A rather sad film about this energetic military figures end.
*Spoiler/plot- The Last Days of Patton, 1986. Following the close of WW2, Gen. Patton is seriously injured in a questionable car accident and is not expected to survive. This film tells the story of those last few months of his life and the Army Medical corps efforts to save his life from a broken neck.
Intermixed with flashbacks, the film shows Patton's earlier career as a young tank officer during WW1.
*Special Stars- George C. Scott, Richard Dyseart, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Eva Marie Saint, Murray Hamilton, Ed Lauter.
*Theme- Knowing yourself will get you your career success.
*Trivia/location/goofs- TV movie. George C. Scott reprises his OSCAR winning film role as General Patton. General Patton had so many accidents of falling of horses, his spine was very fragile and he did not know that prior to the car accident.
*Emotion- A rather sad film about this energetic military figures end. This film becomes almost a docu-drama.
*Spoiler/plot- Greenwich Village, 1944. Supposedly takes place in "Gay" 1890s' New York city Greenwich Village, as the area collects many artistic & musical types from the USA to become a hub of energy and creativeness.
*Special Stars- Carmen Moranda, Don Ameche, William Bendix,
*Theme- A positive attitude toward success will get you just that result, success.
*Trivia/location/goofs- black & white comedy musical. Singing and dance numbers are included. A WW2 time period 'feel good' film.
Many memorable songs with happy lyrics.
*Emotion- A delightful film to see and will leave you remembering several popular songs of that time period.
*Spoiler/plot- Run Silent, Run Deep, 1958. A submarine commander survivor of a Pacific Japanese attack gets another boat. The new boat comes with an established leader and the crew begins to think the new captain is not up to commanding the sub again.
*Special Stars- Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles, Paul Percerni.
*Theme- Experience and training can make miracles.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Watch for many "tank" shots featuring a miniature sub, torpedoes, and surface ships. This film gave Don Rickels his comedy career start.*
Emotion- A classic WW2 navy film of submarine warfare with a MEGA star cast and wonderful character actors added for more film fun.
*Based On- The Pacific submarine battles and service.
Fun to see the iconic 'point of view' of the main characters.
*Spoiler/plot- Ninotcha, 1939. Taking place in 1930's Europe, a Russian Communist ComiZar arrives in Paris and gets connected with a Western rich playboy. The clash of political and social systems takes place.
*Special Stars- Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Bela Lugosi .
*Theme- Life is more that facts & successes, it should be fun !
*Trivia/location/goofs- famous black & white comedy. One of Garbo's last films before her early retirement from the public.
*Emotion- Fun to see the iconic 'point of view' of the main characters because of their opposite agendas.
*Based On- European views of the post revolution Russia by Europeans.
A thoroughly fun and well paced action film for the Summer.
*Spoiler/plot- The Avengers: Endgame, 2019. The third and last of a Marvel Character Universe trilogy of the Earth's battle with the intergalactic villain, 'Thanos".
*Special Stars- Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Chris Helmsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Beneditch Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, brie Larson, Tom Hollad, Karen Gillian, Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lilly, Tessa Thompson, Rene Russo, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Leticia Wright, John Slattery, Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin, and more.
*Theme- Teamwork, even among super heroes is the only way to win the day.
*Trivia/location/goofs- The film was made at BBC studios in Georgia, USA.
*Emotion- A thoroughly fun and well paced action film for the Summer's opening. Very exciting because it involves many & many MCU superheroes on one team protecting the Earth against a cleaver villain.
*Based On- A famous marvel character's comic book fantasy story.
*Spoiler/plot- The Falkland Play, 2002. A dramatization of the events in UK Govt when the Argentinians escalated they action to take over the Falkland islands in the Southern Atlantic ocean in the 80's.
*Special Stars- Hugh Grant. Tara Fitzgerald, Patricia Hodges, James Fox.
*Theme- Oppressors and bullies internationally need to be confronted in all ways, diplomatic and military.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Shot in the UK production. All UK cast & crew with news file footage. Battlefield news footage was used in this film.
*Emotion- I remember this military action and how the news handled this military dispute. I'm was and are Pro-British in this matter. This film was a balanced presentation of the matter and also shows some secret matters the American Govt did to diffuse this military action.
*Based On- The news events and accounts of this military & diplomatic events.
*Spoiler/plot- Robot Overlords, 2014. An interesting film plot about when an alien species invades and conquers the Earth's human population and controls them by the use of robotic guards and sentinels.
*Special Stars- Sir Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson.
*Theme- Humans emotional resistance coupled with teamwork, can result in freedom of Earth's humans against their alien oppressors.
*Trivia/location/goofs- A UK produced film. Mostly UK production crew, cast and filming locations.
*Emotion- A fun and well done film with a very common film plot that proves this film to be a set above the rest. Well acted, produced, and enjoyable to watch by the audience.
*Based On- Very common alien invasion of Earth's humanity.
*Spoiler/plot- Chappaquiddick, 2017. A dramatization of the scandalous events surrounding the covered-up car accident and death of Senator Kennedy's election female staffer, Mary Jo Kopechne at the Kennedy Compound island in Massachusetts.
*Special Stars- Jaosn Clarke, Kate Mara, Bruce Dern.
*Theme- With much responsibility in Govt, many ethics are tested by elected officials.
*Trivia/location/goofs- How Senator Ted Kennedy escaped from the locked & sinking car has never been established. Chappaquiddick is the name of the island in Massachusetts where the accident occurred that killed Mary Jo Kopechne. Part of the film was filmed in Rockport, Massachusetts.
*Emotion- I remember this incident when it happened and thought the actions by Senator Kennedy post car accident were deplorable. This is a good neutral film that showed that Senator Kennedy was not fit for leadership when pressed into an incident by fate.
*Based On- The news events of the Kennedy Election times.
*Spoiler/plot- Rocketman, 2019. A rich film production of Eton Johns life from his young days through his musical tutoring days and his commercial music life till his happiness in today's music scene today.
*Special Stars- Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Matther Illesley, Kit Connor, and more.
*Theme- Seeking approval and love from others your whole life can take you on an unexpected adventure of 'ups and downs'.
*Trivia/location/goofs- This is an all UK film show, Cast & crew. It was produced by Eton John, himself. Bryce Dallas Howard who plays "Sheila", Eton's mum is DIR- Ron Howard's daughter.
*Emotion- it's a musical about Eton John's life. Very interesting production with full on singing and dance routines mixed in during the plot. Kidda depressing in his young beginning years and in his successful'excess years'. The lead actor, 'Karon' (who played grown up 'Eton') is a relatively newcomer in films. He played the lead English training spy in the British spy parody, 'The Kingsmen' franchise. He does an amazing performance in this film with total emotional depth. I wouldn't be surprised he gets an award nomination for his work in this film. If you like or know Eton John's songs, they take on a whole new meaning in their use to illustrate his life and moods in this film of his growth into adulthood and successes. I know a couple of his songs have been influential on me through my life. It also features heavily, his life long song lyric writer & friend, Bernie Tauppin in this film. A musical match couple much like McCartney and Lennon for the song business
*Based On- Eton John's ideas of his life and career.
'Black holes' and space travel through them took me out of the film's believability and enjoyment.
*Spoiler/plot- Intersteller, 2014. The Earth is running out of resources and must relocate to another inhabitable planet. The film covers the many ways and science to move the human population into living in the stars.
*Special Stars- Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway, John Lithgow, William Devane, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, William Dickinson.
*Theme- Planet Earth population can solve any problem with ingenuity and science.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Iceland location. According to Albert Einstein's theory of General Relativity, it would take an infinite amount of time to cross the threshold of a black hole's event horizon, as seen by a distant observer. The person crossing the threshold, however, would notice no change in the flow of time. The majority of shots of the robot TARS were not computer generated. Rather, TARS was a practical puppet controlled and voiced on-set by Bill Irwin, who was then digitally erased from the movie. Irwin also puppeteered the robot CASE, but in that instance, had his voice dubbed over by Josh Stewart.
*Emotion- I had a hard time with this film's story. The other OVER theoretical plot of 'black holes' and space travel through them took me out of the film's believability and enjoyment. The only non-theoretical plot device in this film that I really enjoyed was the helper robots.
*Based On- today's knowledge on interplanetary space travel.
*Spoiler/plot- The Kings Speech, 2010. The story of British King George VI, his unexpected ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936 after his brother abdicated, and the commoner Australian speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.
*Special Stars- Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bodham Carter
*Theme- Children are highly influenced for good or bad by adult authority figures.
*Trivia/location/goofs- 4 Academy awards: Best Picture, Best actor, best director, best original screenplay.
*Emotion- A historically interesting and well paced film about a British king's little talked about very human flaw that he overcame.
*Based On- Based on 'found' hidden letters of commoner Australian speech therapist by his son.
Interesting plot that covers mythology and history.
*Spoiler/plot- Wonder Woman, 2016. An origin story of Wonder Women. She is brought up in an all female race of warriors with a mandate to protect the Earth from attackers. She accidentally meets a human male during the WW1 conflict and wants to help humanity in their time of need. All the while keeping watch for any god-like villains that would threaten the Earth and it's inhabitants.
*Special Stars- Gal Gadot, Chris Prine.
*Theme- To help in making the world a better place and peaceful, people need to be active in societies' workings.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Gal Gadot trained for nine months to gain seventeen pounds of pure muscle. The scenes of Themyscira were shot in Southern Italy, on the Amalfi Coast. Production designer Aline Bonetto said the location was perfect: "Italy had beautiful weather, a beautiful blue-green sea, not too much tide, not too much wave." In Greco-Roman mythology, the Amazons of Themyscira and the Greek hero Heracles share a rivalry, since Heracles seduced Queen Hippolyta and stole her enchanted belt. This carried over into both DC and Marvel comics. In the DC Comics, Hercules (who is the Roman version of the Greek Heracles) is a misogynistic and villainous character who was punished by the Amazons for defiling them; he later became an anti-hero who sought redemption for his actions. Some of the Amazons have flesh colored cloth over one side of their chest, almost seeming like one breast was uncovered or nonexistent (this is very apparent in the opening sequence when young Diana watches the training and Antiope walks over to talk with an Amazon so clad). This may be a reference to the fact that Amazons are often depicted in art as having one breast exposed. Ancient sources even state that Amazons cut or burned off their breast on their dominant side so that it wouldn't interfere with combat, especially with a bow. Some ancient sources suggest that this is the source of their name; "a-mazos" in Greek means "without breast".
*Emotion- A wonderfully produced, casted, and performed film with a interesting plot that covers mythology and history in major doses. Very enjoyable and Gal Gadot is wonderful in this film as this character.
*Spoiler/plot- Murder on the Orient Express, 2017. Several interesting people are riding on a famous up-scale European train line for pleasure. One is horribly murdered. He finds that it's not 'by chance' that all the main suspects are all on this train at the right time. Interesting drama occurs. And the police inspector finds out the criminal.
*Special Stars- Kenneth Branagh, Michele Phiffer, Johnny Depp, Judy Dench, Derrick Jacobi, Penolope Cruz and many more. DIR-Kenneth Branagh.
*Theme- Crime is seldom a non-accidental occurrence.
*Trivia/location/goofs- The Orient Express ran over a variety of routes. The "Classic" Orient Express ran between Paris and Istanbul via Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, and Bucharest. The train in this movie, as a station announcement makes clear, is the Simplon Orient Express, which ran via Milan, Venice, Belgrade, and Sofia. Much of the cast and extras are made up of Sir Kenneth Branagh's closest friends and acquaintances, with many of them having either been directed by Branagh in his previous projects, co-starred with Branagh in a movie or theatre production, and/or have been a member of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.
*Emotion- A very fun and interesting re-make of this classic film plot with today's stars handling the characters with their own acting choices.
*Based On- Another remark of this famous Agatha Christie murder mystery novel.
A very deep thematically and complicated Superman film
*Spoiler/plot- Man of Steel, 2013. Superman comes to Earth, grows up in middle America, Kansas & adjusts to his new planetary home & neighbors but encounters SUPER trouble from a warlike group of other Kypton residents with evil intentions.
*Special Stars- Henry Cahill, Amy Adams.
*Theme- A person's upbringing shapes his positive view on life and his destiny.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Henry Cahill (British) does a good job in playing an American icon and is well cast for this familiar role.
*Emotion- A very complicated Superman film plot for adult viewers. Larger themes are explored through the use of the Superman character, his Kyptonian enemies and the humans that interact with him.
*Based On- The D.C. Comic's Superman story and earlier films versions.
*Spoiler/plot- Dunkirk, 2017. British Expeditionary forces, French, and other allied armies become encircled and cutoff from supplies and support. A major evacuation effort is mounted by the British Navy and civilian boat owners to land in the shallow beaches to get survivors out to fight another day.
*Special Stars- Fionne Whitehead, Barry Keoghan. DIR: Christopher Nolan
*Theme- You sometimes have to re-group and attack a problem another day.
*Trivia/location/goofs- According to Sir Kenneth Branagh, roughly thirty Dunkirk survivors, who were in their mid nineties, attended the premiere in London, England. When asked about the movie, they felt that it accurately captured the event, but that the soundtrack was louder than the actual bombardment, a comment that greatly amused Writer, Producer, and Director Christopher Nolan. The end credits state that twelve of the original little ships that participated in the Dunkirk evacuation appeared in the movie, re-enacting their presence in 1940. When Farrier (Tom Hardy) lands his Spitfire on the Dunkirk shore, the plane is actually being piloted by American billionaire Dan Friedkin, who loaned planes from his personal collection to this movie. Near the end of the movie, a Spitfire without fuel is seen shooting down a Stuka dive-bomber. This is historically correct.. The Stukas were notoriously easy targets for fighter planes (especially when preparing to dive) and, in the following Battle of Britain, a significant number were shot down.
*Emotion- A well thought out and produced film to demonstrate the many darkest matters of this mass evacuation under the German guns. Many details of the on camera scenes were meticulously researched and portrayed. The audience gets treated to some real emotion on how the event was played out during those dark days.
Take a break here. More comedic that other super hero groups.
*Spoiler/plot- Guardians of the Galaxy, part 2, 2014. The Guardians of the Galaxy have a hard struggle to keep the group together while dealing with their member's personal 'family issues', most notably Star-Lord's recent encounter with his crazy father, the planetary celestial being called, 'Ego'.
*Special Stars- Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana
*Theme- The universes 'outcasts' have their priorities in the right place.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Prop Master Russell Bobbitt had difficulty finding the cassette decks used in the first film, and all of the Sony Walkman headphones they found were broken. Bobbitt contacted Sony to see if they had any available for filming. They didn't, so he eventually created six from scratch. After many rumors, Karen Gillan reprised her role as Nebula without shaving her head. Chris Pratt said that he found the workout regimen for his shirtless scene much easier than the one in the first film, because he was already in great shape going into the film. For Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Pratt was 60 pounds overweight when he started working out. For this film, however, he said he had maintained the buff physique acquired from the first film.
*Emotion- This superhero group is less heroic and more comedic that other super hero groups in the MCU. I would not compare them to any others. I found them a different 'taste' than mine, but still entertaining and enjoyable.
*Based On- Marvel Comics characters and story arches.
*Spoiler/plot- Spiderman, Home Coming, 2017 This is not quite and origin story but shows the audience Peter 'Spiderman' Parker's social and school life. A new super villain is introduced and has to fight 'Spidey'.
*Special Stars- Tom Holland, Michael Keaton
*Theme- You can always trust your friendly neighborhood Spiderman.
*Trivia/location/goofs- In an interview from 2013, while promoting his upcoming film, How I Live Now (2013), Tom Holland was asked by a reporter what kind of role he might want to try next. When Holland replied, saying a project with action and humor would be of interest to him, the reporter asked if he would ever like to play a superhero. "Maybe Spider-Man, in ten years time," answered Holland. "The reboot of the reboot, if they do that." Spider-Man never punches any of the villains he fights. He uses his webs, he counters his enemies punches which causes them to punch each other, he even kicks them, but he never punches them. Nineteen-year-old Tom Holland was the youngest actor to be cast as Peter Parker. Tobey Maguire was cast at 25, and Andrew Garfield was 26.
*Emotion- A very fun and enjoyable film. Tom Holland does the best presentation of this gymnastic teenage super hero than any actor before him. He has extensive gymnastic and dance training for the physical work and he has just the right juvenile tone to his character when needed in those school, family, and neighborhood scenes. Michael Keaton does a great job bringing a new Marvel comics villain to life as 'The Vulture' who makes his life stealing (picking) alien tech from New York city battleground after the Avenger's intergalactic war.
*Spoiler/plot- Justice League, 2017. Many Meta humans are found and contacted to join their talents to protect humanity and the Earth from all danger.
*Special Stars- Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams. DIR- Zack Snyder.
*Theme- Hero's that unite against horrific evil will always win.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Henry Cavill worked on the reshoots and Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) at the same time. He had to sport a mustache for his role in the latter project, however Paramount refused to let the actor shave it off for the time he played Superman again. This meant that Cavill's facial hair had to be digitally removed in post-production. Extensive reshoots in London and Los Angeles in mid-2017 added a cost of approximately $25 million to the film's budget. Gal Gadot's work on "Justice League" began the day after she wrapped production on "Wonder Woman." The line-up in this film is based on the founding members from the New 52 origin story (with the exception of Green Lantern). During the Silver Age origin story, Martian Manhunter was one of the founding members. He was replaced with Cyborg (who was previously known as a founding member of the New Teen Titans) in the New 52 version.
