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Comment Archives: stories: Film

Re: “Summer Movie Wrap: The Heat Is On

nnekawells: Sad indeed, but thank goodness for DVD!

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Posted by Matt Brunson on 09/14/2013 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Summer Movie Wrap: The Heat Is On

Can't believe you missed Fruitvsle Station!

Posted by nnekawells on 09/14/2013 at 4:54 PM

Re: “The 20 Greatest Rock Films Ever Made

Great list! Since I respect your choices of the great ones I've seen and loved, it makes me want to check out the ones on your list I haven't seen - which is what a good list should do, I reckon!
P. S. I agree that KING CREOLE is worth watching, and I liked ALMOST FAMOUS.

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Posted by justaguy on 09/14/2013 at 2:06 AM

Re: “Look! Up On The Screen!: The best and worst superhero films of all time

The Crow? Really? I thought it was boring.

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Posted by Avid Movie Fan on 09/07/2013 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Look! Up On The Screen!: The best and worst superhero films of all time

Thanks for writing, davidhgi. I of course disagree that SUPERMAN doesn't hold up and was just "good for it's [SIC] time"; just because a movie doesn't have up-to-the-minute CGI doesn't mean it's outlived its usefulness or appeal. And by your logic, if I can't have V FOR VENDETTA, a movie about a costumed hero with no real superpowers, then I also can't have any movies featuring Batman, another costumed hero with no real superpowers. As for 300, that doesn't deserve to be on ANY "Best" list (although FROM HELL is very underrated).

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Posted by Matt Brunson on 08/26/2013 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Look! Up On The Screen!: The best and worst superhero films of all time

Please Matt, don't do this ever again. There's no problem with your Worst list but your Best list was just a mess. "Superman"? It was good for it's time but doesn't hold up over time. It may deserve an honorable mention but to have it top the list but the superior sequel doesn't make it disrespect and invalidates the whole thing.
The same argument works against "X-Men" with it's convoluted plot and unremarkable performances of half the cast.
And play by the rules you set. If it's a list of superhero films and not general comic book based movies, then you can't have "V For Vendetta". Why not "300"? Or "From Hell"?
Just an odd list that shouldn't be repeated.

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Posted by davidhgi on 08/26/2013 at 12:57 PM

Re: “The Spectacular Now: Sober and satisfying

My bad; corrected. Thanks for the catch!

Posted by Matt Brunson on 08/26/2013 at 12:15 PM

Re: “The Spectacular Now: Sober and satisfying

Just fyi, you wrote Sutton instead of Sutter a few times in the post.

Posted by Max on 08/26/2013 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Lee Daniels' The Butler: White House down

A "prez dispenser" -- love it, Matt!

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Posted by Mark Kemp on 08/25/2013 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Amour, Body Double, Greystoke among new home entertainment titles

The Body Double blu was a limited release and it's already sold out.

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Posted by Garth Vader on 08/22/2013 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Elysium: Coming down from cloud 9

I would like to believe that this final script could not have been what Blomkamp started with. There must have been some major editing; the movie felt hollow - a shadow of the movie I thought I was going to see. I could rant for a while about how ridiculous parts / characters/actors were in my estimation (ie: Jodie Foster's on-again off-again "French" accent, Damon's character being so clueless, no explanation of why everyone in Elysium had a facial tattoo of sorts etc.... )Too bad. It could have been a great film - if it wasn't so aimless.

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Posted by DisappointedNYC on 08/11/2013 at 12:29 AM

Re: “Look! Up On The Screen!: The best and worst superhero films of all time

Top 5 worse doesn't have Electra? Or the Rebb Brown Captain America?

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Posted by Devin Walker on 08/02/2013 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Look! Up On The Screen!: The best and worst superhero films of all time

Matt, i picked up a copy of the paper on a whim solely because of your cover story, and you did not disappoint! It was interesting to me that you not only included The Incredibles, but listed it at number 4! A unique choice, and subject to debate I'm sure, but you'll get no debate from me. In fact, I essentially agreed with the reasoning behind your picks for both the good and the bad, aside from X-Men: First Class - (and where was Spider-Man 3 in your list? I know it's been overly criticized, but come on.) However, the reason I got online at all is for your critique of The Spirit. You could not have been more hilariously spot-on in your review. Honestly, the chosen method of lighting in that movie alone should have been grounds for banning the film in at least 13 countries. Well, maybe that's being a bit unfair of me...still, I often do think to myself, if i ever run out of toilet paper, at least I have my old copy of The Spirit. (Which I bought BEFORE ever viewing, be assured.)

