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Bonnie and Clyde (2013)
Worst Thing I Have Ever Watched
I just woke up, and it's on. The remote is nowhere to be seen and I don't want to disturb my wife. I am twisting with embarrassment for the writers of this trash. This is what a ten-year-old might think that era was like: gathering clichés from a wide variety of bad movies, awkwardly mixing the Roaring Twenties with the Great Depression, stitching together hackneyed and improbable plots. It gracelessly combines that fashionable shaky camera work with the worst lighting I have ever seen. To cap it off, the acting is terrible! It's as if the spoiled brats of some wealthy producer were working through some sick fantasy. Soap Operas have much higher caliber actors. This fiasco is a complete amateur hour that drags on and on.
A Walk with Love and Death (1969)
Brilliant Film About Life In The Late Middle Ages
Never dull, always alive with authentic and rich scenes; unpredictable and interesting. The wooden acting of the leads is appropriate for two young people who are fresh out into the world. They are surrounded by an extravagant variety of characters of the late Middle Ages, all well portrayed and decently acted. The scenery is picturesque, the music is lilting and fair, and the plot veers between barbarisms and nobility. It has been beautifully filmed and the direction keeps the plot moving briskly. There is no fat, no wasted scenes, no stupidity. The story is believable and moving, a story of sensitive youths trying to survive in a world suddenly gone mad. The creatures who seek such chaos are trying to turn the world upside down; they seek their own order through chaos. They seek to rearrange the world into their own hideous image. This is a story of how civilized people deal with the carnage of progress.
The Italian Job (1969)
Little more than an ad for mini cooper
This film embodies the worst of the sixties. It seems like Britain gets a pass when they make bad movies, and this highly rated crap is a classic example. I assumed that since Michael Caine and Noel Coward were in the movie that it would be tolerable. I was sadly disappointed. It's a waste of talent that can be compared to the junk churned out by Peter O'Toole and Peter Sellers in that same era. The plot is weak, the caper is boring, and the opportunities for acting limited. There's a lot of rushing around beautiful European vistas, and very little else. Very little comedy in fact. It's high spirited, like the 60's, but sadly lacking in value(like the 60's).
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Great Special Effects! Bad Acting. Scenes of Exaggerated Carnage.
Saving Private Ryan is awash with wildly exaggerated scenes of carnage. Seems like every member of the GRRREATEST Generation wants to be remembered for the kind of over-the-top violence that has graced Vietnam War films. "Oh yeah, that's just how it was!" Right. Looks like Omaha Beach lost every other guy. Nope. One in ten.
We have pictures of the Normandy Landing. Look at them. Does the beach look anything like Spielberg's beach? Spielberg's beach looks like a video game. Bullets streaking through the water and killing the soldiers as they swim up from the bottom of sea. This is how history gets rewritten.
Suppose there was one landing boat that landed right in front of a pill box (good thinking) and got hell shot out of it. Why is Spielberg showing that one unfortunate boat? Feel manipulated? Get used to it. This whole soap opera is chock full of Bridges-of-Madison-County drawn- out boring melodramatic scenes designed to pluck at your heart strings.
Oliver Stone complains that Spielberg is playing into the "Good War" mantra that is currently being used to finance the War on Terror. I saw no signs of that. I saw US soldiers shooting down unarmed POWs and beating prisoners. A touch of Vietnam to thrill our taste for revenge? Or is it just part of the arms race between chicken-hawk war directors trying to stimulate our jaded tastes?
The acting is atrocious. It's hard to blame the actors, really, since we don't get to know them at all. They are simply red-shirts waiting their turn to get shot down or get into hissy fits. Tom Hanks is Tom Hanks (as always). There's no tension. We know what's going to happen, we're just waiting for it. And it all unfolds so slowly. It's boring. The scenes that could contain some excitement are spent in a quick and confused blur. It's a mess. There's no more artistry in this movie than is contained in your typical music video. Halftracks and Rangers pop up out of nowhere as our heroes cross an open field. Endless streams of machine gun fire pour out from nowhere in particular. It's just ludicrous.
There are few scenes in Saving Private Ryan that aren't replete with unnaturally sentimental dialog, unrealistic dissension in the ranks, haunted stares, tears, and Hollywood's rendition of jaunty, chummy talk. They might as well have been a bunch of teenage girls. One Star, for the CGI.
Einer spielt falsch (1966)
Low Budget, Weak Propaganda
It's amazing that George Sanders lowered himself to this. Things must have gotten bad for him. He is still a great screen presence, but he seems out of place among the crude voice-overs, TV drama scenery, and awkward direction. This is truly an awful film.
