A Bright Shining Lie
Something in his past keeps career Army man John Paul Vann from advancing past colonel. He views being sent to Vietnam as part of the US military advisory force a stepping stone to promotion. However, he disagrees vocally (and on the record) with the way the war is being run and is forced to leave the military. Returning to Vietnam as a civilian working with the Army, he comes to despise some South Vietnamese officers while he takes charge of some of the U.S. forces and continues his liaisons with Vietnamese women.
- Stars:Bill Paxton, Bo Eason, William L. Mansey, Karina Logue, Amy Madigan, Robert L. Hull, Donal Logue, 'Josh' Somsak Orajan, Harve Presnell, Robert John Burke, Bill Whelan, Kay Tong Lim, Seng Kawee, Kajie Khan, Vivian Wu,
- Director:Terry George,
- Writer:Neil Sheehan (book), Terry George (teleplay)
True story of Army man John Paul Vann, whose military success provided him the fulfillment he never found in his personal life. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
A Bright Shining Lie torrent reviews
(fr) wrote: Sometimes there's films that, really, I don't even know how to begin their review. It doesn't really connect to any point I want to make prior to the actual review itself nor do they really do anything outstanding that it makes reviewing them easy. Let's just get this out of the way, there's absolutely nothing that this movie does well. Absolutely nothing. I suppose you could say that Kate Beckinsale, despite having a poorly developed character, gives a solid performance. And that's certainly a very valid point, but Kate Beckinsale's performance exists outside of everything else that happens in the film. Kate is solid in spite of everything else that is happening around her. I get the film's concept and its inspiration in trying to tell this story. Kate is a mother whose baby died, in an accident, the year prior to the film's events. Dana (Beckinsale's character) is overcome with grief, understandably. The family then decides to move away from the hustle and bustle of the city to a more isolated house in the country so Dana, hopefully, can move on from the accident and get her life back on track. Dana, who's also an architect, decides to renovate the house as having a project might help her deal with her issues. Dana, while exploring her house, finds this room up in the attic that isn't in any of the blueprints and has a chifforobe in front of the entrance. The door, also, only locks from the outside. Dana has some strange experiences in this room, like being locked inside it and believing that she was trapped in there for hours. She tries to find out the history behind this room and is told that this room, called a disappointments room creatively enough, were built for children with special needs or deformities to be confined to. They would put this children in this room to keep them from embarrassing the rest of the family. Conceptually speaking, the film is somewhat intriguing. Like just from a basic point of view. If you were to tell me the basic idea of finding out what happened in this 'disappointment room' in the past and the dark story behind this room, then I would have though that that was a decent concept. It's not a great concept, and it's not really that different from other films that have explored similar subjects in places like insane asylums, but it could have been decent. Sadly, however, the film just wastes the idea. Firstly, this isn't really a horror movie. I'd complain about jump scares, but the fact is that there aren't any. There's a few scenes where you see figures walking in front of the camera, but I wouldn't call those scares. I would call that the set-up. Yet the scares never actually came. I get the idea behind focusing so much of the film on Dana's emotional and mental issues. It calls into question everything she says, even though she's telling the truth. But the film's insistence on focusing on that really leaves no room to develop an actually scary story about a father, whose shame of his daughter was so great, that he actually killed her with a hammer to the face. I think the film should have juxtaposed that with Dana's own issues, she feels like she's a terrible mother. And, maybe, the film was meant to juxtapose those two elements but, if they were, they did an awful job of it. They really fucking did. Characters are introduced to set up potential subplots that aren't actually ever paid off on. The acting is fine, but it doesn't really matter when the script they're servicing is so much of nothing. The narrative escalates to a point where Dana literally loses her shit at this dinner party, that just so happens to take place the same day that her daughter (the one who died) was born. She destroys everything around her, all the plates, vases, glasses, etc. A few minutes later, she goes into her son's room and she sees the father (the one who murdered his daughter) standing over her son's bed. She proceeds to take a hammer to this guy's face. When Dana's husband comes in, all he sees is Dana hammering a pillow right next to her son's body. The kid is obviously distraught. But David, the kid's father, manages to convince him that it was just a nightmare (this kid must be some sort of moron). Dana and David then have a conversation about what she's feeling and then they just leave the house. And that's how the movie ends. Really. Oh, of course, there's the typical 'it's not really over' bullshit. But, since they've already left the house, it's not like it matters. Talk about an anticlimactic ending. All that "story" for, literally, an ending that gives you next to no satisfaction. It felt flat like a motherfucker. So, yea, this movie was kind of bad. It's not really a horror movie, it lacks a plot that makes use of the various elements that are at play here, it doesn't really build to anything and the ending is completely anticlimactic. The acting may be decent, but there's no real reason to care about any of the characters. If it wasn't obvious, I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this movie. There's certainly worse films out there (like Sammo Hung's The Bodyguard, which I reviewed a few days ago), but this one just won't do anything for most of you. And for those of you that do find something to like here, please tell me who your weed supplier is.
