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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

Re: “Soulless Superman

"The thing with Superman is that he's supposed to be selfless. His primary concern is saving people's clumsy asses, not who his parents really are. Sure, he cares to a certain extent, but not to the extent that it derails his primary mission of protecting humanity. That's my take on the character."

In Superman I, he spun the WHOLE WORLD around and back in time just because Lois died. Not a perfect move. In Superman II he gave up all his powers for love... not a perfect move. In Superman Returns he LEFT Earth for YEARS...that self-interested prig! And those 3 movies are far better than the trash of III and IV.

you know that Superman may not be his perfect self yet because it is an origin story tho right? So many reviewers whine about his lack of humanity in the movie, but then are criticizing his need to know his own family and history, and the path he takes to get there? Superman is not a perfect gdm character. Do you want the super-good god robot Superman, or the one that learns and has faults and STILL ends up doing good things. doing the right things.

I haven't seen it yet, so who knows if all in all you are correct in its deserving of 2 out of 5 stars. I guess I'll grow my own opinion tomorrow night.

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Superman, being a child of the 80s. I just don't understand the "reasoning" behind many of the negative reviews, because many of them still have many good things to say about it. I'm hoping it lives up to my my fav comic movies:

The Dark Knight
The Avengers
Iron Man

and yeh... the Hobbit made over $1B worldwide, and 85% of RT community loved it. What a big failure that was.

11 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Christopher Brockhan on 06/12/2013 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Summer At The Cineplex

@G. DiNardo - I can't speak for Bob, but I've only been told to watch my step on one review in 15 years. That was the second Tomb Raider movie, and it came from Paramount through its half-brother CBS radio when I did reviews at a CBS radio station in Phoenix. They didn't want bad press, but my response was, "Then don't make bad movies." But that's it. The only time I've ever been leaned on about a review.

As for The East, I'm reviewing it for the June 20th issue.

Posted by ColinBoyd on 06/03/2013 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Summer At The Cineplex

I'm wondering of there's such a thing as a 'gentlemen's agreement' about which films to avoid reviewing or publicizing. "The East" has gotten great reviews from non-advertising-dependent sources, but because of the subject matter, is it being ignored by reviewers who've been ordered to let it die?

Posted by G. DiNardo on 06/02/2013 at 11:33 AM

Re: “The Angels' Share

I couldn't disagree more with Colin Boyd's review of "Angel's Share" as "sad and disappointing". Having lived in a depressed city in Scotland in the 1970s, the Ken Loach's portrayal of the cycle of poverty and hopelessness in inner-city Glasgow is spot on. This makes it all the more heartwarming to see the lead character make the audacious leap out of this cycle. And it is not an easy move! I was on the edge of my seat during the brewery scene as he was siphoning the "Angel's Share" and felt the triumph of his struggle in the final scenes with his new family. The film was hilarious (especially if you are familiar with Scottish culture), touching, and entirely human. It is absolutely worth seeing! (Word of warning: The use of the F-word is prolific throughout the film, which may bother some viewers.)

Posted by Scot Dancer on 05/31/2013 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Summer At The Cineplex

Hahaha. Vin Diesel is a "douche." So funny you said it twice. Insightful critique. At these moments you seem like a Gawker commenter circa 2006. I prefer the "amiable Bob Grimm" where you're equally ignorant but not as mean-spirited...sort of a Jackie Harvey with better spelling.

Posted by closeted Bowling for Soup fan on 05/30/2013 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Sort-of Sequel, Stellar Cast

Surprising take. Grimm is generally the kind of pretentious wanker that trots out Lars von Trier references while bashing Michael Bay quick-cutting (like a Village Voice wannabe with inferior vocabulary.) Yet Apatow's home movies have impressed him. Bob, if you like this, you must think Spanglish is the second coming of Vertigo.

Posted by dukakisafterdark on 05/30/2013 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Summer At The Cineplex

"Brad Pitt's zombie flick has gone through reshoots, and that's always a worrisome thing."

Well, so did "The Great Gatsby" and you seemed to enjoy that Grimmy.

