable trying to represent a male perspective. P.S. Peter, in your not knowing what I mean, and in pointing out the females behind the film (traitors to their gender), is illustrated precisely what I meant in my original post. If it isn't obvious to you, I don't have any hope of success in what would be the massive project of educating you, so I leave you to your continued ignorance.
  6. I've been observing the activity here for over four years so I'm entitled to the following opinion (sorry, but even though I think some of you have wives and, I trust, even happy marriages, you don't demonstrate your enlightenment very effectively here, where only Evan gets a pass). What with A&F being much closer to a good-ol'-boys club than a place with any kind of real awareness to women's issues, I'll step up to contribute a piece much closer to what is needed as a representative response from the fairer sex. This author gets it right, and she hasn't even graduated from college yet--there is hope for the future! http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/film/fifty-shades-grey-and-abuse
  7. General ignorance of reality beyond the tiny world of screens is all too common in the entrenched and resolutely stubborn minds of many of those who consider themselves 'critics' today. Good taste is even rarer. Yet it isn't the word of the ignorant and arrogant against everyone else, thankfully. There is still truth context, no matter how blind one may be to it. A bit of perspective for the open-minded: go ahead with your opinion whatever it may be, but you might want to make it a little less loud when all you've done is pull it out of the air and have nothing to stand on. To those who haven't seen it yet and have expressed humility and curiosity, thank you. That is always square one. With its 8 significant nominations, I'm pleased to find myself in a majority this year--among those who recognize the presence of a lovely pearl.
  8. [i could not find this piece--below--online, so I've transcribed it. It's from a print publication by TheWrap, which I saw a copy of at a local Portland-area movie theater. I agree 100% with this opinion, which is why I placed The Imitation Game #1 on my top-ten films of 2014 immediately after seeing it ( http://letterboxd.com/robinwoodpdx/list/my-2014-top-ten-plus-three-bonuses-1 ). And I've seen pretty much everything there is to see this year. The fact that I grew up in and worked in Silicon Valley, throughout my teens and twenties, may have increased my appreciation somewhat, but I still believe it's objectively true...that the general public and most reviewers are not tuned into this film's significance and need to at least read more on the subject. ~Lynn H.] -- Why 'The Imitation Game' Is the Best and Most Important Movie of the Year by Eric E. Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google [ALERT: INCLUDES PLOT SPOILERS.] Every year, right around this time, people start taking a long, scrutinizing look back at the past twelve months in movies to determine what should be considered the best and brightest of the pack. Being from the tech world, I'm normally not much more than a spectator in watching how it all plays out. As my friends in entertainment will attest, though, the road to those gold statues is an exciting but tireless effort every go 'round. It seems that what it really boils down to is sitting back and not just evaluating what films stood above the rest--that part is fairly easy. It's discerning why those films were particularly meaningful that makes the final decision ultimately. A stand-out movie is one that resonates with a special, oftentimes very specific, group of people. Oddly enough, I found myself in that group this year when I sat down to watch 'The Imitation Game'. The movie is, in essence, a biopic about an exceptional man--Alan Turing. As many now know from the film, Turing was a British mathematician and cryptologist whose unparalleled brilliance led him to crack the Nazi's so-called unbreakable Enigma Code. Turing created a machine whose artificial intelligence did what no group of men, no matter how many or how smart, could have conceivably accomplished. His artificial intelligence machine was what many call the first precursor to the modern-day computer, making Turing the grandfather of computers. It's no overstatement to say that he was responsible for ending WWII by what many estimate was two years early and saving thousands of lives as a result. And so, for that fact alone, Turing deserves our our eternal thanks. He also deserves our eternal apologies, because in 1952 he was arrested and charged with the criminal offense of "gross indeceny". Being homosexual was, in his time, illegal in the UK. His persecution for being gay affected Turing irreversibly, and two years later, the genius and war hero took his own life by eating a cyanide-laced apple. Back in September, I co-hosted Charlie Rose's annual Aspen conference where we had the incredible opportunity to screen 'The Imitation Game'. The gathering is a formidable one whether you consider yourself an insider in the technology sphere or not, bringing together the top visionary minds on the planet in one place, at one time. It was astounding to see who sat down to watch the movie there: my Google colleague Larry Page, PayPal founder Max Levchin, media titan Arianna Huffington, entrepreneur Yuri Milner, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to name a few. After