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Old 02-20-2014, 03:31 AM - Thread Starter
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The Monuments Men

There wasn't a thread for this. So I'm starting one. Good picture to see even if you're not a fan of the WWW II era. Well cast with story you may have never heard about, but should. If you have seen with the movie "The Train" this may really be of interest to you.

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Received this today from Amazon, missed this at the theatre so hopefully it will be a good one.

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It's pretty much a reboot of The Simpsons Season 7 Episode 22 entitled "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" cool.gif



I'm still going to give it a rent smile.gif
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Didn't get a chance to watch it yet will be watching it tonight

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It's pretty much a reboot of The Simpsons Season 7 Episode 22 entitled "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" cool.gif



I'm still going to give it a rent smile.gif


The Monuments Men? Am I missing something?


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Didn't get a chance to watch it yet will be watching it tonight

Watched it last night.  Nice idea but limp drama.  Compared to "The Train," which we saw last weekend, it lacked pace.  Mebbe you'll enjoy it.  Mebbe not.


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Surprised not to see a thread on this already. My wife and I watched this over this Memorial Day weekend, and both liked it a lot.

The movie was directed by George Clooney, who also appears as one of the main characters, and is based on true events from WWII. All of the performances are rock solid, with interesting characters in what could be considered an ensemble performance. The film does a good job of recreating the period, and showing the stakes of the battle for a major chunk of the world's art as WWII winds to a close. Dialog is typically snappy, with some pretty good humor thrown in, all showing the camaraderie between the characters.

Production values were solid, as was the cinematography. The musical score was appropriately rousing and patriotic, with a great verve that fit the story and action well.

Recommended as a rental.

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Watched it last night, it was ok but not worth seeing twice.

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I watched it last night, it was ok but not something I would watch again.

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Watched it last night.  Nice idea but limp drama.  Compared to "The Train," which we saw last weekend, it lacked pace.  Mebbe you'll enjoy it.  Mebbe not.

I agree. Not enough action or dramatic impact for me. Clooney may want to stick to acting.


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I have to agree with the others here.

It felt like a war movie where they forgot to add the war. Even the deaths seemed pointless.

Even some tie-in scenes to the war seemed to fall flat, for example:
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When they landed on Omaha Beach, it seemed like they fogot it should have looked like an invasion and battle had just taken place. Instead, it just looked like t bunch of trucks were parked there from the kegger the night before.

Further, I had no reason to care whether they succeeded or not since, aside from a couple of items, they didn't really invest me in any of the stuff they were collecting being of any artistic importance. They could have been collecting copies of "Dogs Play Poker" for all I cared.

It almost would have been better if they hinted that this was a wider spread effort (as it really was) and focused the team we saw on chasing down particular pieces that were known and actually taken by Nazis in real life. In other words, with the actors they had, it would have been more fun as an art heist film - with Nazis.

As it was, once they figured out the system, I wondered why it was so hard to figure out where the stuff was in the first place.

Even before they knew where to look, it made me wonder why they didn't simply
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let them take the Madonna and Child (since they got it anyway) and follow it to where the stuff was being kept.
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I prefer the Train (1964), relativity propaganda free. I saw it in HD on PBS, too bad it is not on blu-ray yet. Then again neither is Run Silent, Run Deep which I also saw in HD on PBS several years ago.
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I prefer the Train (1964), relativity propaganda free. I saw it in HD on PBS, too bad it is not on blu-ray yet. Then again neither is Run Silent, Run Deep which I also saw in HD on PBS several years ago.

The Train comes out June 10 from Twilight Time:
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I kept waiting for Bill Murray do karaoke or break into his Pocono Mountains resort lounge singer routine and save the movie.  I also lost count of the number of times Bill had the WTF am I doing in this film look on his face or maybe it was constipation...

 

Flat, sluggish pace, uneventful plot, and a waste talent for an otherwise impressive cast.

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Watched it last night.  Nice idea but limp drama.  Compared to "The Train," which we saw last weekend, it lacked pace.  Mebbe you'll enjoy it.  Mebbe not.
I like both films but comparing them is like apples and oranges, sort of like comparing The Battle of Bulge to Saving Private Ryan, both war pictures, both World War 2, way different from each other.

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The Train comes out June 10 from Twilight Time:
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Thanks, for the reminder ! I'd better get my order in. smile.gif

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Just watched it.

 

Liked it. Didn't love it... but it was very entertaining.

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I like both films but comparing them is like apples and oranges, sort of like comparing The Battle of Bulge to Saving Private Ryan, both war pictures, both World War 2, way different from each other.

Admittedly, they come from different eras but I can observe that one kept my interest and the other failed to keep me awake.

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I like both films but comparing them is like apples and oranges, sort of like comparing The Battle of Bulge to Saving Private Ryan, both war pictures, both World War 2, way different from each other.

Wrong. The Train is about german stolen art, guess what Monuments Men is about? It's comparing a crab apple (MM) to a McIntosh apple.
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My daughter and son in law rented Monuments Men and rather liked it. I, however, decided not to rent the BD but wait for it to show up on one of the premium movie channels.
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Admittedly, they come from different eras but I can observe that one kept my interest and the other failed to keep me awake.
That is a valid and informed observation.

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The Rape Of Europa is on Netflix and is a much better film abut the subject. It doesn't have Bill Murray, but it's a much better film.
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