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Rick Kisonak

Rick Kisonak is a film reviewer for Seven Days.


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Re: “Movie Review: In 'Icarus,' a Cyclist Gets Caught Up in the Russian Doping Scandal


'The International Olympic Committees handling of Russias systemic doping program has been plunged into disarray after sports top court overturned bans issued to 28 Russian athletes just days before the start of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Thursday that there was insufficient evidence that the athletes including some medal winners breached antidoping regulations at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The reversal means athletes deemed to have been part of an elaborate cheating scheme may yet compete in the Olympics. It is yet another blow to the credibility of the Olympic committees management of the doping affair.' -NY Times, Feb 1, 2018


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Posted by Rick Kisonak on 02/03/2018 at 10:26 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: 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: '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: 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.

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

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Posted by Rick Kisonak on 03/01/2017 at 2:59 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?

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Posted by Rick Kisonak on 11/23/2016 at 12:53 PM

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