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12 STRONG- KARL SIDES (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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12 STRONG

Starring: Chris Hemsworth- Capt. Mitch Nelson

Michael Shannon- Hal Spencer

Michael Pena- Sam Diller

Navid Negahban- General Dostum

HEMSWORTH LEADS A GROUP OF SOLDIERS ON AMERICA’S INTIAL RETALIATION FOR THE 9/11 ATTACKS IN THE NEW FILM “12 STRONG”

My favorite thing to see in a film is the line “Based on a true story”, so I was anxious to see the new film “12 Strong” which is base on the covert mission by the United States to retaliate following the 9/11 terrorist attacks by the Taliban.

Immediately following the twin towers tumbling, Capt. Mitch Nelson returns to his base to get his unit back together only to be told his unit has disbanded and he is riding a desk. Communications officer Hal Spencer retracts his retirement for one more mission with Nelson.

Once the unit lands in Afghanistan, Nelson is briefed by Col. Mullholland (William Fichtner) informing the captain he is going to lead his team to join Afghan rebels in the mountains to target Taliban camps for airstrikes. Nelson tells the colonel his team will complete the mission in 3 weeks with no casualties.

Nelson’s group lands in country and meets with General Dostum, leader of the Afghan rebels and hater of the Taliban, who has little respect for Nelson because “he doesn’t have killer eyes”. Nelson promises a 3-week time table only to find out they are going to do the mission on horseback and there are only 12 horses. Now with his unit split in half and outnumbered 100 to 1, Nelson begins his campaign with a reluctant General to destroy the Taliban.

Nelson and his unit target the first Taliban outpost and bomb it. When he sends in the soldiers his unit is ambushed by Taliban re-enforcements coming in from a road in the south. Nelson has it out with Dostum demanding all the information he has so not to be ambushed again. Nelson splits his unit again sending Sam Diller and 3 other men across the desert to flank the Taliban and cut off the re-enforcements coming down the valley leading to the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

The film is very good and as I said based on actual events, that being said it is dialogue driven and slow at times. The battle scenes are great and I really liked the bond developed between Dostrum and Nelson that continues to this day. It was also very cool during the credits to show the actual soldiers who received no credit for the mission, but recently had a statue dedicated to their bravery at the Ground zero memorial.

 

Rating 4/6 horses

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The Commuter- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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THE COMMUTER

Starring: Liam Neeson- Michael MacCauley

                   Vera Farmiga- Joanna

                   Patrick Wilson- Alex Murphy

Liam Neeson has a $100k if he can track down a person on a crowded commuter train!

Michael MacCauley walked away from his job as a Chicago detective to sell insurance and enjoy life with his wife and sons. On the same day they took out a second mortgage on their house so their son can go to Syracuse University, MacCauley is fired from his job.

Michael meets an old police buddy Alex Murphy for beers. MacCauley explains his unemployment, no savings and that he has not told his wife, Murphy tells him to catch his train and go home and tell his wife.

Michael runs to met his commuter train and as he boards he is pick pocketed and loses his cell phone. Michael sits down in a front car and begins to read a book when a strange woman named Joanna sits down in front of him and begins to ask him Hypothetical questions. Joanna next tells MacCauley that she knows he was a detective and it should be easy for him to find the one person on the train that doesn’t belong (not a daily commuter) and tag them with a GPS tracker then he gets $100,000.

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All the Money in the World- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatic.com)

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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

Starring: Christopher Plummer- John Paul Getty

Mark Wahlberg- Fletcher Chase

Michelle Williams- Gail Harris

Charlie Plummer- John Paul Getty III

Romain Duris – Cinquanta

Greed is not always good, when you can’t spend to save your family.

All the Money in the World is the new film by Ridley Scott based upon the actual events surrounding the kidnapping of John Paul Getty’s grandson in Rome.

John Paul Getty is the richest man in the world. He explains to his head of security Fletcher Chase,” If you can count your money ..YOU ARE NOT RICH”. Getty is constantly asked for donations from strangers, including his son John Paul Getty II, his wife Gail and their kids ask Getty for an opportunity to work. The old man puts his son in charge in Europe and has his grandson John III help opening his mail.

Gettys son becomes a drug addict doing heroine with the Beatles in India and his wife Gail files for divorce. Getty and a team of lawyers comes after her and plans to buy her off. Gail takes nothing but her kids. Getty hates to lose and especially doesn’t like to lose family.

The mobs in Rome view kidnapping as an industry and see the Getty grandson as a way to make money. A group led by an Italian named Cinquanta takes the boy one evening and drives him to southern Italy. Cinquanta’s demands Millions for the safe return of the boy. Gail calls Getty to beg her father in law for the money to save her son. Getty is asked on the news “How much would you pay for the return of your grandson?” only to have the old man reply “NOTHING.”

Getty does care for his grandson and sends his head of security to monitor Gail and handle the negotiations with the kidnappers. The negotiations drag on and Cinquanta sells the boy to an investor that decides to move things along by sending the boys ear to his mother.

All the Money in the World is a fantastic film, telling the story of the world’s richest man and how he choses not to spend his fortune, not even to save his family. Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer are locks for awards this winter. This is also one of Wahlberg’s best performances.

Go see All the Money in the World this week and learn about how greed is not always good!

