Boy, I've not posted here for 3-4 pages - YIKES! Susan & I have been watching the post-Katrina TV series Treme
- we are considering going back to New Orleans next spring; also I just completed my third watch of Justified
w/ Timothy Olyphant - will miss that series.
But I recently streamed two films on my 'to see' list from Amazon:Cartel Land
(2015) - synopsis below - a gripping portrayal which was well done; ratings: 7.4/10, IMDB; 91%, Rotten Tomatoes; and 4.2*/5*, Amazon - excellent documentary; I agree w/ the ratings (would do 4* on Amazon) - recommended to those interested in the topic (e.g. Susan did not want to watch it w/ me).The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
(2015) w/ Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) - short synopsis second quote below; ratings: 7.4/10, IMDB; 67%, Rotten Tomatoes; 3.8*/5*, Amazon. Now, I was a BIG fan of the old TV series, but this film is just 'off' a little - enjoyed the specials (but of course many 'unbelievable', as is typical of these modern action movies) and the attempt at comedy which could have been better done - my rating on Amazon would be 3 1/2* - held my interest to the end, but a strong recommendation probably not? For those interested, read the conflicting reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, first; and I'm sure their are fans of the film here. Dave
With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy - the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley - a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley - Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico's drug wars from seeping across our border. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. CARTEL LAND is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.
At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe.