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The Looming Tower (2018)
I subscribed to network just for this series.
I had to watch the whole series twice, mainly to identify the "good" and "bad" players. It certainly doesn't speak well of the CIA. Amazing performances, by all players, but Jeff Daniels and Tahar Rahim were outstanding. Curious about Ali Soufan, I watched several interviews with him, and Tariq nailed his accent/speech totally. We all know how it ended, but this series adds to the human element, the frustration and ultimate sadness.
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
a SLOG to get through
It was okay. the actors must have endured some hardship to film this. I mean, they appeared to really be in some harsh conditions. I love Kate and Idris, so that alone makes it worthy of watching At least it ends with a happy resolution. They're telling me my review does not contain enough lines....well, all I've said is all you need to know about this film.
The Snowman (2017)
A disaster adaptation
How did they turn this exciting book into such a boring, disjointed story? If one hadn't read the book, how did they even follow the story line, which was largely ignored in this film. The protagonists are largely unknowable, much less likable. The premise of the story remains obscure in this film. Resolution is none.
Shutter Island (2010)
View more than once
Having read the book, and initially watched once, I can say that multiple viewings of this film reveals new subtle facets each time. Performances are superb. The only thing I noticed, and which have should have been corrected was DiCaprio's annoying mispronunciation of "escape"....saying "eXscape" several times! A minor thing, but such a brilliant actor should know better!
After watching this, and being very frustrated at the illogical actions of the protagonists, I was left perplexed. Afterward, reliving the scenes in my mind, I realized this film is very much like dreams, in which things happen for no apparent logical reason. The film requires a lot of the viewer,maybe not worth it in the end, but definitely dream scenarios, more than reality. I'll admit, I didn't understand the final scene.
The Glass Castle (2017)
Child abuse and overcoming
The most influential people in Jeanette's life were her encouraging teachers. Had she not had those people, I doubt she would have succeeded.
I grew up poor on Coal River, WV. I also had people like that encouraging me. My parents were at a loss at what to do with me, as I aspired to go to college, and they couldn't afford it. I should add, my parents were never dysfunctional or abusive as those in this film. It's remarkable that Jeanette managed to overcome her obstacles, and people who lived near her in Welch have attested to the condition in which the family lived.
I, like many others, managed to get an education....by hard work!, and a MA degree to boot.
The main idea that is impressive about this film is the courage it took to break away from the oppressive nature of living in poverty in Appalachia. People say, "just move away," but the hold is very strong. It's implanted generationally. Part of the Appalachian tradition.
Also, I must add, the parental psychological abuse featured in the book and in this film is hard to digest, making the overcoming all the more impressive.
The Lost City of Z (2016)
I was SO looking forward to this movie. Why, oh, why, was Raleigh Rimmel excluded from the story. His presence in the last expedition was important, his friendship with Jack, his suffering, which ultimately contributed to the failure of the expedition. Having read David Grann's book, and then "Exploration Fawcett," I was expecting a more accurate portrayal of the final trip. Beautifully filmed, still a disappointment.
London Spy (2015)
Politically correct gay love story disguised as spy thriller
The acting is good, but this is really not so much a spy thriller as a gay love story. If this is what you are looking for, you'll like it, including the gay sex scenes. The entertainment industry foists gratuitous sex, both hetero and homo on the viewing public. I, for one, will not watch. My previous review was deleted...for saying this? It seems NF has editors of reviews who aspire to their own agenda.
Another You (2017)
Good look at choices, mistakes, wishes for resolution
This was a good film. The character development was excellent, and true to the anguish of youthful romance. It's kind of science fiction, also part thriller, definitely drama, all wrapped into one. Acting is excellent, as is editing and writing. It's about the wish to go back and correct mistakes, traveling through how could I have done this better. The ending was somewhat ambiguous, and thus no 10 stars.
I've loved this series until this most recent season. They have a Hillary clone as female president, portrayed sympathetically for losing a son in the war. She is all wise and above reproach, a victim of the alt-right. The alt-right media are portrayed as sinister unprincipled predators. The media/Hollywood is really skewed in their interpretations, and a danger to public safety. So many sheep believe this.
Really sad and bad
This is, first of all, consistent with Hollywood demonizing Christianity. I'm not even a practicing Christian, but I see it in blazing colors in this film. The extreme portrayal by Guy Pearce, whom I love as an actor, is laughable in this role, were it not so horrible in misogyny, sexual perversion, incest...the list goes on. This film is pure schlock. If you are into degradation of women, you might enjoy this trash. Slogging thru till the end is in no way rewarding.