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solar sailor
solar sailor
Member Since: 2/7/2013
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solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
This will be my last entry although I see comments from others on their likability of certain films with simple words. Mr. Sacripanti, thanks for the advice. I took the liberty of dropping my review line on Entertainment Weekly, which I always subscribe to.
Posted: 12:39am | 5/23/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
I appreciate your comments about my sounding like complaints when I see a movie, but I don't want to say in simple, ordinary words such as nice or ugly. I always like to type something technical whenever I answer the surveys after future screenings a la Entertainment Weekly or (as mitchelldick would mention) Siskel & Ebert (not Roper). I have no problem so far when I tell things that way to my friends &/or relatives without upsetting anyone. Thanks!
Posted: 1:56am | 5/12/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
I thought that the first 2 Iron Man prequels were much better than this latest installment. I wish Jon Favreau direct this film again, but he turned down the offer. Man, the Mandarin sounded as the fictional Osama bin Laden with some mad political ideology. What left me confused was the villain himself. The rings that he wore were supposed to emit special powers aside from the fact that he's a superb martial arts expert. But in the movie, the accessories were treated as mere ornaments to enhance his influence a la Khadafy. What's with the leadership hazily transferred from the Mandarin to that AIM lackey Killian? The humor's still there all right, but the story had some drag to carry on. The ending left me dry & unstirred.
Posted: 12:59pm | 5/4/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
I gladly saw "Pain & Gain" at the Regal LA Live downtown on 4/18/13. The film might be great, but not as sharp as any tropical gangster movie. I still enjoyed the story directed by that action specialist, Michael Bay. I was thinking of either Quentin Tarantino or Barry Sonenfeld as a good fit for the genre.
Posted: 2:47pm | 4/23/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
By the way, I enjoyed the electronically poetic theme song by the shoegaze group M83 for "Oblivion" when it performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" until the music was unfortunately disrupted during the film's end credits to give way to the satellite interview. At least I even listened to their other song, "Midnight City" (Eric Prydz Private Remix), played on SiriusXM channel 51.
Posted: 8:33am | 4/18/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
I was curious about "To the Wonder" in the weekend as a regular customer. Why on earth did director Malick employ this European documentary-like method in which you could barely hear the conversation which sounded like behind the scenes? I don't mind of the coffee-table booklike atmosphere symphonically, but the scenes were too distracting, particularly the tall grass in the wind. Plus, I'm tired of the characters free-flowing like birds & model-posing during violent scenes with Steadycams swirling around them. What's with that unclear line, "I am my own experiment?" as spoken by Italian actress Romina Mondello, who played Anna. I moved one seat towards the corner for two in order to stretch my legs as to relieve myself from the ennui enveloping me.
Posted: 8:09am | 4/18/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
I anticipated for "Oblivion" in Burbank to be a good sci-fi film for Tom Cruise after seeing the trailer as a makeup for the action flop, "Jack Reacher." However, it was slow, hollow & routine. Morgan Freeman, a great veteran, appeared to be given a few lines in the movie as an attempt to bridge the story. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (of the popular HBO hit, "Game of Thrones"), who played his assistant, didn't say very much. I heard a comment from one of the guys behind me calling the interview after the movie "the worst." I had to agree that it was the cheesiet to listen to. I wish Jeff Boucher were there, but he now works for Entertainment Weekly. The female reporter wasn't sophisticated enough to ask smart questions, relying on the viewers' tweets; however, Cruise answered the details in full despite her lack of professionalism.
Posted: 7:42am | 4/18/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
I was expecting much drama for "At Any Price" at the Egyptian Theater, but it was very slow, thin & lacking intensity. What was supposed to be rated R felt like a PG(-13) film for that reason. I sat in the balcony for a very comfortable, commanding view for the first time, but in the midst of the showing, I saw a couple 3 rows behind me on my left side departed (apparently feeling bored). I didn't stay anymore for the interview when the film was finished.
Posted: 7:42am | 4/18/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
When I came for the "Disconnect" screening at Arclight Hollywood, I was surprised at the waiting line on the theater grounds. The line started from the corner up to the railing past the cooking school entrance. Anyway, skip this film since I didn't like the cinematography which miniaturized the characters & which blurred the scenes, thus making the plot rather a little less significant.
Posted: 11:22am | 4/12/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
I saw "Jack the Giant Killer" last year as a work in progress. Despite its brown-earth special effects, the film underwhelmed my expectations with the story too ordinary & the humor too light & thin. I think it will be a bust in the box office for the year.
Posted: 8:06pm | 3/1/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
"Escape from Planet Earth" is compared to watching an intro to the theater's features before a film's presentation. It may be family-oriented all right, but it leaves me unamused with flat-out predictable, common cliches throughout the stratosphere (or perhaps the universe). Somewhere out there, the aliens (if any) are LOL on our world. The animation reminds me of the clunker, "Planet 51."
Posted: 10:49pm | 2/17/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
The latest "Die Hard" franchise wasn't what it used to be with the other prequels. The action sequence looked more ballooned than that of "The Bourne Legacy" with little dramatic oxygen within. Willis sounded too flat & (almost) humorless in his fatherly role. The film was full of tiresome, intolerable cliches. Yippee-ki-yay? More like Yukkity-yak!
Posted: 10:37pm | 2/17/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
I don't know what I was thinking of watching a torture movie like "Would You Rather." I underestimated on the level of violence which left me demoralized. I was to depart from this abomination & would never see another film like this in the future.
Posted: 12:14pm | 2/14/2013

solar sailor wrote about Film Screenings:
I don't know what I was thinking of watching a torture movie like "Would You Rather." I underestimated on the level of violence which left me demoralized. I was to depart from this abomination & would never see another film like this in the future.
Posted: 12:14pm | 2/14/2013

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