43 Comments

I wasn't expecting movie reviews (though I had suggested it before). And I would have been pleasantly surprised to see TFP dropped two, except this time your attempt dropped like a dud because I'm sorely, sorely disappointed to see you review two mainstream blockbusters while avoiding the elephant in the room, "Sound of Freedom". I havant't seen it yet (nor the other two either) and would've LOVE an unbiased take of a review, plus an investigation whether the allegation the high box office report is faked. I also would love a deep dive into the alienation of Hollywood against conservatives who make up half the country, i'm not even conservative myself but am getting less and less enthused about media entertainment and the arts now. It's like they actively don't want audience and patrons like me and I keep finding myself asking why do I even pay or show up? They hate me.

So @Bari, what gives?

Expand full comment

Thanks but no thanks Barbie. Conspicuous consumption repulses me. I see it all around me. Shop, shop, shop, buy, buy, buy, get it the same day on Amazon! It’s all so shallow, stuff doesn’t make you happy. I am old enough to remember that the “keeping up with the Jones” parents of the ‘50s gave us the hippies of the ‘60s who rejected their parent’s values and became a confused, lost generation.

Expand full comment

So our options are a 2 hour long ad for girl’s toys or a movie where a guy makes shit blow up.

Or we could watch Jim Caviezel hunt down Hollywood pedos.

Expand full comment

Or....the film that nobody wants to talk about but many are - The Sound of Freedom.

Saw it last night in a packed theater. This film needs to be seen, understood and be a call to action.

The astounding rise in child pornography. America's consumption of it. The fact that so many are held in cruel bondage today yet we screech and obsess about the slavery that America ended almost 160 years ago. The fact that it took five years for this film to be released. And that there is a movement afoot to normalize pedophilia and soften the image of the fiends who engage in it. Why is this film derided by the Left? Why did Rolling Stone insanely screech that it was a superhero film for conservative men with brain worms? What was it about this story of incredible courage and compassion in the face of an unbearable depravity that garnered the sneering condemnation of the Left? Why do we put up with an Administration of freaks that has criminally opened our borders to a tidal wave of drugs and human trafficking? Let's start demanding answers.

Expand full comment

No interest in watching movies with overt woke messaging

Expand full comment

I had no interest in seeing the Barbie movie until I taught 12 teenage girls in a journalism summer camp. Just their excitement, not the actual marketing, turned me around. I don’t care if its woke or fascist or consumerist. It’s Barbie for goodness sakes. All I care about is that it’s funny. That it satires that pink car and dream house.

Expand full comment

I just returned after seeing the movie and suggest not to waste time or money. Condescending grotesque without a single followed through idea, just a string of politically charged vignettes. The movie is not for mature audience, for sure

Expand full comment

I enjoyed both films. I see where the right is freaking out about barbie, but respectfully, I found it to be mostly satire. Just kind of seems like one of those autistic and “anything i disagree with is woke” arguments.

Expand full comment

Nellie Fails Again

Expand full comment
Jul 24, 2023·edited Jul 24, 2023

Origins are everything: Barbie was originally the German Lilli doll, an adult toy for men, a joke about acquisitive beautiful women. She was "a gold digging sex symbol" for drunk men. And low and behold little girls liked her so much she became their favorite doll. So "Barbie" by definition is a symbol of the sexual relationship between men and women. If you leave men out of the Barbie story you deeply misunderstand and misrepresent the ambivalence women have about their power in relationship to male sexuality. Lilli was a savvy comic strip seductress and that is why German men found the doll funny. Yes, there really is no fool like an old fool, and men seem to start right out as old fools. Lilli knew that and the doll emphasized it. https://www.messynessychic.com/2016/01/29/meet-lilli-the-high-end-german-call-girl-who-became-americas-iconic-barbie-doll/

Expand full comment

Entertaining review for Barbie. The Oppenheimer review started strong but strayed into territory that wasn't actually film criticism.

Expand full comment

I exist in America and have not seen Barbie advertisements anywhere. Glad I don't live near Suzy.

Expand full comment