August 11, 2013, - 7:36 pm

Wknd Box Office: Elysium, We’re the Millers, Blue Jasmine, Lovelace, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Jug Face, Prince Avalanche, The Canyons

By Debbie Schlussel

Sorry my movie reviews are up late, but there are eight new movies debuting in theaters this weekend, and I just didn’t have time to finish my reviews of them all before the Jewish Sabbath. Trust me, you didn’t miss much. They are all pretty much dreck, with the best of the bunch–and that’s relative–being the Woody Allen flick and the kids’ movie. Even those weren’t too good, though. I sat through more than a full half day of crap for these reviews. So, better late than never. Or in the case of these movies, maybe it’s better never than late with most of ’em.





* “Elysium“: This is nearly two hours of the most blatant silver screen propaganda I’ve seen in a while. And it’s incredibly boring, predictable, and a waste of your time. It’s a cinematic screed for illegal alien amnesty and Obamacare. Not surprisingly, the movie doesn’t accurately portray how America deals with illegal aliens or healthcare because in this movie, they actually catch and deport almost all illegal aliens. We barely catch or deport any. And we provide all of them with excellent healthcare, better than most Americans get, not as it is portrayed in this movie. Typical Hollywood class warfare yawn-inducing garbage.

The story: it’s the future, and all the poor people are stuck on Earth, where the air is polluted and conditions are horrible and squalid. Strangely, they all speak Spanish, even star Matt Damon who has said in interviews that his character is Hispanic (as are most other people remaining on Earth). The wealthy top percents of people–all of them Aryan, patrician types–live on Elysium–a nearby space station shaped like a giant wheel, where the lawns are lush, it’s always sunny, and everyone lives in a giant mansion. Also, no one is ever sick because they all have a contraption in their homes that looks like a tanning bed, but is instead an instant healer. It scans the body and eliminates all illnesses, including cancer. But it only works on recognized citizens of Elysium. Citizens of both Elysium and Earth have computer chips or tattoos of some sort on their arms that tell the scanner of what state they are citizens.

Matt Damon is a factory worker who helps make the robotic police that enforce the law on Earth and serve as Homeland Security deportation officers on Elysium. Damon gets is treated badly by the evil White people who run the factory and gets exposed to radiation there. He gets cancer, is given five days to live, and makes a bargain with an illegal alien smuggling ring so that he can get to Elysium to cure his cancer. His childhood friend, Frey, has a daughter with Leukemia, and he wants to help her gt cured, too. So, he gets operated on and inserted with a contraption and is supposed to download the information from the brain of the elitist billionaire owner of the robot factory in exchange for being smuggled to Elysium.

A very wooden Jodie Foster, who does a horrible fake accent, is the Secretary of Defense on Elysium (so clearly Elysium does not discriminate against lesbians), and runs Homeland Security with an iron fist. She employs violent secret agents on Earth and the robots on Elysium to track, capture and/or kill, and deport illegal aliens. She and President Patel are at odds about her violent methods, but she has a high success rate. Ultimately, though, Damon and his friend and her daughter make it onto Elysium. Soon they reprogram everything so that all citizens of Earth are citizens of Elysium.

We are the world, we are the children, amnesty, amnesty, yeah, yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah.

I struggled to stay awake through this horrible movie that was so action-packed and yet so dull and unexciting. Don’t waste your time or money on this.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “We’re the Millers“: Absolutely awful and disgusting. This was supposed to be a comedy, but I barely laughed. Instead, it was an excuse to mock mainstream, Christian, middle Americans and was a vanity platform for Jennifer Aniston to do some dumb stripper dance and show us that, at 44, she still has a good body (and, yet, she looked every bit like a 44-year-old mom, anyway). If your idea of funny is seeing some grotesque depiction of a giant penis and testicle after they were bitten by a spider, then this movie is for you, you sicko. For everyone else, it’s an incredibly horrific waste of time.

