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As other reviews have said, the outfits are too bright, ships are too clean. But, surprisingly, I found it quite entertaining. Using real ships on the high seas is a plus. Richard Chamberlain does well as the governor on the island. And I thought the sets were pretty good.
Again, quite a nice few hours to spend. 7 stars.
Morning Departure (1950)
The technical aspect
I am watching this movie with a 96 year old Royal Navy veteran.
Now, when the sub clears the bridge, ready to dive, the officer puts his foot on a lever. The lever closed the voice tubes. Now, in every American movie, we never see this. I wonder if our subs USED voice tubes or microphones. Or we just never showed it.
The sub was a T type.
Also, the chlorine gas was from sea water getting into the batteries.
Now, the movie was quite realistic, with a few quirks. The sub is reported overdue..... and then we cut to the guys on the sub waking up. I don't think they were knocked out for two hours.
Acting is excellent, and the sets are good for the budget. A nice realistic touch is when the men got into the 'gun hatch'. Clearly showed how cramped it was, and opening the valves. Nicely done.
PS, the RN man was on the Trenchant, a British sub in WWII. He had quite an adventure.
C'era una volta il West (1968)
I saw the restored 4.5 version........Slow as molasses.
First of all, this is a 45 minute short story, stretched way out to four and a half hours. First, the good. The atmosphere, although slow, is effective. We can see how people really lived. The money was well spent on buildings, costumes, trains. It rates highly, there.
Story, a simple story really. Which I won't give away, but the pace is ..as many have said, slow. We really don't get to know the characters, but maybe that's the way the director wanted it. After a while, we do find out who wants the land, and why.
You could look at it like this, when you first meet someone, you really don't know them. Takes a while. That is how I would describe this movie. Takes a while to get to the bottom of it.
Maybe the director wanted it that way. To slow for my taste. Three stars for the sets and decoration.
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
About as lame as it gets.
Where to start? Gee, very slow too. Now let's see, we have a bunch of armed soldiers on a train (and no pistols), and the natives just over come them all. And the leader of the soldiers comes in. Does he draw his weapon? Nope, and Tarzan sends him packing.
And then we have 1000 more soldiers camped out. With a Maxim machine gun. And the animals and natives over run them in about.... oh... two- three minutes.
In the original Tarzan, both sides take losses.
Even the 'catch up to the train using a shortcut' had no excitement.
Redbox was only two bucks, and thankfully I could fast forward it.
And the CGI animals..... spare me. About as real as the latest Planet of the Apes movie.
At least the sets, uniforms and such looked good, hence... two stars.
Oliver Twist (2005)
Nobody will like this review...
Now, I like Polanski's movies. But this movie saw SLOW as molasses. Now, the sets, costumes, all look great. The filming, the accents felt like England at that time. The feel of London, the ages where children roamed the streets and stole food, because they had nothing. But as we watched it, I just thought it was WAY to slow.
It showed a good look at the rich and the poor at the time. And justice, there was none for the children, really, and I'm sure that's the way it was.
People, the harlots, just trying to eek out a living.
Two stars for the sets and costumes. But slow.....
Choppy, and way too long.
I went into this movie with high hopes. Glad I had a DVD to fast forward.
Spoilers spoilers spoilers.... OK, the crops are dying and we have a new dust bowl, so far, so good. But it went on and on. (and on and on....and on and on) And as another reviewer pointed out, we have this secret underground NASA base just a stones throw from where his farm is. Uh Huh. OK, So, gee, he 'wanders in'..and will leave the next day on the hidden spaceship to save the world!
I buy that, don't you?
Now, it did have a GREAT idea, as we go through the wormhole, we 'could' pop out at a different time. Forward in time , and 'MAYBE' backward. OK, this could get interesting, could they pop out BEFORE the dust bowl and return to earth? (and save the world?)
But they do find the other astronauts who went out before them, but I won't give that part away. Land on a few planets.
And the robot, at first, I thought, what a CHEAP looking robot, but I took a liking to it. 'He' actually saves the day. His name is TARS. Kind of liked him.
I gave it one star to balance out those 9 stars.
Bonanza: The Legacy (1963)
The Cartwright boys are out for blood!
Well, this was quite a "who done it". I was pleasantly surprised. Basically, a much more serious tone to this story.. The boys think their dad is killed by a poacher. And they go off a looking for them.
But along the way, three men released from prison get the blame.
But, is one of them the supposed killer? And a poacher? Watch and find out!
James Doohan and James Best in supporting roles.
I'm not a big Bonanza watcher, but this episode is very very good. If Bonanza ever gets redone, I hope the stories are this good.
The Monuments Men (2014)
Interesting, to a degree.
Only three stars. First, a glaring mistake. When the map of April 1943 is shown to President Roosevelt, is clearly shows Vichy France. Which no longer existed after November 1942. A similar map is used in 1944. Doesn't anyone check a history book?
I will agree, this movie is interesting, but poorly structured. For example, we have no clue as to how the extra soldiers were ordered to help the 'Monuments Men'(MM). The MM find a mine loaded with art, then suddenly, 100s of men and trucks show up to retrieve it. And yet earlier, a MM, could not even get two extra soldier as guards to go with him.
As far as the sets and equipment, it gets a passing grade. The Kubelwagen was a nice touch.
Three stars, that's it.
Terra Nova (2011)
Overall, very good Sci-Fi...spoilers!
Well, I saw this tonight for the first time. I'm not an avid TV watcher. The plot is simple, our earth is polluted. We have found a time warp/fracture and we can send folks way back into time to start over.
So the premise is good. I can see Irwin Allen liking this!
Now, they settle on a farm/settlement, it's fenced in, to protect from the dinosaurs. Some are friendly vegetarian dino's and some are meat eating, tail whipping, angry dino's.
Naturally, the kids don't obey the adults and sneak outside the perimeter....you can guess what happens....
We have a faction of folks who got there earlier, and have their own settlement, the Sixes (got there on the sixth transfer back in time). They are the baddies.
That's a short summary, now for my thoughts...the main actor, Jason O'Mara does fine acting, he's the main lead. Some of the style is like the recent Battlestar Galactica and the plot developed quickly. Good story build up, and we get to learn about the sub-plots, and the characters, their lives. Sometimes it's too short and to the point. Maybe that's a good thing.
The sets and graphics are nice, very nice for a TV production. The camera shakes a bit too much, with the action scenes. Quality writing and acting will make this a very good show, I hope they keep it up, Overall, a solid 8, even a 10, compared to most TV today.
The Robinsons: Lost in Space (2004)
Excellent Sci-fi drama, with the right amount of action and build up.
Were do I start? This is what Lost In Space could have been. I agree with other reviews, the background of the people and plot is well done. We get a feel of what is going on, but no predictability, like so many movies.
The only copy I know of, is the DVD one, that looks like a poor VHS tape. I sure would like to see the original.
Here is what makes this...GOOD. I sat down to watch this with some friends and kids, they thought it was really good. (They know I love the old show!)
So, a 'might have been' sitting in a WB vault somewhere. Production value is good, overall. I didn't car for the new robot, but everything else, including the new Jupiter II, looks great.