* “Eddie The Eagle” – Rated PG-13 – Based on the true story of British Olympian Mark “Eddie” Edwards, this is a million times better than “Rudy” (which I didn’t like), to which it’s been compared. I really enjoyed this funny, entertaining, uplifting movie. Actors Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman are well cast and do a great job making you believe. (I’m a fan of Egerton and voted for him as “Best Breakthrough Artist” in 2014, in Detroit Film Critics Society voting, after he starred in “Kingsman: The Secret Service”–read my review.) Plus there are a couple of brief cameos by the great Christopher Walken.
I wasn’t a big fan of the Olympics in 1988 because it was all downhill after the 1980 “Miracle on Ice.” After that, the Olympics were a corporatized, uber-commercial, pro-athletes-posing-as-amateurs bore. Plus, it’s the athletic event that, to date, refuses to memorialize the 1972 Munich massacre of the Israeli Olympic Team by Islamic terrorists. So, I was largely unaware of the story of “Eddie the Eagle,” reprised in this film. And it’s inspiring.
Eddie Edwards’ (Egerton) parents were told he’d never walk. But he overcame disability and illness to walk, despite spending a year in the hospital as a child. He was told he’d never run. But despite wearing a leg brace, he ran and the leg brace ultimately came off. He was told he’d never be an athlete, never make it to the Olympics, and so on. But, because of his will and his determination, he realized all of those dreams. He was taunted and mocked as a kid by adults and fellow kids alike, but he didn’t let it get to him. He continued to pursue his dreams. He raced other kids and ultimately beat them. He disregarded the naysaying and doubts of his working-class parents in a low-income British neighborhood. And he beat the odds. Despite the British Olympic Committee’s constantly created obstacles, Eddie overcame and prevailed. Sort of.
Eddie wanted to be in the Olympics, and he wanted to be a downhill skier. As a teen, he made it to the top 14 downhill skier finalists for the British Olympic Team in 1984. But officials on the British Olympic Committee were snobs and didn’t like him. Eddie was not only working class, but also eccentric and quirky. They didn’t like that and didn’t want him on the team. And they told him so. They told him he would never be on the British Olympic team.
So, after he was cut from the team, Eddie headed to Europe to train. Soon, he discovered ski jumping and decided to try it. Not possessing most of the usual inhibitions of others, he immediately began trying to ski down the daunting, dangerous giant slides off of which ski jumpers jump. A former American Olympic ski jumper (Jackman) sees him and eventually takes Eddie on as a protege, coaching him to the mocking and snickers of other Europeans who view him with disdain as they’ve been lifelong ski jumping athletes. They scoff at the odd and eccentric Eddie and tell him that they’ve trained since childhood. Since he hasn’t, he’ll never make it, they warn. But Eddie ignores them and keeps training. Eddie becomes the British record-holder in ski jumping, mostly because there aren’t any other British ski jumpers. But when he approaches the British Olympic Committee, they keep raising the length of jumps he must make for him to qualify for the Olympics, thinking he’ll never be able to make those jumps.
This is a great movie, not just because it’s inspiring, but also because it’s about ignoring your critics and naysayers and staying the course to achieve your dreams. Eddie did this, regardless of the attitudes and stinging comments of even those closest to him.
One other thing I loved about it, and you will, too, if you grew up in the ’80s, as I did: the soundtrack is chock full of ’80s-style, Vangelis-esque synthesizer music and even some Hall & Oates and Frankie Goes to Hollywood tunes. The soundtrack is that much more amazing when you consider that it was mostly composed and compiled by Matthew Margeson, who was born in 1980 and probably wouldn’t remember the music of that era’s movies.
As you may know, the International Olympic Committee made a new rule, referred to as the “Eddie the Eagle Rule,” to keep future Eddies out of the competition. Yet another reason to hate the Olympic Games.
While I think this movie ends at just the right moment, Eddie’s life after the Olympic Games is just as interesting, though also typical for most famous reality star types. He got a law degree, recorded hit songs in Finnish (a language he doesn’t speak), earned a lot of money and then filed for bankruptcy (he says a trust set up for him was robbed by those whom he entrusted), hawked insurance in commercials, and appeared on many reality sports competition television shows. He is now 52.
Regardless of what he did later in life, his achievement in ultimately reaching the Olympics and overcoming all the odds is not only inspiring, but a great lesson for kids–don’t let the scumbags get you down, something Eddie had to deal with even at the Olympics. I’ve been asked if this is something you can take your kids to see, and I say, “yes.” It does have some “sexual imagery,” in that Hugh Jackman tells Eddie to think he’s “making love” to Bo Derek when he lands his ski jump. But for teens, I think it’s fine, and younger kids probably won’t get that part, anyway.
Again, this is positive, uplifting, and fun. And a relaxing movie I’m happy to recommend. (If you are older than 60, this probably isn’t for you, so don’t whine to me in the comments about it. You were forewarned.)
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* “Gods of Egypt” – Rated PG-13 – I hated this movie. It’s ridiculous. It tries to mix the mythology of the Egyptian gods with Star Wars and comedy. And it doesn’t work. Egyptian gods who transform into alien-like monsters and transformer-style creatures? Absurd. Ditto for the flying snakes and the god Ra in outer space. The movie is just a mess and so stupid. Plus the movie, which is two hours, seems like five hours. It goes on and on and on and on. Just when you think it’s finally over, it keeps on going. There are like five endings to this thing.
The story: Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the Prince of Egypt and one of the gods, is set to be crowned by his father Osiris (Bryan Brown–a blast from the past, he’s the Australian guy who starred in the “F/X” movies of the ’80s). But Osiris’ evil brother, Set (Gerard Butler), swoops in with a large battalion of soldiers, kills Osiris and his wife, and takes over, making himself king. Set also takes out Horus’ eyes (and, therefore, his powers as a god) and banishes Horus to seclusion. Set also takes Horus’ love, Hathor, for himself.
Bek, a mortal who does not believe in the gods and was a doubter and skeptic of Horus and his family, changes his tune. After he sees the oppression of the people by Set, he sets out to help Horus regain power and fight Set. Set is building a giant tower, enslaving most of Egypt and killing more than 5,000 mortals to do this backbreaking hard labor.
In the meantime, Bek’s love, Zaya, is slain, and he desperately seeks to bring her back to life before she reaches the afterlife and it is too late. Bek braves a deadly obstacle-course maze to get back Horus’ eyes before Set takes them for himself, along with all of the powers of the gods he’s slain.
For all of the special effects, action, and fighting in this movie–and there is a lot of it–the film is a total bore. On top of that, the CGI (Computer Generated Images) are incredibly obvious. For women and men who want to see a lot of the opposite sex in scantily-clad clothing, this is for you. But other than that, there isn’t much here. The story isn’t interesting, and the movie is so over the top.
There are far better ways to waste ten-bucks-plus and two hours of your life you’ll never get back. Skipworthy.
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* “Triple 9” – Rated R – As I noted in my full review column on this, it’s a bloody, violent anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-cop, anti-U.S. military mess and total bore. Again, read my complete review.
FOUR MARXES PLUS FOUR ISIS BEHEADINGS PLUS FOUR YASSER ARAFATS PLUS FOUR BIN LADENS PLUS FOUR OBAMAS
“Triple 9” Among Most Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel, Anti-Cop, Anti-US Military Movies EVER (& Violent, Bloody Garbage)By Debbie Schlussel
Moreover, the R-rated movie is long, slow, boring, and stupid with a ridiculous story that looks like it was written by a mental incompetent. And apparently it was. Also, if your idea of fun at the movies is watching this demented flick chock full of repeated shots of beheaded heads up close, then you’ve found your dream movie.
I was looking forward to seeing Triple 9. The studio paid for a fancy schmancy critics only screening at Detroit’s uber-swanky country club membership movie theater, the Emagine Palladium. I missed the screening, but thought the promotion might be a good sign. Wrong. Instead, I think it was the studio’s attempt to put lipstick on a gestapo (yeah, I know it’s the Gestapo). Worldview Entertainment Holdings, Inc. has a history of openly Jew-hating movies, including “The Immigrant” (read my review). And now there’s this disgusting, disturbing dungfest.
The movie centers on a group of thuggish, corrupt, criminal cops, all of them former U.S. military members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and use their elite military training to terrorize Atlanta citizens in bank robberies, on freeways, and even in a very improbably and hard-to-believe frontal break-in to Homeland Security offices.
The thing is, they murder, torture, and kill for an Orthodox Jewish Israeli Russian mafia family headed by Kate Winslet, whose “Russian” accent sounds like a Zsa Zsa Gabor farting in her coma . . . but not like a Russian accent. There isn’t a single Russian mafia figure who is an Orthodox Jew, but why be concerned with facts when you’re director John Hillcoat or writer Matt Cook who made this Protocols-of-the-Elders-of-Zion cinematic “masterpiece.” Henry Ford is applauding from his grave. There also isn’t a Russian mob presence in Atlanta, Georgia. But, again, facts are useless and irrelevant things here. I guess Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York has been transplanted to Buckhead.
