April 26, 2015, - 11:25 pm

Wknd Box Office: Age of Adaline, Water Diviner (Russell Crowe Mocks Armenian Holocaust, Luvs Muslims), Ex Machina, Little Boy, Hunting Ground

By Debbie Schlussel




I’m still sick with this bad cold (and maybe flu) I can’t seem to shake, but getting better, thank G-d (and thanks for all your well-wishes I’ve received). Plus, I had internet and site issues, and was only able to get my Bruce Jenner column posted on Friday. I was unable to get my written movie reviews done and up in time before the Jewish Sabbath, especially since I had a lot to say about each of the five new movies which debuted in theaters, Friday. Remember, you can always hear my movie reviews live, first thing every Friday morning on “The Mike Church Show” on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 after 7:05 am Eastern and on “The Pat Campbell Show” on KFAQ 1170 AM Tulsa at 7:35 am Eastern. I do my movie reviews on both shows, as well as some discussion of current political issues and pop culture topics.

* “Age of Adaline“: I enjoyed this very charming sci-fi movie parading as a chick flick. It’s far better than that label. The movie has old-style Hollywood glamor brought to us by the ageless, timeless main character, Adaline. And I loved the period clothing, cars, and sets. Add to that the intrigue created by the plot, and you have an entertaining, engrossing movie. Actress Blake Lively, of whom I’m not normally a fan, is perfect casting, playing lead Adaline with class, dignity, and elan.

Adaline is a woman born close to the turn of the century (the last century), who was in a car accident with the freak biological result that she is forever 29 years old and does not age. Because of this, she knows that the government and other parties will seek her out to do experiments on her, as they tried to do once in the past. So, she is forever fleeing and moving, and assuming new identities. The movie takes place in the present, with flashbacks to what happened in the past.

Because of Adaline’s background and age, she’s lived through a lot and has mostly old-fashioned style and values . . . except when she sleeps with the new guy on the first date. That didn’t make sense to me, given what we know about her. Also nonsensical to me: Adaline falls for an unremarkable-looking, scruffy multi-millionaire app-creator, even though she’s not the gold-digger type. The movie never explains why–after all these years of running and failing to stay in a relationship because of her situation–she finally decides to stay put and why with this kinda plain guy. Perhaps it’s that her daughter, who now resembles a grandmother–maybe even a great-grandmother–is asking her to stop and isn’t getting any younger.

In any event, the situation becomes interesting when Adaline’s new boyfriend takes her to meet the parents on their 40th anniversary weekend. It turns out that pop is a former Adaline flame from nearly a half-century ago (and now a failed astronomer who somehow owns and lives in a multi-million dollar mansion and estate). And the reactions of the former boyfriend (Harrison Ford) and his wife of 40 years are priceless and funny. But also somewhat predictable. The movie gives away too much in its promotional trailers and a good deal of what happens is predictable. Still, it doesn’t matter, as the movie charms and is great two-hour escapism.

The thing I most enjoyed about this movie is that it got me thinking about things. I wondered how much different Adaline’s experience would have been had she been an ugly or even a plain-looking woman–rather than the stunning Blake Lively–stuck forever at age 29. Would people notice? Would she have an easier time living life and moving about? Or would it be more difficult? Another thing the movie didn’t explore much is the issue of how much easier–and alternatively, how much more difficult–it is to assume a new identity and disappear, given the new technologies of today, as opposed to the antiquated, non-computerized identification systems of yesteryear.

But the movie is only two hours, and you can’t explore it all in that. As it is the movie raised some interesting questions (most of which it did not answer) and wasn’t a rehash of something I’d seen before. Fresher movies and plots always get better regards from me. There’s something to be said for that which you haven’t already visited.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “The Water Diviner“: It can’t be a coincidence that actor Russell Crowe–who also makes his directorial debut with this–chose Friday, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Holocaust, to send a love letter to Turkish Muslims with this painful, boring movie.

