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"War is an incredible imposition for those who want to live in peace"...
...just one pearl of wisdom offered by the incredible woman viewers are so fortunate to be introduced to through this documentary. Watching this intriguing film made me want to know more about her and others like her. It's doubtful a documentary filmmaker could be paid any higher compliment than that. Magda was raised in an affluent home with not many difficulties before WWII and could have just decided to fly under the radar, stay out of trouble and get through the war. Instead, she made the decision to put her life on the line repeatedly by working with the Polish resistance during WWII, boldly standing against the Nazis, including in direct confrontations. Decades ago jokes about polish people were common and of course the ignorant people who passed them on were completely unaware that they were ridiculing one of the most courageous, intelligent, humane, hard-working, industrious, fiercely loyal, compassionate groups of people in the world. Magda exemplifies their amazing character. I am so grateful to have had the privilege of watching this documentary and that she was allowed to just tell a part of her life story. Films like Magda need to be a mandatory part of high school and college curriculum so that the world never forgets the value of freedom or what happens when it's gone, that there is no price too high to have it, and no gratitude too much to show to those who've risked everything to protect it. This film is well worth watching. It challenged me to be more aware of what I've been given by those who've gone before me and to be more invested in paying it forward.
You Are Wanted (2017)
Deserves neither glowing nor scathing reviews
There are easily much worse television series, and much better. The extreme reviews in either direction seem personal. I started watching in English, unsure if it had been dubbed or filmed in both languages, like the series Hinterland which was filmed in both English and Welsh. I can't imagine how brutal that must have been for the actors but it sure made it a better experience for the viewers who don't want to read subtitles, something I don't mind. Dubbing generally ensures it's going to be awful, and this series was no exception. Within a couple minutes I switched to the subtitled version which I highly recommend. Much better. However, it wasn't long before I knew it was going to be choppy, i.e., disconnected plot, under-developed characters, puzzling dialog/characters that didn't seem relevant but interesting enough that I hoped it would lead somewhere eventually but never did. It's too bad we didn't know more about Thomas or Lena or Dalton. And who was Johnny? I must have completely missed how he fit in, but would have liked to have seen more of and known more about him and the others. Fewer actors and better character development is always preferable. If it's absolutely necessary to introduce a character there should be solid writing, dialog jam-packed with context. But that's the way writing should be throughout every film and sadly rarely occurs anymore. Of course inefficient directing and poor acting can be problematic but it's the writing that most influences the quality of the viewing experience, imho. This series has a lot of potential. Sure some of it's been seen before but that's common, there isn't a whole lot out there today that hasn't already been seen in one version or another. The acting and cinematography are pretty good and the general plot interesting enough. If more thought is put into the writing and it's somehow made to flow better, this could be a decent series. I'd say go ahead and give it a shot, the two lead actors are very good, there's decent suspense and a couple of intriguing theories involving IT and identity sabotage.
Classic NCIS & why viewers around the world love it
Episodes like "Keep Going" are what keep us coming back for more. I haven't been moved by anything on television for a long time, but tonight I had to wipe away a few tears and even saw my husband's eyes glisten. We laughed and held our breath through a couple riveting moments as well. It was seriously one of the most touching episodes on a TV series either one of us can remember watching. The dialog had depth, one memorable line/scene after another and I bet it'll be in the top ten favorite NCIS episodes. The characters are more intriguing than most nighttime crime dramas - a blend of great writing and acting - so they deserve to be developed like Palmer was in this one, and loyal viewers deserve to know more about them. "Keep Going" provided just the right balance between murder case and character expansion and we didn't move until it was over. Why is it that character development doesn't get the time it deserves, isn't taken seriously on nighttime dramas? Is it harder to write well? It gives the series so much more substance, is by far more interesting. When character versus whodunit comes up during mixed gender conversations I've been surprised to learn that men prefer delving into the characters over the crime plot as often as the women.
As much as I love NCIS I've had a hard time connecting this season but even though I miss Tony terribly I've really enjoyed Nick and Alex, Clayton & Qasim too, so I knew it wasn't that adjustment. The new actors have been so natural and familiar from the beginning it's as if they've been somewhere in the show's peripheral. They're perfect additions to the NCIS family. I haven't been able to identify exactly why the show has seemed off to me, but the last three episodes have been back on track and it was in the zone tonight. Keep writing/directing/acting like this, the fan base will only get stronger and NCIS could easily go on three+ years. There are millions watching around the world, including a lot of baby boomers here in the US who don't miss, plus our parents, and our adult children - it's a recipe for longevity. Fingers crossed for NCIS to Keep Going.
There IS Many Like Us (2015)
Astounding, Heart-Gripping, Life-Changing
Over the past 3-4 years I've viewed multiple WWII documentaries and movies and read as many books, most of them involving the Holocaust. There are stories of romance, daring escapes, suspense, brutality, unbelievable survival, jaw-dropping heroism, heartbreaking loss and miraculous reunions. This docudrama has it all. It would be more of an honor to meet Max Fronenberg, a man of incredible noble character, than any world leader. It was an honor even just to see this, to have a glimpse into his life. Unless made of stone, his story will motivate, inspire and challenge any viewer to live better, be better. I want my entire family and all of my friends to see this. I give this film a 10+ rating.
Must see, must share...
...this beautiful portrayal of courage in a woman who understood it's not the absence of fear that determines courage, but doing the right thing in spite of it. She risked her life repeatedly by performing acts of incredible bravery to save the lives of others. It's not only the lives of those on the plane she's responsible for saving but the lives that are produced for generations to come. While her family's grief is no less profound than the grief of any other family who's lost a loved one, they have to feel blessed beyond measure to have had such a remarkable woman grace their lives. Even the most stoic viewer will be hard- pressed not to show emotion while watching this heart-wrenching story her family so graciously shared with the world. The director did a fabulous job staying on track and not allowing gruesome details to become the focal point but kept the heroine at center stage where she deserves to be. The acting was very good to excellent. Should not miss this "big but not long" lovely and thought-provoking piece of history.
Last Episode for me
Started out with nine rating, dropped five with Liz's return. Superb acting from the cast, great plot and then the bomb. I'd stopped watching the show during the season because Megan Boone cannot act. I say that with zero animosity. Of course it's not personal and I'm sure she's a wonderful individual, but it had become so unbearably uncomfortable I honestly quit watching it. Later on when Netflix posted a notification that it was available for viewing I thought I would give it another chance, have it on my iPad while doing other things. I hadn't read or seen anything about the finale because I'd written it off. The last few episodes from Cape May to the end of this one were the highest quality, best acting, chemistry, directing of the series. I am not alone in this opinion. Google comments on Megan's acting and you'll get more than you can read. What a serious waste of James Spader, as well as the other fine actors, great writing and unique/quirky storyline.
The Blacklist: Cape May (2016)
Gripping episode, one of the series' best
This was an outstanding episode in every way, necessary for the transitioning of the storyline into one without a central member of the cast, and I couldn't disagree more with the low reviews. I'm not a critic, not in the "business" or even in a career where outstanding writing skills are necessary to excel, but I am someone who really appreciates good acting and watching quality television and movies. I respectfully disagree with the reviewer who wrote that Cape May was a cheap attempt to knock off the Kevin Finnerty episode of The Sopranos and failed. The Cape May episode had a completely different point, went in another direction, and left The Sopranos episode in its wake, both in the writing and acting.
It is so rare that a series offers more than the usual 3 minutes to explain away a death and attempt to placate the audience with a completely unsatisfactory glimpse of the emotional toll it's taken on the characters. The production quality of Cape May was quite different from previous episodes and reminded me of the European series that are so popular such as the Swedish/Danish versions of Wallander and The Bridge. The ethereal visual effects created a beautifully haunting overcast that was somber but peaceful. The suspenseful moments didn't feel like being smacked with a baseball bat but gradually built the tension to a gratifying climax, the violence not gruesome but understated and imaginative, a distinctive Hitchcockian vibe. The ending was intriguing, my curiosity heightened. It was perfect.
