Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tag: History

Meanest Man in Texas, The (2017)?

Title: The Meanest Man in Texas
Rating: NR
Directed by: Justin Ward
Written by: Don Umphrey and Justin Ward
Starring: Mateus Ward and Casey Bond
Release Date: 5/17/2019
Running Time: 105 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The true story about Clyde Thompson, who in 1928 was convicted of multiple murders and sentenced to death, but was miraculously paroled. Thompson gained a reputation as the meanest man in Texas while working hard labor in prison, until he meets the love of his life, Julia Perryman, and finds redemption and faith.


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All Is True (2018)

Title: All Is True
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Written by: Ben Elton
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Lolita Chakrabarti, Jack Colgrave Hirst, and Doug Colling
Release Date: 5/10/2019
Running Time: 101 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.

Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Wild Nights with Emily (2018)?

Title: Wild Nights with Emily
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Madeleine Olnek
Written by: Madeleine Olnek
Starring: Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, and Brett Gelman
Release Date: 3/11/2018
Running Time: 84 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan…yes this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.


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Best of Enemies, The (2019)

Title: The Best of Enemies
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Robin Bissell
Written by: Robin Bissell
Based on the book by: Osha Gray Davidson
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Nick Searcy, John Gallagher Jr., and Bruce McGill
Release Date: 4/5/2019
Running Time: Unknown

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What did you think of this film?
Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Peterloo (2018)

Title: Peterloo
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Mike Leigh
Written by: Mike Leigh
Starring: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, and Neil Bell
Release Date: 4/5/2019
Running Time: 154 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Hotel Mumbai (2018)

Title: Hotel Mumbai
Rating: R
Directed by: Anthony Maras
Written by: John Collee and Anthony Maras
Starring: Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, and Jason Isaacs
Release Date: 3/22/2019
Running Time: 123 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Refusing to leave their guests, the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Dev Patel) choose to risk their lives to keep everyone safe. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Michael, Frank, and Tony for this submission


Prosecuting Evil (2018)?

Title: Prosecuting Evil
Rating: NR
Directed by: Barry Avrich
Written by: Barry Avrich
Starring: Ben Ferencz, Alan Dershowitz, Justice Rosalie Abella, Don Ferencz, Fatou Bensouda, General Wesley Clark, Richard Dicker, and David Scheffer
Release Date: 2/22/2019
Running Time: 83 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
A portrait of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, who continues to wage his lifelong crusade in the fight for law and peace.


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Vice (2018)*

Title: Vice
Rating: R
Directed by: Adam McKay
Written by: Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Justin Kirk, LisaGay Hamilton, Shea Whigham, and Eddie Marsan
Release Date: 12/25/2018
Running Time: 132 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Spanning a half-century, Cheney’s (Christian Bale) complex journey from rural Wyoming electrical worker to de facto President of the United States is a darkly comic and often unsettling inside look at the use and misuse of institutional power. In McKay’s capable hands, the dichotomy between Cheney, the dedicated family man and political puppet master, is related with intimacy, wit and narrative daring. Guided by his formidable and unfailingly loyal wife, Lynne (Amy Adams) and mentored by the brusque and blustery Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell), Cheney insinuated himself into the Washington D.C. fabric beginning with the Nixon administration, becoming White House Chief of Staff under Gerald Ford, and after five terms in Congress, Secretary of Defense for George H.W. Bush. In 2000, he left his position as C.E.O. of Halliburton to run as Vice President to George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) with the implicit understanding that he would exercise almost unchecked control, a co-president in all but name.

Cheney’s cunning and furtive political maneuvering have altered the American political landscape in ways that will continue to reverberate for decades to come. But it is clear there is more than one Dick Cheney, a man whose reputation in the public Spector belies his private life and obvious devotion to his family.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Special thanks to Frank and Mario for this submission


They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)*

Title: They Shall Not Grow Old
Rating: R
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release Date: 11/9/2018
Running Time: 99 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than a 100-years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the First World War, Jackson set out to bring to life the day-to-day experience of its soldiers. After months immersed in the BBC and Imperial War Museums’ archives, narratives and strategies on how to tell this story began to emerge for Jackson. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime.

Jackson and his team have used cutting edge techniques to make the images of a hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday. The transformation from black and white footage to colourised footage can be seen throughout the film revealing never before seen details. Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of the veterans, the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war.


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Dedication:
For My Grandfather
Who served in the British Army from 1910 to 1919
Sgt. William Jackson, DCM
2/South Wales Borderers
(1890 – 1940)

Memoriam: and in memory of

Sgt. Sidney Ruck
2/Monmouthshires
Killed 8th May, 1915

2nd Lt. Thomas Walsh
NZ Tunnelling Company & NZ Rifle Brigade
Killed 4th May, 1918

Special thanks to Ray for this submission


Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Title: Mary Queen of Scots
Rating: R
Directed by: Josie Rourke
Written by: Beau Willimon
Based on the book by: John Guy
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Ian Hart, Gemma Chan, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Adrian Lester, and James McArdle
Release Date: 12/7/2018
Running Time: 123 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
Queen of France at 16 and widowed when she was barely 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, Mary has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), who rules as England’s Queen. Contrary to earlier accounts, and based on Dr. John Guy’s research, we see Mary as a capable politician and leader who wanted an alliance with her cousin Elizabeth. Mary fights to govern her unruly kingdom at a time when female monarchs are reviled as monstrous. To secure their thrones, the two Queens make very different choices about marriage and children. Mary’s reputation is under continual attack from her enemies, who construct lies about her sexual conduct. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens–driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Memoriam: In Memory of Alex Beckett

Special thanks to Tony for this submission