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Film Club Of The Air: 'Biutiful,' 'Marwencol,' 'The Illusionist,' 'Inspector Bellamy'

Couldn't agree with you more, olsentm. Were it up to me we would never discuss mainstream releases. There's no future in it. First off, 90% on them are derivative crap and what we have to say will have no impact on the public's opinion. I would much rather steer people in the direction of a good movie that they might otherwise never have heard of than slam another steaming pile of multiplex dung. Did you listen to the entire broadcast? Apart from the Oscar blather, we did not discuss one mainstream picture. I had favorable things to say about "Biutiful" and "Marwencol" and practically did a love filibuster over "Inspector Bellamy." And while it isn't my cup of tea, Beth made a strong case for "The Illusionist." We're trying to do exactly what you want, but it seems that you just won't take yes for an answer. And if you really want to put your money where your mouth is, you'll become a fixture at the Gaslamp.

January 27, 2011 at 12:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film Club Of The Air: 'Biutiful,' 'Marwencol,' 'The Illusionist,' 'Inspector Bellamy'

Would you prefer that we pretend to champion something we don't believe in? If you want that approach there's always Mario Lopez on "Access Hollywood." The Oscars have never been an indicator of art or taste and I know that Beth shares my contempt for awards shows in general. Don't you find it odd that of the 300 plus movies released each year only 15 or 20 are up for discussion come December? Nominees seldom reflect quality; it's all about who has the best marketing campaign. Given the glut of media gladhanders - particularly around Oscar time - I'm glad we have this forum to voice or discontent with popularity contests that fool the public into thinking they are somehow a barometer of merit.

January 26, 2011 at 11:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film Club of the Air: Best and Worst of 2010

You criticize a film that you walked out on, Jerry and you complain about me? Morality? Hollywood never had any morality to begin with. That's why we go to the movies. And lighting and camera angles are content, Jerry. If you go to movies strictly for story you're doomed! Sorry I am unable to validate your opinions.

January 13, 2011 at 9:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film Club of the Air: Best and Worst of 2010

The record is beginning to skip, JV. We can agree on one thing. I am not useful to the average consumer. Never claimed to be. That's where Beth's approach comes in and Anders falls somewhere between the two, each of us bringing something unique (and more than just professional logrolling) to the table. If you think about it, we really are a perfect blend! And if consumers were truly on the ball, they'd be reading Jonathan Rosenbaum and Dave Kehr, not the majority of what passes for criticism on Rotten Tomatoes. Film writing as an art was forever altered the day Siskel and Ebert reduced criticism to a pair of thumbs. Time to pop in a movie and press "play." Good night!

January 11, 2011 at 12:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film Club of the Air: Best and Worst of 2010

I'm not going to rubber stamp films just to go with the flow. And this is not a question of ego. A critic's job is to state their own opinion, not use other reviews as Cliff's Notes. The most boring part of writing a review is rehashing plot. I assume that people will wait to see a film before reading a review. Maureen always describes what a film is about in her introductions and then it's up to the three of us to say why we did or did not like it. You may have already noticed, I'm very opinionated and come off sounding scornful enough as is. Not the general tone of Kumbaya one associates with NPR, but you knew that. ;) I am not about to add fuel to the fire by saying something hopelessly patronizing like, "I didn't like it, but you might." If anything, I'd be more inclined to say something like, "I suffered, why shouldn't you?" Many times we'll indicate that a film is going to connect with audiences even though the three of us gave it a pass. "The King's Speech" is a recent example. As for your beloved "Kick-Ass," both Beth and Anders praised it. Would you have preferred I let out a sigh and closed the segment with, "Gee, you two are right?" Film crticism as a form of bowing to peer pressure doesn't compute.

January 8, 2011 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film Club of the Air: Best and Worst of 2010

Don't forget the cost of promotion which is generally 50% of the budget. Considering the high expectations they had for "Kick-Ass," I'd call a $6 million profit tanking. I am not a sheep. The fact that other people may or may not like a movie has nothing to do with my reaction to it. Why would I call a film that I dislike entertaining? Judging by the laffs during the public showing I attended of "Little Fockers," a lot of people seemed to find it entertaining. I guess that means it's a good movie. From the sound of it, you basically want a critic to repeat your opinions. I suggest you buy a parrot.

January 7, 2011 at 2:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film Club of the Air: Best and Worst of 2010

@ MissionAccomplished: Sorry to disappoint you, but I did cave in and see "Milk." Gus didn't let me down.

January 6, 2011 at 6:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film Club of the Air: Best and Worst of 2010

JV: One man's irrelevence is another man's staple. I don't look at films for story or acting. For me, camera placement should speak louder than words. And if I sound cynical, I come by it honestly. I grew up watching movies that were more than just feed through for TV or 2 hour ads for Kenner. It's not that the majority of films released to malls don't have stories to tell, they have no storytellers. I can only take so much sameness until I begin looking at my watch. As for my on air patter, would you prefer I speak with a British accent? I like to keep it conversational and yes, even a tad confrontational. I enjoy it when critics mix things up a bit. The best part of the old SiskBert show was when they two of them would passonately argue their points. And you have got to believe me on this one; I do not purposely set out to be contrary. I see a movie before it opens. By the time the reviews are published and before box office numbers are in I have already made up my mind. Who knows what film is going to connect? And I never read a review before seeing a movie and don't pay attention to the weekly grosses. After "Kick-Ass" I turned to another critic, who also panned the movie, and said, "This thing is going to make a mint." I was shocked when it tanked. So if nothing else, I do serve a purpose: If I hate a mainstream release make sure you're first in line. ;)

January 6, 2011 at 6:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film Club of the Air: Best and Worst of 2010

@ terraveda: If you're swilling back anything more expensive than two-buck Chuck, lay off the vino and spend the $$$ on a theater ticket. And do what I always do: tape a flask to your leg.

JV: I don't need an audience to clue me in as to whether or not a film is funny. I sat alone in my living room and laughed my head off during "Dogtooth." And not all of the screenings I attend are restricted to press only. The studios agree with you and want us to see big releases with an audience as was the case with "Kick-Ass."

The color I saw on-screen at UltraStar was not the Coens' design. As I said on the air, my DVD copy looked better. I have since poked my head into a 35mm screening at the Grossmont and the contrast was perfect. I'm not sure if it was the reflector or what, but the digitally projected images I've seen in the smaller Hazards are milky. You want great digital projection? Mira Mesa. And for the record, the big Hazard is one of the three or four best places in town to watch a movie, right behind the big Gaslamp and the Ken.

Do you really want me to review films by saying "I didn't like it, but you might?" C'mon, JV, that's not a critic, that's a PR schill. Besides, don't you know by now that if I hate a general release the public is bound to lap it up? It's the King Midas touch in reverse: Every mainstream release that touches me turns to box office crap. I'm the guy who prefers "Exorcist II: The Heretic" to the original. I want spielberg's head! What do I know from commercial releases? As far as the general public is concerned, I can only be trusted if it plays the Gaslamp or Landmark.

Drive safely.

January 5, 2011 at 4:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film Club of the Air: Best and Worst of 2010

You know, there is an extra microphone in the studio.

I have pleaded with you on numerous occasions to join in, but each time you come up with some cockamamie excuse. ("My dog ate my copy of 'Precious.'") The discussions we had in the good old days - before the pre-interview segment went the way of VHS - were frequently as engrossing and informative as what went on the air. You can hold your own when it comes to talking movies and your voice would add a fresh, unique perspective. And dare I say one that hasn't been jaded and schematized by years in the dark.

Jump in, Angela. The water's fine.

January 5, 2011 at 2:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )