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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema: Cinema Feature

Re: “Pointless Project

I disagree. I thought this film was excellent, and I'm a fan of the book, first and foremost. I've admittedly never seen the Swedish version (I do plan on watching it soon), but from what I understand, Mara and Rapace had different takes on the character of Lisbeth Salander. That, to me, flies in the face of your argument that "this is essentially the same movie with performers speaking English rather than Swedish." I thought Mara was excellent, portraying a quiet pain and anger. She was very much like the Salander I imagined when reading the novel. Fincher's direction is also noticeable in creating a moody, dark atmosphere.

I actually wrote a pretty in-depth review of this film. Check it out here:

6 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Tommy D on 01/02/2012 at 1:09 AM

Re: “Pointless Project

Wrong. This is actually better than the Swedish version, it is however, darker and the 'major' sex scene is more violent. Mara did an excellent job in the role.

12 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by archcc on 12/29/2011 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Bless These Films!

Tucson Weekly/Bob, you had me @ Colbert & Elf. We share the same taste. I like that. A Merry Christmas, Channukah, Kwanzi & all others a happy holiday season.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by chasbass.blogs on 12/08/2011 at 6:35 AM

Re: “Bless These Films!

I sure wish I could stand to even hear one bit of that movie 'It's a Wonderful Life'. It has to be the most overrated and and one of the most annoying movies EVER. BUT, I respect others' rights to enjoy whatever. AND, I do like others listed here. "-)

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by lazzlinn on 12/08/2011 at 6:08 AM

Re: “What Lies Underneath

Mr. Boyd,

Here's a correction: the last time Almodovar and Banderas collaborated was 1990's NC-17-rated, internationally acclaimed "Tie Me up! Tie Me Down!". It co-stars one of the most beautiful women on the planet, Victoria Abril, and contains one of the damndest sex scenes ever put to film. This one's definitely a quirky standout in Almodovar's canon.


Matthew E. Johnson

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by mattedison on 11/30/2011 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Documentary as Aggression

The point of the review is that this documentary does examine something very important in a whole new way. It teaches that archival film needs scrutiny and should not have been taken at face value all these decades. In short, those who witnessed and spoke of the Nazi fraud and manipulation involved should have been believed and were proven right. Also, now that the witnesses are or will be totally gone, historians need to be aware that the Nazis were master manipulators, as well as butchers and bigots of the first order.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Laurence Paul Jortner on 11/13/2011 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Boxing That Bores

This only reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode - and the versions where you have down-and-outers pretending to be robots does even more so. Check it out -- I believe it starred Jack Klugman -- before you spend too much time on your treatment.

Posted by J_in_Cochise on 10/14/2011 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Boxing That Bores

This is a terrible review and you are a terrible reviewer. The fact that you looked at the dancing scene so superficially and were only able to compare it to a car commercial shows you completely missed most of what was happening in the movie. Charlie clearly uses that suggestion to help bond with Max and explain how the boxing industry works, how Max's personality can be celebrated in "show" portion of boxing. This directly helps to bridge the divide between them and bring them closer together. This was clearly completely lost on you.

I dont know who hired you to review movies, but they should seriously reconsider their decision after a review like this. Learn how to watch movies before you write about them.

Posted by B.R. on 10/13/2011 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Boxing That Bores

My thoughts are that you're a moron; and rotten tomatoes has gone downhill with most movie ratings being opposite. Real Steel hd great believable characters with realistic portrayals if what and how robots could be integrated into the world, a solid plot development with a feel good good guys win bad guys lose ending really just made this the best movie in theaters right now.

Posted by Shag on 10/13/2011 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Unsolved Mysteries

most of these type killers seem to have a fascination with becomming news reporters, or policers, they get off 0n thinking the whole darn whole dont know who it is already? ha, I mean if u put all the candys, dons, franks, frans, and carry them through to every bobdicknharry, you might understand why no one doenst go to thier churches nemore. Gees!

Posted by Omar Verdugo on 10/02/2011 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Cough! Cough!

Silly character? really? I thought Ehle's performance was the best of the film.

Posted by silly walker walking on 09/17/2011 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Butt Why?

Thank you . . . now where do I send the cookies?

Posted by cookielady on 09/16/2011 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Cough! Cough!

