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Reply #60 posted 10/11/18 12:27pm

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5 of 5. “Miracles From Heaven is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers that her 10 year old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialist mystified, their family restored and their community inspired.” - Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Reply #61 posted 10/11/18 2:31pm

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wild strawberries (1957) 5/5 the bergman film i like to go back to the most. it has some of the same weighty elements that sometimes can make his films feel a bit self-serious, but here those things are nicely offset by a pleasant sentimentality. one of my favourite movies.

the poukeepsie tapes (20070 3/5 i've occasionally seen people bring this up whenever there's a discussion of the best found footage horror. it definitely has some creepy elements, almost plays like a snuff film at times, but it didn't quite add up to much for me. watchable, & worth a viewing for gore-hounds, but not great to me.

There is something so original and powerful about Wild Stawberries. Defintiely a 5 of 5.

My first Bergman film was Scenes from A Marriage. I was in high school and it just blew my naive mind away. I didn't know adults and relationships could be that complicated. It is kind of like losing your virginity, but without the release.

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Reply #62 posted 10/11/18 5:55pm

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A Star Is Born 4.5/5

I saw this last night and I'm still trying to process it. I can't listen to the soundtrack now without bursting into tears. Even tho I knew it had a sad ending I hoped the rest of it - the performances, the music, the cast, the direction, etc - would uplift me enough to not be left with the dreaded sadness hangover. The scene/shot of his beloved dog and pickup truck outside the closed garage door literally made me sob. I'm a marshsmallow, I know. But if you weren't wrecked by that moment alone something is wrong.

So while I am having trouble getting past the tragic ending, I don't regret going. The music alone is worth it. Bradley Cooper and the entire supporting cast are superb. Sure Gaga is not an actress and it shows. But the chemistry between the lead characters, her beautiful natural self, and her exceptional singing/musical talent more than make up for it. I took my mom who is in the mid-late stages of Alzheimer's and she spontaneously burst into applause after one of Gaga's solo performances at the piano on the big screen. It was that good.

I agree it got slightly long at the end and could have been tightened up a bit yet I'm not sure what to eliminate. The slower scenes involving the main character's attempt at recovery are so important for putting the ending into context. If anything my only "complaint" is that I believe the movie and those involved with it have a duty to address the main character's issues and the choice he made at the end of the movie, and issue a call to action for more and better treatment for others like him. My opinion of this extraordinary movie will definitely change if they fail to do so.

Also, no one in our theater moved when it ended. Everyone stayed in their seats for at least part if not all of the closing credits.
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Reply #63 posted 10/12/18 11:55am

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Tonight we introduce a new-and-sure-to-be-controversial feature - Rate A Movie I Am Never Going To See! This will probably be the first, last, best and worst episode of RAMIANGTS because who else could inspire me to rate a movie I will never see except...

...Ryan Gosling.

Ugh. I think my computer contracted a virus just typing his name. Since when did thumbs with noses become movie stars?

Oh - the movie I am never going to see is "First Man". What a farce.

First of all, this movie was made for absolutely no reason but to capitalize on NASA's 60th anniversary and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the greatest achievement in human history - landing men on the moon. And bringing them back alive!

Therein lies the problem with this upcoming turkey. WE KNOW HOW IT ENDS. IT ENDS GREAT!

But you wouldn't know that from the trailer/commericals. "This might be the last time you ever tell your son 'Good Night'!" wails some hysterical actress. "Daddy, are you coming back?" slobbers some child actor.

OF COURSE HE IS. WE KNOW HOW THIS STORY ENDS. NEIL ARMSTRONG WALKS ON THE MOON, SAYS SOME COOL STUFF, DOES SOME COOL STUFF WITH BUZZ ALDRIN, AND THEN THEY ALL COME BACK SAFELY.

I would have no problem if this pooper was marketed as a celebration of our greatest achievement. That's what is SHOULD be marketed as. But to market it as a suspenseful film?

WHY?

WE KNOW his rocket isn't going to explode. We KNOW he makes it to the moon. We KNOW he returns to Earth as a human and not some alien hybrid. We KNOW he gets to tell his son "Good Night" many many more times.

BOO.

Based on the ridiculous marketing of this flim, I wouldn't go see it even if Arnold played Neil Armstrong. Well, OK - I would go see it if Arnold played Neil Armstrong. But only to support Arnold, not to see a movie that I already know how it ends.

This has been the first, last, best and worst episode of Rate A Movie I Am Never Going To See. I hope the Pulitzer people are reading this.




I stumbled across this while researching this Movie I Am Never Going to See. Specifically, I was reading an article that dealt with the technical issues in the movie. THAT is interesting; I couldn't care less for the drama involving that thumb with a nose.

But I digress.

If you have about 10-15 minutes, here is the most amazing thing you will see this year, or probably any other year:

https://www.firstmenonthemoon.com/

I'm not even going to tell you what it is. Just check it out. I promise you that if you watch the first 30 seconds, you'll watch the whole 10-15 minutes of this.

EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW HOW IT'S GOING TO END.

LOL.

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Reply #64 posted 10/12/18 1:10pm

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The Big Sick (2017)

Highly enjoyable and well-acted romantic dramedy. Kumail Nanjian and Zoe Kazan had real chemistry, and Holly Hunter did her thing. Special shout outs to Ray Romano, who has done some really good dramatic work in recent years, and Anupam Kher, who as "Kumail's" brother Azmat was hysterical.

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Reply #65 posted 10/13/18 6:36am

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gandorb said:

damosuzuki said:

wild strawberries (1957) 5/5 the bergman film i like to go back to the most. it has some of the same weighty elements that sometimes can make his films feel a bit self-serious, but here those things are nicely offset by a pleasant sentimentality. one of my favourite movies.

the poukeepsie tapes (20070 3/5 i've occasionally seen people bring this up whenever there's a discussion of the best found footage horror. it definitely has some creepy elements, almost plays like a snuff film at times, but it didn't quite add up to much for me. watchable, & worth a viewing for gore-hounds, but not great to me.

There is something so original and powerful about Wild Stawberries. Defintiely a 5 of 5.

My first Bergman film was Scenes from A Marriage. I was in high school and it just blew my naive mind away. I didn't know adults and relationships could be that complicated. It is kind of like losing your virginity, but without the release.

i have never seen scenes from a marriage. our local arthouse is showing a smattering of bergman this month in recognition of his 100th birthday, but that's not one of them, unfortunately. the virgin spring is showing today, but i saw that one fairly recently, so i'll probably give that a pass. persona is showing next weekend, and, while i have also seen that fairly recently as well, i think i'll probably go catch it. while i enjoyed it quite a bit when i saw it, i sort of felt that it eluded me a bit as a film, & that i might get a bit more out of it as a theatrical experience.

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Reply #66 posted 10/14/18 5:28am

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starstarstarstarstar this movie was the most fun i've seen in a long time:

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Reply #67 posted 10/14/18 1:05pm

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I need to do my taxes. Tomorrow is the last day to file. OK, so let's.........

......watch a movie!

I really DO need to do my taxes. I really should NOT have turned on the TV - especially to watch the horrid Houston Texans. Right now, they're losing to the equally horrid Buffalo Bills, who are currently being quarterbacked by Nathan Peterman (no relation to J. Peterman). That, of course, prompted me to check the guide on my DirecTV (the Houston Texans-version of satellite TV). And I saw that "Cowboys and Aliens" had just started.

Cowboys! I love cowboys! I love western movies!

Aliens! I love aliens! I love alien movies!

This should be AWESOME. And it is - until you actually start thinking about the plot.

I've seen this movie before. I am not sure if I've reviewed it or not but just in case I have, this review will be written as if I have, with a few smatterings of stuff written as if I have not.

"Cowboys and Aliens" stars Harrison Ford (Yes! An awesome cowboy!); Daniel Craig (No! He's as bad at acting like a cowboy as he is at acting like James Bond!); and Olivia Wilde (Yes! further proof that there has never been anyone name 'Olivia' who isn't beautiful!).

Aliens invade the sleepy New Mexico town of Something-Or-Other. This movie was actually filmed in Northern New Mexico, and I know a couple guys who worked on it as horse wranglers. They said Ford was awesome. He'd fly in every day from Santa Fe in his helicopter. He was really nice, and bought lunch for everyone on the set many times.

