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.
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.
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.
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.
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", 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.
An exceptional film in every sense.A situation that's been kept under wraps for over 80 years. A now- exposed situation that's simply too hard to believe. An astonishing film, filled with pathos and dignity--the story of a man having to fight his own demons while acting as the determined and resolute royal figurehead of a great island nation in its most perilous hour.And of course let us not forget that it was a great American leader named Franklin Roosevelt who led us through those days from a wheelchair. Yes, it's history that makes men and not the other way around.
First one, point of excellence.The cinematography of the tsunami.It scares the wits out of you.As for the rest of the film, a rather touching exploration of what a Dr. Moody wrote about years ago in "Life After Life." And one good point for both that book and this picture is that religion plays no importance whatsoever. No one tries to force any belief on anyone."Thank God."
This film certainly will give John Edward of "Crossing Over" a boost.And it may help the skeptical become less skeptical or then again reenforce the afterlife belief in those who already believe in it.Whatever floats one's boat.
The acting? Matt Damon does an adequate job as a forklift operator after having given up his once lucrative fulltime job of doing readings. He says it's a curse not a blessing.But that's all subject to change.
Very nice acting by the twin brothers torn apart by tragedy. If one likes the French language and subtitles, one will enjoy mop- topped Cécile De France who plays Marie LeLay,assigned to write a book about Francois Mitterand. She gets a bit sidetracked which naturally is a very important part of the film.
Why did I give the film a rating of six? Because it's too long and too slow moving. Or maybe it's too slow moving because it's too long? Either way, it's tedious. I also found the acoustics at various times, too bass and mumbled but that might because my hearing isn't as good as it used to be. But then again I did use earphones for the hearing impaired and it still sounded garbled at times.
So we have a movie that is really being hyped everywhere but for a Clint Eastwood film, I found it quite forgettable. It however may have a powerful positive psychological effect on those who are grieving the loss of someone close and if so, then my applause to Clint for helping those in distress. I wish what I saw on the screen was true; maybe it was but until I die and then do a film review on imd.com,I remain doubtful.
"Winter's Bone" has to rank as one of the worst films I ever saw. Slow moving, speech garbled, dreary...I mean this thing is sludge. Filmed in the backwoods of the Ozarks where really poor uneducated people live, surviving on a very low subsistence level, you wonder why they earn bucks selling moonshine and dope? Lock them up and you'll still have more than enough moonshine and dope-that's how bad it is.
The movie presents a cast of unknowns, wannabes and has beens. The dialog is so bad, you wonder if it's English. Bones, schmones, who gives a flying fig? It's just a miserable 100 minutes and if I hadn't been with friends, I would have walked out.
Upon exiting the theater, this thought came came to mind;there's a program preceding "Desperate Housewives" that's all about building homes for free for unfortunate families. You know, the show MCed by the guy with all the wild hair? Well anyway,are we positive that the familial recipients of the free home are really family? Could it possibly be that they are actors hired as part of a " TV game" to sell big ticket items by well- known companies whose products must either be in or on every home in the United States or else the home really isn't a home? Before you come back and accuse me of being heartless, which I'm not,think about the possibility and if you can't, then by all means, see "The Jonses."
Could it be that writer Randy T. Dinzler came up with the "Jonses" storyline from seeing that aforementioned program? Maybe. Maybe not but it's something to think about or then again, maybe the reverse is true? At any rate, it's fun to speculate.
"The Jonses" is an ACE picture, from start to finsh. The story is simply this: a fake family moves into a ritzy neighborhood with the intention of selling everything possible but surreptitiously in order to make scads of money for the company for whom they work, for themselves and to become an "icon class" i.e. a CELL with such a high volume selling status that manufacturers would have to consult with them first before releasing new products.
The story isn't, by a long shot, all about selling. There is a heck of lot more to this film than that..you know, stuff like love,deceit,sexual preferences,a bit of nudity but to go into specifics would spoil this terrific movie for you readers, so all I can say is that if you want to spend 90 or so very enjoyable minutes watching a top notcher from 2010, "The Joneses" fits the bill.
Secondly, the film's all about the Nazi invasion of the Ukraine beginning with an all out assault on the SU on 6/22/41 from Lake Ladoga to the Black Sea. But there's a very large misconception inherent in this film. The Germans didn't come into the Ukraine with guns blazing. On the contrary, they tiptoed in knowing they might have a valuable ally in Ukraine which despised Stalin who brought upon it the mass starvation in the '30s.The movie however depicts the German invasion of the Ukraine as a ruthless killing orgy. It's FALSE.Thousands of Ukrainians welcomed the Nazis as liberators.In fact, Ukrainian General Vlassov formed an army equipped to fight alongside the Germans.
Was the film made to engender liking for the pre-Cold War Soviet Union? You bet.Was it wrong to have supported the S.U. before and during WWII? Absolutely not. Was it wrong to have supported the S.U.after WWII. You betcha if you were an anti-communist and I sure was and STILL AM.However let's keep things in perspective instead of in the realm of Joe McCarthy thinking.
Nazi Germany was OUR enemy.The Soviet Union was attacked by our enemy.The SU therefore began killing German soldiers. An enemy of our enemy is our friend. Of course Stalin was a murderous dictator. Just look alone at the millions he starved to death in the Ukraine (no wonder why so many Unrainians welcomed the Germans as liberators).However when compared to the biggest murderous maniac of all time, Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin was a saint.
"The North Star" was by no means any cinematic miracle. If we look at it from the vantage point of 1943, it comes across very differently than viewing it in 2010. Seeing it '43, inspired Americans to cheer on Russia but in '10,it made me realize how corny it was.
No one spoke with either German or Russian accents.The Nazi pigs and Russian peasants and partisans sounded like they had come from Brooklyn. Certainly Erich von Stroheim, a German, could have sounded like the evil doctor who killed children by siphoning their blood serum to wounded German soldiers. The act alone was enough to make us hate that creep but had he added a bit of Deutsch, we'd hate him more.
The acting by the big 9, Anne Baxter,Dana Andrews,Walter Huston,Walter Brennan,Ann Harding,Jane Withers,Farley Granger,Erich von Stroheim and Dean Jagger belonged in Ebbets Field. The movie was nominated for 6 Oscars, won 1 however not in the field of "meat and potatoes." Although I did watch the entire film, I feel it was certainly not up to par with good war movies but what the heck, we won the war anyway.