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Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 00:52:49 in Entertainment

“Gee whiz, I'll sure try to see more films by the directors whom you consider talented. *i refer only to Lynch's major box office projects...the last one was about a dozen years ago...I'm not counting Internet projects, and or short films...though I'm sure you may have enjoyed "Dumbland" ha! ha! ha! ha!

One more time in case you didn't hear or comprehend... I like Lee. Enjoy the weekend and happy, merry whatever it is you may celebrate during this holiday season.”

too young but old enough on Dec 8, 2013 at 01:53:31

“Inland Empire, the last feature film directed by David Lynch, came out in 2006, which was less than "a dozen years ago." Since you can't understand the math involved; a dozen equals twelve and twelve is greater than seven, which is how many years ago his most recent feature film was released. If you are still confused, ask a nearby adult for help. Contrary to your assertion, Inland Empire was not an internet project or short film, but Dumbland was actually a series of short cartoons, and had nothing to do with his film output.

One more time in case you didn't hear or comprehend: Your liking Lee, or placing him anywhere in a list of top directors, reflects more on your poor taste in film than his talent as a director.”
Dick Cheney Didn't Regret His Vote Against Freeing Nelson Mandela, Maintained He Was A 'Terrorist'

Dick Cheney Didn't Regret His Vote Against Freeing Nelson Mandela, Maintained He Was A 'Terrorist'

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 00:51:36 in Politics

“This is what I like to call the Humpty Dumpty effect...words can mean whatever I wish them to mean...*paraphrase of the Egg seated on the wall in Wonderland*”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 22:42:23 in Entertainment

“Thanks for sharing...we agree on Coen Brothers, Guillermo del Toro, and Terry Gilliam. . The others whom you name I am unfamiliar with their works, and although Aronofsky won an Oscar for "Black Swan I've not seen the movie....except for Lynch...his last big box office feature film was a dozen or so years ago. *Unbelievable you mentioned Lynch, since you disparage Lee for having as you say "peaked twenty years ago' if that's the case what about Lynch? rhetorical question*

I'll be sure to watch films by Park Chan-Wook, and the director you mentioned whose work I do not know.

Again I say, I like Lee, on this we disagree. Enjoy the weekend.”

too young but old enough on Dec 7, 2013 at 15:21:48

“I mention Lynch because his body of work is much more solid than Lee's, and he has a strong authorial vision that shows in virtually all of his films. While Lee has one film that I believe could be considered anywhere close to 'great,' Lynch has several, including his most recent. Speaking of, I'm not sure where you're getting your information from, but Lynch's last feature film came out six (not "a dozen or so") years ago; and he's done several smaller projects since then. Unbelievable that you'd think that my mention of Lynch has anything to do with my distaste for Lee.

Maybe after you've exposed yourself to some talented directors, you might start to understand why Lee appears so generic and pedestrian by comparison.”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 19:26:11 in Entertainment

“Is it futile to wait for your list of just two, three or five film directors whose work you like? After all You are aware of "so many of other directors with better filmographies than Lee's..."”

too young but old enough on Dec 5, 2013 at 22:52:01

“Park Chan-Wook, the director of the original film is pretty great, and the original film is far better than anything Lee has done in the last twenty years, but he's foreign so you may not include him.

In no particular order: P.T. Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Guillermo del Toro, David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, David Cronenberg, Lars von Trier, Terry Gilliam, David Fincher, Alfonso Cuarón, Jim Jarmusch, and Wes Anderson would all be pretty high up on the list for me. That's just a dozen easy ones, but if you're going with 'newer directors,' with less films but more promise, I could come up with another easy dozen. It would be hard to limit a list of greatest working directors, even if we're just sticking with active directors of American films, but Spike Lee would not be anywhere on it.”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 19:23:36 in Entertainment

“ROTFL! *no sale on falling back on the "straw man argument defense!*

I know for certain You do not like Lee. Which of today's film directors do You Like?”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 21:37:58 in Entertainment

“I suppose it would be disturbing to me his alleged pretentiousness if I believed what you say is so. So he hangs out with rich people...how else do you raise money for film projects?

As for politics he, just as you or I , has the right to express his opinion even if it is one that is uninformed! The last time I checked the right to listen to whomever one chooses has not been abridged...so listen to whomever you wish or do not listen to those with whom you disagree. It's your choice. I've made mine. I like Spike Lee's films and I agree with many of his opinions.”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 21:32:48 in Entertainment

“Perhaps I should have this discussion with someone who: a) has seen all of Lee's films and b) provides their criteria on which their critique of Lee's work is based...*is that you Clint?* ha! ha! ha! ha!”

too young but old enough on Dec 4, 2013 at 22:28:36

“Perhaps you should have the discussion with someone who:
a) already agrees with your opinion of Spike Lee
b) has not seen many movies

If I weren't aware of so many of other directors with better filmographies than Lee's, I might have agreed with your assessment of his place in the general hierarchy; but because there are so many of them, I really can't.”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 21:27:11 in Entertainment

“You're the kind of person who believes Michael Jordan got into the NBA because of luck. ;=D You hate the one thing both Jordan and Lee have in common. Ha! Ha! Ha!”

DopamineProject on Dec 5, 2013 at 08:18:45

“No, I’m the kind of person who believes Michael Jordan is incredibly talented.

It appears that you’re the kind of person who doesn’t know what a straw man argument is.”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 21:36:12 in Entertainment

“...and the documentary on Katrina is less than twenty years old. He's made other films since that documentary. He may be uneven; he may have displayed genius only once. At least he displayed some genius. Many directors haven't come close enough to smell genius; they likely wouldn't know it if it slapped them on the butt. ha! ha! ha! Even Spielberg, Lucas, Howard, Scorsese, Coppola and some others have missed the mark. I say Spike Lee is one of America's finest film directors. That he receives little recognition for his work is well known not because of his ego, he may be an egomaniac; there have been other film directors with ginormous egos. The fact you and some others are so disparaging of the man, so dismissive of his achievements is because he's Spike...the manner in which he conducts himself is to your disliking; his opinions do not jibe with yours...

Of course there are racist people who do not like blacks; there's nothing Lee can do about that. The fact he knows the things he has power over and those he does not may be the reason some are so extreme in their criticism of Lee the man as well as Lee the film artist.”

too young but old enough on Dec 3, 2013 at 22:48:44

“Do you know what the word "notwithstanding" means? I get that he's made other films since that documentary, but none that I'd consider worth seeing, never mind good enough to place him in any sort of 'top directors' list that was being compiled. Yes, he's better than many other directors out there, but there are literally thousands of directors. His being better than many of them still doesn't automatically place him anywhere near the top. Maybe it would make you feel better to know that I wouldn't put Lucas or Howard anywhere near the top of that list either.

You have literally no idea what my criterion are for directorial quality, but it has nothing to do with his "being Spike." The "manner in which he conducts himself" has nothing to do with my opinion of his films, either. You're dismissive of my assessment because you don't agree with it, and grasping blindly for excuses to justify that dismissal.

The truth is that Spike Lee made one (close to) great movie, a few decent films, and a bunch of junk. That's not the career of a great director; it's thoroughly mediocre.”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 21:25:47 in Entertainment

“Oooo, why so hostile toward Lee? Did he steal an idea, or reject your script? Ha! Ha! Ha! I believe the man's work can be appreciated in its entirety. It's relevant and makes him one of the best American film directors...ever!”

DopamineProject on Dec 4, 2013 at 18:39:02

“Nope. Never had any dealings with the man.

I just think he’s not smart enough to be grateful for how lucky he is.

Best? He might be tied for 1000th.”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 16:08:19 in Entertainment

“What has filing a law suit to protect his brand have to do with his ability as a film director?”

DopamineProject on Dec 2, 2013 at 16:37:39

“What brand? Exploitative and mediocre film making?

He brings new meaning to the term “Legend in his own mind.”

If he had ten times as much talent as he thinks he has he still wouldn’t be considered a competent director.”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 16:06:24 in Entertainment

“I like his response: "Tough business." As confirmed in Tweets by Roseanne Barr, albeit she admits to have made her remarks while under the influence of John Barleycorn...it's still a tough business.”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 15:58:21 in Entertainment

“When Lee's complete body of work is considered I'm sure you'll agree he's one of the best American directors around today. I like his work.”

too young but old enough on Dec 2, 2013 at 16:14:37

“Actually, considering his entire body of work, I'd say that he's one of the most uneven directors around today, but that he's only scraped genius once. I can think of at least a dozen other directors with stronger voices and better filmographies, so I would not agree with your statement at all.

