30+ more 1917 Reviews – Google used for rotting horses and humans research

1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

With 10 Academy Award nominations and a lot of great reviews (more being posted every day!), life is good for director Sam Mendes and company.

One of the Oscar nominations is for Hair and Makeup Special Effects (my prediction is the Bombshell team will win for the work done on Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly) and I didn’t think of that applying to corpses and horses … and yet it does.

Research was integral to the process. Over the years, Versluis had built up a back catalog of images of real corpses, which came in handy when his team hadto start designing the various stages of decay. The art department also provided him with research, as did on-set historian Andrew Robertshaw. “We could sit down with him and quiz him about anything. We got as much factual research as we could,” Versluis says, adding that Google turned out to be helpful with images of rotting horses and humans.

Makeup FX Pros on Making Realistic Dead Bodies for WWI Movie ‘1917’ – Variety

LOL on that last sentence which I bolded to emphasize. Google is such a great research tool. It’s hard to imagine a world without it and yet it’s barely been with us for 25 years. Wonder if we’ll still be using Google in 25 more years or … maybe something else to search for information on rotting horses and humans?

Bets being taken for Oscars including 1917 in New Jersey, thanks to Draftkings

Sam Mendes is the odds on favorite for Best Director for the Oscars. That is one of my predictions made hours after the nominations were announced. The oddsmakers like Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood for the Best Picture with the second favorite being 1917 (my choice). Also, they like Renee Zellweger for Best Actress (my choice).

How Long Will 1917 Keep Screening?

If it wins several Academy Awards next month, and to think with 10 nominations it won’t win at least one or two, I think it’s safe to predict it makes it through the entire month. Just in case it doesn’t, this is really one of those movies you have to see on the big screen to become fully immersed in the experience. You’ll see several people mention this in their reviews in a little bit and I think it’s a great point.

This might also look cool on an Oculus VR up close, so that’s another potential great way to view it when it comes to streaming.

More Reviews by Others

The reviews just keep pouring into the blogs I’m reading and so many are making great observations about the film. If you want to learn more about what people truly thought of this film, just read a variety of opinions — good, bad and indifferent — on the film. I’m grouping them together below, so you can read, click through and enjoy.

