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Comment Archives: Stories: Arts+Movies: Film Reviews

Re: “The Muppets

This movie hits the spot for old fans and new. The cast-- human and Muppet alike-- nailed it from the beginning to the end. I still can't get the "Manamana!" song out of my head!

Posted by inthespirit on November 30, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Re: “(500) Days of Summer

This movie was great. It was a realistic take on modern relationships, but also sweet and heartwarming. I laughed out loud and almost cried, all within an hour or so. It also had me singing sounds from the Smiths, which are featured on the soundtrack and in some of the movie dialogue for at least 3 days.

Posted by lytucker on August 12, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Wreck-It Ralph

Very nice film, makes everyone smile and giggle. Very inspiring, and teaches lessons. See this film!!!!!! :-)

Posted by Philip Edles on February 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Re: “1970's Colossus: the Forbin Project is more relevant than ever

Colossus: The Forbin Project is perhaps my all-time favorite movie. I say this not because of the subtle and intricate yet fascinating and explosive good story you reveal in your interesting review, but because of the intelligence and power of Colossus and its ability to take control.

Artificial intelligence presently is growing rapidly and many smart people are concerned about the possible outcome so creatively and devastatingly portrayed in this film. So it is both timely and valuable that you have now uncovered and have again revealed Colossus because the story serves as an example of the way AI despite good intentions is a Pandora's box.

I'm not speaking out of fear for the future of humankind. The truth is quite the opposite. I work in artificial intelligence and I see it's the evolution of human intelligence. So I'm comfortable knowing the futures described in Colossus, Terminator, I,Robot and other films where the computer as you say "cause misery" is possible, highly probable, and will continue to be the subject of fascinating and fun films.

In fact, Colossus:The Forbin Project is so great a story that it is planned to be retold in an upcoming movie directed by the very talented Ron Howard. I'm enthusiastically looking forward to that big production and release because there are indications the script will include the entire Colossus trilogy!

You see, after Colossus takes over the world the story continues. Brilliant author D.F. Jones also gave us The Fall Of Colossus, and Colossus And The Crab to complete and dramatically end this amazing tale. Each of the titled paperbacks are still available online at Amazon and Ebay after a search of the author's name. I strongly suggest you obtain copies if your enjoyment of the film equals your curiosity to find out what happens at the end.

Yes, it is quite relavant. These days, I carry Colossus: the Forbin Project around with me all the time. I put it on my iPad and my iPhone so I can watch it anywhere and anytime to be deeply reminded of where AI and my work might be going. I think that first part of the story and that film is extraordinary so I'm glad your keen interest and your good work led you to it.



G.M.A.

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Posted by Glenn Martin Alexander on August 17, 2016 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Jack Black's new movie The D-Train is tasteless and unfunny

Homophobic? Check.

So glad I live north of the Mason–Dixon line

Posted by Jason Perry on August 8, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “The Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick-led Mike and Dave is pleasantly immature

Not to spring a spoiler on anyone, but halfway through the movie there's an intermission where Anna Kendrick performs a ten-minute solo softcore scene.

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Posted by Pronghorn on July 13, 2016 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Don Cheadle wrote, stars in, and directed the ferocious Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead

Why review a flick that's not playing in Charleston?

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Posted by DCinGC on May 20, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Babies observes cultural differences and overly precious cuteness

Ponijao from Namibia was actually a girl! The scene where she was practicing "carrying" on her head showcases this. In this culture, that is not something that a male child would do.

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Posted by Britt 1 on April 17, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Locally filmed Little Red Wagon is a waste of time

This movie was awesome! Actors were awesome and the writer of this article was NOT awesome. Shame on you for putting a negative report on this movie.

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Posted by Alison Law Murray Conger on April 3, 2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Rude and crude, Deadpool isn't as ground-breaking or clever as it thinks it is

I enjoyed it, and as a lifelong Marvel fan, I appreciated that it remained mostly true to the original comic.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on February 20, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Rude and crude, Deadpool isn't as ground-breaking or clever as it thinks it is

My, don't you have a rarified sense of humor.

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Posted by liamBees on February 20, 2016 at 5:11 AM

Re: “The Witch is a terrifying and unsettling film about a Puritan family obsessed with sin

So saw this last night.. not terrifying at all. Pretty disappointed actually. They had the right ingredients but it just came out wrong.

