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Monuments Men Review- Monumental, Maybe

History is a surprising thing. Something when you think that all of the details have been shared, a new twist appears.

This is Monuments Men.  The movie is based on a book by Robert Edsel, about a group of art specialists who are dispatched to Europe just after the Invasion of Normandy during WWII. Their mission to find and save precious works of art that are in danger of being destroyed by the Nazis.

They are led by Frank Stokes (George Clooney). The motley band of anti heroes include James Granger (Matt Damon),  Bill Murray (Richard Campbell), Walter Garfield  (John Goodman),  Cate Blanchett (Claire Simone), Preston Savitz (Bob Balaban),  Jean Claude Clermont (Jean Dujardin), Sam Epstein (Dimitri Leonidas) and Donald Jeffries (Hugh Bonneville).

Among World War II movies, this is something new and different. It was little long, but I enjoyed the movie. The movie had a fish out of water quality to it, being that the characters that were part of the Monuments Men were not young men in their teens and early twenties, but men old enough to be their fathers.  Cate Blanchett as the only woman, whose character is critical in assisting our heroes in reaching their goals is in the beginning questionable on where her loyalties lie, but it becomes clear as the movie progresses on what she is looking to get out of this journey.

I enjoyed it, I just wish it was a little shorter.

 

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Best And Worst Movies of 2013

2014 is nearly upon us and with that in mind, I would like to share the best and worst movies of 2013.

Best Movies

1. Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon + William Shakespeare= Movie magic.

2. Mandela: Walk To Freedom

This biopic of the recently deceased Mr. Mandela reminds the audience of the power of  the human spirit.

3. 12 Years A Slave

A brutal and honest look at slavery shows the best and worst qualities of humanity.

4. Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen’s modern reboot of Streetcar Named Desire is just as powerful as the original.

5. Man of Steel

A refreshing take on the Superman mythos.

Honorable Mentions

The Butler

The civil rights movement was never more powerful than on screen.

Anchorman 2

Not as quotable as the original, but still extremely funny.

Worst Movies Of The Year

5. Don Jon

Joseph Gordon Levitt’s directorial debut wasn’t as good as it could have been.

4. Romeo and Juliet

Don’t bother with this movie. If your hankering to see R&J on the big screen, try either the 1968 movie or Baz Luhrmann’s mid 90’s reboot.

3. Vamps

Everything about this movie is a waste of time. It’s not even worth the dollar bin.

2. Lone Ranger

It could have been so good, but it wasn’t.

1. Austenland

I wonder if the filmmakers had a secret plan to mock the audience they were looking for.

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