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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

Re: “Popes, Dreamers and Parasites

Parasite already has made over 88 million at the box office.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by jj adv on 11/07/2019 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Popes, Dreamers and Parasites

Danehick Sux, ...and...what is your point?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Michael Koullias on 11/02/2019 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Popes, Dreamers and Parasites

If you combined the box office receipts for all these films a year from now, you just might have enough to buy a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ...

1 like, 10 dislikes
Posted by Danehick Sux on 10/31/2019 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Crowning Around

I became a fan of Downton Abbey TV series when I came across an episode, but mistakenly thought it was a movie. By the time I came to the end of that particular episode, which I believe was from the first season showing a garden party at Downton Abbey, and possibly a season-ending episode, I was annoyed because I would have to wait to see another episode and find out what happened next. But I was definitely hooked. I enjoyed the time that the story is set in, especially the lovely ladies , the clothes the stories of their loves and lives. Did I like everything that happened in this TV series ? No. But I certainly wanted to go on and see the film. I knew it was going to be tough for them to do justice to all the characters in a 2 hour movie, but I enjoyed the movie enough to see it twice, and liked it better the second time. I'm disappointed in Bob Grimm's review of the movie. It stands to reason you wouldn't understand what's going on in the film if you hadn't seen the six seasons of the television series, but it just seems petty to say that you'll never watch it, and then you tell a reader not to bother watching the film without knowing if they had seen the television series.

Posted by Stephen M. Zumbo on 10/23/2019 at 5:23 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

I like the points you make SuperLead. To tell you the truth, I battled a bit on whether or not I liked this movie (Usually, if I'm battling hard, it means I didn't like it in the end). There were some interesting attempts at being a deeper comic book movie, but I too often found myself guessing what was going to happen. I just think this was such a great opportunity to do something mind blowing, and it all struck me as sort of hollow and typical in the end. That said, Phoenix rocks in the role, and it's almost worth seeing to witness what he does. Almost.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/18/2019 at 5:19 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

Spot on with the formulaic plot construction, but I don't see many attempts to be clever. Maybe the blending of some of Art's delusional fantasies with reality, but a lot of that stuff was pretty well prefaced with the talk show delusional episode. There are subtle points, such as the social commentary being somewhat politically neutral and ambiguous, but still pointed and quite sobering.

I think the stand up aspiriations are pretty critical to understanding Joker's torment. He intends, even longs simply to bring joy and laughter into the lives of others, and is greeted instead with derision and rejection. Being a clown and seen as a fool is one thing, but as a stand up comedian there is no face paint and red nose to hide behind. Its just you up there, and the rejection and embarassment is far more personal.

Couple that with Arthur being off his meds and the mother's story arc, the revelations and subsequent disassociation with his identity as a well-meaning incel mama's boy, and I think we have the makings of a psychopath like the Joker. That might make the whole Norman Bates-esque mother aspect a bit more than just a rehashed trope. Without it, what's left for a back story?

Agreed 100% with the depiction of violence, it is sudden, visceral and disturbing, and is one of few things that reminds the audience that Joker is a villain. The unraveling of Gotham and its society into a burning, chaotic mess is not entirely his making, but mostly circumstantial. Maybe the "pre-Giuliani" state of Gotham could have been developed a bit more, those angry mobs did seem to pop up out of nowhere. Just a little bit.

Overall, I think Todd Phillips acquits himself quite well. For me, this is memorable, which isn't something I could say about any of the Avengers, Spiderman, Iron Man etc. films.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by SuperLead on 10/17/2019 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Crowning Around

Grice...I recommend you stay in the "haven't seen yet" camp.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/17/2019 at 5:19 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

A walnut? Alright, then.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/17/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

Either the voting panel was on mushrooms or you're a fuckin walnut. I'm putting my money on the latter.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by CREATE>CONSUME on 10/16/2019 at 7:25 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

This review brought to you by the guy who gave John Wick 3, 4/5 on rotten tomatoes.

Clearly you like your movies to be safe, predictable and boring.

This movie was not for you, it's a critique of people like you.

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by MG on 10/14/2019 at 11:23 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

This review makes me think you didn't see the same movie. It was a masterpiece and your jealousy of the fact it is already nominated for awards is glaring at the end of your hitpiece.
Luckily the 40 thousand reviews who aren't paid critics give it over a 9/10

6 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Kyle B on 10/13/2019 at 5:20 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

I think you were on mushrooms. Its a masterpiece

6 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by The Bear Jew on 10/13/2019 at 3:07 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

Rediculous Review

8 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Dylan Kelly on 10/13/2019 at 10:04 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

u suck

7 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by New Message on 10/13/2019 at 9:42 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

You should NOT review movies if this review is any indication of your ability.

21 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Edwin Combs on 10/13/2019 at 8:18 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

Saw this film yesterday. Agree with the author of this article completely. The story was boring. I felt like the director was trying to make a 70s throw back film and show how artistic he was, but ended up looking pretentious. Phoenix was great, as always, but the movie was a great letdown.

I love films that are a change from the explosion filled action standards we get shoved in our faces, but alternatives must have that special something to grab the audience. This film did not have that. Great and accurate review.

20 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Jeremy West on 10/13/2019 at 5:22 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

"So, why not do a film that tells the story of The Dark Knight Returns entirely from the Joker's perspective, instead of dancing around Batman lore in a way that feels like you are just trying to be cute and clever?"

Are you sure you are a movie reviewer and not a teenage kid trying to project on someone else? The whole purpose of this movie was to give Joker a background of how he could become such a psychopath. This isn't a Marvel film where the backstory of a hero or villain can be summed-up in some catchy millennial watered down phrase.

Your criticism is literally "Okay but I wanted the movie to be about something else".

What you call an identify crisis, others call expanding of the universe, which was once again the point of the movie - a thrillingly real, close to reality way of how a person could become so mad and descend into darkness due to mental-illness and external factors.

22 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Bob Grimm Writes Bad reviews on 10/13/2019 at 5:00 AM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

Terrible review, not because you didn't like, it just seems like you barely watched it. Multiple things you say make it seem like you were barely paying attention...

"Phoenix does a thing with the hysterical laughing earlier in the movie, where he shows Fleck struggling as it hurts his throat and challenges his smoker's lungs." - The character has a disorder where he can't control his laughter and he tries to fight that, causing his wheezing and choking.

You seem like a hack who just needed to pump out an article about this movie.

46 likes, 46 dislikes
Posted by JustAPerson on 10/12/2019 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Crowning Around

I haven't seen this yet.

Posted by Grice on 10/12/2019 at 2:24 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter


3 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Meidros on 10/12/2019 at 8:05 AM

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