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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.

3 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.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
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...

10 likes, 1 dislike
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, 5 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,

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

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

Eva Green is brilliant as the Dame To Kill For

Posted by Steve Miller on 08/31/2014 at 7:14 PM

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

Haven't seen the first film, I just chose randomly to watch Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For on a thursday night with the wife and we were both pleasantly surprised. Thumbs up for something different and interesting. Everything also fell pretty well executed in my opinion.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mikkel Toxwenius on 08/28/2014 at 5:09 PM

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

I'm a fan of the first film. So of course, I had to catch this one. I really enjoyed this second Sin City too. The visuals are amazing. And I love the "tough chicks" in Sin City. All the characters are great. I really enjoyed seeing Dennis Haysbert on the big screen. He plays Manute in this Sin City and he was great. I'm definitely glad I watched Sin City 2 at the movie theater.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Carly Harmon on 08/27/2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Guardians of the Galaxy

Awesome movie and an awesome review!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael Fisher on 08/06/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Jersey Boys

Do you think us baby boomers give a crap about what a snob reviewer thinks. We and many others in the theater enjoyed this movie. We older folks do not need your insults. perhaps you should not alienate such a larger consumer group just because a movie is not done the way you want it. your review just bolsters my reason to check the viewers reviews and never read professional film critic reviews. most of you are out of touch with reality.

Posted by Steven L Dunn on 07/28/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Begin Again

I enjoyed it. I saw it in Thailand and most of the films that come here are cgi 3d epics so it made a change to watch something with substance. As a Brit I also enjoyed the Britishness of it too (despite it being set in NYC). Corden played his part well and I enjoyed his chemistry with Keira. Loved the car, loved Mos Def's beard and enjoyed the acting from just about everyone. Your review score was spot on.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jason Nevin on 07/23/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Transformers: Age of Extinction
(no stars)

Nice try, Michael.

Posted by Joe Schneider on 07/08/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Transformers: Age of Extinction
(no stars)

Do not listen to the detractors for nothing on Earth will ever satisfy your inner Transformers geek more than witnessing the utter, complete and total redemption of Michael Bay. With one glorious fell swoop this evidently slow-to-warm-up-but-eventually-wizard-like filmmaker has expunged all his previous crimes against the Transformers fan base and finally delivered them to their deservedly blissful state of Cybertronian nirvana.

Like a twenty first century Jesus armed with $200 million dollars, Bay has redeemed even the gravest of the sins of our childhood. Not only has he risen phoenix-like, still burning yet majestic, from the putrid black ashes that remained from the burning of our childhood dreams and his own reputation. Incredibly, he has somehow also redeemed the once unforgivable abomination that was the ascension of Rodimus Prime. In one two and half hour expedition to the pinnacle of awesomeness he has made whole the millions of innocent hearts so cynically and selfishly broken all those years ago.

Suddenly the pain and confusion that was so cruelly and needlessly inflicted upon us in 1986 can be forgotten. Even the fresher scars, the proverbial salt in the wound that is the memory of the first three piles of turd rubbed onto celluloid that Bay tried to pass off as Transformers films, have been forever healed. Like faithful, stubborn and persistent visitors to a highly priced and extremely talented plastic surgeon, we have had our scars forever erased.

All those that have ever nestled into the sometimes prickly and often disappointing bosom of the Transformers geekdom, go forth like pilgrims to thine local cinema. Flock now so that you all can finally revel in your long overdue and much deserved cinematic birthright: a truly epic journey into the elusive and sublime joys of well thought-out and skilfully delivered Transformers 'fan service'.

This movie isn't for the hordes. It isn't for the unfortunate souls that weren't brought up living and breathing robots from Cybertron. It's not for the critics. It's an expensive, much belated and exclusive gift made especially just for you. An epic, royally triumphant and completely kick-ass Transformers movie that respects the fan base while also creating a new folklore that not only doesn't make you want to stab yourself in the face with a rusty nail while having your eyeballs lacerated by a million paper cuts, it is actually pretty awesome in its own right.

A true fan will find it almost impossible not to love this film. It is simply that good.

Michael Bay I never thought I would ever say this but, thank you. Even the $600 million odd dollars and approximately seven and a half hours of my life you wasted setting up the story line of this movie with those first three abominations now seems like time and money well spent.

For after nearly thirty long years of shattered hopes and unfulfilled expectations, finally our inner 6 year olds can live the dream. Finally we can stand on the apex of the Mount Everest of 1980's nostalgia - and wholeheartedly and enthusiastically enjoy a Transformers movie for the first time - all the while being snugly wrapped in a delightful bubble of restored faith, emancipation from loss and total satisfaction.

Do not take heed of reviews written by people that have never transformed a toy from a robot to a car in their lives. Do not be distracted by accounts of gratuitous product placement. Worry not about a repeat of previously indecipherable shot composition and editing. Cleanse yourself of the horrible memory that is Shia LeBeouf.

This film delivers much more in the way of fan service than any of the previous films. Some of it is subtle, some quite overt (Galvatron transforming into a cannon and Optimus spending some time looking much like his G1 alter ego in truck form are notable examples). The movie is peppered with a lot of little touches that would probably be lost on people new to Transformers, but that had me clapping the screen at stages. Some people actually applauded the movie when it ended.

It's like they finally aimed it at the fan base, rather than take it for granted that the fan base would go anyway and trying to make it work for everyone else. And I for one appreciated those touches as they have been sorely missing from the franchise. But regardless of whether that stuff resonates with you or not it still has a much better plot than any of the other films and importantly it's a grand spectacle - almost without a doubt bigger and more outrageous than any other movie in history, period. It is simply EPIC.

