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    Poll: Personally, I enjoyed A Quiet Passion primarily...

    Personally, I enjoyed A Quiet Passion primarily for its hipster flourishes: Victorian aesthetic, obsessive repartee, mannerism for days, and - oh yeah, right - Emily Dickinson. Nihilists, unite! You...
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    Poll: My impression is that most people plopped into...

    My impression is that most people plopped into random circumstance and asked to just play themselves will probably come off as a poor copy and won't manage to hold the scene together. I think she did...
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    Poll: Phew, what a crap essay. The first 40% isn't...

    Phew, what a crap essay.

    The first 40% isn't even about the movie: "I saw a propaganda film once that I won't compare this film to in any substantive way...[hint: it, too, is propaganda]", "One...
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    Poll: I'm trying to imagine the conversation between...

    I'm trying to imagine the conversation between you and one of these Japanese critics where you inform them that they love Eastwood because of American dominance of Japan. It sounds like an awkward...
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    Was that meant as a reference? Day-Lewis says...

    Was that meant as a reference? Day-Lewis says that's a myth; he was just exhausted after a protracted run.

    The ghost mom seemed in keeping with his momma's boy background (warning signal number...
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    I didn't figure. I doubted even the necessity of...

    I didn't figure. I doubted even the necessity of a line. In his interview with Parker, Anderson said he had some dialogue mentioning her wartime experience but ultimately felt it redundant when set...
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    Nice. Thanks for that.

    Nice. Thanks for that.
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    I don't feel its pull so much. I get the...

    I don't feel its pull so much. I get the allusions and all that, but they added more flavor than content for me. I don't see them filling in some hole where dialogue expositing character history is...
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    I can't remember it ever being addressed. Since...

    I can't remember it ever being addressed. Since she didn't update her accent, I assumed Alma was from the same place as Krieps: Luxembourg. It wasn't ever identified, I guess, because it didn't...
  10. Poll: And Guill sure did biff the order of the...

    And Guill sure did biff the order of the Birmingham march and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Boy, I bet he's red in the face.
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    Poll: I don't see how he needs a pass, really. Of all...

    I don't see how he needs a pass, really. Of all the characters in the movie, the perspective is weighted most strongly towards her and she gets the lion's share of whatever sympathy there is to be...
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    Poll: This remains one of my favorite movie moments......

    This remains one of my favorite movie moments...


    "Cause of death?"

    ::flashback to police finding corpse of a girl, obviously drowned, in a closet::

    "Suicide."
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    Poll: I understand his choice of Luke timeslice for his...

    I understand his choice of Luke timeslice for his showdown, but with force-projection being a thing, you'd think he might project himself sometimes back before Luke ran his BMW into a wampa.
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    I think it's more than the dialogue. I think it...

    I think it's more than the dialogue. I think it was in the whole set-up and the subtext I was talking about. If we want to take the subversion further, we need only consider our condescending laughs...
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    That it's a chase sequence where the typical...

    That it's a chase sequence where the typical leader-hero is turned villain and the crew is on a mutinous suicide mission scuppers that notion, far as I'm concerned. I had a good laugh at "I hope we...
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    Poll: I hope if we remember this in the years to come,...

    I hope if we remember this in the years to come, it's as V-vitch, ala Se-seven-en.
  17. Poll: I found it myself. Yours too. Let's get a room,...

    I found it myself. Yours too. Let's get a room, doll.
  18. Poll: I don't get this at all. Like, there has to be a...

    I don't get this at all. Like, there has to be a one-track, monomaniacal goal for this to be a theme. Can we not walk and chew gum at the same time? Balls?! Regardless of other shit, survival and...
  19. Poll: Survival's a more fundamental theme than revenge,...

    Survival's a more fundamental theme than revenge, obviously, and the breath bits hinge on that. Not sure what you've been thinking about it then. Not sure why we should have to think all that much...
  20. Poll: Not really concerned about the 'ism of it all,...

    Not really concerned about the 'ism of it all, but I liked that part. It was an immersive, intimate moment that kinda trumped a lot of the flashy long-takes and the (sometimes funny) melodramatic...
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    Poll: This sentiment is a deep mystery to me. Russell...

    This sentiment is a deep mystery to me. Russell killed it. The baton passing from Russell to Tatum, I'd say, is when the movie really started to stumble.
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    Poll: That's one of the big questions of Fog,...

    That's one of the big questions of Fog, interestingly. To what extent is he a different person? What does this change entail?

    It was widely known well before 78 that McNamara had turned...
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    Poll: Also worth noting the extent to which dropping...

    Also worth noting the extent to which dropping the interviews in place of making a third person documentary about Rumsfeld is anathema to Morris' style. He's made this point in interviews about...
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    Poll: You say that like Rumsfeld's delusions aren't...

    You say that like Rumsfeld's delusions aren't inside his head, but the movie makes it abundantly clear that they reach right down into the roots of his personality. They are him. And considering...
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    Poll: This seems to mistake Morris' MO, which is to get...

    This seems to mistake Morris' MO, which is to get inside people's heads, especially when those heads are hopelessly deluded. It's about the obligation and the impediments to "know thyself."
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