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The "Best" of 2020

Post by James » April 30th, 2021, 9:50 pm

2020 was the worst ever, but we’ve done our best to find the highlights for our annual survey of the year that was, or would have been, or whatever!

https://animatedviews.com/2021/2020-bes ... ood-still/

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Re: The "Best" of 2020

Post by Daniel » May 1st, 2021, 1:42 pm

So that's Branston, huh? Cutie. German Shepherd? I spy Kermit and Shaun!

Very nice write up. A lot of shared feelings of what I have seen.

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Re: The "Best" of 2020

Post by Dacey » May 3rd, 2021, 3:00 pm

Adding a side story that didn't quite fit into my write-up, but is worth sharing as it was a positive that came out of 2020 for me.

Back in 2016, documentary filmmakers came to Salisbury University and into my classroom for the production of Scream, Queen!--movie about Mark Patton, who was on Hollywood's list as one of their most promising young stars until his casting in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 ended up creating a huge amount of both personal and professional turmoil for him. As it happened, we were watching Nightmare 2 (which I'm a fan of, by the way) and filmmakers used our discussion as part of the documentary. Last year, after many delays, it finally got an official release.

Granted, I'm in the movie for about five seconds--but I am in it, and I'm actually quite proud of that. In fairness, these "fan-made" kickstarter projects can have mixed results, but in this case, I'm happy to report that the finished film is terrific and extremely professional. It tells a fascinating and poignant story, and I'm pretty sure it's available on many streaming platforms (I myself have it on good old fashioned DVD).

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Re: The "Best" of 2020

Post by Ben » May 3rd, 2021, 8:30 pm

I have never seen a Nightmare On Elm Street movie. :shock:

I have seen the second half of the first one a few times, and think I’ve seen some/quite a bit of what I think was the third, but that’s it. Same with Friday 13th: seen the first and think that’s about it. I have, for some reason though, seen most of the Halloween films, the including the pretty good first of the two recent remake movies.

Is that that movie pitch guy at 0:19? Sounds like him?

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Re: The "Best" of 2020

Post by EricJ » May 4th, 2021, 2:03 am

Ben wrote:
May 3rd, 2021, 8:30 pm
I have never seen a Nightmare On Elm Street movie. :shock:
I have seen the second half of the first one a few times, and think I’ve seen some/quite a bit of what I think was the third, but that’s it.
Well, 1st and 3rd, and maybe 4th if you liked 3rd, that's really all you need to see.
Unless you want to get the highlights with the four-hour "Never Sleep Again" documentary on all seven, which is also highly recommended.

(The "Scream Queen" documentary, as the title suggests, seems to be coming from the gay cultural-appropriation of Nightmare 2, which started out as just mistaken impressions, and has now been fully "adopted". :roll:
Even the filmmakers' protests of "It was an accident!" seem to be shouted down with "Oh, it was not, and you know it!" Let's be honest, if you do a supernatural-bullied-teen Carrie knockoff with a male character, they'll slap a pink collar around your neck in two seconds flat...)

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Re: The "Best" of 2020

Post by Dacey » May 4th, 2021, 12:21 pm

The film's screenwriter has said that the film's homosexual overtones (which he actually wrote as homophobic) were intentional. He denied it for years, but ironically confirmed it in the documentary you referenced. He also blamed star Mark Patton for making the film "too gay" with his performance, even though he was simply playing the character not as "gay," but as he had been written in the script.

This is a movie that came out during the height of the AIDS crisis, when gay people in the artistic community were dying left and right. Being labelled as "gay" during that period in Hollywood was considered career suicide.

It also came out at a time when there was no representation of this sort of thing. For LGBT audiences, the chance to witness any form of representation at all--especially at such a terrifying time to them--was a form of welcome relief, however nefarious the screenwriter's intentions may have been.

But Patton suffered enormously as a result of the homophobia he was facing because of the film--despite being closeted at the time. Agents weren't interested in hiring him anymore, because they weren't sure if he "could pull off straight." It's the eager embracement from fans of the film--both in and out of the LGBT community--that has helped Patton come to terms with the movie and even embrace it himself, even with all of the pain its reception at the time caused him.

So, no, not "gay cultural-appropriation" (whatever the heck that even means!).

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/revie ... et-1281313
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Re: The "Best" of 2020

Post by EricJ » May 4th, 2021, 8:01 pm

Dacey wrote:
May 4th, 2021, 12:21 pm
So, no, not "gay cultural-appropriation" (whatever the heck that even means!).
Don't know, huh? :roll: Okay, how about that one drag-queen trailer line of "This is the gayest thing I've ever seen and we just watched Xanadu!"?

Um, so would I be asking an expert if I inquired, "Just how exactly does Xanadu qualify as 'gay movie' if there are no LGBT characters in it, nor is the subject mentioned or even alluded to anywhere in the script?"
(What, because they like it? Because it has a disco in it? Because it has 80's music in it? Because it has a goofy New-Wave dressup scene in it? Because they wish they could wear Olivia's roller-skating outfit? Because they confused it with "Can't Stop the Music" like every other damn person in 1980? Or do they just think it's "cheesy" from the 70's/80's, and therefore, yes, I'll use the word, like to bully it?)

So, if that clears up the confusion, that's the same "Gooba-gabba, one of us!" cultural-appropriation that, as the documentary illustrates, cost Mark Patton his job.
("But Mark wasn't in Xanadu!")

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