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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

Re: “Beasts of the Southern Wild

I was SO amazed by this film, and I'm hardcore about quality cinema! You MUST see this on the big screen while you can!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Pan Satyrson on 08/10/2012 at 4:09 PM

Re: “No Strings Attached

nice

Posted by Teresa Slupska on 04/30/2012 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Inception

James Cameron took us into the future and to stars for a breathtaking look at a world through the eyes of virtual reality, while director Christopher Nolan takes us into the human mind and a view of reality through our dreams. Philosophers from Plato to Descartes have tackled the question of reality and the dream world for a couple of thousand years. Christopher Nolan brings these questions and concepts of dreams and reality and drops it on our doorstep and then steps back and laughs. Like the Greek Myth of Theseus and Ariadne, sometimes the myths just don't make any sense, oh well. What Christopher Nolan does in Inception, is walk the fine line between madness and sanity, between greatness and confusion. The ultimate concept that permeates Inception is that one must trust. As the characters must trust each other when entering the dream world, the audience must trust that the world that Nolan creates on screen will not crumble before our eyes leaving us in limbo. Nolan is not above a prank or two. Read more: http://dld.bz/ndsn

Posted by robb1138 on 08/04/2010 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Best Worst Movie

Michael Paul Stephanson and George Hardy turned a miserable defeat into a success with this documentary about Troll 2. I laughed through most of the move and thought how well Stephanson's direction, editing and pacing were well done. The director was smart to focus on Hardy and not on himself, as actor/dentist George Hardy is the best loved character in the cast and the film. Also of notable mention was Stephanson's Skype interview that The Loft displayed on the big screen. When the Loft Cinema's Program Director Jeff Yanc turned the laptop's camera towards the audience, and Michael's face lit up with happiness. I found the Best Worst Movie extremely funny, and I found myself smitten with the documentary.

Posted by robb1138 on 07/08/2010 at 4:24 PM

Re: “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

I'm not a writer; but I do know a worthwhile film when I view it.
Instead of boring you folks (Grimm and Jimmy D.) with my thoughts (they don't keep the viewer in mind anyway), I'd rather you'd read the review at this URL:

http://imaginariumofdrparnassus.com/blog/2…

Even "Christianity Today" gave "Parnassus" a thumb's up. In fact, the NY "Times" supported Gilliam's latest effort...though the readers were more enthusiastic.

My advise to you all: see this flim again...and do a little bit of reading: the "eternal story" being told by the good doctor is an ancient myth...that had been told in many ancient cultures...

People not understanding this film...also failed to understand "El Topo" when it first debuted.

Nuff sed.

Posted by nadienunca on 01/24/2010 at 8:19 PM

Re: “The Blind Side

The title of my review is, "Repairing 500 years of slavery with the movie, The Blind Side, while simultaneously fostering inter-racial Cougar/Oedipus complexes."
The movie The Blind Side officially repairs five hundred years of slavery, yeah! Finally there is a much needed football movie that just so happens to be a balm to white ruling class, and all southern white, guilt. Praises to the cast and crew for such a big accomplishment. The only criticism I have has to do with the title of the movie: A more fitting title might be, "Fostering the Inter-Racial Cougar Oedipal Complex," For those of you who don't know what a 'Cougar' is, here is a synopsis; A Cougar is an older woman who is on the "hunt" for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male. Here's a refresher on what an Oedipus Complex is: It is a complex of the male desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father. I don't know if the big football star / adoptee wanted to score with his white trophy mom. It is hard for me to give this movie a detailed and accurate review because I only saw the trailer; and I hope I am never forced to watch it on a bus or an airliner. The only person that I know who saw the movie was my elderly white neighbor (who happens to be a widow and a southerner). Her reviews were stunning. She held her heart and spoke of renewed inspiration. Normally when I see this neighbor she bemoans her loneliness and depressingly speaks of how much she misses her dead husband. But this movie, Wow, it had her smiling while simultaneously tearing happy tears from her eyes. She told me that I "must take my wife to it" and that, my "wife will love it!" I asked my newly inspired neighbor, partly out of curiosity but mostly to change the subject, if she had seen this other new movie called, "The Men Who Stare At Goats?" My elderly neighbor let go of her heart, made a gasp of exasperation, looked utterly shocked and said, "Why no, I would never see a movie like that!" When I walked into my apartment I told my wife about our neighbor's reaction. My wife said, "The movie is called 'the men who STARE at goats... NOT, the men who FUCK goats!"

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by crackedlibertybell on 11/25/2009 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Watchmen

If you like the graphic novel or the movie, I highly recommend the DVD (or iTunes download) of the motion comic. It's outstanding and unabridged.

Posted by Nite Owl III on 03/31/2009 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Watchmen

Can't wait to see this again. I'm not sure that it will appeal to the masses due to the length and depth but this certainly impressed me.

Posted by James Werner on 03/31/2009 at 11:46 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: “Splice

My review of Splice, a Review of a Modern Day Prometheus
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5…

Posted by robb1138 on 07/08/2010 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Zombieland

Frakking awesome!

Posted by Chubbs on 12/29/2009 at 6:21 PM

Re: “The Road

This is a very powerful and well realized film. No, it does not compare to the book, but that is not a fair comparison. The acting is excellent, the direction confident and true to the story, and the plot, although minimal, never fails to hold interest. The very ending didn't quite live up to the rest to my mind, but on the whole this is a first rate movie. In particular, fathers and sons should see it for the portrayal of the deep, if often unspoken bonds, between them.

Posted by Zlotty51 on 12/24/2009 at 12:47 PM

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.

2 likes, 1 dislike
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.

1 like, 0 dislikes
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.

Posted by Bob Grimm on 10/17/2019 at 5:19 PM

Re: “No Laughing Matter

A walnut? Alright, then.

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.

2 likes, 1 dislike
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.

6 likes, 3 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

4 likes, 3 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

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by The Bear Jew on 10/13/2019 at 3:07 PM

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