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Comment Archives: stories: Film

Re: “Pawn Sacrifice is a Solid Biopic of Chess' Biggest Celebrity

Media coverage during that time was one-half Cold War jingoism and the other half like a heavyweight championship fight; at the height of his popularity, Sports Illustrated photographed Fischer "working out" on a heavy bag while inside a gym. For many children of that era , the best-selling book - "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" - became their pathway to learning the game.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 09/23/2015 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Exposes Company's Dark side

Seemingly forgotten is an impeccably-researched book from the early 1990s - "Steve Jobs & the NeXT Big Thing" by Randall E. Stross - that sliced through the finely crafted myth of a brilliant and benevolent leader with the magnificent Midas touch.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 09/02/2015 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Film Spotlight: Diary of a Teenage Girl

Five months ago you wrote about "It Follows, describing a scene with the boyfriend where "He drugs her, ties her to a wheelchair in a vacant parking garage and informs her that "a thing" will begin to follow her."And then, according to your account he deceptively tells her, "The only way to get rid of it, he says, is by sleeping with someone else." But in this case you say the film, "this one feels fresh."
But now comes a film about a teenaged girl living out her sexual awakening and you trash it as a "descent from virginal schoolgirl to sex-crazed outcast is portrayed not as a descent, but as an experiment rather in keeping with the spirit of Left Coast bohemia." Since when is the awakening of sexual desire a "descent"? Why is the timeless human experience of puberty, with all its effervescent lust and desire, in the case of a 15-year-old female labeled as "crazed"?
Are you being prudish? The lament to the "descent" of the "virginal schoolgirl" makes that blantantly obvious. Did you misread the intent of the film? According to nearly every other review that I have read - Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, Washington Post - yes, you blew it. The film represents the coming of age from a female point of view. Yes, 15 year old females can get horny, just like the guys. And that's normal and its okay; even if its a girl.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by iconclast on 08/27/2015 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Film Review of the Week: Trainwreck

Hey, X, you do realize that there is a type of humor that involves people saying things they know are horrible for comedic effect, right? Its called "joking"

Posted by sja7044 on 07/21/2015 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Film Review of the Week: Trainwreck

too bad shes a racist piece of trash

0 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by x on 07/16/2015 at 12:29 AM

Re: “Film Review of the Week: Welcome to Me

This movie isn't even playing in Cleveland...

Posted by Okay... on 05/06/2015 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Film Review of the Week: Ex Machina

Welcome to Kraftwerk's "Computer World".

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 04/22/2015 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Film Spotlight: Road Hard

He has written 3 books....all of which were on the New York Times best sellers list...

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bryan Olszewski on 03/04/2015 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Cooper is Great, 'American Sniper' Isn’t

The movie was outstanding. It gave a better portrayal of what war is really like, even better than "Saving Private Ryan" and "We Were Soldiers." Eastwood did a great job and Bradley Cooper was amazing.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Susan Daniels on 01/17/2015 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Cooper is Great, 'American Sniper' Isn’t

Chris Kyle IS a hero. Plain and simple.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Logan Thompson on 01/17/2015 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Film Spotlight: Cleveland Cinemas Announces Lineup for 2015 Melt Bar and Grilled Late Shift Series

Bring It On!? How on earth did that get onto a list with these other respectable films? Really makes me question my loyalty to art theater...

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Concerned Clevelander on 12/21/2014 at 2:53 AM
Posted by wannabkop on 12/05/2014 at 1:08 AM

Re: “Film Spotlight: Big Hero 6

" suggests to kids that superheroism isn't necessarily the exclusive province of Marvel Comics."

I'm not sure if Mr. Allard is aware, but this movie is based on Marvel characters (possible due to Disney acquiring Marvel in 2009).

Posted by mowgli on 11/06/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Film Spotlight: Child of God

I have not seen the movie, but I cannot help but to notice your extreme distaste for Mr. Franco. I hope that is not what is flavoring your review. Oh, that's right, yes it is.

Posted by Lee King on 11/05/2014 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Film Review of the Week: Guardians of the Galaxy

People don't give Farscape the credit it deserves for being closely related to GOTG, even more so than Star Wars, in my opinion.

And it's Gamora, not Gamorah

Posted by Christopher M. Enis on 08/04/2014 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Film Review of the Week: Wish I Was Here

For future reference:
Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman,
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk,
Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton
Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal
Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin
Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht, Halston Sage, Seth

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave
Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy
Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either
raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Alexa
Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac

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 Jennifer Salk on 07/29/2014 at 6:04 PM

Re: “Film Spotlight: The Signal

Just saw The Signal and cannot stop thinking about it. Great must see movie with non stop genre bending excitement.

Posted by The Sloth on 06/15/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Film Review of the Week: Cold in July

Excellent movie with great sound track..

Posted by Ashkan Abtahi on 05/28/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Film Review of the Week: Jodorowsky's Dune

I watched "Holy Mountain" when bored and choosing films by key words. I would have to say that without intense intellectual effort "Holy Mountain" does come off as a wacky surreal nonsensical film. I have failed to get anyone else to sit through it.

Posted by Robert Rune on 05/23/2014 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Film Review of the Week: Jodorowsky's Dune

"The Holy Mountain" and "El Topo" are hardly "wacky stuff". They are widely considered cinematic masterpieces. This piece is a disservice to Jodorowsky and cinema in general. Really awful writing and flippant commentary.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by plasticefx on 04/24/2014 at 4:13 PM



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