But Ford is NOT nice in the movie. He drags some dude to death, thinking that dude had blown up his cattle and not believing the dude's explanation that it was "lights from the sky". Ford thought the guy meant lightning had struck his cattle, but Ford says "there weren't no lightnin' last night!"

Of course, the dude was telling the truth but that didn't prevent him from getting dragged to death. Even after Ford realized it really WAS "lights from the sky whut killed my cattle", he didn't express any remorse for dragging that poor dude to a grisley death.

FOOTBALL UPDATE - The Houston Texans are driving. It's third and goal from the 4 yard-line. We're down 13-10, so a field goal will at least tie it. Annnnnd - false start. Third and goal now from the 9. Yay us! But all we ultimately get is a field goal, so it's tied 13 - 13.

Lots of stuff happens in the movie. Olivia Wilde is beautiful but is also an alien shapeshifter. She tells everyone that the aliens are here for the gold. It's as valuable to them as it is to us although valuable for what, Wilde doesn't say. Also, she says that the aliens who are here now are only a scout team, and their mission is to kidnap and examine humans so they can find out what our physical weaknesses are.

Wilde says that if the scout team is able to leave Earth, they'll come back with a full fighting force that will kill everyone on Earth.

Why?

We have horses, guns and rifles - none of which are particularly effective against the aliens.

The aliens have fighter-jet spaceships with laser guns and these cables that can lasso you and carry you away. The aliens themselves are giant and almost indestructible.

ANOTHER FOOTBALL UPDATE - Pick six by the Texans! Wow, who would ever think we could pick off Nathan Peterman?!? (Besides everyone in the NFL.) Hey - maybe writing movie reviews during Texans' games is good luck???

OK, back to the problem with this movie. The aliens have all the physical and military advantages, and all they want is something that's really not needed for anything useful on our planet. Why do they have to kill everyone on Earth? Why are we even fighting them? Just let them mine all the gold, take it away, and good luck to them. There's no need at all to fight and kill over this.

But then we wouldn't have a movie, would we?!?

Well, as you probably have figured out, we DO learn how to fight them. Daniel Craig has some kind of wrist weapon borrowed from The Predator, and it works pretty well. Olivia Wilde gets killed but Indians reincarnate her in some kind of bonfire. A big battle ensues, with Wilde sneaking into the aliens' big spaceship in order to blow it (and herself) up. Daniel Craig is sad.

ANOTHER FOOTBALL UPDATE - It's another Nathan Peterman interception! This seals the deal for the Texans. All we have to do is line up in the Celebration Formation and take a knee. Which we do. Game over! We beat the Buffalo Bills, make your Super Bowl reservations now! (Or not. GO ASTROS!)

The spaceship takes off but Wilde blows it up just as it reaches altitude. That scene looked way too much like the Challenger tragedy for me. Not. Cool.

NEXT-TO-LAST FOOTBALL UPDATE - CBS has switched to the final minute of the Steelers-Bengals game. We have one team quarterbacked by a rapist and one team whose defense is led by the dirtiest player I've probably ever seen. I hope aliens show up and lasso all these jabronis and take them away.


"Cowboys and Aliens" is well-shot, but the plot reminds me of that one "The Big Bang Theory" episode where Amy explains to the guys that Harrison Ford's character was completely unnecessary in "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Harrison Ford's character was also completely unnecessary in this movie (everyone's was, actually). So this viewing of "Cowboys and Aliens" gets 1 1/2 Amy Farrah Fowler Movie Ruinations out of 5 Amy Farrah Fowler Movie Ruinations.

FINAL FOOTBALL UPDATE - The rapist's team just scored and won. I'm off to cheat on my taxes.