  1. A Little Bit Of Everything: “…is unbelievably impressive and is the sort of film everyone should experience at least once. That said between the character drama not being as engaging as the filmmakers wanted it to be and the general sense that I’ve seen these techniques and themes pulled off more effectively in other media I can’t deny that I’m not as high on it as I would like”
  2. Beetleypete: “Despite some wonderful, often eye-popping visuals, and a soundtrack that suited the film perfectly, I just didn’t believe the story. The whole concept of the plot felt contrived”
  3. bhalmurali: “The entire movie is a technical marvel. “
  4. Captain Killjoy’s Film Reviews: “Beautifully shot and superbly acted, 1917 is an immersive experience- but not a comfortable one.”
  5. C.F.J Film Reviews: “…was a welcome surprise for me. I thought I had the movie pegged from the trailer alone but was pleasantly surprised by just how engaged by everything I was.”
  6. Clay Bones: “is a breathtaking experience that looks to sweep up a few awards this season, and deservedly so.”
  7. Deadly Movies & TV (Grade: A): “works because it was made with care and precision and possesses a beating heart. Audiences have responded not to the tracking shots, but to the story of two young men in a horrible situation, which just so happens to also be one of the year’s best productions.”
  8. Fan Fuel Sports: “The Sam Mendes produced film and top notch cast takes you on a horrific journey through a war torn France during the First World War that you’ll have trouble forgetting.”
  9. Geekas: “What Sam Mendes was able to do was make you the third person on this journey, which I have never really experienced, in movies or tv.”
  10. Hiking Historian: “Overall, I would say the film is definitely a must-see, if not just for the spectacle of it, and admiring the mastery of the cinematography and the seamless nature of the filming. Just don’t expect a deep and meaningful story, despite it being up for Best Screenplay”
  11. Jacob Mohr: “…is a thrilling theater experience. If you do plan on seeing the film I do strongly recommend that you see it in a theater setting, as I believe the feel of the film and the epic scale would be lost in viewing it on a phone screen or a small TV.”
  12. Jim Norman / On Film: “A culmination of the shot, performances and score result in a film that is purely cinematic. A story of individual masculine heroism, it will undoubtedly succeed at the Academy Awards.”
  13. Just a Little Bit Random: “Sam Mendes will very likely win the Best Director Oscar this year for his work on this film, and when you watch 1917 it’s clear to see how.”
  14. Just a Three Cent Blog (7/10): “Overall I was impressed by the technical aspects of the film and thought that it was generally well-executed.”
  15. Keep It Short (9.5/10): “To nobody’s surprise, this movie is absolutely incredible.”
  16. Knap on the Go (8/10): “Cinematography is unmatched, acting is impeccable from the two main British soldiers that we follow, and the pace is great”
  17. Leah Richardson’s Film Studies Blog: “I really hope this film wins an Oscar as it definitely deserves it. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and found myself really immersed in the film due to its realism.”
  18. Lucy Goes To Hollywood (5/5): “This film is deserving of all its critical acclaim, and I’m really hoping it at least gets Best Cinematography at this year’s Oscars. It’s an incredible cinematic achievement.”
  19. Luke / Duffhood (7/10): “The plot and characters are just too standard and don’t say anything new about World War 1 or the act of war. Its execution however, putting the audience in the shoes of a soldier travelling through a war zone, is incredible and for that, I recommend it.”
  20. movieknight23: “I enjoyed the movie while I was watching it, but its effects wore off on me almost as soon as I left the theater.”
  21. Murdocal (5/5): “This is not just a lesson in film making but is an outstanding portrayal of war on film.”
  22. PickACritic: “It’s gorgeous, it’s intense, but also shallow, in the way that war, bloodshed, and death is.”
  23. Rosa’s Reviews (10/10): “This is a film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. “1917” will leave you with the unique experience of taking you alongside these characters through their journey, all while admiring the gorgeous cinematography.”
  24. Scottyssey: ““1917,” while not a particularly risky picture, is nonetheless a nearly perfect film. One which accomplishes everything it sets out to achieve in every element of its production.”
  25. sickflickblog (9.5/10): “The scene was he runs across the battlefield is my favorite scene it has the perfect music perfect setting for it.”
  26. Sometimes Objective Reviews: “If you’re into war films, and/or you are interested in the behind the scenes techniques of some pretty stellar filmmaking then go right on ahead and watch”
  27. Stanko’s Stance: “Seriously all hail Roger Deakins and Sam Mendes the visual brilliance of 1917. You have to see it in a movie theater. Can’t recommend it enough.”
  28. The80sTom: “…despite the disappointing score, for me this film captures a dark time in humanity so very well, with care and evident passion for the subject matter and the people involved in this dreadful episode in our history.”
  29. The Edinburgh Reporter: “An almighty gamble has paid off and the one-shot wonder of ‘1917’ should be handsomely rewarded as an iconic cinematic accomplishment alone. It deserves to be experienced on the big screen and will stay with you long after you leave the cinema.”
  30. The Rich Report: “…this movie is one of the great achievements in cinematic history.”
  31. Vijay from Muscat: “You need to watch 1917 on the big screen and preferably on IMAX to get a ringside view of what it meant to be on the war fronts those days!”
  32. Williamjmcginn (Grade: A+): “…once in a while a movie comes along that brings us a reminder of the avant-garde power of filmmaking while simultaneously entertaining us, cheering in suspense as we can’t wait to see the film again. 1917 is the perfect example of one of these movies.”

For more reviews see: 45+ 1917 Reviews – Real WWI Trench Warfare

45+ 1917 Reviews – Real WWI Trench Warfare

1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

Nominated for 10 Oscars and tied with two other films, only Joker having more (11), this is truly a must-watch film. It involves viewers on a visceral level. You will feel about as close as you can to what it might have been like inside those WWI trenches.

Just how realistic are the trenches?

“Most people understand that World War I is about trench warfare, but they don’t know that there was more than one trench,” says Cart. “There was the front-line trench, where front-line troops would attack from or defend from; then behind that, kind of a holding line where they brought supplies up, troops waiting to go to to the front-line trench.” The “bathroom” was in the latrine trench.

The True History Behind the Movie ‘1917’ | Time

Am still reeling from the cinematic beauty of this film.

