Best Reader Comment for December 2013

I'm loving all the feedback everyone is giving me about my posts. Thank you, not only for reading my blog, but for sharing your own thoughts with me.  The "winner" of this month's "best comment" shout-out is LibbyLiberalNYC for not one but TWO epic comments -- one of "Which Decade Had the Best Movies?" and the other for "Shared Universes." Each essay sparked a lot of interesting opinions, so click the links and read the entire threads. Libby joins past winners Margaret Feike, MalcolmXY, Bob Skye, Jan Sand, and Matt McMillan.

Here's Libby's comment about the best movies per decade.

"Nick, oh what a task you ask!
first, when I hear the name Pulp Fiction slowly I turn and step by step ....AGHHHHHHHHHH. I hated that movie. Gratuitous violence -- I not only think it is slick and lazy, but evil in promoting the titillation of violence without any moral messaging. Ego indulgence all around especially for Quentin. Hipsters' conning. Bleccccchhhhh.
My additions to your lists:
20s: too early for me to sort out
30s: Mr. Smith, Mr. Deeds, My Man Godfrey
40s: Best Years of Our Lives, Shadow of a Doubt, Gaslight
50s: Marty, African Queen, From Here to Eternity, Invasion of Body Snatchers
60s: In Heat of Night, Butch Cassidy, Producers, Wait Until Dark, Inherit the Wind, The Lion in Winter, Man for All Seasons, Manchurian Candidate, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451
70s: Nashville, Cabaret, Being There, Serpico, American Graffiti, Blazing Saddles, Saturday Night Fever, Close Encounters, Monty Python, Network, Norma Rae, Mash, All President's Men
80s: Witness, King of Comedy, Lost in America, Stand By Me
90s: Fargo, Ground Hog Day, Thelma & Louise, American Beauty
2000: Bridget Jones, Little Miss Sunshine, Lives of Others
2010s: too soon
I think it is a tie between 60s and 70s but maybe also that has a lot to do with the context of my lifetime and even my gender and those movies that shaped my perspective on life and paralleled my own experiences-- my particularly powerful bondings with The Graduate, Thelma & Louise, Annie Hall, Sound of Music, American Graffitti, Norma Rae, Man for All Seasons, though I am a total Hitchcock fan and Shadow of a Doubt from the 40s is my favorite movie--evah.
As for the movies after 2000, we don't know yet which will pass the test of time and stay relevant to viewers in future.
Love the question, though, and enjoyed struggling with an answer. 
Also to consider what great directors dominated what decade(s). Capra, Hitchcock, Altman, Scorcese, Allen, Brooks, Spielberg, etc. etc. etc. 
Note to my friend Abra: How could you eliminate the 60s, man?????
thanks again for a fun exercise. I know I will be haunted tomorrow by beloved movies I blanked on responding to this. 
best, libby 

And here are her thoughts on shared universes:

"nick, interesting angle re shared universes. 
how very titillating when we see the L&O people cross boundaries, one of my guilty pleasures (Det. Munch's wife had an affair with Lenny Brisco, don't you know!). I see it as "human beings as product placement" advertising. I was confused when Mary from the witness protection show showed up on Criminal Intent for less than 10 seconds once. Really? Such a strange reach.
The Avengers ended up showing a blitz of "cameos" of the superheroes, so little on screen character OR plot development happened. Diluted the movie totally into spectacle in my comic-book ignorant opinion
Some quotes from a review I did of The Avengers movie May 2012 fwiw:
Sam Jackson plays Nick Fury, director of SHIELD, a peace keeping agency which secretly is evolving wmds to help do this. How "pragmatic" of it. Actually, I was relieved to see this issue gave at least a couple of the superheroes pause for what disappointingly turned out to be only a second or two or maybe three in the one-hundred forty-three minute movie. Of course, conditions were so dire from the get-go there was no time to really explore any hypocrisy and darker agendae for the “good guy” “American” corporate overlords. Kind of like when 9/11 happened and full throttle anything goes reactivity went into gear and apparently, imho, hasn’t stopped.
The supposedly admirably independent superheroes charge forward to protect the globe and particularly Manhattan from violent overthrow and/or destruction since that is what they can’t help but do. Hordes of hapless citizens – us -- scurry about below the superheroes’ ever-changing perches like deranged ants as the superheroes do their “stuff”. It is all about might for ... well, let’s call it just off the tops of our heads’, "lesser-evil right."
It was, indeed, an impressive, eye- and ear-filling rollercoaster ride that never bored. But again the money statement Laurier makes:
"The filmmakers make certain that the viewer has as little time or space as possible for reflection and critical thought."
Feel the sensation, America? Especially young and impressionable America? Breathless adrenalin-addicting violence. What a rush!!!! And the superheroes are fighting the mechanized aliens who are not like any other global humans, right? I mean the mechanized aliens don’t look like us enough, right, to fulfill that subliminal role? And could never in a million years represent a demonized set of other human beings of course! (cough, cough … choke!)
Alas, the Avengers, super-powered misfits, assemble and try to rescue or at least avenge the world for the one percent "good guy overlords" (cough, cough, choke!), as the 99% population of us represented as ants a/k/a mere collateral damage fodder flash condescendingly positioned on the screen. We are even more infinitesimally-reduced there in our dark audience perches, enthralled by the celebs' athletics (in reality those of their stunt doubles), to reflect on the toxic mirroring by the Hollywood one percenters of how POWERLESS and INSIGNIFICANT we are or, rather, they want us to see ourselves as being!
end of quote
best, libby"

Thanks to everyone else who commented or liked my posts this month on all channels. Here they are in alphabetical order.

Algis Kemezys
Andrew Gecaj
Ben Sen
Bill Beck
Charles Yurgalevitch
Damian Carparelli
Daniel Rigney
Dean Leggiero
Debbie Vega
Dennis Mardon
Donna Bellone
Don Rich
James Hart
Jan Sand
Joe Laureiro
JoEllen Clark
John Hamilton
Lisa Giordano
Lucille P. Loiselle
Lumi Subasic
Lyle Elmgren
Margaret Feike
Maria Heng
Marilyn Sands
Marilyn Scott
MaryAnn Hoffman Mallozzi
Patricia Todisco
Poppi Iceland
Roland Uruci
Samone Grixti
Sean Grady
The Songbird
Steel Breeze
Steve Kenny
Timothy J. Cox

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