American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper Movie Review

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American Sniper Movie Review

American Sniper is a 2014 biographical war film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper in the title role. The film was nominated for Best Picture and it is another one of those political, propaganda American films that are so overrated and unwatchable even.

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I need you… to be human again. I need you here

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The story follows Chris Kyle played by Cooper who is a sniper in the Iraq war and everything about the plot feels overly familiar and rehashed thousands and thousands of times. The story is also incredibly boring and not only overly patriotic and of course a propaganda piece, but it can literally make you fall asleep how boring and incredibly uninspired it is.

The characters are, along with the plot, forgettable. All of them are underdeveloped and pretty bland and typical. As for the acting, it is nothing to write home about and Cooper’s performance, while good, is very overrated to say the least. I do not see a point in nominating him three years in a row which is exactly what the Academy did in the period from 2012 to 2014 where in reality, all those three performances from this film, ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ are not that worthy of any nominations and especially awards. He is definitely a good actor, but not one of the greatest, that’s for sure.

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The direction here is also pretty uninspired as are the technical aspects. The editing is of course problematic because the movie lasts for too long and the movie never showcases any excitement, entertainment factor or originality and professionalism to it which is why I do not understand the praise it got. Well, I guess I do understand because Eastwood made it and Cooper is in it and it is patriotic so of course Americans were going to see it in droves regardless of its quality which just goes to show what an incredibly and even to the point of a sickness that nation’s patriotism level is. It really is disturbing.

American Sniper has a boring story that is uninspired and typical, forgettable characters and bland technical aspects, but it is also incredibly patriotic, way too tedious and clichéd and of course overrated in the worst way possible leading to a film that did not deserve any of its nominations and that is one of the most overrated films of the entire year.

My Rating – 2

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Sully (2016)

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Sully Movie Review

Sully is a 2016 biopic directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks. It is one of the most overrated films of the year.

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Everything is unprecedented until it happens for the first time.

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It is about the Miracle on Hudson where a captain safely landed a plane on the river without anyone being killed. Needless to say, this premise alone doesn’t really have a potential for a feature and surely enough, the film is overblown to the ninety-minute frame with a boring and repetitive storyline.

Clint Eastwood is a great director and even though his direction here is definitely good, this is still one of his weakest films to date. The same goes for Tom Hanks. He gives a good performance, but not as great as you’d come to expect from his caliber.

The film is, as I said, competently made as it looks good and is well acted and shot, but the editing, although they try their best, is still problematic as the film’s jumping in time isn’t all that exciting to watch. The movie is so overblown that it repeats the incident one more time! That is how simple this story is that they just couldn’t make a feature without going into filler territory.

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Sully is one of those movies that are overly traditional. What am I talking about? I am talking about its heart. Yes, it is overly sentimental and sometimes even ridiculously so. It is the type of movie that they made a lot during the 80s and 90s where you have this great inspirational figure and story and a lot of emotion that’s supposed to move you. They did a solid job with that here and the film is solidly built with okay character development, but the subject alone is not all that exciting and I was never really moved or inspired. I felt underwhelmed at the typical nature of this typically American movie and I don’t understand why the critics love it so much. It has to be because it has Hanks for its actor and Eastwood for the director. There is no other way to explain it.

Sully is an immensely overrated movie that is as typical as it can possibly be. It is competently acted and directed, but it’s traditional in a bad way as its inspirational story is familiar and overly sentimental plus this particular story is too simple and short for a feature and the result is a boring and even repetitive film that sometimes went into obvious filler territory.

My Rating – 3

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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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The Outlaw Josey Wales Movie Review

The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 western film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. It’s a very overrated movie.

I just found this movie way too overrated and way too clichéd and that is why I am going to be very brief in my review. The plot itself is the biggest problem. It is a basic revenge story that never rose above that level. This is such an archetypal western feature that I don’t get the praise that it receives as it is so usual.

