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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful:
There Are All Kinds of People in the World and Some of Them Are Beautiful!, 15 April 2015

While this is a deeply moving story, this is the first film about the Holocaust I've ever heard of that is not intensely violent or overwhelmingly gut-wrenching. You could take the whole family to see Woman in Gold without being concerned in the slightest about traumatizing even a child. The story is told in such a straightforward way you get to feel like you are a friend of the Altman and Bloch-Bauer family! It's that intimate! Wow! That's what I call good filmmaking!

The next time you visit New York City I highly recommend visiting The Neue Gallery located on Museum Mile. Seeing the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt in real life is quite an experience! There's good reason why the painting is called the "Mona Lisa of Austria." This is also a story about being a good lawyer.

If you want to be a lawyer someday, this story will give you an idea what a determined and intelligent lawyer can accomplish!

"The 100" (2014)
3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
You Must Have A Really Boring Life If You Enjoy The 100!, 24 March 2015

I stopped watching TV/Cable programs back in 2001 and I'm so glad I did! WoW! If you love blood and guts flying everywhere you will love The 100! The violence was shocking and way over the top. The 100 graphically shows someone severing the Carotid artery in a person's throat! A psychotic teen brutally murdering a totally unsuspecting and innocent teen by slicing his Carotid artery while calmly talking to him. But there's lots more: A graphic display of body parts from a crash scene. A teen shooting his elected leader at point blank range, People being executed over ridiculous crimes, Graphic scenes of death from a bombing. Mass death by suffocation. Gruesome wounds and lots and lots of blood.

I realize most people's lives are incredibly boring and this kind of television is supposed to be exciting. I mean you never say hello to your neighbors. You're terrified of uttering a single word to a stranger out of fear they might actually want to say something back to you. You're too lazy to vote in most political elections. You don't even read except for what's required for work. So you race home, throw on the boob tube and get to feel how lucky you are by watching junk like The 100! At least my safe, self-imposed boring life is not dangerous or risky in the slightest! Or, maybe, you have become so numb and so desensitized that you could care less about the suffering of others. You actually enjoy seeing all this graphic violence and pain. It makes you feel alive because you don't feel alive in the real world!

God forbid if the makers of The 100 had to leave anything to the imagination that doesn't have to do with sex or excrement! Our society for all it's technical advancement and incredible wealth is quite sick when such pessimistic television like The 100 has become the norm. I'm so glad that I watch programs, like Star Trek, which is actually optimistic about the future!

I'd be all for shows like The 100 if it got people motivated to make the world a better place! Who in their right mind wants the future to turn out this way? But since titillation is all most people want then vote for people to go to an AA-type support group to deal with their addiction to violence, pessimism and titillation from watching other people's pain!

Cinderella (2015)
9 out of 42 people found the following review useful:
A Cinderella Story With Real Depth! Wow!, 15 March 2015

Finding your soulmate is one of life's ultimate pleasures. Nothing, but nothing is more important than the profound love between two people. Of course you will have differences. Your class background may not be equal - but in end that does not matter. What matters is that you are true to yourself – and each other. Here are some other good messages: There is a spiritual world that will help you in your hour of need if you let it! A king can be good ruler and everyone can prosper from wise leadership. (There are certainly plenty working class people in this version of Cinderella, but no one is in rags or going hungry in this well run little kingdom.) Forgiveness protects you from bitterness, hatred and the need for revenge. Be kind to strangers. They might be angels in disguise. You can be a decent person without letting people walk all over you. Being good natured is not a weakness, but a strength. Speak truth to power. Exploiting people will backfire in the end. Strength comes from within. The ends don't justify the means. Surround yourself with true friends. Be kind to animals. They are also your friends. Face adversity with courage. True beauty is within you! Accept your child for who they are. Be honest with those you love.

I could go on and on! There are so many good messages in this version of Cinderella you could actually make a contest out of it!

