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Re: “Movie Review: 'The Dinner' Makes for a Filling Cinematic Meal

I thought it was an amazing portrayal of the life we live in. Stan, who you believe at the outset you are going to hate, appears to be the only character who allows himself to be true to his inner self. He's a Polititian who is actually fighting for something he believes in. I think there are many, many parents out there who would justify their children's behavior, exactly as Clare did. Steve Coogan was amazing in the role of Paul. We knew he had mental health issues but, as the viewer, we still felt irritated and annoyed by his behavior, exactly what we were meant to feel by the Director, as you then ask yourself, "This person is sick and I am finding him annoying am I as shallow and mean as the characters in this movie that I am considering my morale inferior?" Couldn't stop thinking about this movie for days afterwards

Posted by samantha on 05/20/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'The Dinner' Makes for a Filling Cinematic Meal

Hi Laura. Thanks for your comments. Can I ask for a bit of clarification? You write "I think personally it portraits mental health badly. People with mental health issues hold down amazing jobs and have loving relationships." I'm not sure whether you're suggesting the film implied that people struggling with mental health issues can't or don't have loving relationships. I've watched it several times and have yet to find any such implication. In fact, to the contrary, Coogan's character is depicted as having loving relationships with his wife, his brother and others. So I'm not quite sure what you're referring to there. Regarding your point that some people with mental health issues have amazing jobs, I'd say you're dead on. One has only to switch on CNN to see ample proof of that unfortunately.

Posted by Rick Kisonak on 05/16/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'The Dinner' Makes for a Filling Cinematic Meal

Film is painfully over long, Coogan's character narrates then all of a sudden that is dropped, the flashbacks aren't done smoothly but are jarring and some totally unnecessary. The film takes itself far to seriously and spreads itself far too thinly - what is it exactly commenting on. Also I think personally it portraits mental health badly. People with mental health issues hold down amazing jobs and have loving relationships. Just urgh all round.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Laura1 on 05/11/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Movie Review: As 'Sandy Wexler,' Adam Sandler Thrives on the Small Screen

Oh my goodness this movie sounds horrible . Are you sure you are not grading it on the curve ? A special rating reserved for Sandler movies where if it doesn't cause you to throw up in your mouth it gets 3.5 stars .

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rich ard on 04/26/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Movie Review: 'Going in Style' Suggests Geezer Movies Are Getting Old

"Virtually all they've done to update the original Going in Style is miss its point" - great line

Posted by DW Brooks on 04/17/2017 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'Going in Style' Suggests Geezer Movies Are Getting Old

I have to disagree. It was a fun film with some funny scenes. A light hearted film where you can just sit and watch and be entertained. Does every movie need a complicated story line with multi dimensional characters with socially relevant topics? With the horror of the news each day, this movie allows the viewer to take about 90 minutes of their day and be entertained. What's wrong with that?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Elaine Herdman- Colan on 04/16/2017 at 9:23 AM
Posted by Mike McDonald 1 on 04/12/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'Ghost in the Shell' Offers More Style Than Substance

Ghost in the Shell has been a favorite of mine for many years and I see this single film as a good testament to that story. The movie does combine several elements from the various tv and feature anime films into a new story. This could be with the thought that there would not be a second film, or at least frees them to make another film completely new and not tied to any manga or anime progression. One part of the movie that stands out from the series and feature anime is the Major as a newbie. I can see why they chose this option but it does make it a bit odd for one year to have elapsed and for her to have such strong bonds with her team. Ghost in the Shell, like many good sci-fi stories, uses the nature of tech to portray new moral dilemmas. The first feature anime by the same name showed the central villain as a completely generated AI striving to live; the movie changes focus and looks more at the Major and her place in a new reality of being more or less human because of the body her mind inhabits.

