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Re: “Forget Hillary's Deplorables. It's All About the Persuadables

Nice review. Note the East Bay Express continues to support Fakebook by encouraging you to post this article in your feed. It is the first button at the top of the article. Beware.

Posted by Vince Rubino on 08/08/2019 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Poachers Are Working the 'Sea of Shadows'

Where is it playing?

Posted by William Wood on 08/07/2019 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Poachers Are Working the 'Sea of Shadows'

Duly noted. My apologies.

Posted by Kelly V on 07/24/2019 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Poachers Are Working the 'Sea of Shadows'

There is no vessel named Sea Shepherd working in the Sea of Cortez to protect the Vaquita. The vessels working there are the Sharpie, the John Paul DeJoria, the Farley Mowat and the White Holly operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Earth League is a separate organization doing investigations but does not operate ships. Captain Paul Watson - Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Posted by Paul Watson on 07/24/2019 at 4:24 AM

Re: “They'll Always Have Hydra

Nicely written. Leonard did visit Marianne shortly before she died.

He was one of the finest songwriters and singers of the sixties.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 07/11/2019 at 9:51 AM

Re: “He's Not Alone: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Quotient154: Oops. Looks like I did indeed cross up Jimmie and Mont's day jobs. Still checking on the Techina Arnold character, but Ms. Arnold's performance is terrific no matter what her character's relationship is. Other reviewers than me have called the Danny Glover character Mont's father, rather than grandfather. As for Kofi, yes, your analysis of his role is key to the plot -- but I had to shorthand my description of him in order to squeeze everything into a review. I'll admit, I wrote this review in a hurry and fudged some facts in my haste. My only cop-out is that I was so impressed by the movie that I got carried away. Thanks for caring. Facts are important.

Posted by Kelly V on 07/02/2019 at 11:08 AM

Re: “He's Not Alone: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Great review, but so many inaccurate points. It is Mont who works at the fish market and Jimmy who is the caregiver. Tichina Arnold play Jimmies aunt, not his mother. IMBD lists Danny Glover as Grandpa Allen which suggests that hes Monts grandfather, not father. Kofi isnt a tough guy. He has a change of fate in the film specifically because hes NOT tough.

Posted by Quotient154 on 07/01/2019 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Afternoon Delight

Lol definitely happy I escaped the routine ball and chain and commitments add up to ??? What it worth.. CRAP! Lol thanks for reminding me of that and it sounds pretty interesting. I wonder how the husband is going to react... for Gods sake LET THIS MAN ACCEPT THE SISTER WIFE LIFE / CHANCE FOR MUCH BETTER SEX W/ALL NEW EXPERIENCES coinciding education all be something he can work with and not against-aka sabatoge! Lol personally- I havent found a guy that can figure that part out so well see! Haha

Posted by on 06/17/2019 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Stop, What's That Sound? Only the Echo in the Canyon

Where are the women artists? Joni Mitchell lived in Laurel Canyon, so did Carole King. Do you think this is a little male dominated???

Posted by Sandra Davenport on 06/06/2019 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Hysterical Society

Yawn. Just read this old review. K. Vance!!! You're boring and what an awful review! Take a chill pill. Simplistic!!!

Posted by DDVMHYT on 05/31/2019 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Long Shot: Running Mates

"STill believes in fighting for the little guy"? Since when is greed, selfish-ness, lack of compasion, a sign of maturity? If anything is a sign of loss of soul AND character.

Posted by Antonio Robles on 05/03/2019 at 8:22 AM

Re: “The Brink: Steve Bannon Agonistes

Why do MSM (including EBE) link "right wing" politics with Nazism...memories are short these days...the Nazi party in Germany in the 1930's was also known as National Socialists party ...the real Nazis are the outright Socialists like Sanders, AOC, Elijiah Cummings, the Muslim members, et al

Posted by Marilynne L. Mellander on 04/09/2019 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Unfunny, Misogynist Anti-Superhero Returns in 'Deadpool 2'

Lol well. This shitty movie was worth watching just for the sake of reading such an on point honest review. Almost everything that came to my mind throughout the movie is all in this article. Ps. You're still too nice though!

Posted by Izabel Lanthier on 02/21/2019 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Dick Cheney Biopic 'Vice' Falls Flat

I have just seen this brilliant movie, and it reminded me how much I despise Cheney, Bush, Blair and all the other overprivileged armchair generals who sent the sons of the great unwashed off to die for a pack of lies and leave the middle east in flames. Buck Millican sums up my feelings in Alun Wesslers monumental tome Odysseus:

Letter from Sambuca Millican to the South China Morning Post of 8 July 2016, unpublished through lack of interest, so later posted on Facebook to at least reach several score friends and acquaintances:

I am absolutely sick of people in the media being taken in by Tony Blair's crocodile tears and Machiavellian word games, and then encouraging us to take a balanced and moderate view of his role in the Iraq war. If you are not clinically insane or a certified moron, you cannot deny the basic facts below, which are supported by the Chilcot report.

