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Comment Archives: Stories: Arts+Movies: Film Reviews

Re: “Birdman is a solid backstage farce hobbled by grand gestures

Bitchiest review ever

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Posted by Mars Webster on March 30, 2015 at 1:33 AM

Re: “Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella doesn't expand much on the original — but at least it looks good

Could this rant be any more predictable, unlike the film in this eye-rolling revisionist, dark & edgy-teen-fix era?

Wanting the film to be more like Maleficent? Ghastly. You're a terrible reviewer.

And there's no scenery-chewing from anyone here. In fact, like critics have noted, Blanchett for example gave quite a 3-dimensional, nuanced, if underplayed, portrayal of the stepmother, known as Lady Tremaine.

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Posted by Jack34 on March 12, 2015 at 2:54 AM

Re: “J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year channels Coppola and Scorsese

Oscar Issacs channeling an angry young Pacino is hard to take your eyes off in this Scorsese wantabee and Chastain is truly able to show her broad range. Unfortunately, the third act of this saga, while it has a more or less ok conclusion, left me feeling cheated. All build up without a satisfying release.

A nice acting comparison piece to this movie is Issac's role in THE TWO FACE OF JANUARY (2014). The film is also a bit of a misfire but Issac's ability to play a total different character (sort of a naive young con man in over his head with a real con man) shows he's someone to watch.

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Posted by Charleston Weather Vane on January 30, 2015 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

He may not clinically be a 'psychopath,' but he certainly fits into the pathological liar category.

http://www.alternet.org/culture/7-big-lies…

Maybe he was always that way. Perhaps the war broke his mind. I guess no one will ever know.

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Posted by leemajors on January 23, 2015 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

So Alex, not sure you are aware that the screenwriter LIVED with Chris and Taya while working on the screenplay. Chris had full input on the screenplay. Names were changed so surviving family members would not have to relive their loved ones' deaths and have them forever preserved on film. That is why a number of characters are amalgams of fellow service members. The screenwriter also attended Chris' funeral as a guest of the family. How do I know this, he's my brother in law. To say that he took the book and wiped his ass with it is ridiculous. Bless your heart.

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Posted by MuddinMtP on January 21, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

You missed to point. All of the things you didn't like (being distant emotionally, not interacting with his wife and kids in a way that makes people happy and warm inside) is what makes the movie good and realistic. War takes its toll on people.

@leemajors He was war harden not a Psychopath. Psychopaths have a lack of empathy (He hesitates before shooting a child, that's empathy).
Psychopathy starts during Late childhood, adolescences and the Teen-Age Years. Not randomly happen later in adulthood.

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Posted by Kurtis Smeagle on January 20, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

Furthermore, while Kyle was almost certainly a psychopath, I think the movie was pretty decent. The real lesson is that not enough is done to protect the mental health of our soldiers--of whom our country asks way too much.

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Posted by leemajors on January 20, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

"Left wing liberal war hater."

You know its perfectly normal not to 'like' war, right?

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Posted by leemajors on January 20, 2015 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

Dear Dan, I think the movie you want to see was called Enemy at the Gates, with Jude Law and Ed Harris. You can rent it at Netflix. Its a good fictionalized movie that you can throw your weight behind.
I thought American Sniper was done very well. Was it perfect? No, but it was still a good movie worth seeing. I thought it did a great job of humanizing the "Legend".

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Posted by Neil Quan on January 20, 2015 at 2:53 AM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

Please everyone needs to listen. I've read the book and I fell in love with the story of Chris Kyle. He is an American hero no doubt about that, however the movie is absolutely NOT like the book. The book focuses on how Chris Kyle lost his friend Marc Lee in a shoot out and from that moment on, Kyle questioned his involvement in the war. If you watched the movie and didn't read the book you are probably scratching your head and trying to remember who Marc Lee was. This is because the movie does a terrible job portraying this extremely important theme as is does countless others...

I would consider myself a conservative and not some left wing liberal war hater. I did my research about the movie, read the book, and saw the movie and I seriously disagree with the portrayal of Kyle in the movie.

To sum it up the writer took Kyles masterful novel, went to the bathroom and wiped his ass with the pages and made up a bunch of bullshit that never happened. For instance in the novel Kyle made a point of saying he never killed a kid in Iraq, innocent or not innocent. In the movie Eastwood shows a child running towards a convoy with a grenade, and Kyle killing him. I'm sorry but this simply DID NOT happen and Kyle made a point of saying that in his novel. Kyle did however have to kill a women with a Chinese style grenade so there's your accuracy in the movie. However Kyle would definitely not be happy if he was portrayed as being a child killer after having to defend himself. There are countless other examples like the Syrian sniper Kyle did know about but never killed or the final battle scene that never happened.

I understand that all war movies have some slight embellishments to make them more "interesting" but when it comes to this movie 75% of it is embellishment. There is no reason for it. If any of you have read the book you would know why with all the crazy war scenes he talks about. It's really sad. I wanted to like this movie so much and I was profoundly disappointed.

