Das Boot (1981)

I’d like to stick my Das Boot up Wolfgang Petersen’s… um, nevermind. I know this is a classic film that a lot of people loved, but I have to say that I think it gets really boring and repetitive after two hours. The 3 and half hour director’s cut is super hard to get through in one sitting. I did it, but I never want to do it again. There is some good acting, except for that stupid ginger guy who had some really terrible hammy acting. The dubbed voice for him was also done as annoying as possible, so I think the dubbing crew also realized the guy was a gigantic tool of the sea. I also wish this movie had more submarine battles, instead we just get one while the rest of the movie is “Dive,dive, dive!” oh! Quick surface and look for ships… Oh no! Look out depth charges… let’s wait it out guys and listen to music and eat fruit!… rinse and repeat. It starts feeling like stock footage after the second hour, watch it again after reading this and you’ll notice. It’s too bad a good movie, gets ruined by getting too lengthy. I’m giving this film the boot.

62/100

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Son of Saul (2015)

Son of a… Hungarian movies and I just don’t get along. At least this movie wasn’t a hundred hours long, but I’m getting a little tired of Holocaust movies. Schindler’s List is impossible to beat and this movie just copied the over-the-shoulder camera angle from Birdman. I was glad that you could tell horrible things were happening but you didn’t have to see them up close and personal like a Saw movie would do. The acting from Géza Röhrig was excellent, but that’s about all the glowing review I can give this film. It was cramped and depressing like a concentration camp… which maybe was the movie’s point. I just got done watching the movie Irrational Man before this and I must say, that title fits this movie a lot better. Saul is just incredibly irrational through the whole film, then again he was a Sondarkommando so that isn’t a very rational choice either. I’d pass on this one, unless you just love the movie Birdman, then maybe you’ll find this one interesting too.

33/100

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Fury (2014)

Tanks for the memories David Ayer. This film was really good, and I’m not a fan of war movies. It’s not that I’m for or against it, I just don’t like the genre. This movie did a great job of showing how brutal war is, you actually see a side of someones face that got scraped off inside then tank. The deaths in the movie are BRUTAL. This movie also had Shia LaBeouf be semi-likable which is a tough accomplishment. I loved Logan Lerman’s character and Alicia von Rittberg might be my new favorite German actress.
The battles were really cool and the final act of the film was very reminiscent of 300. Brad Pitt loves killing Nazi’s and I’m okay for him to continue that hobby because he does a great job of it.

80/100

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The Imitation Game (2014)

This was no game. The film was about beating the Nazi’s Enigma code in World War II. I thought the film had some exciting moments and then again it trudged into some of Turings personal life problems which didn’t feel necessary for the general plot of the film. It felt thrown in there to make some sort of societal point. Other than that one problem with the film, I found it to be quite fascinating. Benedict Cumberbatch had a great performance even though he was basically being Sherlock again and the supporting cast also did a great job. So far this is the second best Oscar nominated film I’ve seen this season, just behind American Sniper.

89/100

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American History X (1998)

Will this movie go down in history as being great? I think it will! Edward Norton was really awesome in this drama about race and hatred. Norton had to do a lot of uncomfortable scenes and had to put a big tattoo of a swastika on his chest. I’m sure that wasn’t a comfortable thing to see in his dressing room mirror. Edward Furlong was just as whiny as he was in Terminator 2, he was just a lot more racist. The theme of this movie hits you hard and I feel it’s not overly preachy. It’s just a very well made movie with some excellent writing and direction. I was happy to see Avery Brooks in this, as I think he has one of the best voices in the entertainment industry. The ending of this film is shocking and disturbing. A solid film that must be seen.

91/100

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Schindler’s List (1993)

A perfectly touching, gritty and beautiful masterpiece. I don’t love everything Steven Spielberg does, but he did a great job with this film. My biggest problem is that it is a very lengthy movie (I watched it in three parts) but I understand the journey he had to take the audience through. I loved the black and white filming with a pop of color at certain segments of the plot. The characters were all lovable even Ralph Fiennes, the man you love to hate. Liam Neeson gives a stellar performance and breaks your heart at the end of the film. The final scene of the film with the survivors is enough to make anyone cry their eyes out. I also have to give some great credit to Ben Kingsley in his great role, he isn’t a man of great emotion but he performed it beautifully. This will truly be a classic for ages.

100/100

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Gloriously tense. This film done by Tarantino makes you hold your breath on many occasions. It could also be the fact that Christoph Waltz is one fine actor. He has such a commanding presence in the film that you worry what will happen or what he will notice and then the whole “Jews taking the Nazi’s down” plot is kaput. The humor is also done well. It’s pretty sick humor but I loved it. This is one of those movies you can watch over and over and notice new things. Very well done.

98/100

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