You are obviously unaware of the film Soderberg was making. If you are paying attention to the CHARACTERS instead of the actors, you, number one, wouldn't have even felt the need to mention Jude Law's tooth (do shiny objects distract you, too?). Number two, you would realize the parallels Soderberg was making by including Jude's character, in that the fear and misinformation that can be spread, now more prolific than ever thanks to the internet (too close to home, maybe?), can be just as dangerous as the disease itself. It's just as relevant as the other societal breakdowns that played out, the looting, home invasions, etc. This was an excellent film. I liked the fact that it followed an unfamiliar path yet still managed to inspire both fear and sorrow for the characters without resorting to cheesy, melodramatic, and overdone emoting from the cast. I think it's a very smart film.

Posted by curious georgina on 09/14/2011 at 6:14 PM

Re: “The Moping Undead

IM A 300 lb 6'7 redneck BOY and I aint watchin no girly twilight crap.

Posted by BIG REDNECK DUDE on 09/12/2011 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Butt Why?

You had me at bikini. Thanks for the recommendation!

Posted by Seth Knisley on 09/12/2011 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Getting Existential

My girlfriend and I suffered through about 30 minutes before leaving. The photography was amazingly good, but couldn't make up for a bewildering plot.

Posted by Wes S. on 08/18/2011 at 10:39 AM

Re: “It Ain't Easy ...

Whoever wrote this segment is a complete and total idiot the story line is based of the comics books with a few minor changes to the story and Reynolds was the perfect character because of his attitude and cocky confidence. the only reason he doesn't hook up with carrol is because she is going to become a pink lantern in the new one they foreshadowed it in the movie. His powers come from will, will is what fuels the rings powers along with the will inside you. Good over evil bro. Last Hector was potrayed just as he was in the comic exect on the comic he doesn't die. The only reason you thought this movie sucked is because your a cold hearted critic

Posted by Poppinman on 06/23/2011 at 8:29 AM

Re: “It Ain't Easy ...

Green Lantern is too cool of a character to be played by Van Wilder guy.

Posted by Logical on 06/22/2011 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Summer Movie Preview 2011

James! Once again you rocked this review! I am hopping this means you are back at the weekly for good!!!?

The geriatric gentleman "OLD GUY" who wrote a critique on your review has to be the oldest most moth-balliest smelling old guy alive! What a drag that guy is! I can only imagine that he sounds like Thurston Howell III when he talks! I mean for pete's sake I work in Hollywood! I live in Los Angeles! I depend on the movie industry being here to make my living and I applaud James for all of his critiques he has ever written!

The actors he writes about are arrogant, not worth the money they are paid and could easily get away with murder, and some do. Hollywood continually produces horrible horrible movies with budgets that are larger then the GDP of hundreds of countries on this planet! So when Mr. DiGiovanna writes a review he has to make comment on Hollywood and rip on the actors because movies are no longer about the craft of acting, paying 5 bucks for a ticket and some popcorn and escaping to a fantasy world for a few hours. Now movies are about talentless actors who are "DRENCHED IN CGI", bloated budgets and releasing the movie to DVD 3 months after it has been in the theaters so profits can be maximized before the next quarter arrives. I think some rapper somewhere said it best.."Dolla Dolla Bills Ya'll" and now that movies are all about that all you can do is laugh at the industry as a whole and that is what James does best. Can anyone tell me the last time a movie came out with writing and acting like the 1976 classic NETWORK? Those films do not exist any more so why critique films like they are some priceless piece of art that took time and money. I have been on these sets and believe me no cares not even the actors. Everyone is so far removed form the "craft" of film making it is sad. So please James, PLEASE continue to make us laugh! We need that from you! And "Old Guy" in about in about 7 months I hear medical marijuana will be legal in AZ do yourself a favor and get a prescription it may help with your smugness. Hell it sure will help with that generational gap or code that you are griping about!

Posted by LA_Photo on 06/03/2011 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Summer Movie Preview 2011

As I like to tell my college students, if there is a word or expression in your readings that you don't understand, go to a dictionary or, if its too new, google it and see what comes up. You are likely to find the definition or meaning on the internet, and it is quick!

I am also quite sure to be younger than James, so not knowing what CGI means is not necessarily correlated with differences in age. I had to look it up.

Finally, James' work is by now an institution, so people who read his reviews are prepared for its singular approach, which among other things, invites laughter and criticism at once. There are so many other run of the mill movie reviews that one can always find an alternative, toned down, approach - if so desired.

Posted by Olga on 05/27/2011 at 5:18 PM

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