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Now this is what I call a good mini-series. It is interesting, realistic, believable and touching. Very well directed, filmed and acted.
Above all, it also gives the viewer an insight into one of the great battles of the first world war, which, especially for the Australians, has legendary status. It is also very interesting how the movie vividly depicts the divide between the classes present at the time. The film's portrayal of the generals is phenomenal... The generals and their staffs where so distant and alienated from their troops that most of the time, they had no clear idea of what was really going on on the battlefield!
All in all, mini-series very well made. Highly recommended.
Oh my God!
Oh my God! There is bad, and apparently then there is really, really bad! I cannot even imagine who sits up at night and thinks up all this nonsense... It is unbelievable. And then, in the morning, there is somebody in a studio somewhere that actually reads this trash and gives it the go ahead... Then there is actually someone who funds the project, and someone who then actually films it... How this is possible is beyond me.
It is difficult for me to even try to write an actual review for this series. This show has 'everything'; zombies, different zombies, mythical monsters, cataclysmic volcanic eruptions, pandemic virus outbreaks, the plague, black holes, and so on and so forth... There is absolutely nothing to salvage: the script is completely ridiculous, the acting is nothing short of farcical, the cinematography and special f/x look so cheesy they are almost funny, etc. etc.
It is so bad it is beyond words.
If you like blood and guts (and nothing else), this one is for you!
If you like blood and guts (and nothing else), this one is for you! Other than a constant showing of gory scenes from the OR, this series has absolutely nothing in it. We do not get to know any of the protagonists or any of the victims. Consequently we are left emotionless, we do not care what happens to any of them, if the victims live or die, for in this series they are reduced to nothing more than lumps of meat.
One more mishap was that Lennie James in the principal role was totally miss-cast. He comes through more like an NFL linebacker than a surgeon. He is outright intimidating... Only Catherine Walker is salvageable as Dr. Fiona Lomas (and she looks very sexy as well). I do not know how realistic the OR scenes in the series really are, but even if they were perfect (which I doubt) that is nowhere nearly enough to salvage the series. No wonder it was axed so soon. Sad really, we have gotten used to great made for TV products coming out of the UK. This is definitely not one of them.
Political Animals (2012)
A series without a 'purpose'...
Professionally well made mini-series, with some decent acting, but with something missing... Apart from the copious inspiration of the series based on the life of the Clinton's (only barely masked by the fact that in the series they have two sons instead of a daughter), the series lacks purpose, has no 'raison d'aitre', is going nowhere. It started of quite well, but then very fast we see that it is going nowhere and we are subsequently not surprised when the ending is totally anticlimactic, without meaning. The series simply ends, period.
On the bright side, Sigourney Weaver is very good (as usual) in her portrayal of Hillary, and so is Ciarán Hinds as Bill Clinton (albeit a little over the top). Noteworthy is also the performance of Carla Gugino as the seasoned white house reporter. All in all this ends up being an average TV flick, nothing more, nothing less. It could and should have been much better.
The Delta Force (1986)
Better than expected, even 30 years later...
I watched this movie for the first time over 30 years after it was produced. Considering its age, the fact that it is essentially a Chuck Norris film (whom I really never liked), and the numerous clichées in the premise and story-line, this motion picture was a rather pleasant surprise. It was decently scripted, decently acted (except for Mr. Norris, of course) and well filmed. Even the cheesy special effects don't take away too much from the overall viewing experience.
Do not misunderstand me, this is no masterpiece by a long shot, but it definitely makes for some decent escapist entertainment on an evening with nothing much better to do. Definitely above average.
The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)
A pleasant surprise!
When I started to watch this movie, I hadn't heard anything about it and didn't expect very much. I was therewith pleasantly surprised. Make no mistake, this is no masterpiece, but a well done entertaining piece of work which (even) makes you think a little at times.
I found the acting to be uniformly quite decent, even though the VietCong are mostly closer to being cartoon characters than real people. What carries the movie though, is the performance by Ermey, R. Lee. Once again he shows there is nobody better than him for roles like these. He is simply excellent! The camera and sound are both satisfactory, and the special f/x as well, considering we are talking about a motion picture made in the eighties (no CGI, etc.). All in all, after almost 30 years, this film withstands the test of time and is definitely worth a look.
Iron Man (2008)
A good movie (only) for kids...
In my opinion, not nearly as good as everybody says. In a nutshell, a very good movie, but suitable only for kids (but rated PG13...?)
Why, one would ask? Well, for starters because of its moronic plot and one-dimensional characters. Granted, I am not a fan of superhero pictures (I think that they are much better printed in comic books, where they belong), but having said that, there are some outstanding movies based on comic books out there that are far, far better than Iron Man (the Batman and Spiderman franchises come to mind). Iron Man's story is so simple, so childish, I am certain even many kids will find it uninteresting.
But then again, what do I know? The majority of the critics and an overwhelming part of the viewing public loves the movie! It's probably just me again, I just don't get it... As usual.
I beg to disagree...
I beg to disagree with almost everyone on this one. There is nothing overtly 'artistic' about this movie. It treats real, tragic events with total superficiality and no feelings. The mafia bosses are pathetic caricatures, not bloodthirsty killers and cutthroat businessmen. It all looks like a 'see no evil, hear no evil do-good- er' cartoon...
I was there in those years, and I can assure everyone, there was nothing even remotely funny or entertaining in the affairs pictured in the movie. In this film everything is pictured as if it was all a joke, as if the dead weren't really dead, as if the mafia was a bunch of unruly kids, and nothing 'really' ever happened. Well, it all might be good in today's politically correct environment where all is forgotten and forgiven, but as I said at the beginning of this review, I beg to disagree...
The House of Magic (2013)
Very good for kids!
Every time that I sit down to watch an animated movie nowadays, I inevitably end up surprised by the visual quality of the animations, and this film was no exception. The visuals are stunning (I watched the motion picture in 2D, as i am no fan of 3D for the time being). You could see many of the effects are intended for 3D, but even as 2D they are uniformly excellent and very exciting to watch. The story itself is rather simplistic and intended mostly for children, as are the dialogs.
I watched it together with my wife and 8 year old daughter who found the movie to be excellent. My wife on the other hand thought it to be extremely boring. Myself, I am probably somewhere in-between the two extremes. I found this to be a very decent, professionally made animated movie mainly aimed at a younger audience, and in that it fulfills its purpose totally. Recommended.
Mai stati uniti (2013)
Amusing, but below average...
Relatively amusing, below average movie. It's OK for a rainy afternoon if you want to turn your brain off and have nothing better to do.
The acting is quite good throughout, and the script is passable. Everything else like the cinematography, sound, etc. is done quite professionally, in the best tradition of modern Italian comedies, but there are many clichés, there is nothing original or extremely funny about this movie.
In the end, it is still mildly entertaining though, and never boring, so I suppose it shouldn't be shunned altogether. Watch it if you enjoy such movies, just do not expect too much.