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Comment Archives: stories: Film: Film Features

Re: “"The Founder" is Good, but Reveres McDonald's Monstrous Empire Builder

Mickey D's (only inner-city blacks used to call it that, and now they even call themselves that) was a model of efficiency and offered good, cheap product in the mid-Fifties. I was 8-9 years old then, and I remember other local chains in suburban Chicago that had carhops and lousy service and bad-tasting food.

One was called Richard's "Car-feteria"--and McDonald's destroyed them in a hurry. Another outfit called Henry's tried to copy Mickey D's, and they didn't last a decade.

McDonald's was family-friendly, too, at least in their pioneer days.. You filled out a form and they sent you a post card that was good for a free hamburger on your birthday. Our dog Lucky soon became our little sister...whose name was Lucy. Brand loyalties begin early. I still prefer the Arches to anybody else.

As for the classic Eastern diners, they were few and far between in Illinois, so we didn't miss them much when they went away.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 01/19/2017 at 7:55 PM

Re: “"The Founder" is Good, but Reveres McDonald's Monstrous Empire Builder

McDonald's was to the locally owned and operated diner what Walmart became to locally owned and operated stores.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 01/18/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Northeast Ohio Provides the Setting for The Bye Bye Man

ESPN 850 WKNR had a "contest" to send listeners to a screening of the movie (the day of the screening), but on-air discount ad salesmen Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer treated it like a joke......they must not have received boxes of free stuff from the deal.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 01/15/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “'Collateral Beauty'? Please. Even an All-Star Cast Can't Dislodge This Steaming Pile of Holiday Pap

Is it worse than Love Actually? Because that is the gold standard for bad movies.

Posted by Squid on 12/16/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “'Collateral Beauty'? Please. Even an All-Star Cast Can't Dislodge This Steaming Pile of Holiday Pap

I'm sorry you have no taste. I've lost my daughter and would love to see how they bring him back. So you can shove your opinion up your ass

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Posted by thatguy216 on 12/16/2016 at 1:45 AM

Re: “'Collateral Beauty'? Please. Even an All-Star Cast Can't Dislodge This Steaming Pile of Holiday Pap

I'm sorry you don't know how to relax and enjoy movies.

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Posted by Catherine on 12/14/2016 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Despite Sappy Christian Stuff, Mel Gibson's Latest is Accomplished War Drama

God forbid there should be any Christian imagery, we might melt.

Posted by Dennis on 11/08/2016 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Despite Sappy Christian Stuff, Mel Gibson's Latest is Accomplished War Drama

Sam sounds pretty 'preachy' in his reviews. The religion of Sam is what Sam believes in, and Sam says so.

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Posted by Robert Glass on 11/08/2016 at 12:42 AM

Re: “Latest Robert Langdon Mystery is Its Own Circle of Hell

My husband, who enjoyed the book, was quite discontent with the convenient ending of the film, that was not at all true to the book. The film script really wimped out.

Posted by Deb B. on 11/04/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Film Spotlight: The Handmaiden

You will want to go to this movie with your boyfriend, girlfriend, whomever. The film might be deeply misanthropic, but who will notice with the authentic, air-gasping lesbian/Asian sex. Beautifully photographed and well-paced story.

Posted by skeptic on 11/03/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Despite Sappy Christian Stuff, Mel Gibson's Latest is Accomplished War Drama

I get that you don't do religion, Sam, but of course, you're not alone in the world; right? Lots of people, in fact most of us, are not turned off by religion at all. What's more, since it's art we're talking about, you're free to not like it. Perhaps you're offended by Michelangelo, too? I can't help but to think that if the film championed some atheistic ethic you'd be calling it, "one of the best feel-good movies of the year." So, yeah, maybe you don't like Gibson's religion, but lots of us don't much care for yours either.

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Posted by Joe in Hudson on 11/02/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Film Spotlight: Denial

BAD lead. David Irving was not on trial - he was the PLAINTIFF. Deborah Lipstadt was on trial, and she was acquitted.


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Posted by N. Joseph Potts on 10/19/2016 at 11:25 AM

Re: “'Birth of a Nation' Depicts Slavery's Cruelty in Graphic Detail

The first cinematic response to "The Clansman"/"The Birth of a Nation" was slated to be "The Birth of a Race", which was released in December 1918. But tying the film to World War One - with vignettes from American history and the Bible - ruined the sweeping vision of screenwriter Emmett J. Scott. More than one-half of Scott's movie was shot when the production company destroyed the footage and the original script was discarded.

A contemporary movie review in Variety hinted at racism, as much as war: "The Selig Company, which had arranged to produce the picture dropped out due to the character of its propaganda, whereupon the character of the picture was altered. A large quantity of film, depicting certain phases of the advancement of the Negro race, was dropped."

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 10/05/2016 at 10:33 AM

Re: “'The Magnificent Seven' is Balm for Weak Summer Season

The summer has been a massive dud for the silver screen.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 09/23/2016 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival Set to Shine on Biggest Stage Yet

The personal and professional struggles of Davone Bess are profiled in "Pass Interference" -- director Branson Wright and editor Joddy Eric Matthews tackle head-on the "taboo" subject of a player with mental illness inside a locker room and the next-man-up culture of the pro sports business. Perhaps more serious discussion on the subject will bring out of the shadows the tragic story of Tony Horton.....whose once bright MLB career with the Cleveland Indians ended with his attempted suicide in August 1970 at the Bluegrass Hotel.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 09/19/2016 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Film Spotlight: Snowden

Oliver Stone can turn an unexpected thunder storm into a conspiracy theory.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 09/14/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Two Bright Lights Between Oceans: Fassbender, Vikander Shine in Tortured Love Story

Not one but two grisly miscarriages are depicted on screen...
Not one but two excellent reasons to stay the fuck away.

Chuckles the Clown.

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 09/03/2016 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Mils, Marriage and Dysfunction: All Three are Center Stage in Rom-com-dram 'The Intervention'

I was at a screening of it at Sundance and in the Q&A they mentioned that Cobie Smulders actually broken her leg in real life and they had to incorporate that into her character at the last minute during shooting.

Posted by filmlova on 08/24/2016 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Film Spotlight: Anthropoid

Hitler described Heydrich as "the man with the iron heart". He who was also a key figure in the Röhm Putsch, which consolidated Hitler's domestic power as a supreme leader.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/10/2016 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Ensemble Cast Combines for Woody Allen's Best Effort Since 'Midnight in Paris'

Actors of fully Jewish background: Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Erin Heatherton, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Esti Ginzburg, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Emory Cohen, Scott Mechlowicz, Odeya Rush, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

Andrew Garfield and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of their parents are).

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Ryan Potter, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black D’Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, and Harrison Ford (whose maternal grandparents were both Jewish, despite those Hanukkah Song lyrics).

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr. and Sean Penn were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer and Chris Pine are part Jewish.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Posted by sgosgosgo on 07/30/2016 at 3:47 AM



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