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Re: “Whitewashing Koch

Well-disposed.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by dennissinned on 01/31/2013 at 7:38 AM

Re: “My Brooklyn: How Bloomberg Destroyed Downtown

The Albee Square Mall had been declining for *years* before it was razed. My parents used to take me there when I was a kid in the 80s. After a while there wasn't much left to the establishment at all. (More information here: http://mcbrooklyn.blogspot.com/2007/09/rip…) I'm not going to be nostalgic for the Albee Square Mall unless developers were going to restore it to its former glory and bring in some quality retailers.

Re: Adam's comment - "I now feel welcome on Fulton St, which is something I couldn't say ten years ago."
I didn't know that too many people not from a certain background were checking out Fulton Mall. I don't think that Fulton Mall was not making certain people feel welcome. This is how I saw things: Certain people wouldn't (cross over from Brooklyn Heights/BoCoCa/wherever to) go to the Fulton Mall because they chose not to. From what I've been told years ago the clientele used to be more diverse racially and economically. (See also Marty Markowitz's comments in this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/realesta…) Over the years as Fulton Mall changed, some of the clientele chose to go elsewhere. Now this type of clientele is coming back, and some of the less affluent clientele is being priced out. Don't get me wrong; I like Starbucks, and some of the stores on Fulton Mall were junky, but there should be enough space for everyone.

P.S. I'm still surprised that Macy's, who had taken over A&S's old spot, has managed to remain open all these years!

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Posted by Henrietta Jones on 01/09/2013 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Quartet: Tale Of Hoffman

Good review, I cannot see why Hoffman and the others bothered with this empty vessel of a script.

Posted by OperaFan on 01/07/2013 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Les Misérables: Some Musicals Shouldn't Be Movies!

I agree. It sucked. Just compare Hugh Jackman to Alfie Boe alone (not even to the incomoparable Colm Wilkinson). Matt Lucas was amazing in the 25th anniverasry show. By contrast Sacha does his usual Borat act and Helena does the only role she know how to do - Ms Lovett. I am actually very, very dissapointed in the movie.

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Posted by Vibhas Ratanjee on 01/02/2013 at 9:26 PM

Re: “My Brooklyn: How Bloomberg Destroyed Downtown

Yo Adam, I am a white boy who has always shopped at Fulton Street and I think all that stuff is in your head. If need be I could probably show you how to put a little bop in your step and some twang in your slang so maybe you might fit in a bit more, but honestly the only thing you need down there is cash to shop.

I seriously can't believe there is an Armani Exchange on Fulton Street, that is something I would have never believed. I am excited to see this movie to contribute to my thoughts on why Brooklyn has changed so much so fast.

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Posted by Chris P on 01/02/2013 at 7:56 PM

Re: “My Brooklyn: How Bloomberg Destroyed Downtown

So entire ethnic, and socio-economic groups should be displaced in favor of high rise, high-end commercial development so that you, Adam, can feel welcome? Please rethink your comments. You invoke Dr. Martin Luther King's words, which suggests some awareness of the sensitivites regarding gentrification.
Thank you.

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Posted by FromtheoriginalNYC on 01/02/2013 at 3:07 PM

Re: “My Brooklyn: How Bloomberg Destroyed Downtown

What's despicable is how ignorant you are, Adam. Your arguments are ridiculous and childish. The last thing you need on this earth is to feel welcome in another low-income underprivileged neighborhood. Your white male privilege welcomes you into places in this world that most of us only dream of. How about we try "integrating" Columbus Circle and the Upper East Side next?

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Posted by Mj Brown on 01/02/2013 at 12:19 PM

Re: “My Brooklyn: How Bloomberg Destroyed Downtown

Martin Luther King espoused a world where children of all races walked together in unity. The fulton mall, as it was, was not united. In order to make an omelette, you have to crack eggs.

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Posted by Adam Cameron on 01/02/2013 at 10:46 AM

Re: “My Brooklyn: How Bloomberg Destroyed Downtown

one might counter that it's "despicable" (seriously, dude?) to call displacement "integration."

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Posted by Henry Stewart on 01/02/2013 at 10:37 AM

Re: “My Brooklyn: How Bloomberg Destroyed Downtown

I'm not so sure integrating neighborhoods is a bad thing. It's pretty despicable to say otherwise. I now feel welcome on Fulton St, which is something I couldn't say ten years ago.

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Posted by Adam Cameron on 01/02/2013 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Les Misérables: Some Musicals Shouldn't Be Movies!

@alexpeterson Are you some PR plant? I loved this musical as a pre-teen in the 80s. I sang "On My Own" for my summer camp talent show. I had very high hopes for this one but I was disappointed.

THE ACTORS COULD NOT SING.

Les Miz's score is characterized by masculine parts written for big round booming voices. Hugh Jackman seemed to be rap-whispering phrases that—in the play—were soaring song. His performance was cringe inducing and he spoiled almost every scene. I am not entirely familiar with his work, and was shocked to hear that he has a history in musical theater because he simply chose not to sing his part at all.

The hair and make-up was appalling to the extent that it was distracting. Samantha Banks and her perfectly arched eyebrows seemed to have walked on set straight from X-Factor. The girl is gorgeous and a fantastic singer—but why does she have bangs and layers in her hair?

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Sally15 on 12/30/2012 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Les Misérables: Some Musicals Shouldn't Be Movies!

Les Misérables was an a very good film for quite a few reasons that this reviewer couldn't be bothered to notice:
1. The choice of live action, singing on the set creates a sense of realism and authenticity - this balances out the appropriately emotional tone of the acting, lyrics, context, setting and overall subject matter. As a consequence of this match, a fine balance of realism (to induce believability) and expressionism (to emphasise the raw emotion of the afforementioned aspects of the story and music) is born.

