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Comment Archives: Stories: Movies

Re: “Mr. Smith, Mr. Deeds, Gable and Colbert — they're all present in The Belcourt's Frank Capra retrospective

The romantic comedy "It Happened One Night" award in 1934 with the Oscar for Best Picture, brought statues and Clark Gable (Actor), Claudette Colbert (Best Actress), Frank Capra (The best Director) and Robert Riskin (best Screenplay) .No I expected to be so nice even though I saw it gained high marks, but after I watched I can say that is one of the best classic films that I've seen. Very talented actors who look good together, a beautiful chance and give rise to exceptional directing a masterpiece. A classic not to be missed, to me that day and decorated to give me great pleasure to revad.unfl watching

Posted by Elena Chera on 01/03/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “An act of God brings a family man tumbling in bitterly funny Force Majeure

A Golden Globe nomination and won Force Majeure / Tourist, directed by Ruben Östlund, Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section and the Swedish proposal for an Oscar. A father who spends his vacation at a resort in the Alps abandons his wife and two children in front of an avalanche which is subsequently found to be one controlled. His gesture of cowardice but will change forever the relationship with the family. Force Majeure is a scary movie, a good movie to see with the whole family.

Posted by Elena Chera on 01/03/2015 at 10:45 AM

Re: “From American Sniper to Zero Motivation, our film writers (and friends) consider the movie year 2014

As for 2014's box-office plunge, the only solutions I can think of are lower ticket prices and greater diversity in the multiplex offerings. Yes, the Belcourt (and occasionally Green Hills 16) offer great offbeat movies, but most people see their movies at ordinary 'plexes. Which means all they see are mainstream studio films.

Ron Wynn got it right about "the comic book/video game/fantasy monster/frat comedy ethos fuels the constant push for the 18-49 male demographic to the detriment of all other audiences." Actually, 18-49 is kind of high; it's more like 15-34.

Considering that the studios plan to release 32 comic-book movies and 70-plus other sequels over the next 5 years, I don't have much hope for the mainstream.

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Posted by Mark on 01/02/2015 at 7:46 PM

Re: “From American Sniper to Zero Motivation, our film writers (and friends) consider the movie year 2014

Good stuff, gang. Glad to see CHEF get a mention. I saw better films in 2014, but I don't think I enjoyed one more.

Two other films I liked a lot: CALVARY and ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. I've become so accustomed to gentle, offbeat British films set in small villages populated with whimsical characters; I am, after all, a Bill Forsyth fan. The dark characters in CALVARY were sort of a shock to my LOCAL HERO-loving system -- but also kinda refreshing. And I was thrilled to see the great Brendan Gleeson get such a meaty lead role. His performance was among the best of the year.

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Posted by Jason Allen on 01/02/2015 at 7:13 PM

Re: “From American Sniper to Zero Motivation, our film writers (and friends) consider the movie year 2014

I'm hoping the YA adaptation craze ends in 2015. (Fat chance!) I didn't want to see movies about teenagers -- or read books about them -- when I was a teenager, and I still don't care about teen angst or the YA romantic triangles. As someone has pointed out, the guys in these movies are bland pretty boys with zero personality; it's like Scarlett O'Hara deciding between two Ashley Wilkes.

Also tired of movies about teen boys or girls (usually girls) who learn they are The Chosen One who must save the world. This has been done way too many times. This is "the same old formulaic dreck Hollywood keeps putting out."

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Posted by Mark on 01/02/2015 at 6:49 PM

Re: “From American Sniper to Zero Motivation, our film writers (and friends) consider the movie year 2014

"Critics, what are you most looking forward to in 2015: the same old formulaic dreck Hollywood keeps putting out."

That is so not the MAD MAX saga — crazy auteurist cinema made in a gearhead-apocalypse language than mainstream movies just happen to speak. HARD TO BE A GOD: guilty.

Posted by mr. pink on 01/02/2015 at 4:21 PM

Re: “From American Sniper to Zero Motivation, our film writers (and friends) consider the movie year 2014

The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart movie looks terrible.

Posted by WesHartline on 01/02/2015 at 10:30 AM

Re: “From American Sniper to Zero Motivation, our film writers (and friends) consider the movie year 2014

Critics, what bothered you most about movies in 2014: "that Hollywood keeps putting out the same old formulaic dreck."

Critics, what are you most looking forward to in 2015: the same old formulaic dreck Hollywood keeps putting out.

