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Re: “Terrence Malick's Song to Song, aka Blah Blah Land

Pretty sure Malick's films are, at this point. made for him and him alone.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 03/24/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Don't Monkey Around with Kong: Skull Island

Overall, predictable, Once again the 'fair maiden" did what no amount of napalm could accomplish. Alas, my 118 minutes of being young and impressionable are over - back to reality.

Posted by Allene Warren on 03/15/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Maggie Smith Triumphs Again in 'The Lady in the Van'

I've been a bit dissatisfied with many films of late, but it looks like Kelly and I share similar tastes, so I'll check this one out.

Posted by Jennifer Fairclough on 02/26/2017 at 1:52 AM

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

I wish I'd read this review before I tried to sit through the film. It was the second-worst film I'd ever seen, behind the abysmal Riding in Cars with Boys. Dull, lifeless, painful, dreary doesn't seem to explain it well enough.
I imagine it's actually quite difficult to make a movie both simultaneously boring AND confusing, but Manchester by the Sea did it. That alone deserves some kind of award. I got through about 80% of it before switching it off.
Like I said, I wish I'd seen this review first. I want my 90 minutes back.

Posted by Jennifer Fairclough on 02/26/2017 at 1:25 AM

Re: “Almodóvar Redeems Himself with Julieta

Not a single scene, in all its crayon box beauty, was believable. I had read other reviews that called it a melodrama but even then I was not prepared for how false this movie , supposedly delineating a woman's life (topic for another time-directors who supposedly make women's movies because we're such a distinct species ...remember Woody Allen?) and her guilt over, what, being mildly pissed that her husband had been bedding her friend all along and even though she knew that from the get.
I was also prepared for a bleak flick given the topic was the estrangement of a beloved daughter. But it was not believable so I simply didn't care. When it ended abruptly, I was just glad to go home to my warm house after sitting in a cold theater watching time pass.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 02/15/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman Closes the Deal with Style

Beautiful humanist movie; everything about a dealing with a sexual assault that Hollywood would not do.

Posted by Bob Koelle on 02/09/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “The Room

Finished written and directed produced movie, rich and famous
Tommy Wiseau 1
Kelly Vance ZERO

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:36 PM

Re: “The Room

You're a zaftig head.

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:33 PM

Re: “The Room

Mad-libs with refrigerator magnets on the Soul train word scrambler would produce a better written piece.

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:32 PM

Re: “The Room

7 monkeys on 7 typewriters wrote your review sucked.

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:30 PM

Re: “The Room

Who wrote this review? Tommy's less talented brother?

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “See I Am Not Your Negro And Pick Up Some Knowledge

Only when we know our past helps us embrace the future. Lets learn to love all of Gods creations, by all means love people first.

Posted by Hattie S. Walker on 02/01/2017 at 11:41 AM

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

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