As we all know, the Turkish Muslims perpetrated the Armenian Holocaust, committing genocide against 1.5 million Christians of Armenian ethnicity. And, yet, instead, Crowe makes a movie about Turkish Muslims as the victims of the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915, and a movie about how much nicer Muslims are to an Australian father in his endeavor to find his three sons’ bodies after they perished there fighting for ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps). The movie contrasts the ANZAC and British authorities’ rudeness and deplorable behavior toward the grieving father and widower, played by Crowe, versus the kind-hearted, caring, solicitous treatment he gets from Muslim Turks when Crowe arrives in Turkey to find his sons’ bodies underneath the ground of the battefield.

Crowe’s directing debut doesn’t even attempt to make things seem believable. His Turkish Muslim love interest is played by Ukrainian/Russian actress Olga Kurylenko, who looks and sounds Ukrainian and Russian, not even making the faintest attempt to hide her real accent. Kurylenko is the wife of a Turkish Muslim who went to fight in the Battle of Gallipoli and has never returned. She, her son, and brother-in-law run the small hotel where Crowe, a “water diviner” (a man who finds water underground in rural Australia), stays in Turkey. While the British and Australian military officers in Turkey try to deport Crowe and block him every step of the way in his quest to find and bury his sons’ bodies, a Turkish officer takes pity on Crowe, helping him, then risking, and eventually giving his life for the Australian’s quest. Turkish Muslims–good; Christian Anglos–very bad. Got that? Not surprising, given Crowe’s anti-Semitic attacks on Jews over circumcision, but refusal to condemn Muslim circumcision. He loves Islam and its adherents. The rest of us, not so much.

Oh, and just in case you don’t get that, one of Crowe’s sons’ skulls is shown with a bullet through it, and the ANZAC and English claim the Turkish Muslims did it. But, in fact, another of Crowe’s sons did that–killed his own brother to put him out of his maimed misery on the battlefield–and we are treated to that awful scene. On top of all that, there isn’t just one, but TWO scenes of the interminable wailing of Crowe’s maimed sons bleeding out and to death on the battlefield. It’s just painful to watch and listen to the first time, but Crowe clearly believes twice is nice.

This movie is long, slow, depressing, and just plain dreadful. And that’s aside from the fact that this absurd mash note to Muslims is a slap in the face of the 1.5 million Armenians they brutally snuffed out.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Ex Machina“: I like a weird futuristic movie, and this was definitely that. But I didn’t love it and wasn’t very intrigued, as I would normally be for a movie of this type. While it was high on style, it tried too hard, in my view, to be different and artsy. In the end, it was kind of a slow moving movie that didn’t really explore new ground or make me think about issues and questions it might have raised.

The story: an employee (Domnhall Gleeson) at some sort of big-time internet company wins an online, intra-company contest for some sort of trip or vacation at the mansion of his hipster billionaire boss (Oscar Isaac) . But when he arrives at his boss’ remote, ultra-modern digs, he learns that it isn’t actually a vacation at all. In fact, it appears he was chosen by his cold, weirdo boss to test the artificial intelligence of a female robot the boss has invented and whether or not it is good enough to resemble human intelligence, interaction, and behavior. The robot tells Gleeson she’s being mistreated and wants to leave. And he plots against his boss. But ultimately, we learn that the robot does, in fact, have a great deal of intelligence because she can play and manipulate others with the best of them. Some of that–much of that–you could see coming a mile away, especially if you’ve seen the body of films that have already explored this issue: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Moon” (read my review), “Westworld”/”Futureworld,” “A.I.” and so on.

I liked the set, the accoutrements of technology, and the spot-on acting of Isaac, who plays the annoying, spoiled manchild internet billionaire to perfection. Gleeson, too, is good as the brilliant but extremely naive employee. And the movie is entertaining. It’s just that it’s not entertaining enough, doesn’t move along quickly enough, and simply doesn’t provide any viewpoint or statement on artificial intelligence that’s new or unique. Maybe there’s nothing new to say, given that science fiction seems to have explored every imaginable aspect of life with robots. On the other hand, that’s hard to believe. There has to be something more, given that more and more of our real life world is being robotized (including, now, farmhands to pick produce–another reason we don’t need amnesty for illegal aliens OR more visas for farm workers).