Beyond this point we’re in severe SPOILER territory, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, just bookmark and come back.

… you have been warned SPOILERS ahead …

Not Enough Characterization … or is there?

In most circumstances I would criticize a film that seems to have so little characterization (see my Underwater⭐️ review), but I think we get it here through the imagination of the viewer and how certain scenes are displayed. This is a film that relies on showing vs. telling. Something that is often forgotten in films. We don’t need a bunch of characters telling us through exposition, when characterization can be shown through action.

For example, one of the character encounters a woman with a baby. He immediately shows his generosity by trying to give up most of his food, despite the fact his very survival is in doubt. In several scenes we see blood-stained photographs as a motivation for soldiering on. There is also the revealing scene with the brother at the ending.

A War Film without much … War?

This is a big part of what I enjoyed about this film compared to many others. There weren’t a bunch of bloody war scenes. Instead, it’s like we’re wondering through a “hot” battlefield, one where a new battle could break out any second. It’s like passing through a cemetery after the bodies had just been buried or, rather, some have not been buried yet.

Reviews by Others

Below I’ve collected dozens of pull quotes and links to other movie reviewers. I’ve been reading a ton of reviews for this film, most of which are extremely positive, but some are neutral and a few dislike it from the 1,100+ movie blogs that I’m currently following.

As you’ll see shortly when reading the quotes, many are mentioning the technical aspects of 1917, some mention how it is important to see it on the big screen and other observations that are interesting. One of my favorite things to do with films I strongly like or dislike is to read what other moviegoers think. I don’t do this to validate or invalidate my opinion (after all, my opinion is solely mine), but to reflect and, in some cases, learn some aspects of films that I might have missed or need to watch out for in the future.

Now, let’s see what others have to say.