The plot centers around an Arab plot to murder Germans and cast the blame upon Israelis. Surprise surprise, it's an Israeli-West German co-production -- in other words Mossad-CIA propaganda. Childish and poorly made, this film illustrates the crude methods of the "intelligence" community.
It's got the feel of a Cheech and Chong spy thriller. It would be funny if it was clever - but it's not. It's pathetic and tiresome.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
A Silly Movie
I've always heard this was a great movie, so I had high expectations. Little did I expect such an unrealistic, melodramatic piece of crap. "Super Lawyer Tries To Save The South From Itself." He's poor. He's rich. He's enlightened. He's educated. He's a crack shot. He stands down a mob (with the help of his wise and brave children). Where was the Sheriff? No need for a Sheriff when you've got Super Lawyer. He'll guard the jail all by himself. He is struggling against Ignorance, aided by the Mindless Duvalls of the world - who are guided by their innate goodness God gave them. I have seldom seen such claptrap outside of the Hallmark Channel, where the hero is always a woman who exhibits the same strengths and struggles. It's all so puerile.
Darshan - L'étreinte (2005)
A fantastic trip through the best of India
No, this movie is not boring - it is riveting. I could not drag my eyes from the screen. I find India fascinating, and perhaps that is the key. This movie captures the magic of India, and that's enough for me. The feeling is of floating effortlessly through the crowds and temples and festivals, then standing close to a loving guru as her adoring fans embrace her, one by one. It is magical and touching and an unforgettable view of India. India is a tough place to visit, and most travel shows leave out the best parts. This movie captures the best of India, and leaves the plots and dramas, facts and figures for another day.
Never Forget (1991)
Real Life Drama
This film was created after a $17 million lawsuit alleging "injurious denial of established fact." The IHR settled out of court, and signed an apology. The apology was to Mermelstein, for extending the IHR gas chamber reward offer to him in full knowledge that Mermelstein was traumatized by the Concentration Camp.
The IHR gas chamber reward (which requires hard evidence) was never pursued by Mermelstein. The IHR gas chamber reward is no longer offered, since it proved to be more of a lawsuit magnet than PR tool.
The judge ruled: 'Under Evidence Code Section 452(h), this Court does take judicial notice of the fact that Jews were gassed to death at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland during the summer of 1944,' and 'It just simply is a fact that falls within the definition of Evidence Code Section 452(h). It is not reasonably subject to dispute. And it is capable of immediate and accurate determination by resort to sources of reasonably indisputable accuracy. It is simply a fact.'
In 1988 Mermelstein brought another suit against IHR, which he lost.
911 in Plane Site (2004)
cold clear logic
It assumes you are naturally resistant to a conspiracy so large. It takes the viewer through a series of logical steps, using easily-available photographic evidence and published reports, and leads to what turns out - surprisingly - to be an inescapable conclusion. It really changed my view of the US military, who I had naturally assumed to be generally incompetent. Now, I have much more respect for their capabilities. It also explains why the neocons are given so much respect in the capitol. I won't say you'll be as convinced as I am. I had an open mind on the subject, and was simply waiting for the time and inclination to look into the facts. It's true I don't automatically accept the 'facts' presented by US govt officials and reported without comment by the media, but in all other ways my brain works quite normally. Whereas Michael Moore does not dispute the 'facts' presented by US govt officials (Chomsky-like), this movie just examines the hard evidence - and more importantly, examines it in a logical order. There is no jumping around, no confusing lists of names, none of that skull n bones and illuminati stuff. Just 'look at this picture, do you see what I see?' and 'if you see what I see, and nobody reports it, doesn't this imply a kind of conspiracy?'. It's a well-done, high-quality production.
touching, inspiring, powerful, instructive
A truly great movie. James is a Christian, on a pilgrimage for his village to the Holy Land. Who lives in the Holy Land? What do they worship? He soon finds out. As he says (twice) - the people in my village would never believe me if I told them about this place - they would get angry at me. An up-to-date view of the Holy Land with a timeless story. This movie is perfect, and could not have been made better. There are no preachy political lessons here - we are dropped into the middle of chaos along with James, and we learn as he does how to get along. We see nothing of Palestinians - only Israelis and guest workers. James is a Christian in the land of the Jews, and the Holy Land is not what he was expecting. The plot flows well and the ending is exciting and surprising, with plenty of ups and downs.