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Re: “Edge of Tomorrow excels with humor, suspense and poignancy

I really like this actress. She did a sci-fi movie a few years ago w/ Matt Damon that was also really good- The Adjustment Bureau. See it for her- Emily Blunt is one of my favorite actresses.

Posted by David B. Smith on 06/04/2014 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Maleficent fails to qualify as even a decent kids movie

I thought they at least answered most of the questions you raised in your blog post.

Here's my thoughts on them:

1. If the fairies don't need a leader, why don't they care when Maleficent sets herself up as their queen? (Angelina Jolie is fab as the vampy witch fairy.

I thought she did a kind of takeover of the kingdom as she was the most powerful fairy of them all. With her strength and anger, she did a hostile takeover.

2. Why is human Stefan (Sharlto Copley) so horrifically awful to his fairy friend Maleficent after being so sweet to her?

Stefan mentioned early on he desired to live in the castle and be king. As he spent more time away from Maleficent and her world, he was slowly consumed with greed, eventually leading him to do the nasty deed.

3. Why do three "nice" fairies (Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple) turn their backs on their homeland in order to raise little human baby Aurora (Elle Fanning), apparently as a favor to the cruel Stefan?

After Maleficent placed the curse on the baby Aurora, these fairies felt a duty to care for the child. It's the least they could do after one of their own did such a cruel thing.

4. How come, if Maleficent casts a nasty revenge spell on the baby, but later casts another spell to revoke it when she learns the error of her vindictive ways, it doesn't stay revoked?

It was because of the original spell that Maleficent wasn't able to revoke the curse. The original curse stated that the curse couldn't be revoked. Thus, even Maleficent wasn't able to stop it.

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Posted by Joe Lalonde on 06/02/2014 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Mad Men's lead man can't facilitate a fast ball with the anemic Million Dollar Arm

An informative list, Ms. Salk, but I think you misread the review. It is not an actor, but a character, whom the reviewer did not realize was intended to be Jewish until near the end of the movie. The actor who plays this role, Jon Hamm, is not Jewish apparently. At least he is not on your list of Jewish actors.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/14/2014 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Mad Men's lead man can't facilitate a fast ball with the anemic Million Dollar Arm

for future reference:
Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht.

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Posted by Jennifer Salk on 05/14/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Bears doesn't break new ground, but that which it treads sure is cute

"Not to mention insanely cute, humanized-without-being-anthropomorphized baby animals." Love it! Love the description of John C. Reilly, as well. Thanks for this review :)

Posted by Judith Posch on 04/19/2014 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Nicolas Cage moves toward a McConaughey-like rebirth with Joe

That same photo of Cage has been going around on FB for a while now with the caption, "Only Nicolas Cage could make a real beard look fake!"

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Posted by Dave H on 04/16/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “The pointless new Robocop reboot slanders Verhoeven's masterpiece

Get off Verhoven's ****! The originals, while I loved them too, are terrible films. They were filled with unforgivably bad acting, excessive violence and as much pointless action as any modern cash-grab. They would have been better had they NOT been satire. When I think back to the originals, I don't think "that was a great satire film" I think, that was a fun action movie I liked as a kid that I am now embarrassed to be caught watching now.

The new movie chooses not to make a bad joke out of the story of a man struggling to maintain/reclaim his humanity after being turned into a cyborg cop by a greedy corporation and still manages to be an awesome but more intelligent action movie.

2 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Thomas Junck on 02/15/2014 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

We can alway comment on the negative. Regardless if he was a saint or not. .right is right and wrong is wrong. Sometimes I feel the people that make silly comments as above no not actually know what it feel like to go through some type of discrimination. Your imagination can take you places that you never imagined going...so take a moment and just imagine the shoes being on the other foot...

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Posted by l.clarke on 01/16/2014 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

I knew I would find one of these condescending ass articles... It never fails when a Black Male is murdered... Like Michael B. Jordan said... Black Men are Americas Pit bulls... White folks are so fucking pathetic...

7 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Tiffany Tmiwitw Briscoe on 01/06/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

I'm a liberal, a minority, and a feminist---and I loved the movie. The female character in the film who is "treated like a prey animal" according to the reviewer, was NOT "annoying but harmless." Lucy (not Gru) shoots her with a dart because the woman was about to pull Gru's hairpiece off in front of an entire restaurant. It was a bit of comedy and it would be a fair bit of exaggeration to call this evidence of some sexist worldview.

Yes, lighten up.....including Mr. Liberal Basher up there.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by GePaloma on 12/30/2013 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Johnny Depp's Pirates schtick fails The Lone Ranger

What a load! ^^^^ Let me set everyone straight. if you loved Indiana Jones, you'll love The Lone Ranger. We laughed throughout the film and came away thinking it a shame that people weren't seeing it because of untrue, nasty reviews. this could have been a wonderful start to a series of Lone Ranger movies. Go see it people.

