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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

Re: “The Fall TV Preview

Back in 1961, Newton Minnow, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, you know, the folks that 'used' to regulate broadcasting, made a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters declaring that television was "A Vast Wasteland'.

At the time, he blasted them for the mindless drivel that passed as entertainment and the blaring commercials that interrupted all too often to cajole the viewer into buying something they didn't want or need.

Many years ago, I read a sci-fi story that posited that aliens invented television to dumb down the populace and make them docile. Hm, I wonder if that author knew something?

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by gcohn on 09/05/2013 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Failed Franchise

Well, I loved it.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by AlderGod on 09/01/2013 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Everything Is Ruined

Like the previous poster said it's told in the movie why Lucas worked at the kindergarten, the school was closed down. Secondly we know all along that the protagonist is innocent. He is and always was. No molesting at any time.

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Posted by moviefan on 08/23/2013 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Everything Is Ruined

....why his last job didn't work out???! It is in the movie the reason he works at the day care. His last job was a teacher at the local high school where Klara's brother attended. The town closed the school so he had to find employment elsewhere.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by eleanorrigby on 08/19/2013 at 9:42 AM

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Posted by nam6870vet on 07/11/2013 at 1:36 PM

Re: “True TV

You haven't watched it yet have you moron? High School???? Get a real job Junior.

Posted by Andy Martin on 07/11/2013 at 12:40 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

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Posted by ionlyreadbgrimm on 07/10/2013 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Now Showing at Home

7 Psychopaths is why I don't go to many movies. This is supposed to be good, it stunk.

Posted by agmtb on 07/03/2013 at 2:26 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

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