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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
How the West Was Won..
This movie can rightly be called a top western film.
The Red Indian wife of a Marshall is raped and murdered and the main culprit is the son of a land baron. Almost single handedly the Marshall attempts to bring in the baddie(s) and is up against powerful forces and a mob.
So can justice be done?
Excellent locations, and the dusty salon loving town and its folk plus a magnificent steam engine more a less steal the show.
I had the benefit of renting this film and watching it on my Tablet. Great viewing as the picture quality is first rate.
Superstars take all the main roles and do not disappoint!
Don't Breathe (2016)
Home Alone meets Wait Until Dark...
First rate drama crime thriller.
The director and production team as do the cast deserve congratulations for an excellent film.
A blind ex serviceman lives alone in a house and 3 robbers decide that he will be their next victim: ...... as it turns out roles are reversed...
The magic of this movie is that the director is able to make virtually every scene focused and intense and weave the story together in such a way as to keep the viewer engrossed.
Or to put it another way: the director by being so good steals the show.
A Real Hero....vs. little paper pushing people......
This movie is engrossing and deserves a high vote.
It is based on true events, when a passenger plane needed to make an emergency landing in a city lake. Without doubt the hero of the event was the planes captain.
Believe it or not there are a lot of people especially world wide who never heard of the events portrayed in the movie as at the time it was a sensation all over the planet.
At first I was puzzled as to why the movie makers instead of putting the attempted plane landing at the center of the picture, concentrated on the awful bureaucrats from the airline safety board who were it seems trying perhaps unfairly to find the captain at fault.
However my research suggests that from the perspective of both the captain and co-pilot they felt they were being investigated in such a way that if they could be blamed for what happened, they would be; hence the movie takes the point of view of the captain and co-pilot.
Both the attempted landing and the investigation are certainly compelling viewing.
The lead actor gives a fine yet restrained performance.
Even if the decision to land on the lake was not the only alternative the captain is a Real Hero.
All in all, I give this picture 7 and a half, rounded up so:
U ain't no Charlton Heston...but you'll do!
Arrived at the movie house having heard and seen many bad reviews about this picture, so pleasantly surprised that its' a lot better than I expected. Worth a look and very watchable.
Beh hur, once a prince, becomes a slave and thereafter seeks justice in the arena.
Comparisons to the Charlton Heston masterpiece are inevitable,and the current picture does tend to lack any outstanding performer and a number of players in this 2016 film seem out of their depth and mis cast such as the actor playing Masala (which sounds like an Indian curry).
What saves this movie is a strong enough story, a brilliant chariot race and an uplifting conclusion.
Hence, 6 and a half, rounded up: 7/10
How to murder your wife meets Dial M for murder
Fabulous edge of the seat drama this; it had me engrossed throughout!
Dominated by the brilliant Anthony Hopkins. He plays a wealthy man who shoots his wife but has a devious plan to get away with murder.
Now whilst some of the plot actions may play loose with the reality of the law profession and practice, at the same time there are lots of twists and turns in the movie that ring true about the workings of the legal system.
All the cast give excellent performances and add to that a clever script, then,
this picture merits:
Catch Hell (2014)
A star is.....re-born!
When I viewed this movie it was named "Chained".
It is a drama thriller about a Hollywood actor with a declining career who is kidnapped by thugs and held locked up in a remote cabin....
I thought the lead players all give full throttle performances including the baddies and the film is mostly compelling and well presented.
The very last sequence I found a little bit odd but despite that I was impressed with this picture and Ryan Phillippe is not someone who I had noticed before but he certainly has star quality:
Dad's Army (2016)
A failed attempt to do justice to the series with inferior clones
This is a film version of a famous and funny TV series of the same name. In the last war the home guard consisted of mainly older men protecting Britain's shores: the series and now this movie portrays their comical adventures.
Unfortunately most of the characters in the movie version are inferior clones of the series. The making of this movie seems to have been rushed. A script that is mostly poor and unfunny and I could not wait for the picture to end.
In the TV series what made it so amusing was the strong interplay between the main male players. The lead actors wife was talked about but never seen nor were female recruits visible if at all. The film makers have ruined the picture by failing to give us a picture that does justice to the original series.
2 and a half, rounded up =
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
This episode of Fast and Furious is.... lost In space
Do not be fooled by the high ratings as this Star Trek disgraces the name and the series;for me and I am sure many others it is a huge disappointment. I blame the director for making the movie look like an episode of fast and furious when nothing else matters. I lost interest in the movie well before it finished. In brief the story is that The Enterprise is captured by a man wearing a lizard costume. Star Trek up until this picture was all about clever space adventurers boldly going where no one has gone before with ingenious plots and interesting people: This movie is simply about trashy over the top action and special effects. Now we have no subtlety, no charismatic characters, hardly any humor and very little likability.
Shame on you Producers!
Shane Johnson: top quality performance!
Were it not for the virtuoso performance of the lead actor in this picture I doubt I could give this movie more than around a vote of 4.
However Shane Johnson gives a brilliant portrayal of a man grieving the death of his wife. The story is about a film maker who is trying to find if there is an after life et al; but the question in my mind is whether he is really going crazy due to his bereavement...
The special effects and scary moments in this picture on today's standards are at best average but the picture itself is worth a look for the phenomenal lead actor:
The Shallows (2016)
Jaws meets.....The Bird(s)....
A charismatic surfer finds the ideal beach, but is then pitched into a life and death struggle with a vicious shark. The whole film is set in a picturesque beach and seashore area and I found the setting and the action compelling. High quality direction and cinematography.
A selfie loving seagull steals the show!
And: whatever smoke and mirrors may have been used to create this picture, the whole production is generally gripping.
Usually people go to the movies to be entertained whether to laugh, cry or be scared and this movie does just that: 6 and a half, rounded up,so,