I don’t believe this movie deserves the gushing most mainstream movie critics are heaping on it. Still, if you like science fiction and futuristic stuff, you’ll probably enjoy this at least a little.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Little Boy“: I had mixed feelings about this movie. On the one hand, I really loved the very cute, young, precocious child actor Jakob Salvati. He’s quite charming and was cast well. The movie is a touching American love story between a boy and his father, away at war. And I liked the old-fashioned setting of the movie (it takes place during World War II). The religious nature of the story is a plus, too. But the movie is kind of manipulative regarding death. And, even worse, it portrays America as a very racist country (against the Japanese) during World War Ii, when, in fact, the Japanese attacked us (um, remember Pearl Harbor?), and we discovered Japanese spies in our midst. Despite that, most Americans did not beat up and nearly murder Japanese-Americans. But that’s what this movie portrays. Do we really have to constantly portray America, including during World War II, as “the bad guy”? We’re the good guy, and we were especially the good guy, once we entered the war and kicked Nazi (and Axis) butt.

I must say I was shocked, too, at the preface to the movie, which features the film’s producers, Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey. Downey, once very beautiful, clearly has had so much–way too much!–plastic surgery that her cheeks are now part of her forehead, and her previously decent-looking nose now looks like a pig’s snout with nostrils facing skyward. If you want to promote faith and spirituality, carving up your face seems to diminish your message. And if you believe in G-d’s creations as she professes to do, why mess it up with all that manmade work? That was scary. And it was distracting for me, even as the movie proceeded into the serious and sober.

The story: it’s the 1940s, World War II is going on, and Pepper Busbee is a small-sized eight-year-old kid who isn’t growing as big as kids his age. As a result, he has no friends, and is constantly bullied. But no matter. He has his best buddy in his father, who buys him comic books, plays games, including “Cowboys and Indians” with him, and play-acts all kinds of adventures to him. Until his father gets drafted and sent to fight in World War II. (Pepper’s older brother was set to go instead, but has been ruled medically ineligible due to flat feet.)

Thereafter, Pepper is bullied again and prays for his father’s return, as he’s all alone and friendless. Pepper’s brother and others in town repeatedly persecute and attack the local Japanese resident, Hashimoto, and beat him so badly on more than one occasion, that they nearly kill him. Virtually the whole town is racist against Hashimoto, except for the local Catholic priest. He teaches Pepper that the way to bring his father home from war is to complete a checklist of good deeds and implores Pepper to befriend Hashimoto and perform many of the good deeds on him. In the meantime, we learn that Pepper’s father has been captured by the Japanese, and tragedies happen. That’s where the movie’s manipulations occur, including in a predictable plot device.

As I said, I hated the fact that this movie portrays all Americans as racist (everyone in town is racist against Hashimoto–most of them violently so–except for the priest and Pepper). But other than that, this would have been a very charming, decent movie. Parents who take their kids to see it will have to counter that anti-American propaganda. Plus, I thought the movie was a tad too sad for kids. But other than that, it had good messages for kids, somewhat muted amidst those two negative aspects of the film. For adults, though, it is mostly enjoyable, if you can wade through the “Americans are racist” message of which we already get more than enough in the mainstream media.

Message for Roma Downey and Mark Burnett: you don’t promote faith in G-d by promoting the idea that racist hate runs through the veins of Americans. The Fergustan narrative is stale, tired, and boring.

But for that, I would have given this movie TWO-AND-A-HALF REAGANS (maybe even THREE REAGANS). And, therefore, I give it only . . .


Watch the trailer . . .

* “The Hunting Ground“: The irony was particularly thick on the day I screened this propaganda-laden, one-sided documentary about rapes and other sexual assaults on college campuses. It was the same day that Rolling Stone issued its mea-not-so-culpa regarding its phony story about alleged University of Virginia rape victim, “Jackie.” And that’s the thing here: many of the so-called “victims” of campus rapes are actually not victims at all. They are perpetrators of lies and defamation campaigns from which the actual victims–wrongfully accused males–may never recover. See the Duke Lacrosse team as Exhibit A.

