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Re: “Guardians of the Galaxy

That's so cool, Stacy! Glad the word inspired you. You know, I have a sneaky feeling it might have been my then-best friend who invented it, not me, but it's many decades back now, and we both used it. Anyway, maybe she deserves the credit. :)

I love Fury Road, too!

Posted by Margot Harrison on 09/18/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'It' Is Just a Lazily Conceived Remake

Rick Kisonak's reviews are just lazily conceived remakes of Dorothy Parker's.

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Posted by Tony Tambasco on 09/16/2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'It' Is Just a Lazily Conceived Remake

Everything the "reviewer" mentioned could have been taken from watching the trailer. That's after the novel length sob story about Hollywood. This just feels like a weak attempt to drive traffic from Rotten Tomatoes with a bad review of a well reviewed movie that doesn't even review the movie.

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Posted by Bill McCormick on 09/16/2017 at 1:01 AM

Re: “Movie Review: 'It' Is Just a Lazily Conceived Remake

This is more an opinion piece about Hollywood than a review of a movie. Nothing about the movie is mentioned until paragraph 5. The review feels lazy and out of touch. Mr. Kisonak couldn't even be bothered to name any of the actors?

Where was the editor?

13 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by zperrotte on 09/15/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Movie Review: 'It' Is Just a Lazily Conceived Remake

This review is garbage. Not because the movie was without flaw but because the review barely focused on the film. If rick wants to moan about his view on Hollywood then he should write an opinion piece. How lazy is it to not even mention one actor's name? It felt like very little thought was put into actually reviewing the movie

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Posted by zperrotte on 09/15/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Movie Review: 'It' Is Just a Lazily Conceived Remake

What an incredibly empty and nonsensical review/rant. I'm not so sure he even watched the movie, as some of his comments indicate he doesn't know even some of the basic premise (It is not a carny, that's just one form it takes to strike terror in children, terror it feeds on; there is nothing "inexplicable" about the connection between the kids and It, if you actually paid attention to the movie; the reason the kids were able to attack and injure It, driving it away, is also pretty clear....again, if you paid attention to the movie).

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Posted by Dennis Klemm on 09/15/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Guardians of the Galaxy

"When I was 13 for real, I invented a highly complimentary term for things that were joyfully absurd, free-wheeling, snarky and silly all at once: bullwhacko. This movie earns it and then some."
I'm a watermedia painter of animals and this article really defined an element that I'd been unsuccessfully trying to capture for a while. I loved "Guardians" and the concept of bullwhacko, which I think was embodied to an even greater degree by George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road".
I printed out that word in a big fancy font and put it under the plexiglass that tops my two huge art production desks. Whenever I start to lean toward painting staid, dignified animal paintings, I tell myself that I need more "bullwhacko". It's sort of like "more cowbell" for the creative side! Thank you!

Stacy Lewis

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Posted by burridge on 09/14/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'It' Is Just a Lazily Conceived Remake

Kisonak does a great job reviewing Hollywood and the current state of movie-making. I was hoping to find a review of the movie, but instead I got the ramblings of an old man who is painfully out of touch with what audiences are looking for.

Who is benefiting from reviews like this? It may feel cathartic for Rick to rage out on Hollywood in each review, but it leaves the readers of this publication wishing he could be put to pasture.

20 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Steve McDonald on 09/14/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Movie Review: Taylor Sheridan Shines as Director of the Superb 'Wind River'

Another fine review. High moment was the metaphor about the Hope Diamond. I won't forget that soon.
I will make a point of seeing this film.

Posted by Pequod42 on 09/02/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'Detroit' Offers a Pointless Take on a Big Topic

Is it exploitive to connect the historical pattern of systemic racism and police brutality to the current one? Answer this question, and you might begin to understand the point you're struggling with.

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Posted by simplysenta on 08/11/2017 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Movie Review: Witness the Birth of a New Comedy Star in 'The Big Sick'

The review closes with a reference to my earlier remarks about having followed him since the early days of his career. Is there anything wrong with mentioning the fact that he was born in Pakistan? It's one of the things that make his professional ascent so remarkable. And it's the focus of much of his stand up material. Face it, friend. You're reaching.

Posted by Rick Kisonak on 08/09/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Movie Review: 'Detroit' Offers a Pointless Take on a Big Topic

Nope. **** The reviewer prefers movies with lots of fart jokes.

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Posted by Jimshifty on 08/09/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Movie Review: Witness the Birth of a New Comedy Star in 'The Big Sick'

Dude you end your article by giving yourself a huge pat on the back for appreciating a performance of a Pakistani-American actor. You can't see how racially condescending that is?

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Posted by ReneBushey on 08/03/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Movie Review: Weirdness Isn't Enough to Justify 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'

I actually liked the movie for the following reasons:

New actors - nice to see people I don't know and don't have preconceptions about
New sci-if - nice to see some really original sci-if concepts
Positive heroes - no flawed, brooding or anti heroes.

On the other hand the acting was limited by the really neutral dialog. The movie didn't have the wonderful rhythm that the fifth element had.

Posted by Steven Robinson on 08/02/2017 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Movie Review: Don't Expect Any Miracles From 'Dunkirk'

I found the movie totally out of touch with modern realities. Very few women, no african americans, and no roles at all for LGBTQ persons. Vermonters should boycott this movie!

5 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Leopoldo Quintana on 08/01/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Movie Review: Witness the Birth of a New Comedy Star in 'The Big Sick'

You're welcome. What an odd, uncalled for response to an effusively positive review. I defy you to find a single line that's even remotely racist.

Posted by Rick Kisonak on 07/29/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Movie Review: Witness the Birth of a New Comedy Star in 'The Big Sick'

Rick thanks for being the only white person who gave Kumail a chance. You are the most not-racist person in VT.

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Posted by ReneBushey on 07/25/2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'The House' Doesn't Always Win When It's This Comedy Clunker

Anything with Poehler is a bomb anymore...

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Posted by Bill Fleming on 07/10/2017 at 6:35 AM

Re: “Movie Review: '47 Meters Down' Plumbs the Depths of Quality

And, interestingly enough, under the trailer, Matthew Modine gets first billing.

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Posted by Jim Thomas on 06/24/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Movie Review: Biting Satire 'War Machine' Revisits the Conflict in Afghanistan

"This is a movie with a most unusual mission ... to rewrite a recent chapter in American history and to repair the reputation of a most unusual man."

Whose reputation? McChrystal or Michael Hastings? In life, Hastings was trash-talked by the Establishment press. In death, the NYT even took a swipe at him in their obituary! (see the 2013 Feral Firefighter post "More Lies Borne Out by Facts, If not the Truth"). As a former Army Ranger, I admire many of McChrystal's qualities. But, he was involved in the whitewash of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death and his Afghan COIN was folly that led to the useless death of thousands (see the Feral Firefighter post "Something to Die For"). Now, McChrystal's doing fine on the speaker's circuit. Unfortunately, "War Machine" doesn't repair Hasting's reputation. But, I hope this movie does leads people to read Hastings great book "The Operators" to get the full story.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Guy Montag on 06/01/2017 at 10:58 AM

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