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Making a Scene: Prison Break
(2005)
Episode 6, Season 1

There's a lot of history here
This consists of interviews with the cast and crew, all of whom have something compelling to add within their area of expertise(and there is a very clear love of what they're working on), clips from the subject, behind-the-scenes footage, and incomplete effects shots.

It's 8 minutes long. This is found on the season 1 dvd of Prison Break. It spoils a lot of the title, and so will this review, so that I can go into more detail.

They talk about the challenges faced by shooting in a real prison. How it couldn't possibly be replicated on a soundstage. Someone passed out on the first day since it was 106 degrees. The difficulties Haywire causes. How cramped it is and how difficult it is to fit cameras in the cells. The characters encountered early on.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

Beyond the Ink
(2006)

It looks so real... you could go to a rave, and, like... not get beaten up
This consists of interviews with the cast and crew, all of whom have something compelling to add within their area of expertise(and there is a very clear love of what they're working on), drawings of the tattoos, clips from the subject, behind-the-scenes footage, and incomplete effects shots.

It's 16 and a half minutes long. This is found on the season 1 dvd of Prison Break. It spoils a lot of the title, and so will this review, so that I can go into more detail.

They talk about how the sleeves are a big part of the appeal of the show. That the body is the only thing you bring into your cell, so that had to be part of the means of escape. What it was like coming off Red Dragon. Working out the code. Using demons and angels to show the duality of Michael, a man doing the wrong thing for the right reason. Tracing the devil onto paper, which was originally Jesus, but the network, understandably, didn't like the image of Schofield taking a hammer to Christ. Haywire. The pain meaning that realistically, it would have taken four years, not mere months, to get all that the lead got. How long it takes to apply before filming. Getting an appreciation for how strenuous it must be to be on Star Trek, and have prosthetics on your head.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

If These Walls Could Speak: Profile of the Joliet Correctional Center
(2006)

I would be thinking, "My life is over"
This consists of interviews with experts, all of whom have something compelling to add within their area of expertise(and there is a very clear base of knowledge in what their field is), footage from the place, and pans across drawings and photos of the prison.

It's 9 and a half minutes long. This is found on the season 1 dvd of Prison Break.

They talk about the history of the facility. Profiling the inmates. The rules, what you would be put in segregation cells for. Protective custody. The programmes that became available. Death chamber. Closing it in 2002.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

Making of 'Prison Break'
(2006)

He was manna from heaven
This consists of interviews with the cast and crew, all of whom have something compelling to add within their area of expertise(and there is a very clear love of what they're working on), clips from the subject, behind-the-scenes footage, and incomplete effects shots.

It's 30 and a half minutes long. This is found on the season 1 dvd of Prison Break. It spoils a lot of the title, and so will this review, so that I can go into more detail.

They talk about how farfetched the idea is. The importance of there being no other option than the core concept. Of Michael being compelling. Casting Miller, and how he would base the character on aspects about himself taken to the extreme. Lincoln being redeemable. Sucre and his passion. Abruzzi and how he is a less stereotypical mobster. C-Note as the go-to guy, and his family motivating him. Bellick and his responsibilities and ego. T-Bag and his animalistic traits. The actors all helping each other deliver the best performance they can. All the benefits, and the creepiness, of shooting in an actual prison. The writers giving the leads freedom, and welcoming collaboration. And finally, what's to come after escaping Fox River.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
(2020)

Takes flight and stays on course
The Joker(Leto, not Phoenix) kicks out Harley(Robbie, showing more sides and dimension), in just the most recent of many cases of her trying to please guys who clearly aren't good for her. As such she no longer has his protection, and as it turns out a lot of people have grievances with her. They are frequently introduced in freeze-frame gags that are one of the numerous ways in which this is Suicide Squad if that movie was actually great, and not a mess, editing and tone wise. Other examples include the extensive use of music, which here is allowed to land and be effective, instead of almost immediately ending. As well as the story structure not being quite chronological in showing the events, now properly setting up who the different people are, and giving them depth. Black Canary(Smollett-Bell, an incredible performer, you seriously have to hear her cover of "This Is A Man's World" for yourself) sings in the club of Roman Sionis(McGregor, deliciously unpredictable as a cruel narcissist), but if pressed, she might be willing to admit that he does awful things. Renee Montoya(Perez) is an excellent cop who struggles to because of rotten coworkers. She believes that Huntress(Elizabeth Winstead, cool while also a hilarious Batman parody) is working for him, just like Victor Zsasz(Messina, sadistic, understands his master and knows how to deal with his outbursts) his right-hand man. Teenager Cassandra Cain just robbed him, not realising it would put a bullseye on her back. So the four women(who feel like they're each in their own film... and it's so good. Just. The very best) have to try to protect her, as every criminal in Gotham City tries to score by catching her.

This movie deeply resonates with a lot of people. The feeling of being rejected and not giving up. Of standing up for what's right, even if you feel like you don't have a personal stake in the matter. It is easy to relate to the young pickpocket, and want to see her safe. Second unit director Chad Stahelski, known for helming the three John Wick chapters, lends the action scenes the same fluidity here, again highlighting the significant fighting prowess of the combatants, and, here, also the teamwork on display. Despite similarities, this doesn't feel like it's just Deadpool starring Quinn. It has its own distinct identity. In some ways it's equal or superior to those two pictures. This choice makes a ton of sense for this.

There is a lot(not an excessive amount) of gore, violence and strong language in this. I wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone that the promotional material appeals to. 8/10

1917
(2019)

Immensely memorable film about a conflict we should never forget
The year is, as you may have guessed, 1917. The war to end all wars(oh, if only it actually had been) has been going on for 3 years. The German forces seem to be on retreat. Unfortunately, like other times that appeared to be the case, it is in actuality a trap. Blake(Chapman, green) gets a signed order from the general to the regiment(as he has a brother in it) that are to pursue the enemy. before he was given that briefing, back when he thought it would be something simple like to go gather some food, he was asked to choose someone to go with him. He picked his friend Schofield(MacKay, more experienced, and as a direct result, more reserved). It seems impossible but they have to try.

Their journey shows a huge amount of the countless legitimately terrifying and disgusting realities of WWI. You'll see many corpses. It was rare to bury your dead. Some are being slowly eaten by rats. Others are bloated. We as moviegoers can almost smell their stench. While I have an extremely high tolerance for violence and gore, I do acknowledge that there is a certain line. If you cross that, if you show more graphic material than you "should", the audience becomes desensitised. It no longer packs a punch. This movie does an incredible job of getting right up to the limit, going as far as it can, without going overboard. I agree with those that say this isn't really an entry in the action genre. I'd classify it as a horror-thriller. Within 15 minutes, our duo have crossed into what they just been explicitly told, technically is still enemy territory. No man's land. The focus is not really on battles so much as tension and suspense. Any moment they could encounter someone one who's stayed behind specifically to stop them, to prevent their victory.

This is presented as a one taker, with the few actual cuts, perhaps not entirely successfully, hidden. I found it to be incredibly immersive. Your mileage may vary. It does come with weaknesses, such as dialogue scenes that would have benefited from traditional editing, and are instead bland. And limitations, which I can't discuss since I am not getting into spoilers. Some criticize the low characterization and plot. I agree with them on its presence, not about it being a considerable negative. This is instead about the more general experience of participating in World War I, and keeping to a faster pace and smoother flow. What we see in this is essentially a microcosm. To understand the scope we do have to ourselves multiply it by millions. Far more effective than throwing the real(legitimately overwhelming) numbers at us. No, it's not the exact experience of everyone, that's not what they wanted to go for. The camaraderie rings true. Here's hoping this picture(and it's positive reception, when it comes to critics, general audiences, and awards) will inspire a third adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front. The two that are already out are both excellent, covering different aspects really well. And another one could go into new things that those don't, from the book.

In addition to what I've already mentioned, this contains some strong language. I recommend this to anyone that has the stomach for it. 9/10

Blinkende lygter
(2000)

A tale of staring cows, struggling with politeness, and the oeuvre of Ove Ditlevsen
It's not easy being a small-time crook. Thorkild(Pilmark, just wants a place to call his own) feels the weight of turning 40 without being where he wants to be, and being left(on his birthday! Dude, that's harsh. ...At least she did get him a present) by Therese(Hjejle, deliciously direct and cutting in her honesty). He's trying to repay his debt, and thus has to to steal and deliver a case with 4 million in it. Once he actually has them in his hand, he finds he can't just return it. He might never see that kind of cash ever again. Honestly, the only reason he's trusted with it, is because otherwise, there'd be no movie. He and his three companions leave the heist, discussing whether to go to Barcelona. However, they definitely can't do so right away. Peter(Thomsen, while sadly underutilized, still leaves a distinct impression as a coke addict who, like the others, goes through a transformation) took a bullet. It's going to be 2 weeks before they can move him. For now they're stuck in... Jutland(*shudders*). Understandably, this leaves them all restless. At being told to tone down his language, and, so much worse, to get rid of his rather substantial collection of guns, Arne(Mikkelsen, absolutely on point) becomes enraged. Er, more so than he already was. And Stefan(Lie Kaas, literally perpetually eating) misses his girlfriend Hanne(Gråbøl, hilariously mismatched with, as she aptly puts it, this gang of psychos). Can they possibly make their situation work? And how long can they hide?

This does a great job at blending dark humour with a real heart. It explores how a lot of men don't have a good support network. Even if they have several close friends. It shows that displays of emotion, and even the mere lack of aggressive behaviour, is met with homophobia. We see that even individuals who don't appear to have empathy or the ability to remain calm, may just need to be understood. Accepted. On another note, this is absolutely hilarious. I just watched it for the first time I'm in 10 to 15 years, finding that I remembered almost every single joke, and yet laughed hard throughout. The performances and chemistry are a huge part of why. Everyone gets it exactly right. The spotlight is always on the men, making it all the more impressive how memorable the women are. Such an incredible contrast between how normal they are and how, beyond damaged and hardened, legitimately dangerous and unpredictable their partners and their buddies are. It's thoroughly impressive that through all this, the film managed to find the human side buried underneath.

There is a lot of deeply offensive comedy, relatively bloody and violent content, and strong language in this. I recommended to everyone who enjoys Danish movies. And if you're not sure if you do yet, then I urge you to find out by giving one of these a shot. 8/10

Without a Trace
(2002)

Worth looking for
When someone goes missing somewhere in New York, a special unit of federal officers is put on the case. It is led by Jack Malone(Anthony LaPaglia, barely suppressing his intensity), and consists of Vivian Johnson(Marianne Jean-Baptiste, maternal), Samantha Spade(Poppy Montgomery, tough), Danny Taylor(Enrique Murciano, who uses his Street smarts effectively), Martin Fitzgerald(Eric close, starting out as the rookie), and eventually, Elena Delgado(Roselyn Sanchez, who gradually got better at acting, as she got better at English, in particular at delivering the long, wordy lines with clear enunciation and keeping a smooth flow to the sentence).

With a glut of procedurals already on air, this was conceived as having an unusual twist: rather than opening on a corpse, it's that a person(sometimes more than one) has disappeared(and this one doesn't have psychics to help find them. I'm not saying all of those are bad. I'm just really relieved that we have at least one that is completely without that type of thing). This means that there is always some hope that the person will be found alive and returned to their loved ones safe and sound. Rather than focusing on a murderer, this is about figuring out why the person can't be found. The circumstances. Why. And there is quite a lot of different ways that that can happen, which are explored here. Before watching any specific episode of this, you don't know: was it kidnapping? Were they secretly a criminal and had to escape the cops? Did they do something they can't forgive themselves for and are terrified to face? Are they intentionally hiding for other reasons? And if so, which?

In order to solve the mystery(which the viewer is invited to attempt to do while watching), the team attempts to reconstruct the 24 hours(sometimes more) leading up to the last time the person was seen(by anyone willing to talk to law enforcement at least. Many times it will turn out that people like that weren't involved, but they were scared to come forward, since they might get arrested for something else they were doing). They look into their financial and phone records. Maybe they recently withdrew or transferred a substantial amount of money, either to escape their own life or to pay someone - which they might not especially have wanted to do. Maybe they were on the cell with someone who knows where they went, and/or why. Since there is not always physical evidence this does have less scenes of investigating that then one of the CSI's. This can mean less visual variety. They do sometimes have recordings of audio and/or video, or still photos, to go off of. Maybe there's something in the background that can provide a substantial clue.

