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Review: 'Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon'

Ok, I have to address this one:

"Next time leave your opinions out of the review."

Do you not understand that the definition of a review is an extended opinion? That's the whole point of criticism--to state an opinion! Transformers 3 is at 37% on right now. If those reviews weren't opinions, they would all be at either 100% or 0%. There is a difference in percentage because, among critics, there is a difference of opinion (although there seems to be a general trend toward the negative in this case).

Milfulater, I'm not trying to be disrespectful, but please understand that this review and all others like it are always going to be 100% opinion, and you are free to disagree with them.

Just to state, I am a huge Transformers fan and I was again let down by another movie.

June 29, 2011 at 3:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon'

Wow, I'm not sure where a lot of the venom is coming from in a lot of these posts. The only thing that merits a response on here because it seems to attempt an actual point, rather than just being insulting:

"What I also think is funny, is that you're comparing Transformers 3 to Sucker Punch. Common denominator? You hate movies with awesome special effects and hot chicks in them."

On the surface, it may seem that way, but there have been favorable reviews Beth Accomando has done of films that had spectacle effects and were also blessed with beautiful women. Fast Five is one such example.

The real common denominator between Transformers 3 and Sucker Punch is that they are both unwatchable. I am going to admit here that I wasn't as pained by Transformers 3, mostly because I was expecting something more along the lines of the far worse Transformers 2, but it was not a pleasant experience. A big reason for this is the constant focus on LeBeouf and Huntington-Whiteley, both of whom were absolutely dreadful. Why so much focus on these awful characters and so little on the Transformers themselves? Sucker Punch was worse than all the Transformers movies put together (and often the effects were also horrid). I don't even want to go into that one.

June 29, 2011 at 3:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rants and Raves: Lisbeth Salander

I usually try to stay out of comment threads when they degenerate into fighting, but I have to mention this one.

dreaveronica--Ian said he had LITTLE doubt Fincher can deliver on dark material. That means he was just saying exactly what you are in a different, more subtle way. I have never eaten at Islands, but I have little doubt they serve burgers.

For other complaints, I can't help wondering whether or not the actual article was read. There was nothing in this article expressing doubt at the quality of Fincher's upcoming film.

There is also nothing talking about the abilities of the actress Mara, herself. The complaint was merely about the DEPICTION of Mara as Salander. The criticism is of whoever is behind the marketing campaign. That's it. Not the director, not the screenplay, not the actors, not the tone. Just those photos in that marketing campaign. I can't believe anyone would be able to justify that tutu picture.

June 8, 2011 at 11:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rants and Raves: Lisbeth Salander

It is always dangerous, worse, pernicious, to sexualize the victim of rape or sexual assault because it further confuses the crime of rape in the public conscious. Rape is a crime of hate, violence, and, above all, power over another human being.

I have to admit, I never read the books and I've only seen the first film in the Swedish trilogy. From that limited experience, I have to admit to being fascinated by the fire and drive of the title character. She was driven not only by what happened to her, but by her own personality and uncompromising spirit. Any scenes of her sexuality were colored by that sprit, and clearly not meant as titillation material for the audience.

This article, though, isn't talking about the film, but the ad campaigns--and that is what makes the American marketing seem so much worse. Noomi Rapace's images are full of character. The American images are completely bereft of character. All I get from them are an American fashion photographer trying to look "sexy through edginess." It's BS--especially considering the story of the character involved.

Whew, sorry about lending my own rant to this page, but we live in a culture where rape victims are more stigmatized than rapists. I'm not saying this ad campaign and ones like it are reasons for that, but they do contribute to the mentality that sexualizes a rape victim and leads to her dehumanization.

June 7, 2011 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Book Review: 'The Hunger Games'

I wrote more of a discussion than a review. I tried to throw in the most key plot points and main character so people who hadn't read the books can get an idea of what they are about, but I am wondering about the thoughts of those of you who have already read them or are fans of them. From what I understand, these are extremely popular. All the news regarding the upcoming movies seems to take for granted that everybody has read them, revealing absolutely nothing about the stories themselves.

June 6, 2011 at 12:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Screening: 'Theater of Blood'

Thank you for the kind comments everybody. I am so honored to have been asked by SDPL to host Theatre of Blood! I hope to see you there! IT'S FREEEE!

May 24, 2011 at 4:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Interview: 'Hobo with a Shotgun' Director Jason Eisener

Oops, DEFY current conventions, not define them. Sorry!

May 20, 2011 at 1:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Interview: 'Hobo with a Shotgun' Director Jason Eisener

Independent genre filmmakers from Canada seem to be making more and more of a splash. I think it's probably because they aren't afraid to make cinema that challenges audiences or makes them uncomfortable. It's hard to call an homage film original, especially one as effectively evocative of 70s and 80s exploitation as "Hobo" is, but it definitely pulls no punches and manages to define current Hollywood conventions. It's not so much an intellectual exercise, of course, but it is a lot of fun!

May 20, 2011 at 1:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Book Review: 'What You See in the Dark'

Thank you for the kind words! One of my favorite moments is a dinnertime discussion between the director and the actress. Putting Hitchcock's voice into those lines was priceless.

May 3, 2011 at 10:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rants and Raves: Dark Bridges Film Festival

When I screened Dead Hooker in a Trunk here in San Diego, I was pleased at the conversations it started. Most people loved it, but some didn't love it. Everybody was able to talk civilly about the experience, though, and that's the beauty of art. We were all adults, and we deserve a forum for challenging or subversive expression. Censorship is so limiting.

April 22, 2011 at 4:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )