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This is one of the FEW sequel that breaks the customary "sequels are always bad" curse., 10 June 2017

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*Spoiler/plot- Rush Hour 2, 2001. Reunited n Hong Kong, this cop duo expects a vacation but get an international case. They're tracking a slippery female assassin and mysterious Triade mobster importing counterfeit American $100 bills to Las Vegas.

*Special Stars- Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, John Lone, Zhang Ziyi, Alan King, Roselyn Sanchez, Harris Yulin.

*Theme- Teamwork and good communication among friends solve problems.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Film sequel, watch for extremely funny 'behind the scenes' outtakes shown during the lengthy end credits. DVD is full of great additional material.

*Emotion- This is one of the FEW sequel that breaks the customary "sequels are always bad" curse. An enjoyable to watch, fun, action packed well balanced film.

*Based On- Rush Hour 1 exposition and plot.

An epic film that always rates very high with audiences, film schools, and film critics., 10 June 2017

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*Spoiler/plot- The Mission, 1986. A man of the sword and a man of the cloth unite to shield a South American tribe from brutal colonial subjugation by 18th century forces.

*Special Stars- Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neison, Fernando Ghia.

*Theme- Truth must be acted upon.

*Trivia/location/goofs- 1986 Cannes Film Festival winner. Best Cinematography Oscar. Filmed in South America with real jungle primitive tribes that were employed and film monies paid into a set-up trust fund for the benefit of the indigenous tribal peoples.

*Emotion- An epic film that always rates very high with audiences, film schools, and film critics. Outstanding film music and color photography with delicious film production attributes served up to the film viewers.

*Based On- 18th century era history and colonial lore.

Starts out as a pedestrian film plot but get better., 26 May 2017

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*Spoiler/plot- The Cosmic Monster "The Strange World of Planet X" , 1958. Two research scientists n magnetic fields discovers a way to change the molecular structure of some metals used in defense sensitive projects. They don't know their experiments are endangering the planet's existence and turn insects into giants. A mystery man appears on the scene to warn & help them.

*Special Stars- Forrest Tucker, Gaby Andre'.

*Theme- Teamwork can solve anything.

*Trivia/location/goofs- British sci-fi cinema. Black & White. Hammer films production. Watch for the "giant" insect varieties: cockroach, cricket, centipede, mayfly, salamander and spider.

*Emotion- Starts out as a pedestrian film plot but due to some interesting small plot twists with close-up shots of warring bugs, the film redeems itself to the viewing audience.

*Based On- Historic post WW2 50's atomic fears.

They Drew Fire (2000) (TV)
A fascinating film., 25 May 2017

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*Spoiler/plot- They Drew Fire, 2000. Through the eyes of seven WW2 artists, this film shows the intimate and often startling look at combat, and the task of transforming the horrors of war into stark, revealing, enduring work of art. Soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen created more than 12,000 works of art. The art was commissioned by the U.S. Govt, has been hidden away in dusty military archives. Most artist were trained for combat and carried weapons. THe landed at beaches in the South Pacific, Normandy and fought with ground forces in Europe. This film shows their experience of war tempered by their own unique artists perspectives.

*Special Stars- Features artists: Franklin Boggs, Howard Brodie, Manuel Bromberg, William Draper, Richard Gibney, Robert Greenhalgh, Edward Reep.

*Theme- Correctly using your unique talent can help win wars.

*Trivia/location/goofs- WW2 documentary. TV movie.

*Emotion- A fascinating film telling of the pain and experiences of these talented artists to help the war effort. Very engaging, watchable, informative, and valuable for more audiences to see and understand WW2 Pacific battlegrounds.

*Based On- WW2 Pacific Theater of war illustrator's work.

A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining experience., 25 May 2017

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*Spoiler/plot- John in Exile, 1986. Explores the last and only of Christ's apostles to not be martyred while we see his life in Roman exile to eventual release to preach to the world.

*Special Stars- Dean Jones.

*Theme- Keeping you life and mind on God will help you in life.

*Trivia/location/goofs- One man filmed live theater presentation.

*Emotion- A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining experience from a early 60's Disney actor that shows us his wide range of emotional acting, staging, and illustrative performance to educate any audience on this historic figure and holy disciple.

*Based On-The Gospels of St John in the new testament and on lore.

