Crossing the Streams: May 2017, by Jim Rohner

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    I have never before heard anyone describe Hostel as being anything more than torture porn. The most I’ve heard in defense of Eli Roth is that his version of Cabin Fever is better than the remake.

    I hadn’t thought about Bond having a childhood at all (even though I was aware of the “James Bond Jr” cartoon before the actual films). Despite appearing in all those films, his character isn’t really explored. He’s more archetype than real person.

    Whenever people talk about whatever lame movie Lawrence is doing now, I always reply “Yes, but she did Winter’s Bone”. It’s the role I’ll forever associate with her, and one could do a lot worse.

    • Jim says:

      I never thought of Hostel as anything more either until I sat down and watched it with a friend who gave me his own personal commentary track. It’s been a while since I’ve watched it so I can’t get too granular, but I think the film comments on American ignorance of foreign cultures (Paxton and his buddies have an entitled air about them) and the hyperbolic extremes of capitalism (not only can you actually pay a company to provide you with a person to murder, but the pricing scale is such that an American is the most expensive). I’m not saying it’s high art, but I think just to write it off as merely torture porn is unfair.

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