For months, Tony Blair followed George Bush around like a devoted underling (I don't want to use expressions like 'poodle' or 'clingy girlfriend' because I am striving to be objective and factual), averring that he would be with you whatever, presumably no matter how wicked or moronic the Americans' plans were. At the same time, Blair led the British people to believe that he was seeking a multilateral compromise to avoid military action.

Blair and his cronies compiled a heavily biased dossier of unreliable intelligence on the imminent threat posed to the west by Saddam Hussein, and then presented it to parliament as a powerful or near-irresistible casus belli. This can only be a case of either criminal dishonesty or criminal negligence. There is no third explanation.

Then Blair sent the children of the lower orders off to war and into lethal danger, without the appropriate planning or equipment to keep them safe. At the same time, he and George Bush had come up with no proper or even sensible ideas on how they were going to administer a post-invasion Iraq to prevent it from turning into a toxic maelstrom of deadly mayhem. As a result, 179 British service personnel and at least 100,000 Iraqis died in the aftermath.

I am not a lawyer, so I don't know which legal books I should consult to find the definition of a war crime. However, just a cursory one-minute look on the Internet produces this quote from Wikipedia: 'A war of aggression, sometimes also a war of conquest, is a military conflict waged without the justification of self-defense,.....Since the Korean War of the early 1950s, waging such a war of aggression is a crime under the customary international law.' The Chilcot report states that 'Blair deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by the Iraqi regime'. Blair knew the the UK was not under threat, and so he was clearly not acting in self defence.

Maybe there are some legal experts out there reading this comment. Would any of you like to advise me how I could bring a private prosecution against Blair for war crimes, or perhaps join me in taking such action?
Warren Russell, Hong Kong

Posted by Jamesjoyceulysses Transposedtohongkong on 02/01/2019 at 12:36 PM

Re: “'Blindspotting' Is One of the Most Important Movies of the Year

Why is this film not up for a single Oscar. I've never attended a film screening after which audience members gathered around the film poster in lobby and just stood there. Until one women said solemnly, "that was the best movie I have ever seen." And we all agreed.
Americans have cried out for meaningful, well-produced non-white centric films.. This film should be celebrated.

Posted by Slim56 on 01/26/2019 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Timely Remake 'SuperFly' Is Better Than It Needs to Be

I loved that abuela...My boss b hero....her walk outside was everthing.

Posted by Rita D on 01/13/2019 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

Exactly my thoughts! Just because Sundance and the Academy told you this movie was great doesn't mean it actually was. If a tortured, sad look throughout a movie is Oscar-worthy, then Kristen Stewart deserves an Oscar because that is the only emotion she ever seems to portray in anything she's ever been in. This is a movie about 2 irresponsible, selfish people who suffer a tragedy due to being selfish and irresponsible. I mean really, she doesn't want to turn the central heat on because it dries out her sinuses? Nope, just let the kids freeze. And he won't turn back because he has to go buy beer? Sorry, it's really sad and all, but totally avoidable. The rest of the movie depicts the main character's grief and guilt, but does he do anything to grow and change? No, he is just as self absorbed as he was before the tragedy. Just because he stops partying does not mean he grew from the experience. Instead he drinks and beats people up for no reason other than to briefly relieve some of his pain and guilt.

I do agree that you should put SPOILER ALERT at the top of your review, although I did guess that the kids all died after the scene where Michelle Williams is sick in bed and Affleck shows passing affection to his daughters and slightly more affection to his son. The tone of the movie and Affleck's tortured behavior, along with his mention of an ex-wife can only lead the movie in that direction.

Posted by Lisa888 on 01/07/2019 at 7:55 AM

Re: “‘On the Basis of Sex’ Shows the Personal Side of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Is this article saying Armie Hammer isn't of Jewish heritage? He is.

Actors with two Jewish parents: Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Logan Lerman, Paul Rudd, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bar Refaeli, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adam Brody, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Erin Heatherton, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Esti Ginzburg, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Margarita Levieva, James Wolk, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Michael Vartan, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Julian Morris, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Dan Hedaya, Emory Cohen, Corey Haim, Scott Mechlowicz, Harvey Keitel, Odeya Rush, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is Jewish, too (though I dont know if both of his parents are).

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Timothe Chalamet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Ryan Potter, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black DElia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Brandon Flynn, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, and Harrison Ford (whose maternal grandparents were both Jewish, despite those Hanukkah Song lyrics).

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jewish and/or identify as Jewish: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zac Efron, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Andrew Garfield, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

Oh, and Ansel Elgorts father is Jewish, though I dont know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr., Sean Penn, and Ed Skrein were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer, Chris Pine, Emily Ratajkowski, Mark-Paul Gosselaar are part Jewish.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Posted by Wendy Moss on 12/27/2018 at 3:27 AM

Re: “‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Is an Eerie, Slapstick Tune Indeed

Not sure why this review doesn't make an attempt to characterize an element of the movie. After watching the first two of this six part anthology the count of the gruesome dispatch of bodies was so high that I stopped watching.

Posted by PJK on 11/23/2018 at 12:24 PM

Re: “‘The Great Buster: A Celebration’ Is a Scintillating Profile of Buster Keaton

wait. what? What could have been worse? The doc or his career?

Posted by Amy L. Keyishian on 11/08/2018 at 9:31 AM

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