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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

Re: “Star Love

Call it a sign of the times: does anyone else feel like they ripped off their heroine from the hunger games? I'm all for a healthy dose of feminism (great scene you'll know it when you see it), but it does feel like after the matrix when every movie starting having slo-mo bullet dodge scenes. I mean, she carries a derelict stick of machinery over her shoulder like a bow for the entire movie, which serves no useful purpose I ever saw...imitation, flattery?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by desertrat on 12/28/2015 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Cry, Cry Baby

God I loved her. The Auto-Tuned computer generated crap people listen to today is disposable as Kleenex. I still feel her loss.

Posted by Gandalf the White on 12/17/2015 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Kissing Disaster

So, SPECTRE is a remake of East of Eden or the Cain and Abel myth. The film-makers went the gutsy route and took Bond to Campbellian heights this time around. Not bad as drama, but it does detract (as Grimm notes) from the established, if not expected, Bond mythos/formula: Bond sets out to save the world, in the interludes between jet-set travelogues and death-defying stunt action, he finds two girls. One girl dies helping Bond/betraying the villain, the other, "purer" girl helps Bond. Bond saves world. The End.
Not to put a spoiler, but the self-evident--and very powerful--sequel gets set up with this archetypal "relationship." In SPECTRE 2, or whatever, Bond will have to do Cain in. Assuming Bond is "Abel"--which is _not really_ clear. And therein lies the true, and intelligent depth of this entire "family" intrigue...
In the end, is Bond really his (big, as in Orwell) brother's keeper, his slayer (there's an atavistic reason Bond is a loner, a permanent outcast--the eternal bachelor) or his true victim? Does Bond unintentionally front for sinister forces of evil? Has he been on the "wrong" side of history (for Empire?) all along? This is not a storyline to be trifled with. SPECTRE merely whets our appetite. Do we really have to wait three years and for Idris Elba's performance to see the conclusion? (Not to mention Hinx, whose disappearance was a mere plot convenience)
That is the real reason to be upset at this Bond.
Be well.

Posted by socrates2 on 12/08/2015 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Journalism Heart

It is rare nowadays that a film has great writing, great acting, no CGI, no car crashes or chases, no shooting, and no monsters, and does not beat us over the head with preaching. Spotlight does appear to be more about the necessity of good investigative journalism in a an age of extremely lazy media reporting, rather than the abuse scandal. Excellent job.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Frances Perkins on 12/01/2015 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Journalism Heart

Really great movie!

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Posted by a on 11/29/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “A Better Job

puts "petal" to the metal? Newspapers' operating statements are dismal everywhere, but you are right: this one needs a copy editor.

Posted by Mark Stegeman on 11/12/2015 at 3:09 AM

Re: “A Better Job

*gets* it right. Sheesh.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kilian on 10/29/2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Right on, Rita!

And and EGOT to boot!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by BradHemphill on 10/19/2015 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Right on, Rita!

She's one of my heroes. It was an honor to speak with her, and I still can't believe she sang to me.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/16/2015 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Right on, Rita!

Every time I see Rita, I still think of being a child from the 1970s and watching her charismatic performances on The Electric Company. Then I fast forward to my adult years and recall her performances as Sister Pete in the riveting HBO series Oz.

Rita is an incredible actress with some major range who flawlessly becomes the characters she portrays. I am envious of Bob, having been serenaded by her. Rita rules!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by AZ/DC on 10/15/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Apocalypse How

When the reviewer's vision blurs enough to double the number of dogs appearing in a film; you kinda have to take the review with a lump of salt. Criticizing the film (characters walk around with no radiation suits or protection on their farm) for a point that the characters spend quite a bit of time theorizing about is also pretty lame.

Posted by AtticStattic on 10/07/2015 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Extreme Parenting

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1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Japs on 09/16/2015 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Out of Gas

Sorry but I thought it was pretty good.

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Posted by PaulAZ on 09/10/2015 at 3:26 AM

Re: “Bittersweet Jest

Don't worry....squeeze bottles were introduced in 1990!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by zeeman on 08/21/2015 at 5:53 AM

Re: “Bittersweet Jest

There were no squeeze bottles for ketchup in '96 yet, were there? Yet there it is, right in that frame above. . .the horror.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by antipho on 08/20/2015 at 3:51 AM

Re: “A Bit Too 'Still'

In this sci-fi apocalypse, we get the stone-face treatment of Keanu Reeves in a serious stylish manner playing an iconic character known as "Klaatu" from the original science fiction classic released in the year 1951. Call it "laid-back" and "uninspiring" but I think the same way but in a positive way. It was a savvy decision to put Keanu Reeves in the remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still(1951) because of his amusing show of seriousness. And if you dig deeper, Michael Rennie (the original actor who played Klaatu in the original film) and Keanu Reeves look somewhat alike. It's pretty cool.

They should have released the film on the brink of the upcoming Spring season where "Mother Nature" grows itself back. Y'know, to coincide with the film's plot and settings to the actual settings of nature's upcoming bloom, since this remake monologues about Earth's environment. What do you think?

Posted by TheSquiddyGoodTimes on 08/01/2015 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Summer Love: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

This movie is just right for you if you want to feed your depression.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bob Rodriguez on 07/06/2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Flat Avengers

Let's just say I excused myself to use the restroom in the middle of the movie. End of review.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Dimndcuttr on 06/01/2015 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Flat Avengers

Starscreen who the hell is that? It's STARSCREAM dumb ass, ffs if you're going to bag something at least know exactly what the hell it is you're trying to compare it to?

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by STARSCREAM on 05/21/2015 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Flat Avengers

I agree entirely. Ultron is parallel to Starscreen in terms of how annoying a villain can be, but the character becomes even more awry by taking on the mantle of Pinocchio, whom, to be fair, was used as an attempt to create a darker themed conflict throughout the film for which the Avengers could "assemble". And while the idea of the contrast proposed by taking something as lighthearted as Pinocchio and using it to fuel the antics of a crazed super-villain is not by any means unacceptable, it's portrayal in the film certainly was. The movie tries to make Ultron a "Joker" type villain, where there's a sense of sweetness to a character that eventually sours upon the revelation of his or her true self. Yet, instead of drawing us in and unexpectedly catching us off guard with some form of evil twist, the films portrayal of Ultron ultimately comes across as a really stale joke. We knew from the beginning that Ultron was going to be a bad guy, but what we didn't know was just how bad of a guy he was going to be. We'd eventually, of course, come to find out, but the outcome only made things worse. Fans wanted to see an iconic villain get some real hard-earned gritty action time on the big screen, but what they got was the cinematic equivalent of Skeletor sending his henchmen to fight He-Man and his allies in an never-ending cycle of good versus evil, with the exception being that Ultron was killed off so that good (spoiler alert) could prevail once and for all.

Overall, the movie lacks the serious setting that makes comic books and superheros so memorable. The film is more of a lighthearted fencing match between two English gentlemen than a brutal Wolverine-like fight to the death. And while both seem to be opposing extremes, there was no conceived notion to create anything between the two, hereby labeling this fraction of the blockbusting franchise as nothing more than useless and boring filler.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by vision-ary on 05/18/2015 at 12:56 AM

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