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Comment Archives: stories: Movies

Re: “Elle's Belles

Absolutely spot-on review of this repugnant film. I decided to see it based on the glowing reviews I had seen beforehand that compared it to Hitchcock and because I'd always had a soft spot for well-made French films given my earlier experiences with such character-driven delights as "Pauline at the Beach," "Diva," "Manon of the Spring" and the like.

If only I had seen your review beforehand. (I came across it only after seeing the film and being incredulous that no one called this overdose of misogyny out for being what it is). The only thing worse than seeing such an "I hate-you hate-we all hate" mess, if that's possible, is seeing a such a mess that hides its ugly interior with a pretense of being high art. Highly ridiculous and shameful, I'd say.

Posted by Billbodean on 01/18/2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

ONE: Your "review" reads as though written by an illiterate high-school student who is taking college writing for the second time and can only scrape together three banal paragraphs. The movie is an emotional experience with so many layers that it's astonishing you treated like a cable TV drama. You receive a D- from me. I'm nice. I didn't give you an F.
TWO: Michelle WiIliams was underutilized? You can't be serious.
THREE: You should be hung out to dry for the spoiler.

Posted by Carolyn Buckley Cooper on 01/05/2017 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and La La Land: Same Old Song And Dance

It's one of those movies that revives your suspicions that there is a cabal of film critics who have all agreed to cheer on this inept piece of film making. Stone tries her best to hold the trite, tiresome story together in the face of Goslings'
phoned-in performance and a story line that was worn to threads decades ago.

Posted by John Weil on 01/04/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

Okay, *somebody* got up on the wrong side of the bed! Kelly me boyo, was that another film ya saw or what? And shame on you for your thoughtless meanspirited SPOILERS. Are you actually critiquing the film or should you just...go back to bed~
(Fabulous film, btw.)

Posted by Claudine Marie Elizabeth Jones on 01/02/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

This Review is spot on! The movie was hideous; and what's all this "but that's what life is about" commentary? Really? I thought the movie showed the Lonergan/Damon/Afleck disdain for New Englanders, by heaping absurd amounts of tragedy in winter blizzard fashion. It was a ridiculous film that over did every aspect, including the cheesy interjections of stark New England coastal scenery. Yuck!

Posted by Mary Greenblat on 12/31/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Barry Jenkins Walks Out in the Moonlight

This is the best picture I have seen in 2016. It is kinda holy, in addition to being superbly written, acted and directed. Like life itself, its all about love. I've seen it twice so far and will likely buy it when it is available for sale. I am glad we are seeing more and more films about black lives. Now show me some Latino stories and Asian stories. Please.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 12/31/2016 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

Saw the movie last night and did not enjoy it. What are all those nuances allegedly missed? This was raw, profane entertainment??? Hard to find enough redeeming qualities to overcome the reasons to tell this story. As a movie it succeeded in moving me to tears but it is too close to life to take me out of it or show me a part with which I am unfamiliar. Character development is good.

Posted by Bill Gibson on 12/31/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

Wow. This review glosses over everything that's deep and real and beautiful in this stellar movie. Who cares if the lead actor often portrays characters who are in pain? Manchester By the Sea focuses on what matters most in life, unlike this vapid, meaningless review.

Posted by Esther Ehrlich on 12/30/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

*SPOILER ALERTS - THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS THAT WILL RUIN THE MOVIE FOR YOU*. What a terrible review, btw..

Posted by Jason Finnegan on 12/30/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

What an insensitive, careless, lazy, and inconsiderate review! If you are browsing DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW because it contains an unforgivable spoiler. Shame on this critic, and shame on his editor for letting it run like this.

Posted by Peter Goodman on 12/29/2016 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

This review misses all of the nuance and depth of the movie in one fell swoop. But worse, it contains egregious spoilers that will absolutely spoil the viewing experience for anyone who dares to actually go ahead and watch it. Please, ignore this ham handed "review" and forget everything it says. Then go and watch the movie with an open mind. Shame on this reviewer.

Posted by Margot Geffen on 12/29/2016 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

This is so off the mark its incredible. Find a new profession.

Posted by Ryan Russell on 12/28/2016 at 6:27 AM

Re: “Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and La La Land: Same Old Song And Dance

I honestly have to agree with Mr. Vance. This is a movie that you *want* to like, but it just doesn't rise to its aspirations. It's a clever concept. And I enjoyed the locations and camera work some of the time. The songs were just OK.

It's true that neither Stone nor Gosling is really a singer. But Gosling had some modicum of grace to his dancing. Not bad.

But the biggest problem was that the movie as a whole did not hold together. There were too many long close-up reaction shots of faces worrying or supposedly feeling things. And the emotional pacing of the love story just didn't work. It was ultimately drawn out and dragging, or hopping forward irrationally.

In summary: Good concept, missed the mark.

Posted by PoliticoMusician on 12/27/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and La La Land: Same Old Song And Dance

Funny how the lesser reviewers have it in for La La Land. What distinguishes them from the rest is their ignorance of the craft of filmmaking. Or when they try to impress us with their French by putting an accent on the "A" in "A la," unaware that in French, capitalized vowels are never accented. La La Land is cinematic magic: far and away the best film of the year.

Posted by Terryl Dorian on 12/27/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and La La Land: Same Old Song And Dance

Wow, I'm am not sure whether you fail to understand and appreciate real music, dance, or the poignancy of lost love. Otherwise, how can you not see the absolute magic in this movie and in these two incredibly talented leads? I was transported throughout the entire movie. You know they did long takes right.... a la Les Mis... so that flaws and sour notes are evident and *supposed* to be there. It kept this stunning fairy tale grounded with a heavy does of reality. Their faces are both so expressive that even without the music these actors expressed volumes. The chemistry was real and the heartbreak at the end was even more real. The packed audience I was with "got it". A pity that you did not. Perhaps you should read the other critics to help you see what you missed.

Posted by Lorraine Stanton on 12/27/2016 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and La La Land: Same Old Song And Dance

All the trailers for this film left me in a semi-coma. To even remotely compare this film/these actors with Jacques Demy or Umbrellas of Cherbourg (or for that matter, Catherine Deneuve!) is insulting at best. Not only is the singing and dancing VERY crappy but the actors themselves are boring to watch. Eating a dinner of pre-chewed and regurgitated food is more like it.

Posted by Jeanette Sarmiento on 12/14/2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Is San Francisco Really a Company Town?

One election does not a revolution make!!!

Posted by creb on 10/29/2016 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Day of Wrath Leads to The Birth of a Nation

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Posted by Tamala Hagedorn on 10/23/2016 at 1:59 AM

Re: “Do Not Resist This Film

Meet director Craig Atkinson after the 7pm show on Saturday, October 22 at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood.

Posted by Melissa Hatheway on 10/19/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Do Not Resist This Film

Food for thought indeed!

Posted by Tony Daysog on 10/19/2016 at 12:08 AM

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