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Re: “Film Review: "American Sniper"

Wait, so is the reviewer in favor of the war, or against it? I can't tell from this review.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by webapalooza on 01/21/2015 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Labor Day"

If you have ever experienced loss like the main character Kate has portrayed, this movie touches deeply, and could possibly save your life as well.

Posted by Jenn Spiak on 01/03/2015 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Film Review: "Unbroken"

Louis Zamperini was in Rochester a few years before he died, a guest of UR's Simon School. I was proud to meet him -- he was by then a sweet elder.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 12/30/2014 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Interstellar"

May William Shatner goto this guys office and give him a beating for comparing apples to oranges...these guys were going thru worm holes, not using warp speeds...

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Laura Elizabeth Barnett on 11/11/2014 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Film Review: "Interstellar"

"familiar of course to "Star Trek" fans who recall Captain Kirk ordering "Warp Factor Five" to sail the Enterprise from one galaxy to another."
Mr. Grella clearly has no idea what he is talking about. The Enterprise traveled between SOLAR SYSTEMS at a variety of warp speeds. The Enterprise only left our GALAXY once and briefly at that, under the control of an alien species. And neither ordering "Warp Factor Five" nor sailing "from one galaxy to another" has beans to do with "the Einsteinian concept of the flexibility of time."
Good grief. At least write a knowledgeable review that knows the difference between a SOLAR SYSTEM and a GALAXY.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Paul Olson on 11/10/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Gone Girl"

"He gets a phone call -- the movie never makes it quite clear who calls -- and rushes home to find signs of a break-in and his wife gone."

Nick's neighbor calls him at the bar to let him know that his cat got out. You can tell this because Nick addresses his neighbor by name on the phone. This is immediately followed by Nick pulling up to his house, seeing the cat, then waving to his neighbor and thanking him for calling. I'm not sure how that could get any clearer.

And while "Gone Girl" and "Presumed Innocent" may explore some similar themes, their respective plots resemble one another in only the most cursory of ways.

Posted by Frank on 10/15/2014 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Boxtrolls"

We brought our 3 1/2 year old to this. Unfortunately we purchased the 3D version. For her 1st 3D she did great, but I agree, I don't think we really needed to see the film in this format. She did enjoy the movie as did I.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by bbanke on 10/08/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Boxtrolls"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG9xwJFNgJI

Posted by Steverino on 10/08/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “New environmental film festival announced

There is a short film festival, the Rochester International Short Film Festival, occurring at the Dryden the very next week. That international festival shows the environment through the lens of many cultures. Filmmakers from around the world attend with their short films, speak to the attendees about their films, and stay with local families in the Rochester area. Movies on a Shoestring does not charge admission (thus allowing the filmmakers to have a large audiences to see their films), nor give out monetary prizes. The festival promotes and supports the art of small film making.

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Posted by Brian Dinitto on 10/02/2014 at 8:43 PM

Re: “New environmental film festival announced

Environmental films are critical in educating the public on our life support system because the media is so bad at this. The trick is getting the general public to attend—those who live and vote and need to thrive in a healthy environment.

More on Environmental Education in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/Environmen…

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Frank J. Regan on 10/02/2014 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Skeleton Twins"

"positively garlanded with honors " "load of prizes" -- for 1 script win?! Exaggeration much? Whos fact checking this?!

Posted by Bones on 10/01/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Skeleton Twins"

I'm a bit confused. You mention that The Skeleton Twins has been "positively garlanded with honors from a variety [of film festivals]."

Yet according to the film's IMDB and Wikipedia pages, it's won a whopping one award (for its screenplay) and been nominated for two others. Not bad, sure, but hardly the "load of prizes" you seem to be so bewildered by.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by George on 09/30/2014 at 6:20 PM

Re: “"Calvary"

This is one of the best movies I've seen this year. Although reluctant to see it, I walked out thoroughly moved.

Posted by Ken Maher on 08/27/2014 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Lucy"

I highly recommend this movie to anyone that about we have reached an absurd result from assuming that every being is a contingent being.All empties!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Wendy Ding on 08/13/2014 at 3:18 AM

Re: “Film Review: "The Wolf of Wall Street"

I thought it was great, the "cerebral palsy" scene had me rolling. I mean rolling.
I am becoming a big Leonardo fan, after the great Gatsby, I will always watch anything he does..he rocks.

Posted by Jimzan on 07/16/2014 at 10:27 PM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

I suppose. It just seems that "ballsy" is ... pardon me ... low-hanging fruit.

Similarly, as I may go off here, "anal" and "douchey" are sharp and succinctly descript personality characterizations, but are they really "les mots justes"? I find their common usage actually inures us to their own base meanings, to the point where we forget what we're actually saying. Is evoking images of where the sun don't shine our only option?

Whatever did people do in centuries past to artfully describe a tenacious woman?
Perhaps a pop culture infusion is needed for that modern bite and genderized bent . How about the following adjectives: chaka, cher, tina, joan, rhoda ...

Fellas, if you find it diminishing to have your strong qualities described as "tina," please consider how we ladies must feel when our better traits are described as testicular. It's worth being mindful of it.

Thanks Adam!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kate on 06/26/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

Right. Yes, those are all words that also mean brave, but they're lacking that same (at the risk of sounding SUPER pretentious) je ne sais quoi—that bite, you know?

But I do see your point, and I absolutely agree.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Adam Lubitow on 06/25/2014 at 3:32 PM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

Gutsy, bold, brass, daring, fearless, spirited ...

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kate on 06/25/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

Hey Kate, thanks for the comment and I'm so glad you enjoy my reviews! You're absolutely right, and it's something I admit that I hadn't considered. It's silly, but the connection to being "manly" didn't even occur to me, I just wanted a word for "courageous" that had a bit more of a crude bite to it, since that's in keeping with the film's tone. I appreciate you calling my attention to this though!

Now I'm racking my brain: is there a non-gendered or even a female equivalent?

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Adam Lubitow on 06/25/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “"Obvious Child"

Adam, I love your reviews! But as a gal reading this review about a gal in a film directed by a gal, I wince at the term "ballsy." Being brave is not being manly; it's being brave. Courage comes from the heart, not from nature's testosterone factories!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Kate on 06/25/2014 at 9:35 AM

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