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Under sandet (2015)
This movie tries to show the human nature of the German soldiers. Young, good kids who were forced to clean up the mine fields that were made by their fathers, uncles and brothers. However, watching the movie, I remembered the Babi Yar, a place in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev. That is the most notorious and the best documented place of massacres Germans committed in two days of September 1941, wherein 33,771 Jews were killed. Those Jews were mostly women and children. They didn't wear uniforms, and they never fought against Germans. And those good, human German soldiers forced the Jews to dig their grave and then shot them with machine guns. Can we forget that? Can we forget that Germans came to the Land of Mine to kill innocent people? Can we see a human side in their inhuman deeds? Those kids shown in the movie could become the same German soldiers who would shoot in cold blood innocent civilians. Half of them died while taken out the mines. And half of my family perished when Germans came to the Land of Mine. That's why even 71 years after the war ended I am still unable to see Germans as humans. And the movie... It's well done. Good movie for those who have no personal experience with meeting the real German soldier.
Wodehouse in Exile (2013)
Very dull movie
The move is, would I say, a very average work of an amateurish film maker. Everything is done straight, like in a court record. And the movie is saved only by the brilliant performance of Tim Pigott-Smith. One scene is very puzzling to me. There was a joke in the former Soviet Union. Two Russians keep a conversation. One says: "We have to kill all the Jews and the hair cutters." The other guy thinks a bit and answers with amusement: "But why the hair cutters?" About the same line is used in this movie. The British security officer tells Wodehouse that his companion, Mackintosh, was a collaborator. The officer continues: "Mackintosh translated to English the texts of the German marches and some anti-Semitic books." Wodehouse, like the Russian guy from the Soviet joke, asks with amusement: "German marches?" That line says a lot about the British state of mind and the quality of this movie.
Despite the Falling Snow (2016)
A laughable movie
Maybe for a western movie goer who doesn't know the realities of the former Soviet Union that soap opera is watchable. But for people who came from behind the iron curtain this movie looks like a good parody. In every detail: clothes, make ups, looks of the soviet streets and people,the shown events everything is unbelievably wrong.It always makes you wonder on why the film makers spent millions on producing such a movie, but couldn't they hire a consultant? The mistakes they made are so plentiful that, where I should've cried for a beautiful Katya, I couldn't hold my giggles. Unfortunately, that movie was dubbed in Russian language and shown there in many movie theaters. I can only imagine with what epithets the Russian viewers commented the film. Many times I read in the Russian newspapers that Americans are stupid. And what can they think after watching that rubbish?
This movie is liberal propaganda
Truth tirelessly tries to picture Mary Mapes as a great journalist. Maybe she is, but on the specific report about G.W.Bush's service in National Guard she failed miserably. If true, that could have been a very important TV program. To make her point, Mary Mapes needed to prove the facts beyond reasonable doubt. Instead, she rushed to judgment without getting the proof of her facts. The CBS report came out just before the 2004 elections. Apparently the station's liberal clan wanted to influence the outcome of that campaign. They had the right to do that, but then they should have not claimed with straight face that this is just a fair reporting. CBS didn't came out with a report on well known Bill Clinton's draft dodging. They didn't come out with a report about the preferences Al Gore got in war time service due to his father's being a congressman. Al Gore served as journalist, but tried to misrepresent his level of service. That was a real scoop, but Mary Mapes passed on it. Both Clinton and Gore were draft dodgers, but they were HER draft dodgers. In general, this movie is well done with brilliant performance of Cate Blanchett. Even the wooden face of Robert Redford couldn't spoil Cate's part. However, when Hollywood brings a political agenda into the movie making, the film loses most of its artistic value.
Hollywood still spreads Communist propaganda
What a rubbish! Poor Dalton Trumbo is going to jail! The fact is that none of Hollywood ten went to jail. They continued to live with their families and had all the rights, except spreading Communist propaganda. Their colleagues in Communist countries were not so fortunate. Russian Communists executed great poets Mandelshtam and Gumilev, writers Pilnyak and Babel, movie makers, scientists, thousands of innocent people. And here in America we had Communists in Hollywood who didn't care about the Communist atrocities in Soviet Union. They only wanted to install the same ideology all over America. Senator McCarty did a great service to America. We need another McCarthy to clean up Hollywood from the ideological rubbish that it produces.