James Spader's facial expressions spoke volumes. I still have the feeling that Reddington is misunderstood by many, that his motivation for protecting his charge was not selfish, and that there is a big piece of the puzzle missing, hopefully yet to emerge. His character has been so intriguing, his vast reserve of anecdotes build a desire to know more about his origin, how he evolved, how his close friendships were established, where he's been, why he does what he does, and what he believes is his actual purpose. I hope the writers continue to dig deep into their creative reserves and gradually give us a little more of Raymond Reddington as well as the other main characters. I hope the networks and fans give The a Blacklist time to grow into this new direction.
Almost immediately I thought I knew who the other main character of the episode plot was supposed to be, and I was not disappointed. She did an excellent job, presented the caliber of acting the show deserves and for the most part has received from the main cast, with the exception of the one who will not be returning (unless there is a ridiculous daytime-soap plot twist like the miraculous appearance of a twin). One reviewer expressed bitterness over her departure, but many fans of the show felt she was a major drain on the series, never fit the part or grew into the character. I don't believe most of the fans meant to be unkind to the actor, they just didn't understand why someone who so obviously struggles with acting would be placed in such a prominent role. I've read many forum comments where the members express little doubt that she is probably a wonderful and gifted person with numerous talents and friends. There was a general consensus that she was way out of her league, but I'm sure every decent viewer wishes her nothing but the best.
Intelligent energetic writing
Thank you NETFLIX for being smart and intuitive, and keeping Longmire alive. We were stunned when A&E canceled it. Which brings me to this...
I have to address A&E's cancellation of Longmire, one of many unwise decisions made by the network TV __________s (fill in the blank). I do not get the whole demographics thing, why so much emphasis is put on an age group that spends much, much less money than those in the baby boomer generation. It is an incredibly puzzling move for businesses, their primary goal to make money, but especially a business with enough foresight to see past the IQ-diminishing, beyond tiresome era of reality television. Of course A&E not owning a slice of Longmire had to have been instrumental in the decision to cancel such a highly rated show, but in the long run they shot themselves in the proverbial foot. A & E offended the Boomers, and Boomers have the big bucks, baby. Baby boomers not only spend it on themselves, but in many cases are forking it out to their children/grandchildren and helping care for parents. Most of them are social media savvy, up-to-date in world events and knowledgeable about their nation's history, know what's going on in business and entertainment AND enjoy spending money. In fact, they spend and invest the big $$ that keep the economy going. Not a great audience to dis. So why is a younger demographic catered to for television programming?? Advertising would be a ridiculous answer because the only viewers today who don't DVR programs and sit through real-time TV, i.e., commercials, are probably over 80. Okay, time to move on now that we all agree it was a really dumb move to cancel Longmire.
Longmire is one of the most well-written, imaginative and entertaining programs in television history. Longmire's writers and the entire creative team are exceptional. I don't believe that's an embellished or overly dramatized statement. The past few years I've used and heard the phrase "lazy writing" during conversations about numerous television shows that begin with enormous potential only to fizzle into enormous disappointments. So happy to report that Longmire could never hope to be in the lazy writing category. Longmire started with tons of exciting energy, has not gone into or thought about going into any kind of lull and is still heading toward its peak with as much energy, or more, as in the first episodes. The Longmire team has produced several interesting plots and subplots that are not only unpredictable, they immediately grab and hold the viewers' attention. There is plenty of great suspense for seasoned mystery aficionados and the right kind of classy with an edge romance, not so syrupy it conflicts with the gritty, rough and tumble survival-of-the-fittest vast Wyoming landscape and characters. The plots don't just meander along, but kick into high gear and stay there. From the beginning Longmire has been the kind of entertaining and riveting ride that's packed with heartbreaking, suspenseful, humorous and thought-provoking moments we hope to get with every film experience but so seldom receive anymore.