The story: a minor drug dealer (Jason Sudeikis) is robbed and owes his kingpin (Ed Helms) the missing money and drugs. So he agrees to become a mule and transport a large amount of drugs over the border from Mexico. To do that, he gets and RV and recruits two of his neighbors–one of them an 18-year-old loser kid, one a stripper–and a punky girl from the street to pose as his family. We’re supposed to be so touched–after a lot of grossness and sickening behavior–that they ultimately, predictably, bond as a family. Awwww. PUH-LEEZE.

In one scene, Sudeikis asks his fake son to give oral sex to a Mexican police officer, so they can go on their way. In another scene, there’s the spider-stricken penis on the “son.” Even male critics I know who aren’t grossed out by anything were disgusted by this “sight,” and they kept showing it over and over again.

Oh, and did I mention that along the way, they meet a mainstream middle American family of Christians, who are mocked and depicted as idiotic, annoying, backward, and ultimately interested in swinging and other sexual weirdness. Yes, that’s the way Hollywood sees average Americans who go see their crappy movies (or are smarter than that and don’t go see them).

A total disaster. Skip this at all cost.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Blue Jasmine“: This is Woody Allen’s latest movie, and it is extremely depressing, not to mention yet another class warfare flick. I would be lying, however, if I said it wasn’t entertaining or funny. It is both, and it goes by quickly.

The main character is Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) a snobby White American woman who lived the life of luxury in New York, until she turns in her Madoff-like husband (Alec Baldwin), after discovering that he’s been cheating on her for years. Then, she loses everything. Her husband commits suicide in prison. Her son drops out of Harvard and disowns here. And she is forced to live with her working-class sister (Sally Hawkins), a grocery cashier, in San Francisco. But she remains a snob and can’t get used to being dropped so many rungs on the social class ladder. She insults her sister, her sister’s friends, and her sister’s way of life, all while trying to climb back up. She’s also extremely depressed and on pills for her mental issues (she talks to people who aren’t there). The movie goes back and forth with flashbacks, explaining what happened to her.

Again, it’s entertaining and funny, but not enough to make up for how damned depressing it is. I also note that the movie’s two leads, Blanchett and Hawkins, are not in fact Americans, and you can sort of tell by the way they talk that their American accents are not genuine. One of the few foreign actors (Canada doesn’t count) I’ve seen who does a great American accent is the very hot Aussie Sullivan Stapleton of Cinemax’s “Strike Back.” Blanchett is Australian, and Hawkins is British. Still, they make a good effort, and their acting is terrific.

I had mixed feelings on this (aside from it being so depressing), because of it’s class warfare aspect. And because I can’t ever envision Woody Allen going down from his wealthy lifestyle to that of a grocery cashier. Methinks he’d be even more snobby than Blanchett is in her takedown in this movie.

The best part about this movie is Andrew Dice Clay, by the way.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Lovelace“: This movie completely whitewashes the life of the late Linda Boreman a/k/a Linda Lovelace, the star of porn movie, “Deep Throat,” as portrayed here by Amanda Seyfriend in this. The movie blames here life as a porn star on her parents’ devout Catholicism and also claims that her parents (her mother is played by a low-glam and barely recognizable version of skank Sharon Stone) forced her back into a marriage to the wife-beater who “forced” her into porn because of their religion and opposition to divorce. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Although Linda Lovelace, throughout her life, claimed that her first ex-husband, Chuck Traynor (played by far-leftist Peter Sarsgard in this movie) beat her and forced her to star in “Deep Throat.” She also claims, as is shown in this movie, that she only spent 17 days of her life as a porn star. The movie makes it look as if “Deep Throat” was her only movie.

But the truth is otherwise. Lovelace starred in 21 porn movies, including several before and after she met Traynor. Before she even met Traynor, she willingly starred in bestiality movies and had sex with animals in front of the camera. If that was caused by Catholicism, we’d be a far more sick country than we already are, and America would be populated with porn stars.

Even though I’m neither Catholic nor Christian, I was extremely offended at the prominent blame the movie gives to Catholicism and religion as the cause of Lovelace’s warped lifestyle. In fact, America’s cities are now littered with out-of-wedlock births, crime, drugs, and deviance, NOT because there is too much religion in America and too many parents with family values, but because there is far too little of both.

