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    For me, Lee’s later films always seem extremely...

    For me, Lee’s later films always seem extremely fast. That’s not to say that they seem fast-paced like a blockbuster, but I recall the distinct feeling of being like, “Wow, there is so much...
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    Poll: ARP is a much, much more talented and creative...

    ARP is a much, much more talented and creative filmmaker than QT, to me. As for the redundancy of the final episode... sometimes if it doesnít make sense to you itís an indication that youíre missing...
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    Poll: ...but it’s not cloying. She’s a barely...

    ...but it’s not cloying. She’s a barely functioning person, and her bandmates don’t trust her to be alone for five minutes. She ends the film being too weak/overwhelmed to play another song - someone...
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    Poll: The Color Wheel gets more smug and irritating and...

    The Color Wheel gets more smug and irritating and other awful things, it’s great!

    What was your issue with the last act? I find it a clever inversion and yet still repetition of the first part......
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    Poll: I agree! It's not an interesting film. There are...

    I agree! It's not an interesting film. There are so many other, better superlatives for it!

    Beguiling! Entrancing! Spectacular! You don't merely take interest in it, you bathe in it.
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    Poll: I like the first half far, far, far more than the...

    I like the first half far, far, far more than the second half. The second half is still fascinating, though, as an evolving Antonioni-esque diversion as it reflects and refracts certain elements from...
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    Hope the onlookers had fun. No more responses...

    Hope the onlookers had fun. No more responses from me. Enjoy your attempts at piling on!
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    Correct. Attitudes. Not ideas. If you convince...

    Correct. Attitudes. Not ideas. If you convince someone that they can fly they will jump off of a building. We could say that people with ideas that they can fly have a sort of "culturally acquired...
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    Do you guys want to get into a political and...

    Do you guys want to get into a political and educational dick measuring contest? What if I win? Will your ego be crushed? I mean, I got a B+ once in high school, so I clearly didn't go to Harvard....
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    No, I am not engaging in a rhetorical debate. You...

    No, I am not engaging in a rhetorical debate. You are not good at categorization of language, are you?
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    A person cannot drive a nail without a hammer....

    A person cannot drive a nail without a hammer. All those with hammers are in good nail-driving-taste.

    Nope. More accurately: Any person can drive a nail, all they have to do is pick up a hammer....
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    OK, thanks, bye.

    OK, thanks, bye.
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    "A French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu...

    "A French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) attempted to apply the methods of the social sciences to an understanding of aesthetics."

    Yeah, sorry, that's not a philosophy of aesthetics,...
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    Two different points: Is an argument stronger...

    Two different points: Is an argument stronger because it's popular? No. Is an argument more worth wasting your time on as an element of civic good if it is popular? Yes. Don't conflate two different...
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    For those interested in the actual accepted...

    For those interested in the actual accepted philosophical position on "good and bad taste", here's an article that explains the history of thought on the idea:

    https://www.iep.utm.edu/a-taste/
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    I enjoy a good cave painting, myself. Thus, the...

    I enjoy a good cave painting, myself. Thus, the basic aesthetic criteria by which people in the entire world evaluate works of art has never changed ever in history.

    It's a non sequitur. I also...
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    Are these advertisers the people who decide what...

    Are these advertisers the people who decide what is in “Good Taste”? I was going to read some of Wittgenstein’s writings on aesthetic theory but I guess I’ll just email the guy who made the “Can you...
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    OK thanks for posting.

    OK thanks for posting.
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    Instead of telling me what I said, quote me. I...

    Instead of telling me what I said, quote me. I did not and never would say what you said. If you address my actual words, then we can continue. I can’t defend something I don’t believe and would...
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    To start, you closed your first post by...

    To start, you closed your first post by categorizing a gross misrepresentation of what’s I was talking about as “snowflake bullshit”. I’m not sure what tone you were expecting in response. Secondly,...
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    Agreed. See above: there is no need to spend time...

    Agreed. See above: there is no need to spend time refuting nonsense.
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    Just because two dunces agree on some...

    Just because two dunces agree on some intersubjective standards doesn’t mean that it must be refuted. That’s silly. It’s silly to presume that there is only one intersubjective standard at one time....
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    “"Blue Velvet" is like the guy who drives you...

    “"Blue Velvet" is like the guy who drives you nuts by hinting at horrifying news and then saying, "Never mind." There's another thing. Rossellini is asked to do things in this film that require real...
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    Guilty pleasure comes from the same nonsense as...

    Guilty pleasure comes from the same nonsense as “Good Taste”. If you like something in “Bad Taste”, you should feel bad.

    There are no good people who like nothing in “Bad Taste”. The emperor has...
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    The ideas about which qualities are essential for...

    The ideas about which qualities are essential for good art in Western culture is not something that predates the human experiences that established these qualities as those that are essential for...
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