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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema: Cinema Feature

Re: “Brutality on BART

Apparently this kid is dead because his father never told him that when being confronted by cops-racist or not-sit the fuck down, shut the fuck up and put your hands behind your back. Do not move until told to.

Shot while attempting to r e a s o n with angry armed policemen?

The only fallacy of the first sentence of this comment is...surprise...the kid had no father and now his daughter has none. That's the African American Way.

1 like, 6 dislikes
Posted by Yes Bob on 08/01/2013 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Time to Sue Your Real Estate Agent

Set in the dreaded 70's. The movie opens with "city folk" moving in, perfectly happy, to an old dilapidated farm home far bigger than their needs in the middle of nowhere. And then it gets contrived.

Never seen that plot before.

Walked out of Conjuring and into the To Do List. Insulting. Even to 15 year olds. That floating Baby Ruth in the pool really gets them every time.

For both movies I spent a total of 60 minutes before I gave up.

Posted by Yes Bob on 07/29/2013 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Worst Western Ever?

Cascabel: why do you think they made the Lone Rangel a wimpy loser? Everything in that movie was the opposite of the high standards, of what Clayton Moore, the real "Lone Ranger" fought like hell to establish. If he knew about this movie, ahhh, I'd hate to think what he would have done!! Talk about destroying what the Lone Ranger meant to kids back then. And just who in the hell is Armin what's his face?

Posted by frank McLaury on 07/17/2013 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Soulless Superman

easy nerds. Time to put on your underoos and go to bed.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by costansa on 07/15/2013 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Worst Western Ever?

I was extremely disappointed in the movie. They made the Lone Ranger a wimpy loser, not the protector of the innocent, and Tonto in this movie was a joke, not the brave Indian companion who had principles and stood for justice. Too much revisionist history and PC crap shoved into this movie to make me ever want to see it again.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by MiB on 07/15/2013 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Worst Western Ever?

I miss James DiGiovanna. I'd like to see his take on this movie. I loved it. It's not your dad's Lone Ranger, it's more a fable for our times. Now that Custer and the military have been shown to be the racist protectors of their employers and that their employers are the greedy industrialists that raced in and grabbed the natural resources in the new country, the good guys/bad guys theme is much stronger. We have been shown the enemy, and it ain't the Indians.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Cascabel on 07/14/2013 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Worst Western Ever?

I grew up with 'The Lone Ranger' on radio. I saw the TV series. The radio series was actually believable to the young mind,and is enjoyable today. The writing was fine, especially considering they did 3 half hour show a week. TV was a bit condecending, but acceptable. At least the main characters (The Ranger and Tonto) were portrayed consistently to the radio series, which was still on the air when the TV began.

This movie, however, is a travesty. Tonto was a respectable and respected man. He clung to his heiratage, but did it respectfully. The Ranger was a 100% believable charater, who respected everyone until they showed him they were not worthy of his respect. The movie seems to have been written by and for the Special Effects people, and needed no real scripting, except to tie the S.E. together. George Trendal (the creator of The Lone Ranger) would turn over in his grave. Hopefully this thing will be soon relegated to late night TV filler status, from there to be forgotten. 225 MILLION? Think of all the kids you could feed with that!

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Bill Randal on 07/12/2013 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Worst Western Ever?

I'm surprised Hollywood can get away with an article dropping, fake Indian accent in a movie now. I mean, Burt Lancaster's "Apache" was almost 60 years ago.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by retrorv on 07/11/2013 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Worst Western Ever?

I enjoyed the movie immensely. Depp's humor made up for a ton of errors in the flick. Maybe you should attempt to see some Native American movies, you will see how this one is in parallel with their cosmology. For a movie supposedly taking place in Texas, they sure spent a lot of time in Arizona. The Navajo Nation enjoyed the income.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by nam6870vet on 07/11/2013 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Worst Western Ever?

Ed Wood is a classic. Edward Scissorhands, Cry Baby, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Sweeney Todd, Donnie Brasco, Sleepy Hollow...I love Depp. He's rich now. Time to make movies with a brain that matter again. His blockbuster alter ego needs to go away.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bob Grimm on 07/11/2013 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Social Climbing by Stealing

Paris Hilton is not as dumb as she appears. Like Lady Gaga, she has engineered her fame, and fame is the obsession of our fast, sick culture. Corporations use psychology to reinforce our delusions, their goal to guide our actions by shaping our thoughts. You can't watch movies and discover this. You have to read books like Brandwashed and The Filter Bubble. Several statements made in this movie review indicate that the reviewer didn't realize that this movie is based on a book. That is why the movie was made, not because Sophia Coppola decided to tell this story out of thin air. Coppola optioned the book to make the movie, which has the same title: The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales. It discusses culture, which the movie cannot.

