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Re: “Inception

Good movie, but not amazing. Worth watching, but not worth paying 8$ or more on. Here's why:

There were solid performances by most of the actors, though Ellen Page's character seemed to understand everything a little too quickly. I suppose Nolan needed someone to deliver expositions to the audience, and the quirky little girl from Juno was the best bet. The fact that I hate Juno also didn't help me swallow her performance.

I really enjoyed the soundtrack, even if it consisted of a lot of single bass notes that sounded like the spaceship from District 9. At least there weren't any obnoxious indie band songs like in Juno; what an awful movie.

The plot was complicated, but it was nothing that you couldn't hammer out a reasonable explanation for with a little thought (stay sober, people). It certainly was more stimulating than anything a washed-up ex-stripper could hammer out.

The end had everyone in my theatre groaning, not gasping. If you want to see a damned complicated movie, watch Primer. Good luck figuring out what's going on with *that one* in one viewing.

Anyway, decent movie. Juno still sucks my balls.

Posted by cgi-bin laden on July 19, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Inception

Good cast, good production values, good action and special effects. I want to say it was well written, I think it was, but to be honest, it's one of those convoluted story-within-a-story (maybe even a third story) things where if you tell friends afterwards and you admit to being confused, they make you feel stupid for not getting it as well as they did; when in fact they probably didn't get it any better. It was not Robert Altman tight, with his layers on layers. But, it doesn't completely leave you hanging either. I think i need to see it again, maybe three or four times, before I decide if the illusion holds up. But I have to say - with so much mind-warp going on, it's really not necessary to see it in a theater....

Posted by DigiRyder on July 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

they left out about half the book, but still mostly entertaining. only more more harry potter flick to go, then i have to grow up. damn.

Posted by thisiscaroline on August 13, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I felt like the director was too excited to have all the cool special effects at hand, and focused too much on that as opposed to the plot and the characters.

Posted by diametrica on August 12, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Re: “International African American Museum launches genealogy center, research initiative

It would be really nice to know. I'm happy they're doing this.

Posted by eden0718 on July 20, 2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Prepare for the Eclipse in Charleston with this safety and viewing guide

Where will the Mayan human sacrifice be held at?…

Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on July 20, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Cruise ships hit downtown cap; State to discuss I-526; Graham reacts to McCain cancer diagnosis

So we've hit the cruise ship cap about half way through the year. So that means no more ships allowed until January, right?......suuuure

Posted by Ima Oldman on July 20, 2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Jury sides with family of CofC grad Sarah Jones in wrongful death lawsuit

So what the Hell has the College of Charleston have to do with this story other than to promote chest-thumping by homies? The quality of journalism in this paper with columns like this and those by Ali Akhyari and Dwayne Green show a complete lack of ability by the editor

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Posted by Ima Oldman on July 20, 2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Stegelin: Russki business

Russia, Russia, Russia....

Posted by tupper29406 on July 20, 2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Hank Williams Jr. is irritated with me

If you have read one interview with Hank, you've read them all. He gives the exact canned answers every time. Too bad he can't drop the bravado and be cool about it...

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Posted by nkholmansc on July 20, 2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

"How could 30 days of a human life be equal to $500 to our government?"

"We...make contracts with companies to sell our lives on an hourly basis."

"the government mirrors federal standards and says human lives are worth at least $7.25 per hour."

"the trouble with reducing the value of human lives to a minimum dollar amount does not stop at the debate over idealism versus the "real world.""

I've heard my fair share of Marxist proletariat claptrap, but never so clumsily expressed. In what world of yours does the US or SC governments determine or dictate human value? We're not in Iran nor some banana republic. You rise or fall on your own individual choices, merits, and endeavors in this society, and you determine your own value. I also doubt you have any police friends.

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on July 20, 2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

He is just a token race baiter for the CCP. If he was a real journalist he wouldn't write for the city paper. If he wrote anything other than crazy theories on race they wouldn't keep him on.

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Posted by Randall Floyd on July 20, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “UPDATE: 70+ Charleston restaurants have signed on to the Strawless Summer Challenge

I had cocktails at Rutledge Cab Co a week and a half ago and each came with a straw. I think they may need to reconsider what signing up for strawless summer means.

Posted by Ellen Marie on July 19, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Hank Williams Jr. is irritated with me

I bought premium seats to a Hank show back in the late 70s. Asleep at the Wheel opened, Hank had to be helped to a barstool center stage, 2 people, each holding an arm, after he was seated a tech brought him a guitar. Half way through the first song he passed out cold drunk and fell off the stool. The band carried him off stage and never came back. 20 minutes later Asleep at the Wheel came back onstage and played for two hours. I've not listened to Hank since that night, but have been a huge fan of Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel ever since.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on July 19, 2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: The End, Again.

Yes, please do the reunions, Dustin! Your recaps are the only thing charming about this show.

Southern Shame! :ring ring ring:

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Posted by on July 19, 2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Becca Barnet's Gibbes residency lets her express her wild side

I am very excited to see what comes out of this opportunity! I hope this is a happy week for you.

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Posted by Nancy Corbin 1 on July 19, 2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Charleston's printed accolades may be doing more harm than good

Why did the writer propose 526 as a solution for traffic?All the ring road will do ( as reflected By other cities that were ringed by a road) is increase land for development and lead to its eventual decline into an even longer parking lot.

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Posted by LuvtheNewslessCourier on July 19, 2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Hank Williams Jr. is irritated with me

I also "interviewed" Bocephus, and had an identical experience.

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Posted by Charlie Morrison on July 19, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Charleston's printed accolades may be doing more harm than good

Having lived in Austin in the 83-87 period, I witnessed the initial political success in the "stop the growth" movement as Abbott Labs, Dell and high-tech firms found this beautiful city a desirable place. With the University of Texas and an eager and trained workforce at hand, Austin rivaled Albuquerque as one of America's fasted growing areas. Unfortunately, by refusing to prepare for that inevitable growth with forward looking infrastructure improvements, areas like Round Rock, Georgetown and Pflugerville found themselves dealing with "MUD" districts or "municipal utility districts" and these were controlled by the developers not the people. My recollection is that the run-off and other environmental hazards of a privately maintained and governed utility system created problems for years to come. Perhaps the desire to control and regulate growth is tenable here in the Lowcountry, I hope so but my experience that the desire to stop it, no matter how popular is damn near impossible in a democratic society. Vaughn Burns

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Posted by Vaughn Burns on July 19, 2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

As usual you throw out hair-brained statements without understanding why something as simple as a litter laws are in place. $500 fine or 30 days? You're confusing the loss of a persons time with somehow the government placing value on human life. (You have choices, litter or not, pay a fine or waste 30 days). But what can be expected from someone who views everything through the lens of social justice warrior glasses and hears dog whistles everywhere?

As for Mr. Wrights case, high bail is typical with those charged with 1st degree child murder. Are you seriously suggesting that we significant reduce or eliminate bail for those charged with the same or similar offenses? Or on the reverse, perhaps eliminate the bail altogether for everyone? Reasonable bail as a proven and reliable method of securing defendants show up in court goes back 2000 years, but then I assumed you knew that, the rest of us do. And, if as you say, the police were negligent in clearing Mr. Wright of these charges in a timely manner, we have a healthy civil court system which will rectify the situation significantly in his favor.

More importantly, in what seems to be the norm with your opinion pieces, you throw out mindlessly theories unsubstantiated by facts, without attempting to think through what you've written. I initially though it was purposeful, now I realize its just ignorance. While we all can agree that police should get better pay, I find your schizophrenic lurches in editorializing bizarre. Last week you were screeching about a racial motivated crime committed by a poorly trained, over reacting Hispanic Minnesota cop who killed a black motorist and linked it to the actions of Confederate neo-secessionists, this week you're theorizing that if that same officer had just a little more jingle in his pocket he would have enforce the law better. You have to be one of the most manic, inconsistent, scatter-shot writers that I've ever read.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on July 19, 2017 at 1:14 PM
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