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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Movie Review Beauty And The Beast

Movie Review - Beauty And The Beast

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Beauty And The Beast

The story and characters you know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told.


I have loved the story of Beauty and the Beast for years. I loved the Disney animated version. It was charming and sweet. This one has many of the same qualities but it was very hard to get past Emma Watson's singing.

Remakes can be risky, but Disney delivers again in this excellent live action remake of their classic animated musical "Beauty and the Beast". The story will be familiar to fans of the earlier movie, but the delivery of the new movie is so good that the suspense will have viewers hanging on the edge of their seats for an emotional ending. The music is as good as the original, and the CGI effects of the Beast's castle and its lively household are generally seamless.

The settings recalled the real darkness of the original French fairy tale. The prince is a prisoner of his own arrogance, selfishness and anger, and the intricacies of the Beast's cursed castle show that so well, metaphorically: everything is entangled and entwined with sharp, brittle branches and dark, dark, dark. The scenes where Belle and he begin to interact to get to know each other become well-lit and brighter, as if the Beast is slowly letting go of his own destructive tendencies. 

The mob scene is truly horrifying, as I could feel the hatred that Gaston is whipping up, and the villagers so quickly fall for. The obvious "lessons" are here as well: appearances are not all there is to a person as well as (sorry, Lloyd Weber fans) love changes everything.

The acting cast is first rate. Emma Watson is her own spunky but very appealing Belle. Dan Stevens carries off the difficult role of the Beast, with a soft heart under a beastly exterior. Kevin Kline is adorable and funny as Belle's father, a man with a secret. The voice actors for the enchanted household staff are indeed a distinguished bunch, including Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, and Stanley Tucci, among others. Luke Evans as Gaston and Joseph Gad as Le Fou are their own entertaining subplot. The scenes in the forest with the wolves may be too intense for very small children. Highly recommended.
 
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Movie Review IT

Movie Review - IT

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IT
The horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids is faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.


I have never been a huge Stephen King fan, or a even a consumer of horror films. But, when I heard that a new movie was coming out based on the book by Stephen King, I decided to read the book itself. I found that I really enjoyed it and got into the story to the point that it was hard to put down! At over 1,000 pages, it took me a couple of weeks to finish it. I rarely go to the theater to see a movie anymore, but wait until the movie is available to stream before I watch it. 
I watched it a couple of days ago and I am very pleased with the adaptation. Of course due to the length of the book, not everything can be put into a movie like this, thus some things are missing like the Losers Club House in the Barrens, and the dam that Ben helped the kids rebuild after the bullies destroyed the first one, and the incident with Stan Uris at the Standpipe where the door opens, he enters and Stan hears voices claiming that they were "The Dead Ones", the children that had drowned there, etc. 
But these are less important parts of the story compared to the more powerful horror of confronting IT. Most of the scenes in the movie were as I had visualized them myself while reading the book. All in all I really enjoyed this movie and will likely watch it again very soon as there is so much detail. This version of IT definitely deserves a five star rating from me.

IT is a supernatural horror is almost always cheesy by definition but usually acceptable when rooted in something we can relate to, like going crazy in isolation (The Shining) or what happens when we dream (Nightmare on Elm Street). 'It' doesn't have the same element for us to relate to and is initially off-putting by the barely connected series of gory vignettes that strike individual characters one by one for the first 50 minutes. 
These set pieces, while random and nonsensical, are however generally well done enough to keep our interest - in addition to our interest being held by the underlying mystery provided by master story teller Stephen King. Indeed, what ultimately wins us over is the way in which this remake is done. 
The recreation of the period, the casting, the thoughtful background (and foreground) details and just the way the story moves - this is the kind of homage to 1980s movies that Netflix's 'Stranger Things' wish it was. Somehow ST gets a lot of accolades but 'It' shows you how you to reference Gremlins, Spielberg, Freddy Krueger et al while also telling a thumping good yarn of your own. Stick with 'It' through the first half ... There's a reason why this is the highest grossing horror movie of all time (dethroning 'The Exorcist' which was #1 with inflation-adjusted numbers).
Depending on your horror/thriller movie expectations, I give this a definite thumbs up!! And I have never liked clowns so it gets my senses on edge instantly!
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Movie Review Arrival

Movie Review - Arrival


When mysterious spacecraft land across the globe, expert translator Louise Banks is sent to decipher their intent. As tensions mount, Banks discovers the aliens' true purpose and, to avert global war, takes a chance that could threaten humanity.


This is a divisive film. You will love it or hate it, but you will have an opinion. Why are there such strong feelings? I think it results from the way the film was marketed. Critics came out raving about a new Sci-Fi film and called it wildly unpredictable. The public's interest was piqued. After all, it stars Jeremy Renner so it must be a Sci-Fi action movie, right? Maybe it's like a good Independence Day. Wrong! There is only one explosion in this film and I don't think there was a single gun fired. Whoa! What a letdown, right? No.

This is not a Sci-Fi action film. This is Sci-Fi in the same vein as Contact, Solaris, and 2001. Actually, it is very similar to 2001 in many ways and themes. If you thought 2001 was boring, you will hate this film. This is not a film about aliens. This is a film about how we react to adversity and uncertainty. You may have heard that this is a film about time travel. It's not. No one "travels" through time. This film is about supposing that time is relative (which we know it is) and perhaps even malleable if you understand it well enough. The key to understanding time in this film is language. One aspect I think the film got wrong is contrasting science and language. Science is a language. Science is a way to explain the phenomena around you in formulas that can be shared and duplicated with others i.e., a language. They are not adversarial, but the same.

One thing that surprised me greatly was the portrayal of the military. I think this is probably the truest representation of how military personnel would react. These aren't mindless soldiers. They are thinking human beings with human emotions thrust into a situation of unbelievable significance. Some handle it with fear and trepidation while others approach it with care and concern. If we are ever visited by an alien race, the event will transcend the military. It will transcend the government and even nations. The government does not own or have a right to police our access to foreign visitors. This film portrays very well the moral dilemmas between duty and human emotion.

Are there some problems with the film? Undoubtedly it could have added more steps of suspense along the way--just a few morsels to keep the suspense building even more. I think that would have eliminated some of the "boring" complaints. I also think Jeremy Renner did not belong in the film. He is an excellent actor and it's not like he doesn't act his role well, it's just that he brings too much "Jeremy Renner" baggage to the role for me to accept him completely. Amy Adams was perfect for this role, however.

You absolutely should watch this film if you like thinking about it afterwards. Nothing is spoon-fed to you in this film and you will NOT receive all the answers. Much is left open to your interpretation. It will leave you guessing to the very end. What would you do in the same situation?

If you thought 2001 was a masterpiece (it was) then you will love this film in much the same way. If you thought Independence Day was a masterpiece, don't waste your time watching this.
Having purchase the Blu-ray, I can now speak to it separately from the film. The picture is stunning and one of the best films I have seen. The colors are slightly muted, but I'm sure it's intentional. I just don't remember it being overly dark in the theater.

There are over 80 minutes of extras, although I am slightly apprehensive about watching them. They basically explain the whole point of the film which I feel is better left to your own interpretation. Those who don't like the film won't ever get a chance to see what it was about since they surely won't buy this, but the answers are there if you want them.
 
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Arrival

  • Genres : Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
  • Director : Denis Villeneuve
  • Starring  : Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner
  • Supporting actors  : Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O'Brien, Tzi Ma, Abigail Pniowsky, Julia Scarlett Dan, Jadyn Malone, Frank Schorpion, Lucas Chartier-Dessert, Christian Jadah, Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld, Andrew Shaver, Pat Kiely, Sonia Vigneault, Mark Camacho, Sabrina Reeves, Julian Casey, Tony Robinow
  • Studio : Paramount Pictures
  • Format : Prime Video (Streaming Online Video)
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Movie Review Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Movie Review - Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back


When Army Major Susan Turner is framed for treason, Jack Reacher discovers she's the target of a massive government conspiracy. Together, they will risk everything to take down a powerful organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets.


A pretty good movie though not accurate to the books. However, author Lee Childs has given his approval. I have not read many of Mr. Childs' books, but my memory is that they have better and more believable plots. In this movie, Reacher is a highly decorated near legend but he has no "old boy or girl" network to call upon in times of trouble? Instead, he asks for help from a relatively new and low ranking NCO with whom he renewed his acquaintance by chance.

