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Great to hear the story behind such an iconic and inspirational machine - the Spitfire.
Only saw the last half hour but seemed like a likeable WWII movie based on a true story. Worth a watch.
Over the top silliness to the point of parody and voyeuristic violence. That about sums up the whole movie.
Interesting documentary about the phenomenon that is Usain Bolt. Good to see behind the scenes and witness how much he had to put in to achieve what he did, and see something more of the man behind the image. He comes across as a good guy and you can only respect him when you witness the dedication required to get to the top and stay at the top. Well worth a watch.
When compared to the Christopher Nolan movie with its immersive realism, this old time version pales in comparison. In one scene, there are several British lads standing out in the open being fired at with a machine gun mere yards from the Nazi, and not one of them gets hit. When a grenade then lands about a metre away from them, they fall over with the explosion then promptly stand up and carry on their way. Still, it does have a charm.
Whenever I'd heard people talking about Inception it sounded like virtually no-one understood the mind-bending complexities of it but for some reason they still loved it. I wondered how that could be and figured it was the special effects that people were in love with.
Having now just watched it I can confirm that while I thought I was following along pretty well for a while and wondering what the fuss was about, the end scene does suddenly throw a layer of confusion over everything. I finished still a little bit in the dark. Is he still dreaming or was that end scene real? Turns out Christopher Nolan wanted to leave the end ambiguous so no-one will ever know. I'm not sure I like that. It is clever though. The special effects are great. Overall a very good movie and I'm glad I finally saw it.
The opening scene where he's walking to get coffee in a way that's coreographed to the music and with lyrics popping up in the scenery make you think you're about to watch something truly original. However that soon gives way to what is essentially a pretty run of the mill story. A decent story. It's just not the thing of genius the reviews would have you believe.
I have other problems with the movie. The main one being that Baby should have stayed morally pure and he doesn't. I really backed him as long as he was this innocent trapped in a life he wanted to escape. Someone who couldn't even look at the violence that his passengers were carrying out. The second he kills Jamie Foxx though, he becomes something else. And that's compounded by him shooting the other guy in the diner. Suddenly he becomes essentially one of them and much of the goodwill is lost.
On that note, some of the violence is wanton and gratuitous. It was generally shot in a stylish way but there was no need for a couple of moments to be shown on screen.
Overall, I'm okay with this movie. I didn't love it and probably won't ever watch it again, but it was okay.
The 'Case For' book trilogy by Lee Strobel were very helpful in my own search for answers, so it was exciting to see his story being put on film. I felt that the pacing was a little slow and it has that slightly over earnest feel that plagues a lot of Christian movies. A little humour or light hearted relief could have brought some light and shade to the script. However, I did find my eyes watering when Lee finally gave in and turned to God so clearly it hit the mark. I also think the woman who played Leslie did a really great job and their interaction was really natural.
The bottom line is, this is a true story. It really happened. Same as the resurrection. And if it encourages just a few people to honestly explore the evidence for that themselves, it's a job well done.
Astonishing story, crazy to think that it really happened. The war scenes are very difficult to watch and there are really no holds barred in what you see. But at the same time, I don't think it would have been nearly as effective if you didn't confront the full, frantic, horrendous nature of what they went through. Excellent all round really.
I liked it. One of the keys of a heist movie is that it keeps you guessing about l how they pulled it off right up until the end, and that it drops a few twists and eureka bombs on you at the end that you didn't see coming. It has those.
The whole thing is also carried off with a gentle charm and has a fun, light, capery atmosphere that I enjoyed. The central three characters are easy with each other and they do produce some genuinely funny moments.
The only character that didn't really work for me was the one played by Peter Serafinowicz. Minor though it was, I found his acting distractingly poor. Overall though, good stuff. Nice use of an evening.
Doctor Strange's journey from sceptic to wizardy master was unconvincingly short. In one scene he's only just learned how to create a portal back from Mount Everest, which is presented as a basic manoeuvre, and the next he's fighting off scores of villains single handedly.
The philosophy behind the plot was massively confused. A mish mash of New Age mumbo jumbo that makes an little sense as the action sequences, which, while they are impressive from a purely visual perspective, have no rhyme or reason. And it moves beyond mere nonsense in the final scenes when he flies into another dimension and starts conversing with a giant head in space.
I was never bored because there was always the feeling that something visually extraordinary was about to happen. But after turning off, it's hard to escape the notion that it's all massively silly.
Hollywood animated movies have become very formulaic. Zany, fast-paced, improbable fluff, with a few pop culture references and they're ready to go. This follows that formula but what raises it above the ordinary is that the jokes are genuinely funny and the penguins are so likeable. I love their fearless, can-do attitude and their sheer infectious joy in any situation.
That begins to fade towards the end as the movie makes a stab at trying to introduce some peril and tension. The penguins are forced to become more serious when it's time for learning a moral lesson, and that's when it goes off the boil for me. But overall, definitely a fun movie.
All sound and fury and signifying almost nothing. But not quite. The story seems to be led by a roll call of mythological characters rather than an actual plot. But for all its lack of substance it is still quite watchable.
Watched first ten minutes then realised it was a Nicholas Sparks movie. lol.
I only caught the last 25 mins - it looked inoffensive but pedestrian.
It wasn't quite as fun or inspirational as I thought it would be. But it did make me think about what people need to be happy. My expectation was that they'd escape into the woods and live an idyllic summer, making memories for them to look back on for the rest of their lives, before passing into the humdrum world of adulthood. Instead, life in the woods looked pretty bleak to me. Boring even. They never seemed truly happy. Which made you wonder what would.
It does try to be fun though. It's got a quirky sense of humour which is genuinely refreshing and funny at times. However, it can spill over into outright cartoon moments.
I'm a little disappointed overall but it's okay. Perhaps just a little overrated.
This is the kind of premise that looks good on paper. You can just imagine how it came about. A couple of worn out parents working in Hollywood quip to each other how their new baby has been calling the shots ever since he arrived and...wait a minute...wouldn't that make a great movie?! However, it doesn't really work on screen for me. It all falls a bit flat.
This was gripping. The way it feeds characters into your frame of reference seems odd at first, and as though its unnecessarily slowing down the thrust of the narrative. But then as the story unfolds you begin to see how they all play their part.
Weirdly, since Wahlberg's character is the centre of the story, he is the most disposable. He just acts as a guide really, taking us to key moments so that we can watch them unfold, but without ever really playing a pivotal role himself - except for when he calls out the CCTV cameras from memory.
There are tough scenes of horror, mixed in with what I assume are real life images. The acting was all superb. I thought the guys who played the two jihadi brothers were incredibly believable. They came across as real humans rather than caricatures. The tensions within the FBI about initially not wishing to admit publicly that it was an Islamic act of terror was interesting. The interviews with the real people at the end was a classy touch. And the overriding emotion at the end was just how futile and brainless terrorism really is. Which isn't a bad takeaway.
Michael Keaton carries this movie perfectly, he's very convincing as the driven and hugely flawed character, Ray Kroc. Smarmy, deceitful, desperate and opportunistic, it shows what it takes to rise to the top of the business pyramid. Interesting story all round.