commented on The Fall of Will Smith
What was the last good Smith movie? I guess some people liked I am Legend, but even that was 6 years ago. It's been a long time since the Independence Day/MiB years when he dominated the box office.
I think his status as a box-office titan is gone, which means that he can now enter his own Cruisian-decline. He'll still have a career, obviously, but it will be a long while before he's starring a must-see movie. He had a remarkable run of box-office successes despite appearing in a decade of mediocre films. If he becomes anything like Cruise, he'll be wealthy and connected enough to still get movies made, and off-putting enough to potentially taint whatever he touches.
It will take already existing franchises, like MiB3, (or like Cruise in his M.I. series) to lure in people with enough industry-weight to push back against him. Otherwise he'll keep just making vanity projects (ala After Earth).
commented on Right On, Seattle Times!
Maybe this could be the Times' business model going forward, poaching settlements from institutions that aren't behaving properly. Supporting a vicious public watchdog might make subscribing worth it.
commented on Spoiled Rotten: Star Trek Into Darkness
The opening scene, the spacewalk and Simon Pegg are the only bits I enjoyed. It was also nice that Tyler Perry did not reprise his role.
The plot is nonsense and I have to assume it was stolen from some slash fanfic and was then further degraded by Abrams.
commented on Would You Like to Be Entertained for a Shorter Period or a Longer Period?
When movies or plays cross roughly the 2:20 mark, they count as being 'long' for me.
Long books are fine: you can always put the book down, skip ahead, skim through the unnecessary descriptions or the begats. I enjoy books that require multiple sittings to finish; the breaks force me to consider the whole work at several points through the story.
Long movies are potentially acceptable, at least now when most people see them at home and can pause or fast forward. Not in the theater though.
Long plays are frequently terrible: your shit better be astounding to keep an audience hostage for 150+ minutes.
commented on Saint Genet Re-Creates "Shoot"
If you don' t like it then don't enable it. Walk away.
If you feel a 'duty' to witness it, then don't complain about it because you're part of it.
commented on Which Fox TV Series Looks Worse?
I have to assume that Green and Ribisi are appearing in Dads in lieu of serving time.
"So what will it be, either 5 years at Lompoc or 8-episodes of a MacFarlane sitcom?"