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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

Lovely article - one of the best things I've recently read, and by far the most useful. Cool to read such a well-considered article! I've found some decent tutorials on how to fill a form out online here https://goo.gl/uPTMCs

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

Re: “Zero Days: As the Worm Turns

Alex Gibney is hardly the one to "dig up" the cyberwar scare. There have been numerous documentaries on PBS about it. They have discussed Stuxnet at length.

This topic per se is not just an outrage movie - it's about life now.

While online data leaks affects consumers, businesses are now incredibly concerned about cybersecurity both for their customers as well as protecting their proprietary info. The utility industry is paranoid (but should be more so) about infrastructure attacks.

Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve has already called cybersecurity the number one threat to the U.S. economy.

This is all far more important than the Repblican witch hunt on Hillary's email server.

The number one country in state on state cybersecurity is China.

The Bangladesh Bank attack threatened to create havoc in all of the world's banks, and we do not really know yet who the attacker is.

While Eastern European and Israeli and Argentinian hacker companies have decades of professional hacking under their belts, they will never be as fully funded as state hackers who have unlimited budgets at their disposal.

We weren't the first to launch an attack and we won't be the last (with Stuxnet)...

Posted by Pam Strayer on 07/08/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “'Therapy for a Vampire,' This Year's Finest Freudian Horror Comedy

I saw this last weekend based on this review; the movie was a funny and enjoyable time. Great for dates!

Posted by Lisa Emily on 06/30/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Take a Dip into 'Hockney'

I thought this movie was a bit of a failure. After seeing Hockney's stunning recent work at the Deyoung last year, I kept hoping, through this VERY long documentary full of a lot of repetition and meaningless trivia (IMO), to hear something of Hockney's current thinking. But nope, the end of the film barely hints at Hockney's latest works. Many of the pieces at the recent DeYoung show were monumental, some of the most stunning art I have seen in years and the most stunning stuff was video paintings. The film shows, only in passing, that Hockney began to use iPads but never addresses the deep scope of what Hockney was doing to create the stuff I saw at the DeYoung.

But we heard ad nauseum about his best friend. And we saw voyeuristic hints of his sexual partners, which only should be included in terms of how he integrated his sexuality into his art.

A lot of this film was a snore. And Hockney is still alive. Why not have some contemporary footage of him talking about what he is doing NOW?

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 05/30/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “About a Boy

"Ghibli's righteousness has grown tiresome"

What are you even talking about? Only Yesterday is a 25 year old film. They weren't even remotely big or well known around the world as they are now. And even so, why shouldn't they be righteous? They've totally earned the right. You're sarcastic tone doesn't make any sense because Ghibli has produced equal amounts of slice of life films in contrast to their fantasies. Because animation is more than that, and always has been. And while Hosoda is a competent director, this is far and away from being close to his best work. Wolf Children and TGWLTT were far superior films. Only Yesterday displayed immensely admirable themes of growing up and accepting your mortality, so I'm not quite sure why you feel Ghibli (and Pixar, for that matter) needs to "take note" of a film with morals that have been done countless times over already.

"Boy-Beast is told from a strictly male perspective, generally a rarity in animated family movies these days"

Um, no. It really isn't. Are you just genuinely dense or what?

Posted by Josh Leitzel on 05/23/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Welcome Back to 'Dragon Inn'

Jessie, Dragon Inn played Landmark's Shattuck May 6 thru 12, 2016, as an Exclusive Engagement -- meaning one week only, and that the film will not play elsewhere other than Landmark. So I'm afraid your chances to see it on the big screen are slim and none right now. I apologize for not noting the "one week only" proviso in my review. I guess the best approach is that if you see a review or ad for a movie you might like, go out and see it immediately. It will probably only stay in the theater for a short time.

Posted by Kelly Vance on 05/23/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Welcome Back to 'Dragon Inn'

I cannot find it in the theaters! It says it opens Friday in the May 5 EBX where your review appeared...but where??? Has it disappeared so quickly?? Where did you see it? My friend and I would like to see the digital remaster on a huge theatre screen. We have never seen this movie, although my friend is a martial-arts movie fan. I can't find it in your current movie listings or on Fandango.

If it is too late (it is now May 19) can we find it in Netflix online?

Posted by Jessie West on 05/19/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Lost Highway

Mike Yarmouth: Are you confusing Hank with his racist son, Hank, Jr? From what I have read, Hank Williams (Sr) was not particularly racist, although he was a white man of his (benighted) time and place. According to The Hank WIlliam Reader (ed. Huber, Goodson & Anderson), he was never quoted ever saying anything about race... except that he was proud to claim that the only musician he ever learned from was a black man, Rufus Payne, whom he "followed around" and played with when young. There is interesting analysis of their relationship in the "Reader" book, but he sounds if anything less racist than other whites there/then, not more so.

Posted by David Herzstein Couch on 04/02/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Grin and Bear It

Nothing complicated? The Revenant (2015) is second to the most recent of the REVENTS. No complicated; Jeez!

Posted by Nolan Hofstadter on 04/02/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Lost Highway

He was a racist...did they get that part correct?

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 04/01/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “LA Eats Itself

One of the reasons Jonathan Gold is so great is that he covers broad spectrums of geography, cuisine and price. He is generous with his advice and dedicated to what he does.

Posted by Debra Sarver on 03/29/2016 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Upstairs Downstairs

Thank you for writing one of the only critical reviews of this movie. I have rarely left a film so infuriated by the story. After taking out several weddings, a few hospitals, and who knows how many other innocent people in drone attacks around the world, we are meant to believe that one little girl selling bread can cause a global crisis of military morality. It is palpably ridiculous and the fact that this film is being hailed as a complicated exploration of modern day warfare is further proof of how clueless audiences are about how modern day warfare is exercised every day. I am stunned by the reactions this movie has received...

Posted by Kirk Branch on 03/22/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “'Victoria' Casts a Certain Spell

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