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What a load - The Original Mini Series Is The Best
One of those films where i wished i hadn't employed optimism - so often beaten down by the constant rewrites of classic TV/movies by Hollywood who have run out of original ideas and seek to ruin classics - because it was terrible.
Now i have nothing against any of the the actors, but they weren't given much to work with, because the director seemed to have been more concerned with confusing overly dark visuals and really badly shot camera work and having a visual wankfest that was again overly dark in most scenes and visually confusing. It was dire. Then there was the story, can i reuse the confusing and add appalling. I guess for anyone who hasn't seen the mini series, which even Steven King liked (which doesn't happen to 99% of his works converted into movies/TV), it was a confusing mushing together of an expansive story, and was REALLY badly done...ruinous. It was basically like someone got the story and then held down the fast forward button and as a bonus threw chunks out as they sped by....just inexcusable, but i guess some people like a quick cash injection to their pockets Stop ruining already well done movies and TV Hollywood, you're just reinforcing the view of so many that you're devoid of any original ideas, and seem hell bent on extracting cash for people for things that already stood well while ruining them...
Wished id never seen It
The Most Boring War Film Of All Time
Just really want the time i spent watching this dull, no character depth, waste back.
The story skips so frequently, amongst beach/air/sea, and amongst many fragmented characters (none of whom you will care about) that its torturous.
Its like its challenging you to make it all the way through.....
Not even the odd random appearance of Kenneth Branagh looking wistfully on as ships get sunk, or peering through his eyeglasses towards the end will make me give this higher than a single star Truly the most terrible film I've seen in some time, and easily the worst war film ever made.
The genre should have stopped at Saving Private Ryan Truly, truly fricking awful
Operation Avalanche (2016)
Oh Jesus, where do i start
This is like a student film, only worse...that is badly thought out, badly executed, and i wont even bother with the plot holes because you drive a death star through them.Just horrible.
None of the premises even work in suspension of disbelief land...
There's scant setup for any of the many set pieces or premises, and it looks like they spent more time trying to achieve the appearance of the era and film degradation effects than anything else.
Id rather watch the Ghostbusters reboot, and ill never watch that
Humanity is really quite over the handful of nutters that still believe that Armstrong and co didn't actually land on the moon, despite all the evidence to debunk their nutty theories.
This film actually doesn't serve these people well because its so badly thought out and executed.
The Boss (2016)
An unfunny Melissa McCarthy film? Yes, Sadly, It Is
What can i say but wait for her next one. There isn't a redeeming scene in this entire film.
She would have been better off leaving this for someone else and put all her efforts into reprising her role as Sookie in the Gilmore Girls remake (luckily she will be a bit player at least).
The script should never have gotten green lit, its atrocious.
I don't have adequate words to express show truly awful this is.
From the moment you see that over the top televangelist haircut, you should be forewarned that this is going to be truly terrible
What a boring movie.....
And i say that with the greatest respect for some of the cast who do what they can with the script.
Its biggest failing is that its over a decade too late, the story is well known (well the real true story, not this Hollywood abomination - when has a true story survived the bs filter that Hollywood slaps on any of them), and has been covered in documentaries, newspaper articles etc.
Its about as timely as Hollywood coming up with Battle Of Britain....years too late Can we like move the movie industry away form the hackville that is Hollywood, no ones had am original thought there in at least a decade...M Night Shamalan was the last person widely regarded as having an original idea (or pretty close to it), and even he couldn't maintain it for another film. Hollywood, your time is up, this movie proves it. No new ideas ....
I gave 3 stars for the 3 main stars, the main characters i would like in any other film. Seriously why is Keira Knightley even here? If i were her id fire her agent for the few spliced in bits she gets. Shes wasted here, but then, so is everyone else. Just when she was starting to get interesting (to me) and doing things like Laggies and Imitation Game - you know things that a man can actually watch and enjoy...and which she is REALLY great in, she gets this unpolished turd.
The whole thing is a colossal clusterfudge
American Sniper (2014)
Conflicted Going In
I have to admit that i was conflicted going in to this one...i had read the book when it came out, and it left a very bad taste in my mouth. So for me watching the film was mostly an exercise to see what if any of the character of Mr Kyle would come out, because in the book, at least i was left not liking the man a whole lot.
The film...it cant possibly cover the material in the book in linear fashion, but would it tread the correct line and balance between the tours and killing and family life back home? Did it attempt to? Did it manage to? The answer on that is no. The film is primarily an action film with cutaways...thats been done before i hear you say, yes but the cutaway scenes lack any semblance of background set up, context or any real sense of satisfying displays of human interaction. Even the birth of his children is, to me, dealt with on an almost cursory level and like every other non-action subject secondary to the killing.
Did Mr Eastwood leave in some the objectionable parts of Mr Kyles personality, such as referring to inhabitants of the countries he served as "savages" and references to wanting to have killed more...yes. One wonders if this is what you hope it to be, balance and faithfully representative of the man, or an endorsement of those narrow minded views. Having seen Mr Eastwoods other films, particularly Gran Torino, where racial epithets were thrown left and right, in context i must say, making it the hardest to watch of any of his films (the first time around at least), and in the hands of any other director would have been incendiary, i choose to believe that the less attractive sides of Mr Kyles views were left in due to balance and and faithful representation.
There was a lot of license taken in the film as to locations of activity and the whole enemy sniper arc, Mr Kyle never killed the enemy sniper who's story is portrayed in the film. This alone is a disappointing event in what is based on his autobiography. That is the biggest plot hole though.