Orthodox Jews don’t behead and kill people and don’t preside over tortured, bloodied bodies in real life. That’s the domain of Muslims. Except in this movie. Orthodox Jews also don’t wear short skirts and low-cut blouses like Winslet does here amidst the velvet yarmulkes and tzitzit [fringed vestments worn by Orthodox Jewish men], adorning Winslet’s son, brother, and henchmen. It would be comical, if it wasn’t so outrageous and defamatory to the Jewish people, specifically Orthodox Jews and Israelis.
I can’t remember the last time I saw an Orthodox Jew, let alone any Jew, wearing a giant, garish Jewish star medallion for the world to see (other than in the movies–see Christian Bale’s Jewish character in “American Hustle”). But this movie really wants to drive the point home: evil, murderous mobster = Orthodox Jew and Israeli. So Winslet wears one that is shown in close-ups on camera in nearly every scene. And at least one of the velvet yarmulkes has a giant gold Jewish star. Oh, and did I mention that there are a lot of shots of the Jewish stars all over the trucks and walls of the kosher meat plant that the Russian Jewish Israeli mobsters own? After 9/11 U.S. Customs agents raided a Muslim halal meat plant for laundering money to Al-Qaeda mass murderers. But who cares about that? Let’s defame THE JOOOOOOOS!
If the many Jewish star necklaces, velvet yarmulkes, Jewish vestments, and mentions of Judaism throughout the movie aren’t enough, Israel is repeatedly mentioned. In one scene, a news story blares saying, “Federal authorities say that there isn’t a single major Russian mobster they’re tracking who does not carry an Israeli passport.” Photos of the two Russian Jewish female characters serving in the Israeli Defense Forces adorn the walls of Russian mob boss Winslet’s wall. They want you to know: Israel is EVIL! Got that?
On top of that, “La Kosher Nostra,” an anti-Semitic term used by neo-Nazis, La Raza illegal alien amnesty pimps, and other Jew-haters, is used approvingly to describe Jews. Woody Harrelson had no problem uttering it. But I’ll bet you never hear him attack Muslims.
The story: Winslet, an Orthodox Jewish Israeli living in Atlanta but with a home in Tel Aviv, is blackmailing the ex-Navy Seal (or Army Special Forces) police officer (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who used to work for Blackwater and heads the squad of criminal cops. You see, Ejiofor slept with Winslet’s sexy sister and had a biracial kid with her. The kid, Felix, is being raised Orthodox, with a giant velvet yarmulke on. And Winslet doesn’t allow Ejiofor to see the kid unless he does these things for her–the bank robbery and soon a break-in and theft at Homeland Security. Oh, and by the way, Winslet is your stereotypical Jewish racist. She says of Ejiofor, “My sister slept with a monkey.” Let’s hear it for Jew-baiting of Black people by Hollywood!
Winslet’s hubby, the real leader of the mob, is in prison awaiting trial, but she wants Ejiofor to break into Homeland Security and steal the evidence against him (like this is ancient times and there is no other copy on a computer server or cloud or file somewhere). Winslet brags that, after the theft, her husband will be “released to Israeli custody.” And a scene shows her reading a Hebrew Israeli newspaper. After the corrupt cops break into Homeland Security, they blow up a Homeland Security Officer’s ankle after strapping a bomb to it.
Since the crooked cops don’t want fellow cops to know they did a bank robbery, they frame rival Hispanic gang members and set them up. This includes setting up a burning limo with the beheaded heads of several Hispanics on the hood of the limo. Get it?–Jews and Israelis are no different than ISIS with the beheadings of innocents.
Other “classy” stuff in this movie is a cop simulating the large size of a “cop’s a–hole” in prison after he is raped at Supermax. Wow, the people who dreamed this up are warped.
Shame on former IDF soldier Gal Gadot for “acting” in this anti-Semitic minstrel sh-tshow (she plays the sister who slept with the Black corrupt cop). With this, she lost her Jew card and is dead to me. And if Israel had any decency and self-respect, it would strip her of her Israeli citizenship forever.
In case you were wondering, the movie’s title comes from the police code, “9-9-9,” which means, “officer down.”
What’s police code for “Hollywood down”? And how long do we need to wait for that to happen?
With movies like this, too long. Apparently, Hitler’s problem was that he was several decades too early. This movie would make even Leni Reifenstahl and Goebbels blush.
Also, the world would be a better place if Kate Winslet had actually drowned with the sinking of the Titanic. Sieg heil, bitch.
Here are the names of the other well-known actor schmucks who “acted” in this anti-Semitic screed:
Norman Reedus (“Walking Dead’s” Daryl Dixon)
Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad’s” Jesse Pinkman)
Casey Affleck (Ben’s bro)
Bleep you all.
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