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  1. Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… Coolidge

    JVL is obviously a misanthrope.

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    • January 23, 2020, at 8:35 AM PST
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  2. Taras Coolidge

    “Everything about it is better than it has to be.”—the guys on Bad Boys for Life.

    I happened to see Dolittle and Bad Boys for Life on consecutive days.

    Doolittle is the kind of movie that makes you question the habit of going to the movies. I’m not sure why I stayed all the way to the end. I guess the popcorn was good. (Free refill.)

    Clearly the studio knew it was a bomb. What was obviously designed to be a summer, 3D, CGI spectacular was instead dumped in the middle of January, 2D only.

    Someone compared it to a children’s movie from the 1970s, when the studios’ attitude was “kids are stupid, they won’t know the difference”. The screenplay is sub-professional, and talented performers are miscast and misused.

    As the pirate king, Antonio Banderas is more Gollum than Blackbeard.

    And the great Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose) is not just wasted but embarrassed as the bedridden Queen whose need of an exotic cure drives the plot.

    For no good reason, instead of an illness, the film has the Queen being poisoned by her courtiers. Perhaps the white hero had to be balanced by white villains. Or it’s now a requirement that aristocrats be presented in a negative light, as in the Disney cartoon, Frozen.

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    • January 23, 2020, at 10:23 AM PST
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  3. Taras Coolidge

    Anyway, the next day, with some trepidation, I went to see Bad Boys for Life. After all, I had never seen Bad Boys, nor Bad Boys II. (I didn’t go to the movies very often when those films came out.)

    But all the other movies playing in my neighborhood, that I hadn’t already seen, were left-wing propaganda of one kind or another. So I went to see BBfL — and basked in the sheer professionalism of it.

    It is an almost perfect entertainment, expertly mixing violent action, self-deprecating humor, and credible sentiment. I had a great time!

    And if it’s true that the box office is double what the studio expected, it’s well-deserved.

     

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    • January 23, 2020, at 10:54 AM PST
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  4. Taras Coolidge

    P.S.: Yes, the 1967 Doctor Dolittle starred Rex Harrison. It was a misbegotten effort to repeat the success of My Fair Lady (1964).

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    • January 23, 2020, at 11:04 AM PST
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  5. kylez Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    P.S.: Yes, the 1967 Doctor Dolittle starred Rex Harrison. It was a misbegotten effort to repeat the success of My Fair Lady (1964).

    I saw that several years ago and thought it was decent, if a little overlong. I don’t get the negativity towards it.

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    • January 23, 2020, at 6:12 PM PST
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  6. Taras Coolidge

    kylez (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    P.S.: Yes, the 1967 Doctor Dolittle starred Rex Harrison. It was a misbegotten effort to repeat the success of My Fair Lady (1964).

    I saw that several years ago and thought it was decent, if a little overlong. I don’t get the negativity towards it.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen it. It sounds like it was better than the current film. I’ll look for it.

    However, it earned back only a fraction of its costs at the box office, and is credited with nearly driving 20th Century Fox into bankruptcy.

    I think of it as misbegotten because the magic of My Fair Lady relied on the combination of Rex Harrison and the inimitable Audrey Hepburn, not to mention George Bernard Shaw.

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    • January 24, 2020, at 8:44 AM PST
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  7. WilliamDean Coolidge

    Taras (View Comment):

    I think of it as misbegotten because the magic of My Fair Lady relied on the combination of Rex Harrison and the inimitable Audrey Hepburn, not to mention George Bernard Shaw.

    So what you’re saying is that it relied on Audrey Hepburn and George Bernard Shaw.

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    • January 24, 2020, at 12:26 PM PST
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  8. Taras Coolidge

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    I think of it as misbegotten because the magic of My Fair Lady relied on the combination of Rex Harrison and the inimitable Audrey Hepburn, not to mention George Bernard Shaw.

    So what you’re saying is that it relied on Audrey Hepburn and George Bernard Shaw.

    Not exactly. Harrison and Hepburn had great chemistry together.

    Pair her with a distinguished older male lead, and the results were golden: Sabrina, Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon, Charade.

    But her substitute in Doctor Dolittle was the less-than-magical Samantha Eggar.

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    • January 24, 2020, at 1:03 PM PST
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  9. Charlotte Member
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    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    JVL is obviously a misanthrope.

    Ummmmm, well yeah.

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    • January 26, 2020, at 12:43 PM PST
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  10. Charlotte Member
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    I agree one thousand percent with JVL about the fundraiser thing. He didn’t specifically mention disease walks, but these are in the same category. What do I care if you walk five kilometers? Can I just contribute a hundred bucks through the website?

    (I am also a misanthrope.)

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    • January 26, 2020, at 12:46 PM PST
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  11. Daniel Sterman Inactive

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    JVL is obviously a misanthrope.

    I take it this is your first episode of the podcast?

    Charlotte (View Comment):
    He didn’t specifically mention disease walks, but these are in the same category. What do I care if you walk five kilometers? Can I just contribute a hundred bucks through the website?

    This has always mystified me as well. If I have the spare money and the desire to give to charity, I’ll have already done it – why am I just holding this money to the side waiting for some kind of excuse to give it? And what does it have to do with whatever physical activity you happen to be up to?

    There’s a good John Finnemore sketch about it.

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    • January 30, 2020, at 3:36 AM PST
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  12. Miffed White Male Member
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    Daniel Sterman (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    JVL is obviously a misanthrope.

    I take it this is your first episode of the podcast?

    Charlotte (View Comment):
    He didn’t specifically mention disease walks, but these are in the same category. What do I care if you walk five kilometers? Can I just contribute a hundred bucks through the website?

    This has always mystified me as well. If I have the spare money and the desire to give to charity, I’ll have already done it – why am I just holding this money to the side waiting for some kind of excuse to give it? And what does it have to do with whatever physical activity you happen to be up to?

    There’s a good John Finnemore sketch about it.

    There was a bit on “coach” about that too. Earnest kids wanted Jerry van dyke to sponsor them in a walk, he offered to pay them to paint his garage instead. “But we don’t want to paint your garage”. 

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    • January 30, 2020, at 4:22 AM PST
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