A major aspect of this is how much of it is a character study. A lot of time is devoted to talking to persons of interest, including family and friends. You get a sense of who they are, what their personal experiences were like, and how they shaped them. Very frequently you end up feeling for them. This has heaps of empathy for for many very different people. It encourages you to as well. Standing up for those who need a champion. And, unfortunately, occasionally making excuses for powerful people intentionally doing something wrong. Flashbacks give us brief yet often powerful glimpses into occurrences that lead to to the situation, taking place as little as minutes, or as long as decades, ago. They also increase the overall number of locations, which helps prevent things from becoming samey. Sometimes they merely serve to redirect suspicion from one person to another, introducing a new individual who we may not know a lot about from right away, who has motive, opportunity, and/or are maybe seen threatening harm. And a lot of times those turn out to have been words they wouldn't act on. The need to keep a slow trickle of information can cause frustrating elements like that. After all, each ep needs to reach 42 minutes in length. And we can't have viewers figuring everything out from early on.

Executive Producer Jerry Bruckheimer mandated that the show be visually arresting even if a viewer was channel hopping with the sound off. As such, the dynamic camera is always moving. The stylisation is never excessive, even when it will will occasionally dip into the very unusual. One example includes when the protagonist is a woman who recently went blind, and the cinematography and editing put us right in her head. That means emulating that the only sense of her surroundings that she has, is based on sounds and what she can touch with her hands. Her terror at being lost in this new situation grips us and put us on the edge of our seats.

As seasons pass a lot of shows grow more extreme than they were early in their run. All things considered, this did not fare that badly in that regard. Still, some things did definitely increase in amount. Suspects shot, although it was always to prevent them from hurting someone, a last resort, and seldom played as being cool - certainly they always attempted to take them in, so that they could stand trial. There got to be more instances of use of torture that lead to useful credible information, which is something that experts have thoroughly debunked. I'm not saying everything has to be realistic. However. This is something that leads to more regular people believing it to be a necessary evil. And finally, while this was never actually similar to a soap opera, the traits that resemble those of that sub-genre did become more prevalent. If you're not above enjoying something cheesy, it is nice to see these people who live in such a dark world smile and be happy.

This contains a lot of violent, disturbing, sexual content. I thoroughly, wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone who enjoys solving puzzles in fiction. 7/10

Hellboy
(2019)

Admirable in swinging for the fences, frustrating in missing a significant chunk of the time
Hellboy(Harbour, a teenage-like alternative to Perlman's equally excellent version. There's more of a sense of threat, both to and from him: He sometimes gets seriously hurt in fights where it makes sense for him to. And you feel that he might actually embrace his evil nature, rejecting the "nurturing" meant to keep him from doing so) questions his place in the world, as he fights creatures that hide in the shadows, wondering what, if anything, makes him any different from them. Professor Broom(McShane, his "tough love" step dad), and others, repeatedly(somewhere between 3 and 5 times. Seriously. It gets pretty old) tell him to man up. After all, someone is working on restoring Nimue(Jovovich, absolutely perfect casting, just as many had figured she would be) to her full strength, at which point she intends to unleash a plague on the entire planet, as well as an army of nightmarish beasts, including a few that literally rise from the netherworld, and look like they stepped right out of a Silent Hill game. They're amazing. Honestly all of the designs of beings in this are truly inspired. Fortunately he will not have to fight them alone. He's joined by psychic Alice(Lane, charming) and special forces member Ben(Dae Kim, prepared to do what's necessary to save us all). And a third of the way in, once they start directly interacting with the plot(before that point it's only themes for them. The bad guys get both right from the start), which comes across as over-complicated even though it's in reality straightforward(not saying that that, by itself, is a negative), they're a force to be reckoned with.

There's a lot to love here. Many individual pieces of greatness, that, believe me, I'm very sorry to say, ultimately do not completely congeal into a satisfying whole. This has an R rating in part because Deadpool did so well. So this tries too hard to go for some of the same things, especially the humour(wisely avoiding 4th wall breaking, which works for that but wouldn't for this), full of modern references. Trust me, it will get tiring even if only near the very end of it, when it did for me. CGI's hit and miss. The action is immensely entertaining. I'm not sure I agree with those who say that the tones don't mix well, and I can emphatically say that they nail the individual ones. This includes the chilling horror, which brings us the utterly terrifying Baba Yaga.

This contains a lot of bloody, gory(while I have a very high tolerance for that, I have to admit, it probably is excessive) violence, as well as harsh swearing. 6/10

Der Name der Rose
(1986)

Deeply engaging
The year is 1327. When friar William(Connery, equal parts charming and sardonic, in other words, a role perfect for him) and his young apprentice Adso(Slater, innocent) arrive at a benedictine abbey, they find themselves investigating a series of strange deaths there.