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Posted by Carols Page on 10/29/2013 at 2:00 AM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

While I think that the shooting of Oscar Grant was awful and caused by extreme negligence by all of the officers involved, the story could have been told at least as powerfully if the director and screenwriters had been willing to be both factually and intellectually honest regarding who Grant actually was and how he lived his life.

Plainly and simply, the filmaking team chose to make Grant more saintly than he actually was to force the audience to their viewpoint, instead of letting us make up our own minds. The director's use of provocative tropes was not only dishonest at its core, but also lousy filmaking. Had Coogler been true to both the story and his subject, he could have created a film that made a difference. Instead, I suspect that most of us will forget the film once the manipulation has leached from our systems.

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Josh Futterman on 08/30/2013 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

If you're going to use a big word like Verisimilitude please make sure you understand what that word means. Your reviews tend to be extremely pompous and self-righteous yet intellectually dishonest at best, so I don't know why I'm bothering to waste my time reading this trifling "review".

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Jinxx32 on 08/03/2013 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

"Verisimilitude is not a "Get Out of Narrative Plausibility Free" card" Yes it is, by definition. Also, if you can't handle the truth, that's your problem.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Sean Ardley on 08/03/2013 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

As a mexican who saw this film in a theater full of Mexicans in Mexico, I can tell you: nobody was offended. See, the rest of the world doesn't expect anything better from americans, so we take it with a grin and enjoy the show. If there's anybody offended out there it's the mexicanAMERICANS or whatever-AMERICANS or white-guilt people who've sold their souls to the PC apocalypse where comedic violence only ever must happens to cis-gendered, white, well-accomodate men, otherwise it's wrong to laugh about it. I suppose you didn't take notice of the main character being humiliated by dressing in drag and being assaulted by the female lead, then unceremoniously being thrown into the trunk of her car as if the role of the stereotypical caveman who knocks her bride unconscious and drags her to his man cave to commit rape was reversed. Or, you know, maybe it was just a bit of fun.

Tell me, if men and female are equal in regards to rights and social standing, or at least, we want them to be equal, why is it that it's wrong for a white female character to be the subject of cartoon violence but it's perfectly acceptable for a male to be the victim?

Yes, the film wasn't as good as the first one and it definitely didn't change my life, but it isn't an atrocity that spits on the face of society and equal rights for everyone. Good day.

24 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Rowl Hadrian on 07/21/2013 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

In some ways I agree. Steriotypes are annoying. But in the end I think I laughed once. Just not a good movie. Boring, tedious, reaching. It's like they took a bunch of shorts, added a Mexican, slapped them together into a movie. I'm not impressed. If you liked the lorax or rango you might like this film. It lacks heart. I wonder if they even had fun making this movie. Or maybe this was just a really long preview for minions comming out in 2014. Sad sad sad...

7 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by metalkingaboutmovies on 07/14/2013 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

Wow... "Me 2 is crude, racist, sexist and in entirely well-worn ways"? Seriously?

The movie was fun, silly and exactly what I had hoped for from a fun and silly movie. I suppose you *could* (and have) over-analyzed this light-hearted movie as though it was Tolstoy or Plath - but I think most people would simply enjoy the movie for what it is. Fun!

Lighten up, Ms. Johanson.

25 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Mr_Thorns on 07/09/2013 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Johnny Depp's Pirates schtick fails The Lone Ranger

Ummmmm, no. According to all reports in this film the explanation of why the Ranger wears a mask is because he is ashamed to be a white person. Awesome, If Depp and this director think we are going to pay good money to get the message "all white people are racist" for 2 and a half hours they are mistaken. If I want to hear that message, I'll watch the George Zimmerman trial or read the Colorado Springs Independent's own Ranger Rich.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 07/06/2013 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Johnny Depp's Pirates schtick fails The Lone Ranger

I don't mind Johnny Depp doing eccentric and quirky per se. After all he does do it well. But it's really misplaced in a film that I think should have been played straight. I think that one of the reasons that the Marvel films have done so well, despite their faults is that they were about heroes. Fallible and (mostly) human, but clearly heroes. George Trendle created two characters with great cultural impact in the 1930's, and both of those characters got lousy movies made about them in the last couple of years. Maybe if the Green Hornet and the Lone Ranger had been played as heroes instead of punchlines, people would have wanted to see them in the movies.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Richard M. Shirley on 07/03/2013 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

What a bitter review. The only thing I could take away from it was that hand-wringing liberals should just steer clear of the cinema if all they can do is see the worst in everything.

41 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Joshua Hughes on 07/03/2013 at 3:03 AM

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