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Outstanding True Depiction:
After reading the other User Comments I began to wonder if all these people saw the same movie I did. I am not sure what people are looking for or expecting in a movie but "Master and Commander", offers great acting, a good solid script, well drawn and interesting characters, good action, outstanding photography and a true depiction of life on a 1800 English ship of war. That being said, I find this movie one of the best I have ever seen and I do not make that judgment lightly. The ending could have been stronger and I can only assume that the director was leaving a starting place for sequel. Master and Commander earned and deserves the rare 10 I have chosen for it.
The Very Best:
I consider Patton the very best war movie ever made. It is highly unusual for a movie to tell a better story then the book, but this is the case with Patton. Casting was superb. I could imagine know one capturing the General Patton's character better then George C. Scott. Certainly this was Scott's defining moment of an outstanding film career. The battlefield scene of the General kissing the young tank Captain is one of the most memorable scenes in cinema history. I remember seeing this movie in 1970 and being shock at the profanity it contained. Movies have come a long way since then. Recommended for all, as a accurate portrayal of some of the events of the Second World War. This is one of only 3 movies I have ever felt deserved a big 10 rating. Enjoy.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Don't Miss This:
Certainly one of the better movies in 2002. I thought this was Leonardo DiCaprio's best performance to date. Of course what can you not like about Tom Hanks, one of the finest actors in history. Have you ever noticed how Tom Hanks continues to select the right vehicles to perform in. Excellent story line with outstanding production values. I can't imagine anyone not liking this movie. I rated this an 8.
This movie starts very slowly and is somewhat uneven. About half way through, the script tightens and the story flows more evenly. A superb cast, lead by the always strong performance from Jeff Bridges makes this a Very Good movie. I recommend this for all ages. I rated Seabisquit at 7+.
The Great Escape (1963)
Very Good War Movie
This is an interesting and true story and like so many of the epics in the early 60's, has a great cast. Probably Steve McQueen's best film work. Most viewer's will find it worth the 2 hours and 50 plus minutes you spend with the flick. Recommended for all, I rated this an 8.
God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
Worth your time:
The story is loosely based on Robert L. Scott's autobiography. The picture made towards the end of World War II is a fairly typical war time film. The story does give some accurate details on the Flying Tigers and there total dominance over the numerically superior Japanese forces. Colonel Scott was a legitimate ace during the war and his story is worth watching. I rated this a 7.
The Odd Couple II (1998)
Some clever lines:
This movie had some real cute and clever lines, but alas these two great actors were really beginning to show their age. The film is none the less worth your time and overall and enjoyable escape. It might have been more believable if the marrying couple had been grandchildren instead of son and daughter. I rated this a 7 and it is recommended for all ages.
First Rate TV movie:
Originally made by Turner Pictures for TV this movie is exceptionally well done. An accurate reproduction of the Gettysburg fighting, coupled with fine performances from this group of professional actors. The graphic scene's of the battle only enhance a superior TV production.
A very interesting story but very uneven and hard to follow. Robert Hanssen was a very complex man and possibly the writer should not have tried to capture him in all his complexities. None the less, worth your time in learning the story about America's most damaging spy.
Kate & Leopold (2001)
This is a charming romantic film. Really quite innocent and entertaining. I was bothered by Meg Ryan's hair, which appeared to have been cut and combed by a three year old, otherwise an entertaining film with good professional acting. Ryan is a delightful young woman who played well with Jackman.