Spike Lee hit his peak close to twenty years ago, and his Hurricane Katrina documentary notwithstanding, has been getting by mostly on reputation ever since.”
Hugh Jackman Still Loves Playing Wolverine, His 'Best Friend'

Hugh Jackman Still Loves Playing Wolverine, His 'Best Friend'

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 15:55:04 in Entertainment

“The latest Wolverine movie was just awful! Jackman is a good actor. He's very handsome and talented, too. That last movie does not deserve a sequel. If there is a sequel I pray there is a decent storyline/script because the last one was totally unsatisfactory!”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 15:51:45 in Entertainment

“I've not seen the film. Obviously you have...have you? I agree with your comment regarding re-makes, especially from an artist who as you say has provided great original material. I'll be sure to see this Spike Lee Joint!”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 15:49:31 in Entertainment

“Why so hard on the brotha? He's a great filmmaker....an innovative artist. He's creative and thought provoking. American media projects an unfavorable image of him...because he has a brain.”

EzShake on Dec 3, 2013 at 00:34:59

“the American media generally reflects back what it is given ... the pretentiousness and arrogance don't bother you? ... the propagandizing and opportunism of "Tawana told the truth" doesn't bother you? (she didn't) ... and like many black artists who've 'made it' he spends more time in white enclaves like his Upper East Side home or his house in the Hamptons ... it would just be nice if he'd make movies and shut up when it comes to politics or race issues because he's not terribly informed or articulate on those matters - for that I'd rather listen to John Lewis or Jim Clyburn”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 15:46:33 in Entertainment

“See his other films..."Summer of Sam" is good. "Mo' Better Blues" is good with Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, and Giancarlo Esposito”

too young but old enough on Dec 2, 2013 at 15:50:19

“I have seen those, but am not sure that I'd totally agree with your assessment of their quality. On the other hand, I might also assert that Malcolm X was pretty good, Sam Jackson was incredible in Jungle Fever, or She's Gotta Have It had some moments, but it's hard for me to stretch beyond that.”
Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Flops

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 15:41:39 in Entertainment

“I think Spike Lee is one of the best American directors ever. Better than Eastwood, better than Sophia Coppola. For obvious reasons Lee doesn't receive recognition he should from the powers that be in Hollyweird.”
Rick Santorum Questions Obama's 'Competence' After Obamacare Rollout Glitches

Rick Santorum Questions Obama's 'Competence' After Obamacare Rollout Glitches

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 16:32:11 in Politics

“And a very good reason it is! The man is flippin' INcompetemt.”
Rick Santorum Questions Obama's 'Competence' After Obamacare Rollout Glitches

Rick Santorum Questions Obama's 'Competence' After Obamacare Rollout Glitches

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 16:29:26 in Politics

“I question Rick Santorum's mental competence.”
America Is 'Less Safe' Than 2 Years Ago, Intelligence Committee Chairs Say

America Is 'Less Safe' Than 2 Years Ago, Intelligence Committee Chairs Say

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 16:25:04 in Politics

“"America Is 'Less Safe' Than 2 Years Ago, Intelligence Committee Chairs Say "

Two things about this headline: Firstly, who told her? Secondly, she didn't even know she was being surveilled, so how would she know if we're less safe? Grrr!”
Russell Brand: Rupert Murdoch 'Animatronic Al-Qaida Recruitment Poster'

Russell Brand: Rupert Murdoch 'Animatronic Al-Qaida Recruitment Poster'

Commented Dec 1, 2013 at 00:38:01 in Media

“Thank you. Happy holidays.”
Russell Brand: Rupert Murdoch 'Animatronic Al-Qaida Recruitment Poster'

Russell Brand: Rupert Murdoch 'Animatronic Al-Qaida Recruitment Poster'

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 15:46:57 in Media

“Not everyone who eschews public education ends of being Breaking Bad stupid. Yes, it would be astounding if our American high school graduate, heck our American university graduates, could express themselves as adeptly, even as adequately as Brand. That's why he's under appreciated by many in the U.S.. He has a vocabulary that he regularly uses. I ♥ Russell Brand.”

edejan on Nov 29, 2013 at 17:19:00

“Well said. He's is "educated" in the truest sense of the word...his own intellectual power and curiosity have worked to develop his mind. And his forceful personality has allowed him to speak truth as needed. F and F.”
Russell Brand: Rupert Murdoch 'Animatronic Al-Qaida Recruitment Poster'

Russell Brand: Rupert Murdoch 'Animatronic Al-Qaida Recruitment Poster'

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 15:42:15 in Media

“I ♥ Russell Brand. He's unappreciated by many in the U.S. because he uses words like "glabrous" and other words that have more than one syllable.”

edejan on Nov 29, 2013 at 17:12:27

“I think the more exposure we in the US get to his verbal skills and intelligent commentary, the more appreciate he will become.”
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