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Its a very beautiful and sad story
This film documents the plight of the Sherpa people who have to endure tremendous risk and hard dangerous work for their work as porters.
It is a very confronting film.
The Sherpas have little choice but to endure this life stoic.
One of the horrifying moments of the film is after the terrible accident when 16 Sherpas perished in an avalanche and the Western climbers were irritated that they couldn't carry on with the climb. Seriously wtf is wrong with these people?
It is worth watching. 10/10.
Into the Blue (2005)
One of the top ten scuba diving and free diving movies ever made
I don't know why this film was given such a low score. Maybe the critics got confused and walked into a different theater and expected this to be a high brow or special agenda film involving an all boy romance. Obviously they were disappointed.
But not me.
I enjoyed watching this film. Its a fun film to watch and I probably saw this a couple of dozen times.
Jessica Alba and Paul Walker look outstanding in this film. Not only are they at their athletic physical best but there is also a natural chemistry between the two actors that is hard to deny. They also do give convincing performances.
The other two actors also do give credible performances.
The only issue I have with this film is that - it could have been edited better. Starting the film on the "white whale" was a bad start. Somethings once seen are hard to erase from your mind. The script could also have been tighten up and better written to portray the dilemma the characters faced.
I would honestly have given it a 8/10 but given the sad rating - it deserves another star.
Knock Knock (2015)
Boring movie but you get to see beautiful Ana naked.
I give it three stars because we get to see "Bell" aka Ana de Armas who looks like Marilyn Monroe naked.
She's absolutely hot.
Otherwise it is a very very very slow movie. Very Pretty shots though... but so slow.
If this was a full on porno with Keanue Reeves and most of the boring bits which includes most of the film was cut, I'd rate it much higher.
But as it is... it drifts.
So 2 stars for Ana. One star for Keanue who does his best with a boring script. And one star for the camera work.
Hisshiken torisashi (2010)
Beautiful film, slow pace.
I found this to be a very beautiful period film. The scene at the start of the movie I found mesmerizing to watch.
However, I found the pacing of the film and the flashbacks unnecessarily slow and now well linked.
The rivalry between the two Lords is not clear until the very end, leading to some unneeded confusion.
If you like period dramas, beautiful and accurate historic props this will be a film for you.
I found the twist at the end of the film actually quite good.
The film draws inspiration from the 1962 film, Seppuku (Harakiri). If you like good films, I can heartily recommend that epic.
Terminator Genisys (2015)
I liked the movie. There were a lot of humorous moments. The movie was well paced. Everything flowed pretty well. The acting was pretty good. And it was really enjoyable to see Arnie play Terminator Pops to Sarah.
OK there was logical "inconsistancies" - which will really spoil the movie if you think too much about it. But it doesn't get in the way very much unless you focus on it like a Literature major.
One thing bothered me - I question the casting choice for Reese. The actor who plays him - also played Spartacus Roman gladiator friend. Don't get me wrong - he's a good actor - but not someone I imagined who Reese would be - more dynamic, more alpha. Pity the original starz spartacus star is dead - he would have been an excellent choice.
Overall it was pretty good - but it was like one of those forgettable B grade movies - the whole plot involves them blowing up Skynet. Wasn't that done before in t3 and it didn't work due to networking?
Plus Skynet was more advanced thanks to John Connor Mk2 going back in time to upgrade things.
Anyway - don't think too much about it - its not Shakespeare. Its good to see Arnie back as the friendly neighbourhood Terminator.
Dumb and dumber
I liked the first movie, despite the strange allusions to Willy Wonker, and the Sequel with its introduction to the world of Victors which actually seemed a bit more realistic.
But the 3rd movie seems to be a glory fest for the main character and her love - a bit like Twilight meets Jesus Christ Superstar all of a sudden. Everything else - even the war - the other characters - take a physical back step.