The military aspects of the movie do not seem correct. When I was a military police investigator in the Mississippi National Guard, military policemen (women too) were enlisted personnel. CID were NCO'S and warrant officers. Commissioned officers commanded, lead and supervised. They did not perform police duties. They certainly did not escort and guard prisoners. I streamed this movie via Amazon Prime.
This film finds Reacher with something more to protect than the first one. Plenty of action and pay back. The addition of a resourceful, smart teenage girl adds a welcome new dynamic to Reacher's world. This film delivers what fans would expect with a bit of a surprise. This ends up being something of a buddy movie as Jack helps his friend clear her name from some very nasty rouge elements. Recommended for fans of the series.
 
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

  • Genres : Thriller, Adventure, Action, Mystery
  • Director : Edward Zwick
  • Starring  : Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders
  • Supporting actors  : Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper, Judd Lormand, Christopher Berry, Hunter Burke, Jason Douglas, Lizeth Hutchings, Marisela Zumbado, Alexandra Lucchesi, Madalyn Horcher, Robert Catrini, Anthony Molinari, Theo Kypri, Talbott Lin, M. Serrano
  • Studio  : Paramount Pictures
  • Format : Prime Video (Streaming Online Video)
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Movie Review Doctor Who: The Complete Specials

Movie Review - Doctor Who: The Complete Specials  

(The Next Doctor / Planet of the Dead / The Waters of Mars / The End of Time Parts 1 and 2) 


Special features
  •     Disc 1: The Next Doctor
  •     Disc 2: Planet of the Dead
  •     Disc 3: The Waters of Mars
  •     Discs 4-5: The End of Time, Parts One and Two
  •     Doctor Who Confidential
  •     Doctor Who at the Proms
  •     Deleted scenes with introduction from Russell T. Davies
  •     David Tennant Video Diaries: The Final Days
  •     Doctor Who BBC Christmas idents
  •     Audio commentaries
  •     Doctor Who at Comic-Con

This stunning collection of Doctor Who specials The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, The Waters of Mars and The End of Time, Part One & Two is a must own for all Doctor Who fans. The four imaginative, action-packed specials are the farewell to star David Tennant, and Russell T Davies, the mastermind behind the rebirth of the modern DoctorWho. The specials culminate in the dramatic regeneration of the Doctor, giving fans their first glimpse of the eleveDoctor, played by Matt Smith. The specials are packed with a terrific lineup of guest stars includingMichelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), David Morrissey (State of Play, Sense and Sensibility), Lindsay Duncan (Alice in Wonderland (2010), Rome, Under the Tuscan Sun) and many more that we can t reveal just yet!
I've been a Doctor Who fan since I encountered it as a kid in the 80's, and I have been overall very impressed and pleased with Doctor # 10! The specials are great to see in HD! I had seen them before in poor streaming web quality. Waters of Mars had a great spooky atmosphere, and I think is the strongest of the specials. The End of Time - well, my problem is I can't stand the new regenerated Master. He's too campy, and seems to be trying too hard to be an unhinged Joker. The Master is the dark version of the Doctor, cunning, cold, manipulative, foreboding and charming. This Master is none of those things. Plus the lightning bolt throwing? Thankfully "The Next Doctor" is great fun, "Planet of the Dead" is interesting and enjoyable, "The Waters of Mars" is awesome, and the End of Time is mixed.
What more can I say about the 10th Doctor's Specials that hasn't already been said. They're great. The problem I have and this has been a major problem with all of my Doctor Who Blu-ray sets (and I own every Blu-ray for modern Doctor Who available) is that the audio tracks are really screwed up when played through my Onkyo receiver.

It's obviously a codec issue but what happens is that the DTS HD HR (not tobe confused with the lossless MA) audio randomly drops in and out on and either completely disappears or you can only hear certain channels. Although I had the random dropout issues on my other DW sets, the solution to that was to simply to change the audio output on the PS3 from bitsream to linear PCM. This results in no change in audio quality with the only difference really being that the display on the receiver shows "Multichannel" instead of "DTS HD HR."

With this set, however, that doesn't work and the discs become impossible to enjoy. I have done all of my updates and I have tried connecting different Blu-ray players to the receiver with no change and I must not that out of the 400 Blu-ray titles I own, the DW titles are the only ones I've ever had a problem with.
 
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Doctor Who : The Complete Specials
  • Gendre : Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure, Mystery, Kids & Family
  • Actors : David Tennant, David Morrissey, Michelle Ryan, Lindsay Duncan, Bernard Cribbins
  • Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Box set, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language : English (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
  • Subtitles : English
  • Region : All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
  • Number of discs : 5
  • Studio : BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date : February 2, 2010
  • Run Time : 311 minutes
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Movie Review Outlander Seasons 5

Movie Review - Outlander Seasons 5

Outlander Season 5 - Den of Geek

Outlander Seasons 5 Serials :
  1. Sassenach
  2. Castle Leoch
  3. The Way Out
  4. The Gathering
  5. Rent
  6. The Garrison Commander
  7. The Wedding
  8. Both Sides Now

While on a second honeymoon with her husband, British combat nurse Claire Randall is transported back in time to 1743 Scotland. Accused of being a spy, she is catapulted into danger and finds herself torn between two men in vastly different times. Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book series is stunningly realized by Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore in Season One's first eight episodes.
I realize most buying this will already be fans of the books/show and have seen the episodes but for any newbies who saw this as a suggested purchase and want to know more, here's what I can tell you. (I've watched the entire show so far and am reading the first book).

First off, ignore the part of the description that says "epic travel through time." This is not a time-travel or science fiction story. It's about Claire Randall, a combat nurse in the 1940s who goes to Scotland after the second world war to reconnect with her husband (Frank)/have a second honeymoon. Not realizing the place they're travelling to is a place for some pagan/druid activity, Claire accidentally time-travels through some standing stones after watching a druid ritual and ends up in 1700s Scotland. From there it turns into an adventure/historical fiction story when Claire runs into and is kidnapped of sorts by some Scottish Highlanders who don't know what to make of an Englishwoman running around in that area. She's taken back to their clan's Scottish castle and not knowing how to escape and go back to her own time or what to do next, has to cope with living in an era where there's a lot of Scottish clan politics (and clashing with the English soldiers who occupy the Scottish territories). At the same time she has to be very careful to hide the secret of who she really is and where she really came from, not easy to do because Claire is very much an independent, stubborn, forthright person and harder still when she is "hired" to be the healer of the Mackenzie clan (the clan of the castle/property she's taken to). It doesn't help that she attracts the attention of an English garrison commander - a brutal, sociopathic, sadistic English captain who is none other than her husband's ancestor. And it really doesn't help that she might be developing smooshy feelings for one of the very, very handsome soldiers at Castle Leoch. (Why can't I fall through standing stones and meet some gorgeous guys in kilts? Surely Houston must have some standing stones somewhere?)

From showrunner/executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), the show is beautifully executed and very faithfully adapted. Much of it so far is right out of the book. Of course this doesn't mean it's exactly to the letter how it'll be in the book because television doesn't work that way but it's very closely done (author Diana Gabaldon is a close consultant on the show and has a fun cameo in episode 4 "The Gathering.") Here's my opinion on the show for what it's worth: I actually like it better than the book. I'm really enjoying the book but watching the show, I can tell the show makes some slight tweaks here and there (scenes added, certain lines in the book given to other characters, etc.) that make the storytelling smoother and an easier transition to tv. It's like if the book is a pretty wooden carving, the show is the same carving, but sanded and oiled. There are so many parts in the books where it just wouldn't work to have the show film them as is. The show also softens some of the characters (including Jamie and Claire), so while it stays true to the essence of their characters, they're also made easier to like and relate to.

The actors, costumes, sets, music, etc., everything is breathtakingly realistic and very well produced; unlike so many American period shows, the characters look and act like real people. The costumes (done by Moore's wife costume designer Terry Dresbach) actually look like period clothes and not like they were picked up from the 1700s Scotland Gap like they would in any other show. It's a very expensive production so their attention to detail is amazing and really pulls you into the new world Claire is thrown into (with some occasional flashbacks to the 1940s lives of Claire and Frank). One warning: the Highlanders' accents are sometimes hard to understand and the Gaelic (native Scottish language of that time period) is not subtitled, but if you pay close attention, it doesn't need to be and you can understand the context of what they're saying.

