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« Reply #40 on: September 15, 2016, 06:34:40 PM »

Fascinating in depth review by Richard Brody in "The New Yorker."

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/clint-eastwoods-sully-a-heroic-pilots-existential-burden
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I'm not sure I agree with the whole review, but I like the final paragraph:

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“Sully” is as much about the ethics of movie-making as is Eastwood’s “White Hunter Black Heart”; as much about the need for apt pageantry to fuse a civic identity as is “Invictus”; as much about media distortions as is “Flags of Our Fathers”; as much about returning from the dead as is “Hereafter”; as much about abusive governmental and civic authority as is “Changeling”; as much about the fragility of heroic strength as is “American Sniper.” This brash, vigorous, yet rueful film is among Eastwood’s most personal, farsighted, and deeply felt achievements.
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« Reply #41 on: September 18, 2016, 09:30:54 PM »

I must say I never thought of the play on words contained in the film's title until I saw this review by Scott Marks in the San Diego Reader:

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/sep/07/movie-review-sully-sink-or-swim/

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The title of Clint Eastwood’s latest, Sully, works as a two-edged nod to both titular hero and what the National Transportation Safety Board wanted to do to his reputation. There isn’t an American alive who hasn’t heard of Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles’s (Aaron Eckhart) unscheduled landing of a plane in the Hudson river one chilly January afternoon. For a film with a guaranteed happy ending, it’s amazing how much suspense Eastwood is able to mine.

At the same link, his colleague Matthew Lickona adds:

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I’ll start where Scott ends: why spend the extra few bucks needed to see it in IMAX? The easy answer is: because it was filmed with IMAX cameras, and Eastwood is not a director who plays around with fancy tech for fancy tech’s sake. And why film it in IMAX? It’s a question I found myself asking more than once after the (admittedly gripping) opening flight scene. Gosh, all that extra effort for a lot of conference room interiors, hotel room interiors, home interiors, bar interiors... But the answer came soon enough, starting with Sully’s flashback to the first time he takes control of an airplane. (As with his other flashbacks, it’s almost comically long, coming as it does in the middle of a TV interview with Katie Couric. The point bangs home when we return to the present day: none of this after-the-fact, on-the-ground fuss and fury matters, not really. What matters is what happened up there: when Sully first took flight, when Sully landed a sputtering fighter jet, when Sully skidded a massive metal cylinder across the surface of the Hudson River.) IMAX lets Eastwood give the viewer a phenomenal sense of scale — the plane, the city, the river, the ferries — as well as a sense of bodies in space. I can’t think of another film that’s made me feel flight so effectively, from the floating of a single-prop to the skidding of a smoking fighter jet to the hurtling of a commercial airliner as it sinks toward earth.

I'm feeling guilty because I didn't see it in IMAX, so I'm going to try to go again Tuesday, while I still have the chance. For reasons I can't fathom, it looks like after Tuesday the only evening showing in IMAX in my local theater will be at 11 PM.



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« Reply #42 on: November 06, 2016, 07:08:51 PM »

I stumbled across this page a while back while researching something else ... It seemed worth posting here.

History vs Hollywood: Sully (2016)

Some of the similarities in appearance between cast members and the actual people are remarkable. Also, the long fact-checking section below the pictures is an excellent read.
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« Reply #43 on: November 16, 2016, 10:09:28 PM »


 I did not know that the Japanese had been encountered this accident until now!!  :o
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T · Hanks & A · Eckert in Japan, face-to-face with Japanese passengers to experience the "Hudson miracle of the river"

  http://eiga.com/news/20160917/7/1/01/


 


 


 




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In the promotion of "miracle of the Hudson River" 16 September, Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart attended the press conference was held at The Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo. They had the first meeting with Mr. Deguchi and Mr.Takigawa, who at the time, encountered the actual accident as a passenger!

Hanks Eckert and shake hands firmly with M.Deguchi and M, Takigawa.
As they did not know in fact that there were Japanese victims!, '' Want to hear what they had the kind of experience in this case? '' Eckert said  "I'm really surprised! '' I want to hear, the baggage back? I'm very curious," said Hanks!!
According to M,Takigawa and M.Deguchi, when an accident occurs "Everyone was quiet and orderly! '' 'Everyone was united in an instant, so Miracle was realised !!'