Recommended

  1. Anthony Baker / The Recovering Legalist: “…what made the movie so good was not the acting, the action, the realistic combat scenes, or the plot; it was all of that mixed together with the most brilliant cinematography I’ve ever seen.”
  2. Bouquets & Brickbats: “For all the razzmatazz of its structure, it’s inevitably story that comes first and this delivers at every level, resulting in the first truly unmissable film of 2020.”
  3. Cindy Bruchman: “Sam Mendes made a film that will be hard to improve upon for a long time. It’s a game-changer”
  4. Cookie on Screen: “Though it doesn’t offer anything new in story, it is masters emotion in its long-take set-up and reminds you of the true horrors of war”
  5. Darren Lucas / Movie Reviews 101: “This is one of the best war films you will ever see, it is shot like one take, which makes us follow their journey, adding the tension to every single moment of the film.
  6. David White / theencouragingword: “Yesterday, on the fiftieth anniversary of my first day of an “in country” combat-zone tour of the Republic of South Vietnam, then a barely nineteen year old, I saw Sam Mendes’s remarkable new film “1917.””
  7. DC Bolling (Grade: A-): “…is needed proof why more war movies should be intense and immersive. How Mendes crafted this race against time story about saving humanity is astounding. Sure, it kind of dragged a tiny bit from my perspective, but it doesn’t take away from how heart-pounding this came to be.”
  8. Debra Manskey: “It is spectacular and bold in so many ways but there is an immediacy about this kind of film making that tempers the spectacle. That is, we discover scenes and information at the same time the protagonists do – and we see the horrors they experience as well. And here, the horrors aren’t sugar coated or played down”
  9. DougInNC: “It hardly seems possible to film action scenes in the hopeless trenches of WWI, but that is accomplished well here.”
  10. Eddie / Jordan & Eddie The Movie Guys: “…a mind-blowingly good cinematic creation that will be a deserving Oscar king should the cards fall that way on Hollywood’s night of nights.”
  11. Eternality Tan (Grade: B-): “For better or worse, Mendes and Deakins tried their best to find the essence of cinema in cinematography.  The result is either spectacular for some audiences, or underwhelming for others.”
  12. Fast Film Reviews / Mark Hobin: “It’s horrific and beautiful, mesmerizing and immediate.  If cinema is an emotional experience — a portal that transports us to another time and place — then 1917 inspired the most visceral reaction of any picture I saw in 2019.”
  13. Film Geeky (10/10): “A number of war films have tried to address the ‘scale’ of the battles using more and more men and CGI to build the sense of just how big war is. This film achieves this sense but in a different way as it takes just two men and weaves them through the battlefield with a huge mission.”
  14. Jason Bleau / Cinematic Spotlight (5/5): “…is not just a movie, it’s a cinematic painting meticulously crafted and inspired. This is the true best film of 2019 and undoubtedly destined to be one of the greatest movies of 2020.”
  15. Keith & The Movies (4.5/5): “Sam Mendes takes his audience on a perilous journey driven by a simple but tightly-wound story soaked in an unending tension. It’s a harrowing tale of heroism, friendship, and sacrifice.”
  16. Kendall Lacey’s Webworld: “Get those shiny golden guys ready for the camera team and the sound department – 1917 also happens to be the best war film since Jarhead, so I’m fine with any award wins.”
  17. Ken Murray / The Nerd Templar: “I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s an intense watch with a great atmosphere thanks to Mendes and Deakins. It also has a great score that adds to the intensity. Various British actors pop up throughout the roller coaster ride and it’s something I can see myself watching multiple times like Dunkirk.”
  18. Kirkham A Movie A Day: “…my mouth is agape at the technical excellence of the film and the emotional experience that I was put into by the choices of the director. That’s why I think it is deserving of the label I gave it at the start of this review. Best of 2019.”
  19. Luke Atkins (8.5/10): “What are the limits of human perseverance? And pain? How did mankind reach a point wherein world war became a solution? What was it like? Well, 1917 gives you a pretty great taste.”
  20. markgorman / gibberish: “Truly a seminal cinema experience.  This will only be half the movie on your TV set so get up and get down to your local big screen, before it’s too late”
  21. Matt Bullions: “…one of the finest films of the year. It’s a stunning technical achievement and haunting emotional journey that is thrillingly intense from beginning to end.”
  22. Mirza Baig (4.5/5): “Throughout this film’s two hour running time I felt as if I was on this mission with these two soldiers and absolutely nothing took me out of it until the very end credits.”
  23. Movie Man Jackson / MMJ (Grade: B+): “Regardless of how you want your war films to be narrative-wise, there’s no denying that the craftsmanship of Mendes’ latest is probably the best 2019 has to offer, if not the decade.”
  24. No More Workhorse: “This film has a real chance of winning the Oscar for Best Film. It is doing something quite original and it achieves its goal with some style.”
  25. notlefthandedfilmguy: “Take away the technical aspect of the movie and it isn’t as good as Journey’s End, Saving Private Ryan or Dunkirk (a film with its own gimmick) but factor this in, which you have to, and 1917 is a superb, gripping, heart rending, exhilarating and truly marvellous piece of work.”
  26. R / Cinema Notes (Grade: A): “…presents a soldier’s journey from point A to point B, and how he’ll have to do it all over again the next day, and the next day. It elucidates the futility of combat, and shines a light on what a sorry species we are.”
  27. Reely Bernie (5/5): “…stands out as a masterpiece of the ages for the ages. I haven’t been so moved by a film in a long time. I haven’t been so moved on a technical level, emotional level, cinematically, or even musically.”
  28. Richard Southworth (5/5): “There really is nothing to fault about 1917. The style, the atmosphere, the tension, the acting, the music and the cinematography are all top-notch – this is a must-see.”
  29. RockAtTheMovies (8.5/10): “Technically the film is a brilliant achievement. It also composes of an excellent score, one that complements each changing scene in the film. So much went into how the film looks and I love that critics have been appreciating it”
  30. ruth / FlixChatter (5/5): “This is a deeply memorable film that will be remembered as one of the best World War I movies of all time, and it ranks as perhaps one of the best war movies ever made.”
  31. Sarah / LittleMovieReviews (Grade: A+): “I am at a loss for words as I try to eloquently put my love for this movie into a cohesive thought. Truth be told, you don’t watch 1917, you experience it.”
  32. Sarah Taviani (5/5): “The cinematography and direction is incredible, but it could not truly succeed without the emotional tether of a story behind it. I’m happy to say that I was 100% invested”
  33. Screen Zealots / Louisa (3.5/5): “The intimate style of camerawork makes you feel as if you are right there in the trenches, on the battlefield, with these two young men. Since the film is made to feel like it was shot in real time, it becomes a psychological wartime thriller as time begins to run out.”
  34. Shaun Wren / The Bear Cave (5/5): “Everything delivers from the heartfelt performances from both Chapman and especially MacKay, the direction of Mendes, Roger Deakins’ cinematography and finally, Thomas Newman’s score adds another level.”
  35. Society Reviews (5/5): “…a gripping must-see film to restore hope in cinema for a broken industry.”
  36. tensecondsfromnow / The Film Authority (4/5): “Whatever it’s flaws, and the roll-call of big-name British actors works against the realism of the film rather than for it, 1917 does emerge as a great war movie on the scale of All Quiet on the Western Front or The Longest Day”
  37. Wannabe Movie Critic: “How Mendes and Deakins managed to pull this off, I will never know. It makes you believe in cinema again, that truly great pieces of art can be made still. It’s just something you need to go experience because there’s a lot to say, but I wouldn’t want to spoil any of the jaw-dropping moments.”
  38. We Bought A Blog: “1917 earns its place in the pantheon of great war films. Beyond the spectacle, the film creates beloved characters you’ll follow into the face of death. We see a future star begin his career, and a legend creates his masterwork.”
  39. tldrmoviereviews (4.5/5): “If a film can ever elicit an emotional reaction from me then it has done its job. Here, not only do they do that, the film does it in spades. Every part of the film draws you in and you can’t help but be effected by it. This is one film that you do want to see on the big screen.”

