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Re: “Nearly Every Scene In New Baywatch Appears Framed To Appease Corporate Sponsors

I get the feeling the reviewer almost feels they have to rip this movie or be castigated by fellow scribes. I never watched Bayeatch but like The Rock and Alexandra. This movie doesn't present itself for anything more than it is - a light-hearted spinoff of its former self. It was simple, funny and easy on the eyes. The Rock is very likable. The other characters, so-so. Believable? Meh. But I kind of knew that going in. Can't we just go to a movie and have a little fun? This reviewer has to stop taking himself so seriously. Not every film is life or death.

Posted by blc2000 on 06/03/2017 at 7:46 AM

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

I agree with the review. There was no character arc (he shows one emotion throughout - whoa is me), nor can I sympathize with a protagonist who is unlikeable ("My life sucks so I'm going to pick a fight and beat the crap out of you for no reason.") And the ending is as exciting and rewarding as a two-by-four (The kid doesn't want to move away from his friends and his legal guardian the fight picker doesn't want to move back to his hometown, so what to do? They both stay in their respective towns and the boy lives with friends of the family. Wow, that was tough to resolve and oh such an exciting conclusion.)

Posted by Mike Marlow on 05/28/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Chasing Trane to Find a Love Supreme

Really? Bill Clinton?

Posted by Jono Schneider on 05/01/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “What Was That All About?: Colossal

You hit it right on the head. I assume the film thinks itself quirkily original when it is in fact just plain odd and unsatisfying.

Posted by Tony Film Geek on 04/24/2017 at 5:34 PM

Re: “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!: Our Film Critic Previews The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival

Damn I usually love your reviews rave or critical. But you really went out of your way to talk shit on the SF Film Festival this year. Your "between the lines" contempt was not as hidden as you may have thought. It also wasn't cute or cheeky. It genuinely seemed like you were trying to convince people not to go. Whatever you think about San Francisco in general, the film festival has always been a quality event fueled by enthusiastic volunteers, and showing quality local and international offerings. Don't be such a dick about it. You're supposed to support your local film festival!

Posted by Nick Parker on 04/05/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Terrence Malick's Song to Song, aka Blah Blah Land

Pretty sure Malick's films are, at this point. made for him and him alone.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 03/24/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Don't Monkey Around with Kong: Skull Island

Overall, predictable, Once again the 'fair maiden" did what no amount of napalm could accomplish. Alas, my 118 minutes of being young and impressionable are over - back to reality.

Posted by Allene Warren on 03/15/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Maggie Smith Triumphs Again in 'The Lady in the Van'

I've been a bit dissatisfied with many films of late, but it looks like Kelly and I share similar tastes, so I'll check this one out.

Posted by Jennifer Fairclough on 02/26/2017 at 1:52 AM

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

I wish I'd read this review before I tried to sit through the film. It was the second-worst film I'd ever seen, behind the abysmal Riding in Cars with Boys. Dull, lifeless, painful, dreary doesn't seem to explain it well enough.
I imagine it's actually quite difficult to make a movie both simultaneously boring AND confusing, but Manchester by the Sea did it. That alone deserves some kind of award. I got through about 80% of it before switching it off.
Like I said, I wish I'd seen this review first. I want my 90 minutes back.

Posted by Jennifer Fairclough on 02/26/2017 at 1:25 AM

Re: “Almodóvar Redeems Himself with Julieta

Not a single scene, in all its crayon box beauty, was believable. I had read other reviews that called it a melodrama but even then I was not prepared for how false this movie , supposedly delineating a woman's life (topic for another time-directors who supposedly make women's movies because we're such a distinct species ...remember Woody Allen?) and her guilt over, what, being mildly pissed that her husband had been bedding her friend all along and even though she knew that from the get.
I was also prepared for a bleak flick given the topic was the estrangement of a beloved daughter. But it was not believable so I simply didn't care. When it ended abruptly, I was just glad to go home to my warm house after sitting in a cold theater watching time pass.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 02/15/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman Closes the Deal with Style

Beautiful humanist movie; everything about a dealing with a sexual assault that Hollywood would not do.

Posted by Bob Koelle on 02/09/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “The Room

Finished written and directed produced movie, rich and famous
Tommy Wiseau 1
Kelly Vance ZERO

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:36 PM

Re: “The Room

You're a zaftig head.

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:33 PM

Re: “The Room

Mad-libs with refrigerator magnets on the Soul train word scrambler would produce a better written piece.

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:32 PM

Re: “The Room

7 monkeys on 7 typewriters wrote your review sucked.

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:30 PM

Re: “The Room

Who wrote this review? Tommy's less talented brother?

Posted by Chaz Room on 02/01/2017 at 11:29 PM

Re: “See I Am Not Your Negro And Pick Up Some Knowledge

Only when we know our past helps us embrace the future. Lets learn to love all of Gods creations, by all means love people first.

Posted by Hattie S. Walker on 02/01/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Elle's Belles

Absolutely spot-on review of this repugnant film. I decided to see it based on the glowing reviews I had seen beforehand that compared it to Hitchcock and because I'd always had a soft spot for well-made French films given my earlier experiences with such character-driven delights as "Pauline at the Beach," "Diva," "Manon of the Spring" and the like.

If only I had seen your review beforehand. (I came across it only after seeing the film and being incredulous that no one called this overdose of misogyny out for being what it is). The only thing worse than seeing such an "I hate-you hate-we all hate" mess, if that's possible, is seeing a such a mess that hides its ugly interior with a pretense of being high art. Highly ridiculous and shameful, I'd say.

Posted by Billbodean on 01/18/2017 at 10:00 PM

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

ONE: Your "review" reads as though written by an illiterate high-school student who is taking college writing for the second time and can only scrape together three banal paragraphs. The movie is an emotional experience with so many layers that it's astonishing you treated like a cable TV drama. You receive a D- from me. I'm nice. I didn't give you an F.
TWO: Michelle WiIliams was underutilized? You can't be serious.
THREE: You should be hung out to dry for the spoiler.

Posted by Carolyn Buckley Cooper on 01/05/2017 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and La La Land: Same Old Song And Dance

It's one of those movies that revives your suspicions that there is a cabal of film critics who have all agreed to cheer on this inept piece of film making. Stone tries her best to hold the trite, tiresome story together in the face of Goslings'
phoned-in performance and a story line that was worn to threads decades ago.

Posted by John Weil on 01/04/2017 at 9:43 AM

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