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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

Re: “Cold and Tired: Liam Neeson is out for revengeā€”again

Neeson's best role -- "Gun Shy." A reluctant DEA agent with the luck of some strange force that protects the terrified agent. It goes well beyond the LOL stage to dark humor that actually stays in mind on your own way to bliss in the face of impossible odds. (There is a copy on y-tube.)

Posted by C. H. Mara on 02/14/2019 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Empty Glass

I agree with most of your ramblings, yet Signs was a fun good time.

Posted by ladderflappy on 01/29/2019 at 9:51 PM

Re: “All in the Family

it seems film reviewers lack their own ability to express what makes a fabulous movie and why. More likely they just read each others reviews, starting with the NY Times, and repeat the same tired phrases of other big city newspaper critics.. Kind of like how CNN & MSNBC seem to give the same opinions expressed in op ed pages about politics.


But moving on, this was a sad, depressing, bleak black and white homage to the women in CUarons life. It was slow, uninteresting, and sometimes boring. Oscar material? No way. It's similar to so many Indie films portraying similar themes and characters. I have no problem with how women are portrayed in this movie, I just think it's been done so many times before that it's derivative.


Not sure why why this film has gotten so many accolades.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by ladderflappy on 01/29/2019 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Reel Indie

The Unruly Mystic: John Muir premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 to 9 p.m., The Screening Room. 127 E. Congress St. $12.00. Tickets at http://johnmuirmovie.com

Posted by JohnMuirFilm on 01/25/2019 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Empty Glass

After sitting through the relentlessly slow and boring (and vapid) "Signs" and "The Village," I have sworn off M. Night as a must-see, go-to director worth a night and money at the local cinema.
Don't get me wrong. His _brilliant_ "The Sixth Sense" not only got better on _second_ viewing but it _felt_ like a completely different film! Perhaps due to the fact that one actually knows the ending and appreciates the nuanced cleverness of how M. Night got there...
"Sixth Sense" appeared to promise a new Spielberg or, dare I say it, Welles. Instead his post-"Sixth Sense" fare (that I've bothered to pay to watch) has decayed into two hour-long (but feel longer!) overly-padded, merely deserving-to-be half-hour episodes of "The Twilight Zone."
I suspect that Rod Serling, the master of the O'Henry ending, intuited that half-hour could or should be the outer limit of plot-twist "misdirection" or for a morality tale.
If the point of M. Night's plot devise(s) is a "killer, twist ending" then character-building, if at all (his protagonists feel like strawmen waiting to arrive at a pre-arranged destination that we must patiently wait for), feels more like pointless, uninvolving, plot-padding and a waste of the viewer's time, money, and above all, patience. If some of M. Night's movies were Broadway (or even off-off), I suspect a substantial number in the audience would either boo or walk out by intermission.
Mr. Shyamalan, the clever, surprise-twist ending must arrive as a _supplement_ to a good plot--which is actually good character development via the obstacles faced and the CHARACTER-building _choices_ in each scene the protagonist makes in order to achieve her goals.
Give us a decent plot, i.e. decent character development, _then_ throw in your ultra-clever plot twist just for _added_ fun. If the plot-twist is the point of your narrative, use only enough celluloid (or digital 0's and 1's) and scenes that set us up to appreciate your cleverness. Please re-watch the first three seasons of the "Twilight Zone," before it stumbled into the talky one-hour format.
That said, for some reason I enjoyed "The Happening." Perhaps due to the fact that I had such low expectations of this director that the movie's interesting moments kept me from actually walking away and that I knew that Shyamalan's shtick is his "clever, plot-twist ending."
I believe I'll wait till this Shyamalan movie or the next (that is, if anyone in Hollywood continues to fund his projects) shows up on Netflix or Amazon Prime...
Be well.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by socrates2 on 01/24/2019 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Nanny Dearest

Good points all. I found the score wanting. There wasn't one memorable tune. I remember seeing the original at age 9 and exiting the theatre singing. I have loved the music ever since.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Kathleen DeBoer on 01/03/2019 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Over the Moon

It's worth seeing. I thought the stoicism of Armstrong was too overdone in many scenes, and not believable, however. The flight and spaceflight scenes are effective, though some of the scenes of launch ad orbital activity oddly leave out air-to-ground communications that are available and make little sense to leave out.

Posted by Stephen M. Zumbo on 10/25/2018 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Over the Moon

I think you will like it!

Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/20/2018 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Framing the Narrative

The POWER OF MAGGIE! You're o fire my friend... Keep on burning!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by DEL HENDRIXSON JR on 10/19/2018 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Over the Moon

Yours is the first good review I have read. I was looking forward to this film for over a year, but then wondering if I should bother. Now I want to see it so thanks.

Posted by Kathleen DeBoer on 10/18/2018 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Carnal Knowledge

Does the title of this film appear anywhere in the review?

Posted by McLovin on 10/14/2018 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Shark Weak

I'm going to suggest that JAWS, from 1975, got away with a PG rating because the rating PG-13 was not invented until 1984 after INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM was released with a PG.

Posted by J_in_Cochise on 08/31/2018 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Meathead Puppets

Based on the previews there was no shock this was going to be a terrible movie. Of all the puppet movies, the Muppetts take Manhattan was on of my favorites. Melissa McCarthy needed an additional payday, unfortunately she is tuning into box office poison. As always thank you for the wonderful reviews from week to week.

Posted by Clee44 on 08/30/2018 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Animal Attraction

"Quest for Fire" did not suck, unless you're still mad that it didn't feature a dog.

Posted by eliangonzal on 08/28/2018 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Shark Weak

Agreed, I went with my daughter to this travesty and needless to say I was mad I had bottomed the popcorn bowl. I was bored with the narrative I was already familiar with and Jason Statham non existent hairline was the only memorable portion of the film.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Clee44 on 08/22/2018 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Cinema: Finding a Voice

sounds like the perfect movie for the Weekly staff and the Keep Tucson SHitty elitists...

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 07/25/2018 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Cinema: Finding a Voice

I guess I'm just not into art house type movies. The first 3/4's was funny and enjoyable but the last was...well, not. Just too out there.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by retrorv on 07/19/2018 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Cartel Cartoon

I agree, it's a movie Bob, your review reminds me of the old joke, Having a critic review a movie is like a eunuch telling others how to procreate! there's no whining in cinema..soon we may have chow reviews harping on Trump related food choices?

1 like, 23 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 07/05/2018 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Cartel Cartoon

This is not a review; it's a polemic. Your filmmaking criticism is helpful, but your political opinions are an irrelevant waste of space.

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Da Coach on 07/05/2018 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Cartel Cartoon

I really object to your using a movie revue to hawk your political opinions. If I wanted them, I'd read the opinion page. The entire second paragraph has no relevance to the actual movie but is you tooting your own horn. Do you ever ask "what would Roger Ebert do"? If you did, you would edit your opinions out of the revue. I did appreciate the movie part of the revue and will wait for it to show up on TV. Thanks for saving me some $$
Jim Sanchez

6 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by jhsanchez on 07/05/2018 at 7:00 AM

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