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From an objective standpoint, this movie was well made.The full summary of the movie: The life of Margaret Thatcher...the end. The movie took the Academy Award for best make-up, which for a movie that doesn't involve some type of sci-fi creature, means one of two things. Either a given actor is playing a character at various ages, such as "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) or an actor is playing a real person and is made to look like that person, such as "Frida" (2002). This movie actually did both. Personally, however, this film had too many factors that I just don't care for in a movie. First I do not care for Meryl Streep. I cannot deny her accolades, and will not deny she may have deserved the Oscar she got for this film, but there's something about her I just don't like. Another factor is, the biopic genre is filled with movies that just bore me. It's mainly due to the lack of a centralized plot line mainly because an entire lifetime just doesn't work that way. But biopics are constantly getting nominated and winning awards so who can blame producers for continuing to produce them. They also chose to show this life as a retrospect of the mind of a dementia ridden older Margaret Thatcher. This worked for "Amadeus" (1984), but just annoyed me here. I think it's because they flip-flopped a little too much. And then, because she is still alive, the movie just ends. The credits began to roll seemingly out of nowhere, to Bach's Prelude in C Major played at an accelerated tempo. If you want to watch a film about contemporary British history, I recommend "The Queen" (2005) or "The King's Speech" (2010) over this one. I guess I like the monarchy better the the House of Parliament.
This is a classic romance film. Girl and boy meet via deception, but then the deception succumbs to true love. Story line aside, this move is nice to look at. It received the Academy Award for best cinematography, although when you get to use Rome as your backdrop, that's almost like cheating. The unrealistic aspects is how void of people all the major sites are. I doubt they were any less crowded back when this film was made as it is now.The movie opens with the award winning song "Three Coins in the Fountain" sung by Sinatra. I'm not sure I agree with the nomination for best film--not that it's bad, I just didn't think it was spectacular. If you like classic romances, this is a good one for you.
There is something about harmonizing a cappella chipmunks that brings a smile to your face. It's hard to resist. Another good installment to the Chipmunk saga. I actually liked this better than the Squeakal. It compares to the first film in quality, only this one doesn't have that holiday motif. A goo fun film for the whole family. The soundtrack is entertaining, with mash ups combining songs you would've never imagined would go together. Who would've ever thought in 2011, Gloria Estefan's Conga would be remixed with a remixed version of an old Italian song? In this movie we watch the Chipmunks stranded on an island. Granted the things they construct out of bamboo and coconuts make Gilligan's Island seem realistic--but then again, this is a movie about a man who is raising six talking chipmunks as children. They even pay homage to "Cast Away" (2000). Simon's transformation into "Simone" is entertaining, but was this perhaps an attempt at competing with "Puss 'n boots" (2011)? Interesting nonetheless. This movie is fun to watch.