Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
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Hercules, Bride, Osage, Her, Shadow, Survivor

Lots of movies, not much else.

"The Legend of Hercules" is respecably mediocre sword and sandals stuff. It plays some minor but interesting games with the legend, and generally delivers what one would expect from a movie built around a secondary player from a huge and over-rated film franchise. I went in with low expectations, and they were exceeded. I can think of circumstances which would lead me to watch it again.

"The Princess Bride" was open for a brief restrospective, and I took advantage of the chance to see it on the big screen. I haven't seen it in years, and it is still wonderful. It is also, as a curiousity, one of those rare movies that was based on a decent book and exceeded the source material.

"August: Osage County" is an actors movie. It features a great cast delivering well crafted dialog with all the skill they have. Unfortunately, this movie transcends "stupid people being unhappy" and goes all the way to "moronic people being miserable". In the end, this is another movie that damages the world by existing.

"Her" is first rate science fiction, in spite of a near complete lack of special effects. It is funny, touching, and thought provoking (or at least conversation provoking). It also includes a truly bizarre (but hilarious) scene involving a fictitious dead cat. We enjoyed it a great deal.

"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is yet another film featuring Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. This is the fifth film, and the fourth actor, to play this role, and so far all of the permutations have been good. It's been a while since we enjoyed both halves of a double feature this much.

"Lone Survivor" is a first rate movie about an unfortunate and tragic corner of the Afghan War. It took me a while to see this, because the entire event turned on an ethical decision that the mission commander made early on that ultimately killed 19 US troops. The film is hard to watch, but worthwhile. I still think that given a choice between being a living (but covert) war criminal and dead, I would choose to live.

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