*Emotion- A fun and adventurous film. The villain part of this plot and his task to conquer Earth was very disappointing. The super villain, 'Steppenwolf' was terrible and unbelievable. His back story was un-interesting and much to simplistic to get the audience much involved in it. As such the film larger plot suffered for me.
*Spoiler/plot- A Walk in the Sun (Salerno Beachhead), 1945. Members of the Texas 36th infantry division post landing is assigned to take an objective farm house and bridge. They encounter many challenges as the audience get to know all the members of the platoon and see their destinies.
*Special Stars- Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, LLoyd Bridges, John Ireland, Sterling Holloway, Huntz Hall.
*Theme- USA know how is a winning element in war.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Black & White. US Army platoon, of 36th Texas Infantry Division in Italy. Agoura Ranch substituting for Italy. Film Debut of John Ireland and Robert Horton. Narrator is Burgess Meredith, who latter played Pvt Ernie Pyle fighting in Italy in another film. Some of the armored vehicles were re-dressed US army fighting vehicles. Huntz Hall of the Bowery Boys/Eastside Kids plays a straight dramatic role as one of the platoon.
*Emotion- thinking man war movie with exposition.
*Based On- The 36th Texas infantry after action reports and history of the Italian Campaign.
While entertaining, this is an Islamic apologist film
*Spoiler/plot- Victoria and Abdul, 2017. A story based on a real occurrence that happened to British Empire Queen Victoria. She became an enamored with her kingdom of India and all things from that sub-continent. She was still mourning her late husband's Albert's death and had become increasingly isolated from her court and society. When an Indian servant/clerk shows her some kindness, the queen elevates him and his culture in her courtly environments.
*Special Stars- Judy Dench, Ali Fazal.
*Theme- Kindness to others costs nothing and shows much to all.
*Trivia/location/goofs- Costumes from the film Victoria & Abdul are on display in the Indian Durbar Room at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight until the 30 September 2017. Osborne is Queen Victoria's seaside residence on the island, and it was used as a location in the film. Victoria's advisors threatened her with being declared insane. Although she was only 1 when her grandfather George III died, she was aware that he had been declared insane and his son (her uncle) ruled as Prince Regent for 9 years from 1811 to 1820. Therefore she knew that it was possible for her advisors to carry through on their threat.
*Emotion- IMVHO- While entertaining, this is an Islamic apologist film- This is just another Islamic promotional movie whom the writers have instead used an Indian character who has converted to Islam and who falls into interest and sphere of Victoria, Queen of England; who is nothing short of an apologist of Islam throughout the movie. In the Queen's continued admiration and promotion of the Indian Muslim 'Abdul', the Queen disregards the truth told her regarding Abdul's lies to her, and allows him and his burka clad wife and mother to remain in her residence. Although an emotional movie which is sure to drive the hearts of many misguided people, the movie falls short of actual facts concerning Islam's real doctrine and nature of which the 'Churchills' were
surely aware of at the time when this movie was suppose to have taken place. Considering the current Islamic problems that are now facing the UK in general, making another movie to appeal to the ignorance and non-informed public is not only deceptive but simply regressive.
*Based On- true story and found Royal letters in 2010.
The Man in the Glass Booth, 1975.
*Spoiler/plot- Millionaire Jewish businessman Arthur Goldman runs his New York city business from his opulent penthouse. Seemingly on the edge of his sanity he pontificated on baseball, ex-wives, Papal press releases to his family massacre in the Nazi extermination camps. In Goldman's paranoia, he remarks on a lurking bleu Mercedes parked outside his residence. His staff; his personal assistant and chauffeur dismiss their bosses mental wanderings. Until Israeli agents capture Goldman and take him to Israel to stand trial as SS Nazi Colonel Adolf Dorph. The trial become an intense and fascinating scene study.
*Special Stars- Maximilian Schell, Lois Nettleton. DIR: Arthur Miller, WRITER: Robert Shaw.
*Theme- Maybe an explorations of a well known psychological themes. Maybe Survivor's guilt and hostage syndrome, called The Helsinki Syndrome.
*Trivia/location/goofs- OCSAR nominated for Mr. Schell. Story written by famous British/Irish actor, Robert Shaw.
*Emotion- An exciting and extremely well acted film for all involved especially Schell.