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Re: “Her

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2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Editor on 01/11/2014 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Her

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3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Editor on 01/11/2014 at 7:59 AM

Re: “The Wolf of Wall Street

You sir, should not be writing about cinema. Go finish your novel and then eat it and get a very sore tummy. The world is beyond you. Retire.

11 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Keith Saunders on 01/09/2014 at 9:56 PM

Re: “The Wolf of Wall Street

It is an entertaining and clever portrayal of the nature of young aspiring businessmen, and demonstrates an addiction to monetary benefits. Leo captures the "never enough" aspect of young money through the affair and deciding to stick with the company.

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by John Roberts on 01/08/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “The Wolf of Wall Street

Funny thing that you would describe a movie like Parkland, who was probably the most empty film of the year "a fascinating docudrama", and consider The Wolf of Wall Street to be empty.

18 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Jonathan Maes on 01/04/2014 at 1:25 AM

Re: “California Crude

I like this review because it's witty and bold. It's fun how some of the commenters here hate you. That means this movie has a loyal ignorant fan base.
I just watched the movie, there's a lot that I've missed, altough statistically much less than the average commenter here.

Finally I want to congratulate you for your review, I wish one day to be able to review movies, or any other form of art for that matter, as good as you!

3 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Francisco Pinto on 01/03/2014 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Spark: A Burning Man Story

This is the WORST movie we ever saw! We want our 2hrs of time and 5.99 refunded and the memory taken out of our heads!!! The story sucked donkey Dix, terrible story telling, amateur editing, a 4yr old on you tube could kick butt on this 'film'. Honestly, our 7lb dog's turds are more entertaining. Makes people Embarrassed to be burners!

Spark team should go back back to making shitty lattes and selling jeans at the gap. Could have saved the $$$ spent on making this movie to buy Larry Harvey new teeth and English lessons!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Starkaör Bele on 12/07/2013 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Nebraska

Where can this be seen in the East Bay?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jane McInnis on 12/04/2013 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Nebraska

This is a well-written story.

Posted by Jennifer Haken on 11/30/2013 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Kill Your Darlings

When you say "fledgling holy man," you mean, man with fledgling holes that he fills with male members. Right? Any other meaning would be an insult to our intelligence.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Geoffrey Smith on 11/02/2013 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Fifth Estate

But Daniel Domscheit-Berg left Wikileaks on 7 February 2010. He simply wasn't around for any of the massive releases Wikileaks made in 2010. Neither was DDB's wife Anke, who has never met or talked with Assange. DDB made up nearly everything he said in his book, to make lots of money and out of revenge for Wikileaks not seeing him as nearly as important as Domscheit-Berg thought he was.

Here, proof that in December 2009 Wikileaks was already having problems with the guy who acted as their spokesman in Germany (DDB) misrepresenting himself in the press:…

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Arbed Medhi on 10/23/2013 at 1:41 AM

Re: “Spark: A Burning Man Story

For this viewer, SPARK! is a stunning achievement and major documentary feature. The film offers one eerie, surreal image after another; multiple camera crews on the ground and in the air capture the gathering by night and day -- bacchanalian revelry, colorful people in elaborate costumes, incredibly designed 100' high buildings, fantasy cars, giant statues and more.

No spectators are allowed at Burning Man, only participants. No cash is permitted; participants earn their keep by what they bring, and by the art they contribute. In 2012, 60,000 people attended the week-long event in the Nevada desert; it happens at the end of August every year.

There are plenty of laughs in SPARK as well. The film follows two ordinary people, young artists who became extraordinary when they took the step of committing themselves to contributing major art pieces to the festival.

The documentary includes footage of the first Burning Man on a San Francisco beach in the 1980's, and shows a Board meeting in crisis mode in 2012. We witness the groundbreaking and construction of the 2012 event on the 'Playa', before moving on to the incredible coverage and stories at Burning Man.

The sheer logistics of coordinating the filming of such a large gathering, and later editing hundreds of hours of footage into a cohesive feature documentary, is an achievement by itself.

SPARK is a truly stunning documentary film -- superb camera work and sound, excellent editing, and two stories about ordinary people who became major contributors to the Burn. Highly recommended.

It's notable that SPARK was made available for home viewing the day after it was released theatrically. This viewer downloaded it on Video on Demand, and after a bit of research, I learned it's also on VOD most cable and satellite networks, and that it can also be watched through iTunes, Roku, Amazon, and Apple TV and other digital outlets. The movie's official website .

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Pat Reynolds on 09/04/2013 at 9:42 AM

Re: “This Must Be the Place

"Let's not stop here very long."

It seems you didn't as half of your piece is a wildly inaccurate synopsis of the first 30 mins of the movie.

Your whole review smells of bored fast-forwarding without even the effort of grasping the details of the plot, let alone the eventual artistic nuances.
Like a lost tourist passing through a country he refused to blend in from the very moment he crossed the border.

