HAMSA (Released on YouTube in the USA 2020)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì 

Hamsa—short film—tells a good, heartfelt story. The animation is lovely with a very strong human element written into every scene.

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Storyline 

A shop keeper works to save, protect, and comfort a young girl when she is accidentally separated from her mother. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Daniela Dwek’s efforts to create a great story. 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Created especially for persons who love quality short films for their quick messages of human kindness. The film works completely within the value of human kindness and acceptance. It creates desire to see more of Daniela Dwek’s work for her great imagination and adherence to good human value systems. This could so easily be made into a larger story but stands alone as it is. 

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BURN-E (Video Release USA 2008)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì 

Burn-E—cute, well-presented and comical short film—tells a good story. It seems to have elements of the 2008  animated film, WALL-E,. The creators made this short film into a 100% cohesive, standalone film that serves as a good child/adult bedtime share watch. 

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Storyline 

A small, outer space repair robot experiences challenges while outside a spaceship endeavoring to complete needful repair. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Angus MacLane for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Galyn Susman for making the film possible. Thank you to Disney and YouTube for creating the necessary platforms to distribute the film. 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Competes at the professional level with tight conformity to introduction, main body story, and correct concluding time. Great for families and completely worth watching. An honest and clean watch. 

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A JOY STORY: JOY AND LUCKY CARP (Film released on YouTube 2019)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì 

A Joy Story: Joy and Lucky Carp—cute short film—tells an interesting story and has good animation. It has a sweet, unexpected conclusion and makes a good, bedtime child/adult share film. 

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Storyline 

A dog forms an attachment to a small carp and helps the carp turn into something much larger than expected. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Wang Zheng for directing effort. Thank you to YouTube for providing the platform to distribute the film. 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a joyful short film, well portrayed, and worth its watch. 

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DEVOTION (Film Released on YouTube in 2018)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Starsììì 

Devotion—odd short film—lacks clarity to the point where it’s difficult to analyze it even at the metaphorical level. Its purpose of production is ambiguous from its beginning to its conclusion. The animation shows good imagination, and the coloring of each scene is much appreciated. That shows uniqueness and catches the eye. 

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Storyline 

Thin men work to bring books to a personage who shelves some in a large library collection. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to CGMeetup and YouTube for providing the distribution platform for this film. 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

No. The creators need a re-write to establish clarity in the storyline.

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UNTOLD: THE RISE AND FALL OF AND1 (Video Release World-Wide 2022)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Untold: The Rise and Fall of AND1—film documentary series that presents as individual movies but is under the TV series of Untold and Netflix production and distribution. This episode delivers a very good story about And1 sports apparel company. Great interviews coupled with fast paced, quickly changing scenery that not only follows the progress of the company, but the players and games that threw street gaming to the forefront of sports interest make this a very good watch for business entrepreneurs and sports enthusiasts.

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Storyline 

A thorough look at AND1, its marketing techniques, and competition with Nike. 

Additional Thanks                          

Thank you to Director Kevin Wilson for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Player’s Tribune. 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This documentary educates and entertains. It uniquely serves both the business entrepreneur and the sports audience. An interesting watch to see how executives try to keep a company afloat despite tremendous obstacles. 

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ADAM SANDLER 100 % FRESH (Video Release Singapore 2018)


 Ben Meyers’ rating: 1.0|5.0 Starsì

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh—fails to provide the good, clean watch that appeals to the wider audience—leaves the question in mind: Is this comedy? Comedy is one of the most difficult entertainment genres to work within. Adam Sandler has the rare ability to consistently deliver, at very high levels, within this genre. He has no need to lower his talent to toilet comedy or raunchy performances. It would be wonderful to see him step outside of what is delivered within this show and reach his full potential as a comedian. A comedian builds the population of a nation. It would be wonderful to see Sandler reach the higher level of potential he is more than capable of delivering.

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Storyline 

Stand-up comedy a la Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Directors Steven Brill and Nicholaus Goossen for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers  Barry Bernardi, Steven Brill, Dan Bulla, and John Irwin for making the film possible. Cast includes: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, and Dan Bulla. 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

No. This routine drags the audience through the lowest levels of comedic performance and fails to show the true ability of this performer. 

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TRAPEZE (Theatrical Release USA 1956)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì 

Trapeze presents an interesting view of circus life, dreams of performers, interpersonal relationships, and the work effort necessary to provide entertainment for the circus-going audience. The movie is fast paced and has a solid storyline, but it is dated and shows its strong ties to the 1950s movie presentation style. Because of its stylistic presentation, it can be a bit boring at times and a little hard to follow. It requires some thought at its conclusion as one trapeze artist has such a different outcome than the other two artists. A better circus film is Charlton Heston’s film, The Greatest Show on Earth.

