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Les Grands Mythes (2014)
Yeah I gave it a 10
Great Greek Myths is the English translation for this French production. aAt least I think it is French.
Why did I give it a 10? Because anything that educates the ignorant masses in this day and age gets a 10 from me.
From Athena to Zeus and everything in between, this series covers the story of Gods that existed before Christ.
Watch it and learn. The ancients knew a thing about human nature. Amazing that modern humans don't know crap about human nature. We've gone backwards folks, hope y'all are happy.
I am shocked! Shocked I tell you!!
Tell me if you've heard this before from Hollywood:
If we would only kill every human on planet earth we would usher in Heaven on Earth?
Hmmmmmmm, lemme think?
Oh that's right. That's the narrative of every sci-fi movie from Hollywood over the last 50 years. Can you think of any sci-fi movie in that time period that didn't have a dystopian future as its premise? Yeah, neither can I.
Clinton Cash (2016)
Anyone else enjoying the Bannon bashing?
"This movie is untrue because I don't like the people who produced it"
That only works if you admit you love Michael Moore even though in his first movie he calls himself a leftist muckraker. Truth doesn't care what your affiliations are. If I say 2+2=4 and you reply, "No it doesn't because I disagree with your politics" . . . guess which one of us has a mental disorder? Hint: it starts with "y".
The people on here who think they have "skillz" have none. Please laugh at those people with me, won't you.
This movie is about mother nature and capitalism. Mostly mother nature though. Women want to feel attractive to themselves and even more so to men. SHOCKER! This drive that women have is a result of 5 million years of evolution. Men also have an analogous drive to be attractive to women. But women don't find naked men sexy, they find money and power sexy. Which is why nobody ever asked Hugh Hefner to pose naked. Most people are bothered by these realities. They want to see conspiracies for why the world is the way it is. Guess what, no conspiracy required. Men and women are both insecure, weak, paranoid, frightened animals. This mild mental illness that infects all people and has since humans climbed down out of trees millions of years ago is responsible for our bizarre and often-times self-destructive behavior.
This is the story of 3 imperfect intelligent women who were blessed with good genetics and cursed with everything else that infects the human mind and soul. Educational and entertaining? Mildly. Worthwhile? Sure. A story deserving to be told ? As much as any other on the Oxygen network.
A convention of idiots came together to write some reviews of Joy
This movie isn't about a mop.
Nor is it about feminism.
Nor is it about the QVC channel.
The movie is about not giving up, and trying to realize one's potential.
I noticed that most of the reviews weren't about the movie, they were personal attacks aimed at the director.
For those who say, "The movie has no plot." Biographies aren't plot driven like fiction films. They tell stories of events that actually happened. And yes Hollywood dramatizes those events.
The reviews on IMDb should convince you not how bad this movie, but how angry people get when they are stuck with a low IQ.
Benicio is the star
He is brilliant in this movie.
Emily, as always, is horrible. How she gets work is mind-boggling. I guess whenever Hollywood needs an unattractive, shrill, entitled actress, they can turn to her.
Josh Brolin ain't bad, but this movie is a showcase for BDT and boy does he deliver. He is a gem in a Hollywood filled with hacks and duds.
The movie deals with the reality and the geopolitics of two borderless countries with different ideals and priorities.
There's plenty of intrigue with just the right amount of action. It has an intelligent and brutally honest script. It deals with narcoterrorism and the feckless way the USA and Mexico deal with it.
It also delves into the internal politics that govern both countries law enforcement establishment. I want to compare it to "Blow" and "Traffic", but it is honestly better than those two movies. And I thought those two moves were great, so that should tell you how good this movie is.
The Iron Lady (2011)
Your government may not be transparent, but Hollywood is
Meryl Streep, who never met a moderate or conservative she didn't hate, must have agreed to make this movie after reading a script that was an obvious hit-job on Margaret Thatcher.
For those of you who don't know, Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the UK. She was also a key figure (along with her friend Ronald Reagan) in exposing the realities behind the Marxist paradise known as the USSR.
This movie is not a biography. It is propaganda from Hollywood. When Hollywood makes a biopic on Dan Rather or Bill Ayers (both films starring Robert Redford) they turn partisan radicals into . . . into . . .well, they turn them into Robert Redford, a handsome leading man with charisma and the love of the public.
When they make a movie about one of the 20th Centuries most important leaders who changed the world for the better, they cast someone who can't separate their anti-American politics from their work.
Thatcher deserves a sincere and thorough biopic for the sake of posterity. This is anything but.
Deadpool: No Good Deed (2017)
So you've seen the other review
First off, I gave it a 10 specifically to upset Thomas-the-German-Snowflake. Second, this little effort was funny. Was it genius? No. But not everything needs to be brilliant to be funny. Second of all, it is a nice reminder why we all like the first movie and are jacked to see the follow-up effort.
Ryan Reynolds owns this character and the edginess combined with the animal house sense of humour (that's right I added a "u", deal with it) makes this video a welcome addition to the Marvel Universe.
Oh, and Stan Lee's cameo is gonna make you chuckle.
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Robert Wise displays his Kubrick side
No doubt Robert Wise appreciated the realism attempted by Kubrick with 2001: A Space Odyssey. This movie combines the talents of Michael Crichton (based on his book) and Nelson Gidding (screenplay based on the book) and Robert Wise. 2 of those 3 are certified geniuses. Wise's resume includes: The House on Telegraph Hill; The Day the Earth Stood Still; The Haunting; The Sound of Music; The Sand Pebbles; etc. Basically he was Kubrick before Kubrick existed. Crichton of course was an academic; a scientist; a writer; director. Basically a renaissance man. Wise was clever to present the movie as a pseudo-documentary. It's not a movie but a historical document that wasn't supposed to be released. The movie deals with a top-secret military program that potentially has a pure science application. Without posting a spoiler let's just say that weaponizing the Milky Way is terrifying enough. Once you venture beyond our little neighborhood the surprises can be beyond human imagination.
Top Gear (2002)
Big fan of the show . . . well, used to be
With Jeremy, Richard and Captain Slow the show was awesome. Part car reviews . . . part over-the-hill animal house . . . part stuntapalooza. Now that they are gone the show has gone downhill rapidly. The chemistry is gone. The wit is gone. The camaraderie is gone. The magic is gone.
Go watch The Grand Tour and compare that show to the current Top Gear. There's a reason Top Gear is rated lower even though they have built in advantages.
Is Jeremy a prima-donna and hard to manage? I bet the BBC would say yes. And maybe he is. But there is also no one more talented.
Son of God (2014)
Apparently IMDb doesn't want reviews but diary entries from angry folks
This was by the far the worst 132 minutes of my life. I enjoy many types of movies and have even enjoyed some bad movies. You know the kind that are so bad they are good. Well this was just BAD... After leaving the theater I felt angry, and like my brain was molested by born again Christians. I feel cheated into paying money to watch this crap, if i had known what was to come I wouldn't have watched this movie if someone had paid me. This is not a gripe against religion, but against the movie itself. There was no depth to this movie what so ever. There was no dialogue besides literal quotes from the bible. The acting was terrible everyone was so 1 dimensional. The filming was terrible. The CG was awful. I cannot honestly say one good thing about this movie. Save your money, your time, and your brain and skip this one.
^^^^^ Ad-Hominem self pity from elysian27. Why did IMDb choose to put the least professional review of this movie on the front page where people could confuse it as IMDBs endorsement of 27's opinion?
The Twilight Zone (1959)
I gave it a 10, but not because I'm a fanboy.
I haven't reviewed a title in a long while. I grew up on Night Gallery, not TZ. Luckily, like many (most?) of you, I caught the Twilight Zone in reruns. Rod Serling might appreciate the fact that I can't even properly place the date and place that I started enjoying his show.
