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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: “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: “Artists Who Survived Oakland Warehouse Fire Discuss The Tragedy, Those Missing, Need for Safe Underground Spaces

George: "There is no excuse --none-- for not having a sprinkler system, accessible exits, and an up-to-code stairway. High rents, marginalized status, or persecution do not excuse the failure to foresee a catastrophic fire."

Black-and-white blame statements like this are so deaf to the reality of what it's like to try to attain "assembly space" occupancy, which most state fire codes require for spaces that host concerts. For starters, venues that seek assembly occupancy are required to install fire sprinklers, which cost tens of thousands of dollars. Try convincing you slumlord (in any state, in any housing market) to spring for that, just to keep the artist community they could care less about from closing its doors. Try raising that money yourself, from other minimum-wage workers like yourself, for a building you don't own. If you somehow managed to do that, try preventing your landlord from kicking you out for a commercial nightclub tenant who can pay higher rent now that the space has sprinklers.

If you manage to contact the fire department without being immediately shut down, good luck navigating their interpretation of the fire code, which (in any state) is incredibly nebulous, and up to the interpretation of your local fire marshal. Each venue, depending on square footage, layout, levels, etc. is required to construct different numbers of exits, at various ends of the building, at enormous cost. Again, try "standing up to your landlord" to "demand" those kinds of renovations, when your landlord doesn't even care if you have steady electricity.

George, you said, "This is a wake-up call not only to those in the underground scene but to all landlords, owners, and promoters that their first priority should be the physical safety of those who use the premises."

Wouldn't that be a luxury??! Ask anyone whose life has been changed whose life has been saved by the communities that thrive in spaces like these across the country: if they had the means to buy a building outright, get it up to code, and throw incredible shows without fear of repercussions from the neighbors or police, believe me, they'd jump at the chance. Try finding a corporate investor that wants to donate a million bucks to a bunch of broke, avant-garde young artists.

As long as there's a lack of funding for unconventional art and music (that prioritizes excellence in creativity over monetary gain) at the local, state, and national level;

As long as big private donors don't understand that these scrubby, vibrant spaces are as culturally valuable as the symphony and the ballet;

As long as cities see underground art and culture as -- at best -- a cute side-note to the for-profit businesses that generate their tax revenues, marginalized people of all kinds will continue to come together to operate spaces like The Ghost Ship in less-than-ideal conditions because they're THAT desperate to find solace from the sterile, soulless, money-driven, self-constricting mainstream, to have the freedom to truly express themselves freely. That's what the FUCK America is about.

They'll take these terrifying risks because their broader society including their cities and their landlords aren't hospitable to them, and have deemed them unworthy of their support.

And until that changes, these beautiful, creative people will continue to operate these spaces on the margins of the society that's rejected them.

Like dandelions in the sidewalk.

Posted by Cat S on 12/05/2016 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Artists Who Survived Oakland Warehouse Fire Discuss The Tragedy, Those Missing, Need for Safe Underground Spaces

George: "There is no excuse --none-- for not having a sprinkler system, accessible exits, and an up-to-code stairway. High rents, marginalized status, or persecution do not excuse the failure to foresee a catastrophic fire."

Black-and-white blame statements like this are so deaf to the reality of what it's like to try to attain "assembly space" zoning, which most state fire codes require for spaces that host concerts. For starters, venues that seek assembly zoning are required to install fire sprinklers, which cost tens of thousands of dollars. Try convincing your slumlord (in any state, in any housing market) to spring for that, just to keep the artist community they could care less about from closing its doors. Try raising that money yourself, from other minimum-wage workers like yourself, for a building you don't own. If you somehow managed to do that, try preventing your landlord from kicking you out for a commercial nightclub tenant who can pay higher rent now that the space has sprinklers.

If you manage to contact the fire department without being immediately shut down, good luck navigating their interpretation of the fire code, which (in any state) is incredibly nebulous, and up to the interpretation of your local fire marshal. Each venue, depending on square footage, layout, levels, etc. is required to construct different numbers of exits, at various ends of the building, at enormous cost. Again, try "standing up to your landlord" to "demand" those kinds of renovations, when your landlord doesn't even care if you have steady electricity.

You said, "This is a wake-up call not only to those in the underground scene but to all landlords, owners, and promoters that their first priority should be the physical safety of those who use the premises."

Wouldn't that be a luxury??! Ask anyone whose life has been changed whose life has been saved by the communities that thrive in spaces like these across the country: if they had the means to buy a building outright, get it up to code, and throw incredible shows without fear of repercussions from the neighbors or police, believe me, they'd jump at the chance. Try finding a corporate investor that wants to donate a million bucks to a bunch of broke, avant-garde young artists.

