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Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I love it

Posted by Dawit Gebru on 12/27/2016 at 11:57 PM

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: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Love the perspective, continue to write!

Posted by Dejen Amare-Gebru on 12/27/2016 at 9:30 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

Employment, employment, employment. Where are the school to work programs? Are Uber self driving cars going increase opportunity or create newly unemployed people? Tech has a responsibility to give back to the communities that they invade. Oakland city government needs to not only incentivize with tax breaks but with mandates for programs to bring students into their networks of education and power.

Posted by jjpowell on 12/27/2016 at 9:04 PM

Re: “As People of Color Disappear from Oakland, So Do My Memories

I agree the SF bay area is changing at an alarming rate, I am glad there are a few tech programs that are inclusive though :)

Posted by themooctutor on 12/27/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “The High Costs of Outsourcing Police

In the mist of all the problems. Oakland safe street has become a haven for gang stalking. The residents its supposed to protect from these thugs.

Posted by Wilkens Owens III on 12/27/2016 at 8:33 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: “Inkworks Press, 1974–2016

Inkworks was my last printshop of a 13 year career that started in high school trade school. I knew I would need a trade after high school. When the counselor read through the other programs and skipped through printing because "that's for boys," my rebellious nature said, "sign me up." I found the Women's Press when I arrived in SF in '84. After WP closed in '87, I worked at a woman owned and operated pre-press shop (Negative something???) in SF and then Inkworks. Then it was off to music school in '91 and a whole 'nother life. I wasn't a collective member at Inkworks, and happy to not have that responsibility after all the work of WP and its closing, but I enjoyed working there.

Posted by Lisa Mischke on 12/27/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Grinches of the Year: Oakland and East Bay Residents with Hearts a Few Sizes Too Small

Mr. Eroster, as I'm sure someone as educated and worldly as you knows, painting people whom you don't know personally with such a broad and belittling brush is not often helpful nor true. Brings to mind "stereotype" and "inflammatory". What change are you hoping to impart by your words? Pointing out the problem is easy, but to suggest realistic solutions? That would be genius and that's what the world and Oakland need now more than ever.

Posted by Jason Ricca on 12/26/2016 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Plan Would Require City of Oakland To Be Part Owner of Any New Marijuana Business

Stoners are very loyal otherwise we would have lost the war on Pot...
We will only support our pot heroes be they biker gangs or cartels. Those who were against pot should never profit...
Use profits to help those of us that have suffered for the cause.

Watch for the Sacred Tokin Stone coming to your area.
Sacred stone and marijuana together what a match.

Posted by Doug Pederson on 12/26/2016 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Firefighters Say Their Department Is So Badly Managed, Ghost Ship Warehouse Wasn't Even In Its Inspection Database

When a fire chief assertively states that the department does not inspect vacant buildings then you know she is grossly incompetent. Vacant warehouses catch fire on a regular basis. Maybe that's their plan. Urban renewal by strategic fire to remove vacant warehouses. The Ghost Ship warehouse and that block of property is on an Oakland city planning proposal for commercial development. (SF Chronicle)
Maybe the Oakland city government could benefit from a federal investigation for civil rights violations of those killed due to deliberate negligence. The city officials are certainly concealing evidence.

Posted by Glen Mayne on 12/25/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

Does anyone know if it's illegal to publish a guessed, not legitimate psych diagnosis on the patient's documents that are viewed by other, non psych docs? I'm trying to find out if when I go to Kaiser for a flu shot, will I be scrutinized because a therapist, after spending 30 minutes with me, has labeled me in a way that makes people scared and distrustful of me?

Posted by GraceWorks on 12/25/2016 at 9:18 AM

Re: “The Most Inspiring Art in Oakland and the East Bay in 2016

why wouldn't shock value equal art? do you prefer to be challenged or comforted?

Posted by Jevohn Newsome on 12/25/2016 at 4:44 AM
Posted by Lynette Gailord on 12/24/2016 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Will Reopen in JK's Brickhouse in West Oakland

My heart is once again happy!

Posted by Finesse Robinson on 12/24/2016 at 8:00 AM
Posted by Jason Nino Parker on 12/23/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Survivors, Close Friends of Ghost Ship Fire Victims Deliver Letter to Oakland Mayor, Demand Urgent Moratorium on Evictions

Can anyone explain the difference between a crackdown and an uptick? Can a journalist pleaae focus on the gap betwwen mayoral rhetoric and actual numbers? We'll wait, hopefully indoors.

Posted by JVerne on 12/23/2016 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Oaxanukkah

Shalom, Matt:
As they say over here: Kol ha Cavod, ( all honors to you)! For making such an innovative menu in your restaurant. As a native San Franciscan and Berkeley alum, I wish we had known about you and had time to visit your restaurant when we spent a week visiting my brother in his nursing home in San Rafael. Unfortunately, he died two months later. And meantime, we returned to Beersheba, Israel, where we live.
Ethel Weintraub (ewtaliaw@gmail. com)

Posted by Ethel Weintraub on 12/23/2016 at 1:55 AM

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