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Comment Archives: stories: Cinema: Cinema Feature

Re: “Fools and Their Money

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I appreciate that you offer a trailer and LINKED movie times!

Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 07/25/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Troubled Train

Are you KIDDING me? Why is it that every moron who wants to kill themselves also wants to take as much of humanity as possible with them? I mean, if you DON'T LIKE IT, just JUMP OFF THE TRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

(also, doesn't the whole premise violate all of physics?)

Posted by W Corvi on 07/17/2014 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Independence Inconvenience

Pointing out that Donna didn't give her decision to have an abortion a whole lot of (apparent) thought is hardly a criticism. In fact, her unwavering confidence sets this film apart from other mainstream movies that have portrayed abortion as something that can only be approached with a long and agonizing decision-making process.

Do you think that most heterosexually active women have never given a moment's thought to what they would do if they became pregnant before they were ready to be a parent? Because most of them have already contemplated what they would do in that situation, and for many women who have abortions, there is no tortured vacillation at all. Which is precisely what we saw Donna experience in this film.

Ditto for her mother, who was probably relieved that her daughter would get to have a safe abortion rather than get knocked unconscious on a stranger's kitchen table in pre-Roe America.

Obvious Child deserves kudos for presenting a realistic portrayal of abortion without stigma or overwrought dramatics.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Annabolic on 06/27/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Found Footage Fatigue

Ah. But you do understand why these found-footage horror movies are so abundant, don't you, Bob? There is one reason: they are incredibly cheap.

Think about it. Because the cast is supposed to be made up of "real people", you don't have to hire name actors. Because the footage is supposed to look relatively dated, you don't have to use the best-quality film or cameras. Because the script mainly consists of people screaming, gasping, and saying "Oh my God", you don't have to hire top-notch writers. And if you're dealing with a movie like this, or the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, you don't even have to go to the trouble of hiring an extensive (and expensive) team of CGI technicians.

So there you have it. In a nutshell, schlock like this is the answer to every studio's bear-market woes.

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/19/2014 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Sweet and Squirmish

A great review. I saw the movie recently and I think you've hit it on the head as to why its so good. By the end you're left completely satisfied.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by retrorv on 05/15/2014 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Baltimore Bikes

Typical subhuman savages of "da inna shitty". They seem to devolve more with each passing generation.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Lifelong Astorian on 04/23/2014 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Scarlett and Scots

Who wrote this review?

Posted by Hurri on 04/19/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Making History

I had always been torn about Chavez, there was enough waves to rock the Republic's shaky boat back then. tenuf, I thought. I became. an elementary teacher in Yuma, my classes mostostly Hispanic. On a lark, I mentioned Chavez: none of them knew who he was! None. He was born there, died here. I was astounded. Out came the text books. There are SCHOOLS on the border named after him, and most of the kids thought he was a BOXER. My hometown? South Philly, and I still know people who can't eat table grapes. So, I started. My opinion changed about him quickly - I don't care if the movie is an A+ or a D -. ANY information about Mr. Chavez is good information to the community. And that from an old White guy.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by frank McLaury on 03/28/2014 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Flying High

Boy meets girl---Boy meets airplane--Boy designs A6M5 Mitsubishi Zero Model 21 and Model 52--which swept the Pacific Theater at the start of the Second World War in the Japanese war of Conquest until the Grumman F-6 Hellcat blew the crap out the Zero. I wonderr if the sequel will show the other planes he designed for the Japanese military. Maybe the Germans will do a cute cartoon on Willi Messerschmidt or Ernst Heinkel.
I think I will skip this one and go watch an old episode of "Victory at Sea" and watch us shoot down the Zero.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Fraser007 on 02/27/2014 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Flying High

I love Miyazaki films. I can't wait to see this.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Gonzo Sorcrachi on 02/27/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Flying High

Hey Ex-Arizonan, I fixed the image. Mix up on my part.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Henry Barajas on 02/27/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Flying High

Okay...why is an article on Hayao Miyazaki accompanied by a completely unrelated picture of George Takei?

I really, really hope that someone was just asleep at the wheel and that the Weekly isn't delving into "they all look alike to me" territory. :P

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 02/27/2014 at 2:01 AM

Re: “Soulless Superman

Uhmmm no I'm sorry, Henry is handsome but not Christopher Reeve good looking. Christopher Reeve IS STILL BY FAR THE BEST LOOKING SUPERMAN THERE EVER WAS. Henry only had the body sure, but so did Reeve. In his time the men were not supposed to be super buffed but if you had Reeve now buffed up in that age and with his youth? Not even his toe nails can compare to Henry's face hahahah yes I'm a fan. I mean look, let's be real. God perfectly chiseled Reeve's nose, cheekbones and jaw that not even the great Michaelangelo can copy. That towering frame and , Oh my... I'm sorry, I can drown in those American blue eyes till the day I die...

Posted by Ginger on 02/17/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Emotions in Eire

Is it anything like Éire?

Posted by Hurri on 02/06/2014 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Emotions in Eire

I give up. What's 'Eacute;ire' supposed to mean?

Posted by Kilian on 02/06/2014 at 7:09 AM

Re: “The Good, the Bad and the Crappy

Somehow I don't think I would categorize a movie based on a book as insufferable as "Gone Girl" as an awards contender.

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 01/25/2014 at 11:32 PM

Re: “The Loki Show

"I have read some fan chatter naysaying the relationship between Jane Foster and Thor, declaring that they have no real reason to be pining for each other. Here are a couple of good reasons: Thor is played by Chris Hemsworth, the most handsome man on earth, and the tremendously beautiful Natalie Portman plays Jane Foster! I, for one, see no further explanation for why these two would want to hook up, leaving behind their thrones and jobs to see each other naked. Makes sense to me."

Is this supposed to be sarcasm, or were you actually serious?

I'm not a Natalie Portman fan myself (I don't think she's anything too special in either looks or talent), but even I can see that she's wasted in her role as Jane Foster. Jane is so boring, and I find that Thor and Jane have horrible (as in, none at all) chemistry. Every time they have a 'romantic' scene together, it just reads so false, and it is just awkward to watch. I end up diverting my gaze from the screen because lack any passion between them. I just don't buy it.

Just because Chris and Natalie are "most handsome and tremendously beautiful" doesn't mean that they have any reason to pine for each other. Jane, I can totally believe her being attracted to Thor - the man is like 150% muscle, tall and blond and an immortal godly being. Thor is, ideally, the image of a perfect man. Plus, we don't really see any actual competition for Jane (not including Chris O'Dowd, because that was too brief and not taken seriously enough). It's just him. However, when you know that in the comics Thor ends up with Sif, who is Thor's theoretical perfect match, due to her also being an amazingly skilled fighter, immortal and of goddess status, it's hard to realistically take Thor's affections for Jane too seriously. I see the obvious flaws with this relationship, plus the lack of chemistry between the actors themselves, and it just...falls flat.

That's just me, though. I don't expect anyone else to think the same. If you really think that they make sense, then, kudos to you I guess.

Posted by Krista Stumpff on 01/02/2014 at 6:28 PM

Re: “2013 in Film

Wolf might possible get the academy award for "Most Acting".

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Yes Bob on 12/27/2013 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Bad Haircuts and Wide Collars

This reviewer/critic needs to find another line of work.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by unsaltedbutter on 12/25/2013 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Lies, Lies, Lies

Celebrity and wealth and honor gained through cheating and lying and threatening have no good rewards, not to mention lawsuits: sued by sponsors, sued by insurance/promotion companies, sued by the US Govt. Lance, Lance, your name is mud on all the continents - slimy mud at that.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by ay te wacho on 12/01/2013 at 10:07 AM

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