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Kelly's Heroes

Published May 25, 2020

Kelly's Heroes

This is an odd film. It has that classic older movie problem of being far too slow to get going. Seriously, I don’t mind a bit of build up but it’s 45 minutes before they even decide to do the god-damn heist. And it’s not even that the length of time is a problem in itself, it’s that you don’t learn anything about any of the characters in that time. There’s such a lot of them, that there’s barely time to get to know any, and in the end the only ones you could care about were Big Joe and Oddball.

Midway

Published April 17, 2020

Midway

Based on nothing but my faith in Roland Emmerich, I purchased this film and was quite looking forward to it. What a let down! It made no sense, bombing sequence after bombing sequence, flitting here and there, and not really making any progress with the plot. They were explaining things but I couldn’t follow it.

Good Morning, Vietnam

Published September 7, 2019

Good Morning, Vietnam

I’ve heard of this film, I mean who doesn’t know that morning greeting, but I really didn’t know anything about it. Was glad to have watched it, it’s a movie that showcases just how gripping watching Robin Williams do anything can be. He’s off on his own, riffing on the radio, no doubt improvising all of it, and I didn’t understand half of what he was saying but still loved it.

Saving Private Ryan

Published June 1, 2019

Saving Private Ryan

The opening sequence on the beach is harrowing, mind-blowing, intense, a sensory overload that really brings to life the horrors of war in a way that no other film has managed to do so. (For me, so far.) Once that’s through, there’s still two hours of horror, war, tension, needless death, moral questions but also camaraderie, bravery, dark humour, and really some astonishing scenes.

Pan's Labyrinth

Published December 4, 2011

Pan's Labyrinth

I wasn’t really sure what to make of it to start with - it seemed to be two distinct parts. The fairy tale aspect, with Alice in Wonderland exploration and creatures, and then the horror of real life, with gruesome torture and many, many deaths. Who is that meant to be aimed at? Despite the bleak story and the ultimately very depressing ending, it was a fascinating watch. I enjoyed the subtitles and the fantasy aspect was fabulous. I did like it, but I don’t really know how to put it into words.

Black Hawk Down

Published November 27, 2011

Black Hawk Down

This film was awful, terrible, sad, depressing and downright difficult. Which, of course, makes it amazing. It’s the first movie in a long, long time that genuinely moved me and although a lot of it was difficult to watch, it was never boring. For a 2hr+ film, that’s pretty impressive. My only complaint is that there were too many characters who were quite indistinguishable from each other. My nickname trick only worked for about three or four of them.

South Pacific

Published September 5, 2010

South Pacific

It’s a bit long, for a start, but the story is just about good enough to hold it for that long. The songs are good, as expected, but I really wasn’t a fan of all the coloured filters and things. I don’t need a purple sky to be convinced that Bali Hai is a special place to visit, and I certainly don’t need a yellow screen to believe these two are in love. Why yellow?

Green Zone

Published August 7, 2010

Green Zone

So, this was not an easy film to watch by any stretch, but I liked it. I learnt some things, and I was proud when I was following the story (not so proud when I wasn’t). Mr C said he was disappointed he couldn’t play the ‘who’s that, what have they been in’ game, but I think that added to the film a bit. Less distracting. I want to read the book it was loosely based on, but it’s not available on the Kindle. Boo.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Published May 15, 2010

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Love, love, love it. The story is ridiculous but brilliant. It’s a little bit slapstick, but intelligent with it. It’s not too soppy, but you can tell the emotions are there, and the people involved really believe what they’re doing. He kills goats and bursts clouds, you know. Highly recommended as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

The English Patient

Published April 29, 2009

The English Patient

I know I am a product of a generation with short attention spans, but I do feel like this story could have been captured much better in a shorter time. The cinematography was good, but I don’t think it was spectacular enough to justify a three hour film. That said, this is a multi-award winning film, so I guess I am probably in the minority.