This documentary, though, dismisses the false claims of rape, minimizing them and citing several studies claiming those are only ten percent or less of all rape complaints. Sadly, none of those studies are reliable, because those “studies” categorize the large percentage of rape complaints that are never resolved (because there is no evidence either way–it’s just he said, she said) are ruled by the studies to be “legitimate” rape complaints where sexual assault occurred. In fact, those cases are often not legitimate, maybe more often than not. But the movie doesn’t tell you that.

Instead, we are treated to “expert” after “expert”–all of them on the same side and all of them with an agenda to push the rape-victim industry–telling us that your daughter or granddaughter or niece will be raped on campus, that the rape will be covered up and whitewashed, and that your female “victim” relative will be re-victimized and harassed all over again. The chasm between that version of events and reality today on college campuses couldn’t be more vast. In fact, the Obama Department of Education makes it more likely that the male accused will be victimized and denied any due process rights he would normally get in any Consitutional, lawful proceeding. The Obama DOE mandates that colleges give the most weight to the claims of accusers in sexual assault complaints. And there is story after story–none of them noted in the least in this fake-umentary–of men falsely accused and kicked off college campuses (and denied their diplomas) without a shred of evidence of much of anything, often where the accuser continued a long-term sexual relationship with the accused before and after the alleged rape occured.

You wouldn’t know any of that watching this movie, which hails two female college activists traversing the country seeking to bring the wrath of the Obama Administration down on colleges and universities. One of those women says she was raped by a male at college, but the movie ignores that she has an LGBT decal (barely shown, and you really have to look) on her laptop. She clearly doesn’t like men too much, and has an agenda against them.

That’s not to say that none of the cases in this movie are convincing. We know rape does occur on campuses, but likely far below the numbers put forth in this film. And we know that liberal/leftist college officials are the ones covering it up and/or whitewashing it. One case–of a religious Catholic woman who was tricked into going to a party at a dorm room, when in fact there was no party and she was trapped and raped–is disturbing and believable. The woman seems very sincere, and I felt for her. Nothing happened to the man who did this, and that’s even more disturbing, because he was a Notre Dame student, and Notre Dame pretends to adhere to some higher ethical and moral code (but apparently doesn’t). More disturbing was the campus police chief who resigned because he was told by university officials to cover up the crime, he says. I found him to be very credible.

Another persuasive case in the film, much in the news, gave the other side we never saw: the point of view of the woman who was allegedly raped by Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, projected to be the number one pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Her story is very believable, and I believe he’s a rapist who skated, after drugging and kidnapping a woman who didn’t know him. Another rape victim committed suicide when her Notre Dame accuser (I believe he was a football player) went free and she was horribly persecuted for reporting him. You can’t help but be touched by her parents’ pain.

The case of the religious Catholic rape victim and a few others did bring up an issue in my mind that isn’t addressed in the movie and should have been. I agreed with the movie’s “experts” that colleges and universities sweep actual, real sexual assault numbers under the rug because it’s bad for marketing and public relations purposes (not to mention fundraising). But I’ve always wondered why colleges and universities, particularly the publicly-funded ones (but also the rest, which get a ton of federal dough), are allowed to have their own police forces and star chamber “courts” for alleged crimes that are perpetrated on campus. I think if the local municipalities’ and states’ police forces and courts were the sole forum for law enforcement and adjudication, things would be different, and with better, slightly-less-political results. Sadly, that wasn’t the case with the Jameis Winston case, in which local police were involved (and reportedly covered it up because they are football fans). But I think in most cases, it would at least ensure that Constitutional rights were protected for all involved and that legitimate law enforcement investigations were conducted.

Again, though, this wasn’t covered in the movie. Nor was any point of view to the right of Gloria Steinem. This was just plain and simple a propaganda piece they’d show at the annual convention of NOW, or as we call it here, NO(U)W–the National Association of (Ugly) Women. And the movie didn’t address the correlation between feminism’s emphasis on rampant female sexuality and sleeping around with the vast increase in sexual assault complaints. Women spending four years at keg parties drinking and toking it up and wantonly engaging in sex with strangers and casual acquaintances, then calling it “rape” after the guy doesn’t come calling for a dinner date–that certainly accounts for a good number of sexual assault complaints. And the feminist sexual “revolution” (or is that, devolution?) is certainly responsible in no small part for the ever-more-confusing behavior of far too many co-eds who get naked, make out, and then change their minds in the middle of sex, calling it rape.