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[Edited 10/14/18 13:15pm]

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Reply #68 posted 10/14/18 6:08pm

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Woke up at 4 in the morning and couldn't go back to sleep; PBS had a movie on I hadn't seen in at least 15 years--Dr. Zhivago. Although the movie was criticized for not being "political enough" as per the novel when it came out, I found it as beautifully filmed and riveting as when I first saw it as a kid. One of David Lean's best as a director IMO. Great cast, story pacing, and plot. Key quotes about the characters dealing with the Russian Revolution and it's subsequent civil war: "The personal life is dead (an observation by Stelnikov--an evil counter-revolutionary)." Then there is a scene in which the Omar Shariif character Zhivago has been forcibly conscripted into an army and they run into a woman and children fleeing from an army--Omar's commander asks her what army is she fleeing from Red or White--she replies "the army" in a daze, pointing out that the people are so traumatized that they don't know which army is which and it doesn't matter. All armies are the same at this point. My take on this film is that David Lean wanted to explore "the personal life" and the Russian Revolution's effects on that rather than to focus on the politics of the whole thing. Again, my take at watching it at 4 in the morning but I took away things that I hadn't observed the last time I viewed this film. 4.5 out of 5 for me.

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Reply #69 posted 10/14/18 10:43pm

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Hereditary 4 out 5 stars

It been a minute since a scary movie was actually scary to me... the last being Hallowen (1978)

Premise: Hereditary opens with the text of an obituary appearing on the screen, establishing a tone of ominous dread. The dead woman's daughter Annie (Toni Collette) is struggling with her grief, which becomes clear as she delivers a caustic eulogy for her mother that describes her as a "secretive" and "private" woman. Annie's quiet husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) keeps his distance; her young daughter Charlie (Milly Sharprio) scribbles gruesome portraits in a journal; her teenage son Peter (Alex Wolff) treats his anxiety with copious bong hits. Together they live in a large, creepy house with an upstairs work-space where Annie builds tiny miniatures of her own family life. Think of it as Scary Tiny Furniture.

I like weird, off-beat, not predicable films, but I also like when these types of films are well down. Note the films ending was off-beat but if you have a scant understanding of a particular subject... you'll understand the ending and the movie. This was a WTF kinda movie lol

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Reply #70 posted 10/14/18 10:46pm

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Just saw Sergio Leone's last flick "Once Upon A Time In America" for the first time on TV (believe it or not!) even though I'm a huge De Niro fan. I thought the TV version I saw seemed uneven and chopped up even though it was long. The cinematography was beautiful, the movie mostly captured the time periods, it had top notch actors... So, what went wrong? I read the history of the movie--Leone wanted to make this two three hour movies (he shot much more hours of film), he filmed 8 to 10 hours worth then it was eventually cut down to 4 hours and 29 minutes. But, even after that, for the Cannes Film Festival, he had to cut it further to 3 hours and 49 minutes. And THAT version was only shown in Europe. To add insult to injury, Leone was forced to cut it down even more for the American market against his wishes--2 hours and 19 minutes. What a travesty IMO. I would love to see Leone's original vision for this flick. It has some great performances by iconic actors... The version I saw for the first time seemed too long in places and too short in others to the detriment of the story line. Now, I know why. Also, some of the music doesn't seem to fit events in the movie. Even with the uneven edits--7 out of 10, for me for this flick.

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Oh, yeah... One additional complaint. The film makers managed to convincingly age Robert DeNiro and his cronies over 30 years. But when DeNiro's character "Noodles" visits his romantic interest Elizabeth McGovern after 30 years, all they can come up with is her face covered with pancake make-up after a performance...and after she gradually removes it she looks exactly the same way as she did 30 years before?!! If they aged the men convincingly, they should have done that with McGovern! razz lol Even so, I liked this movie a lot and would love to see the original Director's cut.

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You should be able to find an uncut version of this movie. At one time cable use to play Sergio Leone's orginal cut of the movie. It you see, I think you'll see a true masterpiece... what a way for Mr. Leone to go out on.

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Reply #71 posted 10/14/18 11:04pm

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TD3 said:

purplethunder3121 said:

Just saw Sergio Leone's last flick "Once Upon A Time In America" for the first time on TV (believe it or not!) even though I'm a huge De Niro fan. I thought the TV version I saw seemed uneven and chopped up even though it was long. The cinematography was beautiful, the movie mostly captured the time periods, it had top notch actors... So, what went wrong? I read the history of the movie--Leone wanted to make this two three hour movies (he shot much more hours of film), he filmed 8 to 10 hours worth then it was eventually cut down to 4 hours and 29 minutes. But, even after that, for the Cannes Film Festival, he had to cut it further to 3 hours and 49 minutes. And THAT version was only shown in Europe. To add insult to injury, Leone was forced to cut it down even more for the American market against his wishes--2 hours and 19 minutes. What a travesty IMO. I would love to see Leone's original vision for this flick. It has some great performances by iconic actors... The version I saw for the first time seemed too long in places and too short in others to the detriment of the story line. Now, I know why. Also, some of the music doesn't seem to fit events in the movie. Even with the uneven edits--7 out of 10, for me for this flick.

