Sniper The White Raven captures a lot of realism of war.

After his pregnant wife is killed by militants, an eccentric pacifist enlists to fight as a sniper in Donbass, Ukraine, vowing vengeance for both his wife and his comrades.

Sniper The White Raven might not be the best war movie out there, but when it comes to capturing realism it’s quite great. The color of the film is this ash gray color to it that feel really powerful, making some of the single shots quite haunting yet beautiful to look at the same time. The film is based on a true story which the movie does a pretty decent job of telling it, at times it does drag on a bit clocking in at almost 2 hours. The writing has some very strong moments that capture the realism of war, there are moments when the movie falls a little short but it isn’t enough to stop this movie from being a decent showing!

Sniper The White Raven releases on Friday in theaters and on all VOD Platforms.

6/10 C+

Operation Mincemeat is an incredible and bizarre World War II event told wonderfully!

Operation Mincemeat is set in 1943 as the Allies are determined to launch an all-out assault on Fortress Europe. But they face an impossible challenge – to protect a massive invasion force from entrenched German firepower and avert a potential massacre.

I’m not sure if I have said this before but one of my favorite parts of history I like learning more about is World War II, there’s so many stories that haven’t been told yet or haven’t been told enough. Operation Mincemeat is one of the most bizarre World War II events that is also one of the most popular deception missions in history, despite that however there’s only ever been two films made about it. The first film “The Man Who Never Was” a 1956 film that came to be because of a 1953 book of the same name. Then there’s film Operation Mincemeat which tells the bizarre story of a successful British deception operation of World War II to disguise the 1943 Allied Invasion of Sicily. What they did was, British Intelligence obtained the body of a dead man who died of rat poison (Glyndwr Michael), dressed him as an officer of the Royal Marines and placed items on him identifying as the fictions captain acting major William Martin. The film itself follows the events very well and truly makes for a very interesting film, the performances all around are fantastic particularly Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen who really gave some raw performances. The writing was quite strong as well, with many moments that really complimented this bizarre story very well. The only main criticism here is I do think some of the romantic drama scenes were a bit too long and weren’t really needed, it feels a bit out of place considering the plot of the film but they aren’t enough to hurt the film to the point where it becomes very noticeable. Lastly there’s the direction that remains quite strong from beginning to end, it really captures the bizarre nature of the film even if a lot of it is more in the background. We still feel the bizarre nature through everyone involved working behind the scenes of the event, overall Operation Mincemeat is a very solid film that tells a bizarre World War II story and how it came to be. I highly recommend checking this one out!

Operation Mincemeat is available on Netflix!

8/10 B+

Munich: The Edge Of War has great performances but lacks depth.

Set in the fall of 1938, Hitler prepares to invade Czechoslovakia, and the government of Neville Chamberlain desperately seeks a peaceful solution. A British civil servant and a German diplomat, former classmates, travel to Munich to discuss peace.

Munich: The Edge Of War tells the true story of Hitler preparing to invade Czechoslovakia and the government of Neville Chamberlain wanting seek a peaceful solution fine enough. The main issue is the constant switch in tone, for some reason the movie decides to add humor into it which given the subject matter is most definitely not a good idea to do. The performances are all pretty well acted George MacKay, Jeremy Irons and Jannis Niewöhner being the standouts and the production of the film is actually quite impressive. The writing unfortunately is just not strong enough, there’s moments where it feels very weak and is begging to be rewritten and then there’s times where it’s actually very solid. Munich: The Edge Of War also could have shaved off at least 10 minutes as well, overall it’s not terrible history buffs will definitely get something out of this. But then again you could also look up the information on Wikipedia.

Munich: The Edge Of War is available on Netflix!

5/10 C

Moffie (2021) Movie Review!

A young man in 1981 South Africa must complete his brutal and racist two years of compulsory military service while desperately maintaining the secrecy of his homosexuality.

Moffie is a powerful and meaningful war coming of age film. It’s a movie about a young man struggling to accept himself while he’s in a very torturous environments in this case being in a war and battlegrounds. When you take those two elements together it truly creates something haunting and emotional all at the same time, Kai Luke Brummer does a fantastic job in the leading role, he absolutely delivers on every single level and gives a beautiful performance that really leaves a huge impact on you. The use of coming of age story during war and other dangerous situations is really well done here, you can feel Nicholas’s pain and how he is trying to manage it. Moffie also has very beautiful writing, directing and filming as well each feel as authentic as possible and make this film unique in it’s own ways! Moffie is definitely going to be a hidden gem of 2021, check this one out when you can!

8/10 B+

Ghosts Of War and Fatal Affair (2020)

Five American soldiers assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. This unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.

I like the concept of World War II or World War I horror movies like Overlord, but where as Overlord used a lot of great ideas and was you know actually pretty good…this movie was not. The horror elements just didn’t work at all here, a lot of it was either predictable jumpscares or the atmosphere was lacking. I feel like this was originally suppose to be some war movie and then one of the writers was like “hey how about we turn this into a horror movie?” The acting and writing are terrible and really don’t do add much at all, the direction is very very uninspired. I feel like this could have been good if better ideas were placed into it because it’s very obvious nobody working on this movie had any idea what they were doing. The only thing I can say I at least thought was okay was the filming, but even then it’s not that great.

