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Wild River (1960)
Try to see this movie before you spent any money on it, as I did.
Sure, there is a lot of beautiful scenery. And some of the acting is great; Jo van Fleet is brilliant! But Elia Kazan's directing is too heavy handed for Clift and Remmick. Clift does his line and then performs the face he is told to show. But there is no connection between the line and the face. Remmick does the same, but since it her début I can't hold that against her. This effect makes this movie difficult to watch.
The story is full off holes too: the relation between Clift and Remmick starts totally unbelievable. Wouldn't a mother think of her kids? Her house is her future but check out the map in the beginning of the movie and form your own opinion. (since I'm trying to avoid spoilers I can't go into details)
Ex Machina (2015)
No big surprise
The saying Ex Machina is missing a word: Deus, or God. The movie Ex Machina is missing a surprise. The story is about; when is a machine a life form. Some reviews have given this film many stars because of the originality and surprises in the story. But if you've ever read anything by a little known writer by the name of Philip K. Dick, you know; Blade Runner, Jurasic Park, there are no surprises in this movie. Not even the ending. The acting is not to bad but the roles are very stereotypical, unless you've never read mister Dick of course. And there is no action and too little humor to save the movie from being mediocre. Nice idea, been there, done that.
Lie to Me (2009)
Lie to me starts as "something different"; cases are solved by watching people. I enjoyed the first few episodes but then it turns out that Dr. Lightman is always right and has no faults. Even when he is wrong he is right and all his so called "weaknesses" are just there to prove how strong he is. Pretty soon I wanted him just to be wrong just once. But he knows everything and can do anything. He can seduce any woman, beat every man at everything and abuse everybody, but they still love him.
So half way series two I gave up. I can,t handle perfection. Compare to Columbo: you knew he would always solve the case. But he wasn't a womanizer, a weapons expert and a super fighter. So; Columbo good, Dr. Lightman too good.
No more Heroes; it gets too complicated.
I enjoyed the first series of Heroes very much and gave it 8 stars. The story of people who have strange powers and are seeking a meaning for those powers in their lives, makes a good series. But then the writers loose all inspiration and the only thing they can think of is "MORE". More heroes, more time-travel and more complications. And I didn't care anymore.
Should you watch Heroes? Definitely. But be prepared for confusion and loss of interest as you go true the series. Most of the acting is good and the there is plenty production value. The directing varies a bit, but, overall, is not too bad.
Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter (2013)
Criminaly bad! historic monstrosity!
If Generation War had been a SF-story it could have been a decent movie. The acting is no too bad and the production value is okay. But it is supposed to be about a deeply moving part of our history. A part of history in which the Germans played an evil part.
Many people where abused and murdered by Germans or for the German, and only German, good, from 1932 onwards. A movie that let's Jewish live happy in Germany in 1941 and where "die Kristalnacht" is only mentioned as an incident from the past is a historic falsification on a dangerous scale.
Don't like this movie because it is well made. Hate it because it is a very dangerous piece of propaganda. I do like Germany and that is why such false propaganda hurts so much. Germany 2014 doesn't need to lie about it's past. It was horrid, but slowly it is becoming the past. Movies like this contain the risk of forgetting the real past en thus repeating it's mistakes.
Chasing Madoff (2010)
The story of Bernie Madoff is well known; the biggest Ponzie-scheme ever! Less well known is how Madoff was de-cloaked. Chasing Madoff tells this story, but not in a very well executed way. The speed of the movie is more like a MTV-clip than a documentary. And I found this distracting. Also quit a lot of the time the movie constitutes of people telling how good they themselves were in catching Madoff. With all due respect for the people who brought Madoff to justice; I would have enjoyed it much more if the story was told at a slower pace and if at had been a story about the hunters. All The Presidents Men is an great example what could have been....
What a stinker
Moon is an incredible bad movie. Un-original, bad continuity, horrible acting. How can this stinker of a movie score so high on IMDb? Everything in this movie has been done before and has been done better. In an other movie an other computer behaves outside of it's program. But in the other movie (2001 of course) there is a reason. In Moon there is not, it just does. In Moon the lead character does not wear a spacesuit in his buggy. That is of course unless the script has the buggy break down later on, then he wears his suit. Oh, and the main character is very vulnerable, unless he has to stow away as cargo that is shot at 25 G's into space then he becomes superman. No more about this movie; it's a extreme stinker. It would even stink on the airless moon.
Not good, hardly Bond, but enjoyable.....
Skyfall is one of those films that has a lot of flaws. For quit a good list of these flaws please see Vijay Dinanath's review. Also nowhere close enough tongue in cheek to be a classic Bond. Also not enough heroism; I don't want to spoil anything but why did the girl have to die? And yet, I enjoyed the total experience of the movie. Mostly because it somehow has a mellow tone. There is no more gore then necessary which is quit an relief from all those way over the gore-top movies. Skyfall is way better and much more enjoyable than any Christopher Nolan movie. Yes it has flaws, lacks logic and humour, but I loved most of it, so 9/10.
Quantum of Solace (2008)
No Bond, but who cares
Quantum of Solace has close to nothing to do with the James Bond of latter days. This James Bond is not an English scoundrel in a fun world. He is just an silly American action hero with an English accent. But as action flicks go; this is not an unpleasant movie. Poor plot, pointless villain and lack of love-interest for Bond are made up for by an action packed roller coaster. So if you expect an other true Bondmovie you will be disappointed. But for an evening mindless action entertainment this is just fine. Daniel Craig plays an fine action hero. There's a lot of production even though the CGI is sometimes a bit too evident.
No brains preferred
Leon is a well acted but poorly written movie. Portman and specially Reno give an very good performance. But Besson fails at every level. The story is nothing less then stupid. OK you get sucked in for about an hour but then the last bit of credibility is lost. Only if you are prepared to believe anything, there is a flick left. I won't go into spoilers but if you believe that when you go give two policemen a headache the whole police-force collapses then this is a great movie. It's just as believable as The Fifth Element but pretends to be much more. If Besson had kept to making a farce it could have been a great movie! But his attempt on "feelings" makes it an absolute no-brainer. Enjoy but don't think.