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Posted by Hannah Engle on 08/01/2013 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Look! Up On The Screen!: The best and worst superhero films of all time

Hey Matt, except for Spider-Man, (Tobey pulled the mask off way too much and Peter NEVER yelled at Uncle Ben!), I totally agree with your list. I especially liked that you recognized "The Incredibles" was not just a cartoon but a dang good movie. What do you think about adding "Unbreakable" to the list? I thought it was like a subtle version of Superman that rose above the usual craptastic fare of M Night.

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Posted by Darrell Antley on 08/01/2013 at 5:17 PM

Re: “The Conjuring offers modest thrills

I agree with this review totally. The Conjuring is just well-made but apart from that it's the same old formula stuff you see in all horror films. Come on - can we get out of the haunted house and scary little girls tricks for once!

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Posted by Sailesh Ghelani on 07/31/2013 at 11:43 AM

Re: “The Conjuring offers modest thrills

this guy has no idea what he is talking about, we should expect more from our horror films? what do purpose we should get. this movie is the scariest best done horror movie have seen since Poltergeist. Yes, it is not a new take on the haunted house theme, but it does better than any in recent memory. It does old school style, setting mood, generating real scares not gross out scenes. the fact that you can sit their and say it was not a good horror film proves one thing the fact you have not seen many. i have spent most of my life watching scary movies, i have seen thousands of them, i own over a thousand horror films. this is one of the best, you mention the The Decent, i was not impressed it was okay, but nothing to write home about. it was a better version of The Cave. This is a movie that makes squirm, makes you curse under your breath, sends shivers down your spine. That is what i want and something had been missing for a while. it is something i got with the Conjuring. we do expect more and we got it with this movie.

13 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by commonman75 on 07/30/2013 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Pacific Rim: Guillermo del Toro's soggy summer blockbuster

Aw Matt, I'm disappointed you didn't like it. I'm going to disagree that this movie has much to do with Emmerich or Bay as Del Toro clearly has a lot more sympathy for property damage than those two. There wasn't really a moment where someone walks by another person getting obliterated without batting an eye. There's a real sense of the effects of these fights on this world and some sympathy for the plight of people living under these conditions. I thought the actions in this movie had genuine consequences, which really don't happen in Bay or Emmerich's films.

Also I disagree with you that this doesn't fit in visually with Del Toro's previous work. Sure, this is a big budget Hollywood movie but it's also the grungiest looking big budget Hollywood movie I've seen in ages. Instead of creating giant robots and a base that was design by Apple, we have robots that look like they've been used repeatedly and a base that has certainly seen better days. Del Toro has a real affinity for world building in his films and while I can agreed it's a little subdued in this film, it's still on display. I doubt any other director would have had an entire section of a city built out of the carcass of a dead monster let alone actually make a set of it. Also I am 90% certain that if Del Toro didn't have a hand in this script, there probably wouldn't have been a black market for Kaiju body parts which I think is a very Del Toro thing. Also this film clearly had a color palette and honest to god cinematography which I don't think I've ever seen in a Bay or Emmerich film. It's a subdued aesthetic but it's definitely a Del Toro aesthetic firmly on display in this movie.

Is this my favorite Del Toro movie? Not by a longshot. Still I think there's enough of him in this film that it elevates it past standard blockbuster fare.

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Posted by Dan Morris on 07/19/2013 at 1:10 PM

Re: “The Lone Ranger: Saddle sores

Lone Ranger was not a fool but this movie was

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Posted by Movie watcher on 07/17/2013 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Pacific Rim: Guillermo del Toro's soggy summer blockbuster

Thanks for writing, everyone. And yes, ReallyMatt?, the original GROWN UPS made my 10 Worst list for its year, so naturally I'm "going to see Grown ups 2 instead." Dumb, indeed.

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Posted by Matt Brunson on 07/14/2013 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Pacific Rim: Guillermo del Toro's soggy summer blockbuster

Honestly Matt ,have you ever seen a Kaiju movie? If you go into this your going to hate it.This movie took me backto my childhood watching Godzilla vs The Smog Monster at the Saturday matinee.It was pure super hero fun . That's all it was meant to be . .

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Posted by Tim Elliott on 07/14/2013 at 2:21 PM

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