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Trading Paint (2019)
Decent film but hampered by staged racing
This really could have been a good film, it had the actors with Travolta, Michael Madsen, Barry Corbin; who played Sheriff "Buck Taylor" and Buck Taylor himself (that's a sign the actors had fun making the film) with the two biggest names actually playing leading roles instead of cameo parts. They definitely used location shots utilizing the shops of the cars that they used in the racing scenes which made for a convincing film and I bet that car dealership (that Madsen "owned") sponsored one of the cars in real life as well.
It was those racing scenes that was the failing of the film; no actual race footage was used so no real trading of paint was seen. If they had the budget to follow a group of cars around to several tracks racing in actual races with real crowd shots (a few scenes with actual race fans as extras could have been interesting) interspersed with the actors in staged shots this could have been a very good film.
Bonanza: The Blood Line (1960)
Lee Van Cleef has fun in this one
Bonanza is one of those shows where you can tell actors are having fun while guest starring on them. Lee Van Cleef certainly was having fun. As always Lee's up to no good and he has a twinkle in his eye as he says his lines.
My favorite ones are when Diane Jordan says, "I've seen you in every mining camp and every tanktown honkytonk between here and Mexico; even though you don't have the same face or the same fancy duds, you have the same cold eyes, the same way of walking and the same stink of killing on them"
Lee, "Now that we understand each other, I'll have that drink"
The next one is, "You see I was listening outside your door, and it's not socially correct maybe but it's the way to find thing out" Only Lee Van Cleef could deliver those lines with that sly grin of his; any other "bad" man those wouldn't work at all.
Joe Butterfly (1957)
One of my favorite type of movies is a comedy that has actors that normally don't do comedies and this is one. One doesn't think of comedies with Fred Nadar, John Agar or even Audie Murphy but you can tell they had great fun with this. The fun is evident by the silly grins that the actors had in almost every scene even when the dialog didn't warrant it. Take a gander at the scene that introduced Burgess Meredith's character; the actor behind the wheel of the jeep had a big grin on his face until he slipped a hand over his mouth then lowered it. You could tell that most of these men had served in the war and were reliving their youth and were having fun doing it, likely both on set and off. Unfortunately the video quality on YouTube is not the best but if one can overlook that it is worth you time to watch it.
One Under the Sun (2017)
watch it for the moments not the flaws
Most of the reviewers are right, the technical aspects suffer from the low budget; the sets aren't perfect, many of the actors are one dimensional without nuances (maybe a additional writer could have provided better contrast), the clothing has that off the shelf newness about it and the necessity to use close ups because the budget would not allow expansive views can be annoying. However if one pays attention to the script it works but be aware attention is required. Do not view this as a Sci Fi film that focuses on special effects instead of a story, but rather an exploration of a story set in a Sci Fi film.
Why does everyone demand more or less dubbed version?
Of course this isn't Breaking Bad. Of course some of the actors aren't as good as some of the originals (while others are better). Why does everyone persist that remakes keep every nuance intact and not create their own? The "Skylar" role isn't as oblivious as the US version and the knowing looks that the Columbian actress gives are priceless and have great impact. Jose's role has been softened somewhat to portray his ultimate decent as much more tragic. Saul's role has been changed to portray the reality's of Columbia (no sleazy lawyer ads). Personally I find the adherence to the script's (for the most part) a really nice way for the viewer to understand what the writer was attempting to convey in the original that was lost upon me until I viewed it once again with a different actor's interpretation.
We Always Lie to Strangers (2013)
It never could make up it's mind
What could have been 3 different documentaries got thrown together into one without much purpose. For some reason what could have been several distinctive stories lost themselves when put together no matter how connected they were together. We start with the Lennon and Priestley families and what could have been an interesting exploration of their rise to almost royalty in Branson was barely touched and when it was, it wasn't chronological, showed how they grew in prominence or even showed how they and their shows evolved; it was just jumping back and forth from past to present randomly. Then we are treated to the "newcomers" I guess to contrast (and that likely was the original idea behind all of this), but without actually showing contrast other than success and the impending failure. But at least they also had the added benefit of the contrast of "wholesome" established shows and a potty-mouthed performer in unguarded personal moments. The third story-line was a homosexual relationship and how difficult it was for one of the gentleman who had joint custody of his children from a prior marriage. That one could have actually had been a very interesting all by itself, (even a whole documentary could have been done about it) but it was as if the producers had just chanced upon it and just could not help themselves and decided to include it. They also decided that the viewer would find interest in a medical emergency, Republicans vs. Democrats and tourism dollars; semi-interesting footage but just because one has it does not mean you have to use it. That is what does not work with this, I'm pretty sure the idea was to contrast a successful show and the "glamor" that a established families had in giving them then show a contrasting story about a struggling show, however they got bogged down with subplots and footage that they loved but should have never included.
Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
Come-on People it's a Statham movie!
What I really dislike about some reviews is that the reviewer wants a "Gone With the Wind" epic blockbuster movie but goes to see a movie that never promises to be one. This is an escapist movie, there are going to be times that one needs to suspend belief. There are going to be holes in the script (or perceived ones if you don't pay attention; the script is the type where one needs to pay attention AND remember things). Sometimes the special effects may not be as realistic as one hopes (remember this is a movie not an documentary),but the editing is tight The stunts can be crazy; for example he jumps upon on top of a hang glider early on (it's telegraphed a couple of minutes prior to it happening so this is not much of a "spoiler").
If you want an full-on action movie in which Statham "resurrects" (get it?) his mechanic role you'll like the show, but if you want to see a tight great script with nuance maybe you should just stay home.
X Company (2015)
it's a live action cartoon
I love well done historical dramas even those that takes liberties with facts. This unfortunately is not well done. The actors try their hardest with the material they have and a few of them seem to given slightly better material than the others but their parts are pretty much are hampered by the poor writing. I understand that the youth of the actors is for the target audience so that can be forgiven (and the fact they all look like they were models previously) but who ever is in charge of wardrobe must be hampered by the budget. First season is in 1942 in occupied territories but everyone is wearing clothing freshly laundered (soap by then was scarce)and looks as if it was bought recently. Even the soldiers looked as if their uniforms were just issued (likely new is cheaper than used-looking in budgetary terms) Vehicles all look as if they've been leased from collectors than from suppliers that specialize in supplying war-torn vehicles to the industry. All of this could be forgiven if the writing was better. A couple of examples; they parachute into France to exchange real atom bomb research with phony stuff because that will hamper the German effort?!? They supposedly know exactly what the papers look like (so they produced exact copies with screwed up equations to substitute with) and knew where the guy with them would be so they could do the switch. However, even knowing all of this they had no idea he was gay which almost screwed up the operation! Next episode in occupied France (once again) and their contact was a jazz singing African American lady that somehow the "Master Race" allowed to continue to perform. The leaps the viewer is asked to ignore are numerous; large groups such as these were almost never inserted into Axis territories and certainly not to do what these are tasked to do. The death rate of agents was horrendous and certainly few were as lucky as these. Insertion and removal at such a frequency never occurred (would have been much more believable if they remained in occupied France. Hesitation to kill is just a silly plot device. The captured team member plot line is just silly as well. Hopefully the actors can overcome the cartoon they've been given to perform along with the amateurish production values and once they go onto new projects they will flourish.