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Posted by cofcalum08 on February 19, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The Hateful 8 finds Tarantino channelling Tarantino

Sounds like I'll wait to see this one. I will say that I agree Pulp Fiction is his best work, but people tend to overreact to a stinker. I personally really enjoyed Inglorious Basterds, especially the performance of Christoph Waltz. It's probably my second favorite Tarantino. Part of his genius is that he's always introducing me to new and interesting people. Selma Hayak blew my doors off. There's also Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth whom he introduced me to. Tarantino reinvented Harvey Keitel and John Travolta. Christopher Walken was great with Dennis Hopper in True Romance before he did Pulp Fiction. I love his taste in actors, excepting Uma Thurman, of course.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on January 4, 2016 at 12:29 AM

Re: “The Hateful 8 finds Tarantino channelling Tarantino

Agreeing with Mat & Prong, Pulp Fiction was the Greatest Tarantino. As for this one its the same old same old same old. I started getting antsy 25 minutes into the movie having shoveled in most of the popcorn so I got up and went to the snack bar for a box of year old duds and a coke so I could at least feel wide awake and sick instead of just bored, killed 15 minutes that way. Using the not feeling good ploy allowed me to escape the movie for another 25 minutes a short while later. I just wandered around the lobby. It was worth the "Why do you eat that crap, you always do this lecture" to not to have to sit through that movie. All that talent wasted and lets be honest....it was boring, predictable and really overrated. Any movie that I start thinking about how my ass hurts from sitting and my adult ADD starts boiling is not good. On a scale of 1 to 10 Ass Hurts and ADD rating, this was a 8. Who wants to see The Revenant? Alejandro González Iñárritu and DiCaprio. Now that looks like a movie that I wont start thinking about my ass and what kind of snack I should get next.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on January 3, 2016 at 5:24 PM

Re: “The Hateful 8 finds Tarantino channelling Tarantino

Tarantino is a jerk and I will not knowingly see anything he has done.

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Posted by Brenda Little Bryant on January 3, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Ryan Gosling successfully breaks the fourth wall and Wall Street

^ Agreed, this movie was excellent and a crash course for many in what happened and what will happen again. Moody's and S & P are still a joke, who believes anything those whores say? Certainly no smart investor takes them seriously. The sad thing is they were still settling with fines for lying in 2015. No jail time for big dollar crooks, the DoJ lets them buy their way out instead of prosecuting those responsible. We all know if it happened on a smaller scale by a regular business, heads would roll and somebody would do some time. S & P paid 1.5 billion in settlement in 2015 as well as an additional almost $80 million to state and federal authorities over claims it misled investors in 2011 (That's right folks 2011 - right back to bullshitting after the 2008 fiasco) about ratings of commercial-mortgage backed securities in January 2015. So in other words, NO, you absolutely, positively can not and should not ever believe the Bullshit Bond Ratings. The ratings are fueled by 2 of the continuous proven - heavily fined bullshitters ever. Did you know that S & P accepted a DoJ condition and were not allowed to give ratings over this past year in part of the commercial-mortgage backed securities as punishment? They kept that on the down low and out of the press as much as possible. This is a a situation where both money and bullshit talks and neither walks.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on January 1, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Re: “The Hateful 8 finds Tarantino channelling Tarantino

Unfortunately, Tarantino does not make very good movies. This was not a good movie at all. Not even entertaining.. I found it boring too many times as it progressed and actually progressed is the wrong word - boring too many times as the time went by....

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Posted by William Everett on December 31, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Ryan Gosling successfully breaks the fourth wall and Wall Street

One of the best movies I saw in 2015. Carell will be nominated for an Oscar I predict. Gosling is a real a-hole in this one and steals the screen when he's on. Bale is nothing short of amazing also as (probably) on the autism spectrum. He also will be nominated. The film is funny but FULL of anger- the director's and Baum's, played by Carell.

Here's the thing- has it truly stopped, this greed and corruption? In the movie they make it clear that BOTH Moody's and S&P overrated bonds by a wide margin due to greed, fees. Ergo, you can't believe the bond ratings, probably even today. This film will scare the living sh*t out of you. Go see asap.

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Posted by RedheadinDixie on December 30, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Re: “The Hateful 8 finds Tarantino channelling Tarantino

People that think he's the best filmmaker going are typically the kind of meatheads who don't ever read.

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Posted by Pronghorn on December 26, 2015 at 12:21 PM
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