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2020-11-24 3:39:48 AM  
I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.
 
2020-11-24 4:59:39 AM  
Link's yanked. Did somebody get sued?
 
2020-11-24 5:06:32 AM  
They're all white (fish) and rural (barrel).  Unleash the hounds
 
2020-11-24 5:40:49 AM  

Rapmaster2000: I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.


I have a friend who grew up in that area and recommended it to me. I enjoyed it until the end and I read more about who JD Vance was and got really angry.
 
2020-11-24 7:25:52 AM  
They should not have cut the best friend character. That talking pie was the heart of the movie.
 
2020-11-24 7:29:14 AM  
I'm sure I've watched worse films because Amy Adams was in them.
 
2020-11-24 7:30:33 AM  

Rapmaster2000: I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.


Good god this.

If you want a good, honest  book about the ridiculousness of growing up poor in Appalachia, read Crapalachia by Scott McLanahan. Bonus that he's an actual writer (and a damn good one) and didn't do it to celebrate his law degree.
 
2020-11-24 7:36:48 AM  

holdmybones: Rapmaster2000: I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.

Good god this.

If you want a good, honest  book about the ridiculousness of growing up poor in Appalachia, read Crapalachia by Scott McLanahan. Bonus that he's an actual writer (and a damn good one) and didn't do it to celebrate his law degree.


Crapalachia was wonderful.
 
2020-11-24 7:55:26 AM  
The Dead South - Banjo Odyssey [Official Music Video]
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2020-11-24 7:58:54 AM  
I was excited to see what Glenn Close would do with such a role. Kind of saddened to know that it's been deemed more of a caricature of a person. Same with Amy. I'll give it a try anyway.
 
2020-11-24 8:19:46 AM  

CarnySaur: I'm sure I've watched worse films because Amy Adams was in them.


"Julie and Julia" was great for the Julia Child part. If it was just "Julie", even Amy Adams' ass couldn't save it.
 
2020-11-24 8:48:19 AM  
I've not watched it.  but I really enjoyed this documentary about popcorn sutton when i watched it a couple months ago.  It seems like a pretty good snapshot of the resilience of the mountain people.

This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I'll Ever Make | full movie
Youtube glQjCKAI4gA
 
2020-11-24 9:08:18 AM  
I cannot imagine what a neutral Terminator would do, save sit in a chair and remain forever shiny and inactive.

I guess the author, like many, didn't see Dark Fate?
 
2020-11-24 9:17:04 AM  
More like Hillbilly Eulogy with the superspreading going on them parts
 
2020-11-24 9:28:54 AM  

unregenerate: holdmybones: Rapmaster2000: I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.

Good god this.

If you want a good, honest  book about the ridiculousness of growing up poor in Appalachia, read Crapalachia by Scott McLanahan. Bonus that he's an actual writer (and a damn good one) and didn't do it to celebrate his law degree.

Crapalachia was wonderful.


I read everything he wrote after I read it. The Sarah book is heartbreaking.

I love listening to his live readings.
 
2020-11-24 9:40:45 AM  

holdmybones: Rapmaster2000: I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.

Good god this.

If you want a good, honest  book about the ridiculousness of growing up poor in Appalachia, read Crapalachia by Scott McLanahan. Bonus that he's an actual writer (and a damn good one) and didn't do it to celebrate his law degree.


Okay, looked at the reviews.

"She told us the story about how he was trying to get his pension from the mines. But before he got it, he had to fight for a couple of months. He finally got a letter that went..."Dear Mr. McClanahan, we regret to inform you that we're unable to approve you at this time. Please send your response within seven days and we'll schedule another hearing."
Elgie didn't say anything.
He just took it down to the outhouse and wiped his ass with it. Then he put it back into the envelope, sealed it up, and sent it back."


That's gold, Jerry. Gold!
 
2020-11-24 10:55:00 AM  

enry: Rapmaster2000: I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.
I have a friend who grew up in that area and recommended it to me. I enjoyed it until the end and I read more about who JD Vance was and got really angry.


Haven't gotten near this one, I"m sure it would piss me off. So I heard that the book was excellent, but the movie is trash.
I"ll skip it. I get enough "holier than thou" shiat around here.
 