Anyone that is a true Transformers fan obviously wants to and tries to like these movies. Three times previous to this I have failed in this task more or less and pretty much became a card carrying member of the &@#% You Michael Bay You Killed My Childhood club. Yet this time when they take it in yet another direction that is completely incongruous with the beloved and sacred G1 mythology - I totally went with them instead of fighting it. And actually, it is pretty damn cool. I didn't have to try to like this movie. As a Transformers mega-geek Age of Extinction was inherently enjoyable to me in nearly every way. Plus as I said it has a lot of delicious little morsels for the old school fans that just become the cherry on top of a very sweet sundae.

I am honestly and truly sorry for anyone that thinks they are a Transformers fan but that doesn't absolutely love this movie. I think it is just a horrible defect in their personality. They will never be happy unless watching the movie is a mere carbon copy of their experiences watching the G1 cartoon. Yes Michael didn't go in the direction we wanted him to at first. But where he has ended up should allow us to forgive if not forget and appreciate the unique and incredible nature of this motion picture.

When we thought all hope was lost, Michael Bay has given us what we have been wanting all these years. But for some their own cynicism will not allow them to celebrate the occasion. To them I say let the 6 year old inside you finally let go of all the pain and rip up your Bay Haters membership card.

All the Transformers aficionados that are brow beaten, dejected and void of all hope should rest assured that finally Michael Bay has miraculously managed to not completely &@#% up a Transformers film.

The jaded, dejected and resentful among the once wide-eyed and awestruck Transformers mega-geeks: rejoice! For you are the chosen ones. You are the chosen few for whom Transformers: Age of Extinction won't be a loud and obnoxious destruction of two and a half perfectly good hours of your life. It will be an exhilarating, deeply satisfying and ultimately spiritual experience.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Nathan T. Rhodes on 07/06/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Transformers: Age of Extinction
(no stars)

You need help

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by yankeesrule587 on 07/02/2014 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Edge of Tomorrow

I saw the movie and then read this review. I am fairly certain he didn't watch the same movie I did. Rick obviously is not a sci-fi fan and is not able to give an unbiased review of, what really is, a fun and entertaining movie. While obviously not Oscar material, Edge of Tomorrow kept me entertained through the entire movie. I had more chuckles at the dark humour than I have had watching full-blown comedies. Whatever personal vendetta Rick has against Tom Cruise shouldn't influence his reviews. The fact that it does negates his ability to ply his trade as a film critic. The truth of the matter is...get some popcorn, go watch the movie and enjoy yourself.

22 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by doubledipper on 06/15/2014 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Maleficent

That this thing is full of spoilers should probably be said before someone reads it to decide if they wish to see the movie. Doh! Elle Fanning does a fine job -- IF you recall the second fairy gift, kind of restrains your acting range when your character is locked into constant happiness. As far as the lack of action? The dragon fight was more than cool -- although one would have thought there would have been a lot more dead bodies. The only action I really expected and didn't get was Prince Charming fighting his way through a series of dreadful challenges to to win his way to Sleeping Beauty -- it could have been clever and amusing watching Jolie's character set them up and then secretly help him out.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Frank M. Arlington on 06/15/2014 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Edge of Tomorrow

The reviewer must represent an extremely small portion of the potential audience. Who is he writing for? I mean, seriously, my Mom would never come "Within a mile of Edge of Tomorrow" or even within a mile of a review of it. My recommendation is that he should probably refrain from reviewing anything involving science fiction, action, and humor -- especially dark humor -- to name just a few. In fact, perhaps it would be safest if he confined himself to daily viewings and reviews of "The English Patient."

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Frank M. Arlington on 06/15/2014 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Edge of Tomorrow

In 'Edge of Tomorrow' the time loop repeats itself numerous times. The video editing in this movie is impressive. The editor has done an excellent job and the plot moves forward briskly. No other sci-fi movie has previously been attempted in Hollywood on such a grand scale, with both Aliens and Time Travel in the same plot. The audience are give enough clues in the movie to think and figure out what is happening in the movie.

The movie has interesting references to Eastern philosophies of death and rebirth, along with excellent action, great sound and eye popping CGI graphics. The plot of this movie is very good too, as the audience are given the experience to figure out what is going on.

But this review of 'Edge of Tomorrow' by Rick Kisonak really does injustice to Tom Cruise and the movie. There is no reason to talk about Tom Cruise's previous movies, when writing a review of this movie. yet, in this review, the reviewer writes and acts like a kid who is Jealous with Tom Cruise. This reviewer clearly has no idea about what he is talking about in this review. Tom Cruise has a huge fan base all over the world and his previous movies are excellent and loved by lot of people.

The Edge of Tomorrow is a real good movie with time loop along the lines of '12 Monkeys', 'The Butterfly Effect', 'Looper', 'Source Code' and 'Groundhog Day'. The idea behind this movie is that, after every day, time reset itself to the previous day. Go watch and enjoy.

33 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by jomo on 06/11/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Maleficent

I think you are a bit off track and harsh on the review. It was a movie about redemption and making the choice to allow your anger to consume you or to let go. Auroa was passive, but that was perfect. Not everything needs to done by force. Many times, gentleness and kindness is a greater force. It was a beautifully filmed movie with a modern twist on a Disney classic.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Diane Chanowsky on 06/07/2014 at 1:07 PM

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