The movie originally featured scenes of Sarah Jess-equine Parker as Gloria Steinem, because feminists ultimately took Lovelace under their wing (she said they used her and hijacked her cause), when she spoke out against porn. But the filmmakers cut that part out of the movie. That’s too bad because it would have lent to a discussion of what I’ve always noted with regard to her life: that it is ironic that feminists–who championed free love, the sexual revolution, the end of marriage, and the expansion of women in the workplace–hypocritically had the sudden urge to oppose pornography, which is the sad, depraved ultimate result of the lifestyle they championed.

Even though the movie showed the negative aspects of Linda Lovelace’s life–that her husband beat her, that she made barely any money after disgracing herself in a movie that made billions, that she was forced into prostitution and did drugs–it ultimately glamorizes that life. And that’s too bad.

Even sadder, is that being the star of pornography is, today, not frowned upon at all. Instead, it is viewed as a star turn, as shown by the Kardashians, who make nearly a hundred million a year, all because daughter Kim made a porn tape and her manager mother, Kris, marketed it to the world.

Sadly, the only message the world will get from “Lovelace” is that Linda Lovelace was born and began her career several decades too soon. Today, she’d be living it up like the Kardashians.

A disgusting display.

*** One other thing: star Amanda Seyfriend told interviewers that she began watching pornography at age five or six. Anyone who would brag about that is kinda sick and needs help. Her parents should have been locked up. It reminds me of serial killers who said they began torturing animals as kids. (Thanks for the tip on that to Brett Winterble.)


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters“: While there is nothing objectionable about this movie, and it’s fine for the kids who are its target audience, it’s kind of boring. This second installment of the Percy Jackson story pretty much matches my review of the first one. It’s too long, has too much stuff going on, is kind of confusing, and lacks the magic of, say, a Harry Potter movie, which this is trying badly to be (and even the Harry Potter movies weren’t that great, especially the last few). But, like I said, it’s one of the rare movies these days that doesn’t have anything truly objectionable in it and can be seen by kids and families.

The story, which–again–was confusing has to do with a prophecy that says that Percy, the demi-god son of a Greek god (Poseidon), will obtain the golden fleece, and he travels through a sea of monsters to a a defunct amusement park to get it. Ho hum. But it was okay.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Jug Face“: I guess I should not longer be amazed that such awful tripe as this gets greenlit for production these days. But it’s truly horrible. High quality Gitmo torture material.

A weird cult in the woods somewhere in the South consists of people marrying off their daughters and sacrificing people to a pit (after beheading them) to save themselves from illness and destruction. A mentally simple man makes jugs of people’s faces based on visions he has, and the jug bears the face of the next designee to be sacrificed. These cult members make moonshine and illegally sell it to the local city people to survive. A teen girl who is about to be married off to someone else in the cult, but she is pregnant from an ongoing sexual relationship with her brother. Her mother (a really haggard Sean Young) checks her daughter’s vagina on a toilet seat to see if she’s had sex.

Yes, this is the crap that comes out of Hollywood these days parading as an arthouse film. And it just gets worse and worse. This is yet another example of why, when people say I’m lucky to review movies, I tell them it’s not “luck.” It’s work. Normally, I’d stop watching the screener for this after two minutes and throw it out. So would you.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Prince Avalanche“: Yet another pointless waste of time that I’m not sure why they made. It’s a time bandit and robbed me of 1.5 hours of my life I’ll never get back. I could almost feel my IQ points being sucked down as I watched. The movie takes place in 1988 after a lot of homes were destroyed near the woods from a fire. I’m not sure why at all that’s relevant, but they make sure to tell you at the beginning, as if it is important. Nothing in this movie is important. Not even close. Just the exact opposite.

Two idiotic, dorky guys are painting yellow stripes on a road in the middle of forest land. One (Emile Hirsch) is a complete imbecile who is obsessed with sex. The other (Paul Rudd) is a nerd who is learning German and dating guy number one’s sister. The movie mostly features a lot of extended scenes of them painting the road, putting up signs, and living in the woods. Oh, and talking about inane things. So what? Please tell me why I just watched this. Or why you should waste at least ten bucks of your money and 1.5 hours of your life at this complete waste of time. You can’t. ‘Cuz there ain’t no plausible answer to that.