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Storyline 

A movie that explores the circus world, circus world romance, and moving careers forward in the circus world. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Carol Reed for directing effort. Thank you to Producer James Hill for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Mike Ribble (Burt Lancaster), Tino Orsini (Tony Curtis), Lola (Gina Lollobrigida), Rosa (Katy Jurado), Bouglione (Thomas Gomez), Max (Johnny Puleo), John Ringling North (Minor Watson), Chikki (Gerard Landry), Otto (Jean-Pierre Kerien), Harry the Snake Charmer (Sid James), and Stefan (Gamil Ratib). 


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No. While it was a good box earner both in America and Britain in the 1950s, the movie presentation is locked into the 1950s style to the point that it does not survive the advance of time to provide that classic view that never fades away. 

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GONE FISHIN’ (Released on YouTube in 2016)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì 

Gone Fishin’—interesting concept—has good animation. The storyline seems ambiguous without a clear conclusion.

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Storyline 

Olaf fishes for a variety of items which he can use to escape the island he is marooned upon. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Rosa Niclas and Marcel Knudeler for making the film possible. Thank you to Magnet Film and YouTube for providing platforms for audiences to access this short film. 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. It needs more time to provide a clear conclusion. 

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RITA’S GREAT TREK (The Animation School South Africa released on YouTube in 2021)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

 

Rita’s Great Trek—cute short film—has good animation with fair character development. It seems to have been built more as a teaser that has been removed from a larger story. The tease works to some extent. One might want to see an expansion on the storyline.

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Storyline 

Rita stays in her South African campsite. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Team Olumo for making the film possible. Thank you to The CG Brothers, The Animation School, and YouTube for providing the platform for audiences to view this film. 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. it works at the ‘cute’ level and seems to have been built as a teaser film for a larger story. 

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THE MUSIC OF SILENCE (Theatrical Release Italy 2017)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Starsìììì

The Music of Silence—terrific Italian film—outlines the life of Andrea Bocelli. The film educates and inspires. It crosses both foreign and domestic borders with its strong appeal to pursue worthwhile dreams with patience, endurance, and self-sacrifice. The writing is excellent…the story well-organized and relayed with taste…a truly heartfelt drama. Toby Sebastian performs at the WOW! level as Amos Bardi, the alter ego of Andrea Bocelli. Excellent, spoken English makes this Italian film an easy watch for English-speaking audiences. It’s great to see Antonio Banderas in this film. Director Michael Radford performs at a high level of artistic ability to bring this story to full fruition.

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Storyline 

Thoroughly documents the life of Andrea Bocelli from birth through current times. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Michael Radford for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Monika Bacardi, Jordi Molla, Toby Sebastian, and Paola Lavini for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Amos Bardi/Andrea Bocelli (Toby Sebastian), Edi (Luisa Ranieri), Sandro (Jordi Molla), The Maestro (Antonio Banderas), Giovanni (Ennio Fantastichini), Katia (Francesca Prandi), Umberto (Anthony Souter), Ellonora (Nadir Caselli), Adriano (Alessandro Sperduti), and Eltore (Francesco Salvi). 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Award winning, inspirational film that leaves an excellent life message behind that is as beautiful and meaningful as this life lived. Worth an addition to the home video library and serves as high quality entertainment for guests through the years.

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GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE (Video Release USA 2021)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

Gunpowder Milkshake plays like a Quintin Tarantino film. It is well-organized and appeals to audiences who like the constant display of aggressive female violence that marked the Kill Bill series of films. Watch for the performance of Cloe Coleman as she incorporates the very young tough girl persona as she did in My Spy with Dave Bautista. The female casting in this film has been well chosen and give a quite believable performance.

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 Storyline

 A group of female assassins work to eliminate a series of thugs.

 Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Navot Papushado for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Sam (Karen Gillan), Scarlet (Lena Headley), Madeleine (Carla Gugino), Emily (Chloe Coleman), Jim McAlester (Ralph Ineson), Virgil (Adam Nagaitis), Dr. Ricky (Michael Smiley), Florence (Michelle Yeoh), Anna May (Angela Bassett), and Nathan (Paul Giamatti). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This works on blood, gore, and a constant barrage of assassin scenes with little storyline. For audiences who like this type of entertainment, it works.

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SHREK THE THIRD (Theatrical Release USA 2007)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì 

Shrek the Third—terrific characterization—supports itself on great animation and superior vocalization. It sprinkles itself with dialogue that promotes a fair share of chuckles and easily becomes a good child/adult share movie. 

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Storyline 

Shrek cannot cope with the idea of being the next king in line for the throne and goes to look for another heir to the throne. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Chris Miller for directing effort.  Thank you to Producer Aron Warner for making the film possible. Character/cast include: Shrek (Mike Myers), Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas), Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews), King Harold (John Cleese), Prince Charming (Rupert Everett), Merlin (Eric Idle), Artie Pendragon (Justin Timberlake), Gingerbread Man (Conrad Vernon), Pinocchio (Cody Cameron), Doris (Larry King), The Three Blind Mice (Christopher Knights), Snow White (Amy Poehler), and Rapunzel (Maya Rudolph). 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. this is a great watch with a good presentation. 