In this entire paragraph, I will explain why the murder mystery here is one of the best I've seen. While you have to really apply yourself to figure it out before the characters do, it's not impossible. There are many details that you need to notice keep in mind and use as clues, and no reveal feels like a cheat. Technically everything is there, on screen, although of course you only gradually get to see all of it. The detectives are smart but not improbably so.

The many virtues found here in don't end there. All of the acting is excellent. The director makes great use of Ron Perlman, just like he does in The Quest For Fire and Enemy At The Gates. Cinematography and editing are excellent. The sheer level of detail rewards multiple viewings.

This contains some strong violence and gore, as well as a little graphic sexuality and nudity. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys trying to solve a puzzle. 8/10

Terminator: Dark Fate
(2019)

Learning from mistakes... some of the time
A few years from now, two individuals arrive from the future of decades from now. Rev-9(Luna, excellent as easily the best at imitating human behaviour and blending in so far) is a pre-programmed, single-minded entity, with the skeleton like that of the original 1984 one, a surface similar to the 1991 one, presented with sleek visuals that couldn't have been accomplished until recently. In other words: a perfect metaphor for the entire film itself. He's after a target. The other to be sent is there to protect them: Grace(Davis, blending toughness with vulnerability like no one in this series has since Michael Biehn), an enhanced human soldier. This time, it's not one of the Connors that's the focus. Instead it's Dani(Reyes, refusing to to be inactive). Sarah(Hamilton, having grown more badass over the years, just like her character) has taken to hunt Terminators, and, thus, comes across the aforementioned. Out of empathy, something key to the best entries in this franchise, and James Cameron films in general, she decides to help them out: "Because I was her. And it sucks to be her".

This being divisive is neither a mystery nor a secret. Some of the reasons are spoilers, something I seek to avoid in these reviews, so while I won't say what they are, I want those who wanna know to be aware: There's a huge thing in the first few minutes(a ton of people are going to demand their money back right after they see the scene. I can imagine it setting a record in that regard. Maybe that part should have been in the trailers. I guess they were worried about falling in the trap of revealing too much, as the ones for Salvation did, and the ones for Genisys were unfairly accused of), and the nature of Arnie's role in this. If you think these might bother you(which I realise is difficult to say without knowing the details), there are articles online that will explain these without giving away the rest of this movie. The references to the first two are plentiful, and some will definitely find them to be excessive and/or poorly handled. Personally, I didn't. There is a ton of action throughout. Like everything about this, it emulates a lot of what we see in T1 and T2. This uses the core setup as well, while hinting that the sequel will be very different, just like the third(which led to the universally hated fourth one), and the fifth(which was so unpopular that it didn't get a follow-up). Funny. R-rated with as much bloody violence as something centered on killer robots should be. Intense and never boring.

I recommend this to those still interested once they've decided how they feel about the two major issues. 7/10

Zombieland: Double Tap
(2019)

Welcome back
It's been 10 years without much changing. The sisters leave because they feel trapped in their situation. One month later, Wichita(Stone, impeccable) returns to tell the guys that Little Rock(Breslin, the only of the four main cast to return who doesn't get that much funny stuff to do) left her for a hippie, something all three of them find to be a problem. Can he protect her when he's taken a vow of nonviolence? Tallahassee(Harrelson, his desire for a Twinkie replaced with an obsession with Elvis that is a lot easier to milk, and they do, and it is glorious) in particular hates the idea of his adoptive daughter, clearly still 12 years old in his mind, being with someone he considers not right for her. So they leave to catch up to her. Thing is, Columbus(Eisenberg, ever OCD), in the time spent away from the girls, got together with Madison(Deutch, stealing the show. They keep coming up with new material for her, which makes her remain a laugh riot for much longer than you might otherwise expect. All of her screen-time, in fact), who's... let's go with "not exactly the smartest". They can't just leave her behind... well, despite a 2-to-1 vote in favor of that, they don't. So we get a lot of great bickering between the two now bitter exes, something both actors nail, while the blonde in the middle doesn't realize it's going on at all.

