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« : June 24, 2006, 06:18:13 PM »

Reading some reviews at Amazon, I came into this snippet of the contemporary NYT review of the movie:

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"the most expensive, pious, and repellent movie in the history of its peculiar genre. There is scarcely a moment's respite from the pain."

Apart from the general blabber, I wonder what was meant by the adjective. Can anybody explain?


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« #1 : June 24, 2006, 07:46:00 PM »

from dictionary.com:

  Commendable; worthy: a pious effort.


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« #2 : June 24, 2006, 09:11:55 PM »

Can't see it rhyming with what follows.


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« #3 : June 24, 2006, 10:57:25 PM »

Can't see it rhyming with what follows.

I'm sorry to sound ignorant, but this entire thread confuses me!   :-[

Can anyone explain?


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« #4 : June 25, 2006, 04:09:03 AM »

I'm sorry to sound ignorant, but this entire thread confuses me!   :-[

Can anyone explain?
it's exactly what titoli meant. "general blabber."
i can't figure out  "pious " except the writter of this
post on amazon is such an an amature he dosn't
know what pious is. w/ the exception of tuco 's brother. 


« : June 25, 2006, 04:18:11 AM Kermit »
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« #5 : June 25, 2006, 05:00:03 PM »

it's exactly what titoli meant. "general blabber."
i can't figure out  "pious " except the writter of this
post on amazon is such an an amature he dosn't
know what pious is. w/ the exception of tuco 's brother. 



Thanks for clearing up what pious means Kermit, but does anyone know what the critic Titoli posted was talking about? I can't tell if it's a positive or negative review.


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« #6 : June 26, 2006, 05:36:31 AM »

It is a quotation (so the poster says) from the NYT review (by Bowsley Crowther?) at the time of release. And, except maybe for the unexplicable term subject of this thread, it is negative. 


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« #7 : June 26, 2006, 11:07:47 AM »

It is a quotation (so the poster says) from the NYT review (by Bowsley Crowther?) at the time of release. And, except maybe for the unexplicable term subject of this thread, it is negative. 

At first it sounded like a positive review but it slowly turned negative.


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« #8 : June 27, 2006, 05:45:59 AM »

Of course it would be interesting to read the whole review.


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« #9 : June 28, 2006, 07:17:03 AM »

I'm guessing that "pious" in this context means "faithful;" SL in GBU fulfilled genre conventions with great fidelity. Obviously, BC didn't like Westerns (hence "peculiar genre") and so "pious" in this case is pejorative.

Haven't read the review, though, would need to check it to be sure.



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« #10 : June 28, 2006, 08:45:38 AM »

I rather have the suspicion that, BC not being a very well read person and, as a journalist, being quite lazy to open up a dictionary to check, probably meant something else. What, is anybody's guess.


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« #11 : June 28, 2006, 09:27:23 AM »

That would be unfair to BC, who, though he didn't appreciate SL, did appreciate the English language. If he used "pious" in the above quote, then he knew what he was doing. But did he review GBU? I can find online versions of his reviews for FOD and FAFDM, but not for GBU. Maybe somebody else at the NYT wrote the GBU review?



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« #12 : June 28, 2006, 10:04:54 AM »

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BC, who, though he didn't appreciate SL, did appreciate the English language

Probably, but apparently "pious" to him (or whoever wrote the review) was latin.


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