2020-11-24 11:03:04 AM  
Lil Opie Cunningham made a bad movie?? No way
 
2020-11-24 11:03:19 AM  
fark JD Vance and the smug he rode in on.
 
2020-11-24 11:12:06 AM  
I've worked with self-described Appalachians and Southerners, and the largest contribution they make is usually letting people know they're from Appalachia, or the South.

Anyone whose identity is based around letting you know where they were born is next to useless. And that goes for "Chicagoans" (actually NW suburbs), too.
 
2020-11-24 11:43:09 AM  
I really wish they would stop making shows and movies about hillbilly's, rednecks, idiots and morons. These are the stupid farks hell bent on destroying the country right now and they don't need idol's like the Duck Dynasty morons spewing their bullshiat lies
 
2020-11-24 11:53:44 AM  

gunther_bumpass: I've worked with self-described Appalachians and Southerners, and the largest contribution they make is usually letting people know they're from Appalachia, or the South.
Anyone whose identity is based around letting you know where they were born is next to useless. And that goes for "Chicagoans" (actually NW suburbs), too.


I like it when people ask Where are you from? And I say nowhere, or here. It's true. Some of them get pissed off about it. Like none of us have any connections to anything except to where we were born, or where we grew up.
Well, that's your choice, not mine.
 
2020-11-24 12:21:20 PM  
Vance's story was celebrated as a glimpse into an oft-ignored pocket of America: the white working class of Appalachia and the Rust Belt who swung to Donald Trump in the 2016 election.


Yeah, we just don't hear enough about them, do we?  Maybe the Times could do something on them.


/though a trashy Amy Adams has me undeniably intrigued
 
2020-11-24 12:22:32 PM  

buntz: I cannot imagine what a neutral Terminator would do, save sit in a chair and remain forever shiny and inactive.

I guess the author, like many, didn't see Dark Fate?


I thought the same thing. And then I wondered how this writer of all people didn't see it. He keeps obsessing over the Terminator movies throughout the article, and was probably wearing T2 jammies and drinking from a Terminator-head coffee mug while tapping out this review on a laptop he's affectionately named "Lil' Skynet".
 
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2020-11-24 2:20:37 PM  
Clearly a work of fiction, as the pol tab has assured me repeatedly that there's no such thing as poor white people.
 
2020-11-24 2:30:05 PM  

gunther_bumpass: I've worked with self-described Appalachians and Southerners, and the largest contribution they make is usually letting people know they're from Appalachia, or the South.

Anyone whose identity is based around letting you know where they were born is next to useless. And that goes for "Chicagoans" (actually NW suburbs), too.


Typically, when I mention I'm Appalachian it's because I've done something dumb, or I really want to do something dumb and need a quick justification.
 
2020-11-24 2:32:10 PM  
Just watched it. Not nearly as bad as the article suggests.
 
2020-11-24 2:34:07 PM  

Wendigogo: Just watched it. Not nearly as bad as the article suggests.


TFA wants to destroy the movie for making a Terminator reference the writer didn't like. Seriously, that's about the full depth of that article.
 
2020-11-24 3:14:48 PM  

kab: Clearly a work of fiction, as the pol tab has assured me repeatedly that there's no such thing as poor white people.


How did you come to that conclusion? My guess is that someone tried to explain the phrase "white privilege" to you, and you interpreted it to mean that all white people have it made and never struggle.
 
2020-11-24 3:43:19 PM  
Here's my Hillbilly Elegy

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2020-11-24 4:35:44 PM  

cryinoutloud: enry: Rapmaster2000: I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.
I have a friend who grew up in that area and recommended it to me. I enjoyed it until the end and I read more about who JD Vance was and got really angry.

Haven't gotten near this one, I"m sure it would piss me off. So I heard that the book was excellent, but the movie is trash.
I"ll skip it. I get enough "holier than thou" shiat around here.


I read it after the 2016 election. The part about how prideful and cognitively dissonant the hillbillies were (e.g. collecting welfare but looking down on handouts) convinced me that we had understood and characterized them correctly, all along. I didn't learn anything new.
 
2020-11-24 4:49:13 PM  

holdmybones: Rapmaster2000: I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.

Good god this.

If you want a good, honest  book about the ridiculousness of growing up poor in Appalachia, read Crapalachia by Scott McLanahan. Bonus that he's an actual writer (and a damn good one) and didn't do it to celebrate his law degree.