Not Recommended (or undefined)

  1. Giadreams / The Movie My Life: “In terms of what I wish were different about 1917, I’d say a bit more of an even pace and perhaps a slightly differently edited story because there were moments where I felt as though my surrender to the story teller was interrupted with small moments of recognition that my expectations of how seamlessly everything would flow were not fully met.”
  2. greatmartin: “…is interesting for the way it appears to have been filmed but there have been much better war movies in the past and certainly better movies in 2019.”
  3. Humanizing the Vacuum: “Thanks to Mendes’ approach, critics will praise 1917 for its realism. This is a mistake. Presenting gore and moments of sentimentality in the same shot is Mendes’ hallmark”
  4. I Draw On My Wall: “Sure, the world of this movie was incredibly dangerous, and the whole idea is that you feel the danger around every corner (which I did), but because of the pacing and the commitment to the rhythms of a big budget action movie, these moments all felt a little off.”
  5. jmunney’s blog: “The power of this story is in the dramatic irony of fate’s fickleness, and we get only a small portion of that by sticking on one path. Ultimately then, 1917 is a long fancy showcase to show off some filmmaking skillz instead of a fully realized narrative vision.”
  6. Louis Proyect: “Typically, the hero of a video game—often a soldier like in Mendes’s film—has to pass through increasing difficult stages in order for victory to be declared. In a video game, this involves fire-breathing dragons. In “1917,” it involved dastardly Huns. She got bored with these games after a month, just like I got bored with “1917” after 15 minutes.”
  7. Nick Kush / Moviebabble: “…it occurred to me that 1917 is a rather hollow experience. A movie that wants to appear immersive without the attention to detail to actually deliver on such claims. The entire movie is using shorthand, hoping that slick direction and editing will leave most viewers oblivious to its logical inconsistencies and emotional vacancies.”
  8. RogerInOrlando (1/4): “The script is mostly recycled war movie cliches, with the props — guns, explosions, etc. — occasionally giving away the paltry budget. The picture may pursue an interesting angle, but the writing, performances and unconvincing combat (high school drama “stage punches” are thrown), makeup make it impossible for characters to engage us in their story.”
  9. The Radcliff Reviews (6/10): “For a film with such a personal background to it, you’d think it’d be a bit more personal. Instead, it’s as eye-popping but devoid of life as No Man’s Land.”

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NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: 1917, Like A Boss, Just Mercy, Underwater

Week #2 – 1/10 to 1/12/2020 – offers four very different genre films to choose from at the theater: war, comedy, legal drama or action-horror:

  • An imaginative directed and amazingly shot war film creates a completely immersive experience
  • An unfunny and yet oddly entertaining comedy,
  • A dramatic fight to save a death row convict against seemingly impenetrable legal odds
  • A murky mess of a film that belongs at the bottom of the ocean.