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« Reply #44 on: November 16, 2016, 10:35:39 PM »


 ‌" Clint Eastwood Presents the Actor Award to Tom Hanks - Hollywood Film Awards 2016 "  8)

  https://youtu.be/IW9JodBqjyo?t=6

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Tom Hanks to Be Honored by Hollywood Film Awards for ‘Sully’

 ‌http://www.hollywoodawards.com/category/2016-main-show-videos/

  http://variety.com/t/hollywood-film-awards/

 

 
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« Reply #45 on: November 17, 2016, 11:11:04 PM »

Hollywood Reporter
How Clint Eastwood Surviving a Plane Crash Led Him to Direct 'Sully'
by Tatiana Siegel November 17, 2016, 9:00am PST
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/how-clint-eastwood-surviving-a-plane-crash-led-him-direct-sully-947346
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After the film was passed on for years due to Denzel Washington's 'Flight,' the director and star Tom Hanks reveal that their biggest challenge wasn't merely to land a jet in the Hudson River — it was figuring out how to fill the film's other 93 minutes.
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« Reply #46 on: November 23, 2016, 01:47:57 PM »


 " Tom Hanks To Be Honoured At Palms Springs International Film Festival.    The Icon Award at the 2017 "

 ‌‌http://www.contactmusic.net/tom-hanks/news/tom-hanks-to-be-honoured-at-palms-springs-international-film-festival_5458101

 
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« Reply #47 on: December 01, 2016, 12:36:09 AM »

[WATCH] ‘Sully’ screenwriter Todd Komarnicki dishes working with Clint Eastwood on true life story
Zach Laws - Film - Nov 30, 2016 1:09 am
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http://www.goldderby.com/article/2016/sully-screenwriter-todd-komarnicki-clint-eastwood-tom-hanks-video/
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« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2016, 03:07:06 AM »

Tom Hanks on working with Clint.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/rBevKOiYDFc" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/rBevKOiYDFc</a>
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« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2016, 09:48:18 AM »

Deadline
‘Sully’ Editor Blu Murray On Cutting The Clint Eastwood Film And The Biggest Challenges Of His Editing Debut
by Matt Grobar
December 1, 2016 1:30pm
http://deadline.com/2016/12/sully-clint-eastwood-blu-murray-warner-brothers-oscars-interview-1201856331/

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« Reply #50 on: December 04, 2016, 04:27:50 PM »

Reviews over here in the UK have generally ranged from good to very good.. There was a nice piece in today's Sunday Telegraph by Robbie Collin that I liked..


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Sully- the 86 year olds 35th film as director- approaches the event so alertly and reflectively,
And from so many sharp angles, that the expected, arcing descent into biopic platitudes simply never kicks in.
It is a superb film, as crisp as frost on stone, and staged and acted with an absorbing and unshowy cinematic
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Hanks is the only living actor who can make decency a special effect and in Sully, both he and Eastwood have found a vehicle they were born to co-pilot
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« Reply #52 on: December 04, 2016, 07:02:29 PM »

Here's another good review, from the Independent (by Geoffrey Macnab):

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/reviews/sully-review-tom-hanks-clint-eastwood-captain-sullenberger-miracle-on-the-hudson-a7447401.html

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Sully is the kind of film that Howard Hawks might have made in times gone by. It’s a tale of quiet, unfussy heroism; of highly trained professionals doing their jobs in the most challenging circumstances imaginable.

It is one of its 86-year-old director Clint Eastwood’s finest and most unshowy features, just over 90 minutes long and as efficient in its exposition as Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) was in crash landing his stricken plane on the Hudson river on a freezing January day in 2009.
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Hanks surely deserves another Oscar nomination for his performance. This isn’t just a case of playing another all-American hero. Hanks convinces us of Sully’s quick thinking efficiency and bravery as a pilot but also shows us his character’s inner doubts. He is coming to the end of his career. There’s an obstinacy verging on arrogance about his confidence in his own abilities.

As the NTSB asks more and more questions, he begins to wonder if, just maybe, he could have acted differently. Hanks also hints at Sully’s vulnerability. Like every other passenger on the plane, he knows that he was only whiskers away from death. He is stuck in a hotel in New York, thousands of miles away from his wife (Laura Linney) with whom he conducts hurried phone conversations. Their small talk can’t hide the fraught emotions that both are feeling ... Sully is Hanks at the height of his powers.
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« Reply #53 on: December 04, 2016, 07:09:54 PM »

And from the Evening Standard (David Sexton):

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/film/sully-film-review-tom-hanks-is-superb-as-a-likeable-but-unlikely-hero-a3410611.html

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So is there any real purpose in making this film, or watching it, other than commemoration and piety? (There’s a postscript of footage of the real Sullenberger and 50-odd of the tearfully grateful survivors, filmed at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, the plane’s intended destination, where the remains of the Airbus have been re-assembled.)

