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Compelling Dramatic War Action
This movie seems to spend about half the time inside their tank with about a whole lot of Germans trying to get in. As a lot of this greatest generation is gone, there is few very few proud people who could address realism in the story. Brad Pitt and the cast do make it feel like the real thing. As the relation to the real World War 2 fades out, it feels like this kind of stuff has been done before. If someone really wants to get some fresh material going, some good Eastern Front Drama might attract more audience. The accounts of the Russians taking every woman from 7 to 70 when they entered Berlins tells me that front has a lot of emotion not yet depicted in movies.
This is the western front towards the end there is material not covered but there are some excellent films already made about this.
There are always films of action films and this is made well enough to make that fan happy. The hard part for the USSR recreating their war would be the true use of the Ford Trucks by the Russians.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Armie Hammers another Remake Role
For some reason, some folks are just destined to try to recreate roles instead of getting something new and fresh to get after. In this one Hammer gets to recreate David Mccallum's Russian agent. The recreation of Robert Vaughn's Solo role is no small task in itself. Kudos to Guy Richie. This film appears to be sharp on location and it escapes the obvious TV action trap of falling into just another action remake. The addition of a Swedish Bombshell to peak the males interest is no bad idea. The film does prove at points how hard it is to recreate the 1960's but doe update enough to get rid of the incessant ringing of a telephone so much of this periods original work is loaded with if you watch Columbo re-runs. Bravo to this film.
The Fly (1958)
1958 pace is slow and triggers a fear of Spiders like no other
Vincent price gets a slower role
If your a fan of slow drama and Price this movie is still quite the thing. No matter how many times it is re made so far, the original story has not been approached. Will it ever be? Can even cgi put together a human, a fly, and a cat. Cat? yes the original story includes a cat too, the fur balls do not fit with special effects and the animal rights people might not like the add on. This story illustrates a transporter before star trek.
Just remember this time Captain Kirk is not transported into a woman and Spock is not an animal eaten by a spider. Price is excellent even if he is a bit stuffy being a sort of Detective cop.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
It has been a long time since I was first made aware of HIV AIDS and the excellent musical RENT. The story here is made to feel real by compelling performances by the cast, especially late in the film. .
This does go back to the early era of aids when at first there were more questions than answers. The correct fact is that the early drugs were presented often by the media as miracle cures by the media. The fact is there is still no real cure even now.
This film creates a fictional hero that would have been a great person if he had actually really existed. It feels like he did because of the script writing and powerful script ending. Strong performances hammer this point home There is a footnote in the credits that any existence to a real person is a coincidence. As time passes the reminder that this is still here is more important and the hope that the could still be a cure. Even at the end though, it comes out that a full cure still is elusive.
Too Late for Tears (1949)
Republic Film Noir
While this director is is more known for Arsenic & Old Lace. This film is a very good film noir. It just premiered on TCM in 2015 as a part of their dark summer. Noir series. Not a bad way to start. Don Defore is more known fro being the boss of Hazel on television and some other work on the Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,
This film presents a different side of Don quite well. It a hard serious dramatic role. At one point this was considered a lost film.
The sets are drab much like many Republic films. It is low budget and though my favorite odd ball film from the studio is John Wayne' s odd ball western Dark Command, this one is a good drama.
Unique - Drum Roll - You Have to be there
This is a comedy satire winning best picture that has to be an acquired taste. Michael Keaton and Zach are a unique pairing and the story is original. Oscar loves this one.I say you have to be there because this one is perfect if your really into it.
History tells us Oscar ant the public are out of step a bit at times. For example, the Classic Marx Brothers film DUCK SOUP got the brothers fired by Paramount Studios because it bombed at the box office. Meanwhile their prior film HORSEFEATHER's was a huge hit selling tickets, and a better film, but the subject of making fun of college's does not sell as well in Hollywood as anti-war political satire.