#1 is …

… easy to pick (because it’s so much better than the others) …

1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

1917 is one of the greatest technical marvel films ever shot

Roger Deakins is clearly a genius cinematographer. I defy any moviegoer to watch this film and not come away with at least one “how did they shoot that?” moment. They are using wires to guide the camera hovering over water, panning steadily as they are in almost constant movement.

This film is literally on the move and you feel it. Even thought we don’t get to know that much about the two soldiers with a mission to deliver critical battle instructions, viewers are riveted by the danger and peril of the battlefield. It is a captivating, yet unusual war film. Usually war films show tons of battle scenes involving a bunch of soldiers. Here we are treated to mostly scenes after the battle has taken place. It’s like walking through a gigantic cemetery and it’s very, very unsettling.

This is the definition of a must-see film. I’m calling it my favorite film of 2019, even though I watched it 9 days into 2020. Director Sam Mendes, doesn’t get to have his film cover two different years, although it’s probably one of those rare films that deserves the calendar in his favor. Moviegoers will be talking about this film for awhile. Deservedly.

Like A Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tiffany Haddish keeps her streak of unfunny comedies going. If you think her over the top yelling, raspy voice is somehow funny — and many people in the theater we watched did — then this movie is recommended.

The almost completely sold out theater laughed many times at Like A Boss — I didn’t even smile

Kara thought this was funny and a “good” film. I keep going back in my review to the story, which was different for a comedy. I can’t remember the last time seeing any movie about a cosmetics store, so points credited for a creative script. It’s just not funny though. I want to laugh at least a little bit in comedies. Others did, I felt like the person in the room that didn’t get the jokes. This is a very, very reluctant recommendation.

Just Mercy⭐️⭐️½

What a segue to a film that should be rated much higher. The source material is great and there are outstanding actors like Jamie Foxx as an innocent death row convict and Michael B. Jordan as his fiercely determined attorney fighting for his freedom.

Alas, the script is mostly boring until the ending. Major props to Foxx and Jordan for trying to squeeze lemonade out of lemon of a script. I wanted to love this film, but in the end, only loved what it could have been if it had a better script, editing and directing.

Underwater ⭐️

Kristen Stewart is as forgettable as the film

There are so many things wrong with this film, where to start? How about the lack of any significant character building? Compare this to other films underwater like Leviathan (Robocop’s Peter Weller and Richard Crenna ) where building a detailed sense of the crew underwater actually matters. This film inexplicably decides we need none of that.

No, instead, let’s burst into the action with an earthquake and an imploding underwater structure that six members of the team must escape.

Then there is the whole logic problem of how on earth are these people walking around on the ocean floor almost seven miles underwater? Do these incredible underwater suits actually exist that can protect a human being from the massive depth pressure? I kept thinking, almost saying aloud, “is this even possible?”

Now, the other big hazard, the gigantic monster. How it can toss around these crew members like rag dolls and not breach their suits every single time is, well, ludicrous. When it is convenient for the tentacled creature to get the people inside the suit it’s easy, but when the plot requires extending the life of a particular character, nope, the creature is unable to breach this magical logic-defying suit.

Where to start with Kristen Stewart? She is all kinds of bad, and not bad as in a good bad way. Just bad bad. She walks around most of the film with this annoying smirk on her face. Is she constipated? Does she not really care about the film (understandable!), in some kind of physical pain (the suit allegedly was painful to be in) and/or just there to collect a paycheck? We rarely see lead characters in a film so completely disinterested and uninspired. Sure, we can blame some of this on an abortive script and mediocre directing, but no actor/actress leaves with this kind of performance unscathed.

This movie is full of more holes than Titanic.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater recently (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie rated at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that it was necessarily that good.

4-star movies are highly recommended and films we rate as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  2. Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ScreenX
  3. Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Richard Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Bombshell ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Like A Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy movie watching!

Opening 12-25-2019 in Theaters: Spies in Disguise, Little Women, 1917

Getting this out a little earlier than Wednesday as normal being that tomorrow is Christmas day and movies will be opening tomorrow instead of Thursday and Friday like it works most every week.

Seems like screenings have changed and 1917 is only in limited screenings and opening wide on January 10, 2020. Just Mercy was bumped to January 10, 2020 as well.