For Eastwood (who, incidentally, as a 21-year-old soldier survived a crash landing in the sea off California) its appeal is clearly as another feelgood story about American heroism, a less controversial one than American Sniper. But it is also, almost surreptitiously, Hollywood’s hopeful alternative to 9/11.

Apart from Sully’s nightmares of a plane crashing into buildings, and a moment when it’s remarked that “it’s been a while since New York had news this good — especially with an airplane in it”, that point isn’t pushed. But it doesn’t need to be. It’s why the miracle on the Hudson has always been so celebrated, turning so naturally into myth.
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« Reply #54 on: December 04, 2016, 07:14:57 PM »

I can't post a link to the Sight and Sound review, since it isn't online, but it seems to be favorable also:

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« Reply #55 on: December 04, 2016, 07:52:58 PM »

I was able to access the Sight and Sound review, by Philip Kemp, via a database available to New York Public Library cardholders. Here's a small snippet:



EDIT: I just realized that particular excerpt is pretty much what the magazine gives you on its site! But there's not really much that's especially quotable in the rest of the review. It seems to be about three stars out of five, though they don't use a ratings system.
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« Reply #56 on: December 15, 2016, 09:11:32 AM »

Scheduled to be in the theaters here today (still not sure if in my city :( ) I find this one a positive review. I'll translate some parts later.

http://www.adorocinema.com/filmes/filme-238330/criticas-adorocinema/

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There is so little to be shown that the landing is presented three times from different point of views in a way to squeeze its impact the most possible. Besides, near the ending Clint surrenders to sentimentalism whatever is in the family matter among passengers or in the ending itself, in a tribute tone.  Even with those issues is a good movie due the technical aspect of the forced landing scene, due Tom Hanks competence in deliver another human character and specially for the structural narrative that does miracles with a very problematic script.
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« Reply #57 on: December 24, 2016, 11:32:05 PM »

Sully didn't make any of the New York Times critics Ten Best lists, but Tom Hanks made the Best Performances list (by Wesley Morris):



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TOM HANKS, ‘SULLY’ This man playing Capt. Chesley Sullenberger is casting so obvious that it’s redundant: national treasure on American hero. But Mr. Hanks, who was also fantastic in this spring’s barely seen “A Hologram for the King,” has no obvious use for vanity. Once again, he proves himself the most reliably interesting star in American movies. Playing Mr. Sullenberger doesn’t become a quest for glory. Instead, Mr. Hanks is up to something more fascinating: submerging his own iconic humility in a humble man famous for, on one terrifying day, being extraordinarily good at his job.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/arts/best-performances.html
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« Reply #58 on: January 07, 2017, 05:55:35 PM »

Sully won one of the American Film Institute (AFI) Film Awards for 2016:

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AFI AWARDS 2016

AFI AWARDS celebrate the year's most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image — with 10 films and 10 television programs deemed culturally and artistically significant.

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SULLY soars into the cinematic history of heroism — demanding attention be paid not only for the actions of Captain Chesley Sullenberger, but for the strength to defend decisions made under inhuman pressure. Two American treasures bring this film to flight — Clint Eastwood guides the breathless story to its miraculous landing with the sure hand of a master craftsman, and Tom Hanks' effortless embodiment of valor stands tall as a testament to his endlessly inspiring talents.

This was announced some time ago, but the awards luncheon was just held yesteday:


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The rationales for [the film honorees] were read by film critic and historian Leonard Maltin.

The 10 films were Arrival, for its "cerebral celebration of communication"; Fences, for its "thunderous performances"; the "epic American war movie" Hacksaw Ridge; Hell or High Water, which "holds up the classic American Western to new heights"; "ode to storytellers" La La Land (a dance sequence from which screened in full); Manchester by the Sea, which "etches Kenneth Lonergan's name in stone alongside the great auteurs"); "poetic tour de force" Moonlight; Silence, "a booming testament to the passion of an American master"; Sully, the product of a collaboration between "two American treasures" [Eastwood and Tom Hanks]; and Zootopia, "a tale for our time and for all time."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/afi-awards-2016-best-movies-tv-shows-celebrated-at-star-studded-luncheon-961509
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« Reply #59 on: January 07, 2017, 08:27:15 PM »

A nice honor for the movie! O0
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