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(Esquire)   Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives his take on the Best Picture nominees: "The main thing we learn in American Hustle is that Amy Adams has awesome blouse tape"   (esquire.com) divider line 40
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2014-03-02 12:54:01 PM
" LISTEN, KID! I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes."
 
2014-03-02 12:54:52 PM
Still mad about not getting the Oscar for playing Roger Murdock in "Airplane!", I guess.
 
2014-03-02 01:07:47 PM

Kareem talks about Oscar's balls

 
2014-03-02 01:09:00 PM

DrBear: Still mad about not getting the Oscar for playing Roger Murdock in "Airplane!", I guess.


Ironically, he reprised the role not too long ago...
 
2014-03-02 01:26:21 PM
An actual, serious, editorial on the Best Picture nominees from an NBA Hall of Famer... and one I cannot disagree with.
 
2014-03-02 01:27:41 PM

Six_By_Nine: DrBear: Still mad about not getting the Oscar for playing Roger Murdock in "Airplane!", I guess.

Ironically, he reprised the role not too long ago...


I watched that all the way through. "Deltina" as a kid and Alf made me laugh. The easter eggs are a good way to get people to pay attention. Too bad George Kennedy is dead - Joe Patroni with a cigar would be good for a "smoking not allowed" segment.
 
2014-03-02 01:37:42 PM
A pleasant surprise to see, again, just how smart Kareem is. Though all I learned here is (a) Wolf of Wall Street sounds way better than I thought and (b) Gravity has some kind of dumbass deus ex machina angel angle?

In the end, though, I don't think he made any strong points.
 
2014-03-02 01:57:15 PM

Unobtanium: Six_By_Nine: DrBear: Still mad about not getting the Oscar for playing Roger Murdock in "Airplane!", I guess.

Ironically, he reprised the role not too long ago...

I watched that all the way through. "Deltina" as a kid and Alf made me laugh. The easter eggs are a good way to get people to pay attention. Too bad George Kennedy is dead - Joe Patroni with a cigar would be good for a "smoking not allowed" segment.


Yeah, they even have a holiday version of the safety video.  Gotta give them props for having fun with it.
 
2014-03-02 02:00:23 PM

Six_By_Nine: Unobtanium: Six_By_Nine: DrBear: Still mad about not getting the Oscar for playing Roger Murdock in "Airplane!", I guess.

Ironically, he reprised the role not too long ago...

I watched that all the way through. "Deltina" as a kid and Alf made me laugh. The easter eggs are a good way to get people to pay attention. Too bad George Kennedy is dead - Joe Patroni with a cigar would be good for a "smoking not allowed" segment.

Yeah, they even have a holiday version of the safety video.  Gotta give them props for having fun with it.


the two best safety videos ever;

1) Forklift Driver Klaus
2) Shake Hands With Danger

/on phone, no link
//saw both in high school
///three slashes for three finger Joe.
 
2014-03-02 02:03:41 PM
I have to say Kareem's analysis would have more sway if he played better defense towards the end of his career.
 
2014-03-02 02:09:29 PM
It is just another article that picks at the flaws of these films - flaws that another 100 writers have already clearly documented. So it is just whining. The only point it makes is that there should be fewer films in the Best Picture category (but didn't mention that the Academy nearly doubled the number of Best Picture nominees five or six years ago). I found the criticism trite since the complements he paid to prior Oscar winners ignored the serious problems in those films.
 
2014-03-02 02:13:21 PM

Far Cough: A pleasant surprise to see, again, just how smart Kareem is.


He's a class act and very well spoken.  I asked my black friend and he agreed.
 
2014-03-02 02:14:44 PM

Far Cough: A pleasant surprise to see, again, just how smart Kareem is. Though all I learned here is (a) Wolf of Wall Street sounds way better than I thought and (b) Gravity has some kind of dumbass deus ex machina angel angle?

In the end, though, I don't think he made any strong points.


I've seen every one of these films, and there's nothing here that I'd disagree with.  While there are solid movies here, none come close to being exceptional, and certainly none meets the criteria that he describes.  I'm not sure I even saw a movie last year that meets that criteria.
 
2014-03-02 02:14:57 PM

Far Cough:  and (b) Gravity has some kind of dumbass deus ex machina angel angle?


Not really.  She hallucinates, gets over it, and gets on with things.  There's nothing external at that moment; it's all her, the hallucination just serves to externalize it for the viewer, really.

There's weak points to Gravity (Bullock's character seems WAY undertrained), but that ain't one of 'em.
 