Of course excellent writing wouldn't be captured and available to appreciate without a cast worthy of it, and the Longmire cast has proved equal to the task. The actors easily hold their own against the best actors in film. Robert Taylor was new to me and a pleasant surprise with his incredible talent and believability as the modern-day cowboy/sheriff whose heart is as big as his integrity is deep. Lou Diamond Phillips was a big draw to investigate the series and he has not disappointed - absolutely wonderful at drawing the us into his multi-faceted character with every intriguing plot twist he finds himself in. The rest of the regular cast members are gifted and perfectly suited for their roles as well. Not one guest star has invoked an involuntary eye roll or groan. Gerald McRaney was his usual fabulous self, (although his character was not so lovable). His last line to his son is unsurpassed in shock value. Hands down.
After the first couple of shows I was certain Longmire would develop a significant following, and I was right. 5.6 million viewers is incredible with so many programs available today. I also believe it will become classified as a cult TV favorite. Thanks to Netflix there's a season 5. And as Batman's Robin, a character from another much loved cult series would say after watching season four's last episode..... "Holy Rez, was season 4's cliffhanger a gut twister, or what??!!"
A strong 10 goes to this deserving series.
The Riches (2007)
Canceling was a merciful act
I like Minnie Driver and wanted to like this series. Travelers are a subculture most of us don't know much about and the concept seemed intriguing. The pilot was okay, and like someone else said, FX has had several strong programs so I continued watching believing it would get better. It didn't. And still, as a forever optimist I kept hoping it would redeem itself. It didn't. I gave up after seven episodes. The story lines were bizarre and completely implausible, even disgusting at times. No one could pull off the kinds of scams the Riches' were supposed to pull off. The scams weren't brilliant, just really, really stupid. Some of the impromptu excuses they came up with to wiggle out of unexpected trouble were beyond corny, just insane. The British actors had trouble with accents and became annoying. The screaming and fighting, especially Minnie, oh my gosh. I'm laid back and laugh a lot but this was as irritating as anything I've watched and found myself cringing or tensing up repeatedly. Life's too short to waste it watching this series. It won't work for insomnia, but increases blood pressure instead.
Crossing Lines (2013)
Better than most
Agree with garfieldcamp... Crossing Lines is fast paced with intelligent dialog and plots, and the scenery is beautiful. Television's been enormously dumbed down with reality shows and other nonsense the last several years so a program like this is more than welcome for anyone who enjoys thought process and some mental stimulation. The concept of an international criminal investigative team made up of bright, highly regarded detectives/profilers//scientists from European and American countries is intriguing. The actors are all talented and well-cast and the show gives the viewer a sense of unity among the countries working together for common good. Now that's an idea for a reality show. But until then Crossing Lines is more than worth the watch. Grateful that Netflix and Amazon have a clue.
