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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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

Normally Michael Bay movies feel like they last 13 hours, because they are so boring. This movie was a lot better than that. This lengthy movie flies by like a rocket propelled grenade because it is really entertaining and informs you a little bit about an American tragedy. Now matter where your political views are, you have to give the heroes of this crazy situation credit. At the same time, you may ask yourself why the heck didn’t they get any help? It is frustrating when you think of it that way, but you do get to see a lot of spontaneous terrorists get sniped and blown away, which makes an evening of movie watching fly by. I thought that John Krasinski finally stood out as a movie star and not just someone from TV. If Michael Bay makes more movies like this, then I may just have to be a fan of his.

80/100

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

Normally you’d have to put a gun to my head to watch a 3 hour long Vietnam War movie, but this was pretty good. I would say my biggest problem with the film was the extremely lengthy Wedding scene at the beginning. I didn’t time it, but it felt like it was almost 40 minutes long and it was a lot of shouting, yelling and cheering with bad sound quality so all the lines were pretty much getting lost. Once it got to the war parts the movie gets a lot better. There are a lot of really hard scenes to watch but the acting coming from De Niro and Walken is top notch.It was also interesting seeing Meryl Streep so young in this movie, she was pretty adorable and put on a good performance. I don’t know if I’ll ever watch this movie again, but I am glad I saw it once.

82/100

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Apocalypse Now (1979)

I was expecting the Apocalypse to happen any time soon during this movie. Sadly, the movie sputtered like a downed helicopter towards the end. I was really enjoying it up until about the middle of the film. Francis Ford Coppola’s shots were amazing, Martin Sheen was young and brilliant. Harrison Ford and Laurence Fisburne even had some parts in the movie. I just couldn’t stand the final scenes of the movie as it devolved into some weird 70’s philosophical drivel. You get all worked up to see Marlon Brando and then the whole thing just feels like a letdown. I gave most of the points to the movie for its first half as it is an incredible war moving taking place in Vietnam. Sometimes I think Coppola’s methods can be unsound.

73/100

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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

I feel like I’ve gone through war with this film. Let me start off by saying that his movie should not be watched for entertainment. It is sad. Very, very sad. There are glimmers of hope for the two main characters, the brother and sister duo who lose their home to war. There are some beautiful and touching moments and some moments that will just make you mad. The worst is the Aunt who treats her homeless niece and nephew like dirt. The ending is done wonderfully, even though it will crush your heart into little pieces. I’ve been through an emotional battle in this movie, and I hope to have some more time go by before I have to deal with this kind of stuff again. Still, a great movie and an anime that has aged really well.

88/100

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Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Goooooood evening iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinternet! I had high hopes for this movie but ended up not liking it as much as I thought I would. This was my first time viewing this comedy/war film with Robin Williams. I liked the premise of a man raising the hopes of our troops in Vietnam but sadly I didn’t find Williams that funny. I was pretty engrossed in this almost obsessive love for this Vietnamese girl that he spotted from his car and ends up following her to her English class, where he ends up teaching her and some of her classmates some New York slang. There are some funny moments, some cute moments and some sad moments. I can see why this movie is pretty popular. I just felt like most of the jokes Williams did and the voices he impersonated have been done in some of his other movies. The ending of the film felt a little forced and made me want to turn my radio dial to something else. This movie has it’s good moments but it is pretty far from being great.

70/100

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Platoon (1986)

Cartoons have more dimension than this film. Sorry Oliver Stone, this isn’t a war epic that deserves much praise. Please see Full Metal Jacket to see a better war movie. There really aren’t any likable characters to root for in this film. Willem Dafoe is probably the best character and he normally plays the villain in movies. The film’s true purpose is to set an agenda and show that soldiers are more evil than the people they are fighting in these dense jungles. The soldiers are lazy, drug-addicts, rapists and murderers. Even the final monologue by Sheen talks about not fighting an enemy but fighting themselves. I don’t approve of this message, I know the Vietnam War was not a popular one and it was before my time, but when you dedicate a movie to the Veterans of Vietnam at least try to make some of them look heroic instead of monsters. Some ugly scenes in this movie, and I know war is hell, but this film left me with no good feelings at all. I’d call this a political piece instead of entertainment, and I watch movies because they entertain me. In this aspect, the movie fails.

50/100

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