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Comments made by RussInMM

Firing Juan

I think NPR did Williams a big favor, and did itself a disservice. Mr. Williams now has a nice fat salary from Fox News, and he can be as politically incorrect as he likes.
As for whether NPR is a good organization or a bad one -- it's a silly question. They make missteps like any other organization. On balance, it's very easy (at least for me) to see that they're a worthy organization that does far more good than ill. It's not a binary good vs. evil choice -- and precious few things are, although if I were considering Fox News and/or Rupert Murdoch...
NPR will learn from its errors and move on. Juan Williams will make a killing in the conservative media, at least for a little while. Depending on his core values and principles, we'll see how long that career move lasts.

October 26, 2010 at 2:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Hereafter'

I did see it (albeit in a free screening), and was similarly unimpressed.
Although I do like many of the other films Eastwood has directed (Million Dollar Baby, for instance), this one left me cold. I don't think he ever really got across George's real reasons for feeling cursed, except for the overplayed case of his cooking class partner/love interest. He made the case for not "reading" friends (at least, not until they understand the full implications), but not for more casual contacts.
I also thought the casting of Jay Mohr was a really bad idea, considering his former role on a TV series with an exceedingly similar concept. For those (like me) who used to watch that series, it was too distracting.
I'm also hoping that there aren't too many nutcases who will take seriously the "conspiracy" supposition (I won't say theory, because no theory was ever explained) about suppression of "evidence" of an afterlife.

October 26, 2010 at 2:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Recap: Comic-Con 2010

I knew about the IFF screenings, and where they were -- but I just found it too hard to pry myself away from the rest of the Con. I ended up watching several of the winners, including Marwencol, after the IFF Awards ceremony.

July 28, 2010 at 12:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Teen Review: 'The Last Airbender'

I agree with your review completely, and I don't really understand the criticisms by your review's reviewers. You nailed the situation completely. In fact, it called to mind some of the almost-certainly unintentional laughter among the audience during the preview screening at which I saw the movie (particularly, the abrupt way in which this romance was introduced -- via exposition!).
While watching it, I had forgotten that this was a Shyamalan movie until the credits, at which I was astonished. The screenplay and the direction seemed as if they had come from someone completely inexperienced with the medium.
Given the box office figures, I wouldn't assume you won't see sequels -- but I doubt Mr. Shyamalan will have much to do with studio movies ever again.

July 6, 2010 at 2:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )