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post #13726 of 14872

Defiance - Edward Zwick (2008 )




A group of Jewish refugees hide in the Belarussian woods during the 1940 and build a society there until liberation. 


I'm always sceptical when I watch a movie that is supposed to be a true story. So I am this time.

Historians has pointed to incorrect information here; Zwick beautifies the good parts and darkens the negative; these Jews were not only partisans, but also bandits that stole from the local farmers and exploited the women sexually, and they cooperated with The Red Army, that in brutality was not better than SS; Katyn is but one massacre.

The movie has also received criticism from the autor of the novel it's based on: putting scenes and situations in there to make the movie more edible to the investors.


That set a side, the movie has certain flaws. The script is too large and has too many persons and topics so I loose overview, and it seems to me that Zwck gets in a hurry with all he wants to tell us in this movie. It would be much better if Zwick had chosen some few people and few topics and let us follow them, and not like now let the story expand like dough.


Instruction is partly bad, the lines so direct and clear that I suspect Zwick mistake me for a retard. The casting of action actor Daniel Craig is not good, his stoneface leaves him too little to act with in the more tender and emotional scenes. This is better with Liev Schreiber as Craig's brother, he has both masculinity and emotional sensitivity in the scenes that demand that.


There are some nice filming in here, nice use of light and of the forrest's colour green. But here is also random and sloppy editing, the shoots are often too short and cut too early, this gives the movie an uneasiness and disturbing rhythm. There are some nice photos of the woods with camera movement, but again they are often too short for full enjoyment.

post #13727 of 14872
Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

I re-watched it (for the 4th time I think) earlier this year. But unlike many Firefly fans I'm not particularly sad that it got cancelled when it did. Would I've liked a another season? Sure, but I'd rather have fewer, higher quality episodes (makes it less of a time investment to re-visit), than a prolonged series that might slip into mediocrity and/or one that keeps teasing mysteries without ever getting to their reveals, in an effort to keep viewers around (like so many current TV series). So while I do adore what we got, I also think there may actually be some value in it ending on a high note.

And yes, you should definitely re-watch it satisfied.gif

Well, at least we got the salvation that was Serenity to get some (open ended) closure. wink.gif
Even if done a bit in haste and maybe "superficial"(?), I enjoyed it a lot.
post #13728 of 14872
As for Defiance mentioned above, I wasn't to happy with that either.

And yeah, I like Serenity too, and usually finish a Firefly run with it.
post #13729 of 14872

Deep Impact- something about an object going to hit the earth, but Robert Duvall saves the day almost.


What a POS...  Tea Leoni has to be the worst actress ever to get as many parts as she does.


At least 4:44 had some decent acting.



post #13730 of 14872

Salt of the earth - Wim Wenders/Juliano Ribeiro Saldago (2014)




This is a documentary on the farmer son who leaves home as a youngster, becomes political radical and by incidence discovers he can take pictures.

He seeks the outskirts of existence to document the life of the most bothered; man or animal, in South America or Africa, the Arctic or the rain forrest.

Brazilian Sebastiâo Saldago wants to show us exploitation and injustice and the misery in human condition, but ends up getting too much. He finds new meaning in life by showing us our fantastic planet and what richness it is that it can mend it self - almost like our hearts.


I find this movie a very nice one, that could have ended up quite boring; a world famous director want to show us a photographer he admires. Could have be like going through old photo albums. But it is not a movie like that. Wenders and Saldago (the son of the photographer) show us a personal development and a personal - and artistically - crisis and spin the movie lightly round it. Too lightly, because here they could have dug deeper. Since Wenders shared the director's chair with the leading character's son they become too careful. Here is interesting stories about longing for a father and restlessness that go generations back. This is not explored enough in the movie, but then Wenders maybe had to make this film alone.


Sebastiâo Saldago is a eminent photographer, and a master in this art just from the start of his career in the late 60-ies. The pictures he takes, always in black&white (the two most beautiful colours there is) are rock solid og show his social consideration: always taking the side of the weakest, always defending those who have no defender. This may be poor land workers, refugees from natural disasters (not always so natural according to Wenders/Saldago), endangered animals, endangered tribes or forrest. Saldago is consequently shoulder by shoulder with the weak; they are the salt of the earth. Very, very touching. And very strong pictures Saldago has taken, there are some visually gems here. This is art of the very best kind.


Saldago has been all places, from the highest heaven to the deepest hell, and he shows humans and animals, all life, with pure dignity. He shows us that everyone in his picture could have been you - this is also you; we all derive from the same cell, we all share the same molecules. Basically we are the same. He shows us recognition in suffering; those he portraits could have been me, they are me since we all come from the same. This is his philosophical view, it's the view of humanism and basically all religion: we share all the same dignity.

But he has not been much at home...

That's a point Wenders/Saldago jr take too easy, and it's a weakness in the movie. They should have looked deeper into the son's longing for a father and why the father had to leave home all the time. The defend of the weakest ends here... But it would have made a good portrait of a artist struggling with himself, even better and it would have given us a deeper understanding of the photographer. 

post #13731 of 14872

Enjoyed Bale and Carrell in this film. The story arc was interesting because the plot tracks four different groups of protagonists. Overall the storytelling was balanced, but it could have been shorter.
post #13732 of 14872

Black book - Paul Verhoeven (2006)




A Jewish woman joins the Dutch resistance movement after her family is killed by the Nazis, but she experiences that trust and love can be hard to cope with and that it is no easy place to be on stuck between a rock and a hard place.


For me this is a typical movie in this genre, it has qualities, the filming is pleasant and Carice van Houten is quite good in har part, she has to show a wide spectrum of emotions and cope with many situations. The other actors are average or stereotyped; mostly because of the script.

The movie is rather exiting, but the story is too complicated and many aspects are not that much developed. Too many twists and difficult to keep track of all that's going on. It's a bit too long.
But okey entertainment about revenge, betrayal, love and idealism. 

post #13733 of 14872
Originally Posted by Roy Al View Post

Didn't like The Lobster, the whole plot was not to believe in. Didn't touch me at all. 

I liked it for the humour, surrealism and original concept. I enjoy movies that are not predictable like this or most of Lynch stuff. Maybe not move of the year candidate but very good movie overall.
post #13734 of 14872

Casualities of War - Brian De Palma (1989)



US soldiers kidnap Vietnamese girl, rape and then kill her, this lead to great tension to the squad, and shows what forces that is at large in war.


The main characters are private Eriksson (Michael F Fox) as the humanist and sergeant Meserve (Sean Penn). Both a good choice, Fox is emotional and strong at the same time, it illustrates the conflicts both in him and between he and his fellow combatants. He is the humanist that wants the war to follow rules and decency, Penn is the psychopath and demands blind loyalty from his men. 


For most part this is a good war movie, and like other great movies about war, as Apocalypse Now!, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, it shows what cruelty does to man. I still think this movie lack some of the nerve and the characters are not that nuanced , the filming is good, but too much tilting and Morricone's score is just not good in this movie. Editing is some places brilliant. 

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post #13736 of 14872
Originally Posted by Mulan View Post

That is one of my all time favourites. 

post #13737 of 14872
Originally Posted by Mulan View Post

how did you like it?
post #13738 of 14872

So a while back I read  this article about the Barkley Marathons. The writer seemed more interested in showing off her literary skills than she did in telling a story. The English Lit major pretentiousness vibe was sort of offputting, so I ended up disliking most everyone involved. Turns out, someone else was actually inspired by the same article and then filmed a documentary about the race, which I just watched. Somewhat surprisingly to me, The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young is much more enjoyable, and almost entirely changed my feelings about the whole thing and the people involved in it. Worth watching.

post #13739 of 14872
Originally Posted by wojt View Post

how did you like it?

Amazing from start to finish. Wow. 

post #13740 of 14872
Alongside Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, True Romance is my favourite Tarantino work.
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