But none of that is explored here. It would get in the way of the agenda. The filmmakers call this movie an expose of rape on campuses. It’s anything but an expose.


Watch the trailer . . .

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26 Responses

Gatorade and orange juice for your cold. Hope you feel better soon.

I want to see Age of Adaline, but it sounds inferior to prior treatments of this concept by science fiction writers. The idea that she would be hiding from government experimentation is trite, but probably all that modern audiences are capable of handling. There are more realistic things to hide from when one is immortal. More thorough treatments of this concept appear in old episodes of Twilight Zone, Star Trek and the fiction of Jerome Bixby (although Bixby uses an anti-Christian angle).

True science fiction is dead, as creative sci-fi writing is no longer necessary in the age of special effects and big budgets.

salt1907 on April 27, 2015 at 10:13 am

I detest that bloated, self-important bore Kiwi Russell Crowe. No wonder Australia refuses to give him citizenship…I hope they never give it to him (I hope I get mine before he gets his…). He deserves to be a New Zealander because that is who that nutter is and always will be!

I got so angry just reading the review. It figures an a-hole freak like him would have grand love for the Moooooslims. I grew up in the part of MA where we have heaps of Armenians…and @ a young age I remember the skeletal snaps (like poster bills) of the Armenian people who died @ the hands of the Mooooooslims in the early 1920s due to the Turkish genicide…it’s prolly one of the reasons I love morbid stuff…I saw a lot of morbid stuff as a young-un…

Russell Crowe is human effluvia. I have NEVER understood why anyone likes his work. I refuse to even watch two seconds of that wonky wombat! I once worked for a nutter who was obsessed w/him. She was completely out of her tree!!

I hope Australia NEVER gives him the citizenship he seeks…let him further pollute the lesser than country New Zealand with his idiocy and dopiness!

Age Of Adaline sounds good…I don’t like that Blake Lively. What amazes me about her is that she’s not very attractive but she is always able to look so because of what she wears and her stylist. It annoys me. She looks like LeAnn Rimes who is not pretty at all!

Skunky on April 27, 2015 at 11:16 am

Get well, Debbie and thank you for suffering through these movies so I won’t have to. You get too little credit ..

Jack on April 27, 2015 at 11:22 am

In “Adeline”, while her aging might have been arrested, she still would be claimed by the myriad of venereal diseases she picked up during a century of sleezing around. Or was she super-immune, too, I wonder?

DS_ROCKS! on April 27, 2015 at 11:23 am

Hope you feel better soon Debbie. We need you at full strength to keep fighting the good fight. As to your reviews I might go see The Age of Adaline and Little Boy but will stay away from anything dealing with Russell Crowe. His pandering to the Muslims is enough for me to say yuck fou Russ old boy. I still do love it when you give a movie your First that aint no Lady rating. She aint pretty and that’s simply hilarious.

Ken B on April 27, 2015 at 11:35 am

The Hunting Ground is another propaganda piece that male students are campus predators. The statistic that 1 in 5 college age women will be sexually assaulted on campus is a lie. The Justice Department completed a study of this topic and found that a college age woman has a less than 1% chance of being a victim. I resent my sons being portrayed as having a 20% chance of assaulting a woman. These lies are being pushed by anti-men feminazis.

We should remember Lena Dunham, a true liar. And remember the woman at Columbia University who carried a mattress on her back and accused a male student of rape? Well, no charges were filed by the police against the student, who has filed suit against the University for harassment. Apparently, the mattress-carrying “victim” was a potential stalker of the male student. We’ve been treated to the Duke Lacrosse team lie and the Rolling Stone article regarding U of VA which has been debunked. About 40%, and possibly more, of initial rape accusations are shown to be false.

