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    8/10 !

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    2:22 (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1131724



    In this movie about a man who re-lives the same events over and over, over a period of weeks;

    Teresa Palmer, as she always is, is very hot.



    The rest of the movie and it's thinly veiled murky story line and weak twists.... well.... not so hot.

    Technically not even lukewarm.

    2/5

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    All Quiet on the Western Front (1979) The 157 minutes Uncut Edition

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078753/





    An excellent ITC Entertainment produced TV movie adaptation of the classic 1928 anti-war World War I novel by Erich Maria Remarque.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Qu..._Western_Front

    Strong acting all around by a cast of familiar talent including Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence and Ian Holm in a film featuring a big budget, excellent production values, and sprawling realistic battle scenes.

    You wouldn't think this was a TV movie while you were watching it.

    This was billed as a remake of the 1930 Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards winning theatrical movie adaptation by director Lewis Milestone.

    Calling it a remake is an injustice.

    It's a standalone film by its own rights.


    5/5

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    Quote Originally Posted by j7wild View Post
    That Dunkirk beach looks too empty and clean and the troops were all too orderly in formation as if they were arranged by platoons and companies! Did no one involved in the production go online and looked at historical photographs of Dunkirk?
    This was my immediate reaction the first time I saw the very first teaser trailer and people chewed me out for it saying "you got all that from one little trailer?"

    Dunkirk (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5013056/



    Yup! My take of the movie based on that one trailer 8 months ago was right on the money.

    This film is not so epic and sweeping as the trailers and the critics and online articles about it want you to think.

    It's also not historically authentic.

    Go GOOGLE and BING image search photos of Dunkirk and you will see the beaches full of men, chaos everywhere, war materiel and equipment and vehicles scattered all over it and most of it burning. All kind of boats and ships in the water trying to pick up 1000s and 1000s of men from the water.

    Historical records show over 861 boats of all sizes showed up to pick up and help the evacuate over 330,000 men.

    In the movie at the height of the evacuation, I counted maybe 2 dozen.

    Nolan's version had men neatly in single and double file, plenty of clean empty sandy beach in between each row of men, boxes of ammunition neatly stacked up here and there, a few military trucks parked here and there - and this is even toward the end of the movie when they said they evacuated almost 400,000 men.

    Throughout the entire movie, there wasn't anywhere near 10,000 men on the beach much less 400,000 men.

    Furthermore these were men that have been fighting the Germans for almost 7 months starting back in Belgium and then pushed back into French until they were cornered with the sea against their back at Dunkirk.

    Yet the troops all had nice clean brand new looking uniforms.

    Also by the end of the movie the beach was still nice and neat and clean and devoit of any military equipment that was left behind by the British Expeditionary Force and the French Army.

    According to WIKI:

    The loss of materiel on the beaches was huge. The British Army left enough equipment behind to equip about eight to ten divisions. Discarded in France were, among huge supplies of ammunition, 880 field guns, 310 guns of large calibre, some 500 anti-aircraft guns, about 850 anti-tank guns, 11,000 machine guns, nearly 700 tanks, 20,000 motorcycles, and 45,000 motor cars and lorries.
    None of that was shown and with today's CGI technology, it would had been easy to show that on the beach right before the closing credits but no, as I've said the beaches were still nice and empty with clean sand during the final shots.

    You really got to wonder where the $150 million budget went?

    The air scenes with the Spitfires fighting the German Luftwaffe were filmed with real air worthy World War II airplanes so there was no CGI there.

    Also the movie suffers from the same issues Interstellar had: you couldn't understand most of the dialogue.

    I saw it in IMAX 70mm and most of the dialogue audio was too low or some of it because of the British accent, just came across as garbled mumbling.

    But when the action started, the special effects sound of gunshots and boats and ships engines combined with the music track just drowned out all the dialogue tracks.

    Sorry Nolan, I have been waiting to give you a chance to redeem yourself ever since your movie failures after the success of Inception but you haven't done so.

    Here's my review of Interstellar from November 2014:

    This movie is a fine example of why I think Nolan is an over-rated unoriginal plagiarizing hack!

    His Dark Knight films were a sacrilegious executionable offense to all fine film makers.

    If Stanley Kubrick wasn't rolling in his grave after Gravity, he has to be rolling in his grave now.

    0.5/5
    Maybe he will do better next time but right now looking at IMDB, he has nothing in the works listed as Director, Writer or Producer.

    1/5

    Screenshots from the 1958 movie Dunkirk, made on a budget of a bit over $1,000,000, which adjusted for inflation is still only $8.6 millions.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051565/

    Compare those screenshots to the ones of Nolan's Dunkirk we've all seen online by now and no, they didn't have any of the extras in the 1958 version holding cardboard cutouts to make it look like there are more people on the beach than they actually were.

    They also didn't use cardboard cutouts of military vehicles and inflatable military vehicles like Nolan did.

    Which makes me ask again where did the $150,000,000 budget go?

    Also notice how the sand have dunes and craters from explosions caused by the bombing from the Luftwaffe.

    In Nolan's version, the beach was just one big long flat sand with no dunes and no craters in the sand even from the aerial shots.










    Even the French 1964 movie Weekend at Dunkirk.

    and the 5 minutes Dunkirk scene in Atonement, a movie that was not about Dunkirk,

    look better and more historically accurate and detailed than Nolan's bloated $150 million dollar crap.



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    You quoted your post in the M-L thread, and since this place is a graveyard there was absolutely not a single comment made.
    If "People chewed you out", sure as hell wasn't here. LOL



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    The Court-Martial Of Billy Mitchell (1955)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047956/



    The true story of the U.S. Army General who was first demoted and then court martialed for pushing and arguing in favor for the formation of an independent Air Force in the period after World War I.

    This was at the time when the U.S. Armed Forces was only composed of the Navy, the Army and the Marines.

    The Pentagon didn't exist.

    The Department of Defense was then called the War Department.

    The Navy had all the military and political clout and influence in Washington.

    They still believed that all future wars will be fought and won not by boots on the ground, but by ships and their 6 inch guns.

    Directed by one of the best American directors ever to work during the 1940's to 1960's, Otto Preminger;

    starring Gary Cooper and a cast of little known actors at the time during the early years of their careers: Peter Graves, Rod Steiger, Jack Lord, Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched), Darren McGavin.

    This is a powerful film about the man who is rightfully called the Father of the U.S. Air Force.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Mitchell

    A final note:

    In 1924, Mitchell also predicted in a 324 pages report, future war with Japan which included details of attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan. Of course he was ignored by his superiors.

    By the way, one of the 12 Army Generals who presided over Mitchell's court martial as judges was Major General (2-stars) Douglas McArthur.

    5/5

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    The Lifeguard (2013)

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    29 year old career woman quits her career as a writer in NYC and returns to the town where she left years prior right after graduating high school.

    She gets her old high school job back at the local public swimming pool as a lifeguard where she starts hanging around with a couple of high school teenage boys and then begins a sexual affair with one of them.

    Okay, stuff like this do happen so I don't question the premise.

    But the story just turns into a predictable tale: he is not mature enough for it, there is sex at every other turn, she feels guilty, someone finds out about their illicit and slightly illegal affair and there is drama, someone has to leave town, etc etc...

    you know the usual stuff you would find in a Lifetime movie!!

    This would had been great if the result of their affair wouldn't be written so predictable and by the numbers like;

    if the screenwriters fleshed out the characters to make us care about them - which after everything they gone through by the end of the film - we pretty much still didn't care whether they stayed together or go their separate ways.

    If you want to see a movie about an illicit affair where you end up caring for the characters involved and by the end you were rooting for them to walk off into the sunset and live happily ever after, go watch The Bridges Of Madison County.

    Until then, avoid this borderline made for cable TV movie.

    Oh, the only good part about this movie?

    This!

    The one-sheet poster!!




    2/5

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    La Residencia (1969)
    aka The House That Screamed
    aka The Boarding School

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064888/





    Version I watched:

    The 2016 Shout! Factory Extended Cut Blu-Ray



    Strange happenings and going-ons at a 19th century France boarding school for wayward and troubled girls.

    There are several subplots:

    from mean girls to corporal punishment by the headmistress who rules the girls with an iron fist to lesbianism to unquenched sexual desires to the girls having illicit sexual affairs with the male help - which is kind of gross considering they only shower on Tuesday while wearing a layer of thin clothing and also because the girls are constantly complaining there is never any toilet paper.

    The girls are also being spied on and stalked by a peeping tom and some have also mysteriously disappeared or murdered.

    The ending you will never guess ahead of time or see it coming.

    When it's revealed, you can't help but say WTF????

    Creepy, atmospheric, frightening and intense but with very little violence and blood, this is one gem that deserves a place among some of the classic horrors of that era long gone by like: The Haunting (1963), The Legend Of Hell House(1973), Psycho (1960), The Innocents (1961) and of course, The Exorcist (1972).

    I am giving it 1/2 a point less from being perfect because the Blu-Ray DVD release contains 10 minutes of scenes that were edited out from the original 1969 Spanish theatrical cut re-inserted into the movie in chronological order.

    But the people at Shout! Factory for some reason chose not to bother to remaster those scenes: the only explanation I can think of is this way the audience will know which scenes were originally cut );

    so when those scenes do appear in the film, they are extremely poor quality and discolored like a work print with very distorted audio.

    The other parts of the movie is beautifully re-mastered as you can see from the screenshot I posted.

    4.5/5

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    Marie-Octobre (1959) aka Secret Meeting

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053050/





    Version watched - the 2016 Blu-Ray DVD:



    From IMDB:
    fifteen years after WWII, a group of ex-resistance fighters are brought together by Marie-Octobre, so that the former members of the network can finally relive one fateful night and find out who betrayed their murdered leader, Castille.
    This is a good movie except the characters, all 10 of them, spent the entire film in a mansion talking and recollecting and reminiscing about their war experiences and the events that lead up to the murder of their leader by the Nazi SS, just a few days before the liberation of Paris by the Allies.

    There are no flashback scenes set during the war: none!! As the viewer, you will just have to pay attention to what is being said and use your own imagination to visualize the past events as described by the 10 characters.

    By the time they speak of how their leader was murdered, you don't feel the same emotion and loss as the characters felt because there is nothing visual for us to see it happening.

    The film could had used some flashback scenes to powerful convey what this group of French resistance fighters went through during the war.

    Alas we don't get any and that by itself is the only fault this movie has. So instead of it being a Great movie, it's only a Good movie.

    Maybe the producers were trying to keep the budget low?

    The strongest character is the movie title lead character, played by Danielle Darrieux, who by the way is now 100 years old and she is still alive and working in movies and TV as recently as last year.

    I hope I will still be able to do what I want when I am 100. :p

    4/5

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    Atomic Blonde (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2406566/






    In the closing days of West and East Germany, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, top level MI-6 spy operative Broughton is sent to Berlin to retrieve the List:

    a microfilm which contains the names of every field agent in Europe.

    Agent Broughton is a woman and she has already been set up from the start to fail but sometimes you just need a woman's touch and killer body to get the job done.

    Statuesque South African Goddess Charlize Theron is MI-6 Agent Lorraine Broughton



    and she kicks some major men's asses in several exciting, intense, no holds barred, bloody action sequences!!

    Broughton makes James Bond look like a pussy, Jason Bourne look like a boy scout, Ethan Hunt look like a punk and Lara Croft look like a nun.

    Add a rousing soundtrack featuring the who's who of 70's-80's music: Depeche Mode, New Order, David Bowie, Peter Schilling, Nena, Re-Flex, After The Fire, The Clash, etc, etc, ...

    ... and you have the perfect ingredients for the Estrogen filled action movie of this Summer!

    Will there be a sequel or a spin off movie with Charlize Theron returning as Agent Broughton to kick more male asses ?

    I sincerely sure do hope so!



    5/5

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    Sound or look familiar?

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    So we had a feminist version of Mad Max.
    Now this.
    What's next?
    A feminist version of James Bond or Jason Bourne or M: I- or Indiana Jones?
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    Doubt if there's a sequel anyway, 30M to make with 47M worldwide.

    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/...oldestcity.htm


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    6 Days (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4703048/



    Dramatization of the Iranian Embassy siege in London from 30 April to 5 May 1980,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Embassy_siege

    which ended after the British Special Air Service stormed the building, killed 5 of the 6 terrorists and freed all the hostages.

    This movie had good intention and it was somewhat historically accurate but the acting and story and direction was very weak.

    If this was shown on the History channel as a renactment documentary - you'd wouldn't think it was a multi-million dollars budgeted movie.

    3/5

    By the way, the only surviving terrorist was captured, served time in prison and he is still alive and living as a free man in England, collecting welfare.

    Code:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4463946/Terrorist-enjoys-playboy-lifestyle-UK-benefits.html
    How's that for F*ed up?

    From WIKI:

    Fowzi Nejad was the only gunman to survive the SAS assault. He became eligible for parole in 2005. As a foreign national, he would normally have been immediately deported to his home country but Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, incorporated into British law by the Human Rights Act 1998, has been held by the European Court of Human Rights to prohibit deportation in cases where the person concerned would be likely to be tortured or executed in his home country. Nejad was eventually paroled in 2008 and granted leave to remain in the UK, but was not given political asylum.The Home Office released a statement, saying "We do not give refugee status to convicted terrorists. Our aim is to deport people as quickly as possible but the law requires us to first obtain assurances that the person being returned will not face certain death"
    I could had saved 1 hours and 30 min of my time and just watch these:




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    Rough Night (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4799050



    I tried to watch this movie about 4 women, all best friends from college, headed to Miami for a bachelorette party because one of them is getting married (Scarlett Johansson).

    Right from the beginning, from the first scene where they are still in college, it doesn't bode well.

    You would think because a woman wrote this and directed this, a woman will try to avoid all the stereotypes and stigmas society puts on women but nope, not only is all that in there, these women act like a bunch of guys in a locker room talking trash about the opposite sex and putting down everything else.