Personally, I don't think either of these films seem appealing.

Posted by AZ/DC on 05/28/2013 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Top Ten in Cinema

I love Casa Video! As an Independant, I find oodles of stuff there sufficient to quench my taste in "stuff." Formerly a right wing rabble rouser, now bereft of any party affiliation, Casa is smart enough to fill the shelves appealing to any and evderybody's taste. Long live the open minded.

Posted by frank McLaury on 05/27/2013 at 3:57 PM

Re: “The Place Beyond the Pines

This review is right that the movie sizzles most when Gosling is on screen. Unfortunately, he's not on screen for all that long. I kept hoping and even assuming that he would come back as a ghost.

Posted by anonymass on 05/19/2013 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Popcorn Paradise

Casa Video has great customer service. I was looking for the Japanese film Survive Style 5+ on DVD. Apparently the previous copy had been damaged, so the staff on duty made a note of it and one week later it was replaced with a new copy.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by John on 05/16/2013 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Popcorn Paradise

There's also a lot of eclectic movies available at Casa that aren't available anywhere else—not all movies have yet been converted to a digital format, especially the eccentric odd-ball good stuff.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rebecca Macaulay on 05/16/2013 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Popcorn Paradise

I am moving to Tucson in a couple weeks and I am so pleased to know this establishment exists and is healthy. I experienced a similar store in my former location: locally owned, comprehensive inventory, friendly staff and comfortable atmosphere. Why is this an anomaly? This is a testament to the quality of life in Tucson. Cheers.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by ronko on 05/16/2013 at 7:04 AM

Re: “True TV

I would like to show everyone the page for Hitler's Children DVD

Posted by Amanda Holmmes on 04/09/2013 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Disappointing Debauchery

It was terrible. I totally agree

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Alicia Powell on 04/04/2013 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Disappointing Debauchery

Aw, come on, Bob. Come on, come on, come on, come on. We BOTH know Spring Breakers is a great movie!

4 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by alanj on 03/27/2013 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Focus on Arpaio

It is too bad the Dupnik doesn't enforce the law with the same vigor as Joe. But you all know he is nothing more than a puppet for the Democrat Party.

0 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by nam6870vet on 03/21/2013 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Focus on Arpaio

Thanks, Colin Boyd, for writing about this film and thanks to the TW for publishing the schedule that the film is showing at the Loft.

East Valley NewsNet, go piss up a rope, jodido. Your are the pig.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ricardo Small on 03/21/2013 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Franco, the Miscast

Fantastic review. Dead on. During the movie, I went to the bathroom and texted, "This movie is horrid. I'm going to hurt myself."

Your line about the "screensaver" look is perfect. There was no magic in this movie. Black magic, maybe, because somehow I was tricked into wasting 16.00 for me and my son.

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Posted by dave on 03/16/2013 at 3:42 PM

Re: “True TV

As the father of two teenagers, I found this column invaluable. I'm sure other parents here can empathize when I say I shudder at the thought of the increasing influence and presence of television in the lives my children. I certainly remember the strain I caused so long ago for my own parents when I began experimenting with television. The long, near hypnotic watch schedule that kept my mom and dad up all night with worry. Don't even get me started on the habits I acquired when we got our first satellite dish.

To think, I was even younger than my kids are now! television are everywhere and it doesn't help that the tv and movies make television seem glamorous and cool. This column helped me really approach the subject of television with my kids in an honest, open and non judgmental way. Because of the insights this column provided, I can sleep a little better and cope with the reality that I can't always be there to protect my kids from television, especially as they become adults. I'm confident that my teens, when confronted by a television show, whether it be network, or cable TV, are much better prepared to make wiser decisions than I did.

At the very least my children certainly know that they can always come to me if they have any concerns, questions or just need my support when it comes to the topic of television, all thanks to this column.

Posted by JM Bell on 03/11/2013 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Waste of Talent

Ah yes, the "tacky" taste of American Movie goers....

Posted by Karine on 02/28/2013 at 5:11 AM

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