(mx) wrote: After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha (Danika Yarosh). When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer...While "Jack Reacher" from 2012 was an ok action thriller based on Lee Childs character, the fact is that the sequel "Jack Reacher - Never Go Back" is a missed opportunity to take the character further on the movie screen. The story is simply not that intriguing and by adding Reachers fifteen year-old daughter Samantha to the plot, the grip of the story becomes too lose and you dont really care if Reacher and Turner manage to get away alive and prove their innocence. The film also struggles with a stiff dialogue, not that much sparks between the lovely Smulders and Cruise and a bit over the top scenes. "Jack Reacher - Never Go Back" is a lot weaker than its predecessor and if we will see a third Jack Reacher film, I hope the script is better.
(de) wrote: An old story retold, Stephen King wrote Secret Window, Secret Garden in 1990. Robert DeNiro palyed a similar role in Hide and Seek. Split personalities always make for good film if the viewer is not expecting it.
(kr) wrote: Sort of enjoyed it, strangely.
(de) wrote: Interesting plot which goes wayward towards the end, but Mammoty is fantastic.
(ag) wrote: I loved everything about this.
(fr) wrote: 121102: This was a great film and scared me quite a bit. It suffered terribly, however, from cheesy special effects. Just didn't need the vomiting blood, swallowing embalming fluid, eye balls popping crap. Could've, should've been a classic. Dammit, it was so good otherwise.
(jp) wrote: Not a zombie film, in case you were wondering, that was just Lionsgate's way to market it to you. It's a trashy LOW budget piece of horror filmmaking that is pretty ridiculous, so take it for what it's worth. I'm partial to it because I was a PA, it's dumb, fun. Bad, dumb fun. Killer soundtrack featuring Butt Like a Meatloaf from Double Dutch Oven!
(it) wrote: Quite frankly, the stupidest movie I have ever seen. Worse than Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Worse than Leprachaun. Worse than cleaning my toilet with a toothbrush for the past two hours.
(au) wrote: Mindbending experience. Incredibly amazing cinematography and to think it was all natural light. I'm in awe.
(kr) wrote: Fantastic Aussie film. It gets better each time I watch it. I can relate to so much in this movie and love David Wenham's character - there but for the grace of God goes I.
(ru) wrote: ...You never realize how cheesy these Disney Channel Original Movies are until you rewatch them as an adult. Even just looking at the DVD cover, I should have known better. The film does precisely what it was designed to do: It is a family-friendly film with plenty of cheesy laughs and a stepping stone for Hilary Duff toward the big screen. I'm still trying to figure out who thought it was a good idea to make Gary Cole ("Office Space") into a military general, though I suppose that all common sense gets thrown out the window when creating a made-for-tv movie. Regardless of the acting, the story literally induced my gag reflex on a few occasions. The story sets itself up to be cheesy but the characters could have developed through realistic circumstances. There is no need for the typical "father is trapped on the side of a cliff so the main character has to use everything that she has learned throughout the film to rescue him" routine. The ending also goes an unnecessary distance beyond "reasonable cheese," leaving that sense of wasted time as the credits role. I love Hilary Duff but I much prefer her "real movies" over this hogwash.
(au) wrote: The perfect vehicle for Carey's non stop, hyperactive brand of slapstick comedy.
(mx) wrote: Belongs on Lifetime.
(de) wrote: Anna Owens lied about just about everything, even her own name. On top of that this movie uses some of the most offensive stereotypes since "Birth Of A Nation". Harrison starred in some great movies but I hope he was ashamed of this one.
