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Re: “With Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis descend to exposition-clogged space opera

Glad to see that this and the latest YA adaptation, SEVENTH SON, bombed over the weekend. Maybe audiences are tired of the same old "melodramatic sci-fi schlock."

I'm not sure why the Wackowskis keep getting huge budgets to make these turkeys. They haven't had a hit since the MATRIX trilogy. Maybe their movies are hits in Asia, which seems to be all that matters to studios these days.

Posted by Bill on 02/08/2015 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Marion Cotillard's raw-nerve performance makes Two Days, One Night the Dardenne brothers' masterpiece

Two Days, One Night
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. With Marion Cotillard. Two Days, One Night is a drama that tells the story of Sandra, a young woman shall have one weekend to persuade colleagues to give up bonuses for her to retain her muncă.Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, also known as the "Dardenne brothers" are veterans at Cannes. They already home two awards Palme d'Or, which is not a small thing, one for Rosetta (1999), the second film L'Enfant. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are considered equivalent torque French directors Joel and Ethan Coen Americans. This year, two or back to Cannes with their latest film, Two Days, One Night, a film which includes the distribution of Oscar winning: Marion Cotillard, watching a good movie

Posted by Elena Chera on 02/04/2015 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Why did Selma get the shaft from the Oscars?

Director Selma Ava DuVernay was years of independence director. In fact, she was chosen to lead the Selma in 2012, became the first African-American filmmaker who won Sundance funds shooting very small film describes African American Revolution Martin Luther King led thousands of demonstrators in Selma, Alabama and Montgomery, police attacked non-violent march and brutality, until finally President Johnson signed with Democrats voting rights act in 1965, eliminating literacy tests, poll taxes, minority civil rights, a historical film, very good watch

Posted by Elena Chera on 02/02/2015 at 11:34 AM

Re: “A Most Violent Year cheats to tell you about honesty

Don't you mean,. but still got it most right? Sure, Chandon cheated in the script, but to me he seemed to have written a story about a self-righteous blowhard who uses "integrity" as just another sales tool, and the person he has to sell the hardest is himself.

Posted by Mark Mays on 02/02/2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: not your usual Iranian vampire Western

Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western, to quibble a bit.

I liked the movie, but thought it was a victory of style over substance in the end. The film is gorgeous to look at, and the characters all seem to have potentially interesting backstories, but rather than fleshing those out, as it were, we are left trying to figure out what Hossein and Shaydah's relationship really was about, or about The Girl's transition to vampire.

I am so disappointed to learn it was filmed in Bakersfield, though.

And Elena, your "reviews" read like spam sometimes. And "Fellini, Lynch and even a bit of John Hughes sprinkled through music and dialogues?" No. Not even close. Ennio Marricone? Yeah. Leone? Yeah. But absolutely not Fellini, and certainly not Hughes.

Posted by AnglRdr on 01/28/2015 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Eastwood's American Sniper disappears inside its hero's unconflicted POV — a troubling place to be

SNIPER hits $200M, while Johnny Depp flops again. At least I don't have to see that awful MORTDECIA trailer again.

Maybe Depp should consider playing a realistic human being. I don't think he's done that since DONNIE BRASCO, way back in '97.;_ylt=A0SO8xDCjcVUyPoA6wNXNyoA

Posted by Mark on 01/25/2015 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Why did Selma get the shaft from the Oscars?

Oprah Winfrey will get an Oscar if SELMA wins, because she's one of its four producers.

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Posted by Mark on 01/25/2015 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Why did Selma get the shaft from the Oscars?

@Bill: You have a point, but most directors would vastly prefer to be nominated for Best Director, since the Best Picture award goes to the producer(s).

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Posted by mr. pink on 01/25/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Why did Selma get the shaft from the Oscars?

Despite two Oscars, Dianne Wiest struggling to pay her rent. So much for the good that Oscars do for careers.

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Posted by Mark on 01/25/2015 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Why did Selma get the shaft from the Oscars?

Some shaft: SELMA got a Best Picture nomination. Most directors would kill for their films to get shafted like that.

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Posted by Bill on 01/24/2015 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Roman Polanski makes a smart, knowing — and sexy — movie about a dick-led director who gets his comeuppance

How very insightful of you.....NOT. The film can just as easily be interpreted as a statement about the victimization of Polanski at the hands of all his various oppressors, including a now-forgiving and hypocritical Samantha Geimer, than it is some one-dimensional apologia.
Don't use the ambiguities of a creative work to push your specious's far too transparent.