Like Ant-Man and The Wasp and Deadpool 2 before it, clearly they watched the first movie repeatedly, figured out what worked the best and how to reference everything people loved about the original. This is hilarious from start to finish. This came out a decade after what it's a sequel to, and not everyone will find it to live up to that long wait. It doesn't try to be a carbon copy, or take huge risks so as not to alienate core fans waited for so long, but focuses on interpersonal relationships, which I would say was the right way to go. It's scarier, the jokes are more plentiful, it has more action and the character moments ring true.

I recommend this those who have wanted this since 2009, as long as you can accept that it's not going to live up to having been wished for, for so long. 8/10

Voices from the List
(2004)

He was never drunk but he was always happy
This consists of real people telling their stories, zooms in on and pans across still photos, and filmed footage, from the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History.

It's 77 and a half minutes long. This is found on the 2-disc DVD release of Schindler's List.

They talk about Schindler. His partying and love of excitement. Kristallnacht. Germans marching into Krakow. Realizing that your neighbors might be Nazi sympathizers. Being forced to work like slaves, and in general having no rights. Hiding places. The brutal violence, even against children. Goeth. His abuse of Helen Hirsch. What he would wear when he was going to kill a lot of people. How they would fight back by refusing to let their spirit be broken. Saving pictures of ones parents even if it meant risking death if they were discovered. Feeling safe once Oskar added them to the list, so much so that for the first time they dared look Amon directly in the face.

I recommend this to everyone. 8/10

Valhalla
(2019)

Take the journey
Røskva(Loffredo, incredibly talented) goes with her brother Tjalfe(Moltke-Leth, not himself to blame for being the only to be vaguely and inconsistently characterized) to Asgard(albeit it is consistently mistakenly referred to as Valhalla... that'll probably turn into a drinking game). While they knew they were going there to be slaves, she is still shocked at how badly they're treated. Finding that the gods are engaged in immature and unproductive arguments(including name-calling, a little of it even ableist), as they are facing Ragnarok due to Fenrir being on the loose, she must embrace her inner Greta Thunberg, and as one of the single most powerless, stand up to those who have the strength to fight. This will encourage many young women to stand up for what they know has to be done.

This does an excellent job at conveying how vast the power imbalance is between the mortal children and the deities. You genuinely feel like, at any time, the latter might rip the head off one of the former, making good on a threat actually made by one of them. As such, it is legitimately intense and tense throughout, almost a horror drama, even when we're not looking at jotun, with their animalistic traits, and unfortunately, problematically, dark skin(are we seriously not past doing that?). It is always dark and bleak, and thus, hugely different from the comic and the 33 year-old direct adaptation. There is some humor, and Quark(Forghani, whose eyes convey so much) remains present, to again highlight the deep well of empathy of our female protagonist, inspiring true dread from no longer drawing the majority of the ire of Thor(Møller, seemingly permanently on the verge of an outburst of his neverending fury). This new version is well worth the tremendous effort it took to produce since it is immensely relevant. It deserves your hard-earned cash, and indeed, a trip to the cinema, heck, just for the audio alone. You yourself feel that you have been transported to a realm beyond what we know. The acting is masterclass all the way. This knows to use visual effects sparingly(the massive wolf looks photorealistic, in part due to how brief its appearances are, ever a clear sign that they knew how far they could push it before the seams start showing) and the entire budget, meager by Hollywood standards, is spent wisely, making every moment of this completely convincing.

The fact that I give this the highest rating that I can signifies that, to me, the positives outweigh the negatives with ease. However, since others might be more bothered by the weak points, I will get into them. I would also say that if you speak(well, read) Danish, the professional critics point to issues, and their reviews are worth reading. There is a little too much story, and the feature is awkwardly paced. This has very little action, by American standards; the amount came as no surprise to me. It's not what this is about, and when it's there it's amazing. And this does basically expect you to know Norse mythology, which, while tons of Danes already do, might spell trouble if, or, fingers crossed, when, it tries to move outside of Scandinavia. Very likely it will be with dubbed voices rather than subtitles. I'm not complaining, I'm just glad that that's not how it started out, like with the otherwise deeply impressive 1986 original.

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys mythology. 10/10

Survivors of the Shoah: Visual History Foundation
(2004)

Maybe through education, we can prevent another Holocaust
This consists of interviews with the survivors, those working on the Foundation, those exposed to it, narration by Morgan Freeman, and footage of the use of the visual history by youths.

It's 11 and a half minutes long. This is found on the 2-disc DVD release of Schindler's List.

