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WTF is THIS film???
I couldn't believe what I was watching....a 145 minute propaganda highlight reel from an immigrant who has become naturalised that then asks you to see ' both sides' of the story?
Nice try..I think a 30 second commercial advertising Dinesh D'Souza would be as equally distasteful, but mercifully shorter.
When D'Sousza says that as many blacks owned 1,000 or more slaves than whites in Louisiana, I actually wanted to vomit.
When he featured a lone black self made female millionaire as someone who is a symptom of the benefits of slavery, I had decided that I no longer wanted to spectate D'Souza's cloudy agenda and personal highlight reel.
Avoid this rubbish....seriously...just avoid it.
Beyond tedious..but a serious message
As a safari goer of many times over, i was really looking forward to this film. It turned out to be a ' Blair witch' type of film but set in the savannahs of South Africa.
Incredibly predictable, it re-enforces every possible stereotype of Americans abroad..a bunch of tourists go on safari, act like spoilt brats who demand privilege whilst on safari.
The truth element of this film is a little more chilling Safari tour organisers in South Africa have little or no ethical attitude towards guiding wealthy foreigners, and it is this toxic combination that sets the tone for the film. Unable to see lions as demanded by the tourists ( how DARE the lions don't show up, we came from LA!) the corrupted guide takes them off the national park grid and into wild territory where a series of encounters with momma nature sees them pretty much picked off one by one.
This would never ever happen on a Kenyan Safari any tourist who leaves the safari vehicle would go to jail, end of story.
2 stars because the female tourists in the cast were quiet attractive, and their respective boyfriends the Neanderthal frat boys that leave you wondering what these women see in them. Avoid this film.
why the low rating???
Parkland is a very different type of film to the usual JFK assassination types. It doesn't delve into the 'whodunnit' side of things or point fingers at cover ups nor conspiracies.
What it does do,however is look at how the death of JFK affected people not routinely associated with him.
I found it to be unlike any other film i have seen, the only one that it bears any sort of parallel to me is " taking chance".
I thought the documentary type shooting was beautifully atmospheric and felt numb with helplessness at the suffering of Jacqueline Kennedy.
It's obvious appeal will immediately be with those who like the Kennedy assassination genre, but I found it to be a deeply emotional film in it's own right.
it's worth a lot more than the current 6/10 rating.
30 for 30: Straight Outta L.A. (2010)
OK, I get it that the Raiders were a law unto themselves, but the way ice-cube tells this story is that the Raiders became renegades as a result of gangsta rap?? Also, I can see no value whatsoever in having snoop dog in this film..he is an imbecile and makes no contribution to the story at all except dumb it down .
The Raiders were outcast and bad-asses LONG before ice cube could even speak. his lyrics promoting abuse and violence didn't give the raiders an 'edge', and the Raiders could and did exist quiet happily with their surly persona long before the existence of NWA.
There is a legitimate story here,though, and the machinations of Al Davis and the character of his Raiders entering a new city is one worth telling, but lets keep it real, Ice-cube..the ONLY thing NWA did for the raiders is sell more starter jackets and caps.
It's a shame as there is real potential here for a REAL story about those renegade Raiders. ESPN missed a huge trick here.
The Estate Film (2011)
Bad film but..
Utterly dreadful, can only say that it was plot less,meaningless,poorly acted and anything else thats wrong. There is a HUGE "BUT" however... it is a pretty accurate portrayal of life in the UK, and the big concern is that these cereal thugs are the 'future' of this country. The only people who could benefit form this are those who believe that life in Britain today is pretty little shops, cricket on the village green and cucumber sandwiches. "Harry Brown" was a much better film on every level, and that too portrayed the real harsh realities of life that decent people have to contend with living in urban Britain. It's not really worth watching this film unless you didn't already know about hoodie/chav culture, and the giggles you get from ''youff workers'' who blame everyone for these thugs except accept the fact that there is a huge degree of contempt and lawlessness from these feral animals.
The Firm (2009)
Nothing more to say..
