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Re: “Avatar 3D

I'm not really impressed. There are much better movies to see.
Cees
http://seen4free.com

Posted by Cees on 02/05/2010 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Up in the Air

Wow, this movie is depressing...especially if you are unemployed, as I am. The movie doesn't seem to completely condemn the horrible line of work of the two protagonists. And it has a weird ambiguous ending. Has he learned something or not? Is he going to change his life?

Posted by almazul on 01/09/2010 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Boyhood

Wow. I obviously missed something. I read all the glowing reviews and maybe my expectations were unrealistic. The concept is interesting and novel, but I can honestly say I can't remember being more bored. The kids just don't offer any charisma or acting ability.

Posted by Russ Roberge on 12/17/2016 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Apartment Troubles

I'm glad it wasn't any longer than it was.

Posted by Klarn Mxyzptlk on 08/24/2016 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Thao's Library

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Posted by Editor on 10/18/2015 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Thao's Library

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Posted by Editor on 10/18/2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “RoboCop

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Posted by Editor on 02/21/2014 at 4:13 PM

Re: “RoboCop

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Posted by Editor on 02/15/2014 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Little White Lies

This was SO BORING! Avoid at all costs. The handsomest actor is immobilized in a hospital bed the whole time, buried under a tone of make up.

Posted by barking mad on 09/05/2012 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Our Idiot Brother

It's painful to watch a bunch of assholes. The movie consists of a bunch of assholes and one naive nice guy. The assholes mistreat the nice guy and the nice guy suffers but it all ends happily ever after. Painful, and boring, too...

Posted by yoyo_guru on 09/02/2011 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: 3D

Wow, I think I like the harsh negative critics better than this... whatever this is you wrote. You think it's the weakest entry in the series? Fine (although I absolutely do NOT agree with you and would love to angrily rant to you why), but honestly, you're a critic, review like a critic! Where's your evidence it's the weakest entry in the series? I'm a 14 year old teenager and even I wrote a better review in my website than you!

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Posted by Bella Black on 07/23/2011 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Going the Distance


It stunk up our house, did not see chemistry between Drew and Justin, raunchy seldom works...

Posted by psychofer on 06/25/2011 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Somewhere

I wish the critic would give some practical information and say where we can watch this film in the East Bay. There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to see a film but not being able to see it. Since this is the East Bay Express, it seems like the subject matter should be about something in the East Bay. All I can find is a movie time in a San Francisco theater. I wish the critic would say which dates it's coming to an East Bay theater. Thanks.

Posted by EastBayErica on 12/27/2010 at 6:22 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: “Inception

nolan is overrated. memento is overrated. the dark knight is overrated.
that being said- leonardo is starting to look old. gonna have to start calling him leonard dicaprio. joseph gordon levitt was bad ass, and i now want to take ellen page out for ice cream. she was insufferable until i realized how sexy she is just now. juno is garbage, fyi.
but i digress. due to the success of inception we will be forced to suffer through more big budget unnecessarily self indulgent god awful rotten cinema. directed by that opiate for the masses of asses, nolan.

give me my money back. please.



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Posted by Johnny Utah on 08/04/2010 at 8:54 PM

Re: “For a Lesson in Vietnamese Eats, Head to The Temple Club

I guess every restaurant that employs Mexican cooks is practicing cultural appropriation. Come on!

Posted by Debra Sarver on 12/14/2017 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Opinion: Keep Cuts Away From Oakland Classrooms

Here's a list I came up with a few weeks ago:

Off the top of my head I can come with $20 million dollars of savings for the school district. Instead of taking $5.6 million from schools and firing over 150 workers to save $15 million, if I was on the school board this would be the plan I'd submit and push to improve our school district's finances. I'll call it plan B.

1. Cancel the lease at 1000 Broadway. $6 million/year.
Since the administration building was (intentionally) flooded in 2013, OUSD has leased office space downtown. It's a luxury we can't afford. All of the central staff can be housed at the schools that the district says are underutilized. This will have the added bonus of making school closures unnecessary. It will also leave less schools available to be turned into charters under prop 39 which will help our enrollment numbers and thus help us get more money from the state.