They talk about collecting the stories. The Armenian Genocide and others that are also less well-known. How it affects you to view the videos.

I recommend this to everyone. 8/10

Vantage Point: Plotting an Assassination
(2008)

What if we had someone on the grassy knoll
This consists of interviews with the cast and crew, all of whom have something compelling to add within their area of expertise(and there is a very clear love of what they're working on), clips from the movie, behind-the-scenes footage, and incomplete effects shots.

It's 15 and a half minutes long. This is found on the DVD of Vantage Point. It spoils a lot of the film, and so will this review, so that I can go into more detail.

They talk about the depth of the script. Comparing it to a puzzle where you can't really take any piece out. It started out as pondering the Kennedy assassination and imagining what someone would think if they saw the second gunman. Making the news media one of the perspectives, what you would have seen, sitting at home. Originally Rex was male, but they wanted at least one strong female lead character in there. How she's a control freak, and she's "seen everything", so when the initial shooting shakes her up, it's all the more effective. If there is a main protagonist, it's Thomas Barnes. His journey through it. Taylor originally joined the Secret Service with good intentions; however, something switched along the way, and he became a sleeper. The relationship between the two of them is father-son, or older-to-younger-brother, Cain and Abel, that sort of thing. Lewis is the everyman thrown into the nightmare world. Enrique evolved a lot. Veronica and Suarez are both independent and that's what makes them interesting. They tried to make the President one that you would vote for. Javier is forced to do things he doesn't want to do. They felt that he lacked motivation to do bad things before they came up with the idea of his younger brother. The handing over of the bag caused a lot of problems, as they tried to change one thing and then had to adjust everything else. Making sure each of the stories has a twist.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

Vantage Point: An Inside Perspective
(2008)

You get to be a star for 15 minutes, then you're a glorified extra for the rest of the film
This consists of interviews with the cast and crew, all of whom have something compelling to add within their area of expertise(and there is a very clear love of what they're working on), clips from the movie, behind-the-scenes footage, and incomplete effects shots.

It's 25 and a half minutes long. This is found on the DVD of Vantage Point. It spoils a lot of the film, and so will this review, so that I can go into more detail.

They talk about how your perspective changes over the course of it. How media shapes how we see things. Script and cast being the two most important decisions that a director makes. How once you know he's a bad guy, when you look back on what Kent Taylor did, it was not nice but actually, as they put it, "barbed". All the running they had to do. The difference between the two versions of the President. Discussions they had on set, about everything under the sun. The reasons for casting Weaver, Noriega, Ramirez, Zurer. How difficult it was to shoot in Mexico city and the various challenges involved in that. The weather was the one thing they had no control over. Why they chose to use handheld camera. Making sure that it was consistent when they had two different perspectives on the same events. Keeping the same action fresh. Cliffhangers at the end of each segment.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

Predators Motion Comics: Crucified
(2010)

The week fall, the strong reign supreme
A regular predator fights two of the bigger ones, and if they defeat him, they will crucify him.

It's 2 minutes long. This is found on the DVD of Predators. This is a motion comic, with pretty good animation for what it is. It's a prologue that helps explain and make explicit some of the mythology the movie. The audio is well done and that helps bring this to life.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

Predator Special Effects
(2004)

We're gonna need a montage
This is made up of effect shots: some unaltered original footage, others, work in progress. It helps you appreciate just how much effort went into just this one particular aspect, and how impressive the FX were for the time.

It's 4 and a half minutes long. This is found on the second disc of the special edition DVD release of Predator.

We see the red suit, distinguishing the performer from the green jungle background. The first design of the creature's body, thankfully scrapped. Camouflage tests.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

Predator: Character Design
(2001)

How to make them distinct
This consists of interviews with the cast and crew, all of whom have something compelling to add within their area of expertise(and there is a very clear love of what they're working on), clips from the movie, behind-the-scenes footage, and incomplete effects shots.

It's 4 and a half minutes long. This is found on the second disc of the special edition DVD release of Predator.

They talk about characterizing via props, such as the specific weapons used by the individual leads. Duke's knife and razor. Chaves' grenade launcher. Black points out how little it makes sense, him being equipped with a red beret(which he was allowed to get rid of) and the wide-rim glasses(rather than goggles), and why he got to tell the two jokes he did.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

Predator: Welcome to the Jungle
(2001)

We've got fun and games
This consists of interviews with the cast and crew, all of whom have something compelling to add within their area of expertise(and there is a very clear love of what they're working on), clips from the movie, behind-the-scenes footage, and incomplete effects shots.