Rating 6/6 bags of money

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The Shape of Water- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatic.com)

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The Shape of Water Review

Starring: Sally Hawkins- Elisa Esposito

Michael Shannon- Richard Strickland

Richard Jenkins-Giles

Octavia Spencer- Zelda Fuller

Doug Jones- Amphibian creature

You can find love anywhere…even in a fish tank!

Guillermo Del Toro has a way to tell a story on the big screen and his films (The Orphanage, Hell Boy, Pans Labyrinth) are always entertaining, so I was anxiously awaiting his new film,” The Shape of Water”.

Elsa Esposito is a lonely mute woman whose only friends are her homosexual neighbor and co-worker Zelda. Elisa and Zelda are a cleaning crew at a military research facility in the 60s during the height of the Cold War. The Army wheels in a super secret project that turns out to be an amphibian man and the man in charge is Richard Strickland, a ruthless jerk. Strickland just wants to study the effects of pain on the creature as he constantly sticks it with a cattle prod. Dr. Hofstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg) wants to learn about the creature and is secretly a Russian spy going to give his data to the KGB/

Elisa decides to have lunch next to the tank on day and sets an egg out for the creature and he liked it and her, they instantly had a bond. The Army decides they are going to cut up the creature to see how it ticks after Strickland loses a few fingers to the beast’s razor-sharp claws. Elisa overhears the plans and goes to her neighbor Giles to help save the creature. Dr. Hofstetler sees them breaking the creature out and helps them and gives them chemicals to add to the water to help keep the creature alive. The amphibian man needs salt water to survive. Hofstetler tells Elisa that she will need to release him as soon as possible.

Strickland finds his creature has been stolen and starts a man hunt for his fish and the cleaning lady that took him.

The Shape of Water is a MUST SEE this year and one of my favorite films of 2017. Michael Shannon is the perfect bad guy and Sally Hawkins is great as the lead. Doug Jones is the creature that resembles the merman in the Hell Boy series Del Toro already did. The Shape of Water is a new spin on falling in love with a fish, you can call it a fantastical update to the comedy classic Splash.

Rating

6/6 Hard Boiled Eggs

 

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatic.com)

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STAR WARS:THE LAST JEDI

Starring: Mark Hammill- Luke Skywalker

Carrie Fisher- Gen. Organa

Daisy Ridley- Rey

Adam Driver- Kylo Ren

John Boyega- Finn

Oscar Isaac- Poe Dameron

The First Order is about to annihilate the Resistance when Luke Skywalker appears in the latest episode in the Star Wars saga, “The Last Jedi”.

Following the events of “The Force Awakens”, the First Order is about to throw the final blow against the Resistance with their newest weapon. a huge attack ship called the Dreadnot. General Organa along with Finn and her ace pilot Poe Dameron are trying to escape their secret rebel base. Poe disobeys orders and leads an attack on the Dreadnot. He loses all the bombers but does destroy the ship. The Rebel jump to lightspeed, only to have the first order track them through lightspeed and stay on their tail. As the rebel ships begin to run out of fuel the First Orders destroys them.

Rey has found Luke Skywalker and has returned his light saber to him requesting him to return and help his sister Leia and the rebels. Luke tosses the saber over the cliff and walks away. Rey is persistent and won’t let up until Luke agrees to show her the force and why the Jedi need to end. Luke sees she is very powerful with the force and also drawn to the Dark Side. He explains how he lost Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren to Snoak and the Dark Side, and he won’t do it again.  As Rey is training on the island, she has visions where her mind is linked to Kylo Ren and she can see him and converse with him. Rey believes she can turn Kylo and plans to go meet him and help the Rebels.

Rey meets with Kylo and he takes her to the Supreme Leader Snoak. Snoak explains how he is going to eliminate the Rebels and then kill Luke Skywalker then her.

Finn with fellow pilot Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) are on a mission to get a code breaker to help them get onto Snoak’s ship and destroy the machine that allows the First Order to track the rebels. The code breaker, DJ (Benecio Del Toro) sells out Finn and Rose when they make it to Snoak’s ship. Gen. Phasma reappears to execute Finn and Rose.

Gen. Organa and Poe lead the remaining rebels to a deserted base on a nearby moon, the last rebels ship flying on vapor is being helmed by Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern), who moves the ship in front of the Star Destroyer and jumps to light speed splitting the First order vessel in half. The destruction allows Finn and Rose to escape, but not before Finn gets some revenge on chrome dome. Rey also escapes back to Chewy and the Millennium Falcon to search for survivors.

Kylo Ren leads the First Order to the Rebel moon to vanquish the resistance when out walks Luke Skywalker to face him!

 

The Last Jedi is a great film and is an entertaining lead into the final episode IX. The first third of the film is slow and has some plot holes, but that is soon forgotten when Skywalker and Ren battle as part of one of the best fight scenes in Star Wars history. Snoak is disappointing, but the rest of the cast are excellent. I was really impressed with new comer Kelly Marie Tran, who provides a love interest for Finn. Hammill is solid and is exactly what Star Wars fans were salivating for. The Last Jedi is also a fond farewell to our Princess Leia Organa, Carrie Fisher.

I have watched the Last Jedi twice in 3 days, it is a great film and should be seen on the big screen. I went in thinking I was going to get another Empire Strikes, but The Last Jedi is closer to Return of the Jedi and I am fine with that.

5/6 Light Sabers