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Re: “Mad Max: Fury Road

With respect - compassion has been the key to Max's character through all of the films; evidently, you haven't seen them. "The Road Warrior" was Max at his most desolate and learning to live again after encountering the community protecting the tanker - and remembering hope - and EVERY woman in "The Road Warrior" was a bad-ass; Miller was being a feminist in 1981. And "Thunderdome" was FILLED with strong women - from Tina Turner to the female leader of the lost children - and Max sacrificed himself so they could escape - sacrifice and tenderness coursed through the veins of the entire trilogy. Learning to love and connect again has been the entire theme of the series; "Fury Road" is PRECISELY "your father's 'Mad Max'" - and that is why it's so wonderful. I would advise actually knowing something about the series of films you're talking about - or at least to see them - before publishing your reviews of them.

Posted by Adam Stevenson on 05/22/2015 at 4:16 AM

Re: “Mad Max: Fury Road

With respect - you've evidently not seen any film in the series before "Fury Road"; compassion has been the key to the character through all the films; evidently you haven't seen them. "The Road Warrior" was Max at his most desolate and learning to live again after encountering the community protecting the tanker - and remembering hope - and EVERY woman in "The Road Warrior" was a bad-ass; Miller was being a feminist in 1981. And "Thunderdome" was FILLED with strong women - from Tina Turner to the female leader of the lost children - and Max sacrificed himself so they could escape - sacrifice and tenderness coursed through the veins of the entire trilogy. Learning to love and connect again has been the entire theme of the series; "Fury Road" is PRECISELY "your father's 'Mad Max'" - and that is why it's so wonderful. I would advise actually knowing something about the series of films you're talking about - or at least to see them - before publishing your reviews of them.

Posted by Adam Stevenson on 05/22/2015 at 4:13 AM

Re: “Woman in Gold

★★★★★ Having seen various reviews (mostly lukewarm to negative) we were reluctant to see this film. The "trashing" of Ryan Reynolds was especially convincing. Fortunately, we don't believe everything we read! We thought that this was a superb treatment of the subject. Reynolds and Mirran were convincing as was Daniel Brühl as their Austrian advocate. It was fun to see Elizabeth McGovern in her cameo role as judge. The Viennese scenes were superb. We recognized many of the sites from our numerous trips there. Excellent film. It will be fun to see the "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer" by Klimt next time we're in NYC. Don't believe the critics on this one!!

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bill Kuhlman on 04/27/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “What We Do in the Shadows

Your review saying "There's nothing timely about this" is pretty inaccurate. Have you noticed the upswing in the Vampire movies and TV shows lately. The hilarious documentary is a great take against the demand of movies like... Dracula reborn and about 10 others that have come up just in the last year :-)

Posted by Prashant Sheth on 03/25/2015 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Fifty Shades of Grey

This movie is degrading to women and glamorizes abuse-things like stalking or other abusive practices are not okay, and this movie makes it look like it is. Considering the amount of domestic violence rape etc. and how hard it is to do anything but blame the victim, and the way our rape culture says "She wanted it"-this movie is a nasty piece of work. However it may be framed, the message is the same. If this were a real life story, we would see this as a young women being drawn in by a predatory guy.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Em Annett on 03/14/2015 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Citizenfour

I loved watching the flashback scenes of Obama campaigning on the exact principles that Snowden espouses, and then acting 180 degrees oppositely when the NSA is exposed as liars and traitors to the U. S. Constitution.

Posted by James E. DuMouchel on 02/24/2015 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Jupiter Ascending

I haven't laughed so hard since Guardians Of the Galaxy.

Posted by Riverside Artoo on 02/15/2015 at 2:04 AM

Re: “The Watch

I AGREE. The other reviewers have no Sense of Humor.

Posted by DICKIEBATRA on 02/14/2015 at 12:41 AM

Re: “Mr. Turner

Critics love this movie; Rex Reed was seeing it through the lens of the average moviegoer for whom the movie has zero entertainment value. Whom do critics write for, themselves or the moviegoer?

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by John H Bennett on 02/08/2015 at 3:19 PM

Re: “A Most Violent Year

The reviewer seems not to be familiar with people who marry and only then discover the true nature of their spouse.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael Chiasson on 02/06/2015 at 10:34 PM

Re: “The Internship

what an idiot u are! This was a Hilarious picture!

