‘Legion’ is Hypnotically Intense

 
Have you ever had that feeling that you’re experiencing a dream? Only to realize you were actually just watching FX newest hit show ‘Legion’? Maybe not? Well that has been my experience for the first six weeks of its premiere season, and it is now safe to say my mind grapes have been stretched and twisted in ways I never thought could be so engaging. Each new chapter in the show feels as if I’m given a cosmically charged LSD trip littered with foreshadowing of oncoming information revelations, reminders of past events that tie into current events, and easter eggs for future plot twists. It is bold in its very nature, a show about a mutant who has potentially hundreds of personalities existing within him, and each personality comes equipped with its own characteristics and more interestingly their very own super powers. It is also bold in its storytelling and production. Scenes seemingly end and begin traveling between planes of reality and time periods. The creators expect you to be sharp enough to keep up, forcing you to earn the right to understand David Haller’s gift. You can never truly be sure what you are seeing exists. Is it reality? Or is part of David’s mind? These sorts of questions are answered while at the same time compounded upon in a way that is both satisfying and challenging. Without hesitation I can say this show is very heavy and needs to be given your maximum focus and attention while viewing. This may be a drawback for people looking for a casual experience, but I can attest to the fun and excitement of trying to play detective, picking apart every detail to form your own interpretation of what’s to come. Noah Hawley (Fargo) beautifully demonstrates that he is not scared of testing your understanding of reality within the “Legion” universe. Drawing heavy on flashbacks, dream sequences, astral planes as well as times in which characters have changed bodies or are figments of the imagination, you may easily begin to think you have lost your own mind trying to keep pace with the storytelling. Eventually the scale tips the other way, providing important information revealing momentary clarity while simultaneously creating new questions. Patience will pay off in a well crafted and well designed story such as this. Those who need instant gratification may be frustrated by the lack of answers initially given. Same for those who expect non-stop action, just because it’s a Marvel title. But who needs those people anyway, I mean I’m sure there is a new Transformers movie right around the corner for them to stare blankly at. A unique quality about “Legion” is its overall ambiguous tone (which seems to be purposefully done to mirror David’s character). This show feels like a drama with some action but has a tendency to dance with elements of psychological horror. As we explore some memories of David’s they glow with an aura of creepiness through the tone and set pieces. The character design in the baddies are simple yet effectively terrifying, striking a nerve we all have within us that reaches to the roots of our childhood. Its setting and timeline seem to draw heavy influence from late 60’s to mid 70’s culture and is executed it in a way that feels real but also dreamlike. The sound design is supremely handled. I can recall many moments where the music was effectively altered in a way that communicated the tone change of the scene and heightened the tension. This show successfully aims to draw on your senses as it guides you through the characters psyches in a hypnotic fashion. Among the multitude of recurring themes within “Legion” I have noticed a large one revolves around control, more specifically having none of it. David struggles to grip his own thoughts and actions at times constantly at war within himself. Spotlight characters have had traumatic pasts and dwell over having no way of changing it, becoming victim to its outcome. This motif of no control is masterfully reflected in the environments they find themselves in. Whether confined to a psych ward or trapped within a memory their restrictions become haunting. It is layered to the point where the characters feel completely helpless adding depth to the unsettling tone set all throughout. Even between romantic partners we see the ongoing clash of control. Resisting urges, regret over past choices, not knowing the truth about intentions… The theme of control creeps through the narrative like a parasite feeding on the conscious of the characters. Legion” is not afraid to spread its wings narratively and challenge its audience to unfold the wrinkles of their own brains along the way. It has quickly became one of my staple shows and I look forward to continuing my journey through David’s mindscape. The fact that it has already been renewed for a second season proves that i’m not the only one invested in this journey. The post ‘Legion’ is Hypnotically Intense appeared first on Age of The Nerd. Save

‘Bates Motel’: The Final Season So Far

(AOTN) Psycho and Bates Motel have finally collided in what is the final season of A&E’s Bates Motel, starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as the mentally troubled young motel manager whose evil alter ego could endanger everybody that dares invade the life of “mother” and son.