I'm not arguing about how good or bad the movie actually is - just stating that reviews like this are unprofessional and a disservice to the readership.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tony L'Ombroso on 07/29/2013 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Crystal Fairy

Crystal Fairy opens tomorrow, Friday, July 19, at the Landmark Cinemas in Berkeley.

Posted by Robert Gammon on 07/18/2013 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Crystal Fairy

So where would one find this film in the Bay Area?

Posted by Brianna Swartz on 07/18/2013 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Fruitvale Station

This review does a gross disservice to a great film!

Before seeing the film -- after reading the review -- I emailed a set of friends as follows:

"Without question, Mehserle was an asshole, if not a monster; he obviously had no viable reason to shoot Oscar Grant. Nonetheless, given this review's description of Grant (whether in real life, or as the film portrays him), I take issue with those who view him as a sympathetic character: an edgy guy who gets into fights, did time in San Quentin, and fathered a child he couldn't afford to support, among other endearing attributes.... Grant was obviously a victim of injustice, but he was not a martyr, and he was certainly no paragon or hero. To me, at least, the review inadvertently makes the point that whatever it means to be "underclass," it certainly doesn't mean being a good or decent person. Unlike (ostensibly) Mehserele, I've known numerous African-Americans (to whom, as an overall grouping, this review does a gross disservice); the ones who are like Oscar Grant (at least as he's described) aren't the sort of people that I'm inclined to like, let alone admire."

Then I saw the film -- a full house for 10:30 pm show at the Grand Lake, about 60% black and 40% white, with a sizable proportion of Latinos among the latter.

All of my above objections prove to be irrelevant to the film, which doesn't ask us to like Grant (let alone see him as some sort of iconic figure or representative of an "underclass), after all -- but which is a sure-fire tear-jerker that doesn't allow one to leave the theater without feeling deep compassion.

I have two problems with the review.'

One of my problem is that the review misses two crucial items. The first of these is that the best-performed character -- a real sleeper, arguably even better than Grant himself -- is his mother, who plays an incredible (and incredibly tough and tricky) supporting role in terms of understanding the African-American family. Secondly, there's a real villain in the film, and it isn't Mehserle! I'll avoid risking a spoiler, and merely note that this involves the fact that one needn't be black to belong to an "underclass," as the film makes abundantly clear.

My other problem is clear and simple, andt (ironically enough) it derives from this last point.

Whether from a sleazy underclass, or from do-goody preachers like the reviewer, I'm sick of hearing from white people who have a stake in believing that "race matters."

The reviewer's own "construction of everyday social reality" evidently demands that he view the film as "essentially a crime story about racial misunderstanding." Such a construction sells the film pitifully short; the story is far more human than that.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 07/15/2013 at 2:23 AM

Re: “Fruitvale Station

"Mistakes are always made in battle." - The police are not supposed to be at war with it's citizens you dumb ass!!! Black people are entitled to the BART Police's protection just as much as any of their lighter-skinned neighbors. He was in a fight. "I can't imagine a single person who would not want the police to wade into this situation and settle it." Excuse me officer, WILL YOU PLEASE GET THAT NIGGA FACE DOWN ON THE PLATFORM AND BLOW HIS FUCKING BRAINS OUT?!? Is that what people are seriously thinking? David Cohen, whoever you are, your ignorance scares the shit out of me. And yeah, I live in Fruitvale, bitch.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by DeWayne Dickerson on 07/12/2013 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station

If “Fruitvale Station” is a defense for Oscar Grant, and if this movie review is a defense of the movie, then both defenses fail utterly. If you’re going to humanize Oscar Grant, that’s fine. But Coogler’s commentary on Johannes Mehserle completely undermines his moral persuasiveness in humanizing Grant.
Although desperately sought I’m sure, not any single anecdote about Mehserle ever emerged that showed him to be anything less than human, even though was “from Germany” and “lived in Sonoma”. He also was a young man, finding his way. Much of the take home from the trial was that BART training in the use of a Taser, and in handling both a Taser and a gun, was grossly inadequate. There was not a single iota of evidence supporting the contention that Mehserle’s actions were murderous. Nothing contradicted his version in which discharging of his weapon was accidental, and that he had intended to pull the Taser instead. These are the reasons that the jury acquitted him.
As for young toughs of any color “skylarking” on BART and then (surprise!) fighting, this is an assault on the public that cannot be tolerated. I cannot imagine a single person who would not want the police to wade into this situation and settle it. Mistakes are always made in battle. These consequences of the battle remain attached to those who created the situation.

7 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by David Cohen on 07/10/2013 at 10:37 PM

Re: “The Lone Ranger

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2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Editor on 07/06/2013 at 4:38 AM

Re: “California Crude

Clearly a review by a guy who has an axe to grind with DDL or PTA or both. This reviewer looks foolish in retrospect as this movie is clearly heralded by movie buffs as a classic, and this, DDL's 2nd (of 3) Oscar performances, is generally held as his greatest. TWBB is unquestionably a masterpiece - and this reviewers central gripe that he didn't like DDl's accent is so trivial and alone as to seem pathetic.

19 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mark Polakow on 07/04/2013 at 8:13 AM

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