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Them! (1954)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This movie had everything. The local cop (who, by the way, used real radio protocol in the opening scenes), the FBI guy, the slightly whacky scientist and his sharp as a tack daughter, the army major with an irish accent and last but not least the shrill trilling sound of the ants that can still make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Starting out as a mystery and gradually moving to a chase and then a rescue, the movie has great pace, a witty script and good direction. It's still fun to watch with a bowl of popcorn and a drink.

Them! stands as one of the very best Sci-fi movies of all time.

The Warrior's Way
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I can see why some movie goers may not have liked this film. You have to let the director take you where wants you to go. I couldn't help thinking of the style of "300" as I watched this film.

I come from a visual arts tradition and the digitally created backgrounds, the flaming sunsets, the town with it's skeleton of a ferris wheel and the surreal characters just blew me away.

There were ninja cliches but this was not a classic ninja film. It was a fusion of several diametrically opposed genres yet when put together the final result was quite entertaining.

There's the old cliche "Never work with animals or children." and it was never more true than in this film. The baby (or probably babies) who is a pivital character in the story steals every shot she's in.

Excellent cinematography and direction takes the viewer on a journey that combined the best of all the genres into a very watchable film.

Fast Five
Fast Five (2011)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

As with all of the previous Fast & Furious movies, action is the goal and this film has that in spades. Some is incredibly over the top but so is the plot. Vin Diesel faces off against Dwyane Johnson and there's plenty opportunity for the bullets and fists to fly. The opening and ending sequences are worth the price of admission. The pace only slows occasionally so the characters can get a word in edge wise to keep the audience clued in on the plot.

I haven't been a follower of the "Fast" franchise but this movie was big, loud and entertaining. I'd like a nickel for every vehicle wrecked in the film. The final chase does not obey the laws of of Physics but...who cares.

Excellent cinematography and production values make it more fun to watch.

It's truly not a thinking person's movie but it does a great job providing good escapist entertainment. If you're looking for cerebral, watch PBS.

The Beast
The Beast (1988)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film got lost lost in the shuffle back in the 80's much to the loss of military movie fans. Based on the play "Nanawataii!" by William Mastrosimone, the story centers around a Soviet tank crew that gets lost in the Afghan desert after destroying a Pashtun village. The remaining villagers set out to hunt down and destroy the tank and it's crew.

George Dzundza plays the tank captain who remembers his part as an 8 year old in WWII and the brutality he faced. He is Soviet through and through and is a brutal man. Jason Patric plays the Soviet everyman who has doubts about the war and the brutality of it. Taj who becomes the Khan (tribal leader) after his brother is killed in the attack is played very effectively by Steven Bauer. Filmed in Israel, the other main character is the landscape itself, barren, dry and unforgiving.

In the film, the Russians speak english and the Pashtun fighters speak in subtitled Pashtu. The american actors learned to speak the language phonetically and do a very good job.

The women of the village want to go with the men to fight the tank but as it is with Afghan tradition, they are told they aren't allowed.

The plot twists help to keep the viewer guessing as to the final outcome which has several surprises.

A first rate film that never got it's due. Highly recommended.