As I said, I gave it a 10, not because I'm a fanboy, but because sometimes a thing is so excellent it stands out as peerless. Obviously the show was remade twice and it makes me both glad and sad that it was. Sad, because the remakes (except for the Movie) came nowhere near the original. Glad, for the same reason. You see, the remakes sucked because Rod and the various other writers; actors and directors caught lightning in a bottle. And all the remakes and updates do is remind you of how Rod and his colleagues got it perfect on the very first try. The Ford Thunderbird - perfect on the first try. The Anglo-French Concorde - perfect on the first try. Apollo 11 - perfect on the first try. Jesse Owens - perfect on the first try. Getting it perfect (or near perfect) on the first try is very rare. And because of that, very special.
How good does a show need to be that you don't care that it's in black and white? How incredible is a show which taps all of your emotions, from anger to sadness to joy to melancholy and all the emotions in between? How wonderful does a show have to be that it makes introspection a very pleasant task? How powerful is a show that in one episode convinces you that humanity has no chance at a future, but in the next episode all of your hope and optimism is restored? For me, TZ is the best that TV has ever offered. I won't blame or curse you if you say Game of Thrones. I also enjoy that show and love how it stands out as something very special. But for me, The Twilight Zone captured everything that is light and everything that is dark about Rod Serling. And in doing that, it captured all the light and dark complexities of humanity. To borrow a phrase from a deceased and beloved Vulcan . . . The Twilight Zone was . . . fascinating.
Robert J Maxwell is a lousy historian
The film was shot in real color, that is to say, not colorized. (Ugh.) And it departs from the norm in other ways. There isn't much in the way of combat footage, for instance, although the misery and exhilaration of being at war is effectively conveyed. The "exhilaration" is real enough in Germany and Japan, but the general response in Britain is mostly rueful and, in America following Pearl Harbor and Hitler's declaration of war, a furious nationalism.
John Thaw's well-written narration is often interrupted by someone reading letters that were written at the front lines, or by observers at home. There are diary entries, sometimes moving. This material is drawn from British, Japanese, German, Polish, French, Russian, and American sources, though we see nothing of Japanese civilians. Two of the authors of those letters deserve special mention. Quentin Aanenson, a placid Midwesterner who piloted a P-47, writes dispassionately and with great insight about his experiences. If you can find his documentary, "A Fighter Pilot's Story," be sure to watch it. And Eugene Sledge was a corporal in the Marine Corps and fought at Peleliu and Okinawa, publishing his memoirs in 1981, and became a professor of biology. "With the Old Breed" is a generous and brutal book, not quite like any other in its genre.
Though the emotional element of that world-wide calamity is preserved, this can't really be considered a step-by-step history of World War II. Africa is hardly mentioned. Italy isn't mentioned at all, nor is Guadalcanal.
And most of the political juggling is missing, except for a couple of incisive observations in Thaw's narrative. I'll give an example. Here in America, as I write this, we are faced with intermittent "terrorist" attacks, as are some other Western nations. But we had a Big One on 11 September, 2001, that altered the skyline of New York City. Since then, whenever someone in power suggests moderation in our response to those who despise us, perhaps negotiating with our adversaries, poor Neville Chamberlain is brought up as an example of a coward who "appeased" the enemy and brought on the invasion of Poland. (As if, had Chamberlain declared war in Munich, there would have been no war.) Yet, as the narration points out, Chamberlain and his generation had already BEEN through the slaughterhouse that was World War I, and they had an excellent idea of what was at stake. Of course the point is obvious if you think about it, but few of us today think about it.
So, yes, the emotional content is powerful. Those piles of skin and bone in Buchenwald and Dachau. The little Okinawan girl sitting in rags and shivering all over. The tears of relief when the whole bloody affair ends. But it's "educational" too, and in a way that some of us now need more than ever.
^^^^^^^^^^^^ This guy is an idiot. Just like Chamberlain was. Wars happen more often when weakness is offered in place of strength. Historical fact.
American Sniper (2014)
A great movie and a reminder there are still men yearning to be heroes
First off why does IMDb insist on trashing this movie by posting the most infantile and inane reviews on the title page of this movie.
This movie was better than The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. And I thought both of those movies were excellent.
I think Bradley Cooper is at his zenith right now, and he combined his talent with a director at the zenith of his powers.