2014-03-02 02:16:15 PM

Six_By_Nine: DrBear: Still mad about not getting the Oscar for playing Roger Murdock in "Airplane!", I guess.

Ironically, he reprised the role not too long ago...


That's almost as awesome as Bruce Dickenson doing an airplane load bearing safety video.
 
2014-03-02 02:19:06 PM
Can I see proof of this without having to watch the movie?
 
2014-03-02 02:20:25 PM

Far Cough: A pleasant surprise to see, again, just how smart Kareem is. Though all I learned here is (a) Wolf of Wall Street sounds way better than I thought and (b) Gravity has some kind of dumbass deus ex machina angel angle?

In the end, though, I don't think he made any strong points.


Wolf of Wall Street was excellent, although it does follow a very similar dramatic path to Casino. And Leonardo DiCaprio is surprisingly good at physical comedy.
 
2014-03-02 02:29:19 PM

Thorak: Far Cough:  and (b) Gravity has some kind of dumbass deus ex machina angel angle?

Not really.  She hallucinates, gets over it, and gets on with things.  There's nothing external at that moment; it's all her, the hallucination just serves to externalize it for the viewer, really.

There's weak points to Gravity (Bullock's character seems WAY undertrained), but that ain't one of 'em.


Yeah, if someone watches that scene and gets "angel" out of it, they're probably getting too little oxygen.
 
2014-03-02 02:46:29 PM
This thread is pointless without video evidence of Amy Adams' blouse tape.
 
2014-03-02 02:48:06 PM

Far Cough: A pleasant surprise to see, again, just how smart Kareem is. Though all I learned here is (a) Wolf of Wall Street sounds way better than I thought and (b) Gravity has some kind of dumbass deus ex machina angel angle?

In the end, though, I don't think he made any strong points.


No. Difficult to explain without spoiling. It's still staggeringly implausible, but no magic.
 
2014-03-02 02:54:54 PM

Ebenator: Far Cough: A pleasant surprise to see, again, just how smart Kareem is.

He's a class act and very well spoken.  I asked my black friend and he agreed.


Yeah I knew how that sounded when I wrote it (there exist people who are just as enlightened and self-aware as you are), but it was jock stereotyping I was guilty if, not racial.
 
2014-03-02 03:05:04 PM
Being that Kareem isn't an old white male, should I care about his opinion on the Oscars?
 
2014-03-02 03:05:34 PM

Flint Ironstag: Far Cough: A pleasant surprise to see, again, just how smart Kareem is. Though all I learned here is (a) Wolf of Wall Street sounds way better than I thought and (b) Gravity has some kind of dumbass deus ex machina angel angle?

In the end, though, I don't think he made any strong points.

No. Difficult to explain without spoiling. It's still staggeringly implausible, but no magic.


Oh good, so it's not Contact II, Magic Alien Boogaloo.
 
2014-03-02 03:10:40 PM
Yeah, well YOU try dragging Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper up and down a movie for 138 minutes.
 
2014-03-02 03:19:54 PM

bingethinker: This thread is pointless without video evidence of Amy Adams' blouse tape.


It's not video, but it's evidence.
www.hollywoodreporter.com
 
2014-03-02 03:20:18 PM

bingethinker: blouse tape


Came here for glorious photos of buxom ladies with and without blouse tape, and the wonderful mamary heavenly results of heaving, unbound, sweet flesh as it escapes the weak holding of thin strips of said tape... and got bumpkis. So Sad, much cry, cry, cry
 
2014-03-02 03:20:35 PM

A_bomb37: the two best safety videos ever;

1) Forklift Driver Klaus
2) Shake Hands With Danger


Repeating viewing with friends in these parts.

/thank you, Mike and the Bots
 
2014-03-02 03:21:37 PM
And here's a twofer:
www.hollywoodreporter.com
 
2014-03-02 03:21:45 PM
The Oscars have been a self-congatulary PR stunt since they started.  It took Kareem this long to figure it out and he lived in LA for how many years?

Then again, Kareem lost all his money buying a bridge from some huckster about 20 years ago and has been trying to recoup his losses ever since.
 
2014-03-02 03:24:07 PM

Swampmaster: bingethinker: blouse tape

Came here for glorious photos of buxom ladies with and without blouse tape, and the wonderful mamary heavenly results of heaving, unbound, sweet flesh as it escapes the weak holding of thin strips of said tape... and got bumpkis. So Sad, much cry, cry, cry


Consolation gift:

www.thefancarpet.com

willitsuck.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-02 05:01:20 PM
Just saw "Her" and Amy Adams plays a computer geek. they toned down her looks but she still looks good. But in "American Hustle" whenever she was on the screen I really didn't want to look at anything else on the screen. She looked awesome. She even looked better than Jennifer Lawrence, not an easy thing for Amy to have pulled off.
 