Isn't it amazing that Hollywood can tell a story with zero physical violence and without going overboard on being too campy or boring? Here's a fairytale where you actually care about the characters! I have to admit, tears welled up in my eyes more than once, and I'm a grown man!

6 out of 32 people found the following review useful:
Finally, Mexicans Living In America Are Shown Some Respect!, 25 February 2015

Wow! Mexicans are shown as loving, friendly, hard working, (which is putting it mildly) heroic and strong. Some come from families that work closely together as a team. Cooperation is their middle name! They are a spiritual people who are healthy and good looking. They want to better themselves and they know how to survive incredible adversity.

McFarland, USA is about relationships. If you like character development you will love this true story! But it's also about challenging the prejudices many - if not most - Caucasian Americans have about Mexicans. I was lucky enough to fall in love with a Mexican. I could not believe all the different kinds of prejudices I was harboring! While most of us White people will never fall in love with a Mexican or even have a Mexican friend or acquaintance, McFarland, USA will help you to wake-up and realize that most Mexicans are not job stealing thieves or scary criminals. But instead they are more like you - and me - than we would like to admit!

6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Emotionally Sterile Corporate Goop For The Masses! Fifty Shades of Tedium, 24 February 2015

What nauseated me most is how we - as a culture - slobber all over rich people. The joke is on us! Sure there are some great rich people out there like Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and George Soros, but most other truly rich folks could care less if the other 99% of us dropped dead! When our heroine asks Mr. Grey which of the row of Mercedes and Bentleys are his and he says, "all of them!" I muttered to myself "that's disgusting" and I got up and walked out! I'm so glad I didn't pay a dime to see this film. Such extravagances are absolutely repulsive. We need to stop worshiping rich people! Instead we should feel sorry for them for being so mind-bogglingly selfish and banal.

The acting was so unconvincing, I would call it stale and wooden. So even if you really do love all those rich people out there - and secretly want to be one of them - the movie is plain boring. All the soft porn S & M in the world will not save 50 Shades of Tedium when you could care less about any of the characters!

7 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Whatever "Bought and Paid For" Film Critics Say Expect the Opposite!, 9 February 2015

Good films are NOT bad! Bad Films are NOT good! The "professional" film critics have some sort of warped agenda which is not for the benefit of the movie-going public. When a friend of mine is quoting how bad Jupiter Ascending is going to be because of what shyster film critics say, I know this film is going to be in big financial trouble. Jupiter Ascending was only released on Friday and Sunday's matinée was practicably empty. What a damn shame!

Jupiter Ascending is clever,imaginative and fun! It even has a sense of humor! The cinematographyis breathtaking! It's brought to you by the makers of the Matrix for Peter's sake! There is NO gross violence! You can take the whole family to see it. Is it a masterpiece like 2001 A Space Odyssey? No! But neither is it terrible and depressing like an endless parade of recent movies such as Interstellar, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Into the Woods, The Maze Runner and The Giver. (Yes! They were all from 2014. Did you forget some of them already?!!!)

Don't let a bunch of bought and paid for morons dictate what movies you should - or should not - watch! Jupiter Ascending will entertain you! That's all anyone can ask for in a movie!

Selma (2014)
25 out of 56 people found the following review useful:
Watch "King" Staring Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson, Instead!, 10 January 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of my heroes. If I was on that balcony I would not have hesitated to have given up my life to save his. I want to make it clear my criticism is not of MLK, Jr. or of the Civil Rights movement. I despised this film for being overly depressing and gloomy. Selma was so bad I walked out. I couldn't stand it another second. It was like I was watching a horror movie.

Call it what you will, but you are preaching to the choir. Do you really expect racists - or the ignorant - or those who don't care - are going to race out to the movies to pay over $10.00 to watch Selma? I seriously doubt it! It's going to be liberals and others who are sympathetic to the Civil Rights movement that are going to watch this film.

If this is your audience, then why club us over the head with horror and fear? Was that really necessary to tell a such powerful story? The answer is "NO!" Watch "King" staring Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson and you decide. It's obvious you can tell a good story without sugar-coating it or traumatizing your audience.

