This so called attempt at a review is a predictable and feeble bore . The MAN OF STEEL is an awesome movie to be seen again and again . More than usual for most movies ... the audiences for MAN OF STEEL are totally disagreeing with the naysayers . The critical and financial success of MAN OF STEEL is being decided by audiences ... not by the movie critics taking pot shots at an awesome movie in some sort of lame attempt to bring it down .
The review's premise was off from the start.
"...Superman, which still ranks as the greatest superhero movie ever made."
Not even close.
Another in an endless amount of critical reviews by reviewers caught in the past. I enjoyed Donner's original; I am even entertained by it today, but it is campy and dated. I am glad for a serious reboot more in alignment with DC's latest stories, without the Donner/Lester campiness.
This from the same idiot that gave the Internship 3 out of 4 stars.........LMAO!!! How did that work out with moviegoers?
Seen the film, this review is a prime example of personal expectations before the film not being met = bad movie review. It could only get more acute if one were to say.... 'reboot' the bible. While I agree the pace too often leaves too little time for the emotion to set in...it is in there. It's just we don't have enough time to sit with it and let those moments sink in. That said, this review is way off at 1 1/2 stars. If superman never existed for this reviewer and this movie was reviewed as a new character I believe, though certainly not Oscar material, the story and plot are very well written and executed. Because of the pace however this is the kind of film that could give more milieage on repeat viewing as the nuances of the scenes becomes more apparent.
Actually, Cinebarre did away with that policy. Once they heard the public's reaction to the signs they immediately changed it, before it was ever enacted.
You forgot to mention that Cinebarre doesn't accept government issued currency. They only accept bank issued plastic currency.
Guess where I will never go.
I'm sorry, but club or not, the movie experience at Mez was WAY better than SMG. They had to try hard to take it down a notch. The food is terrible (think frozen TGIFridays boxes and the like), where Mez had upscale restaurant quality food. They have to keep the aisle lights on at all times now for the servers, and if you have 3d glasses on, they have a glare the whole time. They dumbed down their drink menu and hired bartenders who seem like they've never mixed a drink in their life. What was wrong with ordering your own food and drink outside and bringing it in, so as to not disturb the other half of the audience? I swear, it takes a small army of servers to make this happen, some who do NOT try all that hard to be quiet, so I can't imagine how its a good business model. I used to go to Mez all the time, but have written SMG off for good.
Wait, Walter Mathau was a comedian?
Thanks for writing, dsync. Actually, I have read the novel (more than once), and yes, I am among the millions who think it's a classic. I'm sorry it remains a surface read for you, though.
Also, while the book did indeed receive less than stellar reviews upon its release (though not quite "universally panned" as you claim), it enjoyed a resurgence during the war years (WWII), well before the "hipster beatniks."
You apparently haven't ever read the novel. I suggest that you do, its smugness and emptiness is precisely why it was thought of as trash and why it was universally panned by critics when it was released. It took hipster beatniks to find any meaning in it at all, and they somehow deluded the rest of you into thinking it held some deep meaning about the human soul.
It doesn't, and neither does the movie. A bad book, becomes a bad movie...though at least the movie was visually appeasing.
Good and nice information. Thanks for this post.
I agree with your review completely. Well articulated
Hi, Wayne. Thanks for your comments on all three stories. I agree with you about KING CREOLE being one of Elvis' best (and best-acted) films. I would also rank FOLLOW THAT DREAM and KID GALAHAD among his finest flicks (though neither are musicals, of course).
As to your comment on the Worst article: Yes to the dreadful UNDER THE CHERRY MOON. And let's not forget that mind-boggling futuristic-disco movie THE APPLE.
I would replace "Almost Famous" with "Under the Cherry Moon" or "The Song Remains the Same."
Pretty good list overall, although I would agree that "Don't Look Back" has been sadly overlooked. I own eight of these but should also have "Stop Making Sense" and "Yellow Submarine."
Shapiro: Elvis actually had two other standouts in his cinematic career. "Viva Las Vegas" was the best of his '60s cheeseball films and is quite entertaining, but "King Creole" is the real diamond in the rough. For one thing, it was directed by Michael Curtiz, who was responsible for no less than "Casablanca" among other classics. Like "Jailhouse Rock," it was a tougher film than what came later, and Elvis and the rest of the cast (including Walter Matthau, Carolyn Jones, and Dean Jagger) give worthy performances. And though the music might not be classified as straight rock 'n' roll, it's still Elvis doing his thing, so close enough.
Besides "Don't Look Back," which most definitely should've been on the list, I would also like to mention "X: The Unheard Music," "The Girl Can't Help It," "Urgh! A Music War" and "Absolute Beginners" (which technically is mostly jazz-pop, but close enough). "The Runaways" ain't bad either, and I have a lot of affection for the Beatlemania tribute "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." And where does "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" fit in the grand history of rock movies? Good, bad, undecided? Shukla: I graduated from high school in 1980 but didn't have any exposure to "The Song Remains the Same" until someone decided to play it at the Tower Video store I was working at years later. It annoyed the ever-lovin' shit outta me!
On point as always sir.
Thanks for writing, Pete. But "top 10 movies of all time"? Wow. Just ... wow.
And while I greatly enjoy The Fifth Element, Jurassic Park and Independence Day, if sci-fi is your favorite genre, might I recommend 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Fritz Lang's Metropolis and many others made BEFORE the 1990s?
Matt, just because the movie had you thinking at the beginning that it was going to finish out as a good version of Battlefield Earth (based on the storyline at the beginning) and then took a different path (more reminiscent of an Outer Limits or Twilight Zone episode) doesn't make it a lesser movie with plot holes as you claim (and there were zero plot holes btw). I, for one, put Oblivion in my top 10 movies of all time, with sci fi being my favorite genre. It's right up there with The Fifth Element, Jurassic Park, and Independence Day. Your reviews are starting to become as useless as Lawrence Toppman's became ages ago. (And no, that is not a compliment being compared to Toppman.) --Pete
What are you talking about? What questions are unanswered? Seemed pretty wrapped up to me.
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