After the events of the season 4 finale, Norman Bates is back at home after receiving psychiatric treatment, except this time he has the frozen corpse of his mom, Norma Bates to keep him company after he attempted to kill himself and her. Former Sheriff, Alex Romero was locked up on perjury charges, eventually escaping prison to go after Norman after he killed the one woman that could have potentially see his life result in some kind of salvation. After being beaten in prison and shot while on the run, will Romero make it to the Bates Motel to finish what he started?

Dylan and Emma have settled into a quiet life in Seattle. His father, Caleb came knocking and needed a place to stay for a while but Emma had to build up the courage to ask him to leave. After all that has happened in the past three seasons, Dylan felt that the only way forward was to maintain distance. Caleb obliged and made his way to Norman’s home, startled at seeing the place deserted at first despite Norma’s car parked up outside the house.

After receiving the news that his sister was killed and rival Chick Hogan confirming so, Caleb worked out that Norman must have surely been the one responsible. Breaking in and shouting for Norman later the same evening, he was knocked unconscious while standing in the basement and staring in terror at his sister’s dead body laid in her rocking chair. Unfortunately for Norma/Norman, Chick stumbled upon the scene but the two quickly came to an agreement that allowed the former crook to stay at the motel with “Norma’s” consent.

Caleb met a sudden end when he was put to death by the sight of Chick’s oncoming car when Norman sent him scurrying after he tired him up in the basement. This show never promised any happy endings for anybody.

A case of infidelity unwittingly involved Norman when a married guy turned up requesting a room for himself and a secret mistress. As it turned out he happened to be the husband of the girl, Madeleine, that Norman met in a paint shop early in the season. Eventually he confessed to be none other than Sam Loomis! He was the character made famous in the original movie that ultimately helped reveal Norman’s terrible secret.

Madeleine and Norman hit it off almost immediately despite delaying their lust for one another. The two eventually got close enough and they eventually fell into a passionate embrace, but as always “mother” arrived on the scene to disturb the proceedings, sending Norman dashing out of fear that “Miss Bates” would cause harm to his new love interest!

Adding to Norman’s problems, Sheriff Greene made inquiries concerning the disappearance of a certain Joe Blackwell, the guy that was sent on a mission by Romero to shoot and kill off Norman in events that occurred between the season 4 finale and the final season’s first episode. Norman as “mother” ended his life and hid his car in some bushes but it probably will not be long before Greene turns up the heat a notch or two.

Fans waiting for the arrival of famous shower movie victim Marion Crane will have to anticipate her entrance for a little while longer as events unfold. We were given a glimpse of what many viewers think was her in the season’s first episode but things will surely ramp up within the next couple of weeks! Whether we will get to see the show’s own version of the shower murder sequence is not known at this point and nothing has been hinted at by producers.

Nods and references to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic have made themselves known, some of which have been imitated for this version of the narrative. What is surprising is the shockingly low amount of outcries by Psycho worshippers that this final series of episodes are, when looking at the bigger picture, a reboot of the movie! Character names and events are vastly different, as are the alterations to the story, but this is still essentially a television redo. The interrogation sequence between Norman and Greene in Monday’s episode is one jot of proof. Perhaps the dreadful 1998 remake starring Vince Vaughn has made fans simply not give a stuff.

Still, Bates Motel has become a riveting piece of television during the last couple of years after making a strong entrance back in 2013. Seasons 2 and 3 may have contained little inspiration to maintain viewership but at least the series is being allowed to finish the story it wants to tell, unlike NBC’s superior Hannibal series which was cancelled after it’s third run.

If you have been watching since the very beginning then there is no doubt that you will probably be interested enough in continuing watching the show to it’s very end. But may this article be so bold enough to suggest that if you skipped out during the show’s second and third seasons that you check back in and get yourself comfortable.

Afterall, the timing could never be better!

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5 Vs Movies That Should Happen

(AOTN) Kong: Skull Island has recently made over $61,000,000 at the box office, signalling that audiences have not got tired of the largest cinematic ape. The film has garnered mixed opinions but plans for a King Kong v Godzilla movie, slated to be released sometime in 2020, is going full steam ahead as of time of writing.

A revealing post credits scene at the end of the recently released film has gotten fans all excited about what lies ahead although there are concerns about differences in physical attributes between the two monsters. Godzilla was also given the Hollywood remake treatment, a film that was released in 2014 and was predicted to make more money than it actually did. Still, all the obstacles are being seemingly plowed through to get the epic vs monster film up on    the screen.

Hollywood started a minor phase of vs films back in 2003 when the long awaited Freddy vs Jason was released after many years of anticipation. Alien vs Predator followed a couple of years later as well as a sequel. It was surprising that more films were not made to capitalise on what is an admittedly corny but entertaining concept.

Will Hollywood executives ponder to resurrect the idea? And if so, what vs films would fans want exactly?

This article is going to lend five suggestions.

Let us know at the bottom of this feature what characters you would like to see pitted against one another!

Michael Myers v Jason Voorhees

Let us start with one of the most obvious and demanded ones. Two kings of the slasher genre fighting one another is a mouth watering image for horror fans. But there are a few snags. Myers has proven in past films that he does not have the physical strength that his would be nemesis has. And his butcher knife is probably no match for Jason’s huge machete. But what Myers lacks physically, he has more of upstairs. He is smarter, and as has what has been said before time and time again throughout cinematic horror history, “evil never dies.”

Robocop v The Terminator

The Robocop films never had the shelf life that the Terminator films had but time has proven not to be an issue, as fans still occasionally voice their enthusiasm in wanting to see the two shoot it out against one another. The terminator likely has the edge in physical toughness and can absorb much more damage. He is also probably more smarter. Which is why Robocop would most likely need some kind of back up. Realistically, Jason Voorhees should have crushed Freddy Krueger in their real world final battle in Freddy vs Jason but the crew tweaked the script to make the match up more even. If this movie was to ever be produced then that is what can be foreseen to occur.

KITT v Airwolf

If one browses Youtube for Knight Rider and, or Airwolf then you are bound to see a few KITT v Airwolf fan made videos. Anybody not born before 1989 will probably not be familiar with either technological character but that does not stop this showdown being quite thought provoking. The heavily armored helicopter vs the most technologically advanced car of the 1980’s would make for a great battle providing KITT’s driver Michael Knight isn’t behind the wheel!

Airwolf has enough speed and stealth capabilities to give KITT the drive for it’s money!

DC v Marvel

We know it will never happen! And the characters are too numerous to pick any kind of battle. The closest we have ever gotten to experiencing such frays was back in 1996 when short lived comics, plainly named DC vs Marvel, were designed to give fans something they have wanted for a long time at least in some form of media.

There are many great ones, but if you readers really want to push me to think of any particular Marvel v DC battle then how does Batman v Captain America sound? One of the darkest and most psychologically haunted of superheroes going up against one of the most famous soldiers in the Marvel universe. Both are human, although Captain America was somewhat genetically modified to give birth to his then newfound abilities. It would be the ultimate battle of wits, speed, agility, strength and ultimately will!

Chucky v Leatherface

Hold up! You’re thinking that it would be easy work for Leatherface, right? Well, not exactly. This battle would also be potentially the most amusing! As was proven in the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface can be made to be frustrated and crack under pressure. And Chucky has plenty of potential to tease the chainsaw wielding lunatic with a liking for eating human flesh.

Incorporating the killer doll into Leatherface’s world would be interesting, requiring some skilled and creative writing. At present, there is a new Child’s Play movie in production but it would be good to give the voodoo loving killer something else to do for once. Leatherface could also do with starring in a movie that is not another redo that we have all seen before.

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Summer Movies 2017: Encountering Aliens Both Friendly and Hostile

As a child, the one thing I found I always looked forward to more than the “freedom” from school lessons that came with summer vacation was the eclectic slew of summer movies that went from the beginning of May all the way to Labor Day. One key ingredient to a great summer has always been a healthy and robust lineup of films to appeal to an audience of all ages; action, comedy, drama, horror, family, you name it. Last night, what one can assume will be the final theatrical trailers, both released in time to accompany any screening you’re sure to attend this weekend of James Mangold’s critically lauded Logan, for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant came to say they’re coming to start the summer with a number of out of this world bangs provided by James Gunn and the good people over at Marvel and legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott making another return to the series that made him a household name.

Much like the trailers for the original Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’s marketing decides, instead of revealing the plot, to remind us of what made the original such a fun film, ranging from the chemistry, be it comedic or heartfelt, between each member of the team as they embark on another mission to save the galaxy before they are recruited to save our own next summer, a focus on the unique worlds that make up Marvel’s colorful universes outside our own and the equally unique and statuesque alien designs, sure to garner Marvel another Oscar nomination for Makeup come 2018 (which one is sure the comic fans who subscribe the whole “Marvel vs DC” ideology will want now more than ever as Suicide Squad just transcended its critical limitations and won an Oscar in the same category two nights ago), and, of course, a teaser for what to expect on Awesome Mixtape #2, this time in the form of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain”.

It also decides to expand on smaller characters from the original film – Michael Rooker’s Yondu and Karen Gillan’s Nebula – who are now full fledged members of the Guardians and the hardships their involvement are sure to guarantee, new reveals of Pom Klementieff’s Mantis and an adorable deal of emphasis on Baby Groot, who, much like his adult counterpart, is sure to garner a major fan base between now and opening night. And, like any good preview, the trailer ends on a perfect note to leave the fans wanting until the evening of May 4th: the Guardian’s encounter with Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell) and his take on an iconic line from the mechanical mouth of Darth Vader. The summer already sounds like its off to a strong start with James Gunn at the helm.

Two weeks after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the universe becomes a cold, monochromatic labyrinth once again as Ridley Scott continues where he left off with 2012’s divisive Prometheus with the promise to take us deeper down the rabbit hole of the time that was before the crew of the “USCSS Nostromo” discovered no one could hear them scream in space in Alien.

The latest trailer for Mr. Scott’s Alien: Covenant, due out May 19th, tells a different story than Guardians of the Galaxy, that of the crew (including Katherine Waterston sporting a very Ripley-like haircut, Michael Fassbender as this ship’s “trustworthy” android, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Billy Crudup, La La Land’s Callie Hernandez and James Franco, of all people; basically, the largest assembly of A-list stars to be slaughtered by hostile extra-terrestrials since Tim Burton blew up congress in Mars Attacks!) of the ship “Covenant” as they travel the galaxy in search of new planets to colonize and inhabit. As is the custom for any crew of a movie with “Alien” in the title, the “Covenant” lands on a planet that seems to be the place of dreams, from breathable air to grain crops, until a familiar breed of chest-bursting parasite returns to reestablish its position on the food chain of cinema’s most terrifying monsters (although, as tends to be the case when CGI comes into play, the limber (and completely digitized) Xenomorph in its early stages of evolution revealed in the final frames does leave one longing for the days of Tom Woodruff Jr. in expertly applied makeup scuttling around darkened sets).

Currently yet to be featured in the marketing as of now, another form of danger is sure to come in the form of David (also being played by Mr. Fassbender), the now-bodiless android whose machinations ultimately damned the crew of the “Prometheus” and led scientist Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace, confirmed to return, though to what extent hasn’t been confirmed yet) deeper into space in search of the Engineers and answers for their hatred of their creation (you know, the questions that left “Alien” fans angry at the end of Prometheus). Whether “Covenant” decides to leave its questions as open ended as “Prometheus” did is sure to be a point that will further unite or divide the “Alien” fanbase, but the marketing so far seems to be a decent indicator that Mr. Scott will be delivering to audiences a product sure to be on a level close to his classics.

It’s ultimately hard to believe the summer and its movie season are already approaching, but the season is quickly making its way here and, if the new trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy and Alien: Covenant are any indicator, 2017’s upcoming crop of summer films – ranging from the tales of Amazonian princesses and spider men to Christopher Nolan’s love letter to 70mm filmmaking and the war that will determine whether the planet is one of man or a planet of the apes – are looking to be a benchmark of the power that can still be found in mainstream cinema. And I, for one, can’t wait to see what it brings.

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5 Times When The Academy Awards Faced The Unexpected!

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This year’s Oscar ceremony is almost upon when it takes place this coming Sunday on February 26th. It may be fair to say that the nominees, especially for categories such as Best Picture, are hardly appetizing but it will be interesting to see what else they can conjure to make the show an event to remember alongside Jimmy Kimmel, who will be host. It will be the 89th show since it’s birth in 1929.

The Oscars have, for the most part, been a glorious occasion in which some of Hollywood’s elite have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication to their craft of acting and other aspects of filmmaking. But there have also been moments that have shocked, raised controversy and just been plain weird!

We are going to look at five of the most shocking and unexpected times that viewers have found appalling, strange and out and out cringe worthy!

Marlon Brando refusing his Oscar award for The Godfather

Then James Bond actor Roger Moore was left stirred (but not shaken, thankfully) when actor Marlon Brando’s name was read out as the winner for Best Actor for The Godfather. An obscure actress by the name of Sacheen Littlefeather was requested by Brando to address everybody on stage to explain why he could not accept what should have been one of the most prestigious moments in his career.

The reason? Brando accused Hollywood of their supposedly bad portrayals of American Indians in movies at the time. While one can now look back and think that his act was rather noble, it was certainly one of the most uncomfortable situations that the ceremony has ever had to undertake.

Marisa Tomei winning an Oscar for My Cousin Vinny

The 65th Academy Awards back in 1993 have still got many speculating 24 years later as to whether actress Marisa Tomei deserved her award for her performance in comedy film, My Cousin Vinny, even going as far as suggesting that there was a mistake! Jack Palance, who presented the award, has been accused of reading out the wrong winner. Tomei, herself, even made a statement in 1994 insisting that there was no mistake but that has not seemed to have cooled things down much.

Whatever the case may be, Marisa Tomei’s shock win is a prime example of the underdog rising to seize the moment!

The opening act for the 61st Academy Awards

There is pretty much only one thing that the 1989 ceremony is mostly remembered for. Obscure actress Eileen Bowman and Rob Lowe, who was trying to recover from a sex tape scandal, came together to perform an awful duet that was overly decorated with an elaborate stage set together with a ten minute song that made faces go red! Bowman did confess that she could not wait until it was all over!

Allan Carr, who produced such hit musicals as Grease, made something that was so corny that even those that were sitting front row have not have good words to say about it decades later. Carr’s career in Hollywood was effectively ruined as well as Bowman’s, who wanted to pursue success in America’s most famous neighbourhood! Instead, her naivety and lack of experience was taken advantage of, although Rob Lowe didn’t exactly do too bad afterward.

Nude streaker during 1974’s Oscar ceremony

David Niven showcased how witty he can be in the moment when he knew he had to come up with something clever after a nude streaker by the name of Robert Opel stormed the stage in the buff shortly after the names for Best Picture were read out to an unsuspecting audience.

Shortly after Opel had his few seconds of fame, Niven stated: “Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?” Normal duty was resumed shortly afterward.

It is not known for sure what compelled Opel to perform such a dare, but he was known for streaking a number of times, some of which were to protest some of then ongoing happenings.

James Franco presenting the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway

Was James Franco high from smoking too much marijuana before presenting in 2011? Who knows.

But he certainly looked just a little too chill with Anne Hathaway, which resulted in many uneasy moments caused by the lack of chemistry between them both. Hathaway, to her credit, looked more natural but Franco seemed as if he was struggling what to say over half the time.

He later stated that he felt trapped, although he also has said that he does not regret hosting. But one does not need to be a psychic to probably realise that James Franco will stick to just starring in movies in the future instead of addressing an audience.

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Closing the IMDb Boards: A Blessing for True Film Lovers, A Needed Wake-Up Call for the Internet

(AOTN) If one were to recently visit the message board for their favorite movie or TV show on IMDb, like many people in the last few weeks have, they most likely have seen this posted at the top of every board since the beginning of February:

“IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. As part of our ongoing effort to continually evaluate and enhance the customer experience on IMDb, we have decided to disable IMDb’s message boards on February 20, 2017. This includes the Private Message system. After in-depth discussion and examination, we have concluded that IMDb’s message boards are no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide. The decision to retire a long- standing feature was made only after careful consideration and was based on data and traffic.”

That’s right. Coming this President’s Day to a monitor near you, all of IMDb’s message boards are being permanently deactivated,joining the ranks of numerous social media sites that once bustled with traffic and life and slowly disappeared into the electronic abyss, such as MySpace, Friendster and Yahoo! Buzz.

* Upon the completion of this, as it turns out, February 20th for the people over at IMDb began in the UK, so in America, the boards actually went cold around 4pm Pacific Time, to the disappointment and anger of many. Matt Damon put it best in “The Martian” when his first transmission to NASA informed them of his survival: “Surprise!”.

Frankly, it’s been a long time coming.

For the last few years, I’ve heard from many people, both close friends and online acquaintances who were members at one point, about how far in quality the site had fallen thanks to online trolls that would turn numerous boards into hotbeds of petty insults to demean either the film, anyone involved with it or anyone who enjoyed it. A website that had been a big part of my online life since I was a teenager, where I had encountered and participated in a number of rewarding conversations that gave me new appreciations for a number of the films that have held a special place in my heart, was this massive trainwreck? It didn’t feel right to me.

It was when I recently started paying closer attention to the patterns and behaviors of a number of posters that I realized how wrong I was. It was far, far worse than they were describing it and that isn’t meant to be hyperbolic.

“We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!” – Peter Venkman, ‘Ghostbusters’.

Last year, inspired by the behaviors of those forums and L.A. Times’ contributor Todd Martens own article on “The Age of Entitlement”, I set out to write about “the ugly side of fandom in the social media age.” While that article was ultimately uncompleted, there was a completed section, itself a striking example to understand this “surprising” move on IMDb’s part, that was dedicated exclusively to the message board for Paul Feig’s “Ghostbuster” remake, still controversial among the most “passionate” of commenters, and its place on fandom’s whipping post.

 

Originally, I intended to employ a number of examples from the boards for anything in the DC cinematic universe, as those remain a hot button topic for both hardcore fans and casual moviegoers, but the summer’s blockbuster movie season provided both an unequivocal gold mine and an early Christmas in the form of the boards for Paul Feig’s controversial “Ghostbusters” remake. In appearance, it is little more than one “insignificant” message board in a sea of message boards. On closer examination, it is literally the social media world’s personification of cancer, if such extreme comments can be believed (and in this case, it should).

A great deal of time was spent observing it’s home page, where the consensus was trashed the moment voting was opened, and that board, from the days leading up to the film’s release to the finalizing of this, to find the right way to describe it. It has consistently remained a breeding ground for bitter, entitled “fans” – to consider them in the same league as actual fans would truly be an insult – and their acolytes who have taken a sort of permanent residence to post onslaughts of bullying and antagonizing comments. Even a handful of the “haters” from the DC boards “take breaks” to swing over and fuel the flames alongside their “brothers and sisters in crime”, claiming “political correctness” and a collaboration between “SJW Feminazis” and “liberal cucks” – you know, every term that comprises the thoroughly lazy “alt-right” dictionary – have completely tarnished the history of a simple franchise with a special place in many hearts.

The constant “excuse” to defend their behaviors has been to blame Mr. Feig and the stars of the film for their harsh words over the criticisms that had circled around the production. But let’s be real here. It wouldn’t have mattered if Mr. Feig and his leading ladies stayed silent or adapted a form of online stoicism or even, to make a bold statement, made a film that managed to surpass the original. These “fans” made their minds up the moment the filmmakers and cast were set in stone and nothing was going to change them.

A number of these “posters” have also taken exceptional pride in their relentlessly vicious tirades against actress and comedienne Leslie Jones. When infamous online commentator and admitted troll Milo Yiannopoulis was justifiably banned from Twitter after a number of his fans went after her after reading Mr. Yiannopoulis’ review of the film (which was also highly critical of Ms. Jones’ features), they automatically sided with him and claimed Ms. Jones was incredibly “racist” against white people, citing a number of earlier Tweets that read like satirical observations of . When her personal information and photographs were hacked and spread online, these people and various social media sites took a further nosedive in terms of integrity and common decency, if such a thing even exist from such a clearly skewed perspective.

I was thinking of doing a ranking of who the “worst” offenders were – ranging from one poster who has taken to harassing Paul Feig on Twitter daily about the film’s box office performance to a woman who has openly attacked the film since Mr. Feig was announced as director in October 2014 – but there’s no way to say one is “worse” than another. These people are all “guilty as sin” and just genuinely arrogant and unlikable individuals who reflect the absolute worst of fan culture online.

“All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.” – Tennessee Williams

It isn’t just things like “Ghostbusters” or any popular film that’s bore the brunt of the trolling commentary. This type of behavior has also spread to a multitude of titles, usually the ones revolving different minorities.

Even before Nate Parker’s controversial past came to light on the eve of the release of “The Birth of a Nation” (which would ultimately slight his reputation and that of his film), people arrived to give the film a negative rating and make numerous degrading comments about how the film, a highly dramatized retelling of Nat Turner’s brief uprising against Virginian slave owners, was meant to instigate “race wars” that were sure to break out during screenings of the film (something that never happened, as I went to see it with a good number of people from varying races and all that happened after the movie were discussions of Nat Turner’s short lived revolution). Similar happened the previous year with the release of Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl”: negative ratings were immediately given following the film’s premiere at Venice and a slew of homo- and transphobic comments against Lili Elbe, the subject of the story, and actor Eddie Redmayne for playing Ms. Elbe (although most of the derision directed at Mr. Redmayne and Mr. Hooper came from incensed LGBT activists who found the idea of a male actor playing a transgender icon like Ms. Elbe insulting to her legacy).

While not as extreme an example as what goes on over at “Ghostbusters”, if one were to visit the board for Jeff Nichols’ recent Oscar nominee “Loving”, a handful of poster – including one claiming to be Meade Skelton, a Virginian country music singer known less for his music catalog and more for his thoroughly mocked social persona, as a number of Urban Dictionary entries highlighted – have made posts labeling the film as “propaganda” to “promote a gay agenda.” There’s something funny about such an argument being made when you think about it as there is never a mention of homosexuality in the whole film, although the real Mildred Loving came out in full support of same-sex marriage a year before passing. Parallels can certainly be drawn between what the Lovings went through to have their marriage legally recognized and the thin ice same-sex marriage has skated on, but if such a parallel isn’t even subtly alluded to in the story – and film has always been used as a medium to explore social injustices through subtle or blatant commentary – then forcing a connection feels more like a need for justified outrage.

And, as a capper, with the release of both Raoul Peck’s Oscarnominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” and the divisive trailer for Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” (the “controversy” about that trailer will be part of another article that will be published close to the premiere of the series this April) has ushered in a slew of comments similar to the ones that plagued “The Birth of a Nation” and earlier prestige pictures that touched on similar subject matter and content. The pattern is the same: people who’ve made snap judgements based on the titles and no understanding of the subject matter apart from what they interpret from watching the marketing. Unsurprisingly, one or two posters from the “Ghostbusters” board have made appearances on those boards to “fan the flames” of any dissent.

“When a forest grows too wild, a purging fire is inevitable and natural…” – Ra’s al Ghul, ‘Batman Begins’.

Why is it people behave like this on such “open forums?” It’s easy: with the forms of anonymity message boards provide (when I log on, I only ever see my real name in a right hand corner of the main banner), there is little accountability to be had. When one can’t be held accountable for their comments, no matter how ludicrous, erroneous or heinous they may be, the ego is allowed to run rampant. This is something I have been just as guilty of as the subjects of this rather scathing opinion are. While my only defense is any acts of “antagonism” I have directed at others online have always been at people who have belittled others to begin with, there are examples where the term “total bastard” feels appropriate. If IMDb had sprung more money for moderators to monitor this behavior more closely and nip it in the bud when it got too out of control, it would ultimately be for naught as the damage has already been done. The ones who ultimately suffer are the posters who’ve done nothing, the ones who’ve calmly tried to maintain peace to little effect, but what happened with IMDb should serve as a reminder that commenting “freely” has its price when such freedom is abused as it was here.

(Col Needham; Creator of IMDb)

At the end of the day, there’s a hint of regret and nostalgia in watching the doors close. As an opinion-based cinephile whose love of film is a passion unto itself, there is admitted disappointment in watching the message boards that played such a big part in my growing up in the middle of the social media revolution disappear into the theoretical “eternal night.” But as someone who tries to see the best in people and has struggled to see even a glimmer of good in these people for over a year, perhaps this move is ultimately for the best until everyone, myself included, can learn to discuss differing points of view without allowing the conversation to deteriorate into a repetitive cycle of demeaning insults straight out of the works of French playwright Yasmina Reza.

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