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Comment Archives: stories: Film

Re: “Cracked ice: Mr. Popper's Penguins

All screen geeks should go see Kal's 510 hero's journey over at

Posted by SuperCreme on 06/16/2011 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Leave it to ... :The Beaver

Yes - great movie and Mel is a dynamic performer. Simply put, there is no one out there that has his presence and can make things work onscreen the way he does. Maybe I am projecting too much, but Mel really seems to want to better himself. The guy grew up in a screwy environment, he's an alcoholic and bipolar - lots of hurdles to try and overcome. None of his actions come across to me as someone who truly feels in his heart what he blurts out in times of distress.

Posted by Sunshine on 05/20/2011 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Leave it to ... :The Beaver

Yes! This was a good movie! I hope it was therapudic and some what true to life for Gibson in the characters ability to return to his old self and pick up where he left off to grow. I always loved his movies, and he seems like such a nice (though lately troubled) guy, it's nice to see him back up and at it again, instead of going the Charlie Sheen route. To me those tapes and drunken statements represent a rough time in a private life I know damn little about, not an overall picture of a person. Always found it funny Hollywood damns Mel Gibson and "forgives" and even championizes Roman Polanski, whop drugged and raped a 13 year old girl, but I'll get off my soap box.
It's just nice to see Gibson seeming to rise above it. Lead the way man. And Jodie foster did a damned good job directing, wow. It was interesting, awakening and... fun, the way movies used to be.

Posted by Jack21 on 05/19/2011 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Joe Wright, so wrong: Hanna

Excellent review. Why this film (or anything Wright has done for that matter) gets respect from critics who should know better is beyond me. You really nailed the movie's core follies. Thanks.

Posted by lit_scribbler on 05/05/2011 at 2:25 AM

Re: “Not so fast ... : Fast Five

No doubt the "bro" morality is deeply troubling.

The post-modern "it's all relative" has been replaced by "it's all relative as long as it benefits me". It's a very selfish ethic.

Posted by Zen on 05/01/2011 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Teen wolf too: Red Riding Hood

Amanda Seyfried can't hold a candle to Kristen Stewart, which will be adequately proven with this movie's receipts at the Box office. Btw, congrats on a review which is an outlier and therefore irrelevant.

Posted by Pete says on 03/10/2011 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Movie picks

We saw Barney's Version yesterday, at Kimball's. AWESOME story. I won't spoil it, but at the end of the movie a 30-year old mystery is solved. Pay attention to everything in the story and you will solve the mystery too. HIGHLY recommend this movie.

Justin Strout is not worthy of rating films, he's a MUSIC reviewer. Pay NO attention to what's stated above. Read his bio on Yahoo, he was an "office assistant" in Hollywood.

SEE THE MOVIE, it's well worth it, and Kimball's is always a great place to patronize.

Posted by OldCrank on 02/27/2011 at 1:53 PM

Re: “The money pit: Inside Job

So, why isn't this movie listed on their "showtimes" menu? When is it showing at the theater?

Posted by boomer47 on 12/20/2010 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Graphic novelty: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.


Posted by salman on 12/13/2010 at 5:02 AM

Re: “The wizard and my grandpa

What a moving, well-crafted story! We want to hear more from this writer. Sheri Lutz

Posted by Book Maven on 11/20/2010 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Bait and bombs

Could someone please keep MaryAnn Johanson away from martial arts movies? Her contempt for even the concept of them and assumptions of over-testoneroned fans prevents a fair review of them as she casually consigns any and every one of them to the trashbin. See her Karate Kid review for an example of a very good movie that she barely watched and what she saw was jaded with her preconceptions.

Posted by albanaeon on 11/19/2010 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Bored of director: Fair Game

Too harsh on the director. This is his best work so far, stylish and controlled. Of course, Watts and Penn are superb and both deserve to win the Oscar award for their performances here.

Posted by steandric on 11/18/2010 at 5:34 AM

Re: “Face-plant: The Social Network

This movie has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the Indy doesn't recommend it?? Seriously?…


Posted by _bex on 10/13/2010 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Lies, damned lies and "intelligent design'

I write a little text that try to answer some of the clumsy answered creationist questions using the INDUCTION concept like in physics. Please see here:…

Posted by ruiseixas on 10/02/2010 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Face-plant: The Social Network

Justin isn't even a serious singer. Now he is talking about being an actor? He used the term, "SERIOUS ACTOR"? Write a screenplay, Justin. Get a supporting role with more lines. Producers don't even want you to speak when you are starring in their commercials.

Thomas Chi
Selling Sex to U.S. Senators

Posted by ThomasChi on 09/30/2010 at 1:41 AM

Re: “Hallmark moments: Get Low

Nine paragraphs to say I didn't like it? Must be paid by the word. Be honest, how many knew what a Dobro was, I'll confess I had to look it up. So, I guess I learned something in addition to the fact that the reviewer did not like the film. At least I think he didn't like it. There is nothing like clarity in the written word.

Posted by Rottresq on 08/30/2010 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Hallmark moments: Get Low

Someone's bitter, and didn't even pay to see it.

Posted by WriteNowSue on 08/26/2010 at 4:37 PM

Re: “The art of war: Restrepo

I saw Restrepo in a unique situation. I was at the theater with about 20 young men who were assigned to and fought at Restrepo. After speaking with them, I found that they were the one's that closed Restrepo in April of 2010. Watching this movie and hearing their comments and commentary during the movie was much more then just watching a documentary. They recognized and felt the emotions that the soldiers on the screen were feeling. They'd laugh at simple things that unless you were in the military at some point in your life, you probably wouldn't see the humor in it, and when a soldier died,,,well they were as quiet and somber as would be expected out of respect and the true feelings of losing a brother. Losing a member of your family hurts all of us, losing a brother in war hurts not only your person, but leaves a void in you that can only be held in, you each deal with it in your own way and on your own terms. No one can take that from you. No one. The movie gave people that will never see war a small glimpse into the war that no other movie has given. But just a small glimpse. What all these men, these brothers went through and are going through will never belong to anyone else but them. We owe allot to these young men and women serving now. Many sacrifices made on a daily basis go unheard and it's just part of the job. Whether you do or do not support this war, recognize that all our military is a volunteer military and these men and women answer the call on behalf of all of us. Many of your children will never have to go to war because there are those of us who have answered the call so they wouldn't have too. From a Veteran with two son's still serving and one in Afghanistan now. My respect to all who have served and are serving now.

Posted by jpap624 on 08/15/2010 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Draggin tat-two: The Girl Who Played With Fire

I haven't seen either movie, but I have read both books within the last month. The 2nd book in the series - the girl who played with fire - is also loaded with violence, lacks the back and forth of the two main characters and ends abruptly with the assumption the reader will pick up the third in the series - the girl who kicked over the hornets nest - I won't - I was very disappointed with book #2. I am planning on seeing The girl with dragon tattoo - but not The girl who played with fire. So I guess the movie, for the most part, followed the books flawlessly.

Posted by flizz on 07/25/2010 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Monster dreams

Please do not use the misnomer "hazing ritual." There is not "hazing" in a sorority or fraternity ritual. A "ritual" is a beautiful ceremony handed down from the founders and is a way to welcome new members into the group. It honors them in a dignified fashion with no hazing.

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Posted by sue wilson on 06/30/2010 at 8:36 AM

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