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Re: “Movie Review: Action Dud 'American Assassin' Kills Michael Keaton's Winning Streak

Not sure what you mean by that. if you hate spy thrillers, then yes, you will find it stupid. It is less cliche then sat Bourne films, that have fat Matt Da mon as the guy that was brainwashed into becoming a super soldier, and forced to kill for the CIA, don't you hate it when that happens? And of course Bourne movies seem to imply that the CIA spends all its time going after its own officers, not the enemy. So, given what spy films are; American Assassin is VERY original and quite realistic. For one thing it is incredibly likely that as we speak there are powerful elements in Iran that do want a war with Israel, or rather they want to end Israel. Ayatola Homeini did. So the plot, while you may find it stupid, is today's reality. Its not insulting the intelligence of the viewer by making the terrorists Swdish or British or something. Oddly I can't think of a single film other then this where terrorists are portrayed as Middle Eastern. The plot is tight and clever. I actually cried at one point. No nationality is good or bad, all have bits of both, so it certainly is not patriotic, however, nor is it the typical Hollywood America bashing. The Politically Correct morality tale is just not there, and that is rtefreshing. Also, you will be glad to note it has already made its money back. So we will see if therer is a sequal. If there is I will watch it.

Posted by Maria Shavzin on 10/09/2017 at 4:23 AM

Re: “Movie Review: Tom Cruise Flies High Again in 'American Made'

Cruise's "The Mummy handed the actor the most humbling flop of his career this summer" .
The box office for this movie was 407.8 million . That ain't a humbling flop no matter how bad it was .

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Posted by Rich ard on 10/04/2017 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Movie Review: Action Dud 'American Assassin' Kills Michael Keaton's Winning Streak

biased opinion because yer a democrat

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Posted by Andrew Nguyen on 09/21/2017 at 11:01 PM

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!

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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?

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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.

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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

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