Together they have created a war movie to stir your mind, your heart and your soul.
War is hell, we all know that. But as long as evil and righteousness combat each other, we will call upon heroes like Chris Kyle to defend us against those who believe that making a video of themselves cutting off a girls head with a knife is a sign of true manhood.
Kyle is a hero. Iftekhar Tanveer, is just another ISIS loyalist who should be fed to the crocodiles.
The Interview (2014)
Greatest movie of all time
This is a movie about getting rid of evil. It's also a comedy. Franco and Seth Rogen are gold. The plot is espionage based and only a nut-job would take it seriously enough to respond with a cyber-terrorist attack. I hope this movie wins several academy awards. And it would be a bonus if Sony could find a way to e-mail a digital copy to every human being in North and South Korea. Have I mentioned that I wish Hollywood would make more movies spoofing crazy people in powerful positions? Also, I think Sony execs need to spend more time green-lighting projects with talented comics, and less time attending PC fund-raisers.
Enjoyable action flick
Many reviewers will be turned off by the politics. In other words, anything pro-American is looked at with disdain. It's why Superman was changed in the 2006 and 2013 reboots. The "American Way" is now looked upon by Americans with even more revulsion than that felt by foreigners. Not sure when this self-hating strain became a tsunami but I think the 60s would be a good guess for it's genesis.
This film should be rated higher than 6.8. It's a nice little WW2 movie spiced up with sci-fiction and spy movie action. It brings forth some old-fashion ideas that have fallen out of favor while also embracing some old-fashion values with have not fallen out of favor.
Watch the movie without the veil of politics screaming at your brain and you and your gal can enjoy some popcorn and soda along with your big budget Hollywood entertainment.
The World Wars (2014)
Great history lesson
This gets a 10 from me. It connects the dots fairly accurately. It was a 31 year time-line that indeed looks like one war with a huge pause between the beginning and the end. More exposition about china/japan/India could've been included. The production values are excellent. I like the fact that the series focused on major personalities that affected the wars. Interesting that fascist Germany set not only Europe but Russia along the collectivist path during this time frame. IMDb's high-school drop-outs are obviously upset and have unfairly attacked this series. Don't listen to them. They all seem to have an IQ below plant-life and it's sad IMDb has embraced a business model that is driven by anti-American politics. Shame on them for rating highly emotional attack reviews as the "best" on IMDb.
Earth 2100 (2009)
What a crap production
Seriously, this film's main recommendation would be gleefully received by Ted Kaczynski. Basically we must return to an agrarian society or we are all going to die. Was Al "I really am detached from reality and have been a spoiled tantrum throwing child all my life" Gore the ghostwriter for this trash? ABC/Disney have really lost their minds. Disney is trying to take political correctness and turn it into a 21st century Nazi-mind-control theology that is ruining their company and the planet along with it.
The people behind this project should be ashamed of themselves as they express their misanthropic self-hatred with every frame and word in this production.
Anyone who watches this more than once will probably get brain cancer from their mind's own attempt at fixing planet earth by killing it's one living devil: Mankind.
Wow. Just wow. If you thought that director Michael Bay was going to take a gentler approach to the third film then be prepared for a surprise. Dark Of The Moon is huge both in action and in the amount of CGI. This time the decepticons have a very transformers-like plan to take over the world. Who stand in their way? Only a small number of autobots and humans. How good is the film? It's somewhere between the first and the second films. It has only two things going for it: the fantastic CGI and the impressive 3D presentation. For a film like this Bay has given up such things as character development, a coherent story or tight direction. Dark Of The Moon is a mess, but not as much as Revenge Of The Fallen. Characters come and go for little or no reason. The humor is awkward, lousy or disgusting. Some scenes are underdeveloped or unnecessary. The acting is bad or passable. The score is loud and generic. The American patriotism is, once again, over the top. A shocker is in store for viewers concerning the American space program. But the worst thing is that Michael Bay still hasn't learned (or decided to ignore) why the transformers cartoons were likable. The transformers themselves were real characters, and they looked different and interesting. In this film it takes some effort to see who's who when they're fighting. Dark Of The Moon is a money-making product at its simplest. It's meant to lure audiences with its predictable combination of humor, action and special effects. It's passable entertainment, but I wouldn't watch it a second time. Like the previous two transformers films Dark Of The Moon is a true product of the Bush era.
