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Comment Archives: stories: Movies

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: “I, Tonya: Catfight on Ice

Actually a good review.

Read "Hillbilly Elegy" for some further insight to a misunderstood part of America.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/31/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Molly’s Game: Poker Face

We loved Molly's Game. Based on a true story. The audience clapped at the end. Rotten Tomatoes AUDIENCE SCORE
88% liked it Average Rating: 4.1/5

Posted by Carolyn Burd on 12/28/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Call Me by Your Name: Sophisticated Gay Romance Scores

BTW, did you know that Timothe Chalamet is Jewish? His mother, who is American, is Jewish.

I mention this because the mainstream media is pathologically obsessed with exactly only one half of his background, French, and categorically refuses to mention his other half, Jewish. Even though his character in this movie isn't French - he's Jewish, and spends half the movie wearing a Star of David.

So if not now, when?

In fact, Call Me By Your Name is the rare major film where three actors of Jewish heritage (Chalamet, Hammer, Stuhlbarg), play Jewish characters in the leads.

Posted by Wendy Moss on 12/22/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Call Me by Your Name: Sophisticated Gay Romance Scores

Actors of fully Jewish background: Mila Kunis, Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Julian Morris, 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, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Dan Hedaya, Emory Cohen, Corey Haim, Scott Mechlowicz, 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, 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 Jews and/or identify as Jews: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Andrew Garfield, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, 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 and Chris Pine 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 12/21/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Call Me by Your Name: Sophisticated Gay Romance Scores

You missed the line during lunch when the Italian friend says to Elio's mother: 'You changed since you inherited this place'. The villa is hers, and presumably the money that keeps it.

Otherwise, your review is spot on. Thank you.

Posted by guill on 12/21/2017 at 2:02 AM

Re: “Gary Oldman Surpasses Himself in Darkest Hour

Churchill was, beyond a doubt, the most important human being of the twentieth Century. He, and he alone provided the moral and emotional impetus that led England to hold off the Nazi menace long enough for America to get into the war and contribute to the effort.

Russia supplied the most lives and the war would have been lost without them. America supplied the money and equipment.

Churchill supplied the leadership that started the allied resistance.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/14/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Justice League Is a Cheap-Looking Spectacle

It's a crap film with no redeeming features. Snyder has no business making super hero films. The second half does improve with Whedons hands on the wheel. Overall a complete mess and not worth my money. Rip DC

Posted by James Holloway on 11/22/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Justice League Is a Cheap-Looking Spectacle

This isn't a review... This is a hit piece. And that's coming from someone who feels Captain America: The Winter Soldier is pound for pound the best cinematic comic movie to date. Seriously... THIS reviewer was looking to hate this film. Wow...

Posted by Junck_Male on 11/18/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Justice League Is a Cheap-Looking Spectacle

This is an idiotic review. The movie is fun and exciting. Not as good as the recent Marvel movies, clearly, but much better than past DC efforts and headed in the right direction. Affleck and Cavil were good as well as Gadot and Ezra Miller. The problem was the dialogue, angst for Cyborg and Aquaman, who were played by mediocre actors. Nolan damaged the DC franchise with too much pretentious style and Zack Snyder is a so-so director. Warners made a huge mistake

Posted by Thomas L. Snyder on 11/17/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Justice League Is a Cheap-Looking Spectacle

Well, you're right about showing the audience contempt... only that it didn't come from the movie, but the critic who can easily state that fans will convince themselves they are watching a good movie ...

Only if I could do the same about reading a review...

Posted by Luis Rodriguez on 11/17/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “The Snowman: Please Inform Frosty

Sounds like they significantly changed and wrecked the book.

Posted by Eileen Morentz on 10/21/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Blade Runner 2049: Making America Dismal Again

Of course you and most of your readers don't want to explore our current situation.

That's why you go to the movies.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/10/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Loving Vincent, and Perhaps Murdering Him, Too

the spectacle of the film is at first nearly overwhelming. But, once one gets used to seeing the Vincent mode on a constant level, it is a pleasure to watch. The conjecture over Vincent's cause of death is quite plausible and the doctor's forensic analysis of the wound's initiation...not done by Vincent's hand...is very compelling. The course of Armand's journey following Vincent's path is not at all tedious...but very enlightening as drama and as narrative. All rings true for the viewer and makes this film a joy and hopefully a success in all ways for its creators. loved it.

Posted by Perry Johnson on 10/07/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Mother!: Who Are All These People?

Wow. You completely missed what this movie is a metaphor for...The Poet represents God. Jlaw was Mother Nature. The Man and Woman were Adam and Eve, their children Cain and Abel. The movie represents the progression of humans populating (and destroying) Earth (the house). We see war, slavery, religious fanaticism, greed, humans' disregard of taking care of the planet all represented throughout. The heartbeat was the wellbeing of the planet and Mother Nature monitoring and trying to protect it until she finally snapped with the death of her baby (jesus). Not saying it was a perfect movie but how on earth did you misunderstand so completely what this movie was about???

Posted by moviegal on 09/20/2017 at 7:54 PM

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