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Re: “Naughty Bits

Yeah, it doesn't, and isn't intended to make fun of a genre. Not sure what gave that impression. Mask? Seriously?

Posted by Brian McDonnell on 02/12/2016 at 6:52 PM

Re: “A World of Possibility

Why doesn't Michael Moore search the earth for a diet that works? Maybe some of that bariatric surgery to get his eating under control? We know he can find the Golden Corral with his eyes closed and eat his weight in apple pie. This guy is just another morbidly obese Canadian socialist who left his country in search of a place to complain about. Why does he hate America so much? We invented the pop tart and sugary soda, two things he needs in large quantities. We have developed a dozen new treatments for diabetes, we know he needs those.

He came here to remind American why we need border security and better screening of immigrants. If we divided the food he ate last week up it would have probably fed 250 people in Central America and the energy required to keep him at room temperature is melting the ice caps.

Do the world a favor, watch something else.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by whocares on 02/11/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Don't Forget

Your review had some credibility until the " Guantanamo " reference.

Posted by Michael Kuhn on 01/17/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “It Was a Very Good Year

perhaps these were a basement showing on E. Sprague...

Posted by Proactivator on 01/05/2016 at 6:50 PM

Re: “It Was a Very Good Year

To quote a great line from an entertaining movie of yesteryear, "I've seen better film on teeth."

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Posted by whocares on 01/05/2016 at 2:15 PM

Re: “It Was a Very Good Year

What 50 seat theater are these films shown? ........Yawn

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Posted by Proactivator on 01/04/2016 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Comeback Fight

I'm I remember it right, I was only three years old when the first of the 345,876 "Rocky" movies came out. Rocky was a 40 year old boxer back then. Now the old Rocky is Mick and Rocky is a black kid from the mean streets of a multi-millionaire life left to him by his famous and wealthy boxing champion father.

A few dozen "Creed" movies, rehashing this tired boxing drama will no doubt keep Stallone in HGH and 'roids until he finally keels over at the age of 95.

Posted by whocares on 12/28/2015 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Space Fans

Really? The force awakened? This entire movie is a long drawn on preview for a movie we should have got to see. Instead we got to spend two hours watching the stupidest Storm Trooper in the galaxy try to get with the white chick.

Oh, and a mind reading idiot who wished he was 1/25th of a hair on Darth Vader's ass.

This movie gives imaginary a bad name.

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Posted by whocares on 12/28/2015 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Ode to Joy-less

I saw Joy yesterday and here is what I took away from it. No matter what kind of influences you have in your life, good, bad, crazy, non-supportive or whatever they may be, the most important thing is if you believe in yourself and work hard you can achieve your dreams. Despite all the obstacles she encountered and she had more than most, she forged ahead when quitting would have been so much easier.
Yes, this movie should have been record by a woman because it speaks to women. Having it reviewed by a man is equivalent to the presentation Todd did with Joy's mop on QVC. No justice!

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Posted by Debbie Wolpe Laichter on 12/27/2015 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Ode to Joy-less

not sure to what to do with a review that thinks the problem with a movie is jennifer lawrence....

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Posted by Joshua Long on 12/27/2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Ode to Joy-less

You missed the point of the story. It has little to do with the mop and everything to do perservance, relentlessly reinventing yourself and overcoming obstacles. If I thought it was about a mop, I would have been bored as well. The underdog/comeback plot is a Hollywood staple and doesn't have to only be reserved for sport films. Perhaps the movie appeals more to woman and would have fared better if reviewed by a woman as well.

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Posted by Laurie L Ross on 12/26/2015 at 2:43 PM

Re: “License to Bore

Spoiler alert!!!! Stop reading now.

The real mystery in a James Bond movie is how can he get hit by boulders, rocks, trucks, cars, explosions and then tortured and still never wrinkle the suit? The hell with "Q" and all those crappy gadgets, let me have the number to the guy who makes those suits already. Dry cleaning will be a thing of the past. If James Bond were real, his junk would have rotted off faster than Charlie Sheens. This is the one guy in the world of spy's who needs a case of rubbers and a confidence check from the doc after every deployment. Can anyone say, "double OO, HIV?" or "license in infect with an STD?"

An endless stream of misery was heaped upon the British empire in the last four or five James Bond movies. Billions of pounds in national wealth was squandered repairing the damage done by a mysterious group of evil men, hundreds dead and more wounded. All of it was caused because the leader of the band of idiots known as "Spectre" had a crappy childhood and was mad at his boyhood pal,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,James Bond.


