"I shall immediately after I'm done watching Homeland." - DirkDiggler on his voting priorities
LMFAO that's priceless.
Roger Ebert HATED Les Miserables: "My taste is only personal, but it's all I have. Looking at the nine films nominated for Best Picture, I find only one that I flatly don't believe was a good film, the near-unbearable "Les Miserables." Victor Hugo's superbly entertaining novel has been transformed into a lumbering musical of dirges that rise and fall, with the occasional relief of a little rinky-dink tune. Not only do you fail to come out humming the songs, you almost don't realize they are songs. Hugo's set piece about the escape through the sewers of Paris is one of the great passages in fiction, and although the film indeed shows it, it doesn't bring it to life.
A small hip fracture prevented me from reviewing "Les Mis" on its opening date. Now I suppose I'll do my duty and write a review. That elephantine film aside, this year's list is a good one."
Get ready for his review.
This is like 1.5 stars territory. bye bye metascore
"I'm a firm believer in karma, and I think this situation is a huge learning lesson for me.
To grow and expand as a spiritual human being. I want to lead a country one day for all I know".
So, a friend of mine, both of us fans of the musical and now of the film version, posted this on her Facebook wall, after seeing the film:
Les Miserables: Anne Hathaway is on my list of actresses who I want to look like. Hugh Jackman is on my list of actors with whom I want to get married and have children. Russell Crowe is not in any of my lists.
Poor Russell x)
at least Ebert has read the book.... points for that.
but if an entertainment writer billed as a critic hasn't made the effort to see a few dozen live musical (and dramas) and listen repeatedly to the basic catalog of cast albums, that writer does not deserve to call himself a critic.
I'm an architect, and consider direct experience with film, stage, the agreed upon great paintings, sculpture, prints, architecture, landscapes, urban spaces, concert music, interiors, opera, fashion... etc to be obligatory cultural competence for practice.
I can't take Ebert seriously about anything if film is all he knows. If he hates the film, fine, he is the expert on his own tastes, no quarrel. But he claims to love the book..... the music interacts with the book in artistic ways that do not depend on ones opinion of the overall work. He is welcome to grade the film as he wishes, but there is no cultivated intelligence in his review.
C'est pas notre faute. It's not our fault.