BP Movie Journal 5/19/16

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  1. Stuart says:

    Tom Hanks spoke in his recent very entertaining BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs about changing the gender of lines.
    He was asked about Sleepless in Seattle and he explained how he had talked to Nora Ephron about the difference between what she had written and what, and the way, a man would say the same.
    You can listen here; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b079m78n

  2. Beth says:

    I agree with what you guys are saying about being unable to just change the genders on the page and have it work for men and women. I think if people were to do that, I would take it as a sign of laziness or pandering more than anything else (I had never heard of the gender-swapped Odd Couple you mentioned, and the 12 Angry Jurors(?) but they sound annoying). Men and women are different, because they naturally have different walks through life (same goes for straight vs. LGBT, white vs. POC..) and I think the storytelling potential gets richer when someone attempts to explore those differences. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about “Neighbors 2,” for all the reasons you’ve mentioned and it’s kind of freaking me out! I may have to see it (although honestly those CGI body moments, besides being unfunny like one of you guys said, *really* creep me out).

  3. Juhani Kenttä says:

    I, for one, loved it. And I didn’t guess the couple before David.

  4. Sarah says:

    Hmmm. My St Louis loving, SJW compatriot apparently also sings Gin Blossoms at karaoke. Hey Jealosy and Allison Rd are my karaoke jams.

    I’m deeply thinking about The Sweetest Thing now. I have a soft (and blind) spot for that movie, because it really appealed to me when it came out. It’s not good, but it was really an anomaly in its perspective at the time. I need to watch it again, and see what 36 year old me feels about it.

  5. Ryan says:

    I guessed Beatty and Bening about five seconds before David did. Very satisfying game. As for Neighbors 2, I’m stunned David liked it, as the tone and the level of jokes were identical to the first one. Both movies are really great and worth seeing.

  6. Ray (@RaySquirrel) says:

    The whole guess the acting couple thing was great! Don’t worry about it.

    As for the talk on gender I know you waded into this huge hornets nest on the previous episode but With recent developments it should be discussed. Recently John Rolfe, curator of Cinemassacre who is better known online as the “Angry Video Game Nerd” published a video on his channel where he said that he wasn’t planning on watching the new Ghostbusters movies. He was very calm and collected and stated his points clearly and concisely. The reasons why he didn’t want to see the movie is that he is a big fan of the original and does not believe this new one can live up to its standard of excellence. Also the recent trailer just made it look like a lazy cash grab, where they were keeping all the same story beats, only putting women in the lead roles. On top of that all the jokes are hack and the special effects are cartoonish.

    As a response to this the Internet flipped its sh*t. People calling him a sexist, a mysoginist, a petulant man-baby. People were denegrating him and his wife. And these were not just ordinary people on Twitter. The Atlantic, the Daily Beast, the Daily Dot, and many other publications ran stories decrying John Rolfe and everyone like him as a sexist/mysoginist diaper-wearing neckbearded whiny man-child.

    What makes this all the more infuriating is that days after all this went down ComicBookGirl19 gave her opinion on the new Ghostbusters movie. She said pretty much the same thing, it’s a lazy cash-grab banking on people’s nostalgia for the original franchise, and the trailer is full of hack jokes, bad special effects, and the exact same story beats as the original with women instead of men in the lead roles. Nobody has said anything about it. I don’t see Devin Faraci writing articles on “The Soft Sexism” of ComicBookGirl19. I feel that this needs to addressed, something has to be done about this, because this is rediculous.

    But to leave you on a more positive note, I’d like to share with you a pair of female directors I like and think that you should check out. They are the Soska sisters, Julie and Sylvia, they opperate under the name “Twisted Twins Productions”. The specialize in horror and exploitation. If you’ve seen ‘ABCs of Death 2’ they did the segment “T for Torture Porn.” (not to give away the twist but I thought it should have been called “T for Tentacle R—“) They made a really good horror movie called ‘American Mary’ (bad title but good movie) I believe it’s on Netflix. And I recently watched their debut feature ‘Dead Hooker In A Trunk.’ Aside from the title being a bit of a misnomer, it is about as good as you’d imagine a film called ‘Dead Hooker In A Trunk’ can possibly be. It is currently streaming on Hulu. They’ve done two films for WWE Studios which I’ve yet to see. And from what I can tell they are currently working on a remake of David Cronenberg’s ‘Rabid.’

    Thanks. And keep up the good work.

  7. Bill says:

    The game was fine. What was annoying was Tyler saying “If you don’t like this, I don’t care.”

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