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Posted by Sean Connery rules on 12/08/2015 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Historical Miss

The movie Trumbo completely misrepresents the avarice conniving man that Trumbo was, he was all about the money and getting attention, he was not a hero, just a grandstander who took from others if he could get away with it.

So how about the truth and getting the facts right about Trumbo.

Fact – Trumbo was a fast writer and during the Blacklist period he was forced to write and rewrite scripts for less money for low-life producers like the King Bros and anyone else who paid him under the table. Trumbo did it for the money. The King Bros’s nephew Robert Rich, who was listed as the author, was an office errand boy and bag man who picked up scripts and delivered cash to pay Trumbo.

Fact - Roman Holiday may be Trumbo’s story for all I know, but he was not in Italy during the shooting of the film where most of the script was re-written by Director Billy Wyler and screenwriter Ian Hunter. They wrote script on set day to day and the nights before shooting the film, as was Wyler’s method of film making. Ian Hunter’s son would not return the Oscar when asked by the Academy to do so in order that the Academy issue Trumbo the Oscar decades later.

Fact - Dalton Trumbo lied about being the original author of the 1956 Oscar winning film, “The Brave One”. My father wrote the original screenplay.

Fact – “The Brave One” script marked “#1” with 170 pages is archived in the University of Wisconsin Library where Trumbo donated all his work. The “#1” script’s Title page was removed and no author was mentioned.

Fact - The “first version” (133 pages) and “second version” (119 pages) of the scripts listed “Screenplay by: Arthur J. Henley”.

Fact - The last two scripts listed “Screenplay by Merrill G. White and Harry S Franklin, Based on an Original Story by Robert L. Rich”.

Fact – When the King Bros listed their nephew Robert Rich as author they had no idea that “The Brave One” would be nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Story.

Fact - Robert Rich did not attend the Oscar awards because he was cooperating with the FBI who were watching Trumbo and he didn’t want to be publicly humiliated when the truth came out (FBI File Number: 100-1338754; Serial: 1118; Part: 13 of 15).

Fact - White and Franklin were editors and acting as shills for Trumbo before and after “The Brave One” movie. The King Bros did not initially intend that their nephew Robert Rich be a front for Trumbo. White and/or Franklin were fronts for Trumbo. It was only after the media played up the no-show at the Oscars that the King Bros and Trumbo saw this as a way to sell tickets and Trumbo could play the media as well as he wrote.

Fact – My Spanish father, Juan Duval, was a member of the Writer’s Guild of America (West). The WGAW destroyed my father’s original screenplays, which I’m told was the practice of WGAW.

Fact - Juan Duval, poet, dancer, choreographer, composer and director of stage and film, wrote the original story/screenplay that The Brave One was based and presented it to a shareholder in the King Bros production company, who then gave it to Morrie King (one of the three King brothers). My father died before film production began.

Trumbo re-wrote the screenplay and removed 50+ pages from the original script, some of which, was about the Catholic ritual of blessing the bulls before a bull fight.

If you read the screenplay marked #1 and the redacted letters in Trumbo’s book, “Additional Dialogue, Letters of Dalton Trumbo, 1942-1962” and compare them to the rewritten scripts and un-redacted letters archived at the University of Wisconsin Library, it’s obvious that Trumbo didn’t write the original screenplay, otherwise, why would he criticize and complain to the King Bros in so many letters about the original screenplay.

My father was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1897, he matriculated from the Monastery at Monserrat and moved to Paris in 1913, where he was renowned as a Classical Spanish and Apache dancer. In 1915, he was conscripted into the French Army and fought in Tunis and then at Verdun, where he was partially gassed and suffered head wounds. He joined the US Army after WWI and was stationed in occupied Germany for 2 years before immigrating to the US where he set-up a Flamenco dance studio in Hollywood, CA. My father worked in film and stage productions, and choreographed at least one sword fighting scene with Rudolf Valentino and made movies in Mexico and Cuba.

In 1935, my father directed the highest grossing Spanish speaking movie up to that time, which starred Movita (Marlon Brandon's second wife). My father's best friend was Federico Garcia Lorca and he tried to talk Lorca out of re-entering Spain in July 1936. In 1937, my father published a series of articles about the presence of Nazis in the Canary Islands and in one of the articles, he named who murdered Lorca and why.

