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Comment Archives: stories: Movies: Movie Reviews

Re: “Film Review: "Gone Girl"

"He gets a phone call -- the movie never makes it quite clear who calls -- and rushes home to find signs of a break-in and his wife gone."

Nick's neighbor calls him at the bar to let him know that his cat got out. You can tell this because Nick addresses his neighbor by name on the phone. This is immediately followed by Nick pulling up to his house, seeing the cat, then waving to his neighbor and thanking him for calling. I'm not sure how that could get any clearer.

And while "Gone Girl" and "Presumed Innocent" may explore some similar themes, their respective plots resemble one another in only the most cursory of ways.

Posted by Frank on 10/15/2014 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Boxtrolls"

We brought our 3 1/2 year old to this. Unfortunately we purchased the 3D version. For her 1st 3D she did great, but I agree, I don't think we really needed to see the film in this format. She did enjoy the movie as did I.

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Posted by bbanke on 10/08/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Boxtrolls"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG9xwJFNgJI

Posted by Steverino on 10/08/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Skeleton Twins"

"positively garlanded with honors " "load of prizes" -- for 1 script win?! Exaggeration much? Whos fact checking this?!

Posted by Bones on 10/01/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Skeleton Twins"

I'm a bit confused. You mention that The Skeleton Twins has been "positively garlanded with honors from a variety [of film festivals]."

Yet according to the film's IMDB and Wikipedia pages, it's won a whopping one award (for its screenplay) and been nominated for two others. Not bad, sure, but hardly the "load of prizes" you seem to be so bewildered by.

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Posted by George on 09/30/2014 at 6:20 PM

Re: “"Calvary"

This is one of the best movies I've seen this year. Although reluctant to see it, I walked out thoroughly moved.

Posted by Ken Maher on 08/27/2014 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Lucy"

I highly recommend this movie to anyone that about we have reached an absurd result from assuming that every being is a contingent being.All empties!

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Posted by Wendy Ding on 08/13/2014 at 3:18 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Wolf of Wall Street"

I thought it was great, the "cerebral palsy" scene had me rolling. I mean rolling.
I am becoming a big Leonardo fan, after the great Gatsby, I will always watch anything he does..he rocks.

Posted by Jimzan on 07/16/2014 at 10:27 PM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

I suppose. It just seems that "ballsy" is ... pardon me ... low-hanging fruit.

Similarly, as I may go off here, "anal" and "douchey" are sharp and succinctly descript personality characterizations, but are they really "les mots justes"? I find their common usage actually inures us to their own base meanings, to the point where we forget what we're actually saying. Is evoking images of where the sun don't shine our only option?

Whatever did people do in centuries past to artfully describe a tenacious woman?
Perhaps a pop culture infusion is needed for that modern bite and genderized bent . How about the following adjectives: chaka, cher, tina, joan, rhoda ...

Fellas, if you find it diminishing to have your strong qualities described as "tina," please consider how we ladies must feel when our better traits are described as testicular. It's worth being mindful of it.

Thanks Adam!

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Posted by Kate on 06/26/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

Right. Yes, those are all words that also mean brave, but they're lacking that same (at the risk of sounding SUPER pretentious) je ne sais quoi—that bite, you know?

But I do see your point, and I absolutely agree.

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Posted by Adam Lubitow on 06/25/2014 at 3:32 PM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

Gutsy, bold, brass, daring, fearless, spirited ...

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Posted by Kate on 06/25/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

Hey Kate, thanks for the comment and I'm so glad you enjoy my reviews! You're absolutely right, and it's something I admit that I hadn't considered. It's silly, but the connection to being "manly" didn't even occur to me, I just wanted a word for "courageous" that had a bit more of a crude bite to it, since that's in keeping with the film's tone. I appreciate you calling my attention to this though!

Now I'm racking my brain: is there a non-gendered or even a female equivalent?

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Posted by Adam Lubitow on 06/25/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

Adam, I love your reviews! But as a gal reading this review about a gal in a film directed by a gal, I wince at the term "ballsy." Being brave is not being manly; it's being brave. Courage comes from the heart, not from nature's testosterone factories!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kate on 06/25/2014 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Film Review: "Citizen Koch"

wow. I post a fact, that one of the Koch bros donated $100,000,000 to a hospital in NYC and get 6 negative comments (so far). I remember watching on the news as people were protesting that gift...???????????

Imagine a world without rich people. We would all starve to death.

And BTW, a corporation IS people. Imagine again a corporation without one employee. What product would it produce? Who would write the checks, especially the tax bill? When the government increases taxes, or regulations, it's people who get laid off.

If unions can contribute to politics, then by all means a business should be able to. The union I belong to has donated faaaaar more money to politics than the Koch Bros. Much of the money the unions get is illegaly stolen from the members who don't approve of their dues being spent that way

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Posted by johnny on 06/18/2014 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Citizen Koch"

The Kochs spew hatred from their dark estates and fund the American Legislative Exchange Council, the partisan Republican group that define corporations as people and are intent on destroying climate change initiatives, environmental protections including water, air and wildlife habitat and really just about anything good in this world. Of course, their idea of goodness includes guns and the NRA, fracking, drilling, racism, Big Oil and Big Ag, Wall Street and destruction of regulations of any kind that would create a free-for-all where they feel comfortable that their class warfare wealth would prevail.

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Posted by KochsAreVileHumanBeings on 06/18/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Citizen Koch"

How do I get in on this Koch money to post pro-Koch comments?

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Posted by Kara Austin on 06/18/2014 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Citizen Koch"

This world would be a much better place if there were more philanthropists like the Kochs, more reformers like Gov. Walker, and a lot fewer crabby old hippies.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 06/17/2014 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Citizen Koch"

One of the Koch Brothers just a couple of weeks ago graciously donated $100,000,000 to a NYC hospital. These are very nasty people

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Posted by johnny on 06/17/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Citizen Koch"

"That outrage lies behind the new film, "Citizen Koch," an examination of the influence of the billionaire Koch brothers on state and federal elections."
But not apparently on the influence of liberal billionaires on state and federal elections.

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Posted by Paul on 06/17/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Film Review: "Citizen Koch"

I'm waiting for documenaries on liberal billionaires Warren Buffett and George Soros. Or maybe one on John Heinz Kerry. I won't hold my breath.

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Posted by Bart on 06/17/2014 at 6:35 AM

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