(br) wrote: I've said it once and I'll say it again. What is with movies and false advertising! This movie is called "Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man." There are two things wrong with that title. One: Dr.Frankenstein is dead. They should've called it "The Monster meets The wolf man. Two: this movie is 85% Wolfman. The monster is barley in it. An alternate title for this should've been "The Horribly Long Suicide of Lawrence Talbot." Then I wouldn't of felt as ripped off. Some good things about this movie is the epic finale, The great storyline, and the good acting. Everyone did a great job at there part. Except for Bella Lugosi as The Monster. Now don't get me wrong Bella Lugosi is a great actor. He is just not fit for the role of The Monster. They should've gotten someone else. So besides all the negatives to this movie I was thoroughly entertained.
(mx) wrote: A great historical adventure of epic scale. From outstanding cinematography, great acting performances (especially by Crowe, Hounsou and Phoenix) to a really good plot, including all it takes in the genre: great battle scenes, intrigues, interesting characters. This movie has all it takes to be the kind of classic it already is. Especially the gladiator fights are breath taking and stand the test of time, rivaling Ben Hur's great chariot race. To top it off Hans Zimmer writes one of the most beautiful end credits songs to a very moving ending. Outstanding film-making by Ridley Scott. Especially recommend: the Extended Version with several additional scenes.
(mx) wrote: Honestly somewhat surprised by how much I actually liked this movie. I have the book this film is based on, Cabal, but I never actually finished it. But yea this is a good little fantasy film that is about due for a remake or reboot to be completely honest. It's obvious that this was set-up with sequels in mind, almost being Marvel-esque in how it does so before Marvel became such a huge film universe, in that there's little hints of stuff that is to come now that Midian, a subterranean city where mythical, monstrous creatures live in, has been absolutely destroyed by the war that Boone has brought to their doorstep because of the fact that he wanted to save his girlfriend from an attack. Part of the reason I liked this movie so much, outside of make-up effects, which are a notch below those of Hellraiser 1 and 2, is the fact that there seems to be a rich mythology to this world that you can borrow from. And I'm not even sure this was even a series, I believe it's just the one book, that I should find. Apparently the director's cut of the film, the one that is available on Netflix, is the cut that you have to see. Apparently it restores a lot of shit that was cut out of the theatrical cut. I haven't seen the theatrical cut, and I likely never will, but I do think that this cut does a good job at developing Midian, its world and its inhabitants, and actually doing solid enough job at making you care about them, in a way, so that when the humans and the monsters go at it, it doesn't feel pointless. It feels like there's a meaning behind it all and you're invested in the proceedings. Part of me was thinking, and they're not even that similar, but this somehow reminded me of an R-rated, more fantastical version of the X-Men. Do not ask me why, but that is what I was reminded of. It's also a movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. There aren't many overt comedic lines, maybe two or three, but the film is actually a lot of fun to watch. I don't even know what it is about it. Perhaps the fact that the world felt fully-formed instead of just being an excuse to get some grotesque make-up effects on camera. And they're not even as grotesque as Hellraiser's tamest monsters. I don't necessarily feel as if I'm watching something that truly matters, but at the very least, I feel like I'm being rewarded for getting into the film and buying into the characters and their world. There's some social commentary here in how the humans slaughter the monsters. Reminds me, somewhat, of the genocide of the Native Indians. Not sure if that's what it was going for, but at least it has some parts that make you think. There's some hilariously bad scenes here though. Well, as far as I can remember, it's just the one. Essentially, at the end, Lori and Boone, after being tasked with rebuilding Midian, stand together, facing the camera, looking off in the distance in a heroic fashion. They're not posing or anything, they're just looking heroically off into the distance, just standing. It looks so fucking ridiculous that I honestly laughed my ass off. Perhaps not literally, but it was pretty bad. I have no idea if it was intentionally done to be that goofy. Or if they were actually going for a heroic ending to the film. I can't quite tell honestly. It's not like it ruined the film. but it made me laugh. The acting is solid. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing terribly right with it either. Looking at this film, and with this man's trajectory, it seems to me that if a remake was ever to be done, Guillermo del Toro would probably be great for it. I think he could do an awesome fucking job with this story. I don't know why, but I believe he could do a great job. So get on it right now. Seriously though, this is a good little movie here. I think it's much better than it would look to anybody at first glance. It's not perfect or anything of the sort, but I do think that there's something about this movie that's just fun and enjoyable to watch. I'm sure this film has a cult following and I have to say that it's very much deserved. Good movie.