Birdman does hit satire on a lot of current themes and explores new ways to use CGI in a satire. Still, it needs development which means Oscar might not have chosen well honoring this one as best picture.
Then again, Paramount did not choose well when they fired the Marx Brothers prior to their making a Night At The Opera.
You either love this movie or I suggest you go too the lobby until this all blows over.
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Most Under Rated Film Ever
This gem is proof the late Andy Griffith had the range to play drama as well as the nice guy hew would be remembered as later. Andy is so good he proves here is is uncommonly comfortable as a Darth Vader type of character.
While the Elia Kazan film gets a little heavy handed late in the film, this one is a must see for any fan of Andy Griffith. Once you see this one, you will miss him even more than we do already. A lot of people have forgotten this movie.
Andy proves here CBS missed an opportunity to have Andy play JR Ewing and even without Hagman the series would not have missed a beat.
Griffith shows off his corrupt side and Patricia Neal is Brilliant too. Not to be missed.
Billy Jack (1971)
You Had To Be There- Not Aging Well
When TCM ran this recently what really showed the most was the shoe string budget of American International Pictures when this movie was made. The print looked terrible -much worse than when I saw it in the theater. Political Correctness people will freak out watching this because if this were remade today it would make Native Americans have something in common with Patriots - both would have deflated balls.
This was a hero worship effort by the star and script writer Laughlin. The story looks a little thread bare looking back and without today's special effects comes off flat.
The message of this movie has gotten lost somewhere in time. Sometimes the good old days belong in the good old days. This is true here. Drag Movie Funny Car Summer which was released at the same time holds up better than this semi-classic.
Jersey Boys (2014)
Clint Eastwood's second musical Slut
I really think this movie is solid because as a Director Eastwood allows the music to carry the movie. If you want to enjoy this one more you need to watch the DVD with the captions on to understand the story better and hear the music too. The dialogue gets lost behind the soundtrack.Loved 4 seasons music since I had the double vinyl Gold Vault of hits. Even with all the songs used in this movie, there are more hits as Marianne and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow are not here along with some others. I am impressed they stuck with the Europe Cut of Oh, What A Night and stayed away from the drummed disco remix made in the US.
There are some subtle touches to look for like the quick cameo of Rowdy Yates. This is a much better musical effort for Clint a this time he does not sing though it has much less comedy than Paint Your Wagon.
The movie will age well because the 4 Seasons Music ages well. Eastwood admits on the DVD he was more of a jazz fan. He brilliantly gets the original Broadway cast, lets the group cast narrate their own story and stands out of the way of the music.
Knowing some great jazz musicians would like to see Clint get a script about Jazz and do a BIOS film about Slam Stewart or Louis Armstong. I bet he would find a labor of love in putting together the soundtrack,and great jazz deserves a chance to be heard in theater surround. Much like Garland's " "Over The Rainbow got heard in surround, there is a huge amount of jazz that could blow theater goers minds. There is a large amount of jazz on old films to be used, and with the right script I think Eastwood could pull it off after seeing this effort.
Jurassic World (2015)
Highest Octane Entry of the Series - Rebooted
This entry does so some liberal set borrowing from earlier films. The upgraded CGI is pretty sharp and the action is faster and more vast. This entry is better than the third entry because the director got away from cloning Spielburg which is why the last one was so terrible. A must see? Maybe not but the length is right and it gives the viewer their money worth.
No one from the original cast is in this one but that does not matter as even though the plot has a feel of the earlier films and references to those films, this film stands on it's own. It has some really wild action as it begins to look like the entire world is out of control.
The story feels like previous films and the 3 D is sharp. The kids in this one are actually a little older and not as cute. The original message is still here- you can not trust corporations to do things right for this world and they tend to screw up things when they get too ambitious. The Reps and Dems could take a lesson from this moral, as the free traders there have gotten like InGen, too big for their britches. Jimmy Fallon makes a cameo appearance in this one. After a raptor nearly snacks on Jimmy, he is gone quickly.