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Re: “The dark side of Star Wars

What an moron. I hope w all my heart that this soulless trolling idiot is fired and never works again. You are a disgrace to Chicago and humankind. Eat crap and die.

Posted by Damon Titus on 11/23/2016 at 9:56 PM

Re: “List-o-Mania

There are probably 25 films on the AFI list that just don't belong there, and another 20 or so that I personally don't think that highly of; the rest are great films that I happen to agree with their inclusion. Nobody else will share my perspective, but that is what's valuable about lists. I've seen about 30-40 of the ones on Rosenbaum's list, but he's piqued my interest on several I haven't. Because he's obviously spent a great deal of time thinking and writing about movies, I assume that most of them have something good to offer, even though I may not like them all, so as far as I can tell, he's doing what AFI should be doing; calling attention to some films that deserve an audience, or a larger audience. I'm grateful for the critics who have called my attention to films I otherwise would have missed, so whether I agree with them all the time is irrelevant. I don't agree with anyone all the time, but in the same sense that I will listen to my mechanic when I'm buying a car, I'll listen to a knowledgable critic about a movie I might enjoy. In the end, it's just a list; a tool for finding some good movies. I'm glad he wrote it, and I'd like to see others.

Posted by Jim Morrow on 11/13/2016 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Ten new French features come to the Music Box

Technically, 'The Brand New Testament' is credited as a Belgian-French-Luxembourg co-production, and this, along with its Belgian director and setting, must qualify its status as a putative representative of French cinema.

The concept of national cinemas in Europe today has become complicated by the very common status of many motion pictures as international co-productions.

Posted by Barry Moore on 07/22/2016 at 9:48 AM

Re: “The Reader's comprehensive-ish film review index

In response to Angela Tallis: Monroe was apparently a difficult actress with whom to work, despite her apparent sweetness and warmth as a human being, but Fritz Lang comes across as a distinctly and especially unpleasant character, regardless of his stature as a filmmaker. I rather feel sorry for the people who had to work with him.

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Posted by Barry Moore on 07/21/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The Reader's comprehensive-ish film review index

A great, great idea. Hope you have the resources to move forward and complete it. Course I got lost, took two left turns, got lost again, finally bumping up against this first paragraph from a review of CLASH BY NIGHT:
Marilyn Monroe was terrified of Fritz Lang. "The actress vomited before almost every scene," writes Lang biographer Patrick McGilligan about the shooting of Clash by Night, "and grew so apprehensive about her dialogue that she broke out in red blotches. It didn't help her standing with the director that Monroe was habitually late, or that she insisted on her personal dialogue coach Natasha Lytess being present on the set at all times. Or that newspaper columnists squired to the soundstage by RKO publicists ignored the veteran player, Barbara Stanwyck—not to mention the veteran director—demanding instead to interview, in Lang's words, 'the girl with the big tits.'"

The more complete the site becomes, the easier it is to use and search, the more addictive it will be.

Posted by Angela Tallis on 07/20/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- An IMAX 3D Experience

YOU SUCK REVIEWER! This movie is for the imagination and you have 0. Brings the originals back in todays culture wonderfully. Some minor poor acting spots, but very easy to overlook with its incredible story sculpting. I went into this expecting it to be great and I was not disapointed. Between Lucas's original imagination and JJ's perfection I could not be more content with the result. 5 star movie J.(e)R.(k)!

Posted by Christopher Meeks on 06/24/2016 at 6:20 PM

Re: “List-o-Mania

In reply to nvrsaynvr: Rosenbaum does include 'Melvin and Howard' in his list of 1,000 favorite films published in his book 'Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons'.

Posted by Barry Moore on 06/24/2016 at 5:43 PM

Re: “The dark side of Star Wars

Mina: Whatever his failings, the reviewer does talk about the movie under review. You don't spend a word on it.

Posted by Peter Byrne on 05/05/2016 at 1:22 AM

Re: “The dark side of Star Wars

So... let me see if I have this figured out.

The writer had a few zingers he wanted to fire off and an edgy writer facade to upkeep. The combination of being a contrarian and a hater all but ensures website traffic, and rehashing topics better writers have explored a couple years back supplies a whiff of legitimacy. Unfortunately, the desperate backpedaling in Paragraph 17 undermines what little momentum the manufactured outrage had managed to muster, and the article devolves to a rambling rant without much forethought, or in fact any thought at all.

The entire article struggles to remain afloat in a torrent of self-loathing. The question is, does the writer hate himself because he himself is a Star Wars fan, or does he hate himself because he is a shitty writer who cannot manage to regurgitate NYT thinkpieces without choking?

And oh heavens, is that the phrase "infotainment panopticon" used without a trace of irony? How ~*~intellectually macho~*~.

Posted by Mina on 05/04/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “The dark side of Star Wars

The problem is that there were loads of other factors that killed off the auteurs. The auteurs got cocky and started turning out films that were shitty at worst and overly expensive at best. What's more when you look at the top ten films most films fell into

1 Big-budget spectacles
2 Action shoot-'em-ups
3 Horror/Thrillers/Crime Drama
4 Musicals
5 Comedies
6 Disney Cartoons

Nothing's really changed.

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Posted by Ryan Moore on 05/01/2016 at 6:23 PM

Re: “What's screening at the Chicago Latino Film Festival

"Uphill Love" is a funny comedy.

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Posted by César Nuñez on 04/09/2016 at 7:24 AM

Re: “European Union Film Festival brings more than 60 premieres to Chicago

It's nice to see such established auteurs as Terence Davies and Paolo and Vittorio Taviani represented again on American screens, and one mournfully notes the precious inclusion of the late, great Chantal Akerman's final opus in this scintillating lineup.

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Posted by Barry Moore on 03/03/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- An IMAX 3D Experience

It seems that the majority of the reviews were on the reviewer J.R. Jones and the one thing that I have come to a conclusion on is this: "THE FORCE WAS NOT WITH HIM".
Mike Williams

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Posted by Mike Williams on 01/07/2016 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- An IMAX 3D Experience

Wrecked American Cinema??? I think more appropriately it re-invented American Cinema.

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Posted by Josh Sanderlin on 01/05/2016 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- An IMAX 3D Experience

It is interesting (and ironic) that so many commenters are insulted by being called "juvenile", yet they respond with potty-mouth vitriol.

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Posted by J. R. Schwartz on 01/01/2016 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- An IMAX 3D Experience

Me and George Lucas--we're like/this.…

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Posted by J.R. Jones on 01/01/2016 at 8:20 AM

Re: “The dark side of Star Wars

"George Lucas has criticized the latest installment of “Star Wars,” the series he created, in an interview with Charlie Rose, describing the film as too “retro” for his taste and jokingly comparing the Walt Disney Company, which bought the rights to the franchise in 2012, to “white slavers” who had bought his children." New York Times, Dec.31, 2015

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Posted by Peter Byrne on 01/01/2016 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- An IMAX 3D Experience

Agree that Episode VII doesn't cover much ground by attempting to be both familiar and new at the same time. The only remotely original touches were BB-8 and the instant-powder-bread. Everything else was largely derivative.

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Posted by Kai Koyanagi on 12/30/2015 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- An IMAX 3D Experience

This review was perfect for helping me to re-assert my intellectual superiority over the drooling masses. Thanks, J.R. Jones!!

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Posted by Ben on 12/30/2015 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- An IMAX 3D Experience

Well, I guess if insulting 9/10 of the world is the cost of making a click-bait review, then you, sir, are a winner.

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Posted by bremidon on 12/29/2015 at 8:14 AM