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Dear James Bernadelli,
I have always found you a compatible and reliable film reviewer but you are getting too liberal with anointing two star films with four stars.

Oh Captain, My Captain, ...no doubt about it, Tom Hanks likes to go places. Sprouting from a kid to a man in "Big," becoming an astronaut, being stuck on a desert island, running until he tripped on his beard,and now once again at sea, I am reminded by Michael Moore and Bill Maher that Tom Hanks would really rather be at home. And while recovering from his latest odyssey, he should be.

Three days after seeing "Gravity," and headed for "Twelve Years A Slave," I was told at my loud and friendly local Cineplex that only one ticket remained, so our little party of three opted for "Captain Phillips," arrived early and got center seats. That was mistake number two. Ten minutes into the movie, I wanted out. Thirty minutes in, I still wanted out but was loathe to climb over fellow patrons in order to escape. At my age we don't want to waste two hours.

Hey there you out in Hollywood..thinking of filming a feature underground and having the premier in the Carlsberg Caverns?

Please don't invite me.


Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:55 am
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What the hell does Captain Phillips have to do with Bill Maher and Michael Moore?

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This reminded me of one of those provocative "initial postings" to sucker people into the thread that then winds up getting spam-botted with the latest Viagara deals a day or 2 later.


Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:03 pm
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Are you referring to my initial posted comments,or the response?
I am afraid the only use I might have for Viagra is to apply it to a failing cactus plant :-)


Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:20 pm
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Hey Diva, you should expound a bit more on why you didn't like Captain Phillips and on other movies that you thought were overrated by Berardinelli.


Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:38 pm
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MGamesCook wrote:
Hey Diva, you should expound a bit more on why you didn't like Captain Phillips and on other movies that you thought were overrated by Berardinelli.


I didn't like that it took almost the entire US Navy to subdue four undernourished Somali pirates but am aware the film is based on a true story. It's the male version of Julia Child demonstrating Peking Duck, a cowboy and Indian saga on surf. I felt Hanks ran the gamut of acting from A to Sea. He is highly overrated as an actor. If the truth is going to get stretched, gimme "Argo."
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I prefer relationship driven scenarios with character definitions instead of dramatic dialogue such as, "bring her around fast to180 degrees starboard" and "now reverse and shorten the towline." I am not a fan of military movies as a rule, ..exception, "Patton" and prefer more relationship driven scenarios with a little character definitions or even a few "Chick Flicks." I like foreign films but don't consider hauling marine freight around Cape Horn in that category. I could watch, soppy "When Harry Met Sally," Pretty Woman" and "The Way We Were" multiple times without flinching or getting into a comfortable sleeping position in a Cineplex.

I still hope Rhett changes his mind.

Give me a film like "The Attack" any old bargain Tuesday and I'll rave about it. Likewise,"Wadja."

Ironically I like many of the comic book adaptions, Batman, Superman, Iron Man and men in general.In the film under discussion.

And if Captain Phillips is always so unhappy being away from his family he should retrain and seek a new line of work instead of a towline.
Now about my line of generic Viagra .........LOL


Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:40 pm
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The entire U.S. Navy? It was just 3 ships wasn't it? I love the fact that America (most of the time) doesn't dick around with stuff like that. Also, do you know how hard those shots that were taken are? Ocean windage, the snipers boats moving up, down and sideways...the hostage boat moving up, down, and sideways, and the shots must be placed perfectly when they heard the word execute: Only a handful of people in the world could have executed something like that, some of whom were snipers from Team 6. Not hoping you don't miss because this is an extremely hard shot, but KNOWING that you won't miss because you are that good.

The movie was worth it for that scene alone in my book, but the rest of it was great too.


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roastbeef_ajus wrote:
The entire U.S. Navy? It was just 3 ships wasn't it? I love the fact that America (most of the time) doesn't dick around with stuff like that. Also, do you know how hard those shots that were taken are? Ocean windage, the snipers boats moving up, down and sideways...the hostage boat moving up, down, and sideways, and the shots must be placed perfectly when they heard the word execute: Only a handful of people in the world could have executed something like that, some of whom were snipers from Team 6. Not hoping you don't miss because this is an extremely hard shot, but KNOWING that you won't miss because you are that good.

The movie was worth it for that scene alone in my book, but the rest of it was great too.


I felt as you about "Gravity<" but generally don't head to a movie for tech stuff.


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First of all, you dislike the genre. You seem to have a problem with the real Captain Phillips line of work.

You make reference to films like "Pretty Woman" and "When Harry Met Sally". I am not sure why.

" I like foreign films but don't consider hauling marine freight around Cape Horn in that category"

I honestly don't understand this statement, what does one have to do with the other?

