Hacksaw Ridge reviews

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Re: Hacksaw Ridge reviews

Postby Sabin » Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:43 pm

I have more mixed feelings about Mel Gibson than possibly any other figure in film history. Braveheart was the film that got me into movies. Going to see Braveheart on the big screen was a deeply formative experience for me. I remember literally praying that it would win Best Picture. If God is up there, he heard my prayer and I'm damned to never see another favorite film of mine win again. When I saw Braveheart again in 1997 (back when it took years for films to come out on video), I wasn't as impressed, and every subsequent viewing of the film, my appreciation of it has diminished. And since then he's been revealed as an anti-Semitic, homophobic, religious nut. Months ago, there was a debate of who would be worse for America, Ted Cruz or Donald Trump. Well, I honestly have no idea if Mel Gibson would be a Trump voter or a Cruz voter, but neither would surprise me, and that doesn't speak of well of the man.

And yet, I owe him. Movies have been the compass of my life. It's possible another film would have swept me up for the ride but that doesn't change the fact that he did.

I can't imagine that Hacksaw Ridge will score a Best Picture nomination but it might end up as the film with the most nominations not up for the top prize and possibly more than several up for the big one.
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Hacksaw Ridge reviews

Postby Mister Tee » Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:27 pm

Mel Gibson's latest seems to be getting some good response, so reviews are posted here.

I remain personally dubious, because 1) the favorable reviews are referencing Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto as impressive predecessors, and they're two movies I found unbearable for their brutality; and 2) I have some suspicion these critics are like the political pundits ever searching for the "Trump pivot": tired of writing the story one way and anxious for a freshened narrative.

http://variety.com/2016/film/reviews/ha ... 201851851/

http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/hack ... tentID=592

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review ... ice-925666

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