2. Have the state paid off the debt that they incurred but we are still paying on. $4 million/year.
During the 2003-2009 state takeover, OUSD borrowed money from the state and one condition of the loan was that the state appointed a state administrator who had sole control over our school district. When the state was in charge they ran up our debt (to the state), which are still paying off. That debt has now been sold to Goldman Sachs and other investors. The state no longer owns the debt so they can't just forgive it, but they could pay it off, especially since they're the ones who created it. We are still under partial state oversight so the district pays over $100,000/year to a state administrator has to approve every budget. The oversight also contains triggers to put us back under full state control, one trigger is not having at least a 2% reserve. We won't regain full control of our public school system until the debt is entirely paid off.

3. Stop bussing students from Glenview to Santa Fe. $1.2 million/year.
This school is the only school that gets buses. It's unfair that such an expensive service is only given to one school.

4. Stop paying for Oakland Promise. $2.5 million/year.
Oakland Promise pledges to support our kids yet they charge our school district millions of dollars a year. Oakland Promise should do the right thing and use the money they raise to provide all services to OUSD for free.

5. Stop paying the Oakland Public Education Fund for services. $4 million/year.
The school district pays the Ed Fund to provide a variety of services. The Ed Fund also runs Oakland Promise and they should do the right thing also and use the money they raise to provide all services to OUSD for free. The Ed Fund is also closely connected to GO, they were both started by the Rogers Foundation and the Ed Fund is funded by the same groups that funded most of our school board members' elections.

6. Cancel all contracts with companies connected to the same groups that funded school board members' elections. Start with 3 companies connected to New Schools Venture Fund, Amplify, Revolution Foods, and Education Resource Strategies. $1.5 million/year.
New schools venture fund and its offshoot educate78 are one of the biggest funders of GO and have been the lead investor in many of the companies that the school board now hire to provide services. Most of these services are unnecessary and were done through a no bid process. Companies and groups that funded the election of the school board should not be given millions of dollars worth of contracts. Is this even legal? The total cost of the questionable contracts is unknown.

7. Raise the oversight fee OUSD charges charter schools to the allowable maximum. $1 million/year.
We should be charging charter schools the maximum level that we're allowed, especially since they don't even help pay on our debt from the state. Currently we charge 1%, but we could charge 3%.

8. Put a moratorium on new charter schools. Unknown millions/year.
Charter schools are the main factor creating our budget problems. Oakland has the highest rate of charters in California. For every 100 students that go to a charter school our public schools lose over $1 millions in funding. Oakland needs a moratorium on new charters so we can have time to develop a plan to create a public education system that best serves our communities. Oakland needs to join a growing number of groups like Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Journey For Justice, #WeChoose, Florida Democratic Party, and now Richmond CA, in passing a charter school moratorium resolution.

These 8 actions could create well over $20 million of savings in OUSD's budget without taking any money from schools or firing staff. It's enough to cover the school board's proposed cuts plus put extra millions back into our schools. Many of these actions will produce multi year savings and could by themselves fix any structural deficit. Add an outside audit, a school board that takes their job seriously, strong internal controls, and an authentic and transparent 2017-18 budget process and we can fix a lot of the problems. The school board is choosing to cut the funding at all of our schools and fire 150-300 central office employees, even though there are other options. Please come to the school board meeting on November 27th to let the school board and superintendent know that their plan to take money from our schools is unacceptable.
#FailureByDesign
#WeChoose
#CharterSchoolsAreNotPublicSchools

Posted by Mike Hutchinson on 12/14/2017 at 3:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

You want to know what you can do to "make things right," Steven? ROT IN JAIL, where you absolutely belong.

Posted by Floodlight on 12/14/2017 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

Steven is related to my oldest friend, so I've encountered him several times over the decades I've known my friend. Rape/molestation survivors can sense a predator, which Steven is. I ALWAYS KNEW. I ALWAYS felt disgust toward this person. And sadly, I have been proven 100% right. I am sickened and disgusted beyond belief with this arrogant, selfish, delusional rapist. I'm nauseated with these accounts, knowing exactly exactly exactly what he looked like and sounded like when he was violating these women's boundaries and bodies. Because all rapists are the same. Steven, you are exactly the piece of shit my intuition always knew you were.

Posted by Floodlight on 12/14/2017 at 12:26 AM

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