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December 26th, 2014
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So I saw The Interview
I rather liked it.

I'm not sure how much is that I'd heard that it was awful, so I wasn't expecting much. Also, it's better than the unspeakably evil The World's End.

It surpasses Lebovitz's Moral Minimum-- there is no coercive interrogation by the good guys. There isn't even any coercive interrogation by the bad guys.

I seriously appreciated that there was so much screen time of people who were revolted by the idea of killing. I don't watch a lot of movies, so I don't know if there are a lot of other examples.

It has some utterly gorgeous landscapes (maybe I should watch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon again?) and a tiger.

The humor ranged from meh to mildly amusing, though I think I laughed at one or two things.

Nice acting by Rogen, Kaplan, and Park (Kim Jong Un). The women actors didn't have good writing to work with, but my sympathy went out to Agent Lacey for having to work with nitwits.

I'd say that technically speaking, Kim Jong Un isn't assassinated.

I realize there will be efforts to get the movie into North Korea, and the bits about their government lying and Kim Jong Un being dangerously flaky and unworthy of respect might register, but the movie is so much about American weirdness that I'm not sure it will make much sense there.

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From:xiphias
Date:December 25th, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
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What did you dislike about THE WORLD'S END? I didn't like it as much a HOT FUZZ, and few movies are as good as SHAUN OF THE DEAD, but I really enjoyed it, and liked how Simon Peeg played a character whose was genuinely pathetic in a way that managed to bring down not only his friends, but the entire planet.

Or were you thinking of This Is The End, which was the previous Seth Rogen movie?
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From:nancylebov
Date:December 25th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen This Is the End.

I hated the ending of The World's End.

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Edited at 2014-12-25 11:06 pm (UTC)
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From:thnidu
Date:December 26th, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure you meant
Uhznavgl ybfrf na rkpryyrag bccbeghavgl naq pvivyvmngvba vf qrfgeblrq fb Ze Veerfcbafvoyr pna unir n jbeyq ur'f unccl va.
;-)

I haven't seen the film; I just followed your link to the WP page.

Edited at 2014-12-26 12:59 am (UTC)
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From:xiphias
Date:December 26th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
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Yes, precisely. That's exactly the point. It's not supposed to be a happy ending: it's a story about how a charming addict can bring EVERYBODY down with him.
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From:agrumer
Date:December 27th, 2014 04:54 am (UTC)
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Were those of you who saw The World’s End actually paying attention to the story and dialog, or just doing that thing most people do where they slip into a trance state and sort of bathe in the spectacle? Because the film clearly mentions that (1) rirelbar jub qbrfa’g tb nybat jvgu gur Argjbex’f cynaf va zhypurq naq ercynprq jvgu n ebobg qhcyvpngr, (2) arneyl rirelbar va gur gbja bs Arjgba Unira tbg zhypurq naq ercynprq, (3) Arjgba Unira unq n cbchyngvba va gur fvk svtherf, naq (4) gur Argjbex unq nebhaq 2,000 frggyrzragf npebff gur Rnegu. Chg nyy gubfr gbtrgure, naq nffhzr gung gur frggyrzragf jrer nyy bs ebhtuyl rdhny fvmr, naq gung znxrf gur Argjbex’f cebwrpg gb “vzcebir” uhznavgl n trabpvqr ba n yriry gung znxrf gur Ubybpnhfg ybbx yvxr n ebhaqvat reebe.
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From:mneme
Date:December 27th, 2014 07:44 am (UTC)
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Indeed.

Gb gnxr gur "rkpryyrag bccbeghavgl" frevbhfyl, lbh jbhyq unir gb vtaber gur snpg gung gur nyvraf ner znff zheqref naq gurve cynaf ner, ba gur snpr bs vg, vzcenpgvpny.

Bs pbhefr, gur zbivr vf zbfgyl n fngvevpny pebff bs Pybfr Rapbhagref jvgu n one penjy.
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From:agrumer
Date:December 27th, 2014 08:10 am (UTC)
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Other way around. The bar crawl and Gary’s alcoholism are actually the important parts of the story. Much in the same way that Shaun of the Dead was a romantic comedy with the zombie apocalypse as a backdrop.
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From:nancylebov
Date:December 30th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Fair enough, it's quite plausible that I lost track of some of the movie.

Possibly of interest-- an extended rant about bad optimization: Meditations on Moloch.

Edited at 2014-12-31 07:09 pm (UTC)
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From:madfilkentist
Date:December 25th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
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To me the biggest problem was the dumbness. They should have been caught a dozen times over. Their rooms would surely have been bugged, and the accidental death and the protagonists' reaction to it should have raised lots of questions. I had to think of it as a live-action cartoon where anything goes and nothing is expected to make sense.

There were a few solid bites among all the nonsense, such as the line about the first law of journalism being to give people what they want, and Kim Jong Un's comeback about the US's incarceration rate.
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From:vvalkyri
Date:December 25th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
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The preview s just looked so very stupid..l
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