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The Monuments Men

The film is based on a documentary book by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter. It is all about the greatest treasure hunt in history. Events unfold in the years of World War II, when Adolf Hitler came to power. He visited Italy and was just amazed at the beauty of this city. Perhaps at this time he decided to assemble the largest collection of art objects. Whatever it was, his art critics were secretly conducting an inventory of museum treasures from various European cities. Well, everyone knows about what happened to these values ??in the future: the agents of the Third Reich did not disregard any museum or private collection.

However, The Monuments Men (2014) movie tells not about them, but the heroes of the war who are rarely mentioned in history books. This is the story of the art critics who voluntarily put on uniforms to move with the army often being on the front line to save the works of Rubens and Vermeer, Rembrandt and Van Dyck. The search for these treasures demanded from them not only courage, but also exceptional detective abilities. That is why the film based on the documentary book (very wittily written), turned out to be more fascinating than any thriller. Great cast, interesting directorial finds, beautiful camera work – this is something that is worth watching. It is one of the most important productions proposed in 2014. And it’s not just the artistic merits of the movie. It brings us back to one of the most important topics about which lately is not often remembered and used to say quite rare. Well, the story about courage – this is true in any era.

The Monuments Men is based on true events about the greatest worldwide hunt for precious treasures in the whole history. In those days when there was a severe war, some people who were engaged in a variety of art and artifacts would come together in a few groups in order to save at least something. For example, works of art of the greatest painters that somehow were stolen by the Nazis and the best part was specifically destroyed, but not all objects of art were destroyed, and before the Nazis have time to destroy them, they need to hurry. A small group of people need to have time and patience to find and to pick up all the expensive artifacts as quickly as possible.

George Clooney has left only the most famous masters: Michelangelo, Picasso, Rembrandt – in short, only recognizable “brands”. Clooney’s art critics behave as if they are not scientists, but enthusiastic amateurs: we won’t hear any curious and original thinking about the art. And when you consider that Clooney caricatured the stereotypes concerning his nationality in each character, it becomes clear that the film in front of us is intended to be a hit of the movie world. No more and no less.

CONTAGION
An excellent real world thriller. The performances are great all across the board, but especially from Jude Law, Matt Damon, and Laurence Fishburne. The score is eerie and the cinematography even more so. This movie will definitely give you the chills. The only downside to this film is the certain cop out that happens and sometimes the film is a little too cluttered for its own good- they could have easily eliminated one of its many “ensemble storylines” and overall it would have still felt whole. Otherwise, this is a film that I higly recommend.

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Posted on October 20th, 2011 by Quantum | Comments Off on Mini-Review: Contagion
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When I sat down to watch The Informant  I don’t think I really knew what I was in store for. I had heard the movie was funny and well written and well executed by Matt Damon wearing a hairpiece and an ugly mustache. I don’t think I was prepared for quite the roller coaster ride I ended up going on.

At first you simply feel sorry for Damon’s character. He seems to be a slightly strange middle aged guy who got himself into a situation he can’t get himself out of and doesn’t understand what he’s done. As the story progresses and more of his escapades come to light, and you realize everything he did was carefully planned and carried out you feel a sense of foreboding. When the final crimes finally come to light as the movie comes to an end, a sense of awe creeped over me. Perhaps it is because this is based on a true story, but it just seemed bizarre to me that this little man was such a master criminal. A master criminal who as a side note helped bring down a company.

There are numerous comedians taking a serious role and perhaps that is what adds to the offbeat feel of the movie. None other than both the Smothers Brothers take turns appearing in a great comedy that makes you laugh, and makes your jaw drop as well.

Posted on July 8th, 2010 by admin | Leave a Comment
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Are you a big fan of the Matt Damon action series based on the character of Jason Bourne? Than you might be disappointed to hear that the film might not be happening. The Wrap is reporting that Paul Greengrass, who helmed Supremacy and Ultimatum, has walked away from the new project after a disagreement with Universal. According to the news source, Greengrass wanted to push the film back and the studio wants to get it out as soon as they can. Isn’t this always the case?

Personally, I think a change in director could be a good thing for the series. I prefer Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity, and felt like Greengrass’ shaky camera sequels never quite reached the level of the first one. I’d be interested to see what Liman would do if the studio brought him back into the mix. Another director, someone removed from the series, could bring fresh ideas to the table.

But will Matt Damon come back with a new director? He has stated in the past that he’d only do a fourth Bourne film with Greengrass, but that could have just been “Hollywood” talk. Remember when Arnold wouldn’t do a Terminator sequel without James Cameron, then the studio offered him more money than could be spent in a lifetime? Yeah, I can see that happening again here.

What do you think? Would you be up for a new Bourne flick without Greengrass? Which of the Bourne movies is your favorite?

Posted on December 1st, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (4)
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Matt Damon’s action hero with a tragic past, Jason Bourne, will be back to kick some more ass. Variety reports that Damon will be teaming up with Paul Greengrass for a fourth film based on the character from the popular Robert Ludlum series.

While I enjoyed the first film in the series, which was directed by Doug Liman, I was sorely disappointed in its sequel, The Bourne Supremacy.  Everything that I liked about the first film, including its brutal but slick fights and engaging characters was negated in the Greengrass directed second film, which had an over use of annoying shaky camera, unmotivated characters, and unnecessary deaths. The third film in the series, The Bourne Ultimatum, was an improvement over Supremacy, but still wasn’t as enjoyable as the original.

I really wish that Frank Marshall, the film’s producer, would find new blood to direct the fourth film.  Damon knows this character in and out, and there is a lot of good places they can go with him, I just really wish it could be shot in a way that didn’t give me a head ache.  The film is expected to be released in the summer of 2010 and this time around it will be an original story instead of an adaptation of one of Ludlum’s novels.