I'm wondering of there's such a thing as a 'gentlemen's agreement' about which films to avoid reviewing or publicizing. "The East" has gotten great reviews from non-advertising-dependent sources, but because of the subject matter, is it being ignored by reviewers who've been ordered to let it die?
I couldn't disagree more with Colin Boyd's review of "Angel's Share" as "sad and disappointing". Having lived in a depressed city in Scotland in the 1970s, the Ken Loach's portrayal of the cycle of poverty and hopelessness in inner-city Glasgow is spot on. This makes it all the more heartwarming to see the lead character make the audacious leap out of this cycle. And it is not an easy move! I was on the edge of my seat during the brewery scene as he was siphoning the "Angel's Share" and felt the triumph of his struggle in the final scenes with his new family. The film was hilarious (especially if you are familiar with Scottish culture), touching, and entirely human. It is absolutely worth seeing! (Word of warning: The use of the F-word is prolific throughout the film, which may bother some viewers.)
Hahaha. Vin Diesel is a "douche." So funny you said it twice. Insightful critique. At these moments you seem like a Gawker commenter circa 2006. I prefer the "amiable Bob Grimm" where you're equally ignorant but not as mean-spirited...sort of a Jackie Harvey with better spelling.
Surprising take. Grimm is generally the kind of pretentious wanker that trots out Lars von Trier references while bashing Michael Bay quick-cutting (like a Village Voice wannabe with inferior vocabulary.) Yet Apatow's home movies have impressed him. Bob, if you like this, you must think Spanglish is the second coming of Vertigo.
"Brad Pitt's zombie flick has gone through reshoots, and that's always a worrisome thing."
Well, so did "The Great Gatsby" and you seemed to enjoy that Grimmy.
Personally, I don't think either of these films seem appealing.
I love Casa Video! As an Independant, I find oodles of stuff there sufficient to quench my taste in "stuff." Formerly a right wing rabble rouser, now bereft of any party affiliation, Casa is smart enough to fill the shelves appealing to any and evderybody's taste. Long live the open minded.
This review is right that the movie sizzles most when Gosling is on screen. Unfortunately, he's not on screen for all that long. I kept hoping and even assuming that he would come back as a ghost.
Casa Video has great customer service. I was looking for the Japanese film Survive Style 5+ on DVD. Apparently the previous copy had been damaged, so the staff on duty made a note of it and one week later it was replaced with a new copy.
There's also a lot of eclectic movies available at Casa that aren't available anywhere else—not all movies have yet been converted to a digital format, especially the eccentric odd-ball good stuff.
I am moving to Tucson in a couple weeks and I am so pleased to know this establishment exists and is healthy. I experienced a similar store in my former location: locally owned, comprehensive inventory, friendly staff and comfortable atmosphere. Why is this an anomaly? This is a testament to the quality of life in Tucson. Cheers.
I would like to show everyone the page for Hitler's Children DVD
It was terrible. I totally agree
Aw, come on, Bob. Come on, come on, come on, come on. We BOTH know Spring Breakers is a great movie!
It is too bad the Dupnik doesn't enforce the law with the same vigor as Joe. But you all know he is nothing more than a puppet for the Democrat Party.
Thanks, Colin Boyd, for writing about this film and thanks to the TW for publishing the schedule that the film is showing at the Loft.
East Valley NewsNet, go piss up a rope, jodido. Your are the pig.
Fantastic review. Dead on. During the movie, I went to the bathroom and texted, "This movie is horrid. I'm going to hurt myself."
Your line about the "screensaver" look is perfect. There was no magic in this movie. Black magic, maybe, because somehow I was tricked into wasting 16.00 for me and my son.
As the father of two teenagers, I found this column invaluable. I'm sure other parents here can empathize when I say I shudder at the thought of the increasing influence and presence of television in the lives my children. I certainly remember the strain I caused so long ago for my own parents when I began experimenting with television. The long, near hypnotic watch schedule that kept my mom and dad up all night with worry. Don't even get me started on the habits I acquired when we got our first satellite dish.
To think, I was even younger than my kids are now! television are everywhere and it doesn't help that the tv and movies make television seem glamorous and cool. This column helped me really approach the subject of television with my kids in an honest, open and non judgmental way. Because of the insights this column provided, I can sleep a little better and cope with the reality that I can't always be there to protect my kids from television, especially as they become adults. I'm confident that my teens, when confronted by a television show, whether it be network, or cable TV, are much better prepared to make wiser decisions than I did.
At the very least my children certainly know that they can always come to me if they have any concerns, questions or just need my support when it comes to the topic of television, all thanks to this column.
Ah yes, the "tacky" taste of American Movie goers....
Certainly I can't be the only one who despises this lifeless column. This was much, much better when Bob Grimm did it as 'Now Showing At Home'.
Why ruin a good thing?
That scene was FUNNY!!!
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