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Comment Archives: stories: Film

Re: “Godzilla: Missing in action

If you ever watched the original Godzilla movies you would know Godzilla didn't have a ton of screen time, heck in the original he only appeared for 16 minutes total. They would usually focus on the people and the situation that was being wrought by the other monsters before Godzilla would finally show up to save the day. So all the issues you have with it for the most part are a part of the series as a whole, not solely this movie. I just came back from watching it and I loved every minute of it.

5 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Danny Passingham on 05/18/2014 at 1:20 AM

Re: “Godzilla: Missing in action

This is the best Godzilla movie, in my opinion. I just can't get into the old ones, I guess that's because I've never really been a big Godzilla fan. 7.5/10 for me.

3 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Rafael Vazquez on 05/17/2014 at 5:32 PM

Re: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Spin City

Finally. The problem isn't that the movie sucks, it's that it doesn't suck enough. I appreciate that at least one critic understands the REAL motivation behind these movies... not love for the character, pushing the envelope on superhero movies (like Man of Steel did with its "first encounter" plot line), but pure greed. And with AS-M2 doing well overseas, they will continue to make these sub-par movies. I couldn't stand Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. Emma is Emma and she was good, in her own way. (Better than Dunst ever was) But the Lizard as the main bad guy and talking like he's as smart as Doc Connors? His evil plan is to turn NYC into Lizard City? He reveals his secret identity on the first date? He takes off his mask every time he wants to convey a strong feeling, regardless of where he is?

After watching the debacle known as AS-M, I went back and rewatched Spider-Man. My initial critique that Garfield took off his mask too often turned out to be false. Tobey took his mask off too much as well. It's as if these actors can't emote with a mask on. (hint: it's about inflection and tone, people!) But Tobey at least struggled to maintain his secret identity.

All in all, I wanted this movie to FAIL!! Like Batman & Robin FAIL! But it won't. It will make them just enough money to feel like it was a worthwhile venture and make another one. Hopefully, that one will do so bad to end the franchise so it reverts to Marvel Studios. Watching these soul-less movies erode my favorite superhero character's popularity is depressing and I will not watch this one. Like the remake of Clash of the Titans, these movies aren't worth my money.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by obscureinfo on 05/05/2014 at 8:06 PM

Re: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Spin City

My sarcastic point being that Giamatti's Rhino is even worse, not that Grace's Venom was actually good. But thanks for the attempt!

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matt Brunson on 05/04/2014 at 1:30 AM

Re: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Spin City

"Long for the days of Topher Grace's Venom?" You should probably just go ahead and kill yourself.

1 like, 7 dislikes
Posted by Bradley Caine on 05/04/2014 at 12:50 AM

Re: “The 20 Greatest Rock Films Ever Made

I think, the film about Johnny Cash was real good. The music was great!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by temp987986876 on 04/05/2014 at 2:43 AM

Re: “The Grand Budapest Hotel: First-class accommodations

I wasn't really enthralled by this movie. It was colorful and zany, but also silly and over the top.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by dawn on 04/02/2014 at 7:18 PM

Re: “The 20 Greatest Rock Films Ever Made

No Monkees "HEAD?"

Posted by ANONYMOUS on 04/01/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Noah: Bold Biblical flick makes a splash

Noah doesn'y deserve 3 stars it was way off base, a little smoke put animals etc to sleep but not humans applying, bear trap that caught girl wasn't around in that era. not much of a movie

0 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Joe g on 04/01/2014 at 1:17 AM

Re: “The 20 Greatest Rock Films Ever Made

Apparently The Kids Are not Alright?

Posted by Larry on 03/27/2014 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Dark Shadows: Faulty Depp charge

Johnny Depp is the best actor ever. And I don't care about what haters say. I think Barnabas Collins from 2012 is just a hottie :D

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mrs Stench on 02/28/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “The Monuments Men: Artful Dodger

Ah, yes, Escape to Athena! Haven't seen that one in a looong time. What an eclectic cast THAT one had: Moore, Sonny Bono, Richard Roundtree, Elliott Gould, Telly Savalas, Stefanie Powers, David Niven. Thanks for the add!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matt Brunson on 02/07/2014 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The Monuments Men: Artful Dodger

Another Roger Moore film - Escape From Athena - also dealt with stolen art during the Nazi regime.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by RogerMooreis007James Bond on 02/07/2014 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Riddick: Pitch bleak

Hi, Bob. You have to go by the Rotten Tomatoes scale. A 57% on that site is deemed Rotten. Benjamin said he "liked this one a lot," which denotes the equivalent of a pretty high Fresh rating.

And definitely rent PITCH BLACK; it's far and away the best of the three.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matt Brunson on 01/26/2014 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Riddick: Pitch bleak

If 57% of audiences (not critics) liked it... then more than half liked it. How does that make your opnion closer than his?

I liked a lot about the movie, but honestly never saw Pitch Black so I may have to rent that. While liking it ... I will admit that the movie wandered around a bit and lacked cohesion.

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Bob on 01/26/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Academy rewards

Of local interest that native Charlottean Kristen Anderson Lopez nominated along with her husband for best song Let It Go from the movie Frozen. Kristen attended Country Day and used to do theatre at Children's Theatre.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by KatyDid on 01/22/2014 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Academy rewards

12 Years a Slave - Best Picture
Lupita Nyong'O - Best Supporting Actress
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Best Actor
Judi Dench - Best Actress
Barkhad Abdi - Best Supporting Actor
Original Screenplay - Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Adapted Screenplay - 12 Years a Slave
Best Director - Steve McQueen

Posted by Alicia Benjamin on 01/22/2014 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Riddick: Pitch bleak

Thanks for writing, Benjamin. I've only been doing this for over 25 years, but I will seriously weigh your opinion that I should immediately switch careers.

If you believe that all a critic should do is attempt to guess what others will think of a movie, then your interpretation of the job couldn't be more wrong. At any rate, RIDDICK has a mediocre 57% on Rotten Tomatoes from audiences (not critics), so I would say that my opinion is nevertheless closer than yours to "the rest of humanity."

("Chronicles of Riddick was fucking amazing, it is one of my favorite movies" -- heh heh, I'll be chuckling over that one for some time.)


3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matt Brunson on 01/20/2014 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Riddick: Pitch bleak

I'm not sure you should be critiquing movies. If all you are going to do is point out what you like and dislike, you have missed your calling by far. You need to learn to think about what others like, not yourself. Your opinion is completely worthless to the rest of humanity, it is what they will think that matters, and ultimately your recommendation needs to be based on what you think others will think about it. Everything else is a lie.

Having said that, I though Pitch Black was awesome, I though Chronicles of Riddick was fucking amazing, it is one of my favorite movies, and I liked this one a lot, as well. I can see why people wouldn't like them, but for me, they hit the spot. If you can not see why people liked them (especially Chronicles of Riddick, what an epic!) then I don't think you understand people very well, and that means that your writings and ratings become worthless.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Benjamin T. on 01/20/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Lone Survivor: Valor stamped, SEALed and delivered

Actually, I thought those scenes DID tie everything into nice bows. But thanks for writing!

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matt Brunson on 01/13/2014 at 11:00 PM

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