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Re: “Up in the Air

Wow, this movie is depressing...especially if you are unemployed, as I am. The movie doesn't seem to completely condemn the horrible line of work of the two protagonists. And it has a weird ambiguous ending. Has he learned something or not? Is he going to change his life?

Posted by almazul on 01/09/2010 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Boyhood

Wow. I obviously missed something. I read all the glowing reviews and maybe my expectations were unrealistic. The concept is interesting and novel, but I can honestly say I can't remember being more bored. The kids just don't offer any charisma or acting ability.

Posted by Russ Roberge on 12/17/2016 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Apartment Troubles

I'm glad it wasn't any longer than it was.

Posted by Klarn Mxyzptlk on 08/24/2016 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Thao's Library

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Re: “Thao's Library

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Re: “RoboCop

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Re: “RoboCop

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Posted by Editor on 02/15/2014 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Little White Lies

This was SO BORING! Avoid at all costs. The handsomest actor is immobilized in a hospital bed the whole time, buried under a tone of make up.

Posted by barking mad on 09/05/2012 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Our Idiot Brother

It's painful to watch a bunch of assholes. The movie consists of a bunch of assholes and one naive nice guy. The assholes mistreat the nice guy and the nice guy suffers but it all ends happily ever after. Painful, and boring, too...

Posted by yoyo_guru on 09/02/2011 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: 3D

Wow, I think I like the harsh negative critics better than this... whatever this is you wrote. You think it's the weakest entry in the series? Fine (although I absolutely do NOT agree with you and would love to angrily rant to you why), but honestly, you're a critic, review like a critic! Where's your evidence it's the weakest entry in the series? I'm a 14 year old teenager and even I wrote a better review in my website than you!

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Posted by Bella Black on 07/23/2011 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Going the Distance

It stunk up our house, did not see chemistry between Drew and Justin, raunchy seldom works...

Posted by psychofer on 06/25/2011 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Somewhere

I wish the critic would give some practical information and say where we can watch this film in the East Bay. There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to see a film but not being able to see it. Since this is the East Bay Express, it seems like the subject matter should be about something in the East Bay. All I can find is a movie time in a San Francisco theater. I wish the critic would say which dates it's coming to an East Bay theater. Thanks.

Posted by EastBayErica on 12/27/2010 at 6:22 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: “Inception

nolan is overrated. memento is overrated. the dark knight is overrated.
that being said- leonardo is starting to look old. gonna have to start calling him leonard dicaprio. joseph gordon levitt was bad ass, and i now want to take ellen page out for ice cream. she was insufferable until i realized how sexy she is just now. juno is garbage, fyi.
but i digress. due to the success of inception we will be forced to suffer through more big budget unnecessarily self indulgent god awful rotten cinema. directed by that opiate for the masses of asses, nolan.

give me my money back. please.

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Posted by Johnny Utah on 08/04/2010 at 8:54 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

If you go to:

They have some reports in there, which are full of references of real-world studies from the US and other countries, concerning impaired driving and what not..

There's some good info and the references within...

Also, the has some good info and cross references.

Posted by Jason Lun on 05/21/2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

The Journal of Drug Policy and Practice - Volume 10, issue 3 - fall 2016

Why a 5 ng/ml THC Limit is Bad Public Policy - and the Case for Tandem per se DUID Legislation:

To quote some sections (formatting may be off, sorry)...:

Page 4:

marijuanas THC is unlike alcohol chemically, biologically, and metabolically. As a result, what works for alcohol does not necessarily work for THC. There is no level of THC in blood above which everyone is impaired and below which no one is impaired. This is not due to a lack of research. It is due to chemistry and biology. It is not due to politics. It is due to science.
Neither THC nor alcohol impairs blood, breath, urine, or oral fluid. These drugs impair the brain.
We test for alcohol in blood as a surrogate for testing the brain. Blood tests are very easy, and breath tests are even easier. Testing the brain requires an autopsy which is far less convenient, to say the least. For alcohol, blood is an excellent surrogate because it is a small water soluble molecule that rapidly establishes a concentration equilibrium in highly perfused tissues throughout the body.

For some drugs, especially marijuanas THC that is of great popular concern, blood is a terrible surrogate to learn what is in the brain. That is because THC is not highly soluble in blood. THC prefers fatty tissues like the brain, heart, lungs and liver. THC is quickly removed from the blood stream as it is absorbed into the brain and other fatty organs and tissues. Even though the metabolic half-life of THC is estimated to be over four days, more than 90% of THC is cleared from blood within the first hour after smoking marijuana (Huestis et al. 1992; Toennes et al. 2008). See Figure 1. Furthermore, that clearance rate is so highly variable from one individual to another that retrograde extrapolation to estimate blood levels of THC at a prior time cannot be done reliably, as is commonly done with alcohol.

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2. Blood levels of THC are lower than brain levels of THC Mura compared THC levels in blood and in the brain in a series of autopsies. There was more THC in the brain than in the blood in 100% of the subjects. Significant levels of THC were
found in the brain even when none could be detected in the blood (Mura et al. 2005). So even if we knew the blood level of THC at the time of the incident, this would tell us absolutely nothing about the drug level of THC in the brain, the only place where it really Matters.

3. Tolerance results in varying levels of impairment at the same blood level

So even if we knew the drug level in the brain, this tells us nothing about the level of impairment of the individual.

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4. Polydrug impairment renders individual drug per se levels meaningless Most drug-impaired drivers responsible for vehicular homicide and assault are polydrug users (Wood and Salomonsen-Sautel 2016). That is, they have at least two drugs in their bodies at the same time. Drug combinations act differently than drugs individually, sometimes with additive effects, sometimes with synergistic effects, sometimes with complementary effects.

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Proving drug impairment The best way to prove drug impairment is to focus on measurements of drug impairment, rather than measurements of drug levels. After all, impairment is what were worried about, not lab tests. Impairment kills and maims people. Unfortunately, impairment measures are more subjective than laboratory tests.

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England and Wales recently did the same thing by establishing drug per se levels for a panel of drugs using two different criteria. For illegal drugs, such as marijuanas THC, they set the levels based upon laboratories quantification abilities. For THC that was 2 ng/ml. For legal prescription drugs, they set the per se levels based upon impairment levels chosen by a panel of experts.

Drug per se laws Impairment-based Although some variation on zero tolerance is the preferred way of meeting the demands for drug per se levels, Washington, Colorado and Montana have taken the scientifically invalid approach of establishing what they believe are impairment-based per se levels.
By ignoring all drugs other than marijuana, these states suggest a belief that drug-impaired driving is all about marijuana-impaired driving. Nothing could be further from the truth. For example, a court record study of Colorados 2013 vehicular homicides and vehicular assaults due to DUI revealed that at least 30%, or 51 of those cases, involved drugs. Yet only three of those cases identified marijuana as the sole intoxicant. The other 48 cases involved other drugs or more commonly combinations of drugs, the most common of which was alcohol combined with marijuana (Wood & Salomonsen-Sautel, 2016).

Colorado, Washington and Montana ignore the chemical, biological, and metabolic differences between drugs and alcohol. They ignore the fact that scientific evidence does not support impairment-based per se blood levels of drugs.

Page 13

Fallacies from 5 ng/ml THC supporters

Colorados 5 ng/ml compromise satisfied neither the public safety constituency nor the marijuana lobby.
Only the following constituencies benefit from this poor compromise of 5 ng/ml limit:
1. THC-impaired drivers who test below 5 ng/ml
2. Legislators who can convince poorly educated constituents that they did something to
address the problem of marijuana-impaired driving.
3. In a 5 ng/ml per se state, prosecutors benefit by being able to notch prosecution victories without needing to prove impairment.
Although 5 ng/ml was certainly a compromise, only a handful can claim it was a good compromise.

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Conclusion Autopilot mentalities and a lack of scientific understanding have caused many state legislators to support scientifically-invalid 5 ng/ml THC per se laws. Impairment by other drugs is thereby ignored, as is polydrug abuse...

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The American Automobile Association concluded, The data do not support science-based per se limits for THC (Logan, 2016).

Posted by Jason Lun on 05/21/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

50yrs ago? What does that have to do with today? It costs $2 for a bus ticket. And parks in slums will not bring in business, so how do you expect a city to survive? Welfare checks?

Institutional racism? Awww... Pretty bird. Yes, can you say pretty bird? Pretty bird, yeah pretty bird...Hobart want a cracker?

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/21/2017 at 8:34 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

As I recall the Bay Area chapter of an environmental organization instituted a program to get minority children to local natural areas. This was 50 years ago in San Francisco where it was established that many impoverished kids in S.F. had never seen the Pacific Ocean.

The redlining and institutional racism continues in "diverse" and oh-so-sensitive Oakland. Instead of devoting bayside parcels to parks and other open spaces for the children who live in poor neighborhoods nearby, Oakland is fostering fancy high-rise developments for the affluent.

The outlook of the privileged class doesn't change so the living conditions of the poorest never get better.

The Nazi George Rockwell has plenty of allies in Oakland's city hall, whether they are conscious of it or not.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/21/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel

As always, if there's not enough crime, law enforcement will invent crime. That's what the war on drugs is for.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 05/21/2017 at 5:47 PM

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