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Re: “Magic Mike

Biggest fan ever I would love to go see you for the day of my birthday the 24th of September every movie that you come out and you come out so hot and gorgeous

Posted by Alejandra Madrid on 09/10/2016 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Maleficent

This is an excellent movie. Done really well.

Posted by Robert Pearson on 06/03/2014 at 3:06 PM

Re: “West Side Story

I love the film West Side Story! It's my all time favorite film, hands down, and it's a classic that never grows old!

Posted by mplo on 04/03/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Frozen

Five stars. I give this five stars. Five stars is what I give this, folks. I am giving five stars to the movie Frozen, although if I were rating the review here, well, I would give that five stars as well.

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Posted by alanj on 12/17/2013 at 1:53 AM

Re: “Blazing Saddles

This movie is perfect. During my 200th viewing, I still laughed out loud untill tears rolled down my face. I know all the lines and I love them all. PERFECT

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Posted by mr me on 05/04/2013 at 2:30 PM

Re: “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

One of the 25 best films of all time, IMHO. Pure Humphrey Bogart with an excellent supporting cast. Put it on your Bucket List.

Posted by deacon on 01/06/2013 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Beasts of the Southern Wild

I was SO amazed by this film, and I'm hardcore about quality cinema! You MUST see this on the big screen while you can!

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Posted by Pan Satyrson on 08/10/2012 at 4:09 PM

Re: “No Strings Attached


Posted by Teresa Slupska on 04/30/2012 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Best of the Fest

95 minutes
"Best of the Fest"
6pm @ The Screening Room

Justin, a young war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, finds that coming back home is filled with many unforeseen challenges. As a financial crisis and inadequate post-war veteran services conspire against Justin healing his physical and emotional scars, he maintains complicated relationships with his employer and teacher, at once accepting and rejecting their help.

Posted by Geoff Ryan on 04/28/2012 at 1:23 AM

Re: “The Searchers

One of the truly great Westerns

Posted by David Zlotnick on 01/26/2012 at 3:00 PM

Re: “50/50

Outstanding. Joe G-H does an amazing job. The music and audio in general are well done and in support of the story and energy of the movie. Funny, but thoughtful. Painful, but uplifting. True, and resonating.

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Posted by Henry P Jay Scharf on 10/04/2011 at 10:49 PM

Re: “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

I saw this film in LA. I loved it. It was made by a kid in his early twenties and the interviews are incredible. Iggy Pop and John Waters are hilarious. The New York Times said the film was Hallarious and Blood-Chilling.
I totally agree, plus the Loft is a great place.

Posted by on 01/13/2011 at 9:38 PM

Re: “For Colored Girls

I can't remember when I've been more outraged by a film review than I am of this one by Jacquie Allen. I wonder if she has any understanding of the history of the original musical by Ntozake Shange or the power of its poetry in the lives of women (especially African American women), from 1974 when it was first presented until today (a revival will be on Broadway next spring). If Allen is aware of the significance of this artistic creation, she gives no evidence of it in her review.

For Allen to say that this film is a "despicable, depressing, frightening waste of time" and that the violence and abuse these women suffer "is thrown into this movie for the shock value, without any real substance" is utterly contemptible. This was written by Ntozake Shange to express in poetry the unspoken agony of women's particular kinds of suffering -- not at the hands of all men, but at the hands of some men. Its fundamental purpose is not to shock (although what they suffer is shocking) but to give women voice -- to give African American women voice. Did Allen even hear the line at the beginning: "who will sing a black girl's song?"

I could write more, but Allen and the readers of her review need to see what Allison Samuels said of it in Newsweek (as part of a story about how much acting in this film meant to Janet Jackson and her own self-healing). Samuels calls it a "beautiful and haunting play" that is, admitedly, an "un-film-friendly work." The transference to film is not without problems, but "[Tyler] Perry has deftly updated [the characters'] situations to feel more true to 21-st century Harlem." Maybe this is what Jacquie Allen doesn't get: real women still live like this and still need artistic vehicles that give them voice and power. I hate to think what she might have thought and written about "Precious" last year!

Tyler Perry was aware of the challenges in making a film of this play, since he knew "that some women really consider it the black woman's bible." He understood the historical importance of this project, and he even posted a letter on his web site, assuring viewers that he would treat the play with respect. I was extremely disappointed that Jacquie Allen did not review the film with a similar respect.

I remember seeing "For Colored Girls..." when it first went on tour in the 1970s, and I was stunned by its raw truth-telling about the violence and duplicity that women experience, along with the message of redemption and love to be found in the "laying on of hands" by women who have lived through their own pain and suffering. Shange gave women one of the most inspiring, memorable lines that has come out of the 20th century women's movement: "I found god in myself, and I loved her -- I loved her fiercely."

It is despicable that the history and meaning of this film were completely missed in Jacquie Allen's review.

Posted by RetiredProf on 11/16/2010 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Inception

James Cameron took us into the future and to stars for a breathtaking look at a world through the eyes of virtual reality, while director Christopher Nolan takes us into the human mind and a view of reality through our dreams. Philosophers from Plato to Descartes have tackled the question of reality and the dream world for a couple of thousand years. Christopher Nolan brings these questions and concepts of dreams and reality and drops it on our doorstep and then steps back and laughs. Like the Greek Myth of Theseus and Ariadne, sometimes the myths just don't make any sense, oh well. What Christopher Nolan does in Inception, is walk the fine line between madness and sanity, between greatness and confusion. The ultimate concept that permeates Inception is that one must trust. As the characters must trust each other when entering the dream world, the audience must trust that the world that Nolan creates on screen will not crumble before our eyes leaving us in limbo. Nolan is not above a prank or two. Read more:

Posted by robb1138 on 08/04/2010 at 1:49 PM

Re: “The Last Airbender

Bob Grimm fails yet again to possess any salient review capabilities. He even references M. night's "Signs" as one of his sucessfull films, when it was actually the leiutenant to his decline into movie failure. This film is a drastic redemption of his capacity to at least adapt a film, and one of epic proportion at that.

