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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

Re: “Clown Show

Laddderflappy...the little troll that couldn't.

Posted by AZ/DC! on 09/14/2019 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Clown Show

No love for Tim Curry?

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Hurri on 09/13/2019 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Clown Show

1. those who can do, those who can't become film reviewers..

0 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 09/13/2019 at 5:40 AM

Re: “For Crying Out Loud

What a stupid review. All we know is that you watched a movie which you can't tell us anything about, and you cried. If I'm gonna cry, it's because I wasted my time on this piece of nothing you wrote.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Anastasia Beaverhausen on 09/07/2019 at 3:48 PM

Re: “New Kids on the Block

It was shocking, surprising and fricken hilarious. Having a teen once, i get it. They also made my teen look like a saint. It was out of this world craziness. But to escape and laugh... Just leave the kids at home! No excuses! You'll regret bringing them!

Posted by soniahodgin on 08/22/2019 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Adventures in the Screen Trade

Damn, Q.T., stop!
This is your masterpiece (your Mona Lisa, your Starry night, your Nighthawks, your Singing in the Rain, your Maltese Falcon, your Casablanca, your Beethoven's Ninth, your...) and a farewell, slice-of-life valentine to _working_ Hollywood and all that the dream factory has always meant. In a word, I saw "Once upon a time..." as a happy stoner's, fairy tale take to counter Nathaniel West's dark and grim _The Day of the Locust_.
What a finish. Man, you had me (and the entire audience) laughing in that Roadrunner-like "shoot-out" in Act 3 and your history-bending, Hollywood-ending left me in tears. Yes, some of us were in our late teens (in L.A.) during that "era" and recall many of those events quite vividly, contradicting those who lived the 60's and can't recall sh*t!
God bless you. Way to make a baby boomer cry! Tarantino's essentially plotless film conveys the self-referential lesson from "Sullivan's Travels" and the reason why a lot of us go to the movies.
Get ready for a handful of well-deserved Oscars...
Be well.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by socrates2 on 08/01/2019 at 11:56 AM

Re: “The Long and Winding Load

Doesn't matter who wrote it, the concept was weak, the acting,writing, producing, directing, etc., subpar, so read the review and see it or not. your choice sonora.

What does written by a millennial even mean?

Posted by laddderflappy on 07/21/2019 at 2:15 PM

Re: “The Long and Winding Load

Review must have been written by a millennial....

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/06/2019 at 12:32 PM

Re: “A Stalled Franchise

disagree with your tessa thompson remarks, good actress in the wrong role, kinda like melissa mccarthy in ghostbusters, seems like hollywood wants a female actress as a co star, whether it's warranted or not, to deepen the pool and be more PC.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 06/21/2019 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Sign of the Times

As a lifelong resident of Tucson I was confused by the implication that The Loft cinema has been on Speedway since 1969 and modified their sign in 1972. In fact The Loft only moved to their Speedway location in 1992, taking over the building and changing the iconic marquee from the original Showcase Cinema 1 & 2 brand.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by tucalan on 06/20/2019 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Excelsior! Avengers

Are there any mature, intelligent,non-marketing driven, non-shallow comic book movies, based on silly characters if one is over 25, coming down the movie tunnel anytime soon? Now that is something I'd like to read

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by laddderflappy on 05/03/2019 at 11:30 AM

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

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

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