"American Sniper" Review
I check out the week's #1 movie, and Oscar nominated film "American Sniper."
1/21/2015 01:33:18 am
Having worked the screening of American Sniper last night, I think my favorite quote ever was from some little old lady who was listening in on two guys discuss if this was a good movie or an Oscar bait movie. Her response was "If you hate this movie, you hate America." which is what all of my Facebook friends have pretty much feeding since this movie came out.
1/21/2015 01:34:46 am
I meant 3/5, guess I'm used to giving movies .5 scores xP
1/21/2015 08:14:49 pm
i HIGHLY praise you for actually being polite towards the U.S. appreciated.
1/21/2015 06:27:45 am
I may not be an America, but you don't have to like this movie to like America. America is a very diverse place, and the wars that Chris Kyle fought in have done very little to achieve stability or end the endless cycle of wars in that area, and at least some of the fault unfortunately is at America's table. Not to disparage America, but some of the worst events in history come from some of the best intentions and that can be argued in the case of the Second Gulf War.
JC (not that one)
1/21/2015 01:35:08 pm
That is one of the most polite ways to make the point you are making and I congratulate you. I really dislike how people are framing this like "you have to like this movie to support your country/military" Because liking or not liking a movie does not mean that at all.
1/22/2015 03:46:34 am
Good point, just because the film didn't blow you away doesn't mean you hate America- BUT at the same time I sure as fuck don't want a bunch of left wingers calling me racist just because I hated "Selma" and "12 Years a Slave" and think that they do not deserve Oscar nods (which they don't). In the end you like what you like and I'll like what I like just don't be an asshole and we'll get along just find... Unless you are a tumbler activist-- then you deserve to be drawn and quartered
1/26/2015 04:36:35 pm
god you're a pretty awful person to cap your pretty alright post with that last statement. And yes, before you reply I do infact know you don't care what you say or who you offend.
1/21/2015 02:21:13 am
The Left thinks American Sniper is the most vile, pro-Bush propaganda movie ever.
Generic Random Username
1/21/2015 02:44:06 am
"I think he's become dreary old man and is about cheerful as a Goth teen girl who cuts herself."
1/21/2015 07:00:04 am
Hey, I like some of Eastwood's films. I liked "Gran Torino" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" is my favorite war film. And I'm about as right-wing as an Aaron Sorkin character.
1/22/2015 02:09:50 pm
Actually, most of the people on the "The Right" I've heard discussing this film (including people on Fox News) seem to think it's not a patriotic film at all, and certainly not a pro-war flick, but rather an examination of one man's personal experience in war. They applaud it for showing the individual costs of warfare, but conclude that anyone who assumes it's "pro-war" or "pro-America" didn't actually see it. But that might be because those on "The Right" spend a lot of time worrying about veterans these days.
1/24/2015 09:00:18 am
"But that might be because those on 'The Right' spend a lot of time worrying about veterans these days."
1/31/2015 09:17:19 am
All you have to do is look at their voting record to know the war-hawk right-wingers don't REALLY give a tinker's damn about vets (i.e. Bernie Sanders bill) .... but feeding the military contractors....oh, yeah they're ALL about THAT.
1/21/2015 02:31:38 am
ooo battery space what is this marvelous new invention :P
1/21/2015 02:36:17 am
Usually that'll happen when there's only 1 movie.
1/21/2015 03:15:57 am
Hope you're having fun at MAGFest Brad!
1/21/2015 03:31:13 am
It's not a bad film, but there were a few problems. The wife character ( I don't remember her name) was underdeveloped. and 90% of her scenes were they argue about the war, She CRIES and CRIES, he says one or two lines- end scene. Over and over again.That's all I knew about her was she made babies and cries. and she's the 2nd lead of the film.
1/21/2015 03:49:01 am
I hope to see you at Magfest Brad. I've made a cd for you and Jake of the soundtrack to Killer Instinct, and also a dvd of Freddy's Nightmares for an possible episode of DVD-R Hell. I hope to also challenge you and/or Phelous to either Mortal Kombat and/or Killer Instinct. you should come and visit Frederick, MD for once since it has plenty of Roy Rogers, and they sell Tab soda at one of the local Giant grocery stores. it would be an interesting topic for a Brad tries video.
1/21/2015 04:06:07 am
This is the first I've heard of this fake baby, however after the way you described it, I just had to look it up. I especially like the way he tries to make it seem alive by moving the doll's arm using his thumb.
1/21/2015 04:25:43 am
hey brad and bradites.
1/21/2015 01:25:13 pm
Thank you! I for one love a good action drama, and Clint Eastwood is pretty cool. But especially after the whole ordeal in Paris, people have been just looking for an excuse to attack us. I'll watch it in the safety of my own home, I won't go to the theater and watch it "dressed like a terrorist".
1/26/2015 04:10:28 pm
Except the film is disengenuous - the man who this film is about was a legit racist who got off on killing muslims and greatest regret in life was not killing more of you. You don't have to quote me on that - the man says it himself in his autobiography.
