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Re: “Reap what you sow

I know of a local film submitted to the Indie Spirit that was written, shot, and shown in Colorado Springs that was not accepted. Yet this film was a finalist in the Las Vegas International Film Festival

Posted by Biff needer on 10/08/2011 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Phoenix song: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

I believe when Dumbledore indicated that Harry could go "on," he meant that's what would happen if Harry decided to board a train and leave King's Cross station, as it were, rather than going back to fight Voldemort and save Hogwarts and the wizarding world at large. That's how I interpreted it anyway.

Posted by agpotter on 07/19/2011 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Auto pilot: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I'm not sure you can call the Serpent/Skyscraper scene coherent. My reasoning is as follows:
1. Our heroes slide from nearly the top floor down to just before the building bends before they fall back inside.
2. When they fall inside, they slide across white linoleum until one of them falls out the other side and alerts Shockwave to send his serpent up to get them. (coherent so far.)
3. The serpent starts squeezing the building at the bend point and our heroes start sliding in the opposite direction across blue/grey carpet. The building is still falling in the same direction. This is forgivable if it were a reverse shot, but where did the blue carpet come from?
4. When the serpent finally squeezes the building enough that it falls with the top landing on a near-by building (creating essentially a building bridge) our heroes fall out of the top of the now sideways building to land safely on the fire escape of the other building. If our heroes decided to go upstairs in a falling building this would explain the change in floor covering, but there is no reference made to them climbing crazy sideways stairs (at least 10 flights) in the 45 seconds it takes the serpent to cut the building in 1/2.

In the first four points above I consider physics and time to be the enemies of coherence. My next two points are based on my opinion of survival instincts and their effect on coherent action sequences.

5. If I'm on a crack special forces team & I want to get high up in a skyscraper to shoot at a target, in Chicago, why do I choose the only bent skyscraper?

6. When the serpent is climbing the building, there is a quick-cut to office workers (not our heroes, but extras so someone did this on purpose) ducking behind desks and fleeing for safety. Here's my thought. If decepticons took over my city the night before, I'm not coming into work today, especially if my building is bent! I am not thinking, "Yeah, Megatron is scary, but... those TPS reports aren't gonna file themselves."

I'm open to other coherent scenes if anyone finds them, but I don't remember any.

Posted by Jauntie on 06/30/2011 at 3:30 AM

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

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