Part of the problem, people. You are part of the problem.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 12/31/2014 at 7:11 AM

Re: “From American Sniper to Zero Motivation, our film writers (and friends) consider the movie year 2014

"Most obnoxious thing about movies":

The big CGI battle climax in every superhero movie. This has become the biggest cliche in movies. Even the otherwise refreshing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY had to have the CGI battle climax.

These sequences have become increasingly predictable and generic -- maybe because work has to start on them before there's even a screenplay.

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Posted by Mark on 12/30/2014 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep make up for what's been whittled from Sondheim's Into the Woods

With an impressive distribution and longest music as inspiration, Into the Woods could become one of the most talked titles coming winter, with chances at the 2015 Oscars, the musical that shows us the Meryl Streep in the role of witch surrounded by big names in Hollywood Witch in addition, among the villains include bad wolf, played by "the Usual Suspects" the crazy roles at Disney, Johnny Depp, behind musical released in 1986 is none other than Stephen Sondheim, considered by many the most important names of the genre in the US. The winner of an Oscar and a track record of no less than eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. Into the Woods Sweeney Tood are next to one of the most praised his productions and musical composer prepare for screening new numbers, the goal being a more reliable migration to the big screen, but the desire to attract the attention of members of the American Film Academy, Oscar organizer.

Posted by Elena Chera on 12/28/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Die Hard? Black Christmas? Let Alonso Duralde's offbeat Christmas movie guide be your bad Santa

Glad you mentioned EYES WIDE SHUT, a Christmas movie that nobody thinks of as a Christmas movie. But there are Christmas trees or lights in almost every scene.

Posted by Mark on 12/26/2014 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Die Hard? Black Christmas? Let Alonso Duralde's offbeat Christmas movie guide be your bad Santa

Another film that has become a Christmastime favorite of mine: Val Lewton's THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE. There are a couple of memorable scenes (one involving carolers and the other with Simone Simon talking with a little girl outside in the snow) that beautifully celebrate the simple pleasures of the season.

And although it's not a movie, I can't get through December without watching The Twilight Zone episode "The Night of the Meek" with Art Carney. It never fails to put a lump in my throat.

Posted by Jason Allen on 12/24/2014 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Loose, jazzy Top Five a low-key advance for director-star Chris Rock

TOP FIVE is better than most Chris Rock movies (which isn't saying much), but his recent interviews have been far more entertaining. If someone released a 90-minute doc of him talking, I'd pay to see it.

Posted by Mark on 12/22/2014 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman slouches toward Eastwood

A vagabond named George Briggs to be executed by hanging, a woman of 30 years, Mary Bee Cuddy says he will release him if he will make a service, it will help her carry three women with mental health problems in Iowa to be groomed, George accept fair proposed by Mary Bee Cuddy to stay alive, the way to Iowa last cici weeks until Iowa ii route dotted with a lot of obstacles to women attract men convoy of malicious ... a movie watching with great action, Palme d'Or - Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer and other

Posted by Elena Chera on 12/21/2014 at 1:09 AM

Re: “Reworked Annie OK in spite of its sappy self

If nothing else, Annie has always been about materialism. But judging by my daughter's reaction at least, the songs will get some play. How can you diss Sia, though?

Posted by Mark Mays on 12/19/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Everyday terrors are the scariest in Jennifer Kent's unnerving The Babadook

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Re: “Everyday terrors are the scariest in Jennifer Kent's unnerving The Babadook

Better than NEON MANIACS?

Posted by mr. pink on 12/12/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Everyday terrors are the scariest in Jennifer Kent's unnerving The Babadook

Do it. Go see this movie. I personally guarantee you will not be disappointed. I saw it during the Belcourt's 12 Hours of Terror festival, and it was, far and away, the best of the films that played.

Posted by AnglRdr on 12/12/2014 at 12:50 PM

Re: “You didn't ask for a Horrible Bosses sequel, but it (sort of) works

Horrible Bosses 2 well known characters from the first film back on screen, taking them to the forefront again Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), in their desperate attempt to save the business Bert Hanson's hand (an elegant Christoph Waltz by malice absolutely delicious) Obviously, the three friends got into all sorts of trouble, otherwise it would not be themselves, but their efforts seem frustrated and humiliated by absolutely everyone . Dean "Motherfucker" Jones (Jamie Foxx) returns to the role of mentor, only to demonstrate the futility of pseudo-criminal life of three friends, but also to remove them (I think, once and for all) the uber-nice extra that long kept them in their universe innocent. A comedy delight watching you

Posted by Elena Chera on 12/03/2014 at 9:47 AM

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