Another British Mystery Series Home Run
The past couple of years I've had the opportunity to watch several British television series, most recently Inspector Lewis. It's easy to see why this series is so well liked, and now a personal favorite. The plots aren't superficial, the episodes need to be watched carefully in order to not become completely lost. It's a great plus when television can actually engage the mind. There are many references to classic books, plays and music that motivate further research, another plus. Oxford is an interesting and beautiful setting and has brought to life a place that for me has been mostly abstract. The two Inspectors add much needed levity and fresh air to the stuffy university environment, each in their own way. Even though a gifted scholar himself Hathaway's disdain for Oxford and academics in general gives his character authenticity and an edge that's strangely appealing. Laurence Fox does a fabulous job portraying a deeply thoughtful, perhaps somewhat troubled former seminary student turned police inspector, and leaves an intriguing, mysterious allure. Lewis, well-played by Kevin Whately, is a no-nonsense, no frills, honest to the core, kind-hearted, hard-working loyal/devoted family man and friend. He and Hathaway are introverts and keep their personal lives private, a couple colleagues out for a beer much preferable to large gatherings. They "get" each other. Hathaway made the comment that if Lewis ever retired he'd probably do something else because who else would understand him so well? I have also enjoyed the character Dr. Laura Hobson played by Clare Holman, a welcome addition to the cast. It would be great to see her more, have her character developed more. The only irritation for me personally is the character CI Jean Innocent. It's not Rebecca Front's acting because she does such a great job coming across as a hard-nosed superior I often get the urge to whop her upside the head. It's difficult to fathom anyone working more than a few months for someone who is so critical, demeaning, demanding, unbending, appearance motivated and just pretty much an arrogant shrew who likes to throw her weight around, who constantly questions the detectives' judgment even though she's been proved wrong multiple times and never misses the opportunity to cross her arms, raise her eyebrows and make remarks like "don't do it again"; get this settled now or else..."; "I should demote you to street cop but..." "I mean business, get it done...", etc., etc. Unless she's schmoozing with highbrows she's not a nice person. She once looked at the detectives across from her desk after she'd given them instructions and asked, "why are you still sitting here like dogs waiting for a trick?" Really?? She's depicted as a male-basher in a permanent bad mood, like so many British women seem to be portrayed in British series. I don't get it because I've done business and been in various organizations with British women and have had nothing but pleasant experiences, always charming and professional. Most anyone in a position like CI Innocent with that kind of personality would have a constant stream of requests for transfers on her desk and would eventually be under investigation by HR herself. The medieval authoritarian is in serious need of a chill pill. (Xanax anyone?) Other than that it is an absolutely wonderful series with intelligent plots, talented acting, most potentially messy scenes left up to the imagination, lots of well-known actor appearances, intriguing settings and not even close to becoming tiresome or repetitious. I applaud the shows creators and writers, really excellent work.
Major Crimes: Fifth Dynasty (2015)
It's Our Favorite Show
We loved The Closer, and Major Crimes is even better. Different and better. A couple reviewers have said they weren't sure about Graham Patrick Martin, i.e,, Rusty. I completely disagree. That guy can act. A gamut of emotions runs across his face in every episode and sucks the audience right into what he's feeling at that moment, bringing the viewer as close to empathy as possible. There have been a couple times I've thought he was maybe just a little too irritated into borderline disrespectful when told to help or do something, especially considering how much he's been given, even taking into account his age and background. However, the dynamic of Rusty's and Sharon's (Mary McDonnell) relationship has been outstanding. It is important to keep it as a subplot though and make sure the crime drama is the clear priority, but with that in mind, Rusty has been more than a worthwhile addition. I've always been a fan of McDonnell, and her acting depth and range add so much to her character, to the show. Her facial expressions/eyes, relate emotions that the best writers would have difficulty describing. She communicates her tough as nails demeanor when her job calls for it, and incredible ability to simultaneously give Rusty instructions or whatever he needs in some extremely intense moments with little to no impatience and always effectively exhibits her love for him. She makes clear her expectations and consequences but gives space and respect. Most female viewers as well as many make viewers appreciate getting to know more about the characters personal lives, to know what makes them tick and why they might do some of the things they do on the job. Every one of the actors/characters is terrific. The detailed, brainiac, conscientious, loving husband/father, techno-geek Mike Tao played by (Michael Paul Chan) is an absolute doll and hysterical. Watching Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz) is like being in a raft on a white-water river excursion. He is steady and calm one