3 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
A Gay Man Saves 14 Million Lives Throughout the World…, 4 January 2015
10/10 shortening humanity's worst war of all time by at least two years! He may even have saved the life of my own beloved grandfather who worked in the Brooklyn (New York) Navel Yard all throughout World War 2! A military target that would have eventually been within reach of German submarines.

If it wasn't for Alan Turing's genius, integrity and perseverance all of history would have been changed for the worse. Another minor footnote: He's also the father of the modern computer and one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived.

Despite being one of the giants of the 20th century, few people outside those with a passion for history or computing have ever heard of the man until now. No universities or streets are named after him. No statues or portrait honor Turing anywhere in the world all because he is gay. In fact, it took the Queen of England to the year 2013 to issue him a pardon for having consensual sex - in the privacy of his home - with another man! In 2013! That's an abomination. The Queen of England is sitting on her throne in one piece because of this man! She should have laid a wreath on his grave decades ago!

I'm not ashamed to admit it, but I sobbed at the end of this movie! This is a most profound story about love! YES! LOVE! Intense, passionate love is not limited to just heterosexuals!

It's also a story about sex. I was born in the 1960's and consensual sex - in the privacy of one's home - between men was legal in the State I was living in when I turned 18. But the stigma of being a sexual minority remains in way too many places – and affects me greatly in my own personal life to this very day. The pain I – and others – have suffered for being "different" is indescribable. This story validates my experiences and the experiences of millions of other sexual minorities – from around the world - both living and deceased.

The cruelty Alan Turing experienced from his classmate is similar to what I had to endure in high school. But I was lucky; I never had to worry about having consensual sex with another man in the privacy of my own home. But in Alan Turing's case you get to see a good man who gave so incredibly much to the world be ripped apart by pure evil that was 100% legal back in the 1950's! It's so ironic too! Watch closely. The police officer breaks the law and he is the one who should be legitimately imprisoned! It's not just in the United States that police officers feel they are above the law they supposedly serve!

Memo to Hollywood: This shows you know how to make great movies. Sure, you won't make billions every time, but you're gonna make a tidy profit by doing a spectacular job. Wouldn't you rather make a film people will be watching 500 years from now on another planet in another solar system then making trash, like The Hobbit trilogy, that no will care about once it leaves the theaters?

One more point to ponder: Michelangelo is considered by most people to be the greatest sculptor who ever lived. He was a gay man and he lived five centuries ago - in peace - till he died at 88 (Yes 8-8). Now fast-forward to the 1950's - in what was supposedly the country that birthed modern democracy - and look what the British did to one of the greatest mathematicians that ever lived only because he is gay!

44 out of 74 people found the following review useful:
Why Do Moviegoers Support Bad Films By Paying For Them?, 28 December 2014

If you watched the first two Hobbit films directed by Jackson, then you know the story arc is on a steep, downward spiral. For example, the previous film was so bad I was actually rooting for the dragon Smaug! I despised the film that much!

But let's talk economics. If you pay to see junk then you, yes you, are encouraging Hollywood to make more junk. It's Economics 101. If you don't spend money on bad films then Hollywood will do a better job. It's that simple. Since the movie-going audience pays the bills, when the movie-going audience stops paying the bills, Hollywood will have a financial incentive to stop making junk!

The movie has little to do with the book except the names are all the same. If you changed every name you would not realize your watching The Hobbit. The film is nothing more than war porn, plain and simple.

The original Lord Of The Rings film trilogy were masterpieces. But can you imagine what the films would have been like if each book in the trilogy was split up into three films each - for a total of 9 films? Well, that's exactly what Director Jackson did. He took one skinny book and instead of turning it into one or possibly two films, he essentially made-up a different story - from the book - and made three films.