I've seen a lot of comparisons to Game of Thrones. This is nothing like Game of Thrones which is high-concept fantasy. I haven't read the rest of the books yet but from what I've heard, Outlander's books (and the show) are really more historical fiction and not fantasy. Some people complain it's slow at times but it's never boring or unengaging. The first few episodes have to have some quieter moments to set up all the characters, storylines and conflicts. The only negative thing I have to say - not really negative so much as a warning - is it is extremely gritty and graphic. This is made for the Starz network, the same network that had The White Queen, Spartacus and Black Sails. If graphic sex scenes and very graphic blood and gore and draconian punishments are not for you, neither is this show. It's not family friendly, absolutely not for kids or the squeamish and there are some rather disturbing scenes in just the first few episodes, so be mindful who you watch it with. Much as I love the show, there are scenes of it I simply won't watch again - I'll either skip them or mute and leave the room.

Diana Gabaldon has told the story many times of the failures in making this into a project for the screen before and she agrees - and so do the books' fans - they really couldn't have seen a better job done with this than Ron Moore has done. I highly recommend this (with the above caveats in mind) if you liked the books or like this kind of show in general.
 
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Outlander

  • Genres : Fantasy, Drama, Romance
  • Director : Metin Hüseyin, Anna Foerster, Brian Kelly, Mike Barker, Philip John, Brendan Maher, John Dahl, Richard Clark, Douglas Mackinnon, Norma Bailey, Charlotte Brändström, Jennifer Getzinger, David Moore, Matthew B. Roberts, Julian Holmes
  • Starring  : Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan
  • Supporting actors  : Duncan Lacroix, Tobias Menzies, Grant O'Rourke, Graham McTavish, Stephen Walters, Romann Berrux, Andrew Gower, Lotte Verbeek, Laura Donnelly, Steven Cree, Bill Paterson, Keith Fleming, James Allenby-Kirk, Nell Hudson, Finn Den Hertog, Gary Lewis, César Domboy, Gary Young
  • Season year : 2014
  • Network : Starz
  • Producers : Toni Graphia, Toni Graphia, Matthew B. Roberts, Matthew B. Roberts, Matthew B. Roberts, Elicia Bessette, David Brown, Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Maril Davis, Anne Kenney, Anne Kenney, Ira Steven Behr, Ira Steven Behr, Michael O'Halloran, Paulo De Oliveira, Karen Campbell, Shannon Goss, Ben McGinnis, Michael Wilson
  • Format : Prime Video (Streaming Online Video)
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Movie Review Doctor Who Seasons 11

Movie Review - Doctor Who

Rotten Tomatoes

Doctor Who Seasons 11 Serials :
  1. The Pilot
  2. Rose
  3. The Unquiet Dead
  4. Aliens of London
  5. World War Three
  6. Dalek
  7. The Long Game
  8. Father's Day

Christopher Eccleston's Doctor is wise and funny, cheeky and brave. A loner, his detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world's in danger. But when it comes to relationships, he can be found wanting. That's why he needs Rose. From the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose are soulmates. With nothing to hold Rose back (neither her overbearing mum nor her hapless boyfriend), she chooses the Doctor and his promise of fantastic adventures across the universe.

Reviews :

I truly believe Doctor Who wouldn't have become the global phenomenon it is today without the 2005 relaunch of the series. Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor is wise and funny, cheeky and brave. And his companion, Rose, was the down to Earth, average teenager the whole audience could relate to. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond imagination. Some of my favorite stories from this season included "The End of the World" (where the Doctor shows Rose the eventual fate of the planet Earth); "Dalek" (the bitter sweet, but still chilling return of the most famous enemies of the show); and "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances" (a gripping and scary two parter set in WWII, featuring zombie kids in gas masks, and the first apperance of heroic heart throb, Captain Jack Harkness). And it all leads up to an exciting two part season finale with a showdown with the Daleks, and a tearful changing of the guard, in which the Doctor regenerates into his Tenth form.

It's a shame the Ninth Doctor only lasted a season, because he was pretty good, and this series was pivital in not only reintroducing the classic series to the modern era, but also laying the ground work for all the important elements that would make the modern era of Who the success that it is today. And the discs are all jam packed with interesting special features, including behind the scenes info about the making of the show, and interviews with the cast members.
Eccleston only played The Doctor for this single season; he did not renew his contract. But his work here sets the ground work for every Dr. Who episode created since. Gone is the absent-minded professor type of the first eight Doctors. Eccleston's Doctor is thoughtful, direct, and action-focused. This is a Time Lord with a plan who doesn't hesitate to do whatever needs to be done and has both the knowledge and experience to solve problems that would confuse others.

