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American Hustle (2013)
I thought "Saving Mr. Banks" was going to give Emma Thompson the Lady Big Oscar but I'm wrong. Amy Adams, the owner of magnificent cleavage despite small breasts, will win it.And I thought Forrest Whitaker would win for "The Butler." Wrong again. It'll be Christian Bale who offers the finest lead actor emotion and dialogue I've just about ever seen. The man is amazing. And last but not least, we have Jennifer Lawrence doing a tremendous job as the gorgeous but lonely wife who will win Best Supporting Actress. This film will win for Best Screenplay, Best Director and last but not least, Best Picture of the Year. What a story based on ABSCAM. Using crooks to nab crooks and the twists and turns are phenomenal.And of course, every movie must have the great Robert DiNiro who sneaks into this one, does a spellbinding cameo and then disappears. Is the picture long? Yes, but who cares? I didn't want it to end-that's how darn good it is.I write reviews not for the purpose of telling anyone the storyline of the picture. That's because anyone can read a synopsis. My job is to tell you how a movie hits me and this one is a Howitzer shell. A fantastic movie experience and I personally feel that those who knock this knockout film, has no taste whatsoever.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Brilliant,Brilliant and Brilliant Again
Oh brother, what a movie! What meaning! What class! What acting, especially on the part of Emma Thompson who SHOULD win the Best Actress Oscar, hands down. Have you seen "Poppins" in the movies or on the stage? I saw both and fell in love with this delightful story based on imagination but seducing in reality. This film will most definitely seduce the duce out of you. It's heartwarming, sensitive and charming. I don't care if someone's 7 or 75, the story of "Mary Poppins"will get into his/her soul and stay there. How wonderful is the human mind whose imagination is so powerful,it captivates the world. And Mr. Disney knew Miss Travers's imagination would do exactly that and refused to give up despite the aggravation the lady caused him and his staff. I'm so happy that Walt refused to let go until he got what he wanted because by doing so,he changed us for the better.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
A Motion Picture for the Ages
Peggy Ann Garner was just 13 years old when filming "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." Thank you Mr. Turner because I never saw a finer acting performance by any young teen in any film. Peggy died at age 52 , was never a BIG STAR but her performance in this film could have never been matched had she lived and continued in the motion picture industry for a full lifetime. Simply stated: I was stunned by her ability. Incidentally she did win the Academy Juvenile Award in 1945.
Dorothy McGuire as Peggy's mom.Enormously gifted. A lifetime of monumental acting achievement which didn't deviate one iota from this role. Then we have James Dunn who played Peggy's dad and for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor 1945. Dunn is absolutely superb as the community drunkard and a waiter with big dreams.
You will see the hustle and bustle of 1912 Brooklyn. You will hear the calliope filling the streets with the resounding music of that era. You will see hardship and poverty endured as a 13 year old girl comes of age. The interaction of characters of this film is historic...the entire film is legendary and make sure you have a handkerchief handy.
Little Caesar (1931)
The Granddaddy of Them All
By today's standards, "Little Caesar" could be considered corny but if one wants to put himself in 1931, the film is masterful. I call it the grandaddy of all gangster films and very reminiscent of the biography of Al Capone.
Edward G.Robinson was more than just a "pretty face." This man could act up a storm. Recently I saw "Key Largo" and was very impressed by EGR's acting. Now I see where it came from--he was born to play hard boiled gangsters and why he wasn't nominated in '31 for Best Actor of the Year is beyond me.Lionel Barrymore took home the statue. Robinson was simply fantastic.
I highly recommend your watching it on Turner or renting the DVD because you will see the beginning of the evolution of murder and mayhem on the silver screen. What the Volstead Act spawned. The roots of Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, "Pretty Boy" Floyd, "Machine Gun Kelly" and all the rest of the psychopaths that terrorized good people and honest businessmen.
This movie is not only a movie but a history lesson as well.Because of our marvelous Constitution and Bill of Rights, a two bit hood like Rico could evade the law until.................see the film--it's great.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
It's Okay If You Can Stand the Torture
This picture was nominated for seven Oscars. I would have nominated it for one more--the most boring picture of 1959. 2.5 hours of black and white boredom despite the always remarkable Jimmy Stewart but I will say this: the real Joseph Welch, the lawyer who got crazy Sen.Joe McCarthy in front of millions of TV watchers and disemboweled him, was an absolute pleasure to watch.A terrific actor and a terrific American. This film was all about missing panties which self-admittedly Lee Remick wore but not always. By the way, the film does not deal with the garment industry but rather with sexual violation. Ben Gazzara shoots and kills a bar owner who raped his wife; clear cut premeditated murder but Ben can't remember "nuthin.'Jimmy Stewart is a laid back lawyer having a miserable practice who's called on to save the day. George C. Scott is great as a hotshot prosecuting attorney but alas...the movie was the lousiest courtroom drama I ever saw.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
More or Less, Overrated
First off, Jessica Chastain should not be in the running for the Oscar. Why not? Because she was stonefaced, poker-faced while walking and running around Afghanistan and CIA HQ in Langley, VA yelling, "Please believe me. I located bin Laden." In other words,Jessie seemed emotionless even when witnessing our waterboarding enhanced interrogation technique which shouldn't be considered torture. I sort of look at it as a way of cleaning the filthy pusses of the filthy RADICAL Muslims who were part of 9/11/01. In fact,waterboarding plus applying shock therapy to the genitalia would have gotten more info out of the scum. Oh by the way there was a scene in which a terrorist's panties were pulled down and Jessie is told to take a gander at his "junk"-she did but remained poker- faced. The terrorist who was being interrogated however did NOT remain poker-faced.
I must say that to all those who thought Pres. Bush was lying about not approving "torture" and about not having CIA sites and prison camps in Europe,you're right.He lied but for the sake of the security of this nation and that's all that counted. Conversely a shot of Pres. Obama is seen-he is saying that torture must be outlawed. The man knows from nothing except vacations.
What impressed me was an answer to a question I had about the role of a woman in the finding of bin Laden. I thought Chastain's character was a concoction for one reason or the other. I was wrong. Indeed, a female CIA operative at Langley had been working on finding the monster ever since the attacks on us occurred. Naturally her real name will never be divulged but it's Maya in the film. All I know is that no one could ever be a misogynist after seeing what she accomplished on behalf of our beloved nation.
I took note of how much effort was applied not to hurt the feelings of, or rile up Muslims worldwide insofar as showing the actual assassination of bin Laden by a Seal Team Six member.I guess it followed suit regarding the non-disclosure of photos showing the torn apart Sheikh. Our guys barge into the room, a quick glimpse of a gray beard is seen, shots ring out and the camera pans down on a rather bloodied face which no viewer can identify as UBL.
Yep, Maya had been telling the frustrated CIA brass that if they got bin Laden's courier, they would get the big cheese. They listened and supposition became reality. Hard to believe that bin Laden was living in plain sight, less than a mile from the Pakistani Military Academy and all along we thought he was in a cave. I learned something valuable from the film. Both the military and government officials HAD to know he was in Abbattabad and we had been treating that country as a valuable ally. The man who ordered the murder of 3,000 Americans was being protected by an "ally." I'll call it a day because I feel like cursing up a storm but want to retain my IMDb account.
An overrated bomb
Sure, if you talk to those who've seen it, they'll say that DD Lewis, Sally Fields and T.L.Jones deserve Oscar nominations and it would be right. You'll also hear that Spielberg deserves an Oscar for Directing. Right. You'll also hear that the Academy of Arts and Sciences should make "Lincoln" a nominee for Best Picture. That's right too however I saw it and am saying that despite all the kudos from sheep, I say it was exceedingly boring, terribly slow moving,dark,annoying and nothing but an average movie that will be on DVD in a month. I say three cheers for the Emancipation Proclamation; 3 cheers for the 13th Amendment; discrimination just plain stinks and so does this movie.
Wow----What a Tremendous Movie
"Argo" is absolutely amazing and guaranteed...no one is sitting relaxed on any theater seat for the final 20 minutes. And is there any need to emphasize it will be up for Best Picture of 2012? Count on it. And Ben Affleck, John Goodman and Alan Arkin will likewise be nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting. And the cinematography's amazing too.
