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Average User Score: 7.5Oct 16, 2016Meh. The premise of this flick seems drawn from a bargain bin comic book (excuse me, I meant so say graphic novel). Some heroes get theirMeh. The premise of this flick seems drawn from a bargain bin comic book (excuse me, I meant so say graphic novel). Some heroes get their powers from a radioactive spider bite, while others get theirs from Asperger's syndrome and martial arts training from a domineering jar head father. In truth though, the over-complicated "Wolffe" character (Ben Affleck) is more similar to a tongue-in-cheek hero like the "The Tick" than it is Spiderman. Affleck's deadpan performance is the core of the movie. He uses a monotone voice and generally flat affect to create some very dark humor (bang!) and, conveniently, to accidentally charm the cute young character played by Anna Kendrick (also good in her limited role). Setting aside the implausibility of the main character, the trouble with the movie is it is 90% back-story and 10% plot. And that cursory plot (financial intrigue at Lithgow's robot company) is as exciting as a bag of sand. All told, the flick establishes a quirky character and set of colleagues plainly designed to populate a series of sequels. I walked away feeling like I had paid to see Part One of a two part story. And Part 2 threatens to include even more tedious exposition to explain why the character is not only so proficient but also so deplorable. Presumably the plot in Part Two will involve another financial puzzle and include another gee-whiz scene wherein Wolffe solves the mystery with his accounting genius. And probably even more hard sell on the ins and outs of Asperger's syndrome. I can wait.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.2Jun 2, 2014Take away some nice wide shots of Monument Valley and all that is left in Million Ways is a deadly flat dull unfunny trial of patience.Take away some nice wide shots of Monument Valley and all that is left in Million Ways is a deadly flat dull unfunny trial of patience. Because the pitiful script knows no shame, I can understand perfectly why we see an inane cameo by Gilbert Gottfried. The mystery of the year is why Charlize Theron allowed herself to get anywhere near this steamer.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3May 27, 2014"Neighbors" has been terribly over-rated by most critics. Mostly the flick is the usual mixed bag of tired and gratuitous sex gags. Seth"Neighbors" has been terribly over-rated by most critics. Mostly the flick is the usual mixed bag of tired and gratuitous sex gags. Seth Rogen's schtick is way past it sell-by date. I was pleased to watch the feisty Rose Byrne and I'd very much like to see her in a better picture.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Oct 22, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Gravity delivers A++ visual appeal driven by what must be cutting edge CGI and cinematography. The art probably needs some new words to describe the techniques on display here. I have no regrets for having shelled out to see this on a big screen. It looks great.
But apart from all the spectacularism, sadly this is a mangy dog of a movie. Clooney is wasted in this miscast role. Why is he here? He seems bored by his own "acting", which is nothing but his usual "I am a playful scamp but I am also so wise" routine. George Cool is so cool he doesn't bat an eye or raise his voice a whit when it is time for his character to voluntarily (and conveniently) float off into the void. Plenty of other actors could have brought a needed edginess to the role.
The implausible story line is razor thin and the maudlin dialog has all the flair of box of rocks.
How lucky for us that Bullock's character could never stop talking to herself! What the filmmakers hoped would come off as be nervous chatter sounds like the clunky exposition that it is. Despite that, Bullock's over-earnest performance manages to rise to the level of barely decent, which is really something considering she had so little to work with.
Critiques of the conveniently flawed physics and flawed technology of space travel in Gravity are abundant, so let's not rehash all that. Except for my personal favorite!! Bullock's character gets to the Soyuz capsule and needs to go outside to cut the ropes. What does she find? A Russian spacesuit that is perfectly tailored for her body!! What are the odds of that???… Expand
Average User Score: tbdJul 9, 2013The documentary is a retrospective on the unusual life and teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche, a high-profile author and teacher of TibetanThe documentary is a retrospective on the unusual life and teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche, a high-profile author and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. The film hinges on interviews with his former students, and it suffers greatly from their lack of objectivity. Obviously these folks admire the man, as they have devoted a lot of time and energy to his teachings and generally hanging around his community for many years. The potentially interesting topics here are completely missed because the subjects seem unable to criticize the human failings of their master (and by extension, themselves). The Master sat on a throne and selected a steady stream of young women (married or not) for special private lessons. Meanwhile his wife kept her mouth shut and the devoted throng dutifully sat for hours on their meditation cushions longing for enlightenment. How did he get a way with it?? As the title suggests, at the core of the saga is an allegedly powerful teaching technique known as "Crazy Wisdom". Unfortunately the film holds the concept in high esteem, failing to bring any of the skepticism it deserves, so it is doomed to being a wistful, biased, nostalgic love letter. What is Crazy Wisdom? According to the surviving students, it was their master's ingenious method of awakening his students by behaving wildly out of character, and shocking his students with confusing psychological challenges. Okay, maybe that is a real technique with some utility, but that's only one way of looking at it. Another would be to say it is a method of convincing a large group of gullible 1970's hippies that their guru's alcoholic philandering and his basket full of exotic Tibetan mumbo-jumbo is all part of a master plan aimed at guiding them to enlightenment. Why was any kind of disrespectful behavior that might have smelled funny reflexively deemed acceptable? Well, "it's just more of Trungpa's Crazy Wisdom, of course!" Basically, it is the kind of free pass that too many gurus have granted themselves since the beginnings of the cult racket. It was a heavenly sweet deal for the horny master, and all too easy in the free love era, which was also hungry for any kind of the exotic teachings that had begun to filter in "from The East". It was not such a sweet deal for the vulnerable students. Glaringly absent are the interviews with the hundreds or thousands of students who got burned by his selfish, manipulative behavior. Anyone who did find enlightenment in that milieu probably packed up and hit the road before the next sunrise sitting.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jul 6, 2012If I had been a victim caught up in the true crime recorded in this film, I would sue. After a screening in Boulder Colorado, the first thingIf I had been a victim caught up in the true crime recorded in this film, I would sue. After a screening in Boulder Colorado, the first thing the filmmaker told the audience was "I have many good lawyers". The dude is just plain scummy. The basis of the story is the filmmaker perpetuating a real-life fraud on a handful of nice, gullible people. He knew before he started there would be no movie unless he was able to make someone look stupid. Of course he succeeds, or there would be no movie to edit, publicize, and distribute. So we get to see him spiritually rape whoever is foolish enough to trust him and his sexy smiling henchmen. And every ticket sale makes him richer for having done so. When Sascha Baron Cohen did similar stunts (e.g., Borat) his targets were a variety of bigots, and the "humor" in those films was driven by bigots being shown to be bigots, and humiliated along the way. Cohen's movies are palatable in large part because the victims themselves are dangerous to begin with. None of the victims in Kumare are bigots--they are mostly ordinary simple souls who have an appetite for harmless New Age spirituality. That is not a good enough reason to mock them. It was disgusting to watch this man toy with people's hearts and minds just to get a few cheap laughs. Just watch the yoga instructor when she learns the truth about Kumare--she is definitely not laughing and why should she, when she allowed her studio and her students to become his victims. No doubt the counter argument is that this is a cautionary tale about trusting false gurus--ok, fine, but that does not justify creating a new set of victims.… Expand