Posted by audiobookreviewer on 07/11/2013 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Worst Western Ever?

I'm glad that you appreciated 'Ed Wood'; a movie which, like 'the Big Lebowski', I'm afraid I know every line of.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by G. DiNardo on 07/11/2013 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Worst Western Ever?

Way to harsh. You need to keep the grumpiness at the door. Ok it was to long and ok it tampered with the ultraviolet content a bit too much. Depp's "Dark Shadows"(also based on a TV show) was far worse and completely a bore. At least this movie had fun in parts. Boo

7 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by ionlyreadbgrimm on 07/10/2013 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Looking at the Leaks

Whistleblowers, or men and women risking disclosure to protect the many, unfortunately pay a high price in the short term for their actions of conscience. The value to society is as high as the penalty for speaking out to protect. The level of retaliation sought against them is usually proportionate to what it is that is trying to be covered up. Everything will be done from this point forward to discredit and attack Snowden's reputation. He will have to have given up almost everything to bring this to light. The good company Colin Boyd speaks of has a very high price.

Posted by Whistleblower Advocate on 06/22/2013 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Soulless Superman

To the folk taking a pop at the reviewer and others: GROW THE HELL UP AND STOP ACTING LIKE SELF ENTITLED PUNKS!!

I swear this groupthink mentality's laughable as it is disturbing and it gets worse ever year. You're only confirming the fact that you lot are the lowest common denominator who truly enjoy making asses out of themselves online. Instead of a polite "I respectfully disagree" and move on, you shout down anyone who doesn't have the same views as you like rabid dogs who're in need of euthanasia.

So what if 100 odd film critics and some viewers voice their bemusement regarding Man Of Steel. They're no more entitled to their opinion than you are regardless of how much money it made opening weekend and being at the No. 1 spot. IT'S NOT THAT FRIGGING SERIOUS!!!

You make those Kardashian stans (Super Fans, FYI) look like saints...and to be blunt, it really doesn't say much.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mr. A on 06/18/2013 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Soulless Superman

Easily one of the worst reviews to date. Reviewer contradicts himself within 3 sentence range on regular basis. What a trash!

I suggest people ignore this punk and see the movie. It's really great, emotionally moving and visually appealing. Easily, THE BEST Superman movie to date.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by crax0r on 06/13/2013 at 3:32 AM

Re: “Soulless Superman

(This is to all the Reviewers you thought Man of Steel was a bad movie, those at Rotten Tomatoes in particular)

Don't you get it?

The problem isn't with Superman. The problem is with humans (especially humans like you)! You need to give a Superman something to protect. You need to give him some decency, some nobility, some good worth protecting, worth watching over for. This is a real World Superman. He's been bullied as a kid all this life. He's been bullied as an adult. He had to watch his own father DIE because his father was convinced the world wasn't ready for him. This isn't the 20th-Century rose-tinted Americana world where Superman was born a slave to protect the American Dream as if this was Gospel, this is a 21st-Century where Superman is skeptical, is doubtful and is unsure of humans and it but only natural.

Don't you get it? Superman ISN'T YOUR SERVANT! YOUR ON-COMMAND LAPDOG SUPERHERO YOU CALL ON TO PROTECT YOU ANYTIME YOU'VE MESSED UP! First you need to make yourselves worthy of being protected.

"They will race behind you. They will stumble, they will fall. But in the end, they will learn to follow you."

Time for you to learn, you reviewers. LEARN. Superman isn't the hero that the World deserves. Its the hero that the World NEEDS.

Be warned. Superman isn't an American superhero anymore, not in this film. He's a Krpytonian one, a Man of Steel. This isn't Liberty, Justice the American Way anymore.

11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Maniks on 06/13/2013 at 1:34 AM

Re: “Soulless Superman

People need to get over the fact this isn't a donner film. It's a reinterpretation. And it is supposed to be darker. Why? how would an alien fit into the culture of this planet? he is realized as someone who would be very isolated, and afraid not only of the world, but his own powers. Superman isn't a comedian, he is no Iron Man. There is existential crisis in his character. People say "oh it's too serious, too dark" Whatever. Get with the reality of how this character might inhabit this world if he did exist in it. Superhero films are supposed to be entertaining, but that doesn't mean they all need to be semi-comedy. Watch iron man for that. Some superhero films dig deeper for a meaning we can maybe relate too..if we weren't so afraid of that meaning.

This is the biggest film of the year. So no doubt it has the biggest bullseye on it's head. And a man in tights is easy to hate on. It's just that stigma. Superman in America's eyes is supposed to be perfect. Now because this Superman isn't, it seems people cry foul. Noone is perfect, not even critics.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Warner Brown on 06/13/2013 at 12:58 AM

Re: “Soulless Superman

It's official: this guy's in the Bizarro world.