1/31/2015 09:23:35 am
Well then..... maybe the people who watch the movie will be motivated to read the book behind it all.... and then maybe some minds might be blown....
1/21/2015 04:40:27 am
I really disliked this film. Now technically it was a well made film with a few fun action scenes. But my issue is it pretty much white washes Kyle's character and didn't have any other strong characters so the film was trying to make us like him and I just couldn't.
1/22/2015 01:37:00 am
I can't agree more. I liked it less then Brad, but that's OK. I feel like it was very Oscar-baity especially with the advertisement campaign. It was technically well-constructed, it had some good action scenes. But ultimately it felt like someone had made Modern Warfare: The Movie. It was just eh.
1/22/2015 01:49:35 am
I feel similar. I don't want to criticize people for liking it, but I just can't get behind a movie that so venerates a person who was, at best, a naíf with a busted moral compass. And it probably doesn't help that I find Cooper really off-putting in general.
1/24/2015 09:05:49 am
"But my issue is it pretty much white washes Kyle's character and didn't have any other strong characters so the film was trying to make us like him and I just couldn't."
1/21/2015 04:41:27 am
I had the same thought about the fake dead baby in Exodus. I pretty much burst out laughing at what was supposed to be a serious scene
1/21/2015 04:48:38 am
Did you see and/or are you going to do reviews of the other movies nominated for "best movie" you haven't done yet?
1/21/2015 06:08:33 am
I've got a friend who hasn't seen this movie but he's already mad that it got an Oscar. I kind of want to see it with him if only for the discussion it will provide, but he's saying that it would be the same as Triumph Of The Will.
1/21/2015 06:39:17 am
Anyone else going to tell him its *meem* not *me-me*?
1/21/2015 06:59:24 am
Sorry. That was a mistake. I have bad hearing. I didn't know he said baby.
1/21/2015 07:34:18 am
Sounds like you need more people if you want to review every movie that comes out. I'll volunteer if you'll pay for my movie tickets.
1/21/2015 07:36:29 am
I am patiently waiting for the worst list to come out, and the nut job better be on there, the only thing that would make it not be on there was that you were having fun while watching it,so you might not know how truly awful it is. If jake saw it, it would be on his list.
1/21/2015 11:39:51 am
Jake will get another chance in 2016, when The Nut Job 2 comes out.
1/24/2015 09:08:06 am
I had to see the Nut Job while working, and while it certainly wasn't good I wouldn't say it deserves to be on the worst list. It was bland and inoffensive, like plain oatmeal.
1/21/2015 09:41:10 am
I liked this movie a little less than Brad, but I agree with most of what he said. Bradley Cooper's performance was phenomenal, and I liked the PTSD aspect of the film, but overall I consider it just "okay." The CGI, as Brad said, was distractingly bad, and there was so little character development for anyone other than Chris Kyle that I had no idea what anyone's name was, and resorted to thinking of them as "mustache guy," "Zales guy," (the one that alked about buying an engagement ring and then immediately got shot), "that other guy," etc. As for the wife, like one of the posters above already pointed out, she's basically there to cry and produce plastic babies.
1/21/2015 02:05:53 pm
Good point there, Heather. I grew up in a small town, and know how to shoot and hunt. Needless to say, that's the first thing you learn NOT to do. I accidentally pointed a BB gun at my sister as a kid, and my dad almost beat the crap out of me. If you did that at a gun store or shooting range they'd kick you out ASAP.
1/23/2015 01:32:12 am
I saw the test screenings for the CG baby in twilight. That shit was fuckin' terrifying. More so than the fanbase for those movies...
1/22/2015 02:11:05 am
No, it bugged me too, I'm an American I don't use guns yet i know not to point a gun at people, though it was never explicitly said that it was loaded but still you're not supposed to point a gun at people even playfully.
1/21/2015 09:56:44 am
The fact that this movie has become a political thing is precisely why I've been turned off to it.
1/21/2015 10:14:52 am
I found this movie to be one of the most boring films I've seen in years. It doesn't have a deliberate political stance, but that's more down to the director not giving enough of a fuck or putting enough effort in for there to be one (I haven't seen a film this lazy since Die Another Day). It's not the flag-waving jingoism of Lone Survivor, but it does have all the usual American modern war movie things like never presenting the war in a larger context, not examining why the American troops are there in the first place, and presenting the US troops as nobly heroic and never harming any innocents while presenting the opposition as psychopathic baby killers.
1/21/2015 11:33:00 am
Are you still sending Irving to review Selma? Or was his review so awful that you couldn't post any of it (if yes, was it because of the shoe polish)?
1/21/2015 12:03:22 pm
When is Shot on Shitteo going to be done? I've been waiting so long for it to come out.
1/22/2015 10:18:34 am
He mentioned an update a few weeks ago in one of the videos (might of been a Brad Tries). Basically, he's still working on it. It's taking longer than expected but the shooting got delayed (sickness, other videos that needed to be out sooner took precedent, etc.).
