To my credit, The Avengers was the only film you mentioned that had been released at the time of this article. I also liked all 4 films mentioned, although I had issues with each.
And explain the wet rag and rat bits for me, if you don't mind.
Hi everyone, Isaac Weeks here; it seems that I have flustered quite a few of you by daring to write a negative review of a film that was purported to be great. I thought I would clear up a few things:
a)Does Benh REALLY have a strong connection to the South? Yes, his mother is from Darlington, but he was raised in Queens. While I'm sure he has been offered a piece of cornbread at least once in his life, I would think it takes more than a summer vacation to Myrtle Beach to make someone understand the South.
b)Yes, I am well aware of City Lore. Behn's parents make a pretty damn good living wage off of their positions at the non-profit. Also, I am well aware of his car accident and the tale of his medical bills. I don't care how wealthy you are, a hospital stay can wipe you out. As a independent filmmaker, I'm not shocked that he was uninsured.
c)I never really touched on the acting in the film, as I had more than enough complaints to fill out the review to begin with, but that being said, I just DO NOT understand the praise that Wallis is getting for her performance. If you go into it thinking, "Well, she's six, you can only expect so much," you won't be disappointed. I found her voice-over work to be adequate, but at any point that she was on the screen...ugh.
d)I'm not a movie snob. I like what I like. I love Anderson as a matter of fact, but didn't care THAT much for Moonrise Kingdom. I'm a riddle in a puzzle, my friends.
e)I have absolutely zero problem disagreeing with the majority of critics, and awards don't weigh too heavy on my mind. I was one of the few in the local film community last year that hated DRIVE, and I'm fine with that.
Also, I have read a book or two in my time, thanks for asking.
f)My supposed "aversion to poverty": I come from a long line of poverty-stricken farmers. It wasn't until I filled out my student loan application to go to college that I realized just how poor my parents were. That being said, they managed to raise us without resorting to hand-fishing catfish, throwing whole chickens at us kids, or making us fend for ourselves by eating catfood (all shown in BEASTS).
To borrow a line from Pulp's song "Common People": Everybody hates a tourist. That is the main problem that I have with Benh's approach to the subject matter here. Every child must be covered in mud at all times, eating chicken gizzards and chasing yard dogs.
I'm not looking an argument here, I'm just trying to clarify my opinions expressed in the article. The final thing that I will say is, for anyone on the fence about seeing BEASTS, by all means go see for yourself and then come back and leave your comments. The Terrace appreciates the business, I'm sure, and I appreciate the page hits.
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