Just awful.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “The Canyons“: Another time bandit movie robbing you of valuable time and money in life that you’ll never get back. Not sure what the point of this semi-porn movie is, other than a poor choice of a comeback vehicle for Lindsay Lohan . . . and to repeatedly show her topless and in weird sex orgies. Oh, and also as a star turn to “mainstream” porn star James Deen. Didn’t work. Just low-budget crap and filth. Yuck. It’s more hateful, class warfare crap written by heterosexual-hater Bret Easton Ellis.

The “story” (if you can call it that): Deen, a spoiled trust fund kid, is living with Lohan in a fancy house in the Hollywood Hills (or is it in the canyons?–whatever). He likes to find people on the internet to have orgies with or to watch him and Lohan have sex. He is also making a low-budget movie and has cast Nolan Funk, a poor guy who is struggling for money, to star in it. Funk is the boyfriend of Deen’s secretary, but he’s also the ex of Lohan. And they are still getting together behind Deen’s back, which he finds out about. So he plays games and tricks on Funk and frames him in a murder of Deen’s yoga instructor mistress. The end.

What a frickin’ waste of time.


Watch the trailer . . .

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36 Responses

Every one’s on vacation and these are the movies Hollywood should have left gathering dust on the shelves.

Movies this awful should never get screened.

NormanF on August 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Great Reviews!

Thing about crappy flicks like “Elysium” is that their compulsion-to-confess can’t be hidden…the way it has been described to me sounds like it would be a LIBTARD nightmare…the Liberals with $$ who act like potentates would be the ones living in Utopia while the Proles (low-infos) and lower-party members (like poor (meaning $$ wise) Scientologists) have to live in the filth & squalor. Like “1984”. When I read that book I assumed it was a warning about ‘evil’ Republicans (and I was not corrected or told it was actually about socialism). The part I DID get 100% was how better the upper-party members lived and how they had the power. And that Libtard crotch-ferret Matt Damon, in typical fashion, beats the drum for PUBLIC schools but sends his little darlings to PRIVATE school…like Caroline Kennedy & Obama-Putin. Too bad USA has been so dumbed down because they would throw rotten eggs at him…& Mark Wahlberg (who he gets mistaken for) for being such a hypocrite.

Jennifer Aniston. She is the most undignified and pathetic “movie star” in ages (Julia Roberts is the most mentally ill…). If the good Lord said I had 2 choices…either be a crack-ho or Jennifer Aniston I’d gladly choose the crack-ho. I do not see what people see in her. If I were still a feminist I’d warn people that she’s the most sorry excuse of the female gender. She’s just awful and I see right thru’ her pathetic blandness, desperation and paucity of dignity. YUCK!

I hate that miskite Woody Allen but I must admit I love his movies. But I know what he is in real life and he’s despicable. That Aussie actor…was he the one in “Animal Kingdom” that looked like Russell Crowe? I get him mixed up with this other Aussie actor (who is also in a Premium Cable series) but I never looked up to see who was who. I never watched that OTHER cable show (“Banshee” is it??) because it looked trashy…not that I’m above trash but it seemed too crass for me at the time…

I always think of poor Cary Elwes when I think of an actor who can’t hold his accent. There are quite a few Australians who are incredibly credible when it comes to the Yank accent but boring Sam Worthington is NOT one of them, LOL!

S: Yes, Sullivan Stapleton was in “Animal Kingdom” (looked awful in that) and looks a lot like the star of “Banshee,” Antony Starr, but isn’t the same guy. DS

Skunky on August 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for the info! When I saw the promos of “Strike Back” I thought he was…but then I saw the promos for “Banshee” and said to myself, “Hmmm, perhaps that is him?”. I have never seen him in anything else, but haven’t seen any Aussie films (good or bad) for a bit.

    “Strike Back” looked good, too! Action & very manly (not for Jennifer Aniston fans, hee-hee)!. “Banshee” looked sleazy but maybe I’ll be in the mood to give it a go…or not.

    Great talent and looks come out of Oz! 😀

    Skunky on August 11, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Thank you for sparing us the shock and horror of such films.