1/21/2015 02:32:45 pm
I gave this film 7/10, but I'm starting to wonder if that might be too high.
1/21/2015 02:35:15 pm
Final thing I forgot to mention:
1/21/2015 02:43:36 pm
Damn, I forgot about the puppet babies and the CGI deer. :) WAY too obvious.
1/21/2015 03:13:22 pm
Jeez, Brad, I think you and some of the commenters kinda missed the movie for the technical details. I wasn't bothered about the CGI, effects, or even the fake baby, or if there was propaganda.
1/21/2015 03:39:06 pm
I admit I haven't read the book, and the Rolling Stones review makes some darn good points. It's last line got to me:
the hand of Onan
1/21/2015 09:32:21 pm
I thought it meh and Bradley Cooper looked like metrosexual playing dress up. The plastic baby was just flat Ed Wood level stupid in something sold as a serious drama, Then again this night just be me. I have a problem with certain kinds of 'serious' drama. Someone once got me to watch Requiem for a Dream and all could think the whole time it was playing was "is it just me or is this basically Reefer Madness".
1/23/2015 01:42:17 am
I think on an overall level the Requiem/Reefer is an accurate comparison, but also missed some of the more subtle things about Requiem. (Also I'm assuming you mean the '30s infogram Reefer Madness not the Showtime Reefer Madness the Movie Musical, which is an amazing lampoon). Requiem is purely a performance movie. I think the cinematography is amazing, and scene transitions are really good as well. Overall plot, bit bland and boring, comparison to Reefer Madness, accurate.
1/22/2015 03:45:48 am
I saw this on opening night.
1/23/2015 07:20:26 am
I'm just going to point out also, every complaint I've heard about this movie, thus far, have been false:
1/26/2015 04:18:52 pm
I disagree with you Rhody about this not being propaganda. It was a racist movie. And it white washed the main character - this was not a man wracked by ptsd: this is a man who admitted in his own book that he killed as many muslim as he did because he loved murder and it wasn't until he realized he was addicted to killing them that he decided to go home because he knew he'd stay over there and kill as many of them as he could for the rest of his life. This was a deeply, deeply racist man who said heinous, disgusting things in his own book about plenty of groups that didn't even warrant it. The entire movie is a propaganda piece because it brings out the heroism in a story where there was none.
1/26/2015 05:47:06 pm
1/22/2015 03:50:41 am
Im probably one of those guys who praises it as being pro MURRICA because im pretty gun ho john wayne style.
1/22/2015 07:56:41 am
HEAR, HEAR I agree with you Jegsimmons
1/26/2015 04:25:19 pm
Except it didn't fairly balance the issues. It told the white washed story of a real life racist and admitted psychopath through the eyes of a man who wanted to twist away the faults of a man and show a pro american story of heroism. This story in real life is much, much less grey when you read in his book that he loved killing muslims and felt it was his god given gift to wipe every man woman and child who follows that faith off the face of the earth.
1/22/2015 10:20:01 am
I think the movie might have benefited from being about a fictional character that is still based on Chris Kyle instead of being a straight forward biopic explicitly about him. Since the movie doesn't address the controversial (arguably most interesting) parts of the character. I don't think the controversy it's causing because of it's subject adds anything to the film.
1/22/2015 11:10:34 am
1/22/2015 10:55:13 am
The movie is more of a decent remake of the 1990 Michael Bean and Charlie Sheen action film Navy Seals combined with some biographical drama than an actual complex biopic, but just like Navy Seals, it's a fun sit and even sometimes gets a bit engaging. And you definitely won't want to join the army after this because, in this movie, war is hell.
1/22/2015 08:59:58 pm
1/23/2015 02:13:27 am
Your comment should come with a 'Shit Counter' like in South Park...
1/24/2015 06:27:06 pm
A: Brad Tries, Midnight Screenings on Classics Films, Flaming Brian, and the Snobcast are the only main shows that are on Patreon, and they're eventually shown on the site. The rest of the shows are always on the site, so no, not all content is on Patreon. Far from it.
1/29/2015 05:40:04 am
Brad I think most of your hardcore fans really don't mind this at all and honestly like having a way to support your content creation.
1/31/2015 09:42:33 am
Oh fuck OFF, you self-absorbed, whiny-ass bastard....
1/24/2015 09:24:02 am
1/25/2015 06:09:34 am
Yeah it's almost like it's a Hollywood biopic or something.
1/26/2015 04:27:54 pm
I agree Brad, but it doesn't make it any less disingenuous when people are using this as a measuring stick of loving America or not when the story itself is almost complete lies but purports itself to be true
1/27/2015 06:42:30 am
If people are using this as some king of patriotism measuring stick, then that's a problem with them and not the movie.
1/25/2015 11:56:05 am
I saw it today, it is a Very Good Movie......Now about the Baby, I was more taken aback by the animatronic version breast feeding on Sienna Miller, you could tell by the way the baby hand toward the camera opened and closed. And yes...it had Real Sucking action.....Lucky little piece of silicone!
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