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28 Days Later... (2002)
I know this story and it was better then.
Back in England many years ago, when Radio was still vibrant and important, there was a serial program that was very like this movie.
I can't remember the reason why most people had been killed off, but there were a few who for one reason or another had survived and they set off out of London when they heard of a safe zone in the English Lake District (ring any bells yet) On the way they encountered all sorts of problems and losses, till eventually they arrived at the stronghold in the Lake District. But there were other strongholds in the area who had ideas of taking over the resources and women of our groups stronghold.
That is all I can remember of the program except that as a young boy about 10 year old it fired my imagination and later when I used to go rambling and camping around the Lake District I would look for good valleys to defend and springs for water etc.
This movie reminded me very much of that series. I found the infected people a little over the top for my taste. I also could not understand why Jim did not get guns etc. from gun-shops in London to defend himself. A baseball bat may be OK for a deli owner but not to keep alive against hoards of biting maniacs.
All in all a slightly disappointing movie that could have been better with more realistic events during their travels north and cleverer use of infected peoples. After all to be safe all you had to do was take off most of your clothes and run around screaming like an idiot and you would fit in nicely.
Quelques jours en septembre (2006)
It just does not entertain.
A very disappointing film. Turturro is one of my favourite actors and he tries very hard to do something with his character, unfortunately he fails. Binoche as a spy for me did not work, looking good is not enough. The two 'Children' for sure acted like children but more like 8 or 9 year old then mid twenties, that is until they had to bring in the expected sex scene. But the real downer of this film is the story and the lack of credibility. Of course the biggest boob of many was Binoche secretly in Venice, knowing that Elliot's life and maybe all their lives are in the balance if the hit-man finds out where they are, rings up someone and asks them to feed her tortoise and then tells them that they are in Venice. The two girls playing with their guns all the time was just ludicrous and why a girl looking after a gaggle of geese in an obscure little town in France walks around with a revolver hidden in her belt, beggars belief. Forget the ten minute brushing teeth conversation, forget the threesome pillow fight, forget poor old Elliot getting shot through the window and everyone else still walking around past the window (as though knowing only Elliot is going to get shot) forget all these silly moments and what we have left is a pretty boring film. The cameraman tried to enjoy himself by blurring the screen to show that Binoche had to wear spectacles to see beyond a few inches, once or even twice would have been allowable, but it was so often that it became obnoxious. A couple of views of Venice were nice, I was wishing I was there and not wasting my time watching this movie......... and if anyone can believe that the CIA knew 9/11 was going to happen..... well it figures!
The American (2010)
Why did he, why did she, heaven only knows!
This film had all the makings of a good film. Top actor, good acting, great location, beautiful bodies,.........but what for. Clooney spends most of the movie making or should I say adapting a rifle, ammunition and silencer for somebody to do something with. It turns out that he himself is the target...... but the hit lady could have killed him anytime, especially out in the hills when she has a practice with the rifle. And why of all places on earth would you (as an American) attempt to hide out (low profile) in a little village in Italy. You might as well run up a great big Stars & Stripes flag over your rooms and have a '"I'm an American hiding out in the village" party'. A bed-sit in London and no-one would ever know where you were or what you were doing (and wouldn't care anyway). Also I can't imagine such good looking prostitutes living in a little village like that, they would be in Rome, Milan or Turin for sure, if not abroad.
State of Play (2009)
Murder, attempted murder, who cares?
This movie, although good watching, has more holes than a box of cheese graters. 1) My biggest grouch is why the murderer (Bingham) is allowed to walk around the place in perfect freedom when everybody knows he killed Sonia Baker and tried to assassinate Cal and shot up a car full of people causing a major collision with another car etc. etc. ..... and yet the newspaper, who have his photo, don't put his photo on the front page of their newspaper and the police are not searching for him.
2) Why would a bag-snatcher (Deshaun) keep a meeting with a guy who's obviously into blackmail or stalking and has a gun and special killing bullets in his briefcase, surely he would have had enough street-smarts to know when not to follow through with his MO. Even his girlfriend had enough reasoning to work out the case owner was a nutter. And how was he going to sell back the briefcase without the contents anyway, surely Deshaun's method calls for the case and contents to be returned for cash?.
3) Who actually called for the killing of Sonia Baker, was it Stephen who found out she was working for PointCorp (but he was supposedly in love with her). Was it PointCorp because she had stopped supplying information (surely killing her was going over the top, just stop paying her $26,000 a month would have sufficed). Was it Bingham who took her assassination into his own hands.
4) Why was Bingham allowed to sit in the hospital corridor (without an identification label) outside the comatose Pizza Guy's room (which is guarded by a policeman who is also sat in the corridor alongside the murderer) when we see Della have to go through ID check to be allowed in to the hospital and has to wear an ID badge....... by the way, it was good of the policeman to walk up to the murderer and then speak on the cell phone that "He's coming round", which signed the death warrant for the Pizza Guy.
I could mention several more silly loopholes that make 'State of Play' what could have been a first class movie into a muddle of a thriller.
Con Air (1997)
What a croc .............!