Worry01 on August 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Wow. Usually I would think movie reviewer would be an awesome “job.” But, you are right Debbie, I’d rather have teeth pulled than watch this mind trash.

OK, I do admit I’d sneak into The Millers just to see Aniston do the stripper dance. I still find her mega hot.

I’ve already seen some clips of Lohan’s…uh….nice ones in this movie, so no need to see that trash, either.

How does all this junk keep getting made? I just don’t understand how Hollywood stays in business.

Jeff_W on August 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    The film industry stays in business because a lot of people, here and abroad, enjoy movies, whether via theater, TV/ PPV/DVD, or web streaming. Plain and simple. People like movies. And they happen to be a lot more convincing than most television shows. Since the odds of your having seen all six movies reviewed here — or, indeed, any of them — is rather slim, I only can suggest: Seek and ye shall find. Whether movies are Hollywood, indie or foreign, there’s something for everyone. Even for diehard cynics.

    Seek on August 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

All I have to say is Maaat Daaamon.

skzion on August 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Hans Brixs, so good too see you!

skzion on August 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm

“to,” not “too.

skzion on August 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Was Les Miserables a class warfare film? Or was The Grapes of Wrath an indictment of Capitalism?

By this litmus test E.T is anti science, anti-Government.

Perhaps every movie should not be looked at as a left or right issue. Seems like a crazy prism to judge things.

There are countless movies ,plays, and books I have enjoyed. Most of them display themes, mores, and scenarios that I do not attest to ,or a life that I do not understand and relate to. But I can separate my personal feelings and enjoy the texture, meaning, and the world that the Artist has created.

These movies may or may not be classic, good or even adequate. But the politics should have nothing to do with it.
Just my humble opinion..

sanjay on August 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I try to ignore troll posts, but I have to say that reading sanjay posts is like drinking a glass of room temperature spit: bland, yet nauseating.

    DS_ROCKS! on August 12, 2013 at 3:35 am

      Luckily I haven’t just eaten, DSR.

      skzion on August 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

One more thing . Why is it class warfare when the lifestyle of the rich is caricatured, but when the poor and African Americans are mocked on this site, it’s just speaking the truth?

Just saying

sanjay on August 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Sanjay, you’re beyond tiresome.

    All anyone needs to know about you is that you’re Indian (dot, not the feather…) and know about Kashmir and why there is a Pakistan but yet, YET, you are a Moooooslim equivocator (meaning, you’re still gonna judge peeps in a Kumbaya way…not Mooooslims on face value).

    Frankly, who cares what you think? You’re wrong and tiresome. Only daycare centre enrollees would look upon you with wonderment. ZZZZZZZZZZ.

    Skunky on August 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      sanjay does bring out the best in some regulars.

      skzion on August 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

What does that have to do with muslims? And my Ethnic group is also important because?

I never have defended Islam on this sire but the fact remains that many on this site have used the same race baiting tactics to incite hatred. The left does it all the time , so forgive me if I call it out when the so called conservatives do it.

Islam remains a thorn in all of our sides,but I digress

sanjay on August 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Sobjay, you are indeed more thick than bat sh**. Your ethnicity is muy importante because YOU, ahead of any other ethnicity, with the advent of Pakistan and the never-ending conflict of Kashmir should know why Moooooslims are dangerous, sickos and savages. I get it but you don’t.

    But no, instead of trying to warn others you’re leading other wimpy know-nothings to put faith in a sociopathic ‘people’. It’s disgusting to see you in inaction and equivocation.

    And you, of all people, should be over in India trying to figure out the utter disgracefulness of what is happening in India. I was alarmed to see it’s not just the Moooooooslims who are gang-raping and treating women just as the Mooooslims are. I’d never go to that hell-hole. THAT is what a hand-wringing fool like you should be doing to be helpful.

    Instead you are a tiresome concern-troll who can’t let reason and truth sink thru’ his numbskull brain, just whinge about Libtard esoterica.

    Skunky on August 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

Ian’t Matt Damon you know, filthy rich?

Jack on August 12, 2013 at 12:38 am

Miss Schlussel:

I feel so sorry for you.

