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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Twentynine Palms

    Subject: Self-indulgent Crap
    Date: Jan 3, 2009
    Sender: PKPrevious | Next

    Twentynine Palms is an example of a filmmaker trying to defy narrative convention without first asking himself: Why do most films follow narrative conventions?

    The answer, of course, is because film viewers want to see characters they can feel something for (good or bad) doing something important (at least subjectively) and coming to a win, lose, or draw.

    Nobody -- and I mean NOBODY -- wants to see people who don't seem real and therefore cannot inspire any emotions in the viewer doing nothing for a long time and then ... well, I won't spoil it. ("Spoil" being sort of a joke. How can spoil a cannister of rotten eggs and sour grapes?)

    The movie is awful. Flat out terrible. I can't believe it was funded and made. Apparently, the director believes the only thing that can capture an audience's attention is hillbilly gang rape, a la Deliverance.

    The difference is Deliverance has a point and has actual characters, and therefore the violence is shocking (or so it seemed at the time of the film's release). I laughed when the hillbilly's did their thing in Twentynine Palms. It was hilarious. Not worth sittig through two hours of absolute garbage for, but still hilarious.

    Bravo.

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    Comment index:

  • 29 Palms   from daniel stefik, Mar 20, 2004
  • The Brown Bunny meets Homer Simpson   from Vlad, Mar 22, 2004
  • twentynine palms   from Bruce Talbert, May 7, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Joshua, May 7, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Bruce Talbert, May 17, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Dan Stefik, Jun 12, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from cristiana, Apr 24, 2005
  • Another Dumont masterpiece   from pieter, Aug 25, 2004
  • Re: Another Dumont masterpiece   from manish, Feb 24, 2008
  • Hey!!!!!   from , Feb 10, 2005
  • Thanks for ruining it for me!   from Gorn, Apr 26, 2005
  • Re: Thanks for ruining it for me!   from jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • point personality   from Liam Shepherd, Aug 13, 2005
  • Re: point personality   from Ian MacDonald, Feb 22, 2006
  • Re: point personality   from Dan, Mar 19, 2006
  • [no subject]   from , Jan 14, 2007
  • This movie suxxx   from conroexlexx, Jan 31, 2007
  • Re: This movie suxxx big time   from France is Getting Dumber and D, Mar 21, 2008
  • Twentynine Palms   from tristan, Mar 30, 2007
  • wax and bilingual movies   from Felix, Jun 6, 2007
  • Re: wax and bilingual movies   from Jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • Pathetic movie   from Disgusted, Jun 6, 2007
  • Re: Pathetic movie   from Jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • Re: Pathetic movie   from Karina, Feb 3, 2008
  • 29 Palms is a dumb French movie   from Carmen, Feb 29, 2008
  • "Palm" de terrible?   from Urdhr, Feb 29, 2008
  • Re: [no subject]   from eve, Mar 27, 2008
  • Re: [no subject]   from , Jul 8, 2008
  • » Self-indulgent Crap «   from PK, Jan 3, 2009
  • Re: Self-indulgent Crap   from Scott, Nov 5, 2010
  • 29 Palms   from daniel stefik, Mar 20, 2004
  • The Brown Bunny meets Homer Simpson   from Vlad, Mar 22, 2004
  • twentynine palms   from Bruce Talbert, May 7, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Joshua, May 7, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Bruce Talbert, May 17, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Dan Stefik, Jun 12, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from cristiana, Apr 24, 2005
  • Another Dumont masterpiece   from pieter, Aug 25, 2004
  • Re: Another Dumont masterpiece   from manish, Feb 24, 2008
  • Hey!!!!!   from , Feb 10, 2005
  • Thanks for ruining it for me!   from Gorn, Apr 26, 2005
  • Re: Thanks for ruining it for me!   from jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • point personality   from Liam Shepherd, Aug 13, 2005
  • Re: point personality   from Ian MacDonald, Feb 22, 2006
  • Re: point personality   from Dan, Mar 19, 2006
  • [no subject]   from , Jan 14, 2007
  • This movie suxxx   from conroexlexx, Jan 31, 2007
  • Re: This movie suxxx big time   from France is Getting Dumber and D, Mar 21, 2008
  • Twentynine Palms   from tristan, Mar 30, 2007
  • wax and bilingual movies   from Felix, Jun 6, 2007
  • Re: wax and bilingual movies   from Jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • Pathetic movie   from Disgusted, Jun 6, 2007
  • Re: Pathetic movie   from Jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • Re: Pathetic movie   from Karina, Feb 3, 2008
  • 29 Palms is a dumb French movie   from Carmen, Feb 29, 2008
  • "Palm" de terrible?   from Urdhr, Feb 29, 2008
  • Re: [no subject]   from eve, Mar 27, 2008
  • Re: [no subject]   from , Jul 8, 2008
  • » Self-indulgent Crap «   from PK, Jan 3, 2009
  • Re: Self-indulgent Crap   from Scott, Nov 5, 2010