I can't believe how poor this movie is considering the good actors. John Malkovich,Buscemi,Cusack to name just 3. The weak link was Cage, he just does not have a strong enough personality to match it with the other actors mentioned. The plot ran out of ideas and into Disneyland........ Poe spends all his time looking for insulin for a convict with diabetes while scores of soldiers are being machine gunned all around him. The aircraft crashes along the strip in Las Vegas, killing untold numbers of men, women and children and wrecking several casinos to save a couple of convicts and ex convicts and of course the "damsel in distress" the female police woman. I watched this movie to the end because I just didn't believe how bad it could be, not even amusing I'm afraid. Action movies should try to be slightly logical to the patrons, otherwise a movie like this could only find fans in the kill'em, blow'em up, smash'em up, I'm a hero sort of viewers. Wasted talent.
Rules of Engagement (2000)
Worst soldiers I ever saw!
This movie had a great cast, could have been a good story, as Judge Judy says ..... Coulda - Woulda - Shouda! The marines arriving at the embassy had no idea how to deploy when under fire, they continued to run hither and thither across the parapet reminding me of the sideshow shooting gallery, not one of the marines actually tried to engage the shooters on the rooftops opposite, even though they were in plain sight and causing casualties. But the big problem with the movie in my opinion was the double filming of the crowd in the square fronting the embassy. FIRST) All the crowd shown were throwing rocks, an occasional Molotov cocktail, waving flags etc. not a gun in sight......... THEN) All of a sudden we are shown all of the crowd (even children & women) shooting with an assortment of arms up at the marines on the roof. Why did the director show us two different scenarios, either they had guns or they didn't, why show two completely different situations? If they had been shooting up from the square there would have been many bullet holes in the ceilings of the ambassadors rooms instead of bullet holes in the walls opposite the snipers positions (even though these gun men were the worst positioned snipers ever seen). Then when the orders are given to open fire the marines all of a sudden mow down the people in the square, not the gun men on the rooftops opposite. I can't imagine a real USA Marine watching this movie and believing the ridiculous actions of the soldiers at the embassy, at least I hope not.
Sling Blade (1996)
One Great Movie
Having just watched 'Sling Blade' years after it was produced, I can honestly state it is one of the best films I have seen. The story, acting, lighting etc. were all great and made a deep impression on me.
I must admit that when I watched this movie I did not know that 'Karl' was being played by BBThornton and when the cast was shown I was amazed. BBThornton must be one of the most talented people in movies and to find that he also wrote and produced this film was a revelation.
It was underplayed beautifully and the scene where Karl put his arm about the boy Frank I found very moving.
Granted you can't please all the people all the time, but I feel sorry for those negative people that find pleasure in criticizing something that they could not replicate in a fit.
A wonderful film.
Awfully funny ....... and I enjoyed it!
I enjoyed the weird tales of the ageing rock-star, his beautiful third wife, 'gormless' son and sophisticated yet mercenary butler. Played with tongue in cheek ribaldry. (some people who commented on this series do seem to take life very seriously) Purely for fun this series gives us a run of situations that occur to the millionaire and his household. The household is a palace or 'Great House' somewhere in the English countryside, and seems to have been purchased fully furnished completely at odds to the personalities now residing therein. 'Bloke's' main interests seem to be alcohol and his past fame, pretty much the usual for this ever-growing society of geriatric rock-stars (those that actually lived through the years of debauchery that is).
It's just fun and not for the serious minded or pedantic pseudo-critics.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
The Poor Relation
Years ago I saw The Godfather and it made a lasting impression on me, the atmosphere of the movie was first class, the acting memorable and the storyline a classic. Recently I bought the Trilogy and after watching Part 1 again I looked eagerly to viewing Part 2...... I was so pleased to realize early on into Part 2 that here was a fitting follow on to the great Godfather movie, again everything was just about perfect and I could not wait to see Godfather III ........ WRONG!, I wish I'd stopped at II. The storyline was not good, it seemed to me like a story made up just to have a story, the characters were weak especially the daughter. Pacino's protege was a weak character that would have been eaten alive in Godfather 1 or 2. Then scenes such as, Corleone being invested with all the trappings of the Catholic Church with full choir, the assassin on horseback riding away into the sunset, the unseen helicopter machine gunning of the meeting (where the 'goodies' get away and everyone else is shot),daughter and 1st cousin rolling bits of pasta across a board, the pathetic shooting on the steps ..... Corleone stuffing sweets down him with orange juice for diabetes (a man of his intelligence and guile isn't ready for an emergency?)... NO it was not good and with the best will in the world I wont be able to watch it again. But I'll watch 1 & 2 many times down the years.
Tremendous Film, Tremendous Film Making!
"Master and Commander" is the way films should be made. Everything about this film is first class..... acting, storyline, music, sound, special effects, visual beauty, etc. etc. but what really makes this film by far and away the best seafaring film (maybe the best film) ever is 'AUTHENTICITY'. Brian Lavery, Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich was the Naval Adviser for this work of art, and it shows. You only have to read Lavery's "Nelson's Fleet at Trafalgar" published by the National Maritime Museum, to see how realistic this movie is, and how well a film can be made. I cannot think of one fault, neither can I think of any way it could have been improved. This is Film making at it's best!