Posted by Emory Desu on 04/07/2017 at 3:57 AM

Re: “Movie Review: 'Life' Offers a Sci-Fi Thrillride on the Space Station

I have to agree with Jollytime. I'd give this one star...a waste of money. The only reason we suffered through the whole movie was to see how it ended.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by RB on 04/03/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'Life' Offers a Sci-Fi Thrillride on the Space Station

Sorry, but I couldn't disagree more. This movie was not smart at all. The characters displayed ignorance and stupidity throughout and never made one good decision. It made astronauts appear to be dolts. The "kill" scenes were reruns of old movies and even the monster was just a slightly modified CGI version of the original Alien. Despite the terrible script and premise, the actors did put in decent performances.

Big thumbs down for this mess.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jollytime on 04/03/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Movie Review: 'Get Out' Finds the Scariness in Everyday Life

Vermont so white

Posted by Gabriel Winebrenner on 03/08/2017 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Movie Review: Animation Doesn't Get Better (or Stranger) Than 'The Red Turtle'

It played for a week at the Savoy, disappeared and is returning this Friday. Run, don't walk. OK, driving's probably the way to go.

Posted by Rick Kisonak on 03/08/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Movie Review: Animation Doesn't Get Better (or Stranger) Than 'The Red Turtle'

Where can you see this film locally or online ?

Posted by Pixelvt on 03/08/2017 at 4:37 AM

Re: “Movie Review: 'Paterson' Captures the Everyday Joys of Creation

Rarely or never agree wuth RK, but this time he hit the nail square. Paterson is brilliant, masterfully unique.

Posted by Jimshifty on 03/02/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'The Great Wall' Doesn't Stand Up to Scrutiny

Um, would you be kind enough to point out where in the opening of my review I state that Chinese cultural norms are bad and shouldn't be in movies? I keep looking and all I see is an opening in which I share my concerns around "how the Chinese are buying up Hollywood...how that country's richest man, Wang Jianlin (who has close ties to the Communist Party), now owns Legendary Entertainment (among other studios) and how concerned I was that Communist Party restrictions would ultimately result in 'movies ... increasingly tailored to Chinese tastes and to appeal to the party's self-image'?" So, I'm confused. Are you in favor of the Chinese owning more and more of Hollywood or of censorship by the Communist Party of movies American studios wish to distribute there? Or both?

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rick Kisonak on 03/01/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'The Great Wall' Doesn't Stand Up to Scrutiny

Gotta love a movie review that starts with the premise that Chinese cultural norms are bad and shouldn't be in movies (even ignoring the question of whether the norms the reviewer cites are real or conjured from stereotypes.)

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by stellaquarta on 02/27/2017 at 3:18 PM
Posted by OakenCreed on 02/09/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Manchester by the Sea

This movie was a real dog. Watching earthworms die would have been more interesting.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Larry Wohlgemuth on 01/06/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Peter and the Farm

Hi Rebecca. You're right about Styron's book. It's heartbreakingly beautiful. And no argument here: Creativity and charisma coexist with depression everyday everywhere. I don't believe I accused Peter of "falseness" in his presentation of himself. I simply included a link to and reported on an interview with the film's director in which he characterizes him as "a performer." I also noted that Peter's circumstances had taken a turn for the positive since shooting wrapped according to the filmmaker. Given how troubled he appeared at various points in the movie, that seemed cause for celebration to me. What artist wouldn't find great joy in being the subject of a work showcased at MOMA?

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rick Kisonak on 11/23/2016 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Peter and the Farm

I am talking about the final three sentences of your review and the paragraph leading up to that. You might want to read William Styron's short book, Darkness Visible. In it he explains the inexorable nature of clinical depression. When I watched this movie I did not see any sign of falseness in Mr. Dunning's presentation of himself. As Styron's case makes clear, creativity and charisma can coexist with depression. You may find comfort in the thought that Mr. Dunning's life appears changed. His circumstances may have, but his life is still in his own hands.

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Rebecca Bartlett on 11/21/2016 at 8:42 AM

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