He is also a haunted man, regenerating out of the War Doctor (see "Day of the Doctor" from the 50th anniversary specials), the sole survivor of the Great Time War, his conscience thick with the horrors of that war and his role in it, a conscience that makes him more determined than ever to help others -- starting with Rose Tyler in the first episode, "Rose."
 
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Doctor Who

  • Genres : Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure, Mystery, Kids & Family
  • Director : Graeme Harper, Euros Lyn, Douglas Mackinnon, James Strong, Rachel Talalay, Charlie Palmer, James Hawes, Joe Ahearne, Toby Haynes, Nick Hurran, Saul Metzstein, Hettie Macdonald, Richard Clark, Julian Simpson, Daniel Nettheim, Edward Bazalgette, Keith Boak, Colin Teague, Adam Smith, Paul Wilmshurst
  • Starring  : Matt Smith, David Tennant 
  • Supporting actors  : Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Nicholas Briggs, Karen Gillan, Billie Piper, Paul Kasey, Arthur Darvill, Ruari Mears, Freema Agyeman, Barnaby Edwards, Catherine Tate, Alex Kingston, Matt Lucas, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, Michelle Gomez, Pearl Mackie, Nicholas Pegg 
  • Season year : 2005
  • Network : BBC America 
  • Producers : Steven Moffat, Steven Moffat, Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, Phil Collinson, Phil Collinson, Brian Minchin, Piers Wenger, Denise Paul, Denise Paul, Denise Paul, Marcus Wilson, Marcus Wilson, Beth Willis, Diana Barton, Helen Vallis, Peter Bennett, Tracie Simpson, Tracie Simpson, Caroline Skinner
  • Format : Prime Video (Streaming Online Video)
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Movie Review The Walking Dead Seasons 8

Movie Review - The Walking Dead Seasons 8

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The Walking Dead Seasons 8 Serials :
  1. Mercy
  2. The Damned
  3. Monsters
  4. Some Guy
  5. The Big Scary U
  6. The King, the Widow, and Rick
  7. Time for After
  8. How It's Gotta Be

Rick and his survivors bring "All Out War" to Negan and his forces. The lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action- packed battle for the promise of a brighter future.
I've loved TWD from the first episode to the latest episode. I'm not always happy the way some episodes have been, but over all I still love the show. Is Michonne gone for good. I really miss her, and I hope no more of Rick's people are killed. I'm sick of Negan. He can go ASAP. It's the only show I've been loyal to in a long time. Please keep it on for a few more seasons. Most of the tv series these days is a bunch of silly crap.
I love this show but the action scenes absolutely kill me. Mostly the gun fights and the extreme lack of knowledge when it comes to how guns function and their effectiveness. Somehow they can shoot zombies in the head every time like I would imagine Jerry Miculek would. But somehow when facing other humans the show turns into the A-team. Even with fully automatic weapons the shooters trace outlines around their opponents.
 
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The Walking Dead Seasons 8

Genres  : Drama, Mystery, Horror
Network : Lionsgate
Format  : Prime Video (streaming online video)

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Movie Review 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Movie Review 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

From director Michael Bay, 13 HOURS is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012.
Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini
Runtime: 2 hours, 24 minutes 
 
13 Hours does a phenomenal job of recounting the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya. Regardless of the politics surrounding the Benghazi attacks, the film does an excellent job of examining the events that led up to the attack, as well as showcasing the heroism of the men that fought to defend American citizens. It gives a moving glimpse into the experiences of U.S. military personnel and the realities of combat.

I was worried that the film would be diluted by political commentary, but it isn't. The politics surrounding the event are touched on briefly, but are by no means a prominent theme in the film. It keeps the focus on the men that fought bravely to defend the U.S. compounds and save lives. Wonderful film.
 
Fantastic movie. I can stream this free thanks to Prime, but I'm picking up the blu-ray cause I like voting with my wallet. And this movie deserves all the positive votes it can receive.

