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Re: “California Crude

Opinions are, by their very nature, subjective. Therefore the opinion of this reviewer is as valid as any.

But I just cannot agree. Whilst I am yet to be introduced to the Huston character to which the reviewer refers, and perhaps if I had seen Chinatown the similarities between Plainview and Huston would become apparent, in isolation I found Daniel Day Lewis' performance to be utterly enthralling.

To me, the movie was a wonderful depiction of two very opposite people who ultimately descend into the same madness brought about by their own peculiar manifestations of greed and grandeur.

Therefore I have less of a problem with the review, and more of a problem with those commenters who state that people only liked it because they were told to. Errrr, no! I personally watch very few films, finding most of Hollywood's offerings formulaic and unoriginal.

In my opinion the same cannot be said for There Will Be Blood.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Xyzzy Frobozz on 07/02/2014 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia

I just saw it here in DC. Interesting way of doing a biography narrated by the own persona !!! Love it !!!

Posted by Guto Galvão on 06/11/2014 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Wag the Guccis

Brian De Palma, Warren Beatty, Michael Mann, David Mamet, Alfonso Cuarón, Jonathan Demme, and Sean Penn are tyros? Wow.

Posted by David Crow on 05/25/2014 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Palo Alto

thanks for a class-based review

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by John Tango Iversen on 05/16/2014 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Under the Skin

Ha ha, good one. You've got a point there. But sometimes emptiness can be refreshing.

Posted by Kelly Vance on 04/17/2014 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Under the Skin

the only interesting thing about this movie is that it depicts on screen what is actually happening to the audience; suckers lured in by a pretty face only to get quagmired in timeless gelatin of emptiness.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by rene alvarez on 04/17/2014 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Cesar Chavez

" even remember to pay tribute to the Filipino manongs in Delano whose labor actions dovetail with those of the NFWA."

DOVETAIL??? Larry Itliong and the AWOC started the Delano Grape Strike. Chavez had to be convinced by Itliong and Huerta to join. I am certainly a fan of Cesar Chavez, but Filipinos started the farm worker movement in California, and they deserve more than "tribute." Please read Carlos Bulosan's _America Is in the Heart_. It deserves its own movie!

Posted by Hali Um William on 04/04/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “The Wolf of Wall Street

Using 500 times the word 'fuck' is a bore, over the top and speaks for itself. No plot, plain vulgair and decadence, the right movie for the pauper

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by John Smith 2 on 03/16/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “California Crude

This movie was aweful. Super boring and extremely bad character development. A mater piece? More like a piece of shit.

3 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Alexis Laperrière-Vanier on 03/05/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “The Wind Rises

'The Wind Rises' can be seen as a bookend film linking back to Miyazaki's original nuclear warning epic 'The Valley of the Wind.' You may not like Jiro as a sort of Japanese WWII apologist, but let us not forget which country actually dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and which American company (General Electric) helped build a purposefully faulty Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Miyazaki points out what we are losing while reminding us we're all in this current nuclear nightmare together.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Nicole Berg on 02/28/2014 at 5:58 PM

Re: “The Wind Rises

Now that he's retired he probably prays at Yasukuni shrine on the weekends.

0 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Vince Rubino on 02/27/2014 at 11:02 PM

Re: “The Invisible Woman

Great sub title! Definitely a movie I don't mind missing :>)

Posted by Sandy Schmidt on 02/02/2014 at 3:55 AM

Re: “Her

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2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Editor on 01/25/2014 at 8:24 PM

Re: “The Wolf of Wall Street

I saw this movie tonight and totally agree with the crtitic, it stunk. How many drug fueled orgies and selfish immoral acts must be overdramatized to get the point, at least 40 minutes too long. DiCaprio complimented MS at the GG awards for his depiction of "real" American life, that alone should show how out of touch he and all Hollywood is with the struggles of average Americans and how ingrained immorality is on the Hollywood scene.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Stephen Stark on 01/14/2014 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Her

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2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Editor on 01/11/2014 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Her

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3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Editor on 01/11/2014 at 7:59 AM

Re: “The Wolf of Wall Street

You sir, should not be writing about cinema. Go finish your novel and then eat it and get a very sore tummy. The world is beyond you. Retire.

11 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Keith Saunders on 01/09/2014 at 9:56 PM

Re: “The Wolf of Wall Street

It is an entertaining and clever portrayal of the nature of young aspiring businessmen, and demonstrates an addiction to monetary benefits. Leo captures the "never enough" aspect of young money through the affair and deciding to stick with the company.

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by John Roberts on 01/08/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “The Wolf of Wall Street

Funny thing that you would describe a movie like Parkland, who was probably the most empty film of the year "a fascinating docudrama", and consider The Wolf of Wall Street to be empty.

18 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Jonathan Maes on 01/04/2014 at 1:25 AM

Re: “California Crude

I like this review because it's witty and bold. It's fun how some of the commenters here hate you. That means this movie has a loyal ignorant fan base.
I just watched the movie, there's a lot that I've missed, altough statistically much less than the average commenter here.

Finally I want to congratulate you for your review, I wish one day to be able to review movies, or any other form of art for that matter, as good as you!

3 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Francisco Pinto on 01/03/2014 at 5:37 PM

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