This is a little older, from 1965, when books about race and poverty and other kinds of "bummer" topics were still being mined by sociologists, instead of how Reality TV is a major influence....
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(I guess the $2.25 price gives it away)
 
2020-11-24 7:07:33 PM  

Billy Liar: holdmybones: Rapmaster2000: I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.

Good god this.

If you want a good, honest  book about the ridiculousness of growing up poor in Appalachia, read Crapalachia by Scott McLanahan. Bonus that he's an actual writer (and a damn good one) and didn't do it to celebrate his law degree.

This is a little older, from 1965, when books about race and poverty and other kinds of "bummer" topics were still being mined by sociologists, instead of how Reality TV is a major influence....
[i.ebayimg.com image 417x640]

(I guess the $2.25 price gives it away)


Thanks! I'm going to find a copy of this.
 
2020-11-24 8:30:33 PM  

phedex: I've not watched it.  but I really enjoyed this documentary about popcorn sutton when i watched it a couple months ago.  It seems like a pretty good snapshot of the resilience of the mountain people.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/glQjCKAI​4gA]


I'm not ashamed to say it that I've got a jar of his final batch in my bar.
 
2020-11-24 9:27:00 PM  

whither_apophis: Here's my Hillbilly Elegy

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Some pretty bad stories attached to those.
 
2020-11-25 12:16:39 AM  
You were looking for reviews without a political bent in The Atlantic?

Next you'll be expecting journalists to ask Joe Biden why Burisma was paying his son $83k a month.
 
2020-11-25 2:57:47 AM  

Billy Liar: holdmybones: Rapmaster2000: I'm somewhat surprised this got made considering it's mostly a fantasy about how awesome JD Vance wants to believe he is.

Good god this.

If you want a good, honest  book about the ridiculousness of growing up poor in Appalachia, read Crapalachia by Scott McLanahan. Bonus that he's an actual writer (and a damn good one) and didn't do it to celebrate his law degree.

This is a little older, from 1965, when books about race and poverty and other kinds of "bummer" topics were still being mined by sociologists, instead of how Reality TV is a major influence....
[i.ebayimg.com image 417x640]

(I guess the $2.25 price gives it away)


Just added this to my list . Thanks.
 
2020-11-25 8:32:03 AM  

whither_apophis: Here's my Hillbilly Elegy

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I've got that set on my book shelf.

As a West Virginian, I can't stand Vance at all or others like him.

Oh, you wanted to better yourself by by getting a education and then leave what ever rusty Bible belt part of mid Appalachia your from for greener pastures? Cool I get it, no problem in following the jobs you want because they aren't here.

Oh you did that, ok, but you wrote a book, got on the TV circuit acting like a envoy for all of us, and act like you can solve our problems?

Go fark yourself JD.
 
2020-11-25 1:28:48 PM  
Interestingly enough, I happened to pick up this book from the library in March, right before the COVID lock down here in L.A.

I read it, and aside from the family being white instead of black, a lot of it rang depressingly familiar - the dysfunction, the hopelessness that can swallow one up unless you are very self-directed, the anger that there are so many communities around the country like this that used to provide sustainable work and dignity to people which have eroded in the past 40 years or so.

I have never heard of Vance, but a couple of statements he makes in book let me know that he had a much more conservative view of things than I wound up having.
 
2020-11-25 4:07:53 PM  

BeautifulOnes: Interestingly enough, I happened to pick up this book from the library in March, right before the COVID lock down here in L.A.

I read it, and aside from the family being white instead of black, a lot of it rang depressingly familiar - the dysfunction, the hopelessness that can swallow one up unless you are very self-directed, the anger that there are so many communities around the country like this that used to provide sustainable work and dignity to people which have eroded in the past 40 years or so.

I have never heard of Vance, but a couple of statements he makes in book let me know that he had a much more conservative view of things than I wound up having.


"...a lot of it rang depressingly familiar - the dysfunction, the hopelessness that can swallow one up unless you are very self-directed..."

Yes. Can't say I grew up in poverty by most standards, but this hit pretty close to home.

What also got me in the movie was the scene where his sister talked about forgiving their mother. It suddenly became incredibly dusty in here.
 
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