2. The choice of using handheld cameras also gives a much needed emphasis on the emotional nature of the storyline - the motionless, neutral standard of Hollywood filming tends to clash in a very unsavoury way with musical numbers. The judicious use of handheld filming further leads the audience to be 'in the moment' - the primacy of emotion is clearly evident.

3. The sets were all done well - this is reflected in the sparseness of Marius' arpartment, the grubbiness and dramatic positioning of a hideously damaged and distorted mermaid at the docks where Fantine falls into selling her body for money. The blood drowned barricade is yet another example of appropriate set design.

4. The costuming was well thought out and difficult to criticise. Small details such as the fact Jean Valjean is so heavily muscular he cannot wear buttoned collars serve as an example of well reasoned costume design. A small point, I know, but this instance merely serves as a microcosm of the many fabulous costumes.

5. The facial expressions in particular make a truly fitting companion for the lyricism and expressionism of the film. Amazing as the dreamcast was, they were made for singing first and foremost. It is fine to note that the cast in this film were primarily made to act, rather than sing perfectly.

6. The handling of the first duet, 'A heart full of love', between Cosette and Marius was magnificent. The nervous excitement of the two young future lovers is palpable, and the actors carry it in such a way that no pretension is evident. The singing was simply flawless, unlike some of the more prominent stars. Furthermore, the natural lighting of this scene serves the previously mentioned balance between expressionism and realism - once again the emotional lyricsm of the singing is peppered in this way to keep down the scepticism lf the audience.

7. The director has made novel use of crane cameras to dramatically segue from one problem to another. This is sparingly used (maybe twice), and so the audience doesn't become desensitised to it. Once more, though it is a relatively small point, the direction is well represented by this choice.

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Posted by Alex Petersen on 12/30/2012 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Les Misérables: Some Musicals Shouldn't Be Movies!

Likewise, some journalists shouldn't review movies.

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Posted by Alex Petersen on 12/30/2012 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Django Unchained, Tarantino Bound

THIS IS A FUCKING TERRIBLE REVIEW.
C'MON DIAMOND, EDIT THIS SHIT!

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Posted by FILMBUFF99 on 12/29/2012 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Les Misérables: Some Musicals Shouldn't Be Movies!

The close ups didn't bother me at all. I did kind of think that the One Day More and Do You Hear the People Sing numbers lost a bit of impact, but after thinking about it, I'm not sure there was a better way to put those numbers on the screen. I am a big fan of the stage production -- and of Hugh Jackman :-) -- but I was apprehensive about seeing the movie because I was afraid I'd be disappointed. I wasn't. There were so many outstanding performances in this movie. Hugh and Ann were excellent. But I have to say that Eddie Redmayne as Marius and Samantha Barks as Eponine were the best. Their voices were simply spectacular. All in all, I enjoyed it very much. I do wish there were an intermission, though. It's hard to enjoy even the best performance if you have to go to the bathroom.

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Posted by Anna on 12/29/2012 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Les Misérables: Some Musicals Shouldn't Be Movies!

I disagree with all of it except where you say the characters (Jack and Anne) are manipulating the audience emotionally. Then again this is a melodramatic musical not Citizen Kane. This piece in particular is just over the top. Not sure what you were expecting.

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Posted by PeteinBK on 12/28/2012 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Les Misérables: Some Musicals Shouldn't Be Movies!

I did not hate it, and I was not bored. However, I was very uncomfortable with the closeups, too. There were some emotional moments where I nearly teared up. I kept thinking that Stephen Crane's Maggie of the Streets would have made a better movie character than the Hugo character. However, after having read the book, a mini series would do her justice.

I know it is "apples and oranges," but I still prefer Singing in the Rain or any Fred Astaire musical to this film.

However, to one viewer on this board, it is not better than Lincoln, Life of Pi, the Bond movie, or Argo. All of those were much better films.

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Posted by Kim on 12/28/2012 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Les Misérables: Some Musicals Shouldn't Be Movies!

Whatever the merits of the show itself, this is a very poorly directed film. The spatial relationships between the characters and their environments are particularly confused, the CGI is awfully ugly and unreal, and the acting is very one-note. Hathaway's song is called "I Dreamed a Dream," but we never get a glimpse of her early dream, only "the hell I'm living." There are no layers to what she's doing, only bulldozer emoting.

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Posted by dannyboy143744a on 12/28/2012 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Les Misérables: Some Musicals Shouldn't Be Movies!

I don't care much for Puccini. More of a Verdi man.

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Posted by Henry Stewart on 12/27/2012 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Les Misérables: Some Musicals Shouldn't Be Movies!

"Whatever you think of this show and this score, it does come alive in the theater, but the big “One Day More” number loses all of its impact when it is reduced to frantic crosscutting between characters in different locales. Some stage musicals just aren’t meant to be movies."

I strongly disagree. WEST SIDE STORY used this technique in the big mid-film montage and it worked quite effectively. The songs are not at all bombastic and treacly, but that's the company line of those looking to take this down. I have seen well over 120 stage musicals in Manhattan over the past 30 years, and I'd say Schonberg's score is the greatest written during that time. It's soaring operatic lyricism is unmatched.

But heck, you are probably a guy who would take down Puccini for much the same reason.

LES MISERABLES has just moved into my #1 position for 2012, ahead of THE TURIN HORSE, WAR WITCH, ZERO DARK THIRTY, THE LIFE OF PI, OSLO AUGUST 17TH, AMOUR and LINCOLN. It's that good!

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Posted by Sam Juliano on 12/27/2012 at 3:08 PM

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