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I watched this about 4 times, very unusual, emotional and as the small little dramas embedded in each character come together into a tear jerking crescendo. All the little sub plots, Mac Taylor's (Gary Sinise) personal connection to the holocaust through his father, the black lab worker and his connection to white supremacists, the way it all comes together is wonderful. The dudes or ladies on this board that gave it one star come from a 1 star space! Small time. I am not easily entertained and this one here is a rarity. You really forget sometimes that these characters are fictional and are ready to but the whole thing as real.
This is a 007? Doesn't see, like it
SKYFALL - Watching this for the first time. One of the most Boring films I have ever seen (And I usually like Bond), gone are the fun gad jets,pretty ladies (now we are treated to J.Wench instead) Dialog seems contrived (reminded me of Italian cinema in in the 60's, everyone dripping with a jaded sense of "Ennui" as they seem bored with one another) and the film and actors have as much energy as a dildo with a battery on its last 2 volts. Horrific, I did not feel that I was watching a Bond film. The annoying staple "Who cares" kept rattling in my head and I just quit watching after 67 minutes. I rented this from a Red Box so no damage done outside of my very precious time.
Not Funny. Annoying
I saw a little bit of this show and I have to say that the humor is annoying not funny and the relationship between the two cops is contrived to the point of what were they thinking The leads are trying hard to make this work and the harder the try the worse it gets. I thing that if this was a more like criminal minds there could be hope. Lackluster jokes, the buddy movie element fails and I don't see it on the air for more then another season. When you have two characters who are working off each other...one has to be a straight man the other could be a comedian...here looks like they both compete for the jokes, A bad night at the comedy store.
Der letzte Zug (2006)
The Best Nazi Atrocities Depiction next to The Pianist and Shindler
Having seen so many of these movies (one can never get enough of the Nazi nightmare can it), I must say that this one hits particularly hard. In an attempt to rid Berlin of all Jews the vary last of them are summoned up and uploaded to a train that is Auschwitz bound (Question- if you are a Jew in it's 1943 in Berlin (For God's sake, Hitler was just a few block away) what are you doing living in the open like everything was normal? why aren't you hiding or better yet why didn't you leave and go somewhere safe). This is not just a holocaust film, it is much more then that, it is a character study of both Jews, Ukrainians, Nazis and "Good Germans" all encased in a story that although is hard to watch is a piece of art that will make you sad and pensive.
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
My all time favorite movie
I understand it was Andy Warhal's as well. This is the Hollywood Trash/Dream Factory at its best. I fell in love with Carrol Baker and her one liners, George Peppard played a role we all would love to play in our lives but would NEVER admit it. Oh that look he gave her by the roulette table when he decided to cast her as the lead for his movie and that smirk...does not come any better then that. It is a colorful gorgeous melodrama that is pure entertainment a la Imitation of Life or Madame X. Again my favorite movie ever. I was shocked to find out George P was already 36 by then. A very sexy man in a very sexy fun movie. Now that i found out Jeannie Dention was supposed to be Joan Crawford i was laghing out loud with delight.
From Toby Ross - A Filmmaker's view of Shortbus
Toby Ross wrote on 07/21/2007: It takes guts, vision and lots of work to make a brilliant film such as this one. I went with my friend to the opening months ago and I found it interesting that I laughed at jokes the audience seemed uninspired by. I guess I have a different kind of humor. This is a modern film by a man who is not afraid to experiment, I love the idea that sex is not gay straight or bi, rather one big grey zone where all of us reside in, some more on the left some on the right and 70% of us in-between. What I do not like about the current gay cinema is the tendency of categorizing us as this lovely little ghetto/group that surfaces in the alleys of boys town and is only visible at gay pride days and Howard Brown clinics. There are many more of us that are less visible. Coming to think of it most of us are really not in the main stream, rather on the fringe. 10 stars from me Toby Ross to John Cameron Mitchell.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
I was really looking forward to a suspenseful thriller something that will engross me and add a bit of energy in what seemed to be a tired evening. Well I was wrong this was a long tedious study of an incredibly artificial Ralph Fiennes (I usually think the world of him, not here)...There was 90 percent dialog with the rest of it divided to 9% driving and flying around Africa and 1% action. I get the idea behind the whole thing but it would have better served in a documentary about the exploitations of the poor Africans by the big drug company and not masquerade it behind a "thriller" huh? Did I miss the memo? I rented it on DVD,,,would I have paid for movie tickets i would have been livid.
Beyond the Sea (2004)
A vanity project that gone out of the limits of reality into Ego land
and crashes. It is an embarrassment to say the least. Spacey looks like a middle age woman as far away from the sweet looking crooner as you can get. A nightmare version of Bobby Darin if you will. The dance numbers, young Bobby older bobby Hippy bobby makes a very bad mix. I loved bobby Darin and I hated this movie. Kevin Spacey might have done some irreversible damage to his career. Although I found the singing quite good it certainly does not duplicate the charm and magic of Darn. There is something perverted about Spacey's look (not to speak his relationship with young Sandra). Don't get me wrong I was a Spacey fan until I saw him in this then I was not
Un amour à taire (2005)
Blew me away
This is one of the best films I have ever seen, rarely has a film combined suspense, pathos, intelligence, sadness and humor in such a tight and heart wrenching narrative. I have met the director here at the screening (Columbia college)and he seemed like a perfect embodiment of the film, an interesting man. The standing ovation and the continuation of the applauds that lasted a good five minutes is a small indication of how well received this master piece was. CLASS from the word go, a must see, especially in today's atmosphere where dark clouds that are looming over our horizons. Pack a clean white handkerchief, you'll use it. Toby Ross Hornbill Films
Mogli pericolose (1958)
I saw it when I was 13...it was a big hit where I lived in Haifa and one reason was that Slyvia Koscina was beyond alluring. This is by far one of my favorite comedies ever...made me an instant fan of that Italian comedy genre.(celebration of the insipid). Although the movie being in Italian a foreign language to me at the time, the actors were enough to make you giggle merely through expression and hand movements only like Italian know how to. The hit song from that movie by Dominnico Medunio climbed up the charts as well and added to the general excitement Love it! I have been looking for the DVD for years if anyone has it or knows how to get a hold of it let me know. Ciao Toby