As to the actors, there's no faulting them, Bradley Cooper is solid and transfixing in this role. He almost made me forget about the flawed man he was portraying. And this is where we get the to the man behind the film and his flaws.
The actors are the only reason i rated it a 3.
Since this is based on an autobiography i feel its fair comment to address the person on which this is based.
This will no doubt be the longest part of this post, but i feel its important to address.
As i said, i read the book when it came out. Having been in the long range shot business myself in my countries service, i was aware of his reported feats and grabbed the book when it came out. It promised to be the best read about sniping since the books of the exploits of Gunnery Sergeant Hathcock, whos shadow looms large over anyone who has ever peered through a scoped rifle.
What started with high hopes and at times bordered on respect for the craft was quickly overpowered by the sense that this man was a sociopath who disliked anyone not draped in red white and blue, and that he had a bloodlust often expressing the wish he had killed more. The language in which he expressed his utter lack of willingness to view inhabitants of the countries he served as anything less than "savages" was just the start.
I know from my own experience when enlisting that, under the system in my country, Mr Kyle would have been weeded out as a potential sociopath or undesirable via the psych eval during the process to enlist, or if displayed at any point thereafter. And thats just basic admission, not officer candidate enlistment. My country has, i must say, a different process of enlistment, where it is more discerning about who gets through , when i was enlisting 25 years ago, i knew people who were having to repeat the last grade of highschool to improve grades to be accepted or to perhaps mature a bit more. During basic i saw more than few people shown the door as they seemed only interested in being in with the sole purpose of killing people, or on other occasions using colloquial derogatory terms to describe inhabitants of foreign countries. Those people were weeded out, never to set foot on foreign soil to represent their views wearing the badge of our nation, and im glad of it.
You can however end up with people like Mr Kyle, who loathed and reduced those who he faced on the battlefield to the level of referring to as savages, and with a hatred that transcends the fog of war and exposes a vein of both racism and ideological rejection.
Mr Kyle says in his book (and is paraphrased in the movie as saying) that he doesn't give a f@@# about the Iraqi people. Having served with, and know many of my countrymen who have served overseas, this is a strong component of their service, to improve the lives of the non-combatants of the countries they serve in. There's no hint of that from Mr Kyles own lips. This is for me the sign of a confirmed sociopath.
Where im not conflicted is finding out only at the end of the film that he was killed by someone with suspected PTSD, someone he was reportedly trying to help. No child should have the grow up without their father. My honest condolences go out to them especially on the loss of their father, who made it home, only to be taken miles from it.
The Interview (2014)
What a load
Im not sure why James Franco continues to agree to appear with Seth Rogen. If my friend was continually pulling me into projects that were among the most truly awful pieces of crap ever foisted on the world, i would get new friends.
There's a better chance of the second coming than of Seth Rogen making a funny film. Why James Franco wants to waste his talents on this kind of throwaway unfunny formulaic rubbish...
the story is not only funny but every arc of it is seen coming long ahead of time.
The only redeeming feature is knowing that when you get to the credits you don't have any more of it to sit through.
Movie studios, i beg of you, stop letting Seth Rogen near any equipment than can be used to make a movie.
Statham should make more movies like this one
For those who are expecting lots of martial arts and blazing guns for 90 minutes, you're going to be disappointed, this is not for you.
Instead, its a well done moral character piece, and as opposed to what you might have been expecting, its not a formulaic happy ending story. Well there is a certain happiness to the ending, and if had of ended any other way it would have betrayed the crux of the story. You do wish that it ended up in a more positive way, and its only then you realise you have not only identified with the characters, but have some empathy for them as well.
Statham really does as best as he can in a dramatic role, and i for one enjoyed his character.
Perhaps the best character n the film is the Nun, played by Agata Buzek, who is just wonderful in her role, and someone im on the lookout for in other movies.
Both main characters examine their own characters morals during he course of the film and as we all do have to decide what they can and cant live with.
I enjoyed it very much, and was glad i didn't knee jerk away from it thinking it would be another action vehicle for Statham.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Best Movie I've Seen In At Least A Decade
Just when you would have been forgiven for thinking Hollywood had exhausted all ideas (going on recent years), consigned us to nothing but annoying animated crap, ior rebooting much loved (and better left alone) franchises, comes this movie.
It is easily the best movie I've seen in a decade, if not much longer.
Cast: Perfect, not a soft performance amongst them. Bradley Cooper shows that he's not just the Hangover guy, or the comedic lead, he's a seriously good dramatic actor and deserves respect for this role. I myself have aspergers and have some behaviours that identify with bipolar sufferers. At no point was Bradleys portrayal less than believable to the point where i identified with his character. Respect.
Jennifer Lawrence likewise got her character to be believable as well, and must also be respected for her portrayal. She's utterly charming, when not being equally s schizo as Bradley. Being beautiful as well is just the icing....
Robert De Niro, just continues to be the best actor (with i think the greatest face) of our generation. We would all be happy just to watch him eat toast for breakfast in the morning. His character runs the gamut of emotions in this movie, just as much, if not more, than the other leads. He never disappoints.
Jackie Weaver, high time she got such a great mainstream role. a fellow Aussie, she plays the perfect caught in the middle housewife. great work! Im only writing about the characters here as thats what this film is about. There's no distractions, no big explosions, nothing to detract from the characters being fully explored and evolving. Not even Jennifer Lawrences amazing body in the dance related scenes distract you from staying superglued to the stories arc and following all the characters developments, because its that well done, and that takes some doing! I hope its not another decade before i actually see another movie that can even come close to this. Just perfect.