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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema

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

Re: “Flat Avengers

Marty, you are so incredibly ignorant of the MCU that I'm almost positive that you're trolling. The main review is complete nonsense, putting negative spins on everything for no good reason.

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Brian Douglas Macleod on 05/12/2015 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Flat Avengers

I agree almost 100%. Saw it today at noon ( only 20 people there). And was pretty much bored to death. So many scenes with absolutely NOTHING going on. Quicksilver character totally boring, such a shame he died ( NOT!!!). Nothing like the 1st movie with the exception of Hulk & Iron Man destroying NYC AGAIN, after , presumeably, being rebuilt after being destroyed in the 1st movie. They had all these battles in Korea & some country in Europe...WHO CARES??? We wanna see Chicago, LA, SF, Miami, etc being attacked. Almost fell asleep. Hulk seen flying away in plane at end..what happened to him?? Stayed til end of credits for hopefully an Easter egg teaser...sorry Charlie...nothing. Just the same ol' dude at the end of virtually every Marvel movie ( Avengers 1, Thor , Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc) who smiles & says, to the effect,..".EARTH IS DOOMED".At least 3D & special FX were good. One thumb up. "B" at best.
On another note..(I know they're comics).does anyone ever question how all these Marvel movies exist ( Avengers, Fantastic 4, Spiderman, Xmen, etc) and yet neither group knows the other?? I mean they tied all the Avengers characters story arcs together & separately.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Marty M on 05/11/2015 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Life is Scary Fun

Are you "That" Colin Boyd? If so, I'm very glad to find you again. Loved your reviews in Phoenix and on!

Posted by Phillip on 04/21/2015 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Monster Mayhem

Can't a girl just enjoy sex in a movie without there being some sort of moral comeuppance for it?

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Al Tam on 03/28/2015 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Black Sludge

Actually this was way better that Birdman (ya, the one all the critics have decided is wonderful-not)!

Posted by a on 02/04/2015 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Despicable Man

The only depressing movie is a bad movie. You're awfully harsh on this movie simply because you don't care for the main character. Perhaps another line of work for you is in order.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by donkiyoti on 01/30/2015 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Black Sludge

Wrong poster and sub-title.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Blackist on 01/22/2015 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Cinema Showdown

Oh yeah, Depp, didn't recognize him without that dead chicken on his head.

Posted by frank McLaury on 01/22/2015 at 11:29 AM

Re: “American War Story

Review doesn't match opinions of anybody I talked to that wished it were longer. Going to see in spite of this review.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 01/21/2015 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Feeling Gravity's Pull

Just wanted to see some of the stuff like Mike saying he was in Roswell was actually showing early on some of them are already im different "deminisions." Also how Laura says she doesn't do Yoga, these things are happening but in different timeline than Laura and Mike are in; but happen in other characters time lines.

Posted by Tim on 01/19/2015 at 9:50 AM

Re: “American War Story

Jesse Ventura defrauded the people of Minnesota to become Governor by lying about being a Navy SEAL. VENTURA STOLE THE VALOR OF OTHERS to win the 1998 election by a very slim margin.
Ventura bribed a guy to leave the 1998 Reform Party so he wouldn't have competition in the Reform primary. When complaints were filed against Ventura for election violations, Susan Gaertner, Ramsey County Attorney at the time, fixed the investigation and its outcome, and got her boyfriend John Wodele a job with Ventura. Gaertner is now with the Minneapolis law firm of Gray Plant Mooty.
This is well documented in the book "ALWAYS CHEAT". Call for a complimentary copy. 612-529-5253.
Overview of book -
Ventura's wife lied under oath in the Chris Kyle sniper trial when she said she never heard her husband disparage military or known him to lie. Her lies influenced the jury and were not rebutted by sniper lawyers. She heard him disparage and lie here -

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Leslie4701 on 01/18/2015 at 4:02 AM

Re: “Not Mom’s Lebowski

1. "The Big Lebowski" is a mom flick now?!

2. Thomas Pynchon is still out there? Tell him to say hi to D.B. Cooper for me.

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 01/13/2015 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Just Another Princess Flick

Hi Patrick...I guess it's about tone for me when it comes to Sweeney. I just feel like Burton got it. I wasn't offended by the voices, although Angela Lansbury was sorely missed.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bob Grimm on 01/02/2015 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Just Another Princess Flick

Bob, I think your take on ITW is spot-on, and totally credible coming from somebody who's seen the lovely 91 video, which is a true gem and probably still the best artifact of how to stage and sing and act the show. But. But. Your praise for Sweeney floored me! I thought the Burton version of Sweeney Todd was a real fart buger. I mean, nobody was up for the vocal demands of what is essentially an opera, especially not Helena Bonham Carter, who sounded like a dying flute whenever she opened her mouth. Johnny Depp was just a scowl and a hairdo. The whole thing felt like a lot of fake blood and bad lip syncing -- case in point here:

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by patrick on 01/02/2015 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Just Another Princess Flick

Elaine...not angry...just doing my job.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bob Grimm on 01/01/2015 at 2:05 PM

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