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Christopher Kirk (140 KP) rated Don't Look Now (1973) in Movies

Mar 4, 2020 (Updated Mar 4, 2020)  
Don't Look Now (1973)
Don't Look Now (1973)
1973 | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Donald Sutherland (0 more)
Small people in red plastic macs (0 more)
  
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HString (87 KP) rated Ad Astra (2019) in Movies

Sep 20, 2019  
Ad Astra (2019)
Ad Astra (2019)
2019 | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Disappointing
Brad Pitt cannot carry a whole film. Not nearly enough Tommy-Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland. Wanted more oif them together.
  
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Andy K (10381 KP) rated Klute (1971) in Movies

Jul 21, 2019  
Klute (1971)
Klute (1971)
1971 | Classics, Drama, Mystery
Great 70s thriller!
Another great thriller from Alan J. Pakula, director of All the President's Men, The Parallax View and Presumed Innocent starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.

A down and out call girl teams up with a private detective to try and solve a missing persons case.The two end up in a torrid relationship both persons seemingly using each other for their own gains. The investigation has several twists and turns through some drug addicts, an unsavory pimp and even some disco nightclubs. Tensions mount as the call girl herself becomes a target of the mysterious vigilante.

I love 70s thrillers like Play Misty for me, Blow Out, Dressed To Kill and this film. Something about the characters talk to each other and also seeing the vintage hairstyles, wardrobes, cars and music always puts you right in the mood.

Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland are perfect together onscreen as they both portray somewhat unsavory characters in this film but you are still rooting for them. Those who don't like slow developing stories might be bored; however, I thought it was well put together and worth the wait.

Highly recommended!

  
American Hangman (2019)
American Hangman (2019)
2019 | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Good one
This thriller delivered. Another example of a movie done well even without a big budget. Donald Sutherland, as always, delivered a fine performance as did the other actors. The cinematography was ok. The storyline was unique and intense with plenty of turns throughout. Some parts were predictable but it didn't take away from the intensity at all. This movie poses many questions about the people and the justice system and how both are far from perfect. If you enjoy crime thrillers you'll enjoy this one. Worth a watch!
  
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
1978 | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
The Invasion
Invasion of the Body Snatchers- is one of the best remakes of all time. Its horrorfying, terrorfying, spooky, creepy and excellent.

The Plot: This remake of the classic horror film is set in San Francisco. Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) assumes that when a friend (Brooke Adams) complains of her husband's strange mood, it's a marital issue. However, he begins to worry as more people report similar observations. His concern is confirmed when writer Jack Bellicec (Jeff Goldblum) and his wife (Veronica Cartwright) discover a mutated corpse. Besieged by an invisible enemy, Bennell must work quickly before the city is consumed.

I would highly reccordmend this film.
  
Don't Look Now (1973)
Don't Look Now (1973)
1973 | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Chilling and dramatic, with exquisite editing
In the somber and apprehensive thriller "Don't Look Now", Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie portray a grief-stricken married couple who take a trip to Venice after their young daughter drowns in a pond. Both actors convincingly convey their characters' feelings of inner sorrow, and they feel like a real husband and wife. The editing choices are evocative and meaningful, as is shown in the controversial (and seemingly endless) sex scene between Sutherland and Christie, wherein the film intercuts between lovemaking and getting dressed after the deed is done. The music by Pino Donaggio is distinct, and the colour red is effectively used throughout the narrative as a recurring motif. There are instances of awkward sound design choices, such as during the opening scene, as well as during a sequence in which a character dangles from scaffolding. The final scene was strange enough that it unnerved me, and it serves as an ominous resolution for the feelings of dread and inevitability that pervade throughout the story.
  
Backdraft (1991)
Backdraft (1991)
1991 | Action, Drama, Mystery
The fire sequences and half of the acting (0 more)
The other half of the acting (0 more)
You go - we go
I remember first seeing this film when I was about 9 or 10 and loved it! I thought Kurt Russell was God and went through a stage of wanting to be a fireman. Now 'a few years' later I can objectively review it...Kurt Russell is still God!!! Along with his performance theres equally awesome ones from Robert de Niro & Donald Sutherland. Some of the other performances are a bit bad (Billy Baldwin I'm looking at you!) but the real star of the show here is the fire sequences. They are truly amazing and manage to put you in the scene so that you feel you're in the middle of the fire with them. A true classic.
  
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
1992 | Action, Comedy, Horror
Plot, casting, comedy No Angel. (0 more)
Not dark enough (0 more)
A movie you can really sink your teeth into
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a horror/comedy about a high school cheerleader who learns that it is her destiny to hunt vampires.
juggling being a student/cheerleader & Training to hunt & kill the undead proves to be a little more stressfull as the final hour draws closer.
A fun light hearted yet dark themed Classic.


 The movie was a moderate success at the box office but garnered mixed reviews by critics.

taken in a different direction than writer Joss Whedon intended, five years later, he created the darker, more successful TV series of the same name.


directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui
starring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer, Luke Perry, and Hilary Swank.
  
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Awix (2116 KP) rated The Eagle Has Landed (1976) in Movies

May 22, 2018 (Updated May 22, 2018)  
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
1976 | Action, International, Mystery
Pretty reasonable, slightly silly all-star war movie; the Germans attempt to bring the Allies to the negotiating table by kidnapping Churchill. Sent on this improbable mission is Michael Caine's decent paratrooper officer and his men, and ridiculously Irish IRA man Donald Sutherland. Spoiler alert: Germany still loses the war.

Good performances, mostly, and some well-staged action in the closing sections of the film; what's curious about it is the way that the Germans are mostly presented sympathetically, at least as much as the British and American characters. It's a war movie without bad guys, but without much sense of moral or emotional investment either - as a result it's enjoyable as a piece of action cinema, but rather shallow. (It doesn't feel like the moral ambiguity is a deliberate creative choice: Caine thought the director was more interested in going fishing than in overseeing the final edit.) Fun in a disposable sort of way; you could be forgiven for expecting more, given the talent involved.
  
The Leisure Seeker (2017)
The Leisure Seeker (2017)
2017 | Drama
2
5.0 (2 Ratings)
Movie Rating
A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.



Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland in a movie together... I wanted to love this one. I'm sad to say that I really didn't.

Having not seen a trailer I was completely blindsided by the actual subject matter. From the things I've seen, and the IMDb description above along with "Adventure, Comedy, Drama" under it's entry I was expecting something entirely different. Something funny, and more like a teen road movie, but with older people. But the tale of last chance before ill health wins, is bleak to say the least.

It's a strong and important message about life with, and after, illness. The two are essentially on the run from their ill health, Ella is terminal and John is nearly completely lost to his memories. You get the fleeting highs and lows that the couple do throughout, but they don't make up for the slow and "every day" nature of the movie.

This one was another on the "I'd have left but then I wouldn't have been able to bitch about it" list.