There are real victims of sexual assault on and off campuses. I do believe that colleges and universities sweep these cases under the rugs (my alma mater apparently did). I am not a psychologist but I think some of these false accusers are similar to the character in the movie The World According to Garp who cut out her tongue to show solidarity with the real victim and then ends up shooting Garp. They have profound psychological issues.

Man-hating feminists have pushed the idea that most or all men hate women and want to rape them. Read the original preface in Susan Brownmiller’s book, Against Our Will – Men, Women and Rape, where Brownmiller states that all men support the rape of women as a way of controlling them. This will give you an insight into this thinking. Heck, Hillary “Uranimum” Clinton believed that no woman can give real consent to sex because they have diminished rights. So what sexual predator did she enable all those years?

Concerned Citizen on April 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm

This whole “rape culture” meme as propagated in stuff like “The Hunting Ground” can only happen when the political structure is so far off to the Left that there is a danger of them all falling off the edge of the earth – as has increasingly happened under Obama (though echoes of such elements were also in place under his predecessors, such as Duke Lacrosse occurring under ‘Dubyah’ Bush). It is all part and parcel of a scheme to destroy the social fabric and sow the seeds of discord, of putting one group against another. “If male, then sexist, rapist and sex assailant” is one such manifestation; so is “If white, then racist” and “If Christian, then backwards / bigoted / etc.”

ConcernedPatriot on April 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm

If my son was entering college right now I’d tell him to “keep it in his pants.” Find a steady that’s trustworthy and then enter into a sexual relationship. Casual hook-ups have become an invitation to trouble.

Markus on April 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm

There was one college recently where one male student who questioned the whole rationale behind the so-called “rape culture” drumbeat was handed a total “gag order” by the college, absolutely forbidden to speak in any class he attended. I hope he sues the B-G-sus out of them.

ConcernedPatriot on April 27, 2015 at 2:42 pm

I guess there might be one or two decent documentaries per year, but virtually all of them are garbage, even more than the typical Hollywood movies.

If they aren’t loaded with political correctness, they are dumbed down, the equivalent of picture books instead of the prose that adults used to read. Videos and pictures have taken the place of serious text.

But all too often, they are both dumbed down and politically correct. Just like more and more of the web sites now emphasize pictures and videos, rather than text.

Sad, sad, sad.

Little Al on April 27, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Miss Schlussel:

How are you treating this awful bug?

I’ve got the same thing, and no matter what I do, I can’t get well.

I’ve had it for several weeks, and I flat out don’t know what to do.

John Robert Mallernee on April 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    John, maybe you’d better make sure you don’t have pneumonia or mono.

    Little Al on April 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm

i can’t believe you’re still sick, schlussel… some ‘jewish penicillin’ would be my precription.

anyway, just gotta over rule you on your ex machina review: it. was. great. i love this genre and this was very well done and the film had a great twist at the end. yes, it was weird and dark but the characters, and actors, were perfect if you appreciate both the mood of the story and the intended style of the film.

the only thing that bothered me was that the naive employee- who was supposed to help with the turing test but instead fell for the manipulations of the android chick- never asked her, or his boss, why the glass enclosure had an impact crack when he got there. yes, they showed the viewer how it happened, and they showed the guy looking at it/placing his hand on it, but simple human curiousity when dealing with sexy robots would be to ask, “ummm… how’d that happen?”

maybe i missed some unstated explanation???

anyway, if you like this genre, this is a masterpiece. i give it a dozen reagans and a dick cheney sucker punching obama in his blackened, shriveled-up ovaries.

kirche on April 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    oops: prescription

    kirche on April 27, 2015 at 4:46 pm


Sorry to hear that you are still sick. Here is my cure for colds or the flu. Oil of Oregano twice a day on an empty stomach. About 5-7 drops in a glass of warm water. Once in the morning and once in the evening. Also no sugar or dairy until you feel better. Good luck.

Peter on April 27, 2015 at 6:42 pm

You can’t shake your cold or flu ??

I recommend Vitamin W !!


Works every time. Start taking it @ an oz. per quarter hour. It may be mixed with tea and lemon or any other desirable dilutant or chaser. Continue until symptoms disappear. Rest prn.

