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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

Re: “German Gross-Out

So the Weekly is using "pussy" as a pejorative now? That's really awesome. When I moved to Tucson several years ago, some more established Tucsonans that I met told me that the Weekly wasn't what it used to be. Now I've started echoing them.

I had to roll my eyes when I read your review of "Obvious Child." It displayed a facile understanding of abortion and an expectation that any movie dealing with the subject should follow the usual TV and movie cliches--you know, the predictable story about the emotionally distraught woman who anguishes over the horrifying decision in front of her. Never mind how common the procedure is. Never mind how safe it is and how rarely women who get abortions ever regret them later. Nope. According to the Weekly, any movie that acknowledges that is unrealistic and doesn't put any serious thought into the topic--so says its male move reviewer.

And here's another one of the Weekly's male movie reviewers, using "pussy" as a pejorative. This is supposed to be an alternative newsweekly, but it often reads like some hack paper written by washed-up former frat boys.

13 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by footnotefetish on 10/03/2014 at 9:42 PM

Re: “German Gross-Out

Funniest thing I've read all day. The two comments immediately following make it even better!

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Delicto on 10/03/2014 at 7:10 PM

Re: “German Gross-Out

The Tucson Weekly is VULGAR with NO Standards of Publication. Has it occurred to the Editors that this Vulgarity, verging on Pornography, will be viewed by Children. SHAM ON YOU!!!!!!

2 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/03/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “German Gross-Out

"retch" not "wretch"

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Hurri on 10/02/2014 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Cinema Showdown

Wolfcop screens on SATURDAY the 27th at 9:15pm. See you there!

Posted by azundergroundfest on 09/26/2014 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Talent, Wasted

The recent change to using quotation marks instead of italics is about the dumbest thing I've ever seen. It makes Tucson Weekly look stupid.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by C'mon!! on 09/18/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Wrapped Up in Plastic

I believe all the documentaries are carried over, including features from the Artisan, CBS, Gold Box, and original New Line FWWM DVDs. Only the audio commentaries are missing (along with some minor but fun stuff like the SNL skit & the Georgia Coffee ads), since Lynch hates commentaries.

Posted by JoelBocko on 08/23/2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Girlfriend in a Coma

actually excited thinking douglas coupland adaptation . . . anyone, anyone . . . ?

Posted by Andre Stillman on 08/21/2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Dead or Alive

Fix your headline blurb - it has the movie title wrong.

Posted by factsnothyperbole on 08/21/2014 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Baltimore Bikes

I feel that the documentary was very good. I feel it should the real. Coco doesn't look like she knows any other way. Its clear to me that she needs some help. My heart goes out to her because I can tell she loves her her kids. She just wants the best for them.However she needs someone to show her different.

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Posted by sugamama@813 on 07/29/2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Fools and Their Money

I completely disagree. I paid $40; I got a t-shirt(limited run print) and was able to stream the movie from the comfort of my own home before it even hit theaters. I would have spent that or more to go see it in the theater on a date night or what not. I thought the film was good, I really enjoyed it. Absolutely worth $40 in my book.

Posted by Aric Giron on 07/25/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Fools and Their Money

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I appreciate that you offer a trailer and LINKED movie times!

Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 07/25/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Troubled Train

Are you KIDDING me? Why is it that every moron who wants to kill themselves also wants to take as much of humanity as possible with them? I mean, if you DON'T LIKE IT, just JUMP OFF THE TRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

(also, doesn't the whole premise violate all of physics?)

Posted by W Corvi on 07/17/2014 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Independence Inconvenience

Pointing out that Donna didn't give her decision to have an abortion a whole lot of (apparent) thought is hardly a criticism. In fact, her unwavering confidence sets this film apart from other mainstream movies that have portrayed abortion as something that can only be approached with a long and agonizing decision-making process.

Do you think that most heterosexually active women have never given a moment's thought to what they would do if they became pregnant before they were ready to be a parent? Because most of them have already contemplated what they would do in that situation, and for many women who have abortions, there is no tortured vacillation at all. Which is precisely what we saw Donna experience in this film.

Ditto for her mother, who was probably relieved that her daughter would get to have a safe abortion rather than get knocked unconscious on a stranger's kitchen table in pre-Roe America.

Obvious Child deserves kudos for presenting a realistic portrayal of abortion without stigma or overwrought dramatics.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Annabolic on 06/27/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Found Footage Fatigue

Ah. But you do understand why these found-footage horror movies are so abundant, don't you, Bob? There is one reason: they are incredibly cheap.

Think about it. Because the cast is supposed to be made up of "real people", you don't have to hire name actors. Because the footage is supposed to look relatively dated, you don't have to use the best-quality film or cameras. Because the script mainly consists of people screaming, gasping, and saying "Oh my God", you don't have to hire top-notch writers. And if you're dealing with a movie like this, or the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, you don't even have to go to the trouble of hiring an extensive (and expensive) team of CGI technicians.

So there you have it. In a nutshell, schlock like this is the answer to every studio's bear-market woes.

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/19/2014 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Sweet and Squirmish

A great review. I saw the movie recently and I think you've hit it on the head as to why its so good. By the end you're left completely satisfied.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by retrorv on 05/15/2014 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Baltimore Bikes

Typical subhuman savages of "da inna shitty". They seem to devolve more with each passing generation.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Lifelong Astorian on 04/23/2014 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Scarlett and Scots

Who wrote this review?

Posted by Hurri on 04/19/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Making History

I had always been torn about Chavez, there was enough waves to rock the Republic's shaky boat back then. tenuf, I thought. I became. an elementary teacher in Yuma, my classes mostostly Hispanic. On a lark, I mentioned Chavez: none of them knew who he was! None. He was born there, died here. I was astounded. Out came the text books. There are SCHOOLS on the border named after him, and most of the kids thought he was a BOXER. My hometown? South Philly, and I still know people who can't eat table grapes. So, I started. My opinion changed about him quickly - I don't care if the movie is an A+ or a D -. ANY information about Mr. Chavez is good information to the community. And that from an old White guy.

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Posted by frank McLaury on 03/28/2014 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Flying High

Boy meets girl---Boy meets airplane--Boy designs A6M5 Mitsubishi Zero Model 21 and Model 52--which swept the Pacific Theater at the start of the Second World War in the Japanese war of Conquest until the Grumman F-6 Hellcat blew the crap out the Zero. I wonderr if the sequel will show the other planes he designed for the Japanese military. Maybe the Germans will do a cute cartoon on Willi Messerschmidt or Ernst Heinkel.
I think I will skip this one and go watch an old episode of "Victory at Sea" and watch us shoot down the Zero.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Fraser007 on 02/27/2014 at 9:47 PM

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