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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema: Cinema Feature

Re: “Full-Blown War

To learn the story of Desmond Doss without the war porn, watch "The Conscientious Objector" (2004) available on Amazon and other streaming sites. We saw this before "Hacksaw Ridge".
Sure Mel Gibson's film is good cinema, and the acting is stellar, but I don't need to see graphic violence to know that war is hell. Hear it from Mr. Doss and his platoon comrades before they died. (Especially if you are prone to PTSD.)

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by jjmarks on 11/12/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Roll 'Em!

"Trophy" looks like a really good one too.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 11/03/2016 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Stop the Bourne-ness

It's only the insane insatiable appetite for "any" entertainment in our current society that allows these tropes to survive. Let's hope the a more ubiquitous future of entertainment delivery will put crap like this in the dustbin of history.

Posted by Paul Walker on 08/08/2016 at 2:23 AM

Re: “Stop the Bourne-ness

The chosen pic is the perfect illustration of the cliche.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Paul Walker on 08/08/2016 at 2:19 AM

Re: “Stop the Bourne-ness

I sat for a full minute staring at the last paragraph of this review, flabbergasted that you would consider a film which is literally just a plot hybrid of two previous films, throwing in shallow and horrifically bumbling new characters while completely destroying the personalities of existing ones, to be an example of how to revive a franchise properly.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by EternalLurker on 08/07/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Stop the Bourne-ness

I always read one rotten tomatoes reviews, of the many, based on how much I laugh at the reviewer quotes. Though simple, this is a bad movie, was pretty funny. I still love the Doug Liman one the best. The story was fresh, the action was crisp and it slapped James Bond around. We have Kingsman now. Bourne should be aborted.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Nekrobomb Jones on 08/06/2016 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Stop the Bourne-ness

Hey everybody...the new Star Trek is okay. It's a fun, silly chapter in the franchise that goes a little overboard, but remains coherent and exciting. As for this summer, I'm just scratching my head. I'm a big fan of the summer movie season, and I really count on this time to have fun on a weekly basis at the cinema. The big blockbusters have been a bust. It's getting ridiculous. On my way to see Suicide Squad now. Pray for me...Grimmy.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bob Grimm on 08/06/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Stop the Bourne-ness

Hey Billy!

As far as films go, it's not just you.

Modern day big budget films are really lacking something. You really have to go independent these days to find something decent. I agree with Grimmy, the latest installment of Star Wars was an exception to the norm. Although I haven't yet seen it, the new Star Trek film interests me...I think that film could be an exception also. The AZ/DC Family hopes so!

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/06/2016 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Stop the Bourne-ness

is everything shitty or is it just me.....

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by William Sedlmayr on 08/05/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Stop the Bourne-ness

I just saw this movie on one of the XD screens at a local theater. I'm a devoted Jason Bourne fan, but I have to say this reviewer has accurately assessed this latest chapter in the series. It is long, tedious and boring with no contribution to the Jason Bourne franchise.

I think Jason Bourne should probably retire and get another job.

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by JCC on 08/05/2016 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Dead on Arrival

"Ramis makes an appearance as well in one of the movie's few inspired moments."

But I thought he was dead. Wait, a dead star making an appearance in "Ghostbusters"...that got very meta very fast.

Unless, of course, they just pulled an Ed Wood and cut some old unused footage of him into a new film.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 07/29/2016 at 1:44 AM

Re: “Super Crap

Don't buy the baloney. Affleck sucks, and his Batman should be committed to the insane asylum, Eisenberg IS the insane asylum, and not in a Heath Ledger way, so moronic is his Luthor character, and only Cavill as Superman is anywhere near normal, but even his character is dragged down by the portentous, ridiculous, movie. I didn't think that it was possible, but this film is even worse than JJ's Star Trek toilet bowls.

Possibly the worst modern super hero movie with such a huge budget.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Dennis Carlson on 05/03/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Unhappily Ever After

"What producers didn't realize soon enuogh"... oh dear.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by HireACopyEditorNow on 04/29/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Bio Meh

What's up with that last incomplete paragraph Grimmy? It seems as if you borrowed it from the review which you did last week. Oops!

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC on 04/07/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Super Crap

Henry Cavill was screwed repeatedly by Zack Snyder. You want a "dark" Superman, fine, but don't make him an angry, morose dullard who is incredibly STUPID. He looks like he wants to flip off the audience when saving Amy Adams. Would it hurt this douchebag jock retard to "smile" for once? Superman gets his powers from the SUN not a garbage can whilst playing a Joy Division boxset. The only good thing about this craotastic spectacular is that he gets murdered by a giant turd. Yep! Superman bites it because he's too fucking stupid to hand a kryptonite laced soear to Wonder Woman. 10 year old kids were facepalming simultaneously around the planet. I can take comic book clichés, but can we have a DC film without giant plot-holes every 3 minutes? This film was edited by the biggest Man Boy idiot-Zack Snyder. What was he snorting? Crystal meth off a urinal everyday at the studio? Guy compares himself to fucking Alan Moore in interviews. He should be ashamed of himself for inflicting his utterly lame-brained "vision' of two sawed in half storylines ... No payoff. No drama. No suspense. No buildup. Nada. Zilch. Superman is pummeled and banged by the biggest asshole director of modern times. Congratulations,Zack, your " philosophical" pretentious ,boring joke of a film. How hard is it to write a good series with these characters. Try building up to something instead of farting an explosion out your ass onto the audience for once. Here's an idea... Superman goes rogue/evil after a period of three films..slowly...the JlA try to take him down. Batman -the weakest member- is left to take him down. Suspense,drama,excitement AND emotional payoff. No, you'd rather pussy out and give us cookie cutter bullshit! You talk about being different than Marvel. Shut the fuck up and go all the way with your ideas instead of chickening out!

