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THE POST (2017)

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A film by Steven Spielberg

Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

The story of the Post who got the hold of the Pentagon Papers and the unfolding battle between the free press and a White House that struggled to keep the secrets of how our government handled the Vietnam War under wraps.

Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) who heard a government official lied to the press decided to walk away with classified documents of the Pentagon on the history of Vietnam, including sensitive and confidential information that revealed the lies the government had told the American people for years, and why this does not surprise me at all, the government lying that would be a first yeah! right. One said “McNamara knew we couldn’t win in ’65.” And they went and sent more people to Vietnam . The thing is that the truth came first in the New York times and the Times got shut down by the government so the source wanted to have his stolen papers published and did the unthinkable.

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The two central character here Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), the publisher of the Post, doing a job that too many men around her consider her incapable of doing, and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), the editor of the Post, and the man who never questions whether of not they should publish. Both actors incarnated their characters well plus they had big shoes to fill. Also everything is at stake and Graham feared that she could make the wrong decision. There is tension in the film but lack of suspense and Bob Odenkirk almost steals the show here the guy who investigate he is the key piece of the post without him I think none of that would happen. You will see a parade of familiar actors in there as well.  the Post had balls knowing they could lose everything. The Freedom of the Press do not mess with it. Over all the film works well here and it is entertaining.

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)

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A film by Steven Spielberg.

Cast : Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr. 

Roy Neary sets out to investigate a power outage when his truck stalls and he is bathed in light from above. This strange vision and 5 musical notes are indented in his mind. He tries to find the meaning of the visions as well as the musical notes. Will he find them? and who put it in his mind.

A master piece for Spielberg.  Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ Planes lost in WWII suddenly appear in a Mexican desert; a long lost ship turns up in the middle of the Gobi Desert; and in Dharmsala, Northern India, hundreds of people are gathered together, singing–a short `tune’ that consists of a mere five notes, over and over. Dam what is going on? Then we go back to the power outage with Roy (Richard Dreyfuss) his pick up crosses the railroad tracks he notice the disturbance around him, and his truck is engulfed with a blinding light. In this great imaginative film directed film by Spielberg it takes you on a jpurney with Roy and the obsession that consumes him by finding what is that vision in his head as well as this 5 musical notes. The supporting cast includes Francois Truffaut (Lacombe), Bob Balaban (Laughlin) and Lance Henriksen (Robert) as well as the co Star Terri Garr as done a great job in this film. If you didn’t see that one yet you must.

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DUEL (1971)

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A film by Steven Spielberg

Cast: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone 

David Mann (Dennis Weaver) from California travels on business to his next appointment. He crosses though the desert and passes a truck drivers, but the truck driver feels offended well, he is psychotic and tries to run over and kill David.

Here is a great film that I saw about 35 years ago. it was My best friends who said to me once he turn the TV on cool Duel in on this is a cool movie, I haven’t seen it so I decided to take a look. This is the first film from Steven Spielberg. At the time he was a new director just coming into the scene.  A huge flammable truck on a state highway, You all seen them you try to pass them and sometimes you see someone in there driving who looks at you funny or angry at you. This is the basis of the film. A psychotic truck driver feels offended that David after beeping at him so the truck driver decided to kill David.  When Davis passes him he goes far away from the truck and he think he is save but think again the truck is right behind him and tries to run him off the road. The thing about this film is that you never see the truck driver beside he has tinted windows. Not to tell you too much about this film just in case you didn’t see it yet but later on David runs into a few problems. Like Steven Spielberg said it is my Jaws on wheels movie. Spielberg said at one time when he was in the back seat in the car to film, when the film was release  at the theater you could see a refection of Steven on the windshield. There were other mistakes. The film was shot in 12 days.

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THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (2011)


A film by Steven Spielberg.
Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig.
Having bought a model ship, the Unicorn, for a pound off a market stall Tintin is initially puzzled that the sinister Mr. Sakharine should be so eager to buy it from him, resorting to murder and kidnapping Tintin – accompanied by his marvellous dog Snowy – to join him and his gang as they sail to Morocco on an old cargo ship. Sakharine has bribed the crew to revolt against the ship’s master, drunken Captain Haddock, but Tintin, Snowy and Haddock escape, arriving in Morocco at the court of a sheikh, who also has a model of the Unicorn. Haddock tells Tintin that over three hundred years earlier his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine but he managed to save his treasure and provide clues to its location in three separate scrolls, all of which were secreted in models of the Unicorn.