Posted by Richie Jack Batra on 01/20/2015 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Wild

Well, it astounds me how you missed the motivation and the character DID say it: she was walking "to make herself clean." Clean to forgive herself of her past and clean to finally grieve for her mother. By taking a solitary walk or hike, don't we all do that? That's what I gain with time alone in the woods - convening with nature and a refresh to my soul.

Also, as a woman, I found the events Cheryl experienced on the trail completely relatable (from encountering potentially dangerous men to the physical burdening of a pack). I also giggled at her novice backpacking errors, which fortunately from the wisdom of fellow Green Mountain Club members, I have managed to mostly avoid.

Yes, you were immature by humming the Dewey Cox theme in your head (a shoddy movie in which she didn't even star nor did the low caliber parodying come close to resembling her character in Walk the Line.) Taking the movie from a joking perspective skewed your ability to see the beauty behind this wonderful movie.

Your review is the joke.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by schmolyn on 12/23/2014 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Wild

Thank you for the honest review. I almost walked out, but kept hoping the movie would go deeper. It never did and I too found it silly and lacking any sort of emotion.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Leah A Staffier on 12/21/2014 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Whiplash

Interesting that a film that has received almost universal acclaim gets short shrift here. Don't let this reviewer's bias against this film keep you from having a wonderful experience at the movies. There are too few quality films being made these days for you to miss this one.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Rooney72 on 12/18/2014 at 4:54 AM

Re: “Whiplash

I don't think this movie "is a valentine to an abusive relationship." I interpreted the movie with Andrew as the protagonist, and Fletcher as the antagonist. Andrew's goal for the entire movie was to earn Fletcher's approval. He did indeed do that at the end of the movie, so, for all intents and purposes, the villain won. Andrew did become a better drummer, but did he become a better person? I would say no, because he became arrogant and selfish (he left his girlfriend to further his drumming). The relationship was abusive, and Fletcher was manipulative and vindictive. Nevertheless, Andrew worked to win his approval. I believe the film leaves it up to interpretation whether his experience with Fletcher made him a better person. I say no.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Colin Tucker on 11/24/2014 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Whiplash

Loved it. Have seen it twice now and highly recommend it.

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joe Murgia on 11/21/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Whiplash

The reviewer writes: "What they don't traditionally do is undergo the ludicrous levels of physical and psychological mistreatment depicted here." Actually, the director said in an interview that his film was mostly autobiographical. In fact, this kind of abusive relationship is rampant in competitive sports and music programs all across the country. The director also said that his jazz ensemble was voted best high school band in the country by Downbeat, so the film asks the question: is it worth it? It's a good, timely question. The reviewer dismisses the question as preposterous and irrelevant. In America today it is neither.

Also it's a little weird to have a reviewer take issue with an utterance made by a psychopath (Fletcher) because of its dubious historical accuracy. I didn't know that in film even psychopaths are to be held to the highest scholarly standards...

16 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Stas Wirthing on 11/19/2014 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Dear White People

The film in question is not sincere about creating communication because it ignores the two principal elements of the diverse white American peoples...our richly-textured diversity and our actual nationality.

It is normal in this era of reductionism to try to portray all the diverse white Americans as clones of each other. Even President Obama did it in 1988 two days after his famous race speech when he referred to his own grandmother as "a typical white prson." And we know that media, entertainment, and academia form a wall against recognizing our diversity and nationality ("American"). Yes, we are diverse and yes, we are Americans. Without recognizing that, we cannot move forward and this movie (unless it serves as a kind of passive-aggressive micro-aggression) will not enhance communication.

In case readers don't believe that the diverse white Americans are diverse, here is an example. We divide along IQ lines with 1/2 of us having IQs above 100 and 1/2 of us having IQs below 100. That's a beginning place for recognizing white diversity.

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Bo Sears on 11/05/2014 at 1:35 PM

Re: “American Hustle

ya, i was thinking the same things like why the customers never complained about not getting Loans.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jennie Batra on 11/02/2014 at 1:39 AM

Re: “Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

To whom it may concern:

This year VIEW CONFERENCE is hosting an amazing presentation of SIN CITY: A Dame to Kill For.
Stefen Fangmeier a Visual Effects Supervisor of the movie will be speaking at VIEW Conference, 13th October to 17 October. For more information please visit our website, www.viewconference.it

Posted by Maria Elena Gutierrez on 09/30/2014 at 5:03 AM

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