2014-03-02 05:49:27 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Swampmaster: bingethinker: blouse tape

Came here for glorious photos of buxom ladies with and without blouse tape, and the wonderful mamary heavenly results of heaving, unbound, sweet flesh as it escapes the weak holding of thin strips of said tape... and got bumpkis. So Sad, much cry, cry, cry

Consolation gift:

[www.thefancarpet.com image 615x410]

[willitsuck.files.wordpress.com image 425x630]


who's that guy
 
2014-03-02 06:22:02 PM

Far Cough: Flint Ironstag: Far Cough: A pleasant surprise to see, again, just how smart Kareem is. Though all I learned here is (a) Wolf of Wall Street sounds way better than I thought and (b) Gravity has some kind of dumbass deus ex machina angel angle?

In the end, though, I don't think he made any strong points.

No. Difficult to explain without spoiling. It's still staggeringly implausible, but no magic.


Oh good, so it's not Contact II, Magic Alien Boogaloo.


The visuals are great, but every thing about the story is preposterous.
 
2014-03-02 06:52:13 PM

BigJake: OtherLittleGuy: Swampmaster: bingethinker: blouse tape

Came here for glorious photos of buxom ladies with and without blouse tape, and the wonderful mamary heavenly results of heaving, unbound, sweet flesh as it escapes the weak holding of thin strips of said tape... and got bumpkis. So Sad, much cry, cry, cry

Consolation gift:

[www.thefancarpet.com image 615x410]

[willitsuck.files.wordpress.com image 425x630]

who's that guy


Ben Stiller. The pic is from Night at the Museum 2, where she plays Amelia Earhart.
 
2014-03-02 09:07:39 PM

Zulu_as_Kono: Far Cough: Flint Ironstag: Far Cough: A pleasant surprise to see, again, just how smart Kareem is. Though all I learned here is (a) Wolf of Wall Street sounds way better than I thought and (b) Gravity has some kind of dumbass deus ex machina angel angle?

In the end, though, I don't think he made any strong points.

No. Difficult to explain without spoiling. It's still staggeringly implausible, but no magic.


Oh good, so it's not Contact II, Magic Alien Boogaloo.

The visuals are great, but every thing about the story is preposterous.


Oh that's too bad. I was under the impression it was a Cliff's Notes/Harlequin Romance version of Appollo 13.
 
2014-03-02 10:36:20 PM

ClavellBCMI: An actual, serious, editorial on the Best Picture nominees from an NBA Hall of Famer... and one I cannot disagree with.


Certainly better than the note from the one guy who hated Amy Adams boobs in that.
 
2014-03-02 10:46:31 PM

Zulu_as_Kono: Far Cough: Flint Ironstag: Far Cough: A pleasant surprise to see, again, just how smart Kareem is. Though all I learned here is (a) Wolf of Wall Street sounds way better than I thought and (b) Gravity has some kind of dumbass deus ex machina angel angle?

In the end, though, I don't think he made any strong points.

No. Difficult to explain without spoiling. It's still staggeringly implausible, but no magic.


Oh good, so it's not Contact II, Magic Alien Boogaloo.

The visuals are great, but every thing about the story is preposterous.


Yeah, kind of agree, but there a few kernels of goodness in there.  For one, the lack of sound in space.  I realize that was a choice that the director made to add drama (not necessarily because he was trying to be accurate) but it works.  Very few movies do this anymore, unfortunately.  Also, physics on the very generic level, was not bad.  It is when you examine the discrete details the portrayed that it breaks down.  In other words, on the "personal" level, action/reaction, wasn't terrible.  Where it failed were in the big things (and on the one particular big thing that kicked off the whole setup).  Also, orbital distances were way off, some of which can be forgiven because they are in a "universe" where the shuttle is still in service, but still was a little to much.

The biggest implausibility, as said elsewhere, was her complete lack of training/preparedness.
 
2014-03-02 11:37:00 PM

jdjoker: Ben Stiller. The pic is from Night at the Museum 2, where she plays Amelia Earhart.


whoosh
 
2014-03-03 12:18:15 AM
She's even kinda hot in "Enchanted".
 
2014-03-03 12:39:59 AM

BigJake: jdjoker: Ben Stiller. The pic is from Night at the Museum 2, where she plays Amelia Earhart.

whoosh


Gimme a break. It took me a couple of hours to even see him there. There's apparently an airplane somewhere in that picture too, but I'll be damned if I can find it.
 
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