the screening, the reactions to the film were overwhelmingly positive, but I realized we were missing a very key point of Turing's story: he had not only saved lives some seventy years ago, but he played a colossal role in shaping what our lives are like right now, at this very moment. As everyone in Aspen that day would emphasize, Turing invented the computer, plain and simple. I struggle to come up with an element of our modern world that's more inextricable from our day-to-day lives than that. Those who utilize this technology, but don't engineer it, think of computers as a more or less recent phenomenon. But they started over 60 years ago with Turing. It took screening the film, surrounded by so many people who work in this business, to properly recognize that. Like I said, sometimes it takes a special audience being deeply affected by the subject matter to clarify what makes a movie important, and to me 'The Imitation Game' is the most important and best film this year. The journey continued later last fall in early November, when Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg co-hosted a Silicon Valley screening. Once again, some of the biggest names in the technology sector showed up - including Google's co-founder Sergey Brin, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. After the end credits rolled, Zuckerberg said that, without Turing, none of the people in the room that night would be doing the jobs they're doing. Coming from someone like him, who's a monumental prodigy himself, those were some hefty words. We at Google, along with the likes of Twitter and Yahoo!, soon followed suit in welcoming the film with special showings, because to all of us it's obvious that Turing's legacy and unimaginable impact are something to be celebrated. What makes this movie so superior to anything else out there is that it's helping the world to recognize just how much one of history's most unsung heroes truly affected all of us. For all he created and all he sacrificed, this film is a brilliant, monumental step in the right direction, at giving credit where credit is due, albeit posthumously, to one of the world's most innovative minds and courageous heroes. [i sure hope it wins Best Picture!--I agree wholeheartedly with Eric Schmidt, for artistic reasons as well, that it was the best and most important movie of the year.]
  9. So far the Academy has sorted last year's films almost exactly the same way I've been guessing they would, as I've been adding them on Letterboxd ( http://letterboxd.com/robinwoodpdx/ - btw, that's not my usual experience). My own top ten choices are always quite a bit different from theirs, though, except for maybe one or two. I'm going to add 'Timbuktu' as my guess to win Best Foreign Film even though I still haven't had a chance to see all the other nominated foreign films (or documentaries, for that matter--2014 produced a pretty good crop of documentaries even though at least half of them were highly biased).
  10. Okay, Grinches and Scrooges... Kirk Cameron is a super positive person. That is not ego. I appreciate his genuineness and his trying to do what he thinks is good for the world. So he doesn't know how to create good art, okay. (I can say this because I saw the film.) True artists wouldn't feel the need to shoot him down. They would just ignore him which isn't hard to do. And those who condemn individuals they don't know (and haven't even seen their work) are not critics. They're just critical. And BORING. So if you're not going to see the film to talk about it specifically, how about doing away with the pettiness? You wouldn't say these things to his face if you met him. (You'd look like an idiot because he's a very nice person.) Here's hoping each of you finds something to enjoy about Christmas, whether or not you see the film.
  11. Me too! I'm dying to see this one as soon as it opens in my area.
  12. Saw it tonight. I grew up in a skiing family, so I expected to make connections with it and enjoy it, but it left me cold. I feel I got the intended humor, but it wasn't funny to me. The characters left me less than keenly empathetic, and I couldn't identify with any of them, even though I'm a mom and had a 21-year marriage. The kids ordering their parents around in shrill voices was particularly irritating. The plot...well, there wasn't any good meat to it. All in all, a disappointment. (And yes, I did get the ending, which apparently was meant to be wry humor, but it didn't do anything for me.)
  13. Has anyone here actually seen the film? I did. I would say it may be encouraging to certain christians who have become disillusioned about celebrating Christmas (I would not recommend it more broadly than that), because of attacks on it by other christians. It is not a good film (choppy, weird, and downright embarrassing in places), but Kirk Cameron and his brother-in-law are winsome despite their simpleness, and there are even a few enlightening glimmers, for those not familiar with basic church history.
  14. 'The Judge' and maybe something on Netflix or Amazon Instant that I've never bothered to watch before, such as 'Gladiator' or 'Million Dollar Baby'.
  15. Genius Within (Glenn Gould) Grappelli: A Life in the Jazz Century Lady Sings the Blues Impromptu The Red Violin The Legend of 1900 La Vie en Rose Eroica The Soloist Songcatcher Coal Miner's Daughter The Singing Revolution
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