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A Tribute to Oliver Platt

The next review is going to be a tribute to Oliver Platt.  Why? Why not.  I think we’ll start with Diggstown (co-staring James Woods), then move into a lesser known Platt flick,  Liberty Stand Still and I am still deciding on the third movie so if you have any suggestions feel free to let me know.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2010 in Movie Reviews

 

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Bravo 20–A Sleeping Rose.

Bravo 20 is a little known English film, based on a true story, about an elite group of special air services commandos, who are dropped behind enemy lines, and eventually captured by the Iraqi soldiers where they faced disgusting, profane torture and humiliation.
The very beginning of the movie consists of the team, which was composed of eigh seven men (only 5 of which returned), planning their mission which is to cut communication cables connecting the Iraqi SCUD missile system.  However, they are discovered by a young boy who gives away their position they could have easily and silently shot  and never would have been exposed and captured by the Iraqi army.  After a relatively few number of skirmishes with their Iraqi pursuers but are eventually caught and this is when the movie really begins.
There are held in the Iraqi secret police prison where they are starved, beaten and endlessly interrogated by enemy soldiers and police.  As time goes on, their jailers get to know them and little better and begin asking them for help in getting out of their country and going to (preferably) America.  While the Iraqi guards are trying to convince them to help get them out of their own country, the men of Bravo 20 are still forced to do foul things.  For example, after they dump out there their “bathroom” buckets, they are made to lick their hands clean regardless of the amount of human waste dirtying them.
I must admit, these guys were pretty tough to have survived, much less with any sanity left after spending years in that hellhole.  In the last scene, Andy McNabb (the unit’s leader) is seen walking back to his flat in Britain where says that he is a soldier and proud of his profession.  He also understood that the enemy had a job to do as well, but most of them seemed to enjoy it a little too much.  The last line in the movie Andy confesses hat “if I met any of them in street tomorrow and thought he could get away with it I would slaughter them.”  In my opinion a natural reaction after having gone through their ordeal.
If you can find this BBC production watch it.
 
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Posted by on February 26, 2010 in Movie Reviews

 

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I Have Heard the Site’s Format is Cumbersome.

I have heard from several people that the Site’s format is cumbersome to navigate through. If this is true I’ll be happy to change it. If anyone has a position on this matter please let me know.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2010 in Movie Reviews

 

Reviewer at Large Bonnie J Takes a Fresh Look at Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

I am writing to you from the land of the culturally ignorant; until this evening I was probably the only one of my age-peers never to have seen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. As I write this, JP is rolling his eyes because I asked him who the actor playing Butch was. “What?” he said. “What did you just say? Are you talking about Paul Newman?” Oh…is that who that was?

So when I say that I’m taking a fresh look at this movie, I mean a truly fresh look…and I can honestly say that this movie has stood the test of time. Made back in the day, when Hollywood still had original ideas (and didn’t have to rely on technology to make the old ideas interesting, as in Avatar), Butch Cassidy had me (and my six- and twelve-year-old children, to whom it was also new) riveted. For me, that’s saying a lot. I’m not a big fan of movies–books are much faster moving and, in my opinion, a far better value for your two hours. I tend to wander away from movies or, if a movie interests me enough to keep me in one place, I still manage to fall asleep before it’s over. This movie I stayed awake and in one spot for…why?

First of all, the banter between Newman and Redford, which gets better the tighter the spot that they are in. (Watch the clip for a sample of what I’m talking about.) Secondly, the characters–not just Butch and Sundance, and the strong friendship they have, but also the supporting characters: Sundance’s girlfriend, played by Katharine Ross, who agrees to go with them to Bolivia but tells them she won’t watch them die, and makes sure she returns home when it becomes clear that’s what will probably happen; the marshal who has some undisclosed personal connection with Butch and instructs the two on how to tie him up so he can be found bound and gagged later in case people were watching when the outlaws arrived; the Bolivian payroll guard commander who hires the two as guards and proceeds to make fun of them for being “morons” and “beginners.” (Yes, that was a very long sentence–deal with it.) The main characters in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are not so much developed as disclosed over the course of the film. Late in the movie, for example, we learn that Butch has never shot anyone. A train robber who never shot anyone? That’s the kind of original idea that Hollywood would never use now unless it had been done in some other classic movie first.

Third, the scenery. Fourth, the music. Yes, that’s right, the music. I happen to like “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.” This movie gets a rose.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2010 in Movie Reviews

 

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