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Comment Archives: stories: Movies

Re: “Spark: A Burning Man Story

This is probably as close a glimpse as most of us are likely to get of Burning Man's inner circle...and what makes the organization tick. Also, provides a really nice historical overview of how the event came about, has evolved and where it's heading from here...

Posted by Bhaskar on 09/08/2013 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Jobs

I found "Jobs" compelling and satisfying. It's a good movie for young people who find school boring and lacking in challenge. It shows how sticking to your own vision makes great things possible, and that might be outside the academic box. I'm glad it covers just the part of Steve's life that it does. The film has integrity, in that it shows both the dark and light sides of the protagonist. Jobs was no humanitarian, but I think people who use their Ipads and Iphones everyday should go easy in expressing such condescension.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Victoria on 08/26/2013 at 9:33 PM

Re: “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

very good brings back memories of black pride an orginiation

Posted by Captin G on 09/23/2011 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Midnight in Paris

Meh. I enjoyed it but had to block out the "Woody Allen-ism" of it, wherein every character talks like Woody Allen, complete with the stuttering "you know's." Ruins the suspension of disbelief when Allen's ego intrudes at every juncture. Very clever at times, very well done, Owen Wilson has been one of my faves for years and great that he's finally getting the recognition he deserves. But it's a travesty to make him talk like Woody Allen. He's a better comedian than that.

Loved Adrian Brody as Salvador Dali.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 05/30/2011 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Casino Jack

How on earth did Kevin Spacey, one of the best actors we have, get roped into this loser of a film? I was so excited to see it that I didn't even want to wait until it hit the East Bay and I traipsed across the bridge to the Embarcardero. I sat in anticipation for the whole couple of hours, waiting for the feeling that I was enjoying it. I never did. The movie never took off. No matter how well-done, there's just something off kilter about it, and not in a good way. It's hard to pinpoint the problem, or problems.

Terrible, terrible, utterly atrocious movie.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 12/26/2010 at 7:48 PM

Re: “The Next Three Days

This is one of the worst pieces of trash I've ever seen. I've lost all confidence in Kelly Vance. It is unbelievable from start to finish and gets laughably worse over its unfortunately long running length. And it's violent, unncessarily. And we don't care about the characters. And there's no reason for its existence, either in the story or any sort of concept above that. It's simple trash and poorly done trash at that. On top of that the scenes that are supposed to be subtle (the original murder), meant to be nuanced (I guess), are simply confusing. For a better of review of this see the Chron or the CSM. It sucks bigtime.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 11/24/2010 at 8:47 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

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