Are you FORCED to watch these movies?

Do they PAY you for your reviews?

I don’t know anything about being a professional movie critic, so please explain to me how that works, i.e., how much freedom of expression you’re allowed, what benefits you reap, et cetera.

I sure hope it’s worth it, but I couldn’t STAND to have to do what you’re doing.

And I’m a guy who LIKES movies with violence and gore (probably because I’m a guy and have “been there, done that” in real life).

Gosh, gee whillikers, I sure hope you can keep it together.

It’s bad enough that you have to live in Detroit!

I could never do it.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

John Robert Mallernee on August 12, 2013 at 12:49 am

Elysium sounds like heaven – if we could get all non-Muslims & non-Leftists there, and have a genuine Conservative government there. The remainder can stay on earth and deal w/ global warming and wage their jihad.

Infidel on August 12, 2013 at 1:06 am

The best actor in the Sheen/Estevez clan is JOE Estevez. He’s also the only Conservative.

Occam's Tool on August 12, 2013 at 8:13 am

I saw Elysium on the weekend and I pretty much agree with DS.. She didn’t mention it is pointlessly violent…they stuffed inane violence to make up for the lack of originality… I was rolling my eyes incessantly every time they had a a reference to current US government departments… like Foster always saying “homeland security” this and that.. how unoriginal!! couldn’t have they said “habitat security” or something else? what dimwits write these scripts??! I disagree with DS on Foster’s accent..even tho she is indeed awful in the movie (oh my how she’s aged!) her french accent is spot on. i’ve heard her on interviews in french and she speaks it almost flawlessly… but she’s awful in general as a person.

Yossi on August 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

When I initially (month ago) read the plot only. I said this is a movie about the state of the US today with DC being Elysium and earth being where the average people live! Wow, what a satire! Just think, the DC have their own rules, health care, laws and immunity to do whatever they want at our expense (loss of freedoms and taxes) and are deaf to the people’s wishes; with the rest of us slaves to their whims. BUT, as I learned of the rest of the movie and real plot, I will not see it or any other mentioned here. More propaganda from the people who really live on Elysium and do not know it.

Lou on August 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

You could see in the trailer for Elysium that is was communist propaganda. What is far worse are the posters that they are putting on nearly all of the bill boards and bus stops depicting how wonderful the illegals are and how society cannot possibly survive without them. Sadly, the worthless politicians were legalize them all and further decimate the working class.

BTW, I was at work about two weeks ago, and this illegal, who has several anchor babies, living in public housing and paying 25 bucks for rent and free utilities, had EMS at her door step. I figured I would investigate. I asked the paramedic what happened and I was told that she called 911 for a tooth ache. In response, there was a fire engine, ladder truck, a battalion chief and a paramedic unit that was contracted to the city because the city paramedics were too busy pandering to the homeless that collect the most amount of welfare that any other city in the nation.

AR on August 12, 2013 at 10:37 am

I don’t think you gave Elysium a fair review. It was by far the worst movie ever! We considered walking out. Not only was there not one sympathetic character, the political “Occupy” theme was nauseating. The actors have admitted that they agree with the “have, have not” problem in America but do not realize that they are the haves and enjoying every bit of it. MATT DAMON sends his “Have” kids to private schools and I’m sure Jodie Foster is well protected from the public in her exclusive guarded home.
Also, don’t forget that these activist actors are anti-gun until they have to profit from violence in their stupid movies.
We waited for your review before seeing it, but caved and went over the weekend (two hours of our lives that will never be retrieved).

Mary on August 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

Re: Amanda Sigfried watching the porn, she apparently watched it at a friend’s house. So I don’t think blaming her parents is right. It’s not as if they left porn on their computer or sat her down in front of “Deep Throat.”

lin on August 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

we saw elysium and the propaganda was naueasting… but i expected that. story was predictable. foster was good at playing the heartless “napolitano” but her awful french accent was painful to listen to. i was happy when her character was unexpectedly murdered so i didn’t have to listen to her crappy accent.

my favorite part was the stunning design of elysium itself… i wished the movie would’ve spent more time on delving into elysium itself.

kirche on August 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

    almost forgot this odd thing i’d noticed when they first show foster’s character: as she walked by in the scene in a skirt you could see these massive, man-like weigthlifter calves.

    kirche on August 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

Not surprised to see that “Lovelace” is not the movie people like us hoped it would be, that it would the Leftist mindset,and blame almost everything but the porn industry.

