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Re: “Ip Man 3

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Posted by Editor on 04/02/2016 at 2:25 AM

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: “Trance

A good film, with some layers of complexity. The OST dresses the scenes perfectly and the movie, visually, is 5/5 stars. Saw it once, will see it a second time.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by jpr on 07/30/2013 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

The movie is great. However, this review is a load of bolloks.

Posted by Hardeep Singh on 10/09/2011 at 3:46 AM

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: “Contagion

Really good. In fact, almost too good. It's so realistic (I went with an MD friend who's an infectious disease specialist and told me it was very authentic), and so scary, that it's somehow a *tad* less enjoyable. But then, I'm more of a murder-she-wrote type. I like the armchair and tea with the gory details. There's no armchair and tea biscuits in this movie. Just things getting worse and worse, the streets becoming scenes of mass destruction, until you wonder how it's all going to end. (I won't give it away.:)

The best scenes are of Gwyneth Paltrow getting sicker and sicker (seemingly without makeup, but actually a very good makeup job making her look like a normal person rather than a movie star) and finally having a LONG and painful-looking grand mal seizure while she foams disgustingly at the mouth. Then you see her face of death, which is horrible in its stark blankness, the icky foam still at the edges of her mouth. You see foam coming out of everybody's mouth in this movie who gets sick. Makes me nauseous just thinking about it. And then you see Paltrow's autopsy where they cut her skull open and it's all bloody and .... yuck!! I actually had to cover my eyes.

However, all of this serves the dramatic purpose of making the virus out to be a real villain. You really see what's at stake. It's not just, x number of people are getting sick and dying. It feels real and terrible and gross. So that propels and motivates the rest of the movie.

The acting is superb, including by Kate Winslet, whom you hardly recognize playing a hard-nosed but extremely altruistic scientist.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 09/21/2011 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Movie was SO good! It was frikkin AWESOME. Between the martial arts, fantasy, mystery and ridiculousness it was right on. Tsui Hark=the man.

Posted by Josh on 09/16/2011 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression

Great film. I drove all the way from Berkeley to see it, I can't believe it's not in theaters everywhere right now, this is a truly amazing doc.

Posted by Big Tuna on 08/16/2011 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Attack the Block

This is a great independent film, straddling the line between comedy and scifi-fi horror. A young woman from the South London projects is forced to ally with the teenage thugs who attacked her only a few hours before when aliens start falling from the sky. Wonderful performances by everyone, as victim and criminals grow to understand and empathize with each other while never getting mawkish or sentimental. Lots of humor as well, largely from Nick Frost as the pot dealer/surrogate father figure who lives in same project and Brewis, his suburban wannabe gangsta friend.

Posted by Kelly on 08/12/2011 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D

My first 3D film - and worth it for the form and content.
But alas the film if overwrought - trying to bring itself up to the
profundity of the age and beauty of the art and science.
Why bring in a whole new complicated musical score,
and story like that boarders on the self-important, even precious
at times? Would have been much better with the art and science
up front and simply presented without all the frills and curlycues.

Posted by shinki on 06/17/2011 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Kings of Pastry

The movie is reminiscent of "Spellbound," the documentary about a national spelling bee. It, like Spellbound, shows us contestants partaking as finalists in a national competition - in this case, the MOF, for the best pastry chefs of France - practicing and training for the competition in their home milieu, talking about what the competition means to them, and then, finally, arriving in Lyons and sweating through in the grueling three-day event.

The film lets you see pastry making as a true creative art, similar to architecture. It's elucidating, entertaining, and at times somewhat dramatic (sugar sculptures breaking, etc.). But it suffers from the "cringe factor": some of the people being filmed, in particular the main character's girlfriend, obviously feels self-conscious in front of the camera and seems to create artificial dialog with her SO, trying to make it sound natural. She doesn't pull the wool over our eyes and I cringed whenever she, and a few of the other characters (but not too many of them), started to "converse" with someone.