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Oh, yeah... One additional complaint. The film makers managed to convincingly age Robert DeNiro and his cronies over 30 years. But when DeNiro's character "Noodles" visits his romantic interest Elizabeth McGovern after 30 years, all they can come up with is her face covered with pancake make-up after a performance...and after she gradually removes it she looks exactly the same way as she did 30 years before?!! If they aged the men convincingly, they should have done that with McGovern! razz lol Even so, I liked this movie a lot and would love to see the original Director's cut.

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You should be able to find an uncut version of this movie. At one time cable use to play Sergio Leone's orginal cut of the movie. It you see, I think you'll see a true masterpiece... what a way for Mr. Leone to go out on.

Thanks! I would love to see the uncut version of this movie; do you know if it was ever put out on DVD? I might be able to find it at the local wrecka stowe (yeah, we still have it!) Never mind, found it on line. Thanks.

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Reply #72 posted 10/15/18 6:29am

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Idlewild. 5 out of 5. It’s old fashioned. It’s fast. It’s a fast lane of booze and sex and sexy, beautiful women - gangsters and their money, Andre 3000 and Big Boi, and the music of Outkast. And death.

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Reply #73 posted 10/15/18 1:17pm

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TD3 said:

You should be able to find an uncut version of this movie. At one time cable use to play Sergio Leone's orginal cut of the movie. It you see, I think you'll see a true masterpiece... what a way for Mr. Leone to go out on.

Thanks! I would love to see the uncut version of this movie; do you know if it was ever put out on DVD? I might be able to find it at the local wrecka stowe (yeah, we still have it!) Never mind, found it on line. Thanks.

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Check at Amazon, it's a two DVD specdial and it see somehere on that page, Directors cut.

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Reply #74 posted 10/15/18 2:39pm

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Venom (2018)

A good standalone Marvel film well suited for Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. Worth a matinee.

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Reply #75 posted 10/15/18 3:24pm

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Venom (2018)

A good standalone Marvel film well suited for Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. Worth a matinee.

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Reply #76 posted 10/16/18 11:23am

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attention film buffs and physical media collectors...

the criterion collection is having a 24 hour flash sale. 50% off all in stock dvds and blu rays.

started a couple hours ago as of the time of this posting.

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Reply #77 posted 10/16/18 11:32am

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peedub said:

attention film buffs and physical media collectors...

the criterion collection is having a 24 hour flash sale. 50% off all in stock dvds and blu rays.

started a couple hours ago as of the time of this posting.


I got that notification. I can't indulge. I have to save for the giant Bergman box set that comes out next month.

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Reply #78 posted 10/17/18 6:22am

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American Animals. 4 out of 5. 4 insecure, bored, greedy, stupid friends steal rare books and go to prison. Yay. True story. But now they get to be famous. boo boo boo boo And out, and they were in the movie as well as the actors portraying them (Hi, Evan Peters batting eyes).

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Reply #79 posted 10/17/18 7:55am

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first man 4/5 i can't fully love this, because gosling's portrayal of a deeply introverted, almost robotic man is a bit too effective, & i was a touch bored for a few stretches of this slightly too long movie when it was focused on his life with his extremely understanding wife. but there are many truly exciting, thrilling moments, and its ending is powerful, even stunning & deeply moving, i thought.

in the shadow of the moon (2007) 5/5 even if you've sat through innumerable documentaries on the gemini & apollo programs, even if you've seen the footage a billion times, this one is still worth watching. it's a great mix of talking heads & archival footage, perfectly calibrated & paced. michael collins is very funny & insightful & charismatic in particular. streaming for free on tubi-tv, if you're interested.

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