As long as there's a lack of funding for unconventional art and music (that prioritizes excellence in creativity over monetary gain) at the local, state, and national level; As long as big private donors don't understand that these scrubby, vibrant spaces are as culturally valuable as the symphony and the ballet; As long as cities see underground art and culture as - at best - a cute side-note to the for-profit businesses that generate their tax revenues, marginalized people of all kinds will continue to come together to operate spaces like The Ghost Ship in less-than-ideal conditions because they're THAT desperate to find solace from the sterile, soulless, money-driven, self-constricting mainstream, to have the freedom to truly express themselves freely. That's what the FUCK America is about.

They'll take these terrifying risks because their broader society including their cities and their landlords aren't hospitable to them, and have deemed them unworthy of their support.

And until that changes, these beautiful, creative people will continue to operate these spaces on the margins of the society that's rejected them.

Like dandelions in the sidewalk.

Posted by Cat S on 12/05/2016 at 7:02 PM
Posted by Fabian Bolanos II on 12/05/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Couple In Charge of Ghost Ship Lost Kids to Child Protective Services While Living in Oakland Warehouse

I heard foregoing fire sprinklers, running water, and sanitation is a great way to get your rent down. I hope they send this SLUM LORD to jail where he belongs.

Posted by Nathaniel Talcott on 12/05/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “On Class, Race, Culture and the Anti-Trump Movement

Your opinion piece reads as if it were weighing both sides of the issue, and then decides that we should put our differences aside and move forward together. However, I think this piece is more about you than about any movement of people.

When you, as a rich college educated liberal/progressive white man, quote from four college educated men, two of them white, yet no women or trans people of any race or class, you are showing that you dont pay much attention to your city: you are yourself living in the rarefied white upper class liberal/progressive bay area bubble, within the bay area bubble we all live in.

The bay area, probably more than anywhere, is already at the intersection of race and economic (in)justice and gender. There are so many people experiencing that intersection and struggling in it and organizing around it.

To visit the example you use, "discrimination faced by Hispanic people in the Bay Area is quite different than that experienced by the transgender community." You dont seem to realize that there are many trans Latinix/Chican@ people within the bay area Hispanic and transgender communities. Do you think all trans people are white, and all Latinix/Chican@ are straight and cisgendered? What about Taja DeJesus, killed in SF last year? Which of your binary oppressions did she experience? Poor? Latina? Transgendered?

Thats one person, but if you were in touch with the bay area I live in you would know that intersectionality obviously includes economic justice for all.

"A deep fear exists among those [white people] who are being left behind economically. If the left dismisses their suffering, they're going to flee just like how once Barack Obama voters abandoned Clinton"

POC and white working class voters alike didnt turn out enthusiastically for Clinton. If you have a economically elitist neo-liberal candidate who gives lip service to POC while supporting horrifying deportation policies and war against POC in the middle east do you think many from the identity politics world OR the economy-concerned white working class would be enthusiastic about her?

"Helpfully, most debaters agree that it is risky to emphasize the distinctions in the 99 Percent. When we make differences primary, people without power are not going to progress, and the dominance of the One Percent will persevere. The only way forward is through a solidarity of the non-elite. It must be a solidarity for a common good, not of "my identity against yours." "

Actually, when you promote utopian, color blind all of us together against the real enemy of the 1% ideas, you make it harder for white people to do the work of acknowledging the systematic racism and white privilege that comes from founding a country on genocide and slavery and that must be addressed before there can be justice, economic or otherwise for anyone.

Im guessing that you may have formed some of your ideas about race during the 80s or 90s when color blindness was in vogue. Thats not where we are anymore. Acknowledging differences is productive and necessary, and choosing to work together across those differences is harder but more effective than pretending they pale in comparison to the difference between us and the 1%. *

Im a 33 year old white man who works a minimum wage job.

I dont have a high school diploma and I didnt go to college. If I can figure out what intersectionality is, you can too.

* I have a feeling that as an owner of a newspaper, a businessman and a lawyer, you are a member of the 1% yourself. Feel free to leave this part out if you print this. But keep in mind that you might not want to be speaking on behalf of the 99%

Posted by Steve Schmidt on 12/05/2016 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Couple In Charge of Ghost Ship Lost Kids to Child Protective Services While Living in Oakland Warehouse

Foodiexp75, these matters are very relevant because they give us insight into the character of some of the key players in this story. And yes, "moneyed people" do dictate rents in a capitalistic society. Maybe you should try living in Cuba, since they may have policies more to your liking.

Posted by tina2001a on 12/05/2016 at 4:11 PM

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