Friday Movie Review

John Nolte at Breitbart:


In director Clint Eastwood’s best films (“Gran Torino,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales”), the multiple Oscar-winner is able to make us feel both the righteousness of justified violence and the heavy emotional price paid by those committing it. “American Sniper,” which is undoubtedly Eastwood’s best picture since “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), and might just be his best since “Unforgiven” (1992), faithfully constructs and respectfully deconstructs “The Legend”: Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in the history of the U.S. Military.

“American Sniper” opens during the worst days of Fallujah in Iraq. Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is the eye in the sky watching his fellow warriors through a sniper scope and protecting them when necessary with the kind of precision shooting that will quickly make him a legend (and target).

Through a door, an Iraqi woman emerges with a boy who can’t be older than 10. They walk towards a group of Marines. She hands the boy a large grenade. Kyle has been told by his superiors that what happens next is his call.

There is a bunch more and you really should go read it.

I’m gonna try and see this movie tomorrow. For those of you who don’t care about football (which is most of you) a good time to see this movie would be this Sunday because lots of the menfolks and some of the womenfolks will be watching the NFC and AFC championship games.

Nothing else at the box office blows my skirt up except this one which looks like it would be better if seen in a theater:

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65 Responses to Friday Movie Review

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    If Al Sharpton succeeds in imposing a racial quota system on the Oscars I swear to Koresh I will boycott the Academy Awards.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    the screen writer took a lot of care with this movie. that is a very rare thing in hollywood

  3. elliesmom says:

    The stage play “Into the Woods” has two parts. The first act is in the “Everyone lived happily ever mode” of the standard fairy tale. In the second act the story turns dark and the world comes crashing down. A lot of people who take small children to see the play leave after the first act. When they turned the play into a movie, they lightened act 2 up, presumably to make it more kid friendly, but you’re sort of left scratching your head about what happened. I’ve done some of the costuming for the play at the community theater level, and I couldn’t wait to see the costumes. They were wonderful. The movie not so much.

    • swanspirit says:

      I saw it on Broadway, without Bernadette Peters in the lead as The Witch, and it was still wonderful. It probably is better in the theater, but I want to see it anyway.

    • mothy6767 says:

      I have seen the play so the movie was okay in my book but I thought Streep was award winning.
      I really like Eastwood as a director. I get a sense that he makes what he wants. American Sniper is about a man. Cooper is amazing. Interesting that he has to dodge the gay rumors(i know everybody who knows somebody who he was) but yet is reprising his role as gay camp consumer in American Wet Hot Summer.
      Does anyone care anymore? I hear Walking Dead is playing with Daryl but it’s supposed to be about how he becomes vulnerable. He is either gay or he f#cks Carol in my book. I want the brooding fucker to not be alone.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’ve been endeared to Cooper ever since I saw him on Actor’s Studio years ago (Lipton made him cry), then Wedding Crashers, then the Hangover movies. As is my movie habits, never have seen him in is Oscar nom’d roles.

    • piper says:

      Also saw the current movie with Meryl Streep which Disney fairy tailed up. Most people walked out during the credits missing the ending where she said, “I wish.” Borrow the older version with Bernadette Peters from the library – actually preferred this one better even with the funky stage decor. Second act is definitely dark but that’s life the good and dark sides. More songs depicting reality.

    • angienc says:

      I saw it with my mom — I knew it had been on the stage (although not any more than that), but my mom knew nothing but it was the “new Meryl Streep movie.” When we walked out my mom said “That would be go in the theater but as a movie they should have ended it at first half” (the happily ever after part). I busted out laughing.

  4. trixta says:

    Informative article on why/how some 2014 Oscar nominees made the cut and others didn’t.

    Oscar Conspiracy Theories Debunked: Explaining the 5 Biggest Oscar Snubs
    by Kevin Fallon (The Daily Beast)


    1. What the HELL happened with Selma?

    With regards to the outrage over the snubs of Selma in every category but Original Song and Best Picture (mercifully—imagine the snubs if it hadn’t eked out that one), it’s understandable to question whether, as Mark Harris says at Grantland, “a particular kind of soft racism is in play” when a voting body made up of predominantly older white men turns it back on a movie by a young black female director about a pivotal moment in black history—and shameful one in the history of white men in powerful positions. Those questions cannot and should not be dismissed, and almost certainly were in play when the Academy did not vote for Selma’s creative team in a number of deserving categories.

    But, as Harris suggests, Selma’s snub also has a lot to do with some aggravatingly boring factors, things like the timing of its release and the campaign strategy. Late December releases can be a boon or a bust for Oscar hopefuls, and the case of Selma (not to mention Big Eyes, Unbroken, and A Most Violent Year) proved how a late release can harm. Even more catastrophic, though, was the fact that Selma was barely ready in time for that late-December release. Ava DuVernay was finishing up edits on the film down to wire, and as such failed to get screeners out to most of the guilds, killing an opportunity to build enthusiasm and allegiance from those voting bodies. (Something that American Sniper, also a late December release, was able to do).