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Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy

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The characters are mostly forgettable and the protagonist is a typical Eastwood western hero, not bad, by far from great. The female characters could have been better, but thankfully weren’t awfully depicted. The same goes for Native Americans as Lone Watie is such a different than usual Indian character and he’s one of the highlights here. Chief Dan George was so memorable and so good here that he was even more effective in his role than Eastwood himself.

The one thing that The Outlaw Josey Wales has going for it is its sometimes evident heart and wonderful moments here and there, but most importantly the technical aspects, all of which great. The cinematography is phenomenal, the scenery is gorgeous, the direction is expectedly good and the entire film is so well crafted and mostly well edited that it somewhat compensates for its lack of originality and strength in the storytelling department.

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But it still remains just an okay movie. Not bad, but far from good and definitely far from great. It is one of the most overrated films of that very strong year, a film that is so uninspired and so typical that I just couldn’t enjoy it more. In fact, I couldn’t even follow it through properly as it was, to be honest, very boring  at times. The violence is also overwhelming and the action should have been reduced significantly. It is capable as I said and you can’t really pinpoint an awful thing about it, but that still doesn’t mean it’s particularly good.

The Outlaw Josey Wales is very well acted, directed and competently made and the film looks really good, but it is such an uninspired and typical western feature with not a single original or memorable thing in it. The characters are forgettable, the action is overwhelming and the film is too boring at times despite having some genuinely great moments. It is in the end a very dull, overrated movie that favors style over substance.

My Rating – 3

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WEEKEND INSPIRATION #1

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WEEKEND INSPIRATION #1

Frankie Dunn: It wasn’t fault. I was wrong to say that.

Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris: You damn right. I found you a fighter. You made her the best fighter she could be.

Frankie Dunn: I killed her.

Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris: Don’t say that. Maggie walked through that door with nothing buts guts. No chance in the world of being what she needed to be. It was because of you that she was fighting the championship of the world. You did that. People die everyday, Frankie – mopping floors, washing dishes and you know what their last thought is? I never got my shot. Because of you Maggie got her shot. If she dies today you know what her last thought would be? I think I did all right.

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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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Million Dollar Baby Movie Review

Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring himself alongside Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank. It is such a great, really powerful film.

Maggie always did like taking ’em out in the first round

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It is about a boxing trainer who helps an amateur boxer become a professional. Let’s just say that I usually dislike boxing movies, but this movie I really loved because it is so much more than a mere sports flick. It is above all a moving, very sophisticated drama that benefits from some excellent character work and some great themes. It deals with euthanasia, mistakes from the past as well as grief in such a phenomenal way and it is such an involving, really well done story.

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The characters are fantastic. The character development in Million Dollar Baby is exceptionally strong. To me, Frankie is the main character and he is such a fascinating, nuanced and realistic character. His problems are all really well dealt with and his relationship with Maggie is the heart and soul of the movie. Speaking of Maggie, she is very likable and you root for her throughout the whole flick. And Eddie is simply great as he interacts with both of them wonderfully and is such an endearing person.

The acting is absolutely fantastic. All three of these actors are typecast and although that bothered me at first, I came to really respect their work here as all three of them gave magnificent performances. Hilary Swank gave one of her best performances here and is constantly great. The same goes for Morgan Freeman who is really wonderful here. As for Clint Eastwood, the same goes for him as well. He gave probably the best performance of his career in this movie, playing such a complex and strong character.

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Million Dollar Baby succeeds as a sports movie because the sports scenes here are really well executed and I was quite invested in them despite me disliking this sport. But it succeeds as a drama most because it is so well written with such a phenomenal, really sophisticated screenplay. As for melodrama, I liked that quite a bit here and it really is a devastating, incredibly sad movie that is one of the most heartbreaking films of the decade. However, I found that the movie was a bit too depressing and difficult to watch during its third act and the ending was also dragged out in my opinion.

