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Good Job

Posted : 8 years, 11 months ago on 2 August 2009 09:33 (A review of Apollo 13 (1995))

I thought that Ron Howard did a great job portraying a truly scary few days in space. At the same time, he showed all the creative thinking and hard work that had to be done back in Houston to bring these men back alive.

Great story. Well acted.

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Prefer the 1979 Version

Posted : 8 years, 11 months ago on 2 August 2009 09:29 (A review of All Quiet on the Western Front)

I prefer the 1979 version of this movie to the 1930 version. To me, it seemed more real with modern cameras, sound, colour, etc.

In any case, it is interesting to see the story told from the German perspective. It's not something that we get very much of.

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Great Film

Posted : 8 years, 11 months ago on 2 August 2009 09:19 (A review of Saving Private Ryan (1998))

If I hadn't heard vets say that the opening 20 minutes of the film were the most realistic movie portrayal of the battlefield conditions (i.e. the terror and hubbub), then I might have written it off as gratuitously violent. Not that the first 20 minutes had all that much to do with the overall plot, but kudos for realism.

The rest of the movie is a well laid out plot.

I love the way that the men work up a real hate for Ryan as they slog through dangerous territory trying to find him. Then they meet the man and he's so hard to hate. He regrets the men lost to find him and he refuses to take his easy ticket out of the war. He is going to stay and fight to hold the bridge, just like the other soldiers who were already there.

I haven't seen a movie released in the last 10 years that I enjoyed more than SPR.

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Trying it Again

Posted : 8 years, 11 months ago on 2 August 2009 09:14 (A review of Run Lola Run)

For anyone who likes Time Travel type of movies or the chance to do it again, this is a great film. It's one of the few German films that I've seen that completely engrossed me. Highly recommended.

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The Love Boat Sinks

Posted : 8 years, 11 months ago on 2 August 2009 09:04 (A review of Titanic)

See the 1959 version ("A Night to Remember"), if you want to see a drama about the Titanic sinking, rather than a run-of-the-mill romance.

That it won the Oscar had all to do with its ability to draw the Harlequin Romance crowd (apparently, repeatedly). A perfect example of an Oscar having nothing to do with a quality film.

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