Posts Tagged ‘Historical’


February 4th, 2020 No comments


Review by John Delia

Bringing you back to the 15th Century with a historical action thriller, the movie The Hunt for Vlad the Impaler is now available on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD. The film has some good acting, direction and production value, especially the costuming and special effects. The filmmakers do explain the history a bit, but I have not fact checked it for the opening dialogue on the subject. Actually most of the audiences that will watch the film will be more attuned to the warring factions and the bloody battles. The film has been dubbed in English so it may throw you off a bit, but for the most part they use adequate voice overs that are equal to each of the characters persona. Get caught up in the story early and you will enjoy it as intended. Read more…

“QUEZON’S GAME” A ‘tell all’ Historical Drama

January 30th, 2020 No comments




Review by John Delia

The historical drama Quezon’s Game is so compelling that it’s hard to believe that it actually happened with little knowledge of the events until this film. We do know that there was a holocaust, that the Jews were persecuted, their property confiscated by the Nazi Regime, concentration camps were set up, millions were murdered and much more of the noted facts in movies and books. However, this story brings to light more than just the fact that the USA and Canada turned away people that were legitimately seeking asylum, but that our leadership and their ambassadors at the time added to the prejudice and denouncement of certain groups. Read more…

“Hidden Figures” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

January 4th, 2017 No comments







Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The important true and historic film Hidden Figures reveals the many African American women behind America’s success in space exploration during the 1960’s. The struggles with racial equality during that period was at a high point, yet it took a specialized group of African American women to make huge strides in our countries ability to send a man into space. The movie opens yet another significant window in the continuous struggle for equality in America. Read more…

Selma, a Flashback to a Landmark for Equal Rights (Film Review)

January 8th, 2015 No comments

SELMA poster



Review by John Delia

Bold, poignant and triumphant, the movie Selma shows the determination of a leader who guides his devoted followers to equal rights. Not just for them, but all races who have been denied the right to choose the leader of this country. Teeming with a core of fine actors under the direction of Ava DuVernay, the film gives insight into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s valiant campaign and the shock that brought a country to its knees. Read more…

“The Last of the Unjust” Disclosures of a Holocaust Survivor

February 6th, 2014 No comments




Review by John Delia

Devastating and Unimaginable The Last of the Unjust is a mind boggler. Taking a closer look at the Jewish holocaust from a different perspective, the documentary delves into those that assisted the Nazis during their occupation of conquered countries during WWII.  One such collaborator, Benjamin Murmelstein is featured in the film and gives a nearly four hour interview about his participation.  The film delivers an interesting perspective to historians who consider Murmelstein a hero and evidence for those who thought he was not. Read more…

Lincoln, Oscar Winner now on Blu-ray (Video Review)

March 25th, 2013 No comments


Review by John Delia

The film Lincoln nominated for 12 Academy Awards has come to Blu-ray.  The movie provides a look at how politics changed the United States in the final months of the 16th President’s life.  It’s a dark boding story that takes you into the heart of a historical political debate, a congress divided and a family being pulled apart by civil war. If you like films with educational substance, excellent acting and dark cinematography, it’s now available in a 4 disc Blu-ray combo pack for home viewing. Read more…

Emperor, a Historical Drama (Film Review)

March 7th, 2013 No comments



Review by John Delia

Opening this weekend Emperor brings a film based on a true event that brought closure to the war in the Pacific during WWII.  Questionable writing, direction and acting, the historical drama threads a romantic tale inside this biopic that tends to distract rather than add to the historical meetings between General McArthur and the Emperor of Japan.  Not at all what I expected, the movie misses its mark in the essence of the plot putting a damper on the real importance of the event. Read more…

Lincoln, American Politics 1865 (Film Review)

November 15th, 2012 No comments


Review by John Delia

The biopic film Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg provides a look at how politics changed the United States in the final months of the 16th President’s life.  It’s a dark boding story that takes you into the heart of a historical political debate, a congress divided and a family being pulled apart. If you like films with educational substance, excellent acting and dreary cinematography, then Lincoln should top your “must see” list. Read more…


April 20th, 2011 No comments






Los Angeles, April 18, 2011 – THE CONSPIRATOR, directed by film legend Robert Redford, brought audiences to their feet this weekend as the movie debuted at more than 700 theaters across thecountry. Filmgoers gave standing ovations at sold-out shows following a similar reaction at the movie’s Ford’s Theatre premiere last week, which included members of the United States Supreme Court, Congress, and the Presidential Cabinet.


From media outlets like the NEWSHOUR on PBS, MSNBC’S ANDREA MITCHELL REPORTS, CNN’s PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT and NPR’s MORNING EDITION, to social media hubs like Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheConspirator).


THE CONSPIRATOR has sparked a spirited discussion about the film’s timely story and the provocative questions it raises – Does the law fall silent during times of war? How far should a mother go to protect her child?


In television segments aired over the past week on networks including MSNBC, BLOOMBERG NEWS and FOX NEWS CHANNEL, esteemed members of the news media have lauded the film:


Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of “Andrea

Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC On air: April 13, 2011 at approximately 1:34pm ET

“Gripping film…I saw the film the other night and came away in tears as did many in the audience…The constitutional issues are deeply profound…This is an extraordinary legal drama, a constitutional drama, and a human drama… I was really moved by it.”


Shannon Bream, Supreme Court Reporter, Fox News Channel On air: April 17, 2011 at approximately 1:45m ET

“Very, very nicely done…it is very, very thought provoking… a great balance of

educating and entertaining people at the same time.” View segment here: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/americas-newshq/index.html#/v/4649216/robert-redfords-new-film-theconspirator/?playlist_id=86910



Al Hunt, Washington Executive Editor, Bloomberg News

On air: April 12, 2011 at approximately 10:37am ET

“One of the best movies I have ever seen. I will tell you, there are truths in there that are just as applicable today as they were 146 years ago. I know you have a busyschedule, but go see it… it is an absolutely fabulous movie.”

Film critics have praised the movie in publications such as the LOS ANGELES TIMES, TIME

ROLLING STONE’s Peter Travers called THE CONSPIRATOR “hypnotic.” He wrote, “Robin Wright is superb… James McAvoy’s performance is powerfully implosive. Redford’s nuanced guidance gives this mesmerizing film its timely resonance and grieving heart.”


The LOS ANGELES TIMES’ Kenneth Turan said, “The resolution and strength of Robin Wright’s unimpeachable performance makes the whole story seem flesh-and-blood real.”


And the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE’s Mike LaSalle said this: “Compelling… Robert Redford persuades us to look at the assassination of President Lincoln through fresh eyes. THE CONSPIRATOR creates the sense of actually being there.”


The debut film from The American Film Company, THE CONSPIRATOR, directed by Robert Redford, is the fascinating, true story of Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), the lone woman tried in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), the young union officer who reluctantly defends her. The movie features an all-star supporting cast, including Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood (HBO’s “Mildred Pierce”), Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel (Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, “Gilmore Girls”), James Badge Dale, Jonathan Groff (Fox’s “Glee”), Johnny Simmons, Norman Reedus, Danny Huston, Toby Kebbell, Justin Long, Colm Meaney and Stephen Root.








THE PERFECT GAME written review

April 16th, 2010 No comments


theperfectgame_posterStarring: Clifton Collins Jr.,  Cheech Marin, Jake T. Austin, Emilie de Ravin, Moises Arias , Louis Gossett Jr. , and Jansen Panettiere

Directed by: William Dear

MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic elements.

Genre: Drama, Family and Sports

Release date: April 16th, 2010

By John Delia

Here’s an inspirational film that has good sportsmanship at the center of its storyline.  It’s called The Perfect Game and I believe the ideal film for the whole family.  The movie features some very good acting, directing and a nostalgic look at an historic baseball event.  If you have youngsters in your family or just want to see an uplifting film, then The Perfect Game is perfect for you.

the perfect game

Caesar celebrates with the team after winning in an early tournament

In 1957 Mexican Caesar Faz resigned from the St. Louis Cardinals as their locker room worker because they wouldn’t give him a chance at coaching.  Withdrawn due the decision Caesar goes back to his hometown in Monterrey, Mexico where he works in a factory.  On day a young boy wakens him with noise caused by his throwing a makeshift baseball near the shack he calls home.  Challenged by the boy and others who know of his ability to coach, he takes on a group of kids to form a Little League baseball team.  From there it’s history winning local tournaments and getting a shot at the championship in Williamsport and a final game that will live in Little League history.

Jake T. Austin plays Angel and Clifton Collins Jr. is coach Caesar

Jake T. Austin plays Angel and Clifton Collins Jr. is coach Caesar

I liked the way they handled the film that shows determination, resistance to discrimination and gives inspiration to all ages and walks of life.  If you have a child that dreams of playing a sport someday then take him/her to see the film and bring the rest of the family so they can feel good too.

William Dear (Angels in the Outfield) directs the film with confidence in his young actors, all of which are fairly new to the big screen.  Giving them

Louis Gossett Jr. makes an appearance in the film as a grounds keeper that  helps the team

Louis Gossett Jr. makes an appearance in the film as a grounds keeper that helps the team

most of the screen time with a lot of kid friendly dialogue, Dear brings some heartfelt moments to what could have been just another docudrama.  Instead he treats us to an uplifting movie that is memorable and encouraging.

The Perfect Game is rated PG for some thematic elements including discrimination by some Texas town folks showing racial prejudice was widespread during the era.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good film for youngsters and oldsters alike. Play Ball! (4 of 5 Palm Trees)

(You can reach John Delia for comment at jdelia@yeticket.com)