The other two movies are opening wide this week. Bummer, I was most looking forward to seeing 1917. We’ll take the grandchildren to Spies in Disguise and finally (!) be able to catch up with Adam Sandler’s dramatic thriller role in Uncut Gems which is opening wide this week. Yay!

Spies in Disguise
[FIRST LOOK]

Opening wide in theaters Christmas Day 12/25/2019

Still have mixed feelings on this one. Will Smith as a voice actor appeals to me more than as a live actor, although I still have his voice imprinting on Gemini Man⭐️⭐️ and that’s not a good thing. This movie needs to wipe that stain away.

Hopefully our grandchildren will enjoy this. It looks young children friendly, even though it’s not rated G. They like some animated films. On Disney+ they are watching Frozen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ all the time.

Anticipation: 5/10

Little Women
[FIRST LOOK]

Opening wide in theaters Christmas day 12/25/2019

Normally the top image in this weekly post is the film I’m most looking forward to, but this week I switched it up and made it the film I’m least anticipating.

Reason? The FIRST LOOK for this one here on this blog has had a decent amount of views. Seems at least readers are interested in this one more than Spies in Disguise by this very unscientific metric. Maybe this movie will be great, I don’t know, I’m trying to have an open mind.

Anticipation: 2/10

1917
[FIRST LOOK]

Limited opening 12/25, wide opening in theaters January 10, 2020

I guess the limited release for this one is so that it can be included in the awards for 2019 and the delay is so it isn’t running up against the newest Star Wars movie? Guess I kind of get it, but still it’s lame.

If you can see it before it opens wide January 10, 2020, I’m envious!

Anticipation: 7/10

ANTICIPATION for Week of 12/25/19 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 12-25-2019 movies? Those marked with asterisk are not available in our area this week, so will carryover in future weeks until available to watch in our area.

  1. *Uncut Gems – 9/10
  2. *1917 – 7/10
  3. Spies In Disguise – 5/10
  4. Little Women – 2/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

Uncut Gems is available today, Tuesday 12/24 in our area, so we’re planning to see that. 1917 as mentioned above, isn’t available near us, maybe it is near you. I’ve been trying to avoid reading any reviews for that until after seeing because I don’t want that spoiled. Spies In Disguise and Little Women are both widely available and we’re planning to see at least one of these on Christmas day, then spend times with the grandchildren opening presents.

Which of these movies, if any, are you looking to see?

Happy holidays to all who celebrate!

FIRST LOOK: One Continuous Shot for 1917 Movie Not A Gimmick

Am hoping the film 1917 is available in ScreenX. I think the 270-degree, screens on the walls in some scenes, will be an additional immersive experience to watching.

Have been intrigued by all this “one continuous shot” previews that director Sam Mendes has been talking about promoting his new movie 1917, due out December 25, 2019.

The front page of 1917 was this imagined to be one continuous shot and you [say] ‘Really?’ I was concerned it was a gimmick but it’s not a gimmick, it’s a way to get sucked into the story. Every film has a different way to tell a story and this was a particular challenge.”

[WATCH] ‘1917’ Team Says One-Shot Shoot Was Not A “Gimmick” – Deadline

Roger Deakins, the cinematographer for 1917 won an Oscar for Blade Runner 2047 and has had 14 other nominations:

His 14 nominations to date were for “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994), “Fargo” (1996), “Kundun” (1997), “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000), “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2001), “No Country for Old Men” (2007), “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007), “The Reader” (2008), “True Grit” (2010), “Skyfall” (2012), “Prisoners” (2013), “Unbroken” (2014), “Sicario” (2015) and the aforementioned “Blade Runner 2049.”

Can Roger Deakins (‘1917’) win Best Cinematography Oscar again so soon after his long overdue 1st victory?

In addition to the way the movie was shot, the technical adviser worked to make everything as realistic as possible:

Paul Biddiss, the military technical adviser on the upcoming World War I movie “1917,” taught the actors everything they needed to know, from proper foot care to how to hold a weapon, “which allows the actor to concentrate on his primary task. Acting!” Biddis told Insider.

How a former British paratrooper prepared actors in ‘1917’ to fight WWI’s devastating battles – BusinessInsider.com

1917 opens in theaters December 25, 2017.