Movie Date: 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' 'Dead Man Down,' 'Emperor'

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 02:30 PM

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Dead Man Down," "Emperor," and "Oz: The Great and Powerful." Along the way, they contemplate the power of Tyler Perry, the scariness of The Incredible Hulk, and the style choices of Joan Crawford. A warning: this week's trivia question refers to a certain college past time involving marijuana, "The Wizard of Oz," and Pink Floyd.  

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Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

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Jeff Travis from Chicago

Hello,

I want to comment on Rafer's response to the message sent in regarding actors and the use of steroids. I have to say, I was really taken aback by his response. The overall commentary on use of steroids and athletics seemed incredibly uninformed, naive, and very negligent in thinking through what he was saying.

He mentioned he does not know much about or follow sports, but felt at ease enough to continue to state such things as 'whoever spends the most wins' to paraphrase (this comment was really off, considering basketball and football have salary caps which renders over spending by one or few teams moot, and in baseball the team that has the highest payroll has only won the championship 20% of the team across the last two decades). But mostly what irritated me was, again paraphrasing, the easiness with which you felt steroids should be accepted. Two points here; first, they are illegal, that is why athletes who cheat have to go to back alley labs and doctors. And secondly, there is such a vast library of research on the dangers of steroid use both short and long term, on the body's physiology, mental make up and emotional health of users/abusers. To so willy nilly say what's the big deal basically was exceptionally irresponsible. Especially considering the efforts that have taken place to try and get adolescent and teenage athletes from using them. Do you not pay attention to the findings of 'roid range studies and links to domestic violence and other abuses?

While you ask,'what's the big deal', if you took the time to think through such a response I think you might find there is an exceptionally large deal to this.

Also, I thought the writer's question was quite clear, something that both Kristen and Rafer seemed to have problems with. The grounding point was why does Hollywood turn a blind eye to illegal chemical enhancement like Stallone and crew. The point was not around Nicole Kidman's botox use.

While I have come to accept for movie reviewers (not critics) an exceptional void in numerous cinematic considered classics you possess, and still enjoy your banter; this was a very stupid dialog on your part.

Sincerely,

Jeff Travis

Mar. 17 2013 07:22 PM

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