CharlesMartel on August 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm


First off, Neil Blomkamp admitted that growing up in South Africa made him socialist. So “District 9” was a socialist film about apartheid in South Africa from a class struggle perspective (never mind that the problem with South Africa was the fact that outsiders stole land that wasn’t theirs and oppressed the natives, which is something that has nothing to do with capitalism because people from other ideologies – including Marxists – do it all the time, and yes natives who lack any advanced ideological or economical system do it to each other) and Elysium was about open borders and health care, blatantly. Claiming that it had no political agenda is like making the same claim about fascist or communist propaganda. Another thing: sci-fi has long been a vehicle for pushing socialism, anarchism, communism and other left-wing ideas. The difference is that GOOD sci-fi cloaks its politics because people are focused on the story, the action, the special effects and the technology. Blomkamp was so determined to influence the contemporary American political debate on Obamacare and amnesty that he failed to make an entertaining, compelling and thought-provoking movie, and that is something that other socialist/communist sci-fi types like Gene Roddenberry, Rod Serling and Ridley Scott rarely did.

As far as the class criticism thing, look. There is a difference between denouncing the rich for immoral, decadent behavior and denouncing the rich merely for being rich. Until the rise of the religious right in the Reagan era (which caused conservatives to start associating wealth with superior work ethic and morality) conservative culture critics routinely denounced immoral behavior of the upper classes because that behavior was immoral. But what you have now is Hollywood and other areas of the left promoting, defending and normalizing immorality while mocking and attempting to criminalize and shame morality. So when Woody Allen or another Hollywood liberal makes a movie about rich people stealing and committing adultery and being arrogant, it isn’t because of the immorality because these same people make films and promote causes that glorify this same behavior in other contexts. So, they are attacking them for being rich. Not for bad behavior, because they promote bad behavior in their films and attack good behavior. But instead solely for being rich. THey are sending the message that being rich is inherently bad. Especially if you are conservative, or if you get your wealth from working in certain industries that liberals disapprove of (banking/finance, oil, corporate law etc.)

Gerald on August 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

This reminds me of the Star Trek (original series) episode “The Star Minders,” except that the ST episode was much less offensive and much more on-point. And it was “free” and had a hot chick drooling after Mr. Spock.

I guess the title alludes to the Homer/Virgil “Elysium” without getting the point, which is that the heroes in that place deserved it. Ah yes, if you’re doing well for yourself, it’s not that you earned it but that you took from others.

skzion on August 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Looking at the poster of “Jug Face” I was sure it was a film tribute to the young Obama voter.

Andrew on August 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Add up the cost of all of these dreg flicks, and you could feed the entire continent of Africa for a couple of years. What a waste.

JeffT on August 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm

1. Sanjay, quit rising to the bait. However reasoned your points may be, everyone, no matter how stupid they are, can get the final say so long as they remember to hit “send.” Just let them be. These ignoramuses (ignorami ?) are not worth your time.

2. “Elysium” is absolutely a rip-off of an original Star Trek episode. May I suggest the episode where The Enterprise visits a planet in civil unrest where the “Chinese” had defeated the “Americans?”

3. Debbie, I think you we’re too harsh on “Blue Jasmine.” My wife and I were both taken aback at how sad it was, and then spent an hour discussing the various characters. I wasn’t wowed by Andrew Dice Clay, I thought almost any actor could’ve done the role, but there is a scene where his winnings are going to be used for investments and he says, “I’m not going to have a contracting business?” And there is such hurt in his voice it shows how much French stole from people besides money. Not a great movie, but your score was too harsh I think.

gmartinz on August 15, 2013 at 12:31 am

Thanks to you Debbie, another money saved. I have to say that many movies coming out of Hollywood either 1) show explosions and loud noises for the easily amused or 2) faux intellectual self pity that is shown as “edgy”.

Mario on August 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

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