Many would classify me as a hardcore conservative. Maybe I am. I believe in the Bible front-to-back, God first, family second, country third. I support our troops. Doesn't mean I condone every military action our nation is involved in, but the men and women on the front line- I support them. I want them all to accomplish their mission and then return home safe and sound.

This is a movie about those men. It shows their sacrifice, their courage, even their weakness (soldiers get scared too).

Love this movie. I don't consider it biased in anyway. Be that pro-conservative, anti-us-military, etc. It's a movie that focuses on the soldiers, tells their story. That's it. No political BS thrown in.

So freaking awesome. Watch this movie. It is amazing.
 
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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Michael Bay
Starring John Krasinski, James Badge Dale
Supporting actors Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Max Martini, Alexia Barlier, David Costabile, Payman Maadi, Matt Letscher, Toby Stephens, Demetrius Grosse, David Giuntoli, Kevin Kent, David Furr, Mike Moriarty, Freddie Stroma, Kenny Sheard, Andrew Arrabito, Christopher Dingli
Studio Paramount Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Movie Review The Choice

Movie Review - The Choice

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The Choice
From Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author of The Notebook and Safe Haven, comes this heart-lifting romance about how far we go to keep the hope of love alive.
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes 
 
This movie will be one of my proverbial comfort foods. Though it has been critically panned by a lot of critics, the ONLY critic whose review matters, is mine. I love this movie. You have to suspend your disbelief in some spots, particularly when it comes to the aging (or lack thereof) of the characters and *SPOILER ALERT* the medical improbability that anyone in a coma can look stunning or much less walk out of the hospital without muscle atrophy. Putting those hiccups aside, the movie had me in tears in a very good, cathartic way. I love it!
 
I found myself pulled into this sweet, yet cheesy, love story. I didn't anticipate that. Perhaps it was the setting of the waterfront 1940s cottages and moss-covered trees that evoked feelings of another time. Maybe it was because of the unexpected and deep love these two expressed for each other that I've always wanted, but never really felt I had. It is a story, yes, but it was beautiful in a strange way.
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The Choice

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Ross Katz
Starring Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer
Supporting actors Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Welling, Jesse C. Boyd, Brad James, Noree Victoria, Anna Enger, Lou Lou Safran, Vance Griswold, Brett Rice, Ashley LeConte Campbell, Sharon Blackwood, Marty Stonerock, Diane Sellers, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Callan White, Brett Kelley
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Movie Review Me Before You

Movie Review - Me Before You

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Me Before You
Film was brilliantly made and held my attention throughout. I loved it until then end. Terrible and tragic ending. This movie left me angry and heartbroken! To avoid spoilers read no further.
My aunt who is paralyzed from the neck down is the strongest and most inspiring woman I have ever met. If she would have taken control into her own hands and ended her life, so many people would have missed out on the blessing it is just to know her. So many people have been impacted by her, and brought to Jesus because of it. She is not holding anyone back. 

For this movie to imply that those with disables do so is utterly disgusting. I am angered to even have spent the time watching it. It could have ended beautifully, with Tim choosing to live out the remainder of his life as God intended, doing the most he could with what he was given, impacting others, and sharing his life with Lou. He could have went along side her through her journey. What an amazing love story that would be about sacrificial love. Instead, it ended with him selfishly taking matters into his own hands and taking the easy way out. 

I know it's just a movie but this just made me realize how devastating our world is becoming, that somebody would think this is an epic romance.

Great acting. But sad ending. This film gives the message that disabled people are useless and are better off dead, and it isn't our place to discourage them from that. I think disabled people have a lot to live for. This film did a great job of glorifying assisted suicide, and a terrible job of giving hope to people who are disabled.
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Me Before You

A girl in a small town (Emilia Clarke) forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man (Sam Claflin) she's taking care of.
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes 
Genres Drama, Romance
Director Thea Sharrock
Starring Sam Claflin, Vanessa Kirby
Supporting actors Emilia Clarke, Eileen Dunwoodie, Pablo Raybould, Gabrielle Downey, Henri Charles, Samantha Spiro, Brendan Coyle, Jenna Coleman, Alan Breck, Matthew Lewis, Muzz Khan, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Stephen Peacocke, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Richard Goulding, Diane Morgan, Stephen Chance
Studio New Line
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details 

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