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    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    Yes, people always do this, unfortunately. Lindy Chamberlain went to jail for a few years in Australia simply because people felt she didn't behave the way people assumed a grieving mother should behave. She was imprisoned based on public opinion. She was only released because new evidence came to light that proved her story - evidence that was found by a complete fluke. She likely would have spent life in prison had it not been found. None of the evidence presented in this documentary made me think the McCanns were guilty. My hope is that Madeline was stolen by a family who simply wanted a child very badly. She has distinctive pupil in one of her eyes. Perhaps if she's alive she will recognize herself from the recent publicity and come forward.
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    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    That poor guy seemed seriously traumatized. Probably the same for the N. Irish investigator heading up the human trafficking unit at Scotland Yard. I honestly don't know how investigators can do this day and and day out, but I hope the joy of actually finding children and reuniting them with their families makes the horrors they have to absorb worthwhile.
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    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    I don't understand how anyone could possibly have been able to relax and enjoy wine and dinner in that scenario, no matter how often they were checking. It seemed like they were unnecessarily tempting (or taunting?) fate. Still face-palming. Yes, heartbreaking. Just like they said on the show, the majority of children abducted are from very poor backgrounds - families have fewer (or no) resources to launch investigations, and they are simply viewed as disposable. That poor little boy - his family will be tormented forever by the most terrible imaginings.
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    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    Yep. Given that I had absolutely no opinion one way or the other before watching this, I was a bit taken aback by how vehement my dislike for these people was. It takes a certain amount of arrogance to go to a foreign country and do something like that. Even if they were scrupulously checking every 20 minutes as they claimed (which I sort of doubt), there are SO many things that can go haywire with unattended toddlers within the space of just a few minutes. Who's to say one wouldn't wake up and wander into the street? Open a window from their crib and fall onto the pavement? Get into something dangerous in the luggage?. That's a definite possibility - someone who worked there may have been working with accomplices. It's also possible that the intruder may have administered something at the time of the abduction, but I would think they would prefer to grab the kid and exit as quickly as possible. The main reason I suspected the parents may have dosed the kids with sedatives was because one of the grandparents offhandedly let slip to the media that it may have been a possibility. Why even mention it at all unless you'd seen the parents do this in the past? Knowing the kids were in a deep sleep and unlikely to wander may have given the adults the false confidence that nothing would go awry while they partied in the restaurant. I dunno. I just know I wanted to reach through my TV and shake them.
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    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    Agreed - this case was hopelessly bungled from the get-go. It made me angry that he wrote a book to make $$$ after his own incompetence (and probable corruption) got him fired in the first place.
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    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    I'm almost done watching this. I didn't pay much attention to the case at the time, so all the information presented was new to me, and thus, interesting. That being said, it's waaaaaay too long - it could have been cut in half, if not more. Far too much padding - just endless, endless shots of the McCanns holding hands walking to press appearances, holding hands walking to church, holding hands walking here, there, and everywhere. I felt the show was reasonably objective and didn't seem to lean too far in one direction or the other. For those who followed the case closely as it happened, there is no new info or anything revelatory. This was my thinking from the very beginning as well. I don't think the McCanns murdered their daughter. I think someone close by at the resort had been listening in on their convos, learned their routine, and began stalking them, figuring out the best opportunity to snatch Madeline. I do think the McCanns were shifty and evasive - I think they were lying about some of the events leading up to the abduction. I 100% believe they sedated all the children, which is how a stranger was able to enter and carry Madeline off without waking her or the other little ones. I think they were drinking more heavily than they wanted to admit and they may not have been checking as regularly as they claimed. They were embarrassed and knew they'd be crucified in the media, so they covered that part up. After a time they were also subjected to a change in the wind of media and public opinion - much the same as what happened to Lindy Chamberlain in Australia in the early 80's when her infant was carried off by a dingo. I think the Portuguese Police (Commissioner? Chief?) was publicly humiliated by how badly the police had botched things, and rather than widening the search, doubled down and made the McCanns the prime suspects (and yes, I know statistically parents usually are responsible), but the police theory of how Madeline's murder may have occurred was totally ludicrous. I think the only thing he may have guessed correctly was the sedation of the children. It sounds like there were predators everywhere in that resort area that should have been followed up on. The translator dude who was assisting them and got hauled in for questioning seemed strange to me as well. I think the gut instincts of some of the journalists were probably correct. As tragic as this case was, I found myself more angry at the McCanns than sympathetic. I don't think they murdered their child, but at the same time, I did not like them AT ALL. I did not like their constant appearances at church which felt like phony staged piousness (although I imagine they may have been trying assuage major guilt too). If you're going to make a night of chugging wine and tapas, why not use the resort babysitting service? Or if you insist on leaving the children asleep in the suite, WHY NOT LOCK THE FREAKING WINDOWS & DOOR? It's still making me shake my head. I actually felt as angry watching this as I did when watching the idiot parents in "Abducted in Plain Sight". It wasn't an accident or a moment of forgetfulness or inattention, it was a dereliction of duty as far as I'm concerned.
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    After Life

    I'm curious about this too - it looks so adorable wherever it was filmed. My guess is that it's probably just a bunch of different locations cobbled together to look like one community, which is how it goes with most film/tv shoots. And the cute town scenes are probably nowhere near a beach. But I could be wrong!
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    Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

    Wow @paramitch, thanks for the summary! I was toying with the idea of reading Israel's book, but based on your review, I think I'll just stick with the movie. It may have been mostly fiction, but I really loved it, and would prefer to have that in my head. I had kinda hoped the real life characters would have had a bit more self-awareness, but it doesn't sound like it.
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    After Life

    I'm really enjoying it, but not able to binge it in one go, as I keep crying. There are very funny bits too - I think most people can relate to (at least once and awhile) wishing they could just blurt out whatever dark angry thing is on their mind, and not give a shit about propriety. Plus, there's a dog, and the dog is awesome!
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    Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

    Awww, that's too bad - I was hoping that scene might have had some basis in reality: "Make me 29, and not stupid". The other scene that I loved was McCarthy's statement to the Judge. At first she's all defiant, and you assume it's going to go completely off the rails, but her description of her strange alliance with Jack wound up really pulling the heartstrings. That may have been fictionalized too, but I just loved that scene and the whole movie.
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    Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

    I just watched this one tonight, and absolutely loved it. I would be so happy to see any of the folks nominated for this one win, but I know it's unlikely to happen. This has to be one of the underdoggiest underdog Oscar nominated films ever. It was a touching, entertaining look at isolation and hardscrabble survival in the city. Also aging and feeling your best years have passed you by. And if you know even a passing amount about the authors Lee Israel was imitating, the snippets of letters she composes in the film are hugely entertaining. McCarthy and Grant were perfect as the oddball partners in crime. Loved seeing Jane Curtin as Israel's editor, as well as Dolly Wells as the sweet bookshop owner who befriends Lee. It was heartwarming to see such a humane treatment of hopeless outsiders. Now I want to dig out my Dorothy Parker collection of stories!
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    The Wife (2018)

    I am utterly floored that this got any awards attention at all. Floored. And the info about the years it took to make makes me even more incredulous. Poorly, sloppily written, cliche piled upon predictable cliche. And the dopey ending! Each and every character was unlikeable including Close's titular character. Hated the narcissistic dolt of a husband, the one-note surly son, and I found myself unable to sympathize with Joan at all (really lady? you stayed married to this twit for close to 4 decades, and you're only starting to boil over now?) . I'm not saying Close's performance was bad, just that it didn't seem extraordinary enough to merit awards hype. Yes, THIS. This is a big part of why I hated the movie. Nothing in the story made sense in terms of her motivations. Of course there were successful women authors at that time. She just takes one person's word for it and gives up? I rented this on iTunes and am frankly kind of pissed that I wasted $6 on it. Will continue to catch up on other Oscar nominees. This one was a big dud.
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    Roma (2018)

    The problem I had with the Mother character, is that she only seemed to see Cleo's value when she realized she herself would be facing life as a single parent. There would be no way for her forward as a breadwinner in a cushy publishing job, without Cleo to manage the children and the household tasks. She did display kindness and understanding when Cleo revealed her pregnancy, but apart from that, she seemed to regard Cleo as part of the furniture, as did the children much of the time, although they loved her. Cuaron did a good job of illustrating their thoughtlessness even after Cleo's dramatic rescue of the two youngest children. The parking attempt scenes in the garage were quite funny - mostly because I'm terrible at parking myself!
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    The Wife (2018)

    When Glenn Close started winning awards for this, I was all, "huh? whuuuut? What is this movie and where did it come from?". I'm usually up on independent/foreign releases and I follow festival media coverage, and this one seemingly appeared out of nowhere. So I just watched it on iTunes, and man, I'm glad I didn't pay to see this in the theatre - I didn't think this was a good film AT ALL. It was clunky, hacky, and full of familiar cliches. I'm completely baffled as to why it suddenly got all kinds of awards love. Glen Close gave a decent performance, but I certainly don't think it ranks as one of her best. If she is awarded an Oscar, it will be one of those lifetime consolation "sorry we didn't reward you earlier" awards. The characters were all supremely unlikeable and behaved illogically. I did think Close's daughter Annie Stark gave a good performance as the younger flashback version of her character, but the rest? A big meh from me. I know a lot of people are rooting for Close to win, but I'd like her to win for something better than this. At this point I'm on team Olivia Colman all the way!
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    Roma (2018)

    Yes, I had trouble putting my finger on why I wasn't blown away by this movie, despite the excellent performances, and gorgeous photography, but I think you've defined it. I felt I should have been touched by Cleo's story (and the actress did indeed do a wonderful job) but there was a detached quality to the filmmaking that left me curiously unmoved. I also felt that Cuaron was seriously trying to draw parallels between the mother's life journey and that of the maid, however the mother was such a privileged and unsympathetic character (often vacillating between showing kindness and cruelly taking her rage out on Cleo), that this device didn't work for me. I dunno, I guess I found it beautiful looking, but inert. It just didn't rock my world the way it seemed to for others.
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