My father joined the US Army Air Force in January 1942 and was sent to Tunis where he had fought in WWI. He was fluent in five languages and served as a Tech Sargent. He was Honorably Discharged for ill health in 1943, the same year that Trumbo joined the Communist Party.

Mizi Trumbo refused to talk to me about The Brave One original screenplay.

If Trumbo posthumously received the Oscar for the Roman Holiday story, then my father’s original story which the movie “The Brave One” was based certainly deserves to be recognized by Hollywood and the Academy of Arts and Sciences and posthumously awarded the Oscar for “Best Original Story”.

Before former Director of the Academy of Arts and Sciences Bruce Davis retired, he told me that because of the documentation that I provided him, he was inclined to believe that my father wrote the original screenplay which the movie, “The Brave One” was based.

I request that the Academy recognize my father’s work and issue him an Oscar for his original story and screenplay which the 1956 movie, “The Brave One” was based.

Comment by John Hart Duval

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Posted by John Duval on 12/01/2015 at 2:27 AM

Re: “Historical Miss

Perhaps Hollywood's urge to exhume Joe McCarthy every now and again is because so many of them repudiated their beliefs to preserve their privileges. Kicking McCarthy's corpse around when there's no risk assuages their sense of guilt and helps create a false sense of principled courage.

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Posted by muddydog on 11/27/2015 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Wrapping it Up

Excited to see the conclusion. Books have been great!…

Posted by propertymanagement on 11/22/2015 at 6:01 AM

Re: “Good Old Charlie Brown

Im looking forward to seeing it being a lifetime Peanuts especially Snoopy fan.
As for Spectre, you were wrong, dead wrong. From the return of the iconic camera eye following Bond across the screen till he turns n fires (which was finally moved back to its rightful place) to the spectacular opening sequence in Mexico City, through a high speed car chase thru Rome to Bond in a beat up airplane chasimg suvs thru Austria. The movie did not disappoint,plot twists which were partially ruined by the internet n i think an excellent choice to play Blofeld the bead of the films title terrorist organization and his henchman played by Batista of WWE fame was a bad ass while showing a certain charm without saying but one line. I do wish they said what S.P.E.C.T.R.E. stands for because i just plain forgot. And of course theres Danial Craig as whoelse, Bond. I think he continues to be the best Bond since Sean Connery with his style, charm,and no nonsense approach with alot more humor than his last 3 films.
I could go on but in short, Spectre delivers and a whole lot of and then some. Being a lifelong fan of not only the movies but reading all of Flemmings novels, just keeps kicking tail, saving the world & getting the like no other character in cinema history. The original, everything else is just second best and a copy. As Carley Simon sang NOBODY DOES IT BETTER. So i raise my vodka martini shaken not stirred to Bond, James Bond after over 50yrs & 6 different portayers is still the standard to which all action heroes are measured. Salude!

Posted by Neal D 1963 on 11/07/2015 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Gods Eater Burst

This game came out years ago. What's next for review? Sonic and Knuckles? Lol

Posted by Haa Haa! on 10/28/2015 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Mountain of a Movie

I applaud Universal/Working Title for breaking new ground and not sticking to the 'Into Thin Air' version of the 1996 Everest tragedy, which is maybe why this book is not in this film's Credits, something that has not gone unnoticed by some professional reviewers.

Universal/the Director referred to Jon Krakauer as 'a writer who just happened to be on the mountain at the time'. To learn more about what actually caused this seminal event you will need to read 'A Day to Die For' and 'After the Wind'. Well done Working Title and Baltasar Kormakur for daring to break the mold!

Posted by Peter on 10/14/2015 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Matt Damon vs. Outer Space

A couple of years ago, Matt went to outer space to get free health care for all of the dregs on earth. He never explained what happened to the quality of life for those people who had worked hard and spent billions of their own money to create a healthcare system got reimbursed by the dregs for the "free" healthcare.

Now his addle-brained friends leave him on Mars to create a socialist utopia. Why Mars? Probably because it is the only planet left where Obama is seen as a great world leader.

You would be better served spending your eight dollars on an enema.

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Posted by spokoresident on 10/09/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Pundit Pioneers

Vidal was a poisonous toad who became increasingly bizarre as he aged. His attacks on Buckley resulted in two successful defamation lawsuits by Buckley against Esquire magazine, which published Vidal's untruthful attacks on Buckley. Vidal's poison wasn't directed just against conservatives. He also feuded with Truman Capote, who despised him with just cause.

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Posted by muddydog on 09/19/2015 at 8:01 PM

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