I found it ridiculous that in the midst of a genocidal war, a technological war even - the main character can go rambling around doing her own excursions in a battlefield area - at one stage even having a picnic out in the open in a warzone. The Capital didn't have drones? They didn't have snipers? The Capital didn't have the radar or even a nuke missile?
It seems more like a wet dream dreamed up for the Socialist International. Look I hate the excesses of the capitalist system as much as you do - but having unarmed people storm machine gun stormtrooper soldiers who are so technological advanced that they don't have barbed wire barricades and where everything is hinged on the whims of a teenage girl armed with a bow and arrow fighting in a super advanced war is about as believable as a porn plot but not half as amusing.
This is a ridiculous story - best to watch this if you're drunk.
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)
A Great film not for the prudish
I'm a bit surprised by the number of harsh reviews on the film. It seems all the prudes decided to get together and watch a film about a woman with a mental health problem and then gang-rape the film with their harsh Victorian purity reviews - "OMG it has too much sex!!"
Good grief - you're watching a film about a sex addict - what were you expecting??? Tea and scones with Mr Darcy?
I found the film incredibly revealing about the human condition. Here is a rare type of woman who desires and gets what she wants. So what? She has sex with strangers and enjoys doing it. What's the big deal about that?
Isn't it liberating that a woman takes charge of her own sexuality and does what she wants???
Anyway I also found it humorous - take the reverse parking incident - what a powerful feminist image that was - here was a woman who took control of the man's car and did something most men assume they can only do - reverse park.
The film is also layered with beautiful scenes and images like:
1. If you have wings why don't you fly?
2. The father and his daughter in the forest - feeling the wind blowing through the Ash Tree leaves.
3. The dialogue between Joe and Seligman - I found their accents and conversation beautiful and touching.
I was going to leave a 8/10 review... but seeing all the ghastly puritanical reviews that give it a 1 rating. I'm going to give it 10.
Two things I didn't like about the film was the heavy metal music used at the start. I thought it was inappropriate and set the wrong tone for the film. But that is a simple error easily rectified by replacing the soundtrack with a piano piece by Chopin - like "Raindrops" otherwise known as Preludes, Op 28, No. 15.
The choice of Joe's lover - the actor Shia LeBeouf. He just didn't seem to fit the bill for me. Someone like Jude Law (younger actor of course) would have been preferable.
La migliore offerta (2013)
Gary Oldman please
I loved the show. It had a great deal of drama, suspense, intrigue and a tantalizing whiff of the supernatural.
The decor, the presentation of "The Auctioneer" was just impressively spectacular.
But... and I do love Geoffrey Rush's acting ... I'm afraid he came across as a little too try hard - esp in the confrontation scenes. I didn't find it believable. He just seemed a little too fake.
I think Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor) would have done a better job at playing the role. He has a greater degree of finesse compared to Rush. Rush didn't play the role very convincingly.
Plot wise - I didn't like the presence of the real Clara.
Fawning view of Stalin????
Watching this now and I'm amazed that Stone is casting Stalin as a good guy without mentioning the fact that under his regime his govt was up to its eyeballs in atrocities.
Stone is trying to paint his series as a history that is complex and nuanced.
But without alluding to the distrust that the US, France, Britain and Poland had towards the Soviet Union which was committed to exporting bloody revolution to every nation - and the difficulties they had in forging an alliance with a communist dictatorship that had slaughtered 20 million of its own people - and embarked on a war against a smaller democracy, Finland, Stone is just giving us a 1950s Soviet propaganda view of history.
I loved this film. It was beautifully filmed - and the cinematography of the Mongolian grassland is breathtaking. And I found Urna's odyssey to repair her grandmother's Mongolian violin, destroyed by the Communists, to be very moving.
What I did find annoying is that there is the DVD release is only subtitled in German. The producers were too lazy or short-sighted to include subtitles for English or any other major language!!!! Unbelievable.
I've been waiting 4 years for the subtitled version to be released. But I fear it will be in utter vain.