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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.

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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: “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

Re: “Rebel in the Rye Is Airless and Suffocating

Enduring masterpiece??

Enduring the way cigarettes are an enduring symbol of rebellion for imaginationless youths who desperately want to stand out but lack the talent and brains to do so. Same with CitR.

Posted by Martin Warner on 09/15/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Where's the Outrage? In Detroit.

Thanks for Kelly Vance's insightful discussion of this important movie. I lived in Detroit that summer, and it is sad to see how many of the problems of that era persist in the U.S. today. This is by far one of the most intelligent reviews of Ms. Bigelow's harrowing account of what can happen when a sadistic policeman misuses his power over our citizenry.

Posted by Shelley Diekman on 08/21/2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “A Ghost Story: Sheet Out of Luck

#rodetheirsiblingscoattailsclub

Posted by Wendy Myrhh on 07/14/2017 at 7:52 PM

Re: “A Ghost Story: Sheet Out of Luck

It's Affleck. Read up on it before you pathetically review it. Clearly you saw a different movie than 99% of the critics who loved it!

Posted by Nancy Cassady on 07/13/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “The Big Sick: When Kumail Met Emily

I thought this picture was not well written and the plot was thin when lots of nuance could have been added. And I thought the actor that played Emily was so bland that she veered into being invisible. Other than being a blandly pretty blonde, she brought nothing else to the role. I don't see a big future in movies for either of them. Comedy acts are different from film acting, eh?

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 07/12/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Manifesto: I Remember Dada

Agreed. This movie would have been better if it had told us which movement's manifesto's it drew from. Then, at least, it would be educational. But I could only recongnize a few from self refrence or prior knowledge, and the rest was like an endless, contextless pros poem, neither educational nor all that entertaining.

Posted by Ethan Davidson on 07/09/2017 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Nearly Every Scene In New Baywatch Appears Framed To Appease Corporate Sponsors

I get the feeling the reviewer almost feels they have to rip this movie or be castigated by fellow scribes. I never watched Bayeatch but like The Rock and Alexandra. This movie doesn't present itself for anything more than it is - a light-hearted spinoff of its former self. It was simple, funny and easy on the eyes. The Rock is very likable. The other characters, so-so. Believable? Meh. But I kind of knew that going in. Can't we just go to a movie and have a little fun? This reviewer has to stop taking himself so seriously. Not every film is life or death.

Posted by blc2000 on 06/03/2017 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

I agree with the review. There was no character arc (he shows one emotion throughout - whoa is me), nor can I sympathize with a protagonist who is unlikeable ("My life sucks so I'm going to pick a fight and beat the crap out of you for no reason.") And the ending is as exciting and rewarding as a two-by-four (The kid doesn't want to move away from his friends and his legal guardian the fight picker doesn't want to move back to his hometown, so what to do? They both stay in their respective towns and the boy lives with friends of the family. Wow, that was tough to resolve and oh such an exciting conclusion.)

Posted by Mike Marlow on 05/28/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Chasing Trane to Find a Love Supreme

Really? Bill Clinton?

Posted by Jono Schneider on 05/01/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “What Was That All About?: Colossal

You hit it right on the head. I assume the film thinks itself quirkily original when it is in fact just plain odd and unsatisfying.

Posted by Tony Film Geek on 04/24/2017 at 5:34 PM

Re: “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!: Our Film Critic Previews The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival

Damn I usually love your reviews rave or critical. But you really went out of your way to talk shit on the SF Film Festival this year. Your "between the lines" contempt was not as hidden as you may have thought. It also wasn't cute or cheeky. It genuinely seemed like you were trying to convince people not to go. Whatever you think about San Francisco in general, the film festival has always been a quality event fueled by enthusiastic volunteers, and showing quality local and international offerings. Don't be such a dick about it. You're supposed to support your local film festival!

Posted by Nick Parker on 04/05/2017 at 3:01 PM

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