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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In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

A tale of a whale. This actually was a lot cooler than I was expecting. I was thinking this was just a Moby Dick movie, but it’s actually about the author of Moby Dick getting the details about a giant whale attack for his story. I love that kind of framing device, just like Finding Neverland wasn’t exactly just a Peter Pan movie. Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy were really good. Chris Hemsworth was a great leading man. I love the whale in the film too, it has an interesting behavior to it that made the film seem fresh. I just thought the whole thing was surprising and really good.

80/100

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Finding Dory (2016)

I think Dory was doing most of the finding herself in this sequel but it was fun anyway. I wasn’t too sure in the beginning about this movie. Dory was a very annoying character. Voiced by the excitable Ellen DeGeneres, Dory never stopped saying “Oh sorry, I have a memory problem” for at least the first 15 minutes of the film. I kept thinking “is this going to be the whole movie? Apologizing for a bad memory?” Luckily, the movie redeems itself later. With the addition of non-annoying characters, namely a Octopus, Nemo and his dad the movie starts getting really good. There are some downright funny characters too like Becky the loon and some really funny sea lions. By the end of the film, I was cheering on the once annoying Dory and loving the film. So if you can get past the annoying start, you’ll find that being under the sea is where you want to be.

84/100

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Jaws (1975)

I’m gonna need a better quote! Jaws is a fun movie. It may not be the scariest thing out there, and being in Nebraska, I don’t find myself near any dangerous oceans, but it’s just a nice movie to kick back and enjoy the beach atmosphere that Amity Island offers. The best thing this movie created was its music from John Williams. Who hasn’t had the Jaws theme song in their head as they swim towards someone in the pool? Richard Dreyfuss is really fun in this and I also really enjoyed Roy Scheider’s performance. For the most part Bruce the Shark looked pretty real and a good atmosphere of tension floats on the surface of the sea. The mayor in this film is totally nuts and someone you will love to hate. The final scene on the Orca is fantastic. This movie is much older now, but for its age it still holds its own.

84/100

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The Abyss (1989)

I’m glad the abyss didn’t stare back as I was staring at it. This movie is worth staring at as it has some really good special effects for the late 80’s. I really like this film especially with Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio leading the cast. The underwater scenes are so surreal and as people start acting crazier the movie’s tension factor rises faster than the sea at high tide. I do think the ending was a little weird and underwhelming, Cameron goes for a very anti-war/nukes message that seems forced into an interesting sci-fi story line about the mysteries of our oceans. Get comfortable if you are watching this as it has almost a three hour run-time. It won’t seem that long as you’ll be swept away by the fast moving current of its story.

82/100

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The Legend of 1900 (1998)

I wouldn’t say this film is legendary but I did love hearing the lore of 1900. His actual full name in the movie is Danny Boodmann T.D. Lemon Nineteen Hundred. He was a baby found on a boat named the Virginian. Tim Roth plays this musical prodigy really well and you’ll come to love him and adore the music he plays. Two scenes stuck out to me as being amazing; the scene where the waves are knocking the ship around and he takes the brakes off the piano and rides around the ballroom floor while playing his tunes and the scene of the piano duel. Pruitt Taylor Vince was also really great as Roth’s trumpet blasting friend. The movie has a very swanky feel to it, a lot of it taking place in the roaring 20’s. It does have some slow parts, but when it’s good, it’s really good. I’d recommend you see it at least once.

77/100

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Finding Nemo (2003)

Search no longer this film is a classic. Sure, it did get a lot of hype. It also disappointed me greatly that it wasn’t a musical like some of my Disney favorite but the story of the father searching desperately for his son was a touching one. I loved all the characters except I have a love/hate relationship with Ellen’s character Dory. Sometimes she was funny and sometimes she got on my nerves. The Sharks and Turtles were my favorite characters along with the fish tank crew. A really fun kids movie.

88/100

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