5 items from 2012
A competently put-together film about American paratroopers dropped into France after D-Day, but it comes across like a diet-lite Saving Private Ryan
Ten years ago, Canadian director Ryan Little gave us Saints and Soldiers, a modestly conceived, old-fashioned second world war movie about four American soldiers and a British Tommy struggling to rejoin their divisions in hostile territory after escaping the 1944 Malmedy massacre of Us PoWs by the SS during the Battle of the Bulge. Now Little has given us a sequel, with the same wholesome, Christian tinge, about American paratroopers dropped into France after D-Day and in roughly the same perilous situation. Little makes the best of a limited budget, and this is well-acted, especially by his leading man (and star of the previous film), Corbin Allred. But there is something weirdly inert about this film, a kind of diet or lite version of Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Killing Them Softly (18)
With a cast like that, no prizes for guessing this is a gangster movie. But despite the well-trodden ground, it finds its own patch thanks to an up-to-date landscape of economic hardship and all-round criminal incompetence. Thus, Pitt's suave assassin breezes into town to clean up a mess, but only gets caught in a bigger one. It's tough, violent stuff, but with a certain sleazy finesse.
Stone gives up the politics and returns to crime, with a violent thriller involving two pot-growing California dudes and their run-in with a Mexican drug cartel.
The invention of the vibrator and the phenomenon of women's "hysteria" are viewed with jaunty decorum but some political savvy in this Victorian romcom. »
- Steve Rose
It’s been a while since I saw Ryan Little’s surprisingly good 2003 low-budget WWII movie “Saints and Soldiers”, but from just a glance at his filmography, it looks like he’s done well for himself since, with a string of movies to his credit. All that success has, ironically enough, led him back to WWII with “Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed”, a pseudo sequel to the 2003 movie. There’s a release date, but I doubt if the film will get too wide of a release. Which is a shame, because the theatrical trailer looks pretty damn good, especially since we’re not talking about “Saving Private Ryan” budgets here. I’ll be shock if Little and company had 1% of what Spielberg had to work with. On August 15, 1944 the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (Prct) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. »
Article by Dan Clark of Movie Revolt
Well it’s that time again, time for another installment of Streaming for Your Pleasure. With Memorial Day weekend upon us America is about to officially start the summer. Barbeques, beers, and beaches will surely take up much of our time this weekend, however let us not forget the purpose behind this day as we celebrate the glory that is a three day weekend. In all seriousness it is a time to honor our Veterans and current soldiers for the remarkable sacrifices they make. No matter what political stance you may take I feel that is one thing we can all get behind. With that in mind I dedicated this installment to all things military as I look at military centric films currently available on Netflix Streaming.
Here are the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2220 with new ratings for Ben Affleck's upcoming film Argo and an R-rating for Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator, which screened at CinemaCon last night and was reportedly warmly received. We also have ratings for a pair of superhero features with a rating for Lionsgate's Judge Dredd reboot Dredd and finally a rating for next week's summer kick-off blockbuster The Avengers. And finally a surprise early rating for Chan-wook Park's Stoker starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode and a re-rate for the first Best Picture winner Wings. I also think you should check out the mildly amusing rating reason for a film called More Than Frybread. What exactly is a "mild mishap"? Argo Rated R For language and some violent images. Release Date: October 12, 2012 Collision Earth Rated PG For action and peril, mild language and thematic elements. »
- Brad Brevet
5 items from 2012
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