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Not for Children--Big or Small.,
This review is from: The Counselor [HD] (Amazon Instant Video)
Reading through many of these reviews reminds me why I take to writers like McCarthy in the first place. Reminds me why I don't eat at fast food restaurants. Reminds me why I don't listen to pop radio. Reminds me why great movies like TWBB, Jesse James, or this one, all fly under the radar while Transformers makes a billion dollars.
Some of us don't need our hand held to know what's going on. If you can't appreciate subtle plot devices, or if you need someone to introduce his or herself as the bad guy or the good guy, then Saturday morning cartoons or professional wrestling is probably better suited to your attention span as well as your unrealistic, knight in shining armor, view on reality.
It's a movie about American greed, arrogance of the rich, gambling with one's life and the lives of those he loves, and the horrors of the Mexican Narco Wars. It's not supposed to be a feel-good movie, geniuses.
Five gold and gleaming stars for the Counselor--and the phone call about grief and acceptance is some of the best moviemaking I've seen since Daniel Plainview or Michael Clayton. Bravo.
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Initial post: Mar 13, 2014 7:48:06 AM PDT
Thomas King says:
i agree 100% with this review it was excellant but not for everyone
Posted on May 29, 2014 8:15:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2014 8:44:09 AM PDT
I haven't seen the Counselor yet. But whether I end up liking it or not is independent of the fact that I can't stand the snobbish tone and attitude of certain reviewers, like this one. It has become an automatic strategy to throw in snotty comments about movies like Transformers as a defense against detractors of their precious films; as if liking a big-budget action movie is a crime or signal of a deeper character flaw. This attitude also fosters the closed-minded position that anyone who can appreciate a big budget movie with plenty of explosions can't appreciate anything else. B.L. Miller alludes to this closed-mindedness further by mentioning fast food restaurants, as if those who eat fast food are morally bankrupt or can't appreciate any food of higher quality.
Folks like B.L. Miller are self-aggrandizing elitists who love to pat themselves on the back because they shun the mainstream. I'm surprised he had the time to write this review with the constant basking in his own supremacy, while drinking tea with his pinky finger extended and chatting about existentialism and nihilism-and all other philosophies that the godless salivate over.
I feel sorry that you are so damn elitist that you can't appreciate a Big Mac or a Katy Perry song. It must be lonely in your ivory tower.
I guess it has never once crossed your conceited mind that being in the minority regarding taste in entertainment doesn't automatically make you the correct genius and everyone else the obtuse morons.
You talk about this movie not being for "children" but apparently you are the one too childish to understand that people not liking what you like is not evidence of their mental deficiency.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2014 11:45:40 AM PDT
Thomas J. Foley says:
I agree with your evaluation and looking forward to viewing "Counselor" again. Brad's warning to the lawyer was awesome. His going down will not be a solitary affair, but many will go with him. This tragedy is played out in real life again and again. Kudos to your remarks about 'fast food' addicts who refuse to see the real harm of such dieting. Their blinders only allow them to see the superficial and not much more. More sophisticated(elitists = educated) viewers understand the depth of this movie.
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