Wait, what did I miss? Did Breitbart become an outlet for unbiased facts? Also, maybe better to stick to trade articles so as to not bring politics too much into this wonderful little respite from that world?
skyled said:Breitbart, which I'm sure is your favorite site Gaith, did a little article on some inaccuracies on season 2 of Narcos: Mexico. The first 2 of the 5 that they go over are very different than what is on the show and pretty disturbing. It shows that these guys will absolutely get revenge and it'll be much worse than what they show on tv.
skyled said:When the one cartel boss's wife and kids are killed and his buddy is murdered and it's all linked back to blame on Felix, when in reality it wasn't is just making drama.
TM2YC said:Okay this is fully fueled with sports and race movie cliches but it's so damned entertaining.
Gaith said:Inception (2010) (US Amazon Prime)
Gaith said:The Promise (2016) (US Netflix)
The Promise is an historic film. It's the first major Western narrative feature about the Armenian Genocide, in which ~1.5m were killed, and it's a $100m-budgeted movie whose proceeds went entirely to charity. Not that there were any proceeds, alas - despite starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, with English spoken throughout and a PG-13 rating, it was a box-office bomb. It was largely financed by Las Vegas resorts magnate Kirk Kerkorian, who, despite buying MGM studios in 1969, wasn't able to get a picture depicting the genocide off the ground until approving the script shortly before his death... And now the virtually unseen big-budget picture has hit US Netflix. (Note: the blu-ray is 2.35:1, but the Netflix stream is 16:9. Apart from a few oddly close shots, however, I didn't notice any obvious cropping.)
So: how is it? Most critics weren't harsh on it, exactly, but they weren't too kind, either; most didn't care for the fictional romance melodrama. From Wiki:
[Producer] Esrailian said that he used a romance plot in order to "use old fashioned storytelling" to immerse an unfamiliar audience into the plot, hoping to avoid making the film only "a history lesson" and making a "throwback to cinema" like Doctor Zhivago or Lawrence of Arabia; in another interview he also cited Casablanca. Esrailian stated that he would have encountered less difficulty producing "a straightforward genocide story" but chose to use the romance angle anyway.
True, the story isn't amazing, but it worked well enough for me. Isaac and Bale are strong as always, Charlotte Le Bon is very cute, the production values are first-rate, and the whole thing is generally worth a watch, especially for historical war movie fans. (Also, I totally didn't recognize the always-great Tom Hollander under a particularly bushy beard, though I should have.)
TM2YC said:^ I've been meaning to see that one (who doesn't love Tom Hollander and Oscar Isaac) and then afterwards I'd be curious to watch 'The Ottoman Lieutenant', which was released a few weeks before 'The Promise' and co-funded by Turkey as an allegedly a-historical rebuttal to the other film. It's also got some fairly big names in it.