Frankly, what I'm getting from your rant is that Captain Phillips is in a genre you don't like and as such, you disliked the film. However you seem shocked that JB, who is a fan of this kind of genre, once done right, enjoyed the film (because in his opinion, it was done right), and I'm not sure why that bothers you.

and finally:
"I felt Hanks ran the gamut of acting from A to Sea."

Lol. Seriously?

What actors working today are better than Tom Hanks?


Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:26 am
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Daniel Day Lewis is a fine actor.
My comment about Cape Horn was meant to be funny but falls on water logged ears.


Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:16 am
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gkanchan wrote:
First of all, you dislike the genre. You seem to have a problem with the real Captain Phillips line of work.

You make reference to films like "Pretty Woman" and "When Harry Met Sally". I am not sure why.

" I like foreign films but don't consider hauling marine freight around Cape Horn in that category"

I honestly don't understand this statement, what does one have to do with the other?

Frankly, what I'm getting from your rant is that Captain Phillips is in a genre you don't like and as such, you disliked the film. However you seem shocked that JB, who is a fan of this kind of genre, once done right, enjoyed the film (because in his opinion, it was done right), and I'm not sure why that bothers you.

and finally:
"I felt Hanks ran the gamut of acting from A to Sea."
Diva4 wrote:
Daniel Day Lewis is a fine actor.
My comment about Cape Horn was meant to be funny but falls on water logged ears.

Lol. Seriously?

What actors working today are better than Tom Hanks?


Look, it wasn't really a bad film, I just don't think it is deserving of nearly four stars unless they are being given for technical merit and I was rather surprised to read on an earlier post that the shipping company is being sued. Now there is a story. Who'd be cast as the lawyers?


Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:50 am
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Ok.

First you say things like: "Ten minutes into the movie, I wanted out." and " At my age we don't want to waste two hours", but then you say "Look, it wasn't really a bad film..."

:? :? :?

By the way you deflected all my questions.

Jussayin


Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:44 pm
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gkanchan wrote:
Ok.

First you say things like: "Ten minutes into the movie, I wanted out." and " At my age we don't want to waste two hours", but then you say "Look, it wasn't really a bad film..."

:? :? :?

By the way you deflected all my questions.

Jussayin


I hope I have not misunderstood your questions so here goes once more:

I think Daniel Day Lewis is a better actor than Tom Hanks.
The film was not terrible but on the other hand I don't think it merited nearly four stars.
The people with me did not like the film.
i concur that it was technically praiseworthy.
I repeat, it would have been better if it were known the shipping company was engaged in a lawsuit after but that was not knion at the time the oicture was being made..
Keep in mind I only saw this film because the one we wanted was sold out ,here was a time constraint and it was our only option..
I had never planned to see it. but deferred to the group I was with.

I have exhausted the amount of bandwidth I wish to allocate to this discussion.


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Diva4 wrote:
I have exhausted the amount of bandwidth I wish to allocate to this discussion.


If you don't want to discuss this, why the hell did you start a thread about it?

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Steven wrote:
Diva4 wrote:
I have exhausted the amount of bandwidth I wish to allocate to this discussion.


If you don't want to discuss this, why the hell did you start a thread about it?


I did want to discuss it but not for the rest of my life. I did discuss it.

Please stop trolling.


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Diva4 wrote:
Steven wrote:
Diva4 wrote:
I have exhausted the amount of bandwidth I wish to allocate to this discussion.


If you don't want to discuss this, why the hell did you start a thread about it?


I did want to discuss it but not for the rest of my life. I did discuss it.

Please stop trolling.


I apologize if you think I was trolling. I was just confused.

And, not to insult, but other people have discussed other films a hell of a lot more extensively than this on this very forum. MGames wrote paragraphs upon paragraphs on his opinion against the general consensus about Gravity. He accepted challenges to his opinion and subsequently defended his opinion. You've given a list of vague reasons for disliking Captain Phillips and seem to be insulted whenever anybody challenges them.

Again, not trying to troll, just super confused.

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Checking a number of other topics on this forum, many of the comments are brief and the posters don't get targeted with complaints about their brevity. Keep following McGames if you like volume.

BTW, I am no stranger to movie making, was the unit publicist on location with Tom Cruise when he was seventeen and was in the industry for fifteen years before retiring. As for captains, Humphrey Bogart was a great captain in "The African Queen." He also did a good job as "Captain Queeg" in "The Caine Mutiny.," and he would have been good as Captain Phillips if he were still alive.

It's time to move on to another film! Please find another newbie to provoke.


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Keep following McGames if you like volume.


Hell yeah!

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MGames wrote paragraphs upon paragraphs on his opinion against the general consensus about Gravity. He accepted challenges to his opinion and subsequently defended his opinion.


Thanks :D


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