I still give it four stars for authenticity, honesty, and the shedding of light on an arcane subject.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 11/17/2010 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Inception

This movie was not perfect; I took issue with some minor areas of predictability (relatively speaking), forced dialogue and plot devices (mostly early on), and cast choices (Ellen page was completely out of place here). However, I still think it was a more intelligent and compelling film than almost every mainstream one. I kind of wish that the concepts had been explored to a much greater depth, with higher intensity, complexity, and feeling. I have a feeling that Inception was watered down a bit from the original idea to make it palatable to the masses, but you have to do that to make money (or at best, become a cult classic much later which is unacceptable to most directors and studios). The flaws and lesser exploration of the themes present in the film make it rank it more as 'good' instead of 'masterpiece' in my opinion. By my (again relatively speaking) ultra-strict standards this film gets a B or 80-85%. A very high rating for a mainstream movie. The themes present reminded me a lot of myself and my struggles to cope with the boredom of the real world, and my regression into a life of being partially stuck in dreams and what could be, rather than what is. Essentially, Inception is an outstanding idea decently executed. If the execution had been better and the themes explored much more deeply, it could have been much better.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ikons694 on 08/11/2010 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Snowtown

NOTE: John Bunting is the character. Daniel Henshall is the actor.

Posted by JoeGrillo on 03/20/2012 at 4:14 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: “GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up?

I saw the movie last night, i give it 3stars! little cheesy but it send out a powerful message which will inspire you to not be a ho no more! you be the judge go out and watch it and see

Posted by jezabel45 on 10/09/2010 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Inception

I agree with the reviewer. There are plenty of flaws in the believability of some of the ideas and the foundation of knowledge that Nolan draws his movie about dreams from that seem to just be arbitrarily placed for plot points but, the largest flaw is in his understanding of visuals being used to communicate the sensational aspect of dreams. Unlike Satoshi Kon's Paprika which inception greatly steals from, inception does not utilize visual communication to portray the difference between a dream or even the similarities of life and dreaming and how dreams and reality are blurred. Everything is portrayed in a non-visual way. He just tells us these ideas about dreams and shows dreams the same as life, and if the concept is that it is impossible to decipher the difference between dreams and waking life he does not use visuals to show that as well. Christopher Nolan just steals ideas that he finds interesting from great art to make them into his tone deaf and action-filled blockbuster. The problem is not that his movies are boring the problem is that his movies seem to be intellectual and different from what we usually see when they are just like any other action packed blockbuster.

Posted by Aedan Vadala Clark on 07/15/2017 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Beginners

Blechh. This movie is so depressing. I kept waiting for some redeeming happiness among the dour, dour blackness but there really was none. Towards the beginning, the dog says, "Tell her we're about to drown in the blackness unless something really dramatic happens right away" (or thereabouts - I'm paraphrasing). And unfortunately, nothing happens to take away the blackness. Instead we're forced to watch, over and over again, scenes of a man suffering on his deathbed (once or twice would be enough, but there is no relief from these horrible flashbacks, which keep on coming at us with no predictability); scenes of two extremely unhappy people (McGregor and Laurent), who are young and beautiful, wallowing in their unhappiness and shared hopelessness and depression; and flashback scenes (again and again) of an unhappy childhood (the only relief from the pure, unremitting, engulfing sadness is from McGregor's mother in these flashbacks, played by Mary Page Keller, who at leasts exhibits some wit). Even the dog, who is very cute and active, can't seem to escape the movie's overwhelming misery. Two thumbs down. I'm giving it any stars at all only because the acting is so good.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 06/19/2011 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Inception

What this movie was NOT about, were dreams... they should've just called it virtual reality and made a Matrix prequel or something. Nolan was just trying to buy the viewer using "cleverness", making little jokes like naming the labyrinth-builder Ariadne and the "bad-guy" Mal, but there is really to little this movie does and so much it could have done. There were so many opportunities with characters, plot and ideas that Nolan just didn't have guts to take! So, I would just call "Inception" an overrated, big-budget, pretentious, but ultimately a movie that didn't have balls....

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Burlbird on 11/14/2010 at 1:19 AM

Re: “The Soloist

While providing a great performance from Jamie Foxx and less so from Robert Downey Jr, the film is marred with unresolved subplots and lack of development. Where did Nathaniel come from? What was his relationship with his parents? Is there more to the strife between Lopez and his wife?

Posted by Critic2012 on 08/07/2010 at 9:27 AM

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