^^^^^ Why does IMDb tolerate political rants masquerading as reviews? The hissy-fit above seems to serve only one purpose: A cry for help from the mentally ill.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Tied with Annie Hall
for best comedy ever!!!!! The only scene Mel couldn't get past the WB executives was the scene where Lily seduces Bart but finds herself smitten.
One sentence was taken out.
When Lily refers to Bart's impressive manhood with, "It is, IT IS, IT ISSS!" Bart follows up her exclamation with this deleted line: "You're sucking on my ARM." It is hilarious that the PC Nazi's among us get offended by certain parts of the film, when in fact the film does more to lampoon ignorance than all the PC thought-control speeches made by ivory tower eggheads ever will.
One of Disney's best
Walt himself said: "I believe the best learning happens when something is presented in an entertaining way." Walt was right of course, and Hercules teaches a little while it entertains a lot. The opening gives kids a window into ancient Greece and it's fables designed to impart lessons to the masses.
The movie itself has some A-list entertainers and is fun and well written. Obviously it's aimed at kids, but the grown-ups will find plenty of laughs and lots of tender smiles. The thing that has always captured the publics imagination regarding Disney classics is the power of the heart and the struggle between good and bad (or righteousness and evil in this case). I won't be redundant and share the plot with you. Quite frankly if you don't know the story of Hercules this movie is a pleasant primer. Maybe it will inspire you to go to the library and learn more about Hercules and Greek Tragedies in general. The Tragedies predate many spiritual works and probably provided much of the motivation for theological and philosophical works to follow.
Just sit back with your kids or someone you luv and enjoy 90 plus minutes of light hearted fun with a timeless message. It's better than anything on TV or cable if you need a justification, but you wont.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
thru and thru.
If you are bitter and have a black heart you won't like this film. If you love things that are true, bittersweet, tinged with melancholy and have a fairy-tale ending you will love it. The scene where Paul buys Holly a gift for under 10 dollars is especially charming.
Despite some of the empty-headed reviews on here, the film does hold up well. For some reason many reviewers get angry when a film actually reflects the period in which it was filmed. This film does that and does it beautifully. Blake Edwards was very cognizant of this fact and was purposeful in his use of cinematography and dialog choices. The film was cast well and provides a nice segue from the 50's into the 60's. The film acknowledges the loss of innocence which is about to hit the 60's generation: broaching topics like prostitution, self-centeredness, taboo sex, manipulation, self-delusion, coolness, disassociation, self-isolation, insecurity overload, loss of integrity, etc.
This film has earned a high rating on IMDb and deservedly so.
United 93 (2006)
War between the evolved and the unevolved
Throughout the 4 million years of human evolution the higher plane of our species has exterminated or "bred out" the lower plane. Right now we are in a war with over 100 million extremists who want humanity to forever live in the 15th century from a social standpoint. These extremists will lose eventually because they are smaller in number and less intelligent than the more evolved of our species who view civil behavior as being defined by it's ability NOT TO HIJACK planes and kill innocents to convince people of the legitimacy of their point of view.
This movie was excellent. It shows the events of that day and lets the viewer make value judgments based on their own intellectual/emotional abilities.
On a side note. If you read the reviews on this page you will find 1 or more people beginning their review with (paraphrasing), "So I gotta crank out 10 lines when all I wanna do is shout a single sentence of profanity to show everyone how I, and the hijackers, have something in common. Neither of us can critique something without engaging in verbal violence." I just find it strange how many reviewers on IMDb start their review that way, never understanding how they've lost the audience before the end of their first sentence. They obviously don't want to sway anyone, they just want to intimidate people, knowing that their arguments come from a diseased mind that needs to be relegated to the land of the extinct.