Now if Jackson could have done a better job than Tolkien himself, then Great! But he's not a fantasy writing genius, he's a money grubbing moron who wants to maximize profits by using his formerly good name to lure fans of Tolkien to watch his crap. In other words, Jackson does not care one bit that he ruining one of the greatest pieces of literature in the English language. He's making himself and his buddies rich because of you and me!

Every time you spend a dime on something you are voting for that product or service, just like when you vote for a politician at the polls. If you want quality then don't pay for junk! It's that simple!

65 out of 115 people found the following review useful:
PG Rating Is A Scam! This Movie Is Not Suitable For Children/Pre-Teens Unless You Want To Destroy Your Children's Innocence!, 28 December 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Into The Woods is a sick, twisted story that is beyond bad or rotten. It tells that audience that unless you are a newborn baby everyone - no matter what your age or social class - is corrupt and despicable! (If you want to see a fantasy film that is the best I've ever seen in my life then buy Hallmark's & Jim Henson's "Jack and the Beanstalk - The Real Story." It is suitable for all ages and you may even cry your brains out while watching it the first time, like I did!)

I've never before seen a movie that should have been rated PG-13 or R rated PG. Never in my life - and I have been going to movies for at least 45 YEARS! Let me ask you this: Is three separate acts of thievery of an innocent individual's most valuable possessions - that leads to an act of manslaughter by a child, no less, worthy of only a PG rating? Then add another act of manslaughter, with the assistance of all the adults around him worthy of just a PG rating? Then another act of manslaughter by an adult killing the child's mother worthy of just a PG rating? Then the accidental death of another adult hero worthy of just a PG rating? How about leaving a new born child with a pre-teen with zero babysitting experience, as if that was not a big deal, worthy of just a PG rating. How about a kidnapper isolating her alleged daughter first in a castle with no escape, then in a rather flimsy hut made of twigs - in a swamp in the middle of nowhere - worthy of just a PG rating? How about one of the characters that was murdered looking exactly like an elderly grandmother is that worthy of only a PG rating? Or how about a flock of birds pecking out the eyes of two women is that worthy of only a PG rating? In the world of "Into the Woods" blindness is funny! How sick and twisted can you get? How about a totally innocent man having his eyes poked out by thorn bushes, is that worthy of only a PG rating. (Does it really matter if he is innocent or or not, this film was rated PG!) And last, but not least, let's not forget one women having their toe cut off and another having there heel of their foot cut off? Wow! I've never seen acts amputation to be hilarious until now (I'm being sarcastic!) Is that worthy of only a PG rating?

This Film Is So Bad It Is Making Me Feel Nauseous! I may even throw-up by the end of the night! Most people have better things to do then write a movie review when they feel this sick to their stomach. But if I help prevent one young person or adult from seeing this film and being deceived and traumatized, like I was, then it's well worth the effort.

I want to make it clear there are NO good guys in this film. I could care less about any of the characters except for the newborn child and the two murdered giants. Whoever had anything to do with this film knew exactly what they were doing. If adults want to see sick and twisted be my guest! But to market this as a movie suitable for children and then to have the film's rating gamed in order to maximize profits is an act of evil, plain and simple! Sorry, but I call a spade a spade. What I would like to really say will be censored, so let your imagination run wild!

On the subject of maximizing profits: Ticket sales are considerably down from last year and you wonder why? I was looking forward to seeing two other movies. Now I'm not going to see them! Hollywood and movie theater owners you made $11.50 off of me! Now you're going to loose because you would have made $34.50 had you not gamed the rating. I don't care in slightest how good the other films might be. I'll wait till I can buy them for a PENNY on Amazon! Now multiply that by lots of people across the world and I don't care how palatial you build your new movie theaters - I have zero interest in stepping inside! Zero! Zero! Zero! Antagonizing your loyal customers by trying to boost your quarterly statement at the expense of your annual statement is dumb, dumb, dumb! Hasn't anyone in Hollywood taken Accounting 101?

Hollywood, use that evil genius of yours for good and you will make more money, not less! Duh!

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