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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: “Do Not Resist This Film

Meet director Craig Atkinson after the 7pm show on Saturday, October 22 at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood.

Posted by Melissa Hatheway on 10/19/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Do Not Resist This Film

Food for thought indeed!

Posted by Tony Daysog on 10/19/2016 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Zero Days: As the Worm Turns

Alex Gibney is hardly the one to "dig up" the cyberwar scare. There have been numerous documentaries on PBS about it. They have discussed Stuxnet at length.

This topic per se is not just an outrage movie - it's about life now.

While online data leaks affects consumers, businesses are now incredibly concerned about cybersecurity both for their customers as well as protecting their proprietary info. The utility industry is paranoid (but should be more so) about infrastructure attacks.

Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve has already called cybersecurity the number one threat to the U.S. economy.

This is all far more important than the Repblican witch hunt on Hillary's email server.

The number one country in state on state cybersecurity is China.

The Bangladesh Bank attack threatened to create havoc in all of the world's banks, and we do not really know yet who the attacker is.

While Eastern European and Israeli and Argentinian hacker companies have decades of professional hacking under their belts, they will never be as fully funded as state hackers who have unlimited budgets at their disposal.

We weren't the first to launch an attack and we won't be the last (with Stuxnet)...

Posted by Pam Strayer on 07/08/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “'Therapy for a Vampire,' This Year's Finest Freudian Horror Comedy

I saw this last weekend based on this review; the movie was a funny and enjoyable time. Great for dates!

Posted by Lisa Emily on 06/30/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Take a Dip into 'Hockney'

I thought this movie was a bit of a failure. After seeing Hockney's stunning recent work at the Deyoung last year, I kept hoping, through this VERY long documentary full of a lot of repetition and meaningless trivia (IMO), to hear something of Hockney's current thinking. But nope, the end of the film barely hints at Hockney's latest works. Many of the pieces at the recent DeYoung show were monumental, some of the most stunning art I have seen in years and the most stunning stuff was video paintings. The film shows, only in passing, that Hockney began to use iPads but never addresses the deep scope of what Hockney was doing to create the stuff I saw at the DeYoung.

But we heard ad nauseum about his best friend. And we saw voyeuristic hints of his sexual partners, which only should be included in terms of how he integrated his sexuality into his art.

A lot of this film was a snore. And Hockney is still alive. Why not have some contemporary footage of him talking about what he is doing NOW?

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 05/30/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “About a Boy

"Ghibli's righteousness has grown tiresome"

What are you even talking about? Only Yesterday is a 25 year old film. They weren't even remotely big or well known around the world as they are now. And even so, why shouldn't they be righteous? They've totally earned the right. You're sarcastic tone doesn't make any sense because Ghibli has produced equal amounts of slice of life films in contrast to their fantasies. Because animation is more than that, and always has been. And while Hosoda is a competent director, this is far and away from being close to his best work. Wolf Children and TGWLTT were far superior films. Only Yesterday displayed immensely admirable themes of growing up and accepting your mortality, so I'm not quite sure why you feel Ghibli (and Pixar, for that matter) needs to "take note" of a film with morals that have been done countless times over already.

"Boy-Beast is told from a strictly male perspective, generally a rarity in animated family movies these days"

Um, no. It really isn't. Are you just genuinely dense or what?

Posted by Josh Leitzel on 05/23/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Welcome Back to 'Dragon Inn'

Jessie, Dragon Inn played Landmark's Shattuck May 6 thru 12, 2016, as an Exclusive Engagement -- meaning one week only, and that the film will not play elsewhere other than Landmark. So I'm afraid your chances to see it on the big screen are slim and none right now. I apologize for not noting the "one week only" proviso in my review. I guess the best approach is that if you see a review or ad for a movie you might like, go out and see it immediately. It will probably only stay in the theater for a short time.

Posted by Kelly Vance on 05/23/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Welcome Back to 'Dragon Inn'

I cannot find it in the theaters! It says it opens Friday in the May 5 EBX where your review appeared...but where??? Has it disappeared so quickly?? Where did you see it? My friend and I would like to see the digital remaster on a huge theatre screen. We have never seen this movie, although my friend is a martial-arts movie fan. I can't find it in your current movie listings or on Fandango.

If it is too late (it is now May 19) can we find it in Netflix online?

Posted by Jessie West on 05/19/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Lost Highway

Mike Yarmouth: Are you confusing Hank with his racist son, Hank, Jr? From what I have read, Hank Williams (Sr) was not particularly racist, although he was a white man of his (benighted) time and place. According to The Hank WIlliam Reader (ed. Huber, Goodson & Anderson), he was never quoted ever saying anything about race... except that he was proud to claim that the only musician he ever learned from was a black man, Rufus Payne, whom he "followed around" and played with when young. There is interesting analysis of their relationship in the "Reader" book, but he sounds if anything less racist than other whites there/then, not more so.

Posted by David Herzstein Couch on 04/02/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Grin and Bear It

Nothing complicated? The Revenant (2015) is second to the most recent of the REVENTS. No complicated; Jeez!

Posted by Nolan Hofstadter on 04/02/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Lost Highway

He was a racist...did they get that part correct?

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 04/01/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “LA Eats Itself

One of the reasons Jonathan Gold is so great is that he covers broad spectrums of geography, cuisine and price. He is generous with his advice and dedicated to what he does.

Posted by Debra Sarver on 03/29/2016 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Upstairs Downstairs

Thank you for writing one of the only critical reviews of this movie. I have rarely left a film so infuriated by the story. After taking out several weddings, a few hospitals, and who knows how many other innocent people in drone attacks around the world, we are meant to believe that one little girl selling bread can cause a global crisis of military morality. It is palpably ridiculous and the fact that this film is being hailed as a complicated exploration of modern day warfare is further proof of how clueless audiences are about how modern day warfare is exercised every day. I am stunned by the reactions this movie has received...

Posted by Kirk Branch on 03/22/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “'Victoria' Casts a Certain Spell

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