A heavy handed plot and film theme experience., 25 May 2017

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*Spoiler/plot- The Hateful 8, 2015. A group of stagecoach passengers traveling for Law enforcement reasons stop t a stage stop and fall into a outlaw rescue action there.

*Special Stars- Curt Russell, Samuel Jackson, Bruce Dern, DIR- Quentin Tarentino.

*Theme- The evil you do follows you and your life.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Filmed in mountain's of Colorado.

*Emotion- A heavy handed plot and film theme experience with Tarentino style. I have enjoyed Tarentino other films, but this film seems to over full of emotional hate of all characters to enjoy the cinema escapist experience.

*Based On- Western US cowboy lore.

Rogue One (2016)
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The acting, plot, themes and film pacing was perfect., 25 May 2017

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*Spoiler/plot- Rogue ONE, 2016. The Rebel Alliance takes a risky chance to steal the operation plans for the Empire's Death Star after it known that main Empire construction scientist, Galen Erso built purposely a flaw into the planet killing device as a safeguard to galactic freedom. He is killed, but his only daughter, Jyn Erso takes on this quest with Alliance support.

*Special Stars- Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, Jimmy Smits. CGI cameos- Peter Cushing, Carrie Fisher.

*Theme- Rebellions are built on hope and audacity.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Disney produced. The film only starts with traditional text, "A long time ago in a galaxy far away". No explanatory screen craw at the film's beginning. Locations: Iceland, Jorden, and Pacific islands. Film shows the plot just before the original Star Wars film with Luke meeting Leia.

*Emotion-I was purposely very slow to see and review this film. Primarily because of my disappointment with the last Star Wars film with 'Daisy' as her slick manufactured female role model star for little girls. This film was a complete opposite in it's emotional connection to the audience. It has all the heroic spirit of the first SW films. The acting, plot, themes and film pacing was perfect. The CGI was a subtle tool used to advance the plot when needed, and not another director's toy. The Death Star matters in their destructive scope were excellent. And the space battle scenes were exhilarating and exciting. Let's keep this up for the next SW shows, OK ?

*Based On- A screenplay and the Star Wars universe. in the Star Wars universe.

An enjoyable French new Wave Cinema film., 25 May 2017

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*Spoiler/plot- 400 Blows, 1959. Follows 13 yr old as he turns to a life of crime to escape the neglect he experiences from home by his parents and his school teacher. He ventures out on his own and discovers the freedom he longs for is not easily attained.

*Special Stars- Jean-Pierre Leuad. DIR: Francois Truffaut.

*Theme- A classic 'coming of age' story.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Multiple film fest winner, classic French New Wave cinema.

*Emotion- An enjoyable French new Wave Cinema film telling a 'coming of age' movie plot of a young boy becoming an adult.

*Based On- a book of the time period.

A pedestrian historical drama., 25 May 2017

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*Spoiler/plot- Scott of the Arctic, 1948. True story of infamous ill-fated expedition to find the Ant-Artic South Pole in 1911.

*Special Stars- John Mills, Derek Bond, Harold Warrender.

*Theme- Planning and teamwork give you courage to go on.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Black & White British film. Shot very documentary style with some dramatic scenes for pacing and effect.

*Emotion- A pedestrian historical drama about a explorer's suffering and expedition in the southern Artic ice.

*Based On- Scott's adventure to find the South Pole.

Glory (1989)
An excellent cast, acted and produced film with all of the courageous scenes & themes shown., 25 May 2017

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*Spoiler/plot- Glory, 1989. Features the real story of the first all black regiment to fight for the North in the US Civil War. The 54th Massachusetts infantry regiment leaders come from many abolitionists from Boston.

*Special Stars- Mathew Broderick, Denzel Washingtom, Morgan freedman, Cary Elwes.

*Theme- Courage comes in one color, red, white and blue.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Docudrama film. Best Supporting actor Oscar winner for Morgan Freedman. On the main yard at Harvard stands a wall monument of the 54th regiment.

*Emotion- An excellent cast, acted and produced film with all of the courageous scenes & themes shown in a balanced manner. Simply a classic film of today based on the American heroic exploits of yesterday.

*Based On- Features the real story of the first all black regiment to fight for the North in the US Civil War.


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