It's 3 minutes long. This is found on the second disc of the special edition DVD release of Predator.

They talk about giving a sense of place. As it was isolated, it had theatrical possibilities. They had to create a jungle environment in a more accessible location. Valleys were some of the best areas. They added trees to make it more primordial.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

Joker
(2019)

Chilling and deep
Arthur(Phoenix, Oscar-worthy yet again) is a clown for hire. He wants to cheer up the world. And to experience human connection. For someone to notice him without becoming verbally, frequently even physically, abusive. To be treated like a person. He struggles with mental illness. Both finding successful treatment, and for others to stop responding so negatively to his diagnosis. And while he feels perpetually lonely, he's not the only one to realize how bad things are getting, and how little those with money and influence do to help anyone but themselves.

This is deeply messed up. It makes your mind go places you never thought it would. Including, maybe especially, when funny. In other words, it nails the core, managing to also put a fresh coat of paint on an icon with nearly 80 years of history. This explores how little sympathy and empathy(the lead only loses the audience's once he becomes a monster) is shown towards the least powerful people in society. However, it's not exclusively(albeit chiefly) about those with psychological issues. It also goes into poverty. How little those that could easily address these things even try to properly comprehend the problems. I'm not saying there's a solution that would not require time, political will and accountability for those who use their clout to try to fight these efforts. What I am saying is that we need those I'm talking about to join in the process.

Taxi Driver very clearly shaped a lot of this, to incredible effect, and this film is as amazing as that one. This is the first live-action version(at least in the last 30+ years, I will grant that I am not very familiar with the takes that go back further than that) where you can understand how the Joker ends up with his signature look in a realistic world. A vigilante using martial arts and gadgets would have felt hugely out of place in this, so I'm thrilled nothing like that appears(Bruce is a child here), and I hope that this remains standalone, rather than Joaquin facing off against Batman. Keeping in mind that I love The Dark Knight trilogy.

I rarely give anything the highest possible score. To me, it means that while the movie isn't perfect(that is a status that should be strived for: it can never truly be reached), there is no weakness within it that is not greatly outweighed by its positives. That's not even a contest when it comes to this. I can't put into words how grateful I am to everyone who worked on this for being able to say that about it.

There is some bloody violence in this, a little of it immensely brutal. I recommend this to everyone who is passionate about the titular character. 10/10

Predator: Camouflage
(2001)

The heat itself does something to the skin
This consists of interviews with the cast and crew, all of whom have something compelling to add within their area of expertise(and there is a very clear love of what they're working on), clips from the movie, behind-the-scenes footage, and incomplete effects shots.

It's 5 minutes long. This is found on the second disc of the special edition DVD release of Predator. It spoils a lot of the film, and so will this review, so that I can go into more detail.

They talk about making the cast distinct from one another via the camo they wear. Strong lines for Arnie. Landham has war paint. Weathers has subdued, since he's CIA. It's less after several days. Black wanted to keep the dummy of his dead body.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

Predator: The Life Inside
(2001)

A gentle giant
This consists of interviews with the cast and crew, all of whom have something compelling to add within their area of expertise(and there is a very clear love of what they're working on), clips from the movie, behind-the-scenes footage, and incomplete effects shots.

It's 4 and a half minutes long. This is found on the special edition DVD of Predator.

It's focused on, and a tribute to, Kevin Peter Hall, who played The Predator in the first two movies. They talk about meeting him for the first time. That he made a credible threat to Arnold due to his massive size. He never complained and stayed in the suit for many hours which must have been exhausting. They did take the head off which helped a lot. He was a ballet dancer and a martial arts expert.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

The Squad Declassified
(2016)

Are the streets really safe with this team of super-villains?
This consists of clips from the movie, narration, and graphics that explain the details of the members: their skills, equipment, and weapons.

It's 4 and a half minutes long. This is found on the first disc of the Extended Cut Blu-Ray release of Suicide Squad.

This examines the first fight they're involved in. Harley's revolver and her athletic ability. Killer Croc and his strength. The Captain's, well, boomerangs. Deadshot's custom rifle, his monocle, and his wrist guns.

I recommend this to any fan of the property. 8/10

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