    Then came the controversy over the historical accuracy of its depiction of LBJ, which is a kind of controversy weathered but pretty much every based-on-a-true story Oscar contender in recent memory. The difference with Selma is that when these accusations surfaced (in a blistering Washington Post op-ed, for one), Paramount, perhaps owing to the film’s 11th hour preparations, seemed caught completely off guard by it. Normally an Oscar contender’s campaign team is braced for these controversies and rebuts them head on and convincingly.

    This likely has nothing to do with voters being unable to look past Aniston’s sitcom roots, or take her seriously. Instead, it probably has to do with the way the Academy tabulates its votes using a preferential ballot.
    Unprepared to stand up for itself and without the time to banish the stink of the controversies from voters’ minds, Selma suffered more from these “political problems” than other contenders like American Sniper and The Imitation Game did.

    2. Why did they snub poor Jennifer Aniston?


    • Myiq2xu says:

      Supposedly the Oscars is all about recognizing the best performances of the year. That is so much bullshit.

    • DeniseVB says:

      That article takes itself far too seriously, the Oscars are all about the controversy and yes, the politics…..and the campaigns.

      It pretty much lost me at …. what about “poor” Jennifer Aniston, then later …..why Steve Carell ? D’oh, Glamour Girl goes ugly is supposed to be Oscar bait, maybe her fellow actors saw through that? Plus her bomb this year in the overhyped Horrible Bosses? I did see Carell in Little Miss Sunshine, he’s got the chops to make you forget The Office. Aniston just played “old Rachel” in Cake, that’s the impression I got from the trailer….she still so pretty !

  5. trixta says:

    Lots of politics and campaigning involved. I stopped watching the Oscars because of the boring speeches–don’t want to hear a list of names for two minutes! Watched part of the Critics Choice Awards last night for the first and liked the choices for nominees. Some of the winners tried to say something interesting, but often fell back on “the list.” Award shows in general are pretty boring, though. I mostly like to watch the post-awards fashion commentary. I miss Joan Rivers!

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Here’s why I’m rooting for Eddie Redmayne for Theory of Everything, because Les Miz !

  7. trixta says:

    While Aniston has a certain charm (in Friends), she seems to play the same character over and over again. Then there’s that divorce scandal–which she’s milked for all its worth for a decade, and she wonders why she’s not taken seriously as an actor. I haven’t seen CAKE, but I do hope it shows a bit more acting range. I think the topic of chronic pain, however, is an important one. So many people suffer from it, for one reason or another. Agreed. Glamour-girl gone homely is not enough for an Oscar nomination though.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Lately she’s been playing somewhat coarser characters, like in We’re The Millers and Horrible Bosses. But they are just raunchier, foul-mouthed versions of Rachel. If she has more range and real acting chops she hasn’t shown them, but that might be because she hasn’t been given the chance. She’s been typecast and pigeon-holed.

      That’s not all bad – she’s had a lucrative career and she’s still working in the business.

      When Friends started it was a mostly unknown cast. Whoever picked that group did a good job of spotting talent. But every one of them is still mostly famous for Friends.

    • mothy6767 says:

      What Aniston does in Cake is just short of amazing. No idea why it is getting zero push. I have not seen it all but what I did was no julia Roberts pretty girl th err n ugly love me masturbation piece. Again I have not seen the whole thing but what I did she comes across as an everyday woman riddled with pain. She made its movie knowing it would never get press other than her name. Bravo to her. Freak her ex wed took a very Christian story and made it Hollywood. My priest actually sent me an email suggesting I see the film. I sent it back with a screwdriver and a copy. Of the real book.
      Wanna seea movie see American Sniper. It does not glaze over what he did nor does it celebrate. Cooper is him best performance since Angela Bassett as Tina Turner.

      • trixta says:

        Bassett as Tina was aaamazing! This country has some incredible talent! I understand Bassett has recently directed the Whitney Houston bio-pic.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        I can still remember when Sally Fields was shunned at the Oscars because of her television background. It took the movie industry a while to warm up to her.

        • trixta says:

          In the end, they liked her…they really liked her. I think ‘Sybl’ and ‘Norma Rae’ were her best roles…long way from ‘Gidget’ and ‘Flying Nun.’

      • angienc says:

        There was a push for Aniston — she (and her PR team) ran a very aggressive campaign that landed her noms at the Globes and SAGS and had most pundits picking her (in a small indie movie that just go so-so reviews) for a slot in the Oscar Best Actress Category. I’m sure she got votes there too but the overall tally just didn’t shake out her way.

  8. trixta says:

    “Les Miserables” is awesome! Though my all time favorite musical (so far) is “Phantom of the Opera” with the original cast. I can’t wait to see “The Theory of Everything,” “Sniper,” “Unbroken,” etc.

  9. trixta says:

    GREASE –good one!–very upbeat and great Americana. I was in Spain when it was released. Olivia and John were so hot together!

  10. Myiq2xu says:

    I’ve reached the point where if the preview is loaded with special effects I don’t want to see the movie.

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  12. Myiq2xu says:

    What are they protesting? Gluten?

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  14. angienc says:

    I already had plans to see American Sniper this weekend — not sure if it will be tomorrow or Sunday though.

  15. swanspirit says:

    Bradley Cooper look alike ? Or my son? 🙂

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