The story is so intriguing, it's impossible to think it's true but IT IS. I'm not going to write anything that might be construed as a spoiler and to actually discuss the plot is, so all I can say is that if you're old enough to remember that fateful day of 11/4/79 when our Embassy was taken over by Iranian thugs,Islamic fanatics and it lasted under Jimmy Carter's watch for 444 days, you will go ape over "Argo." Word has it they held 52 Americans as hostages. Think again.
What a great title for this movie. What does "Argo" bring to mind? Somethng planetary? How about the name of a spaceship? How about the leader of aliens? And what in heaven's name does all this have to do with Iran under the Ayatollah Khomeini? It's bewildering, isn't it? It certainly bewildered the Iranians.
See this movie. It's absolutely sensational.
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
I Wish I Could Go "Skinny-Dipping" With Amy Adams
This picture has just about every aspect of life, yet, I found it Clint's worst except for the "Unforgiven." When I write "every aspect" I mean love, hate, child abuse, elation, disappointment and all the rest of the stuff we encounter daily. Regarding its relevance to baseball,if you follow the Braves or Red Sox, then you might salivate but I root for neither.
Clint's aging as all of us are but he was better talking to an empty chair than trying to come across as Gus, the one time MLB super scout. He seems too angry and filled with spittle and venom for the role. However Amy Adams is really great "eye candy" but could have shown much more in that "skinny dipping" scene. I was disappointed because she is an absolute knockout. Justin Timberlake is a better singer than actor.
Yes the story has some very good points but overall, the film is overly long and boring. I rate it a 6 with a yawn. I like baseball. I just saw "Moneyball" which I consider a SUPERB baseball film while "Curve" leaves a lot to be desired. Clint, go talk to a chair! Furthermore I predict a box office flop and the film will be out on DVD in 6 weeks.
For Me and My Gal (1942)
Judy Garland was just twenty years old when this movie was shot. Just twenty. I enjoyed it immensely because I feel that she was the greatest performer in the history of American show business.Sure, there have been great singers. Yes there have been great dancers and yes there have been great actors but no one besides Judy had all three talents so tightly rolled up into one. I found the storyline quite interesting even though Gene Kelly was the heel of heels but when you see and hear him and Judy in duets...man...that's what makes the world go 'round. How odd. Here we have a picture shot in 1942, 70 years ago and it's better than anything on the screen today. No, it's not a masterpiece but rather terrific wholesome family enjoyment and I highly recommend it to anyone who's disgusted with the stuff now being shown. It's simply top flight entertainment. Incidentally, the musical selections in this film are REAL MUSIC instead of the rock schlock now being heard. I borrowed a bit from Wikipedia to give you the details of that film's songs. * "Oh, You Beautiful Doll", music by Nat D. Ayer, lyrics by A. Seymour Brown, additional lyrics by Roger Edens performed by George Murphy, Judy Garland and others.
* "For Me and My Gal", music and lyrics by George W. Meyer, Edgar Leslie and E. Ray Goetz, performed by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland
* "When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose", music by Percy Wenrich, lyrics by Jack Mahoney, performed by Kelly and Garland
* "After You've Gone", music by Turner Layton, lyrics by Henry Creamer, sung by Judy Garland.
* "Ballin' the Jack", music by Chris Smith, lyrics by Jim Burris, sung and danced by Kelly and Garland.
* The film also contains portions of a number of songs popular during World War I, including "By the Beautiful Sea", "There's a Long, Long Trail", "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)", "Where Do We Go from Here, Boys", "It's a Long Way to Tipperary", "Goodbye Broadway, Hello France", "(There are) Smiles (That Make Us Happy)", "Oh Frenchy", "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" and "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and Smile, Smile, Smile".
* Two additional songs were intended to be included: "Spell of the Waltz", which was to be performed by Marta Eggerth and a male chorus and "Three Cheers for the Yanks", written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin. THAT'S CLASS, people. REAL HONEST-TO-GOODNESS CLASS.