An extremely accurate and authentic portrayal of what life is in the UK. The biggest question that films like this, green street etc leave me asking is..why on earth is the UK NOT considered a 3rd world country? It has no system of law and order, a justice system that has no concept of punishment and a police force who peruse speeding motorists with pure aggression and casually ignore rape and robbery. A society whose dependency on alcohol and violence has some balls calling countries with a marginally lower GDP ' 3rd world' . It is without question, the most violent, backward and dangerous country on the face of the planet with a 'legal' infrastructure.
He Got Game (1998)
it's got game...
don't be fooled by the 6.8/10 score on IMDb. I have no idea what sort of things people would find to score such a powerful film so low. It's not a sports film at all despite the heavy frame of basketball, but more of a film of love,family and the battle of deciding the struggle between head and heart. The film is readily accessible to it's viewers, and the subject matter whilst can be uncomfortable, is wholly believable. This is a film about life and choices, as well as redemption.
This movie shines despite Spike Lee's need to scream black exploitation in every project he undertakes, and is a film that will provoke thought across all boundaries of race and colour for all peoples. Everyone should see this film at least once.
Cash and Curry (2008)
I want 90 minutes of my life back after watching this pure and utter rubbish.
Whilst Asian and Jamaicans between the ages of 9 and 40 might be horrified to learn that people outside of London really don't give a sun dried dingleberry about how 'cool' it is to be a 'gangsta',deal in drugs and sleep with free prostitutes, quiet by accident this film shows all that is wrong with Britain today. Whilst these gangs do exist in some form or another, clearly this film is the director living out a fantasy that he cannot or doesn't have the guts to peruse.
Herein lies the charm of this film,however..the director clearly meant this to be a ' look at how cool it is to be black/Asian gangsta from London ', but what it does articulate very clearly is that only an imbecile would agree with the director. The acting is plain rubbish,the story line cringeworthy and the moralistic bromance ( no doubt drive by one of those ethical 'gangsta codes') is incredibly toe curling.
If you want violence for the sake of violence, then you might get a kick out of this. If, however, you want a good old giggle about how 'cool' jamiacan and Asian gangs perceive THEMSELVES to be...then you might wet your pants laughing.
This film is utterly hideous. I still want my 90 minutes of my life back...yeah, bruv?
My Name Is Khan (2010)
what utter drivel and dross. never been a fan of SK, but his acting was very very good indeed, and Kajol or any other leading female bollywood diva could easily be replaced with a tape recorder or a loaf of bread/house brick.
This film is utterly pointless...was it about aspergers or about Islamic racial profiling? It was laughable in some scenes, and quiet frankly, horrifying in others. There will be people who do not have the benefit of education about modern political events and religious motives for the world we are in who will simply see the west as being barbaric racists whilst Muslims apart from one or two minor misunderstandings ( ie. the attack on the WTC and the pentagon) save the day for all mankind and humanity with their abundant and endless love for everyone. give me a break!
to an educated audience, this move is jaw droppingly corny folly...to the uneducated, this is a serious propaganda tool.
" Black Friday" and " Mumbai mere Jaan" aside, this film is further conclusive evidence that bollywood is simply incapable of making a film that can be believable and encourage healthy debate.
laughable and embarrassing are the kindest words I have for this utter garbage.
SK should consider more serious roles as he played the part of Khan very well...if only SK could read a script first before agreeing to work on such a pitiful project as this one.
One word too many in the title..
Oh dear..Oh dear..Oh dear.
what an awful, dreadful movie.
i was expecting much more form such a great looking cast but got this drivel. The idea of a comic book hero in a comedy has great potential, but instead we get this rubbish.
This movie is without identity, it doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy, it doesn't know if it wants to be a coming-of-age film, it doesn't know if it wants to be an action movie,it doesn't know if it wants to be a 'slasher' movie and the biggest disaster of all was that some of the comedy in it was funny.
so, basically what you end up sitting through is sheer tedium and a bewilderment as to why they bothered making this movie.
Kick as? they should simply delete the first word of the title for a far better reflection of what this garbage is about.