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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: “‘The Great Buster: A Celebration’ Is a Scintillating Profile of Buster Keaton

wait. what? What could have been worse? The doc or his career?

Posted by Amy L. Keyishian on 11/08/2018 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga Appeal in 'A Star is Born'

Worst review I have ever read!

Posted by John Doeh on 10/03/2018 at 4:58 PM

Re: “‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Is Most Urgent of Michael Moore’s Films

Uh, she has not yet been elected.
"newly elected U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez"

Posted by JP Massar on 09/22/2018 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Unfunny, Misogynist Anti-Superhero Returns in 'Deadpool 2'

What the hell are you saying about this movie being 'alt-right' and shit? I'm liberal as fuck and I enjoy the Deadpool movies. There is nothing alt-right about them. My boyfriend is Mexican and makes jokes about his, my, and every other race all the time. I'm a feminist and he doesn't come off as misogynistic to me. Liberals can make jokes about rape and race and shit too.

Posted by Aaris Howton on 09/21/2018 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Jane Austen-in-Singapore 'Crazy Rich Asians' Fizzles

But the novel wasn't a "Jane Austen-style comedy of manners," so why should the film be one? The trilogy by Kevin Kwan has no character development and no lofty "ideas." The novels are pure entertainment -- as is the film.

Why expect something else from a film when you're not familiar with the original books -- except to say that they "seem to have the word 'rich' in their titles"? You've written a film review with absolutely no context and no clue.

Posted by travel2165 on 08/28/2018 at 12:47 PM

Re: “How to Watch the New 'Papillon'

I was shocked at the laziness of your "Papillon" review. You said it doesn't compare to the original. But since the original was in 1973, are you relying on your 45 year-old *memory* for it? When was the last time you saw the original? Maybe you should look at it again and see how dated and melodramatic it really is. It's fine if you don't like the 2018 version, but to just toss it off and say "it's not as good as the 1973 original" means that you did not do your homework for your review. But I guess anyone can call themselves a "movie critic" these days...

Posted by Daniel Day on 08/25/2018 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Jane Austen-in-Singapore 'Crazy Rich Asians' Fizzles

I thought it was overall the cheesy/corny love story, but maybe thats what they were going for!! Its OK too!.. So Im Asian-American, & while you think we deserve a better film, I would disagree because there is so much more than recognition among the general audience. At the end of the day, a best selling author got to see his work up on the big screen, we got to laugh a little at familiar little anecdotes from my childhood: scene where they play MahJong, big families with unique individual personalities, moms being super gossipy, peers wanting to 1-up each other, etc.. & yes I enjoyed celebrating the fact that it was an entire Asian cast up on the big screen!

TL;DR, The big take away is that Id like to focus on celebrating the big/small wins for Author Kevin Kwan & the entire crew, rather than thinking We deserve a better film.

Posted by Not-So-Rich Asian on 08/22/2018 at 3:42 AM

Re: “'The Most Unknown' Is the Most Intelligent Documentary of 2018

Use your phone dude.

Posted by Freddie Chavira on 08/19/2018 at 8:54 PM

Re: “'The Most Unknown' Is the Most Intelligent Documentary of 2018

What is the name of the second song at the end of the documentary when the credits are running? Its a sick instrumental beat song. I know the first song is by animal collective. I want to know the name of the second song that plays. Please help!

Posted by Ryan Flores on 08/19/2018 at 8:43 AM

Re: “'The Most Unknown' Is the Most Intelligent Documentary of 2018

What is the name of the second song at the end of the documentary when the credits are running? Its a sick instrumental beat song. I know the first song is by animal collective. I want to know the name of the second song that plays. Please help!

Posted by Ryan Flores on 08/19/2018 at 1:27 AM
Posted by Ryan Flores on 08/19/2018 at 1:26 AM

Re: “Jane Austen-in-Singapore 'Crazy Rich Asians' Fizzles

This is an OK movie, but doesn't justify the hype that preceded it. But, I am an all-Chinese male, and I find it insulting that director Jon Chu (yes, Chinese) couldn't cast an all-Chinese male for a character who is supposed to be all-Chinese. Henry Golding is a good-looking guy, has a beautiful voice and does a good job of acting, but he doesn't look Asian. Some have said that, to Caucasians, he looks Asian, but to an Asian, he looks Caucasian. After all the publicity about doing a world-wide search to cast this movie, the selection of Golding is disappointing. The world has 1.4 billion Chinese; about half of them are male, and they can't find ONE of them to fill this role??? It's an insult.

Posted by cal7380 on 08/16/2018 at 6:29 PM

Re: “German War Flick 'The Captain' Asks Tough Questions

Mr. Montague, you are well within your rights to choose to miss one of the best films of the year, but your smug derision is out of order. Which other German film/s tell the same story or examine the same theme as The Captain? Please be specific.

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 08/16/2018 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Jane Austen-in-Singapore 'Crazy Rich Asians' Fizzles

I think it is a cross cultural movie, even though the lovers look similar. She's Chinese-American, and while Nick's background is complicated, I don't think he'd identify as simply a Singaporean American businessnan. For one, his character didn't grow up in the U.S.

Posted by Mai Nguyen on 08/15/2018 at 10:48 PM

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