moment, wild and unpredictable the next, but underneath it all is a loyal, compassionate, generous and unpretentious soul. There is a distinct impression that the anger derives from years of observing heinous crimes, and an unusually sensitive nature that makes it difficult to process the injustices he witnesses. Buzz (Phillip Keene) is another doll. It's been fun to see his character develop and understand that he has integrity through his bones and an old-fashioned work ethic that blends with his contemporary tech savvy expertise making him every employer's dream. Amy (Kearran Giovani) comes across as a unique mix of vulnerability, beauty and special ops commando. She has a mysterious, maybe even troubled (effects of war?) layer just under the surface. I loved the recent episode where she was going to risk getting into trouble, risk being misunderstood, to protect the young girl who witnessed a murder. She did a great job portraying the inevitable conflicts anyone in that situation would face. Captain Taylor (Robert Gossett) has made me want to shake him and hug him, taken me to the heights of frustration to jaw-dropping incredibility at his sneaky stunts or out of nowhere charm. I have often become aware that while watching him I have a half smile, and shaking my head like we can often do with a teen-aged son who is just full of p and vinegar but couldn't imagine our lives without him. He never fails to entertain. Jon Tenney is wonderful - so glad he's agreed to appearances throughout the season. Love/hate the DAs, hoped someone would kick Emma Rios in the rear a couple of times. Always love seeing Jeri Ryan and Malcolm-Jamal Warner is a really great treat every time he's on. And then.... then we have Flynn (Tony Denison) and Provenza (G.W. Bailey). How can I mention one without the other? They are both an absolute delight. Provenza is such a perfect happy curmudgeon, and Flynn his partner in crime, sometimes affable, sometimes a curmudgeon without the happy have made me laugh out loud more regularly than any characters in any show. I love love love the personal glimpses into their relationships outside work. Provenza was very believable in the episode where he put furniture in storage "just in case" before he moved in with his girlfriend. He is adorable as the boyfriend of whomever. In Flynn it has been absolutely incredible to have a character living with sobriety doing his best to implement the 12 steps in his everyday life and Tony has been fabulous. He portrays an innocence, or boyishness that isn't childish, but someone who hasn't lost child-like wonder, while at the same time makes the viewer believe he can take care of the tough stuff. He's great looking and doesn't come across as though he's aware of it, and just warmly charismatic. He is the perfect show-match for Sharon. Better not bungle that.
The plots have been great and each year I believe most of them have a more interesting story-line than the year before. There are a few million of us who look forward to this show more than any other during the week. We work hard and have challenges like most people do, and it's so nice to be able to escape into another world for an hour a week that doesn't insult intelligence, has characters you'd like to get to know, and stories that make you want more. Thank you James Duff for giving us so many years of classy and fun entertainment, really it's been such a great ride. Here's to a surge of creativity and many more years of sharing your amazing talent with a deeply appreciative audience.
School of Life (2005)
When I saved School of Life in my Amazon app I thought it looked like a nice little film to watch while doing some tedious work from home that takes little concentration. I've always been a Ryan Reynolds fan and was surprised I had not heard of this one. It turned out that I could give more than a few movies my full attention when I had some unexpected recuperating time. Today I grabbed my iPad and decided to check out some lighter fare, expecting little when I started to watch School of Life. Oh my gosh. What a fabulously inspirational surprise this turned out to be. Every actor perfectly cast, Reynolds as terrific as usual. (Take note of the actor playing the assembly honoree as the movie opens and a comment made by his grandson about 3/4 into the move.) School of Life could have been on the really dorky side, and I guess if you consider yourself a super sophisticated intellect, above anything a little goofy and completely heartwarming, this may not be for you. (I personally think it would be difficult to imagine that anyone who doesn't find this move absolutely charming is very interesting.) However, it does not fall into the excruciating-to-watch, groan-worthy moron category like more than enough movies today. It was a delight to watch from the very beginning. So many great lessons for students of all ages as well as those who teach in a classroom, at home or in the office. For example...we're all students and we're all teachers whether we realize it or not; appearances aren't always what they seem; most of us could stand to relax a little - try not to take ourselves so seriously; we should all remind ourselves and each other daily that life is short so just go for it and "take your shot"; everyone has some sort of insecurity or peculiar idiosyncrasy, dealing with life the best they know how; attitude affects outcome; and every type of message can be delivered with kindness. As a former HR professional I'd have no problem showing this movie at orientation and would encourage everyone young and old to see it. I don't understand how I managed not hearing about it for 10 years. Watch School of Life and I guarantee you'll lighten up.
Last Flight Home (2007)
There isn't much to add to the other reviews, they've covered exactly how I feel, but it impacted me enough that I needed to take the time to submit my own. What Dr. Scannon and all those who work with him are doing is one of the finest acts of human kindness anyone has the ability to offer. If a viewer can watch this and not be absolutely stunned by what most would call incredible sacrifice for complete strangers (but what they call saying "thank you"), I'd want to check your pulse. I have many ancestors who fought in American wars all the way back through the Revolutionary War and to my knowledge, they all made it home. When you see something like this you realize with deep humility and gratitude what an incredible blessing that is. I can only imagine what it means to the families to know what happened to their loved ones. Watching the families who were interviewed gives a small glimpse of their heartache as well as the uncertainty they've carried for a lifetime, and the way not knowing has affected their lives in so many different ways. The film is a well made, heartwarming and bittersweet documentary for anyone interested in WWII, unsolved mysteries, history in general, or random acts of kindness. It helps to restore faith in humanity. God bless Dr. Scannon and everyone affiliated with this project. No better way to spend an hour.
The Real Thing
I am not religious. I don't currently attend church regularly, but I have watched the couple who host this program for over 30 years, on occasion in person and I have observed no Christian whether in any kind of ministry or not, conduct themselves in a more compassionate, open and honest way than James and Betty Robison. They are upfront about their personal failures and have guests on their show who for the most part seem to reflect their desire to be transparent. I am a major skeptic when it comes to Christians in ministry, and especially on television. Years ago I worked for a prominent person who had a television ministry, and like most people have watched various public evangelists, preachers, etc., with a certain sense of morbid curiosity, embarrassment and sadness. My experience left me feeling very cold toward people who called themselves Christian. The Robisons through this program helped restore my faith in all people, and they have never given me reason to have anything but the utmost respect for them or their show Life Today. It's interesting that the those who left low ratings have left no review. In my opinion that's cowardly. Mature adults should be able to agree to disagree on the different faiths, politics, and topics of every kind without hating the person with whom we disagree. That is one thing I have seen with these people repeatedly. They may passionately disagree with someone, but they are extraordinarily loving and compassionate human beings, and their show Life Today reflects who they are. I have gleaned so much from this program over the years, have not always agreed with positions or opinions voiced on the program, but as far as I can remember, I have always felt better for having watched it. I can easily recommend this program to anyone.
The Best of Me (2014)
I would watch it again
and even buy it as an addition to my chick flick section in our DVD collection for girls' nights. I seriously do not get the hate. We've been hard-pressed to find anything worth watching, there is a lot of despicable stuff out there. This was a really nice story with some good actors - yes have to agree with the others - actors and scenery all very lovely to look at, but the acting was way better than most movies of this genre. I have been a fan of Gerald McRaney for many years, of Marsden since he played Luke in Bella Mafia and of course what's not to love about Michelle Monaghan. I think the two who played the younger version of the star crossed lovers did an exceptional job. I look forward to seeing them around. And wow, the chemistry. I think you'd have to be in a coma not to feel the sizzle between both couples. This wasn't predictable as some have said. In no way does it follow the typical romance story line of boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, have a few little skirmishes, part and reunite. It makes a good date night movie, girls night out movie or rainy day grab a bowl of popcorn and just be entertained for a couple hours movie. It's a movie that will definitely pull at the heartstrings, if there are any to pull.
One Family, One Large Imprint On World History
I had never heard of the Reichmann family and stumbled on this documentary while researching WWII and the Holocaust. I marked it down one star because it moved a little slow in a couple of places, but the information this film contains is really fascinating. The film portrays one family through interviews with acquaintances, journalists, business associates and friends, and their impact on the lives of others as well as the economy and community development in leading national communities, even perhaps affecting the entire world market at one point. Their devout religious practices could not be swayed, even as they began to have multi-million $$ business transactions with influential members of society. They held firm to their beliefs and were instrumental in aiding others who had been persecuted from the onset of WWII through multiple other individual cases of personal rescue. It also very clearly depicts how humans are imperfect and even those with the best intentions of standing on integrity can be in denial about agendas and motivation. It's too bad that Margaret Thatcher could not stand by her word to Paul Reichmann, there may have been a completely different outcome. I believe she over- estimated her power and would have followed through had she been able. There is also certainly little doubt that Mr. Reichmann did not follow Rabbinical teaching and listen to the advice of good counsel, most of whom were against his last large gamble. It was one error in judgment, and although an enormous one, it was one error in a lifetime of incredibly brilliant decisions that saved and benefited countless individuals and their offspring and should not diminish the positive example this family set for us all. I am not of their faith, but have much respect for anyone who can live out beliefs as this family did. If you're interested in finance or history or even personal interest stories, this film is well worth the watch.
Der unbekannte Soldat (2006)
Should Be Mandatory Viewing in HS History Classes
Like most not of the WWII generation I've had an abstract view of the Holocaust and although appropriately horrified, not until I watched this film, which started me on a quest to learn more, did I have even the remotest idea of the horror and sheer insanity that occurred. I would think that most intelligent humans who desire never to have the Holocaust (about 6 million Jews murdered in cold blood) and the annihilation of approx 8 million other citizens repeated, would want this topic discussed ad nauseam until everyone understands not only exactly what happened, but how it happened. Accountability, responsibility must be accepted. Denial heals nothing. This isn't about casting blame for blame's sake, but about understanding the truth for the sake of future generations. Excellent film.
Sons of Perdition (2010)
Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
and Sons of Perdition is documented proof. This piece of work is excellent, one of the best documentaries I've seen. The 85 minutes I spent watching felt more like fifteen. Almost from the beginning I became unaware of the cameras. Speaking strictly as a non- professional film critic, only someone who enjoys watching documentaries and movies of multiple genres, this film should have won numerous awards. It was riveting, eye-opening, gratitude inducing, educating, heart wrenching and easily held my attention to the end. It's so difficult to grasp the kind of mental bondage that would hold anyone captive to such a bizarre lifestyle, particularly the women who are treated as commodities, used and abused for the men's pleasure. The Jason Bailey review in the critics section did a great job summing it up.
Seriously Perplexed By Low Reviews
I really don't understand reviews under five on this one. I've seen some pitiful movies, including two featuring Brad Pitt very early in his career. Even his gorgeous face couldn't remove the cringe-factor from Johnny Suede and The Dark Side of the Sun. (I have to give Mr. Pitt a 10 in the humility category for not using his money/influence to have them scourged from the face of the earth). I know this is not a Brad Pitt movie but I can pretty well guarantee that if you see those two movies you will in no way consider this movie below 5. It's not even really fair to make that comparison because Maxie is a good movie. Maxie is a favorite of mine, as well as many of my girlfriends, and my 20+ daughter and her crowd adore it. The twenty-somethings love 80's movies and from the first moment I brought out a taped copy of Maxie for my daughter and a group of her overnight friends they were hooked. I'm a professional with an affection for gangster/mob movies, and do not care for the average Lifetime flick, so no Pollyanna here, and still I consider Maxie fun, charming, entertaining and completely delightful. My husband didn't dis the movie like he has done many romcoms, and although not a big Glenn Close fan, he liked her in this. It was, as someone else described, refreshing. I lost my copy and while online to look for it decided to see how reviewers treated it here. Disappointing. I have moved and have a new group of friends who have not seen it. It's a feel good movie that we would do well to have more of these days. I recommend for a girls'-night-out, a mom/daughter evening or even date night. Like my husband, your significant other might be pleasantly surprised.