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The Sea Wolf
The Sea Wolf (1941)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A work of poetic literature skillfully put on film.

Troy (2004)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

In an age of the decline of good film making, Troy is a welcome masterpeice. Closely following the Iliad, it is truly a classic come to life on the screen. From the soundtrack, to the acting, to the cinematography, it is a believeable and quality picture. Were there blond Greeks or clean shaven Greeks and Trojans? No matter, it is still believable. The fight scenes are very exciting and realistic. I want to know who the trainer was! The secondary love story between Archilles and Breseius adds interest and depth. The tension between Archilles and Aggememnon was well done. All of the characters were believeable. The chanting helped to make the film seem like a page out of history. Finally the twist given at the end to the creation of the myth of Archilles' heel was brilliant and amusing and a light on all fact turned myth, for that is what myth must be. I applaud this film.

Across the Universe
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Across the Universe" A Must see!!!!!

Not since Troy; Pleasantville; & Election has a movie shown this quality and creativity. Not since Walking on the Moon has a film captured the sixties this well. Maybe because the characters and acting are so believable.

It is like a mini rock opera. It is at least in the class of Tommy and Quadrophrenia.

It is innovative and creative using Beatles songs sometimes as dialogue and at other times the way songs were used in Oklahoma; Carousel; the King & I and other "musicals". Putting the Beatle's songs into a context, imbues them with more meaning, and makes them more poignant. A young woman singing a Beatle love song because she is "love sick" is sweet and touching; more so than just hearing the Beatles sing it.

There is symbolism. Troops carrying the statue of liberty into a miniature rain forest = bringing "liberty" to the puny nation of Viet Nam. The Sgts in the induction center look like John Kerry. Etc.

There is much psychedelia. The art work and psychedelic special effects are wonderful!!!!

Just like the sixties itself, there is mixed, art, dance, performance art, theatre, etc.

There is a Hendrix icon and a Janis icon.

The actors look their parts and sing beautifully and move one emotionally.
The mother getting the news of her son dying in Viet Nam is gut wrenching.

The sets are believable and look a lot like the actual places in the sixties. The Cafe` Wha? in the village becomes the Cafe` Huh? But one can clearly see the Village Gate in the background. For once a sixties movie is set in NYC and not the West Coast, but then so was Walking on the Moon.

There is a scene that I think is supposed to be Millbrook, the LSD spiritual center on the Hudson that Timothy Leary established. Instead of calling the head guy Leary they call him something that rhymes with Leary.

There are some moments in the film that are awkward or don't seem to fit so well, (such as when a character sings ?Happiness is a Warm Gun? in a hospital while getting injected with pain killer); but over all it is a really good work.
It shows the radicalization of the youth movement from the mid sixties to the early seventies with the forming of SDS and the weather underground. But mainly it is a love story.

Joe Cocker makes a cameo appearance and Michael Ubaniak plays a theatrical agent.

I personally identified with so much in there it isn't funny.

See it or you'll be sorry!