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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema: Cinema Feature

Re: “Keeping It Reel

Oh, Bob. Regarding your review of "La La Land": Really? Original? I guess it's been some time since you've seen REAL classics that clearly inspired multiple facets of this film, like, say "An American in Paris," "Singin' in the Rain," "A Star is Born," the Astaire-Rogers oeuvre and lesser films like "Xanadu,"and "Fame." Emma Stone was very good, but Gosling nearly ruined the film with his saturnine presence; comparing him to Sinatra and Gene Kelly is just ludicrous. The film really needed the ebullience of a Gene Kelly or the dapper charm of a Fred Astaire to really make it fly. It also needed help in the writing department; the script elements certainly betray Chazelle's youth and lack of real-life experience. I lived in L.A. for more than two decades and I cannot recall another film that so heavily romanticizes the city and the lives of its characters. Most actors in L.A. never get (paid) work in films or TV, and the small percentage who do mostly get work in commercials and as (non-union) extras. Most would gladly eat out of dumpsters for months for the chance to get a SAG card. For Stone's character to apparently limit her auditions to film and TV work shows extreme naivete, at best.
The John Legend character's assertion that "Jazz is dying" is simply not true; jazz has enjoyed a small but healthy niche market since the decline of big bands in the '50s. Given that jazz clubs are few in L.A., and regularly feature established artists of the genre with a lot more experience than Gosling's character has, some of his character's actions and attitudes are largely preposterous. How can his character have any "depth," as you put it, since there's so little of his backstory revealed to the audience?
Walter Kirn wrote a recent piece in Harper's in which he concisely skewers nostalgia, a concept in which this film is drenched: "It [nostalgia] tells romantic lies. It breeds reactionary sentiments by glorifying and simplifying what was and devaluing what is."

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Starcommand on 01/10/2017 at 12:20 AM

Re: “No-Hate Musical

"Her raven hair is going to draw a lot of Ann Margaret [sic] comparisons here..." Isn't raven hair black? I see auburn hair here (and in pictures of Ann-Margret as well).

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 12/18/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Suicide Squat

Just a heads up - the town in question is not Gotham, but Midway City (I know, stupid name, right?).

But yeah, the movie is indeed a giant turd

Posted by Lucas Rage on 12/14/2016 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Dark-Hearted Heart

You too, Man.

23 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 12/12/2016 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Dark-Hearted Heart

I'm not concerned with the dislikes, they only prove I'm correct about what I've posted.

These fools have no life outside of being trollish. They are sad, pathetic, joyless, small-minded trolls with absolutely nothing else better to do.

Or, as you summarized: Assholes.

Have a good day CW.

23 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/12/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Dark-Hearted Heart

Your call for civility has already earned you 2 dislikes. I guess that will teach you to be nice to me. Like I said, assholes.

22 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 12/12/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Dark-Hearted Heart

CW 13:

There are some people out there who lack any sort of joy in their lives. When they see others who can get along despite their opposing political beliefs, it bothers them and they start getting happy with that dislike icon. They are a pathetic group of people and I can't imagine how much it must suck to be them. Be thankful that you have a personality which transcends political vitriol, something these fools will never accomplish.

Rant complete.

24 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/11/2016 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Dark-Hearted Heart

I tell AZ/DC about a Hendrix concert I went to years ago and get 2 dislikes. What assholes.

24 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 12/10/2016 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Dark-Hearted Heart

I was at the first show ( New Years Eve ) Didn't catch the others. No one loves songs like Purple Haze, Hey Joe etc. more than I do. However, someone with Jimi's talent needs to move on. I don't recall hearing any negative comments. My only concern was that was the first show that had Billy Cox on bass instead of Noel Redding. That concern lasted all of 2 seconds as Cox was masterful. All in all, one of the best shows I've ever been to. With Jimi playing how could it not. And it was yours truly who said that if God ever wanted to learn guitar, he'd go to Jimi. This knowing full well that he could be as good as the teacher.
I was too interested in looking down the front of her dress to notice her elbow !!

24 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 12/09/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Dark-Hearted Heart

Crazy W:

Like I enjoy all Hendrix. On every level. I enjoy the heavy stuff, the bluesy stuff, the psychedelic stuff, the soulful stuff (which I feel is most represented on this performance) and everything in between. Music would not be what it is today if Jimi didn't exist. As you already know, he was a genius beyond geniuses. I believe it was you who mentioned "If God needed guitar lessons...", correct?

All of these songs have been released before in various forms, but this release is the first official release of the complete 1st show on CD (yes, the version I bought) or LP (I realise they are supposed to be superior, but I haven't owned a record player in years) and the sound is much cleaner than all the bootleg recordings I own of this show. All of the tracks here but 3 (out of 11) have never been on official releases before now.

I've read that some people at this show (I'm only referencing the first performance, not the other 3) in particular were disappointed because they were expecting a "greatest hits" style performance, which they didn't get. (I know that you are aware.) No Foxey Lady, Purple Haze, Watchtower, Fire, et cetera. No playing the guitar with teeth or setting it on fire. I just hope that those same people came around and realised that the performance they were witnessing was historic and hopefully they grew to appreciate what they saw.

Just curious: I understand that you were at the 1st show, but did you actually get to see any or all of the other 3 performances? If so, bonus times the amount of other shows you attended.

Also, I just noticed this photo is in need of some serious cropping. There's exposed arse-crack just above her right elbow.

Eww!

24 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/09/2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Dark-Hearted Heart

She is a beauty. How are you enjoying that Hendrix CD ?

24 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 12/09/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Dark-Hearted Heart

Me too 13.

I've always thought of Amy Adams as the cute, shy, girl next door type.

But that photo above makes think of her as the sultry, seductress, vixen type.

Meow!

24 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/09/2016 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Dark-Hearted Heart

A large busted red head. I'm in love.

24 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by CW13 on 12/09/2016 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Loving Loving

Negga plays Tulip O'Hare in AMC's quirky "Preacher" series. She also had a small part as one of the W.H.O. scientists in "World War Z".

Posted by Wise-Guy on 12/01/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Full-Blown War

Hollywood totally exaggerated the ridge. Hacksaw ridge looks nothing like what they filmed. I have been there. The real film should have been about the Okinawan people. Okinawa was taken over by Japan in the 1800 and been treated like third class citizens to this day. They were used as human shields by the Japanese Imperial army. They killed them indiscriminately. Okinawan people have their own language. The Japanese told them if you speak Okinawan we will kill you. They saw it as subversion. 1/3 the local population of Okinawa was killed in the crossfire of the battle. that is 120,000 lives. You should read about Himyuri Nurse school. Comprised of teenagers treating injured civilians. Many were killed for refusing to kill or abandon the wounded.

Posted by No Glory in War and its blurred truth on 11/14/2016 at 10:44 AM

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

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