Excellent appraisal of a film that should rightly be considered a masterpiece, despite its imperfections. Those who hurl the most scorn at Cameron's movie were, I suppose, hoping for Cohen brothers dialogue - biting, witty, tangential, anything but earnest - between Jack and Rose? Never mind that conversational English from 1912 would seem impossibly corny to our modern ears.
The events of recent years have made me more sympathetic to Cameron's crude skewering of the upper crust too. Billy Zane's Cal is no cartoon super-villain; he'd fit right in at Lehman Brothers circa 2007. I re-watched 'Titanic' recently, and noticed several moments where Zane's performance also suggests Cal isn't at ease with his distasteful actions. It's a better performance than I remembered.
Jebus pronounces your laboured comparison "hysterical"
This story appeared in the OnScreen page, where we often look at stories in the local film and TV business. This appears to be a case where taxpayers money is being spent, and has been spent for decades, in a superannuated purpose. This may seem a waste of time to you, but we feel that a municipal organization, even a toothless one, being paid to rate the movies we get to watch is worth taking a look at. Should the government influence what we get to see in cinemas? And should we continue to support such a thing?
You suggest the writer "didn't get their facts right," which is a serious accusation, then you provide no examples of error. Your opinion is that Mr MacDonald is a man with a grudge. Is he mistaken? Service Nova Scotia and municipal relations spokesperson Susan Tate thinks he may be, and you should feel free to do the same. But MacDonald is a credible and respected voice for film art in Halifax, a programmer for the Atlantic Film Festival, and someone with direct experience with the MFCB. The questions he raises are valid and should be discussed.
We appreciate that you took to time to avail yourself of the information we provided and contacted one of the censors. And if this piece is, as you say, "an unfair misrepresentation," and "CERTAINLY NOT what this group is "mostly" doing with their time," then what are they doing? What service are we paying them to provide? Is it of value to the province? Please feel free to let us know.
Until then, thanks for sharing your anonymous, humble opinion.
Carsten Knox, Film Editor
First of all, I understand that this group is part of a public organization, and is open to public scrutiny and questioning, however....
Honestly...who cares? What a waste of time this article is. Is it really necesary to come up with conspiracy theories about EVERY public entity in the Western world these days? Is this really the best 'investigative' reporting The Coast has to offer? An 'expose' on a group of mostly retired individuals who basically volunteer their time and energy (yes, there is a small reimbursement, but would you watch "Jack & Jill" for free?)? If THIS is the worst thing going on in relation to the Provincial or Federal governments (or even *gasp* the Private Sector..!!) then we must be living in some kind of Utopia. Surely there are more worthwhile things or organizations to report on, and "reveal" the "secret" actions of.
If it IS necessary to pay someone to write such an unnecessary article, then could they at least get their facts right, and interview people who have done the same? Mr Ron Foley MacDonald comes across as a pathetic individual with a grudge. He states; "they sit and they watch porn mostly, and they get paid a fee for it". This is outrageous and possibly defamation of character for those individuals listed, as this is CERTAINLY NOT what this group is "mostly" doing with their time.
That brings me to my last point; as I have contacted at least one person on this list (no I am not one of them, nor do I have any affiliation), I do know that the people whose names are printed here were not contacted in any way to inform them of an article linking them with 'sitting around getting paid to watch porn all day'. I wonder if Mr. Foley MacDonald was asked if HIS name could appear in the paper? I'm guessing he was....well done Coast.
I have always had great respect for The Coast, but after reading this, and checking the facts, this article is, in my anonymous, humble opinion, an unfair misrepresentation, leaving me to question other articles published here. *sigh*
All that being said, thanks for the space to provide an opinion.
By now they will almost all be Dippers over the age of 50.
IF life were fair, the new CEO would have a back ground in film ! Not just how to travel on the public's dime & BS Producers from away. You don't have to be in film making very long to realise a $100,000 feature film may be GREAT for those with no money & no way to make their film idea a reality.
But exactly how long do you think an industry will survive if free movie equipment, free labor, favours etc is what you have to get to make a feature made for that amount of money ?
While I have no problem supporting the film 5 low/no budget student films with free labor or rental houses helping with the loaning of gear for free etc. Making a film with a for profit Production house , like telefilm & expecting people who make their living in crewing motion pictures, to work for free or minimum wage at best is no good for our industry.
How would you as a painter, or carpenter, secretary, politician like to go do your regular job for the next 2 or 3 weeks for free ? Or at minimum wage for any skilled trade ?
I didn't believe I'd get many takers !
Artistes are born bitching......and they die bitching.
Wow, I'm gonna miss that photo!
Regarding the Pirate & Privateer documentary on CBC.
Piracy and Privateering is alive and well in North America.
Our company, Loyalist Arms & Repairs Ltd. (Halifax), has been supplying pirates and privateers with armaments, coins, cannons, nautical instruments and clothing for years. The pirates we supply are the REEL ones, not the real ones.
Our products have been used on all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, as well as Master & Commander, not to mention thousands of pirate and privateer reencators worldwide.
Piracy and privateering is still big business, especially in the Maritimes.
There are punctuation errors all through this piece. Where the hell is the editor?
Forgot to mention, the film was produced and directed by Donna Davies of Halifax-based Ruby Tree Films.
It is so nice good news to our nudist. Some think nudists are porn, and I am sad about this. Nudist are perfect. wow, I have found my parnter on a nudist dating site called nudistconnect dot com. So nice site, and I will tell this to my friens there. Maybe many of them want to perform in this film.
...with all proceeds going to NS SPCA? : )
Bo Gus, they have a way to enhance the existing imagery to 3D in post-production. I'm not sure I understand the technical aspects of the procedure. For the most part, I agree with you, though I thought Hugo, Pina and Jackass 3D were all improved by the tech (though they were all shot in 3D to begin with).
How are films not originally shot using 3D cameras retrofitted to be 3D?
It is just a question of curiosity, as 3D is yet another useless techno-trick trying to pander to the videogame generation and not really worthy of much attention.
I vote that all attention and even reference to 3D re-releases be held UNTIL SUCH TIME AS "The Empire Strikes Back" is re-released in 3D. Brutally, this will not happen until 2016, so you shall have some time to bide through theatrical reissues of Disney's "Treasure Planet," "Monster-In-Law," "The Da Vinci Code," "Van Helsing," and other such memorable projects screaming for further (spatial as well as thematic) depth.
If Bergman, Tarkovsky, Renoir, et al. suddenly become objects of three-dimensional revision, do proceed to re-examine the trend at once from all critical perspectives.
I was 20 years old in 1981 when Thatcher was prime minister. She was
directly responsible for the murder of ten men, one of whom was a sitting
member of parliament. The member of parliament was Bobby Sands, who
died after a hunger strike of 66 days for prisoners basic human rights, and
for Irish independence. For this reason, I'm boycotting this film. I will not
see it nor download it.
This guy must have made a fantastic weed connection here to keep coming back so often.
well lets look at it, the time was very different and i will look for heart in the picture show, it is too easy to just say it lacks heart and soul, a common fault of those who are critical of such psych work - depth psychology is heart, soul and thought - charlie b.
The Academy certainly went with much higher brow nominees this year which I think will lose them a large portion of their young audience. After doing better at being in touch with the public the past two years, these stiff nominees just fall flat. I usually have something in common with the choice but not this year- if the contenders seem stuffy to you, check out my own Top 10 Movie Picks of 2011 at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/01… where you won’t see a single of the Academy’s nominees for Best Picture but you will get some movie artwork I drew up as well as the reviews!
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