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"The November Man" is a solid espionage thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko. Brosnan's Bond movies were terrible but he's done plenty of good work since then.
I liked Brosnan as Bond. The movies were just OK, but they are Bond movies so I am not sure what anyone was expecting.
 

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Da 5 Bloods (2020) - A Spike Lee Joint. Four black Vietnam Vets go back to Vietnam to retrieve the squad leader left behind and...to get the gold they all found back in the day.

Delroy Lindo with a pretty powerful performance.

There are some 'no freakin' way' moments but overall a pretty entertaining movie. There is a message here. MLK gets some play. And there is a Black Lives Matter salute at the end.

2 1/2 hours.
Good movie. Delroy Lindo should be in the mix for an Oscar nomination, and Isiah Whitlock was very good too. The movie's perspective was interesting, and the character development was well done. Each of them was unique and I felt like I understood their motivations.

Cons: Typical Spike Lee movie problems. It was too long and the ending was not great.

Overall, I would recommend it.
 

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The Old Guard (2020) - Very entertaining movie starring Charleze Theron as a bad-ass time traveler saving the world, tho she doesn't see it because she's in the thick of it.

A great action flick on Netflix.
 
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Donovan’s Reef (1963) - Starting in 1939 with “Stagecoach”, John Wayne starred in 17 movies directed by the great John Ford. With the exception “The Quiet Man”, which is arguably the best film these two film giants made together, for the most part these films were either westerns or had a military theme. "Donovan’s Reef" is the last film Ford and Wayne did together, and it is more or less the exception to this rule. "Donovan’s Reef” abandons the usual Ford/Wayne Monument Valley western setting, and instead is set on an island in French Polynesia in the south Pacific.

The basic setup to this movie is that the characters played by John Wayne, Lee Marvin, and Jack Warden were all in the U.S. navy during World War II and were shipwrecked on this island, during which time they conducted guerrilla operations against the Japanese occupiers. The movie takes place after the war and after their military service. For various reasons the three chose to stay and live with the native population on the island, with Lee Marvin at the start of the movie returning after an absence to live on the island again, at which point Marvin and Wayne resume their long standing tradition of brawling on the birthday they share. The film really gets going when Jack Warden’s millionaire daughter from Boston played by Elizabeth Allen arrives on the island to seek out the father she has never seen in her life.

John Ford films often make good use of supporting characters, and this film is no exception. Caesar Romero, Marcel Dalio (the croupier in Casablanca), and Dorothy Lamour all make good use of their bit roles in this film. This is especially true of Romero, who plays the French governor of the island. In 1963 Romero is just a few years off from his run at playing the Joker in the 1960’s Batman television series. As for Dalio, I always enjoy getting a chance to see him in old movies, no matter how small the role is.

John Ford movies generally contain quite a bit of pageantry and music, and this film is no exception to that. Ford's use of pageantry and music in this film highlights very well the local culture of the island. Ford movies generally have a fair amount of humor in them no matter how serious they are, however, "Donovan’s Reef” is definitely more of a comedy and more light weight than most Ford movies. It is hardly unusual for fights and brawls to break out in a John Ford movie, and this one is no exception. My main complaint about this film is that it really over does the brawling, which often seems to take place with no real reason to advance the plot. Aside from that, I rather enjoyed this film, it grew on me as time went on. "Donovan’s Reef” is nowhere near the best of John Ford’s films, but it is solid and very watchable.
 

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The Old Guard (2020) - Very entertaining movie starring Charleze Theron as a bad-ass time traveler saving the world, tho she doesn't see it because she's in the thick of it.

A great action flick on Netflix.
It moved crisply, action was good, plot made sense and should lead to sequels.

I had one bugaboo at the end, in the climactic scene which involves the villain and a car, there's nary a soul that sees the action, but the moment the good guys leave the scene, hundreds of people and cops show up. That bugged me after an otherwise enjoyable watch.
 

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It moved crisply, action was good, plot made sense and should lead to sequels.

I had one bugaboo at the end, in the climactic scene which involves the villain and a car, there's nary a soul that sees the action, but the moment the good guys leave the scene, hundreds of people and cops show up. That bugged me after an otherwise enjoyable watch.
Maybe all of the shooting and explosions in the Merrick building had people .

And the very last scene screamed sequel as Charleze told Chiwetel Ejiofor to go out and get her crew some jobs.
 

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Maybe all of the shooting and explosions in the Merrick building had people .

And the very last scene screamed sequel as Charleze told Chiwetel Ejiofor to go out and get her crew some jobs.
I mostly said "should lead to sequels" because who knows how much $ it would've made in theatres. IMDB says it was a $70 mill budget, so not too expensive as action movies go. I assume there will be one. Theron wants one, but not right away. And the Booker/Quynh storyline begs maybe even a third.
 

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"I Am Dragon" was interesting, something different. Streaming on Amazon Prime. I don't think I've ever seen a movie that's all in Russian w/ English subtitles. Fantasy genre, decent FX for a smaller budget film. Although there is a dragon, it's really not an action movie.
 

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I mostly said "should lead to sequels" because who knows how much $ it would've made in theatres. IMDB says it was a $70 mill budget, so not too expensive as action movies go. I assume there will be one. Theron wants one, but not right away. And the Booker/Quynh storyline begs maybe even a third.
I look forward to seeing how Quynh got out of that scenario she was left in.
 

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Unsane (2018) - Claire Foye (The Crown) carries the film about a woman who moves away in order to lose a stalker. Yep, he finds her. I found the movie entertaining and had to overlook a couple of plot "yeah right" moments. Foye is really good.

Matt Damon and Amy Irving have small guest appearance parts.

Worth a watch if you like psychological thrillers.
 

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