Le capital (2012)
Pretensious but dull
What's the difference between American crap and French crap? American crap, like the Wall Street movie, makes some sense. The French crap, the Costa Gavras's Capital, makes absolutely no sense. That movie states that there are only two evils in the world: America and the banks. Regarding America the case is clear. The Gaul's pride, humiliated and still not recovered since WWII, always pushes French movie creators to show the better French people and the superior life in Paris in comparison to New-York. This movie is no different. Full of clichés, it paints Americans as greedy, unscrupulous and dishonest people. And, of course, the bad Americans are planning to cause a new crisis in Europe. The case of banks is more complicated. How the movie paints the banking system? Because of it people lose their jobs, and the rich bankers rob the poor people. And this is the French crap that doesn't make sense. It's absolutely sure that Costa-Gavras, like billions of people around the world, has a check book and a credit card, and at some time in his life took out a mortgage or a private loan. Banks create jobs, not kill them! Banks help to fund businesses, they allow the poor to buy a house with a mortgage, to purchase a car, to finance the kid's education, to get a loan to improve the house. Banks pay interest on the savings. Would Costa-Gavras prefer to keep his money in cash under the pillow? Of course, banks make money, but not many people in the world are ready to work without having some profit. Banks are not the ultimate evil like Costa-Gavras wants to convince us, and capital plays rather positive role in the world affairs. On the artistic side the movie is primitive and absolutely unbelievable. It's a caricature of real life. Dull and unimpressive movie.
Killing Kennedy (2013)
Poor Bill O'Reilly!
I recently watched two movies produced by Bill O'Reilly, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus. What can I say? Bill succeeded to kill them both. With such a enormous intriguing stories behind the lives and deaths of those great men, O'Reilly used them to show us a soap opera kind of third grade TV movie. Apparently, two flops in a row! Everybody who watched O'Reilly talk show pays tribute to his oral skills and intelligence. However, in film making Bill O'Reilly came out as a failure. Both his movies are dull and just boring. But even more problematic is Bill O'Reilly's choice to disregard the known facts and to show his own view that doesn't settle with history.
Child 44 (2015)
If Russian minister of culture banned the movie, it's a must to see
The Russian media these days is flooded with ugly anti-Western propaganda. Just a year ago a movie like Child 44 would be watched by millions of Russians without any objection from the Russian government. However, since Russia started the war in Ukraine, the ideological climate there dramatically changed. Now they are talking again about "enemies of the people" and about America that wants to destroy Russia. Russian trolls are everywhere in the western media. Read their angry reviews on this site, and you'll understand that we are dealing here with a national psychosis that overwhelmed Russia. Political issues aside, the movie shows no brilliancy at all. It's very average in quality, and has many factual errors. However, it's worth watching since it shows the Soviet human tragedy and helps American moviegoers to understand it. I give this movie a score of 10 only for one reason. If it upsets the intellectual midgets like the Russian minister of culture Mr. Medinsky and his cohorts, who work overtimes to distort and glorify the Soviet past, then the movie is absolutely successful.
Secret défense (2008)
Pretensious but helpless
French cinema is famous for its romantic comedies and melodramas. When French movie makers try to change the genre, it's usually resulted in a flop. Secret Defense is an example of that unsuccessful attempt to mimic an American action movie. The creators of that movie really tried to do it cool, but on every turn the movie becomes really laughable. Maybe an audience of school children can believe the plot which is absolutely primitive and false. And the actors... How could the director let Vahina Giocante be so hysterical while playing a role of a trained secret agent? Her eyes are always deceiving her, even in scenes in which there is no need to be worried. She always runs and moves chaotically, and her amateurish performance finally kills the movie, which anyway has a very weak plot. I would recommend watching that movie only on a deserted island while it's raining outside. In other circumstances do something more attractive.
MR 73 (2008)
The new low of French cinema
This movie is an absolute garbage. The story is implausible, the filming is bad, and the actors look like they are playing some stage drama in a high school. Even the usually impressive Daniel Auteuil gets lost in this story. The pace in this film is very slow, and when actors have nothing to play, they lite up a cigarette. Probably the tobacco used in this movie consumed most of its budget. Do people of France really poison their lungs so much, or the director of MR73 wanted to just show us the masculinity of his heroes? Finally, the amateurish symbolism of several scenes is just a bunch of clichés that were used in so many movies before. Instead of being dramatic, they are just laughable. Bad movie,2 out of 10.