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Review: 'I'm Still Here'

"But because I believe so much of it is fake, it leaves me wondering at what point does all this faux filmmaking simply become meaningless?"

The answer is that as soon as the film starts, it all becomes meaningless. I'm still a little irritated at having to sit through Affleck and Phoenix's metaphorical #2 on the audience.

September 9, 2010 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'The Switch'

What a shame I couldn't find the time to see this ...

August 22, 2010 at 11:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Piranha 3D'

"It just looks like a strawberry margherita being whipped up in a blender." Having made margaritas earlier that day, I definitely agree. :)

August 20, 2010 at 8:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Teen Review: 'Vampires Suck'

Great review, Frances. It's sounds to me it lived up to expectations ... so I'm fine with the fact that I missed it.

August 20, 2010 at 9:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Agora'

As long as there's also two shiny Liam Neesons ...

August 1, 2010 at 1:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Agora'

After seeing the trailer, I just kept thinking this was one Kraken away from "Clash of the Titans". That this is more historical lesson than action/adventure only means I'll continue to avoid seeing it.

July 31, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Recap: Comic-Con 2010

I was always hoping to find out that the "Harry Potter" shirt-wearing attacker was upset at being called a mugblood (as well as hearing the incident proved that the pen was mightier than the sword).

Great recap though. Pretty much hit all the salient points. Maybe you should have someone act as an assistant next year in order to manage your schedule. (and no, I'm not volunteering) ... :)

July 28, 2010 at 10:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Teen Review: 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

Kudos Marina for calling out the rep from Sophie FM. Big or small, all press personnel are there to get coverage and a certain decorum should be maintained by everyone.

July 12, 2010 at 2:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film Club: 'Kick-Ass'

A person falling to their death in REALITY is horrible. A person falling to their death in a FICTIONAL FILM can be funny. It's all about context and separating reality from fiction.

Everybody has their own point of view, which is unique to them and not right or wrong by definition of another person. As a fellow film critic, it is my job (and Beth's and Roger Ebert's and Kenneth Turan etc. etc.) to relate a point of view. Should someone disagree, that's fine. By reading a particular reviewer regularly, you begin to understand their perspective and can use their criticisms to guide yourself towards fare best suited for your desires.

I find it offensive you would attack Beth personally because of her opinion. Feel free to present your opinions on a film, especially if you disagree (because everyone's personal point of view is valid) but judging someone based on their film taste is marginalizing all of the elements that go into a real person ... and not the fictional person you perceive them to be.

Now, when it comes to material that is dark or mature, that's where the ratings system comes into play. "Kick-Ass" is rated R for multiple reasons. It is up to individuals 17 and older to decide for themselves if they can handle the material. Yes, "Kick-Ass" is done in a more realistic manner, but it's done so to show that trying to enact vigilante justice via scuba suit and bravado is 99 times out of 100 going to get your ass kicked.

April 29, 2010 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Kick-Ass'

Amen, Beth! Vaughn and company have delivered a layered film, which can please audiences on multiple levels ... assuming they aren't turned off by an 11 year-old girl swearing and killing (besides, if you don't like violent films, why would you care about seeing this in the first place?). I can't wait to see it again and again ... the Vlu-Ray can't arrive early enough!

April 16, 2010 at 5:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )