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Re: “California Crude

Quit your job and allow yourself a little free time to actually watch and understand the movies you seem so keen on defaming...asshole.

39 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by itsian44 on 08/23/2011 at 9:24 PM

Re: “California Crude

I'm no critic, but this review is awful. Most of it isn't even about the actual film. I'm pretty sure I could do your job better than you

38 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by DanielChannon on 01/19/2012 at 5:53 PM

Re: “California Crude

First comment...your boner for John Huston is both annoying and irrelevant.

33 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by lemonhead on 06/06/2011 at 7:57 PM

Re: “California Crude

Clearly a review by a guy who has an axe to grind with DDL or PTA or both. This reviewer looks foolish in retrospect as this movie is clearly heralded by movie buffs as a classic, and this, DDL's 2nd (of 3) Oscar performances, is generally held as his greatest. TWBB is unquestionably a masterpiece - and this reviewers central gripe that he didn't like DDl's accent is so trivial and alone as to seem pathetic.

19 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mark Polakow on 07/04/2013 at 8:13 AM

Re: “California Crude

I was impressed to find a reviewer who isn't a Hollywood sycophant. The movie was bad. The acting was the definition of over-acting. Found the final scene to be nothing but comical in its absurdity. Seems you've pissed a lot of people off by calling out the group-think.

19 likes, 30 dislikes
Posted by Sara DeVine on 11/28/2012 at 4:22 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: “Snow White and the Huntsman

"Everyone in the film has at least one scar, especially in the all-female village Snow White visits, where the women have banded together for protection from marauding men -- the scars are ostensibly to make them less attractive to potential rapists."

DId you actually see this movie? They scarred themselves for protection from the Queen, not men. I thought it was a pretty interesting point. Without beauty, they were nothing to her.

13 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Sara Paige on 06/04/2012 at 7:31 PM

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: “Cinema Inferno

This is the most biased, pretentious and pointless review of a film that i've ever read. You should have skipped the 25 words you wrote about "Basterds" and written instead about how it annoys you that you know so damn much about film that you can't even put it towards actually reviewing a movie without comparing it to every other film that it references.

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Josh Dull on 01/31/2013 at 1:57 PM

Re: “California Crude

This review is ridiculous, you're thoughts are so misplaced. This is a beautifully crafted film with phenomenal performances and i would say that is simply my opinion but according to the likes and dislikes on these comments, I think its safe to say you're in the minority. Oh, and Magnolia was genius.

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Evan Beardsley on 04/18/2013 at 10:10 AM

Re: “California Crude

If it's so irrelevant, why are you commenting on it? Just wondering....

8 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by yoyo_guru on 06/06/2011 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station

If “Fruitvale Station” is a defense for Oscar Grant, and if this movie review is a defense of the movie, then both defenses fail utterly. If you’re going to humanize Oscar Grant, that’s fine. But Coogler’s commentary on Johannes Mehserle completely undermines his moral persuasiveness in humanizing Grant.
Although desperately sought I’m sure, not any single anecdote about Mehserle ever emerged that showed him to be anything less than human, even though was “from Germany” and “lived in Sonoma”. He also was a young man, finding his way. Much of the take home from the trial was that BART training in the use of a Taser, and in handling both a Taser and a gun, was grossly inadequate. There was not a single iota of evidence supporting the contention that Mehserle’s actions were murderous. Nothing contradicted his version in which discharging of his weapon was accidental, and that he had intended to pull the Taser instead. These are the reasons that the jury acquitted him.
As for young toughs of any color “skylarking” on BART and then (surprise!) fighting, this is an assault on the public that cannot be tolerated. I cannot imagine a single person who would not want the police to wade into this situation and settle it. Mistakes are always made in battle. These consequences of the battle remain attached to those who created the situation.

7 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by David Cohen on 07/10/2013 at 10:37 PM

Re: “California Crude

I liked TWBB, but I really like this review too. It's useful to read a critical opinion, especially one so culturally informed. The Chinatown comparisons are fascinating, especially with Huston playing a very similar "water tycoon" to Day-Lewis' Plainview.

I had no idea Day-Lewis was channeling John Huston so completely--but watching Huston on YouTube, sure enough, the resemblance is uncanny--especially considering Anderson and Day-Lewis must have hand-picked this persona. It IS worth talking about.

6 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by tybalt on 06/01/2013 at 11:49 AM

Re: “My Brilliant Collision

I strongly disagree of your review of 'District 9'. The main characters of district 9 are superbly established and then, in turn, superbly tested. Seeing this film I knew exactly what kind of people these characters were very early on. As for the references to past and present day South African culture and history, the film is a political satire and the best fiction and design inspiration comes from what we know and from our culture or indeed, the cultures of others. Even if you dislike certain genres of film, it's your job to review them without bias.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Chris H. on 09/02/2011 at 9:46 AM

Re: “3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets Is Provocative

Michael Dunn is in prison for life. He can appeal all he wants. He can yell all he wants. He murdered a 17 year kid. He endangered the lives of the other 3. He's a violent racist that needs to stay in prison. He committed a hate crime and he gotta pay for his actions. He needs to take personal responsibility. Cause even white people got ratchedness about themselves, cause I've seen and experienced it on many occasions. Racism exists, hate exists, and we must not allow white supremacy to run a muck with impunity any longer. No more.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Orlando Coombs on 07/22/2015 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Jurassic World: Bigger, Scarier, Not Necessarily Cooler

Spielberg's movies would be so much better if he had any clue how *real* people, especially children, actually talk to each other or behave ...

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Miles Monroe on 06/12/2015 at 11:10 AM

Re: “The Room


5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Maht Hajj on 04/15/2013 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Argo

No, it's really not a far-fetched popcorn-patriotic flick at all. And, in fact, more than a little blame for the incident is laid on the US for harboring the Shah who had committed atrocities against the Iranian people. That aside, at it's heart, it's just a really good story. And even more remarkable because it's based (however loosely) on true events.

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Kathy Clark on 10/14/2012 at 9:52 PM

Re: “The Imitation Game

Solid historical drama?! Maybe you should read a little more about Enigma and who really broke the code before making those statements. I mean really, read up.

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Monika Cimolin on 02/15/2015 at 10:11 PM

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