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Thu, Feb. 26th, 2009, 10:00 pm
Movie reviews

Defiance:

Visuals: 7
Acting: 4
Story: 6
Props and SFX: 5
Sound FX: 9

Overall: much better than each part in particular. The movie suffered from the odd mix-in of bits in Russian and Belorussian or Polish along with English. The costuming and the props and everything else about it was pretty fake. Not so much outright anachronisms (though MG42s in 1941 or Pzkw III with bore evacuators on the cannon were glaring), as clothing and artifacts which were wrong for the time and place, attitudes and speech which were not authentic.

What did I like about the movie? The main message of it was that submission to authority leads to death, whereas fighting to the last gives at least some chance. Much better than "300", this movie showed the value of personal arms...including machine guns. Despite the poor acting and lackluster plot, it worked better than any other Holocaust-themed film I've seen. Strangely, minor characters were played by much better actors than the main ones. Guerrilla band politics were also interesting.

Coraline 3D:

Visuals: 10
Story: 9

First 3D film I've seen, it used the 3D effects with restraint. Great camera work, lighting and pacing. Very enjoyable.


Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
eric_tse

"though MG42s in 1941 or Pzkw III with bore evacuators on the cannon were glaring)"

They are glaring to gun nerds only :)

Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
niteshad

I'm interested in what you thought were not authentic about the attitudes and speech, and what was wrong about the clothing and artifacts. Would you be so kind as to elaborate on these themes for the benefit of those of us who were--and mostly are--ignorant of the events in Belorussia during WWII?

Sat, Feb. 28th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
olegvolk

Everyone had very expensive clothes. The speech patterns were wrong...a bit like making Clint Eastwood's cowboys channel Jane Austen.

Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
ltwesjanson

The biggest plot hole that kept bothering me was how all of these items magically appeared in their camps, so that they suddenly transformed from lean-tos in the woods into a well-equipped village. Iron stoves and crosscut saws? C'mon...

Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): White Russian!

That was White Russian and Polish in there! Thank goodness.

The actors would be speaking Russian and then say something incomprehensible. Thought it was White Russian, good to hear from a native speaker that it was and not my poor vocabulary.

Kirk Freeman

Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
oldcurlywolf

so over all its worth watching. good..I still haven't seen it. I'll wait til it hit PPV.