Surprisingly, M. Night did a very nice job capturing the essential moments of the series that propel the story without getting bogged down in the massive character development that drives the animated series and would have halted this movie in its tracks. I enjoy that character development over the course of 16 or so animated episodes that invariably take us off the course of the main plot line.

Especially for kid's sake I think the series frivolity is a bonus. However, the movie wants to focus on action and the dramatic elements that drive a story and usually captivate an audience. I for one, and seemingly the only one, appreciate M. Night's distillation of the series and thoroughly enjoyed that he captured the essence of just the few episodes that really propel the story line forward. Specifically, Ang's rescue and the seige of the Northern Water Tribe. The latter is intensely gripping and potent.

Unfortuneately, so many of the viewers that have posted reviews have been jaded by the transition of their relationship to the cartoon to the movie. I really want to see the remaining books on film, but fear this lashing will omit any sequels.

Posted by Gawker on 07/11/2010 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Best Worst Movie

Michael Paul Stephanson and George Hardy turned a miserable defeat into a success with this documentary about Troll 2. I laughed through most of the move and thought how well Stephanson's direction, editing and pacing were well done. The director was smart to focus on Hardy and not on himself, as actor/dentist George Hardy is the best loved character in the cast and the film. Also of notable mention was Stephanson's Skype interview that The Loft displayed on the big screen. When the Loft Cinema's Program Director Jeff Yanc turned the laptop's camera towards the audience, and Michael's face lit up with happiness. I found the Best Worst Movie extremely funny, and I found myself smitten with the documentary.

Posted by robb1138 on 07/08/2010 at 4:24 PM

Re: “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

I'm not a writer; but I do know a worthwhile film when I view it.
Instead of boring you folks (Grimm and Jimmy D.) with my thoughts (they don't keep the viewer in mind anyway), I'd rather you'd read the review at this URL:…

Even "Christianity Today" gave "Parnassus" a thumb's up. In fact, the NY "Times" supported Gilliam's latest effort...though the readers were more enthusiastic.

My advise to you all: see this flim again...and do a little bit of reading: the "eternal story" being told by the good doctor is an ancient myth...that had been told in many ancient cultures...

People not understanding this film...also failed to understand "El Topo" when it first debuted.

Nuff sed.

Posted by nadienunca on 01/24/2010 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Avatar

When Bob Grimm became the main movie reviewer for the Weekly, I almost completely stopped reading the movie reviews. His assessments are so obviously lacking in depth and generally fail to recognize any real intelligence in the films he reviews. While he tries to feign having an intellectual review of a film, he would be better off writing,"Dude, it was a pretty cool movie. The chick sucked though".

I always look with hope to see the name Digiovanna at the bottom of a review.

Posted by Gawker on 01/16/2010 at 9:34 AM

Re: “The Blind Side

The title of my review is, "Repairing 500 years of slavery with the movie, The Blind Side, while simultaneously fostering inter-racial Cougar/Oedipus complexes."
The movie The Blind Side officially repairs five hundred years of slavery, yeah! Finally there is a much needed football movie that just so happens to be a balm to white ruling class, and all southern white, guilt. Praises to the cast and crew for such a big accomplishment. The only criticism I have has to do with the title of the movie: A more fitting title might be, "Fostering the Inter-Racial Cougar Oedipal Complex," For those of you who don't know what a 'Cougar' is, here is a synopsis; A Cougar is an older woman who is on the "hunt" for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male. Here's a refresher on what an Oedipus Complex is: It is a complex of the male desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father. I don't know if the big football star / adoptee wanted to score with his white trophy mom. It is hard for me to give this movie a detailed and accurate review because I only saw the trailer; and I hope I am never forced to watch it on a bus or an airliner. The only person that I know who saw the movie was my elderly white neighbor (who happens to be a widow and a southerner). Her reviews were stunning. She held her heart and spoke of renewed inspiration. Normally when I see this neighbor she bemoans her loneliness and depressingly speaks of how much she misses her dead husband. But this movie, Wow, it had her smiling while simultaneously tearing happy tears from her eyes. She told me that I "must take my wife to it" and that, my "wife will love it!" I asked my newly inspired neighbor, partly out of curiosity but mostly to change the subject, if she had seen this other new movie called, "The Men Who Stare At Goats?" My elderly neighbor let go of her heart, made a gasp of exasperation, looked utterly shocked and said, "Why no, I would never see a movie like that!" When I walked into my apartment I told my wife about our neighbor's reaction. My wife said, "The movie is called 'the men who STARE at goats... NOT, the men who FUCK goats!"

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Posted by crackedlibertybell on 11/25/2009 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Amelia

As a lady pilot, I can say this was a great film! and true to the feelings of that aviation spirit! Amelia was one of the founding members of the Ninety-Nines -and in Tucson we are lucky to have a local chapter

Posted by Tucson99 on 10/22/2009 at 9:18 AM

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