Clint Eastwood’s directing here is just fantastic and this is such a superbly directed work. The acting is top-notch and the score I loved as it was quite moving at times. The pacing is also quite solid, though the ending should have been shorter. The movie is also pretty engaging except for the beginning which isn’t. Its emotion is for the most part well handled. It does go into overly maudlin territory in its ending, but that ending is also genuinely moving and powerful. The dialogue is terrific, the script is stellar and the film is overall really well made.

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The film received seven Oscar nominations and it won for Best Picture most deservedly. In fact, this is one of the most deserved Best Picture winners of the decade without a doubt. Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank both deserved their Oscars and Eastwood’s win for directing is certainly justifiable as he did such a great job here. And of its three nominations, all three are very much deserved. It truly is a powerful, very good movie that really surprised me not only with its quality, but also with its script, emotion and entertainment value as it really is so involving to watch. It is one of the finest films of 2004 for sure.

Million Dollar Baby is too depressing, but mostly very powerful in its emotion and so well written with a superb script. Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank all gave amazing performances, their characters are so well developed, the drama here is incredibly engaging and moving to watch, the score is great and the directing is fantastic. It is such a stupendous movie that is one of the most deserved Best Picture winners of the decade.

My Rating – 4.5

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The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County Movie Review

The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 romantic drama movie based on the novel of the same name directed by Clint Eastwood and starring himself opposite Meryl Streep.

It is about a lonely married woman living in Iowa who one day meets a National Geographic photographer and the two start having an affair. This story is indescribably cliched and overly familiar. The slow pace did not bother me personally, but the overall cheesy and overly sentimental nature of the film did bother me a lot. But the lines are even worse with some being incredibly pathetic. Also, the never-ending crying in the second half got on my nerves immensely. I also did not like how unrealistic it is. The start of a relationship may be realistic as it slowly progressed, but the connection they created for such a short time seems a bit hard to believe.

But that story is bearable to some degree mostly thanks to strong acting and excellent characters. There are only two major characters here and those are the two lovers Francesca and Robert. He is grounded both in his personality and behavior. But it is Francesca who is the standout here as she is so incredibly sympathetic and realistic. Her suffering and her problems ring true and her relationship with Robert is nicely portrayed, especially in some earlier dialogue. Clint Eastwood gave a pretty good performance here, possibly one of his best as he was never a particularly great actor, but it is Meryl Streep who naturally shines here in her very difficult role full of emotion. She portrayed her character in an honest way with a lot of emotional investment and great naturalistic approach. She is one of the highlights and one of the reasons to see this movie and she most definitely deserved her Oscar nomination.

The dialogue is so-so. It has some lines near the end that are just inexplicably cheesy and those ruin the film, but there are some that are very smart and observant. I also like the clever approach with characters which is mostly seen in her husband’s depiction which is understandable and full of sympathy. The movie shows sympathy for all its characters and it shows this difficult situation from all angles and that was really refreshing. And it is tender at times, but unfortunately is mostly overly emotional.

The movie somewhat hinges on its immaculate technicalities. And yes, I am mostly talking about the directing and cinematography. Eastwood did an incredible job as a director here and it is one of his most professional, neat films he directed. And the movie looks really good with some beautiful town and nature scenery with the sequences on the bridge being very effective. The tone is too emotional, but the romance is mostly really appealing and although overly cliched and cheesy, it is well acted and moving.  I did not mind the pacing here, I thought it is a deftly edited film that has slow pace, but never too slow and the lengthy running time is justified as it perfectly creates the epic quality and scope of their romance. There is little humor here, but that humor is solid. It has a nice score as well. And while The Bridges of Madison County is highly predictable, it is still worth watching for its fine subtleties and excellent performances.

The Bridges of Madison County has terrific performances from Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep who steals the show, the scenery is beautiful as is the score, it has a nice epic scope to it and it is sometimes very smart, but the romance at the center of it is too unrealistic and of course incredibly cheesy and cliched. It is very well acted and superbly directed, but it’s still too familiar and too sentimental to be enjoyed more.

My Rating – 3

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