2/10 F

Ellie tries to mend her marriage with her husband Marcus after a brief encounter with an old friend, David, only to find that David is more dangerous and unstable than she’d realized.

I could just say “the rating is disgrace to cinema that’s the review” but I won’t, anyway this is by Peter Sullivan the same director who did Secret Obsession (2019) and like that movie this movie is just as bad if not worse. So first off this is yet ANOTHER Fatal Attraction clone you know like No Good Deed, The Perfect Guy, The Boy Next Door, When The Bough Breaks and so on. My god is this one of the worst ones, at least with some of the others they can be so bad that there are some funny moments in them. With this movie you don’t get that at all it’s mostly piss poor acting, writing, directing and it feels like this movie should have been on the LifeTime not Netflix. I know I keep saying the same thing whenever I review these types of movies but can you blame me? They are all the exact same thing but the plot is tweaked a tiny bit and sometimes the movie itself is slightly better or worse then others. It’s one of the laziest concepts and overused I’ve seen in a movie and it really needs to stop, the movie itself goes the way you think it does. Which brings up another point….it’s predictable as hell all you need to do is watch at least one of these movies or if it’s your first time watching one of these movies the first 5 minutes of this movie, and you will know what’s going to happen. Fatal Affair is a huge waste of time, give this one a skip you will thank me later.

Disgrace To Cinema F

Greyhound, The Game Of Death and Desperados (2020)

Early in World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy captain must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolfpacks.

Greyhound is one of those movies that has a lot of great technical stuff like the action scenes, sound effects, filming and so on but not so good acting (with the exception of Tom Hanks and maybe a few others), writing, character development ect. The action scenes combined with the sound is definitely when the movie is at it’s high point, they are really effected and standout from this mess. Tom Hanks gives a fine performance but it isn’t something I would call amazing or even solid. The major problem here is the character development…it’s nonexistent which is a huge problem especially in a war movie. Where the characters are a very heavy focus without development you lose an attachment and when something terrible happens you aren’t going to feel anything towards any of the characters. The writing is very weak and really doesn’t do a whole lot to help the movie stand, it’s quite honestly some of the most simplistic and forgettable writing I’ve heard so far this year. Filming is definitely strong at least the movie has a very decent look to it which is nice, but as I said the many problems with this movie stick out like a sore thumb. Overall Greyhound is not something I would recommend, unless your a war movie fanatic.

4/10 D+

Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death. Sucks for seven millennials who ignored that rule. Now each one’s head will explode unless they kill someone. Will they turn on each other to survive, or will this sunny day be the last for the innocent people of their middle-of-nowhere town?

Game Of Death took way too long to come come out in America and I can easily see why, this is one of those movies where the idea of the movie is far better than the actual film itself. The only thing I can give this movie is a handful of unintentional laughably bad moments that made me burst out laughing. Everything else is garbage, I can not honestly tell which is worse the acting or the writing. It’s filled to the brim of cliches and really doesn’t do anything good, a lot of the movie is stuff you have seen in better movies. The characters are pretty much stock horror movie characters, if you have seen any given horror movie congratulations you are going to know exactly what these characters are like. Overall I really don’t know what else to say. It’s a waste of potential and just a downright terrible movie.

2/10 F

A panicked young woman, with her reluctant friends in tow, rushes to Mexico to try and delete a ranting email she sent to her new boyfriend.

Desperados is a movie I only watched because I heard how bad it is, heck I haven’t even heard of it until the reviews came out. It’s bad as everyone saying it is, it’s an edgy Netflix original comedy. The movie is filled to the brim of Pedophillia jokes, the rest of the humor completely falls flat. None of it is funny at the slightest there’s this one scene where a dolphin humps the main character and slaps her with it’s genitals or the movie implies it. This movie really just feels like a Netflix comedy that some how turned into an edgy comedy. It really doesn’t make a whole of sense what the mindset was when making this movie. The acting is terrible, the writing is formulaic and just horrendous. There really isn’t much else to say if it weren’t for that Dolphin scene nobody would know this movie existed, which is saying something because a lot of people already don’t know it exists.

Disgrace To Cinema F

Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

Da 5 Bloods is a REALLY interesting film that I was on board with from the start, just the idea of four veterans returning to Vietnam and they have to battle several different types of situations really sounds interesting. I’m happy to say that it was executed wonderfully, Spike Lee definitely went above and beyond to make it work and it really shows. The acting is wonderful, the cast does a fantastic job in their roles and brings a lot of talent into the film. The writing is cleverly written with some humor that’s quite great and it balances the humor and serious moments extremely well. The cinematography is done in a pretty unique way, the movie switches up different types of styles to match the different situations, when they go to Vietnam the filming and the style of the movie changes up and gives it a very unique feel to the film. It gives off this old fashion vibe or a lost film that you uncovered it’s really fascinating, it makes the viewer feel like they found a buried treasure and now they are watching it! Direction wise Spike Lee does a fantastic job, I feel like he sort of went back to his roots with Da 5 Bloods (which is not a bad thing at all!) but he does throw in some newer elements he’s used in some of his newer films into it as well which is incredibly smart. The movie itself is quite thrilling and does have some pretty brutal scenes that really don’t hold back at all, which is something that I really like to see! Overall Da 5 Bloods is one of the best films of 2020 it’s a movie that you must see as soon as you can!!

10/10 A+