The only other movie within recent memory that packed a similar emotional wallop for me was TREE OF LIFE
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Godzilla is much more “serious” and “realistic.” Death and destruction are much more immediate and visceral and less “cartoony.” You really sense that you are witnessing to something awful happening that humans just can’t deal with.
When all is said and done, though, this is Peter O’Toole’s movie. The sensitivity of his performance is amazing to watch. We are fortunate to have a record of such performances
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This Cold War submarine spy thriller is a real winner. Ed Harris excels as the nearly retired captain of an end of service life Russian nuclear missile submarine. Reluctantly he receives one last assignment. Onboard is a rogue set of KGB agents who are testing a fancy acoustic cloaking device they say will change the balance of power against the Americans. But that’s not why they’re really there. The captain realizes that — but only too late.
The cast, photography, editing, sound, and characters are excellent. Why I have never heard of this 2013 movie I don’t know. If you’re a fan of movies like Hunt for Red October this is the movie for you. Plot twists abound but the real focus is the interplay among the characters. Dialogue and acting are top-flight. Highly recommended.
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What a gorgeous movie to look at this is! Plus, the intertwining stories and jumps in time provide amazing and often confusing food for thought.
Ari Folman’s THE CONGRESS is a feast for the eye and the imagination. On it I hereby bestow my coveted ONE OF A KIND tag though I must admit that some of the other films in that category seem now to pale in comparison with Folman’s masterpiece.
Sarah Polley’s STORIES WE TELL is an exploration of how truth and memory interact in subtle and subjective ways about one family’s past history.
This new version, thankfully, is not quite so brutal and the plentiful action sequences don’t glory in gore and bloodsplatter the way, say, an EXPENDABLES film does.
In summary: you could do a lot worse than this movie for a dose of World War II history. Its attempts to overcome stereotypes and instead illuminate cultural differences are refreshing.