So please read the book if you want the TRUE story and stop attacking this reviewer. He is honestly right in many ways and isnt calling Kyle a murderer like all the left wing nut heads are.

I also understand this movie is simple, and just trying to tell about Kyles struggles with his marriage, but keep in mind it's not how it was portrayed in the movie. This movie doesn't do enough for Kyle as he deserves.

Do yourself a favor. If you want to know what you're talking about read the book. Its the true story behind Kyle and his life. Don't be ignorant about this great mans life.

-God bless

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Posted by Bill Fischer on January 19, 2015 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

Mr. Hudak you might want to consider a new career as you have absolutely no apptitude for reviewing movies.

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Posted by Ted Diehl on January 19, 2015 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

Agreed, complete misfire of a review. Dan I believe wanted to see a fired up version of Taken 4 instead of the character study which this film does an impressive job portraying.

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Posted by Charleston Weather Vane on January 19, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

This reviewer has eaten his own words. Despite any controversey about whether this is glorifying a killer or not it was a greay movie, and the Academy agrees.

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Posted by Talis Gee on January 19, 2015 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

It seems everyone on this thread disagrees with the reviewer, as do I. I thought the reviewer went to another movie. You could have heard a pin drop at the end of the movie during the credits. The only time I saw that happen was when I saw Shindler's List. This was a powerful, emotional, raw movie. It shows the viewer that war is hell. It revealed to me what these men do for us. The mental anguish they go through. The grueling physical aspects the SEALS go through! I would like to see this movie critic go through that...... How the reviewer could miss the emotion Bradley Cooper showed when he was about to kill his target is mind boggling to me. To read the reviewer, he makes Kyle out to be The Terminator, which is so off left field. I almost got the feeling , while reading the review, that this was a personal vendetta towards this movie. That the critic wants to see the movie fail. Based on this past weekends box office proceeds of $90 million, I don't think that will be the case. But Chris Kyle fought for this critic to write his opinion. And I hope he reflects on that.

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Posted by lynnar on January 19, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

A killer? Not a great word to use. Show some respect.

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Posted by Patrick O'Neal on January 18, 2015 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

Wow very impressed with the comments of this guy's review. Sir you have your right to this review but did not see the true store. As an active member of the military ( US Army infantry) and have gone over seas four times, everything that this movie portrays is about 99% right, from they way they enter building, to the way they talked to each other. The line " there are three types of people in this world. The sheep, the wolfs and the sheepdogs" was very true in the case of a lot of us who joined the military. All I ask is you look at the deeper story then just a blood and guts movie. A lot of movies that are baised on someone's death at the end of the movie never shows the death, it's about their life.

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Posted by Abraham Flores on January 18, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

Don't over-think this one, Danny boy. If the viewer walks away from this film saying to him/herself "Wow!" Then it's a direct hit. If this were a non-fictional war/love movie then I may lean more toward your assessment. But as it stands I think you dropped the ball on this one, brother.

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Posted by Sandi Nicholson on January 18, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

This reviewer must have gone to see this movie for the sake of entertainment. American Sniper is not a movie to entertain the masses. This was a movie that paid homage to a hero. Chris Kyle was a good man and a great soldier. He suffered from PTSD, by his own admissions he didn't always deal with it in the healthiest ways, but eventually got on to the path of recovery and dedicated and gave his life to serving his brothers in arms. American Sniper raises awareness of the realities and effects of war on our men and women who serve and their families. Well done Clint and Bradley.

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Posted by DBledsoe on January 17, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

I could not disagree more with this reviewers take on American Sniper. "Underwhelming"..."didn't register"... really? Did we watch the same movie? How about engrossing, gritty and painfully emotional at times. I'm just thankful you weren't calling the shots on this production. Mr. Eastwood did an great job and Bradley Cooper was simply amazing.

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Posted by Steve M. on January 17, 2015 at 2:56 AM

Re: “Clint Eastwood focuses on the wrong parts of Chris Kyle's life in American Sniper

I feel like I watched a different movie than this reviewer. In my opinion the movie hit the mark squarely center mass whereas as this review was an errant shot in the dirt (puns intended). The film is brilliant. One of the best I've ever seen. Cooper makes himself a legend with this film, too. He is amazing. This was not only a riveting war movie, it was a love story, and it drew me and my 18 year old son in and gripped us tightly for two hours straight and wouldn't let go.. not even once. I actually sat in my car and cried before I drove home after watching it. Beware, the film is absolutely heartbreaking, but at the same time necessary. Epic story, epic hero, epic film. This reviewer is WAY off base and unfortunately wasn't able to make the visceral connection everyone in the dead silent theater made with me and my son tonight. We all left stunned, humbled and grateful. Bravo, Clint and Bradley. Just wow. Thank you vets. RIP Chris Kyle. -a US Army military vet

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Posted by Mark Johnston on January 17, 2015 at 1:12 AM
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