    You have the popular beauty queen (Scarlett Johansson), who 10 years after college is running for public office and she is trying to be a goody goody, of course.

    You have the heavy set girl (Jillian Bell) who is obnoxious and constantly talking about penises because after all, that's what heavy set girls do. Talk about penises and act obnoxious, right?

    You have the light skinned African American girl (ZoŽ Kravitz) who tries very hard to pass for white. She is in a custody battle over her child with her ex because after all, all light skinned African American girls wishes they were white and none of them are good mothers, right?

    You have the boyish looking tomboy girl (Ilana Glazer) who is also a lesbian, a political activist, an ex felon, a drug dealer and a drug addict because after all, tomboys are all trouble makers, right?

    Then you have the girl from Australia (Kate McKinnon) who Johansson character met when she spent a semester in Australia; she invited her to her bachelorette party and of course the heavy set girl doesn't like it that her best friend has a new friend.

    I got 30 minutes into the movie where the girls invite a guy over to strip for Johansson and due to the heavy set girl's poor judgement, he is killed in a freak accident.

    Now what would you do?

    I would call the Police.

    Of course these girls will not call the Police due to many reasons: they are drunk, they are high, Johansson character is running for public office, the tomboy girl is on her strike 2 with the criminal justice system and she left the state to go to Miami, the guy stripper was from a Craigslist ad so he is automatically labeled as a prostitute and the girls don't want to be the Police to know they hired a prostitute, etc., etc.

    So what do they do? Keep on getting high and drunk and keep on partying.

    It's sad that a woman wrote this and directed this! Instead of making a women comedy that can be positive for all women, she made a women comedy that cater to the recent trend of tasteless male audiences oriented comedies like The Hungover.

    This trend of stupid women's dark comedies all started because of Melissa McCarthy's Bridesmaids, which was then followed by Best Night Ever, Bad Moms and this year's Girls Trip.

    There is even a name for this genre: Ladette Comedy.

    Enough is enough!! Women can be funny without needing to resort to the grossness, the obnoxiousness, the locker room trash talk.

    Movies like these do nothing positive for women in a Hollywood still very much dominated by men. It's a shame that women need to stoop down to the low level of men just so they can be recognized in Hollywood and get a project greenlighted.

    Shame on Johansson for even accepting a role in this film and she is the only reason I watched this.

    I won't rate this because I walked out after 30 minutes but if I were to, I would give it a BIG FAT ZERO!!

    Stay away from this movie.


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    What Happened To Monday (2017) (USA title) aka Seven Sisters (European Title)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1536537/





    In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic One-Child Policy, seven identical sisters (all of them portrayed by Noomi Rapace) live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman. Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) who raised and named them - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home. (IMDB)
    This is a joint UK/France/USA production that started out well with a very interesting premise and becomes a predictable messy movie borrowing and lifting everything from just about every dystopian and utopian sci-fi movie made before it.

    The script needed better writing, more logic, more continuity and quite a great deal of polishing. Maybe if it was written by someone like Spielberg or if it was based on original material by Crichton or Philip K. Dick, it would had turned out better.

    Yet it's better than most movies we've been seeing lately, if you have 2+ hours with nothing better to do and watch.

    Filmed entirely in Romania, this film didn't even receive a North American theatrical release.

    Instead it was released by Netflix for online streaming to U.S. and Canadian audiences.

    3/5

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    34 months ago I posted my review of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 1:

    Horrible Horrible Horrible film.

    Nothing but set pieces put together to make a nearly 2 hours movie (if you don't include the ending credits).

    Then aside from the unneeded profanity, you had scenes that were out of place that were just put in by the screenwriters as fillers.

    There is nothing in the movie that made me care for those characters or for whatever they were looking for or that held my attention.

    It took me several viewings over 3 nights for me to finish it from beginning to end.

    Also what's the deal with Howard The Duck at the end?

    1/5
    I just watched

    Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3896198



    It has some pretty impressive visuals and special effects but once again, it's bunch of set pieces of action and dramatic narrative put together to make a whole.

    The middle act suffers from too much repetition and slow pacing.

    Just like the first one that was so forgettable where I don't recall much about it, I have to keep asking myself who is this? Who is that?

    Characters from the first movie appear and new characters are introduced and they don't stick around long enough for you to care about them.

    There are several plot devices put into the script to drive an otherwise senseless story forward, a story we are all familiar with and have seen in other movies before.

    By the time you have finish watching this 2 hours and 16 minutes over long film, you will find yourself asking:

    What the hell did I just watch???

    Of course there will be a sequel. Without Marvel and DC comics, the movie business will be out of business.

    2/5

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