I remember I read all the books of Tintin when I was a kid and I lived them. Now Spielberg has done lost of the raiders as he commented, he saw a review of his movie and at the end he could see Tintin the review was in french and he thought that it was a word saying it was a good movie. But in reality they said that raiders of the lost arc is similar Tintin is just a kid and a journalist and Indiana jones is an adult and a professor at a university. so Spielberg decided to read all the books and called the author Hergé and decided to do a film of Tintin but 3 weeks later Hergé died. So years later Spielberg decided to do the film and asked the widow of Hergé her permission to do the film. Some how years later Spielberg talks to Peter Jackson and peter tells him what about an animation. And the rest it’s history.
the animation has Planes, automobiles , villains, ships at sea and helicopter. Fun well directed by Spielberg shot in 3D. I think he is going to do the all series of it. I can’t wait I am going to have the collection of Tintin on DVD.

WAR HORSE (2012)

A film by Steven Spielberg.
Cast : Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis.
Dartmoor,1914: To his wife’s dismay farmer Narracott buys a thoroughbred horse rather than a plough animal, but when his teenaged son Albert trains the horse and calls him Joey, the two becoming inseparable. When his harvest fails, the farmer has to sell Joey to the British cavalry because he owed money to the landlord and he is shipped to France where, after a disastrous offensive he is captured by the Germans and changes hands twice more before he is found, caught in the barbed wire in No Man’s Land four years later and freed. He is returned behind British lines where Albert, now a private, has been temporarily blinded by gas, but still recognizes his beloved Joey. However, as the Armistice is declared Joey is set to be auctioned off. After all they have been through will Albert and Joey return home together? well I know the end is predictable but it is a great movie from Steven Spielberg. The closing shot Of war horse will stir emotion in every movie lover.A lone rider is seen far away on the horizon. The rider approaches and dismounts. He embraces a woman and a man. They all embrace the horse’s head. It is a classic ending like they used to make them back in the day in those John Ford Western. I believe it is a homage to John Ford and to hollywood tradition of making movie the movie though is for every one to enjoy.

Steven Spielberg’s first film to be edited digitally. He has famously held onto editing traditionally; his editor, Michael Kahn, has edited nearly all of Spielberg’s films on a Moviola.
Based on both a children’s novel of the same name set during World War I, by Michael Morpurgo, first published in the United Kingdom in 1982, and the 2007 stage adaptation, also of the same name.
Fourteen horses played Joey during the movie. The “main” acting horse in the film, Finder, also portrayed Seabiscuit in the movie about the famous racehorse.
Finders Key, the horse and real star of War Horse was last ridden in a race by actor and professional jockey Kevin Mangold, finishing in 5th place at 77 to 1 odds.
Specially designed mud was used to make the battle scenes look authentically filthy. Someone did a lot of Pooh pooh!
Production filming took place under the codename ‘Dartmoor’. Dartmoor is the location in Devon where the film was predominantly shot. When Joey is trapped in barbed wire, the wire used was rubber prop wire when a real horse was used. Part of the filming of this sequence utilized an animatronic horse.
This movie utilized about 5800 extras and background artists. What is the difference between extras and background artist? there the same thing they want to be called background artists duuuuhhh!!!!!!
This Steven Spielberg film was released in the same year as another Spielberg movie, The Adventures of Tintin and both were Oscar nominated. But the film represents another double Spielberg losing year at the Oscars. This movie received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture whilst The Adventures of Tintin got one nomination. Both films failed to win an Oscar. In 2006, Spielberg also had two movies Oscar nominated, Munich and War of the Worlds. Both those two films also failed to win an Oscar that year. Spielberg had a double Oscar winning year in 1994 with Schindler’s List (won 7 Oscars) and Jurassic Park (won 3 Oscars).

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