Borum on April 27, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Debbie, so pleased to see that you enjoyed Age of Adeline. I was waiting all weekend to see what your opinion of it was going to be, as it was co-written and the story was created by my son’s girlfriend’s father, Sal Paskowitz. He write it as kind of an homage to what he felt was the agelessness of his own wife. My wife and I finally saw it yesterday after hearing so much about it for so long.Definitely a chick flick, but well worth seeing. We both enjoyed it. You raise some interesting questions in your second to the last paragraph of your review. Those things would be interesting to know. Anyway, glad you liked it. Get better soon.

Rick on April 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Crowe is a fake, a New Zealander pretending to be an Australian, and an unpleasant person treating people beneath him with contempt. Most people recall how he hurled the telephone at the hotel employee in New York but this is not an isolated incident. Between Australia and Los Angeles he flies 1st class of course and treats the cabin crew attending to him like dirt.

So the entire movie which claims to be inspired by true events may be so but it is a caricature:

awe inspiring blue mosque rather than the scene of Turkish slaughter, i.e in Hagia Sophia (soon to be a mosque again)

dim witted stiff upper lip British officers,

noble Turks, and

Greeks making a last ditch effort to be free of Muslim oppression (taking advantage of the end of Ottoman rule) being depicted as vicious slaughters, looking and behaving like modern day AlQaeda/ISIS jihadists, with no mention of them being Greek.

Crowe might not have written the script but it was a natural fit.

Oswald on April 27, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Bravo, Oswald! I wrote something similar but it’s off in the cornfield. You got that horrible nong Crowe sussed! 😀

    Skunky on April 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I was a New Zealand Permanent resident for 14 months, and a lock on getting Citizenship.

    They are spoiled brats who have no idea that America protects them. While there are nice individual Kiwis, politically the government deserves the back of the hand from the USA. Ankle biting ungrateful asswipes.

    Look up, “American Marines load and unload own ships in WWII.”

    We were protecting the ungrateful buggers. It goes back a long, long way.

    Rissell Crowe is a Jew hating swine who should share the fate of a certain Aussie PM. No one would miss him.

    Occam's Tool on May 3, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Debbie hope you get better soon. Don’t push yourself too hard.

I don’t look for light in movies these days. It might still be there in some cases though.

For the Age of Adeline I’ll be looking be looking for Faust comparisons. Technology doesn’t always paint pleasant portraits.

For the Russel Crowe effort it doesn’t surprise me that Crowe can’t see much good in his culture since he’s a star in its constellation.

Roma Downey is off and its not just the face landscaping. Tom Wilkinson doesn’t act in a film without a political axe to grind.

All negative but there it is.

Mochizuki Koga on April 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm

I fasted for about 90-hours to shake that bug. Lost 14-pounds. Got to be meaner than the virus. I literally had a handful of ice cubes in three plus days.

#1 Vato on April 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

There was Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Death March, Guadalcanal, Siapan, Bouganville, Iwo Jima, Chi Chi Jima and Oakinawa. Not too mention Japanesee brutality visited upon the Chinese, Koreans and Phillipines prior to & during WWII. Japanese soldiers killed and ate captured American flyers and were brutal in their treatment of US POW’s.

Bring all that up & any racist American story line plotting against peaceful, poetic, artsy pre-WWII Japan falls apart.

It was Democrats & their loyal followers over many decades who put(s) other races into categories and establishes segregationist polices. That fact’s a narrative killer too.

P. Aaron on May 4, 2015 at 9:39 am

When the multi-millionaire Ellis tells Adaline that he’s going to show her something she’s never seen before, he takes her below San Francisco’s Financial District and shows her a buried 19th Century sailing ship and explains how the area was built upon ships abandoned during the Gold Rush. Adaline says, “I never knew that,” which makes her probably the only San Franciscan ignorant of that fact. Also, showing MY age, I knew all the answers that Adaline got correct in Trivial Pursuits, even the Joe Lewis answer that she deliberately got wrong. BUT, I agree with you, the first thing I said to my wife after the movie was, “Either Ellis bought that house for his parents, or Stanford is way overpaying for Astronomy professors.”

gmartinz on May 10, 2015 at 11:44 pm

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