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The Civil War (1990)
Grand in Scope and Scale, Burns' Documentary is a Masterpiece!
If ever there was a definitive compilation of the true stories of the men and women who experienced the American Civil War, Ken Burns' masterpiece documentary is it. Painstakingly researched and seamlessly stitched into the rich tapestry of American sentiment and motivation, "The Civil War" takes us from the pre-war antagonism between the wealthy industrialist North and the wealthy agricultural South to the aftermath of the Great Conflict, where we see the post-war fates of former heroes of both nations, a surprising number of whom go on to ignominious, almost obscure lives. In between, we hear first hand accounts--via letters and journals written by men and women of high and low stations on BOTH sides of the war--of the strife, turmoil, triumphs, and spirit of the age embodied in countless men and women on both sides of the war.
Ken Burns' work is astounding; his scope broad and sweeping, and his storytelling is second to none. An absolute MUST have for students of American history; for a deep understanding of American thought on the matter at that time, there is no better source than Ken Burns' "The Civil War." The war that nurtured the character of a country is explored, here, as never before, and Burns' work is wonderful in every respect. The PERFECT documentary!
The PERFECT Comic-Book-to-Big-Screen Adaptation! FINALLY!
I admit I was skeptical going into "X-Men." I feared the plot and acting would be too melodramatic, the characters would be too one-dimensional, and the action sequences would be too over-the-top, as is usually the case with Marvel Comics movie adaptations. In short, I went into the theater expecting "Batman & Robin" (a true travesty of the film industry). Instead, what I got was a pleasant cinematic surprise equaled only by last year's "The Matrix."
My wife, an X-Men newbie, and I, a 20-year veteran of the comic books, both LOVED "X-Men!" With its perfect blend of plot, characterization, acting, and action, "X-Men" takes its place as THE best comic-book-to-big-screen adaptation I've seen. Gone are the campy moronics of the "Batman" franchise, the cheesy special effects of the "Superman" films, and the myriad things that made all previous Marvel Comics films (except "Blade") so heinously unwatchable! "X-Men" doesn't just hit a home run for comic book movies, it hits a grand slam!
In my opinion, "X-Men" is THE summer movie of 2000! My only complaint is that I have to wait who know HOW long for a sequel...