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (Theatrical Release USA 2011)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì 

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides—‘no shab’ sequel film—places Johnny Depp as character Jack Sparrow at the forefront of ‘pirate films to watch’ list. This is a wonderful teen/adult share film, provides a lot of action, and incorporates terrific special effects. The characters, as casted, seem ‘back in the groove’ as if they’re truly enjoying making a movie an audience will love.

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Storyline 

Pirates look for the Fountain of Youth. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Rob Marshall for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Jerry Bruckheimer for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Angelica (Penelope Cruz), Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin McNally), Philip Swift (Sam Claflin), Syrena (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), Scrum (Stephen Graham), King George II (Richard Griffiths), Theodore Groves (Greg Ellis), The Spaniard (Oscar Jaenada), and Captain Teague (Keith Richards). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The film makes one look forward to a sequel. This is exceptional entertainment for Pirate of the Caribbean fans. Watch for some terrific mermaid scenes.

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MEN IN BLACK 3 (Theatrical Release USA 2012)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì 

Men in Black 3  has a great story that is very well put together. This film works due to the great onscreen charisma between Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. There are surprises at each turn of the story and the conclusion is completely unexpected. Watch for a terrific performance by Josh Brolin. Great watch. A WOW! film. 

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Storyline 

Men in Black are on the job keeping law and order among the aliens who have emigrated to earth. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Barry Sonnenfeld for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: James Edwards III (Will Smith), Agent K (Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones), Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement), Agent O (Emma Thompson and Alice Eve), Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), James Darrell Edwards Jr. (Mike Colter), Lilly Poison (Nicole Scherzinger), Jeffrey Price (Michael Chemus), and Agent X (David Rasche). 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This movie complements the first two MIB films well. Wonderful charisma between the leading actors and the characters that appear in the movie. 

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WALTER (Released on YouTube from the California Institute of Arts 2019)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì 

Walter—short film—has potential due to well-chosen main character, his personality, the soft animation, and the uncomplicated storyline. But, as with many short films, the interpretation or intent of the film seems unclear. 

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Storyline 

With much effort, Walter takes care of plants. 

Additional Thanks 

Written, directed, and produced by Lorenzo Fresta from CalArts (2019). 


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

No. This short film needs expansion to establish meaning and clarity. However, the animation and characterization are quite well done. 

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THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (Theatrical Release 2014)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies settles into its rhythm as dwarves defend their right to the mountain. This movie is not quite as good as its two prequels but is a necessary watch to conclude the story. The characterization is deeply drawn. There are terrific depictions of the fight between good and evil both on the individual and national level. There is no lack in cinematography skill, epic scenes of grand proportion, outstanding special effects, and highly imaginative costuming. Imagination plays at a high level of confidence here. There is no lack in entertainment value. The movie provokes deep reflection on what it means to be good.

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Storyline 

The five armies gather for their portion of the mountain and the wealth it contains. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Peter Jackson for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh, and Peter Jackson for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly),  Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans), Thranduil (Lee Pace), Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), Legolas Greenleaf (Orlando Bloom), Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Balin (Ken Stott), Kili (Aidan Turner), Fili (Dean O’Gorman), Dori (Mark Hadlow), Nori (Jed Brophy), Ori (Adam Brown), Oin (John Callen), Gloin (Peter Hambleton), Bifur (William Kircher), Bofur (James Nesbitt), Bombur (Stephen Hunter), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt), Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy), Azog the Defiler (Manu Bennett), Bolg (Lawrence Makoare), Galion (Craig Hall), Alfrid (Ryan Gage), Bain (John Bell), Braga (Mark Mitchinson), Narzug (Ben Mitchell), Fimbul (Stephen Ure), Elros (Robin Kerr), Feren (Simon London), Saruman the White (Christopher Lee), and Bill Ferny (Dallas Barnett).  


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? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The hobbit movies easily reach high classic entertainment value. This movie sums up the series and wraps the story into its conclusion. It includes some of the best dragon scenes to ever have appeared on screen. It’s one of those rare movies that work as pure entertainment as well as an intellectual watch.

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STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI (Theatrical Release USA 2017)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì 

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi—good movie—does not capture the original magic present in the first 6 Star Wars stories partially due to the overwhelming presence of alien or alien-related stories in the entertainment market. It has tendency to play on the level of a good science fiction movie and uses familiar music and story theme to generate nostalgic interaction with the movie. But that may fail to generate the same enthusiasm for the story for younger audiences as much as for seasoned audiences. Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and Carrie Fisher perform their character roles at the same level as in the last film while Mark Hamill does not increase the movie’s value. John Boyega creates energy and drives the onscreen charisma. The Star Wars spirit is not present within the iteration of the new films.

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Storyline 

The last Jedi refuses to fight or to teach. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Rian Johnson for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyenga), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), andSupreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This movie sets in place the idea that something better than the Jedi is about to emerge to usher in an entirely new era that does not depend upon resistance as much as something new. It’s a good watch but operates without the magic of the first Star Wars stories produced by George Lucas.

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