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Couldn't the police/FBI trace the owner of the house? Couldn't they have turned around to escape? How did the team know to look for Sil at the motel? Why didn't Fitzgerald... What would you do if you were Rex? Dredd had a chance to kill Ma Ma How does this compare with Katyn (2007)? Do you agree with the mutineers? Blood tests of Kane and Lena? Why no covering fire? View all posts >


If you liked Safe Haven, check out The Void (2016). Since the crowd in here is probably into historical war dramas, I wanted to mention <i>Joyeux Noel</i> (2005), which covers the 1914 Christmas truce during WW1 from three perspectives (German, French and British). Always brings me to tears. "Well, you stupid fuck! Look at you now!" I think her character in Gone Girl was much more interesting. There, she is the villain but also one that we can't help but admire for how devious she is. Her character here unfortunately just came off as an annoying "I'm a strong wahmen!" cliche. I think we're supposed to sympathize with him not as the Emperor, but merely as another human being with desires, emotions, etc. Pu Yi is born a spoiled brat, with everyone in the Forbidden City telling him how great and powerful he is. But you can imagine his frustration that at the same time, he's not even allowed to go past his own front door to see his mother. And then the prison governer teaches him a lesson in humility. We're supposed to be glad he realizes his own past mistakes, but also feel somewhat sad that the last of an ancient civilization's monarchs met such an anti-climactic end, like so many at the hands of the communists. I'm glad they actually gave Douglas' character a little more depth than I expected (his instincts wound up being right most of the time, despite being an asshole). But that line felt so forced and will forever be tied to contemporary 2018 American politics. Having watched all 8 episodes now, I agree, it wasn't that bad. Some of the aspects that seemed out of place at first make more sense as the series goes on and previously one-dimensional characters are given more depth. I picked up on these as well after the first episode. Not that I have anything against those things, but I signed up to watch what looked like an interesting mystery/adventure show. Instead, it feels less like 1899 and more like I'm in 2022 being lectured to by the woke staff at Netflix. Another complaint, but one that isn't unique to 1899: Why does every film/show nowadays have to be so dark? I don't mean dark in tone, I mean dark as in I can't see shit! It's so dark, it's beyond a stylistic choice at this point. It feels like filmmakers are using darkness as a crutch to hide any potential mistakes in the production. I agree. Her character had interesting motivations and a unique look, but it was wasted by the fact that Abra was essentially invincible and I don't recall ever feeling like she was in danger. It removes all of the threat the villain poses. Spoiler alert! Many moments made me tear up in this movie. But if I had to pick a single scene that hit the hardest, it would be when they find out Ponchel had been shot. In the opening battle scene, we see men getting mowed down by machine gun fire and artillery by the hundreds and we think nothing of it, because to the audience, they're just nameless soldiers. But later on, after having learned their names, seeing pictures of their wives, celebrated Christmas together, etc., we feel the impact of even just one man's death. View all replies >