Come and See, a review by Rich
across mother Russia...
Elem Klimov's stunning COME AND SEE is a relentlessly brutal condemnation of war hidden in the guise of a surrealistic coming-of-age nightmare. A physically and emotionally draining viewing experience, the film follows Florya (played brilliantly by Alexei Kravchenko), a 12-year-old boy living in 1943 Byelorussia. When he digs up an abandoned gun, Florya gleefully signs up with the Russian Army, looking forward to life as a soldier. But that fantasy rapidly deteriorates when the reality of the situation confronts him head-on. Abandoned by his fellow comrades, he stumbles across the weeping Glasha (Olga Mironova), a pretty teenager who has also been left behind. Together, the pair returns to Florya's village only to discover that everyone has been slaughtered Florya's mother and younger sisters included. The journey continues as Florya embarks on a mission to find food for the stranded inhabitants of a neighbouring village. He eventually lands in the middle of another German massacre, where the animalistic Nazis stuff the Russians into a barn and torch it, obliterating Florya's innocence completely.
This Soviet film pulls no punches and portrays war in it's most gruesome light. Deep felt hatred for the Nazis floods out of this film, and the camera style reminded me of a horror film as opposed to a typical war film. This wasn't entertainment, it was more endurance. If you are hardened and want to watch a war film that goes beyond the typical glossy hollywood fare, then try this on for size. 5/10
(From Around the World in 80 DVD's on February 12th, 2008)
Cold Mountain, a review by addicted2dvd
Jude Law as Inman
Nicole Kidman as Ada Monroe
Renée Zellweger as Ruby Thewes
Eileen Atkins as Maddy
Brendan Gleeson as Stobrod Thewes
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Reverend Veasey
Nicole Kidman (Academy Award® winner – Best Actress, The Hours, 2002) stars with Academy Award® winner Renée Zellweger (Best Supporting Actress, Cold Mountain, 2003) and Academy Award® nominee Jude Law (Best Actor, Cold Mountain). At the dawn of the Civil War, the men of Cold Mountain, North Carolina, rush to join the Confederate army. Ada (Kidman) has vowed to wait for Inman (Law), but as the war drags on and letters go unanswered, she must find the will to survive. At war's end, hearts will be dashed, dreams fulfilled and the strength of the human spirit tested...but not broken! Directed by Academy Award® winner Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, 1996).
My Thoughts:I have been told by more then one person this is a good movie. So even though it is a bit long for my taste... I was looking forward to checking it out. While I did find it to be a rather long movie... it is a good one. I enjoyed it quite a bit. They combined the war storyline and love story together very well. Everyone in it did a great job. Though I would have liked to seen Donald Sutherland in it a little longer then what he was. I have always liked him as well. If you never seen this movie before... it is one I would definitely recommend. A very good movie that is beautifully filmed. I think if you give it a chance you will enjoy it as well.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Nicole Kidman Birthday Mini-Thon on June 21st, 2011)
2016 TV Pilot Reviews, a review by DJ Doena
Graves @ Wikipedia
Graves @ IMDb
Former U.S. President Richard Graves is the last great republican. His presidency has now been over for 25 years and he does the usual stuff former presidents do: Opening senior citizen centers, giving speeches and having his own presidential libraries.
He's also considered to be worst American president ever. It doesn't bother him, though.
Until it does.
When he finally decided to google himself he realizes the true opinion people have of him. For the first time he recognizes the lives that were lost in the war that he started.
And so he decides to change and do everything with the power he still has left to make this country better again.
I only came across this show by pure accident. It was listed besides another show I wanted to watch, so I checked out the Wikipedia page. As you can see for yourselves, it doesn't say much at the moment.
So I decided to check it out for myself.
And I pretty much liked it from the start. Grumpy old men are right up my alley, but Nick Nolte truly sold it for me when he read up on his Google search and realized what he'd done and also when he visited the fallen heroes memorial.
I have still no clue what this show is going to be about but I'll watch it. I like how the people around Graves react to him, I already like Skylar Astin from Ground Floor and it's already way more enjoyable than the actual U.S. presidential election race.
(From 2016 TV Pilot Reviews on September 22nd, 2016)