Aside the only official Oscar’s ceremony held in LA every year, this is the place where we post our feedback on some of the amazing movies we have watched in these past few months.
We use the following “rough” method for the rating.
*** (3 stars) good movie, but not excellent
**** (4 stars) great
***** (5 stars) don’t miss it, highly recommended
G.I. JOE – THE COBRA BIRTH” with Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum (USA, 2009)
An amazing action movie, whose story is so current and based on the reality we are leaving, such as spies, conspiracies, plots and international terrorism.
A team of Marines have to deliver 4 atomic bombs in a pre-established area, where another team have to rescue them, but suddenly from the sky an air attack destroys the Marines air coverage and the tanks, to escort them. The ones who are behind the air attack actually are there to save the Marines and their bombs, as they knew beforehand someone else would have stolen them. When introducing, the survived Marines thank them and accept to join the guys, who are the “Cobra” team members. Cobra isn’t the acronym of the famous special anti-terrorism elite in the UK, but the name is due because their armed members are trained with real cobra venom doped in their neck, which has the effect to make them angry and motivated. The trainers are mostly holograms.
Suspense and action, amazing special effects and computer graphics. The best actor for me was Dennis Quaid, the trainer of the Cobra soldiers.
A bit sci-fi, but exciting movie. **** 4 stars out of 5
DEEP CALM with Sam Neil, Nicol Kidman Australia, 1988)
It is the tile of a thriller movie shot in late 1980s, of which I often heard of in the following years since I was a teen, but never had the real chance to watch it. The chance to, arrived in early August, some thirty years later… LOL!
The beginning is dramatic, with that car accident and miss Rae ending up at the hospital in such condition. When her recovery begins the psycho-thriller begins as well. The man they rescue and get on board of their yacht… my congrats to the actor, by the way… to me was one, who was infected by whatever virus on his boat, since he was speaking of sick food. Instead he actually was psychopath killer… !
Suspense, violence and blood .. but I loved the suspense!
Actress Nicole Kidman was a breakthrough act then, but she was awesome. Sam Neil was recruited years later in the “Jurassic Park” saga, where he plays on more dramatic, still psycho-scenes and bigger roles!
Good cast was an amazing thriller story. Never trust in strangers, call the Coast Guards, the RN… LOL!
CAPTAIN HARLOCK anime Japan 2016 of Shinji Aramaki
Prior to say I didn’t know they realized a 3D anime movie of one of my fave manga, as when I was I was a kid, I, in fact, had doubt on the quality of this TV product, in terms of video quality and of possible changes of the original story: mine was a saga, in 2013 they turned into a 2-hours anime
Luckily the story has remained the same: in 2297 Earth is no more an inhabited planet and Captain Harlock, his Crew on the spaceship Arcadia plans to fight against the crooked Gaia coalition and to restore life on Earth. Unfortunately on board of Arcadia, there is someone who is plotting against him and tries to murder him.
Differently from the late ‘70’s, all characters looked more “explicit”, closer to really human character attitudes: this implied viewing “harder” scenes”, in terms of violence and of sex. Today anime movies are designed for smarter children. My hero, the Captain looked dead sexy, as much as he looked, originally!
The computer graphic and the rest of the special effects opted were very welcome, in particular when showing the details on the spaceship and on Planet Earth.
Nostalgia? Yes and no. It is known that on summer the good things lack on the TV airplay, so I opted for this anime as it reminded me the good old days. I did not have nostalgia, because the hi-fi tech improved the vision.
Good job Japan… (Now and then!)!
STAR TREK BEYOND with Chris Pine – USA/China 2016
I saw the premiere in Italy on TV in September 2018 and a fan of the original saga could not miss it, my expectations were high.
Instead it was a bit disappointing, because although this was a “prequel”, that is a movie on the main original characters as “kids”, although my heart still beats for the legendary spaceship “Enterprise”, the story was disappointing: it was like watching a copy exactly of the first 1979 Star Trek, when the Crew was “captured” by a big cloud (an alien, actually).
Special effects, graphics visuals… were awesome due to 2018 hi-fi tech, but the story is just the same as the one of 1979.
SULLY with Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart – USA, 2016
It is the “psycho-drama” movie, directed by the awesome Clint Eastwood, based on the US air pilot Sullenberger, who, in early January 2009, took the broken aircraft he was driving to land on the Hudson river, saving all of the passengers and few on board.
The real fact is described in a 10 minutes sequence, the rest is all about feelings. The man struggled against the USA Flight Commission, which investigates on his move and blaming him for taking “exaggerated” decisions and his Insurance company bureau. Pilot “sully” manages to demonstrate that the evidence used by the Flight commission is wrong and inaccurate and he is finally acclaimed as a “hero”
All of my support thru all the story was to pilot “Sully”. Also, I could learn how the USA Flight Authorities work and how “justice” is in the country.
All actors are amazing. My final rating is 4/5 **** stars
Next update in February 2019
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