"The result gives us a dull Superman who whines about his parents a lot." "Whining about his parents," is a reverse-hipster way of saying experiencing emotional turmoil. See, the people who claim to be Superman fans but aren't seem to think Superman's supposed to be this carefree guy where nothing bad happens to him. It's especially hilarious because he keeps talking about Superman Returns and how much better it was.

"Man of Steel has some impressive fireworks but it severely lacks soul. It's a Superman Transformers movie." This is completely untrue, but then he just belittled the heart & soul of the movie by dismissing it as "whining." I think we really know who has no "soul."

"Problem is, he's duller than an ax after 10,000 rounds with a really big, hard boulder." No, he's actually got a certain humility to him which is exactly what Superman should have. No, the DULL one was Mr Routh. Just watch his attempt at handling the monologue at the end of SR.

"For instance, whenever Superman flies, he flies like a supersonic jet. The camera is often very far away, and he's just a little speck zipping around. When we see him up close, he's bouncing around so much we can't really enjoy the visual of a man flying. It's like watching a really bad Top Gun movie." Wow, I didn't know Top Gun had sequels. In any case, this is all subjective, I just don't think there's anything Snyder could have possibly done to avoid this kind of criticism.

"This is another origin story, and with Nolan in the mix it's an often somber one. The thing with Superman is that he's supposed to be selfless. His primary concern is saving people's clumsy asses, not who his parents really are. Sure, he cares to a certain extent, but not to the extent that it derails his primary mission of protecting humanity. That's my take on the character."

Well, the last guy did a pretty good job of tearing this one apart, but let's see if I can.

1) A somber tone (admittedly, a more fair assessment than the overused "dark") doesn't have anything to do with whether or not he tries to save people.

2) Superman IS supposed to "selfless" in that he's incredibly altruistic, not that he doesn't have any concerns about his family. Now, the comics have been rebooted and reimagined several times, but basically, in the late '50s-early '80s, Superman had a veritable obsession with learning more about Krypton. This was done away with for a while in the 1986 reboot also titled Man of Steel, but it later crept back in. And why not? It's interesting.

I'm also not sure how it derails his attempts to protect people. I mean, to be critical, the film did fail to show us how he knows about the Fortress.

3) AT-LEAST he didn't consult the hologram of his dead mother to ask whether or not it was okay for him to have a girlfriend and give up his powers without a moment's thought when she said he couldn't like in the galactically overrated Superman II!!!

"As Lois Lane, Amy Adams doesn't really factor. The script calls for her to be rather humorless and dull in her own right." Um, no it doesn't. In fact, many of the more charming moments in the film are because of her, including the "well here, it's an S," line, or her exchange with Chris Meloni (though she's more the straight man there). The film isn't exactly packed with comedy, but it has more light humor than people give it credit for. It's just that it has the normal amount of humor you'd expect to hear, instead of the standup routine that is Tony Stark.

I think I get where this guy's going, though. A lot of people were unfair to Superman III, and now that it's been remade as Iron Man 2, it's done a lot better. Seriously, though: most of this guy's criticisms just don't match what was on the screen and that's constant with the film.

It's like they think Superman's supposed to be a comedic character devoid of any gravity and in thinking that, they're almost as bad as the haters who bash the character while praising any guy whose father-figure was gunned down as a work of Shakespeare.

9 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Frankie Addiego on 06/12/2013 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Soulless Superman

"The thing with Superman is that he's supposed to be selfless. His primary concern is saving people's clumsy asses, not who his parents really are. Sure, he cares to a certain extent, but not to the extent that it derails his primary mission of protecting humanity. That's my take on the character."

In Superman I, he spun the WHOLE WORLD around and back in time just because Lois died. Not a perfect move. In Superman II he gave up all his powers for love... not a perfect move. In Superman Returns he LEFT Earth for YEARS...that self-interested prig! And those 3 movies are far better than the trash of III and IV.

you know that Superman may not be his perfect self yet because it is an origin story tho right? So many reviewers whine about his lack of humanity in the movie, but then are criticizing his need to know his own family and history, and the path he takes to get there? Superman is not a perfect gdm character. Do you want the super-good god robot Superman, or the one that learns and has faults and STILL ends up doing good things. doing the right things.

I haven't seen it yet, so who knows if all in all you are correct in its deserving of 2 out of 5 stars. I guess I'll grow my own opinion tomorrow night.

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Superman, being a child of the 80s. I just don't understand the "reasoning" behind many of the negative reviews, because many of them still have many good things to say about it. I'm hoping it lives up to my my fav comic movies:

The Dark Knight
The Avengers
Watchmen
Iron Man

and yeh... the Hobbit made over $1B worldwide, and 85% of RT community loved it. What a big failure that was.

11 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Christopher Brockhan on 06/12/2013 at 8:35 PM

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