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Re: “Open Minds

Looking forward to seeing Food Evolution.

Posted by Sandra J Ruch on 09/21/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “We All Float

Thanks very much, aztecanm! I promise I'm not quite as creepy as I seem!

Posted by Jared Rasic on 09/17/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “We All Float

Well done!!! Great review!!! Even though I hate horror movies that are "too real" and avoid them like The Plague, I do appreciate someone who can make sense of why the genre even keeps going, and > has the balls to reasonably explain why he might crazily take his KIDS to it, too?! Heck, yeah. Don't invite me to your house!!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by aztecanm RB on 09/15/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “War Games

Great review.

The true brilliance to me here is you never see a German. He did a "Jaws." Played with hints of existence. The machinations of war are there sure, in planes and torpedoes primarily, but never a human face. The enemy was always a moment away, never truly there, never seen or in your face. Lurking. Present. Any moment, you know, in your bones, ready to strike. Many times heard before seen. Which was such a brilliant choice. Giving characters time, so much time, to prepare to die.

This whole film was a phenomenal achievement. It's the closest any movie has ever come to making an audience truly feel what an historic wartime event was like, I thought. It's what Saving Private Ryan did with its first half hour or so. But Nolan did such a better job of keeping character perspective clearer than in Ryan's opening, which allowed the audience (me) to buy into the narrative and experience the ride, instead of merely observing it. I think this is right up there with Platoon and Full Metal Jacket.

Posted by Nicholas Saraceno on 07/29/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “The Good Daughter

An incredibly moving story, beautifully filmed, and told with heart and soul. I saw it in Dallas and had time to meet Rebecca and Nicholas afterwards. It's not about the bike, although they do play a role. It's a journey of discovery and reconciliation. It's a story that probably could not have been told by a man. Nicholas did a wonderful job. Highly recommended. Don't miss it.

Posted by jm_in_TX on 07/19/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Illegal Aliens

What has the word "Illegal" have to do with this article? This sounds like a slam on undocumented workers as some how being from another planet. Rather stupid head line.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mayme on 06/07/2017 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Gigantic

"This is the "Citizen Kane" of giant monster movies. What a time to be alive." "...I realized I was watching one of the best movies of the year."??? This film is kind of fun and certainly an original vision from the very gifted director Vigalando, but underneath all that surface satire and pretentious social commentary, this film is just another entertaining popcorn movie. Even mentioning "Citizen Kane" and "best film" in this review leads me to believe you need to lay off the MSG and THC and go back and watch "Jaws", "The Host", "Alien", "King Kong", "Troll Hunter". "The Thing", "Pan's Labyrinth", Hellboy", and dozens of other monster movies as well as looking at this year's "I Am Not Your Negro", "Logan", "Get Out", "The Lure," "I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore" and about ten other film's better than this quirky convoluted concoction. "Colossal" is good and fun, but seriously....please go refresh your memory on some of the best films ever made and educate yourself on cinema, before you write any more silly and insulting opinions on one of the most difficult crafts known to man. "Perfect" and "Hathaway" in the same sentence lost all the credibility at the beginning of the review anyway. You can do better than this.

Posted by Derek Sitter on 05/17/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Shell Games

That Wild Wild West spider scene was epic, how dare you?!

Posted by Jeff_Jeff_Jeff on 04/25/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “I Am With the Force, the Force is With Me

I'll get my only problem out of the way first - I absolutely disagree about the score, as good as it was. But that's by and by. I generally agree with the rest.

But what I really liked about your review, is that the characterisation point you made has helped me with something here.

Since December, I have been trying to work out why, objectively I know Rogue One is the better film but my heart prefers The Force Awakens. It's not that the latter has similarities to A New Hope, because I am too aware of that (albeit it's nowhere near as bad as some people would have us believe) and thoroughly enjoyed that Rogue One had an overall different feel. No, it's because at the end, I too cared more about Rey than Jyn, and so on.

Looking at it from the flip side though - as I often try to do in pretty much everything in life - I suppose I always suspected that the characters wold die at the end of Rogue One. Whereas with Rey and co, I am excited to see where their journey is headed, so death held little fear for those characters; other than the almost anti-climatic yet oddly enjoyable random return of Poe Dameron, of course!

Ultimately I love both films and I'm not even sure it's entirely fair to compare them, as the restrictions on Rogue One and the inevitable nostalgia of The Force Awakens (albeit some of it didn't need to be there; I don't suppose Rey needed to be on a sand planet, and I'm really not convinced there needed to be another super weapon) create their own advantages and disadvantages. But yes, your point about characterisation definitely helped me sort that out in my head, so thanks for that.

Bottom line is that Star Wars is darn exciting again for many of us :)

Posted by PhilKimbo on 02/12/2017 at 12:13 AM

Re: “Flicks that Ripped

Best movie I saw was "The Greatest Story Never Told". It's on YouTube.

Check it out.

Posted by )))Bend((( on 12/31/2016 at 12:28 AM

Re: “I Am With the Force, the Force is With Me

Carson -- Of course this is all subjective... but I'm kinda partial to Yoda's theme too...

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 12/27/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “I Am With the Force, the Force is With Me

Agree with everything, but best score since the first? Surely Empire Strikes Back has a better soundtrack, no? Han and Leia's theme, Yoda's theme, the rebel fleet theme at the end, not to mention the Imperial March.

Posted by Carson on 12/24/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “The Good Stuff is Here

Thanks for weighing in, Wittier!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 12/23/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The Good Stuff is Here

Live by Night.

Has a good look from the commercials. I really like movies Affleck directs. Reminded me of Miller's Crossing. I'm a bit concerned about 3 female leads. It's a gangster movie. See Miller's Crossing.

Posted by Wittier on 12/18/2016 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Night Moves

Call it what you will @FG, but thanks for being a loyal reader!

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 12/15/2016 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Night Moves

Anti-White rape propaganda at its finest.

"The segment where the family is tormented by the rednecks on a lonely Texas highway is almost unbearably tense and horrifying. The worst thing you could imagine happening comes to pass and, even though you see it coming from miles away (just like the family does with the headlights of their attackers), it's still deeply unsettling to witness."


Rednecks! And they rape women! Lol. Is this what consitutes a "challenging work of art"?

Posted by Fashy Goy on 12/15/2016 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Closed Encounters

Actually I *am* in said middle ground! Having read the short story before seeing the movie I admire the valiant attempt making the latter - but must still state that the source material moved me so much more.

Posted by Dan Fischer on 11/24/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Somebody's Watchin' Me

"Whether you think [Jared Rasic] he is a master provocateur and [movie critic] or just a blowhard, there is no denying that he is capable of creating quite a reaction."

For a more measured and serious look to Oliver Stone's "Snowden", consider David Walsh's analysis. Walsh has also written on the live broadcast interview with Snowden.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/17/snow-s17.html

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/20/snow-s20.html

Posted by Paula on 09/29/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Land of the Free, Home of the Blame

You may profit from reading this marvelous review of "Sully" by Joanne Laurier. Indeed, your readers might enjoy seeing her reviews alternate with Mr. Rasic's efforts. Jared would no doubt appreciate a break from writing.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/28/sull-s28.html

Posted by Paula on 09/29/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Morality Fail

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