5 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Wheez Von Klaw on 04/01/2016 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Super Crap

I know Adam West is still alive Triplem555. I used this thing that is all the rage with the teenagers nowadays, it's this fad that the kids are calling sarcasm. It's really fun to use when people don't take it so seriously. Have a super (get it, super?) weekend. DC

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC on 04/01/2016 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Super Crap

Watched BvS on the weekend and thought it was very entertaining. Iron Man 3 happened to be on TV the next day. I've seen it before and thought I'd watch it again. With BvS fresh in my mind, watching Iron Man 3 felt like a childish joke. And critics applauded that movie. Seriously. It looks amateurish. The dialogue is ridiculous. The acting is goofy. It felt like I was watching one of those campy 70s movies in comparison to BvS. And yet Iron Man 3 was from 2013. And scored high critical review. Smh.

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by bobby on 03/31/2016 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Super Crap

@Bob...to be fair, I would also want someone else besides Snyder to take on the JL films. George Miller would be a good candidate since he was originally considered to direct a JL flick back in 2008, but unfortunately that movie was scrapped. Snyder is an artist when it comes to making visually striking movies but comes short when trying to put everything together as a director. Imagine how beautiful it would be to have Miller directing and Snyder bringing his visuals as co-director. At this point it's obvious Warner Bros. is going on ahead with the JL films and Snyder directing them and it seems nothing will stop him. All we could do is hope that he somehow manages to give what everyone wants.
Saying that, I think this movie isn't either horrible or great. Horrible is what they have done with Marvel's beloved properties such as the Fantastic 4, Punisher (pre-Daredevil series), Ghost Rider and to some extent Spider-Man and I'm not even counting Howard the Duck and those other shoddy movies from early 90's. On a lighter note, Warner's and Snyder have stated that the upcoming films such as JL will have lighter tones. Regardless of its tone, even Ayer's Suicide Squad seems like it'll be a "Marvely" movie with smiles and comedic banter.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by SuperFriend on 03/31/2016 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Super Crap

Hey...Bob here. A few more thoughts. The creation of Doomsday was hilariously bad. The pacing was sluggish at best. I detest what Snyder has done with the Superman universe. Cavill could be great but Snyder is suffocating him. I don't mind if Batman mopes and grumbles. It suits him. Superman...come on? Superman is gloriously naive and strangely perfect. Singer had it right when he cast Brandon Routh as a tribute to Christopher Reeve. Christopher Reeve was perfect, even if two of the movies he starred in were worse than this one. I know it's easy to dismiss the likes of me as a mediocre critic and all around douchebag. I get your anger towards us when we hate a movie you like. Keep in mind that I loved, loved, loved the Nolan Batmans, I really liked the WB animated The Dark Knight Returns, and I'm in the camp that loved Superman Returns but thought Man of Steel sucked. I just think these movies should be fun and exciting, even when they go the dark route. Nolan pulled it off with his Batmans, but Snyder (with Nolan's help) is blowing it. Come on? George Miller in charge of this franchise. This needs to happen now! I really don't like the listless, soulless vibe of this movie. Also...I just don't get what happened to Snyder. Dawn of the Dead awesome? Check. 300 kind of cool? Check. A nearly perfect Watchmen? Check. I certainly thought he was a good man to take over Superman. I was certainly wrong. Honestly, if they handed directorial control over to Affleck, I would be more excited. Affleck is a solid director, and I think he could be one of the best Batmans. He's actually very good in this movie, even though he's surrounded by dreck.

10 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Bob Grimm on 03/31/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Super Crap

If any, I would blame the length of the film and the editing. According to online sources, Snyder and Warner Bros. announced there's 30 extra minutes of footage that didn't make the final cut and will be available when the Ultimate Cut Blu-Ray or DVD comes out in July. Add that to the 2 hours and 31 minutes of the theatrical cut and you have a hell-of-a-time consuming movie.

As for the reception of the film, there was a lot of backlash towards this movie since its inception such as Ben Affleck being cast as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Honestly, those two were the best part of the movie that even the critics agree. Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal as Lex Luthor is a hit and miss. However, ever since WB and Snyder announced the extra footage cut from theaters and the YouTube footage from the film titled "Communion" where it clearly shows Luthor in the aftermath of the battle speaking to an otherworldly entity, I think it's safe to say that Luthor's annoying, erratic and out of character portrayal was due because of this entity's possible influence on him throughout the film.

My best bet is that this entity is a New God from the comics that will likely be the total baddie in the upcoming DC films. On the other hand, I've grown bored of superhero genre since that is all there is in Hollywood. If fans were disappointed with the overabundance of characters in this film wait till Marvel's Captain America: Civil War or better yet Marvel's Infinity Wars parts 1 and 2 have in store. Infinity Wars is projected to have as many as 60+ superhero characters and I'm not counting DC's upcoming Justice League mash-up. For the meantime I'll stick to the TV DC and Marvel Netflix series'.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Tired of underoos, spandex and capes on 03/31/2016 at 1:06 PM

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