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Posted by anonymous on 01/22/2015 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Belcourt's Overlooked/Underplayed series gathers the best movies of 2014 you didn't see

STRAY DOGS is amazing, and it looks like crap on home video. See it in the theater!

Posted by Steven Erickson on 01/22/2015 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Eastwood's American Sniper disappears inside its hero's unconflicted POV — a troubling place to be

Knee-jerk conservatives (you know, the type who dutifully report to comboxes instead of the recruiting office and use terms like "towel-head") are so pumped up about this film, they obviously missed the part where I said this was a very good film. But it is a conservative film. Adopting that worldview (and Kyle's) means that there are issues and contradictions that American Sniper ignores or leaves in the margins. If you think that's a controversial claim, then frankly I don't know what to say to you.

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Posted by Michael Sicinski on 01/22/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Why did Selma get the shaft from the Oscars?

Ms. DuVernay is right in defending her own artistic interpretation of the Selma protest marches, and interesting that Spike Lee was mentioned in the online piece.

Lee's 'Malcolm X' from twenty-odd years ago definitely had the director's own viewpoint of the life and times of an extraordinarily charismatic and complicated public figure. Denzel Washington was the perfect acting embodiment of the man through a limited three-hour cinematic examination, but the late Manning Marable's monumental prize-winning biography of a few years ago brought out all the shades and flaws that a Hollywood movie couldn't even begin to depict.

A similar in-depth book could be written on Selma and all of its main and supporting participants to further what all the 'flawed-movie' detractors claim Ms. DuVernay either missed or accidently-on-purpose chose to ignore.

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Posted by Conslor on 01/22/2015 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Eastwood's American Sniper disappears inside its hero's unconflicted POV — a troubling place to be

6 Oscar nominations film, starring Bradley Cooper in the lead role, made history as the best director Clint Eastwood launch and conquered both the weekend box office and hearts of the audience, spectacular premiere of the film marks a record for the entire film career of director Clint Eastwood. Among the successes achieved so far by "American Sniper" ranks first among premieres in January, including the third and fourth day of release. The film also enjoys the highest grossing obtained in a single day in January, Eastwood directed "American Sniper" from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the novel by Chris Kyle, Jim DeFelice and Scott with McEwen, Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller star in the film produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim, Steven and Bruce Berman Mnuchin were exclusive producers, best movie

Posted by Elena Chera on 01/21/2015 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Eastwood's American Sniper disappears inside its hero's unconflicted POV — a troubling place to be

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Posted by haoshjiang on 01/19/2015 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Eastwood's American Sniper disappears inside its hero's unconflicted POV — a troubling place to be

It seems people on the left and right are using this movie to score political points and "prove" their moral superiority over the other side. Maybe we should just discuss it as A MOVIE. Film critic Glenn Kenny, who gave it three and a half stars, regards SNIPER as apolitical.

Nobody questions Kyle's wartime heroism. But when he came home, he seems to have made up some tall tales (about punching out Jesse Ventura, shooting carjackers, and blowing away thugs in New Orleans). Eastwood apparently doesn't buy those stories, because they reportedly don't appear in the film.

Posted by Mark on 01/19/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Eastwood's American Sniper disappears inside its hero's unconflicted POV — a troubling place to be

Jane Fonda loves AMERICAN SNIPER.

Posted by Mark on 01/19/2015 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Eastwood's American Sniper disappears inside its hero's unconflicted POV — a troubling place to be

Chris Kyle is a true american hero.
Libs just can't understand how our military is opposing evil. They think we are as bad as the evil towel-heads of ISIS.
Chris was an unashamed warrior who wanted to kill as many bad guys as possible. Libs just can't get comfortable with someone of that mentality.
For an excellent review of American Sniper, go here :

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Posted by Biff Smith on 01/19/2015 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Eastwood's American Sniper disappears inside its hero's unconflicted POV — a troubling place to be

Mark, have you read Chris Kyle's book? He does not come across as a very reflective or conflicted person. Kyle divided the world into good guys and bad guys, and saw his Iraqi foes as "savage, despicable and evil." I'll probably have more to say after I see the movie.

Posted by Mark on 01/18/2015 at 7:06 PM

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