I agree with you. The acting and dialogue was painful for me. I rated it a 4/8, but realize it is somewhat unique (Korean War) and will pump it up to 5/8.The Steele Helmet (1951) - One of the few Korean War films. It is a gritty telling of the story of a "retread", a two war veteran having fault in WWII and then in Korea. While set in the Korean War, it is really about racism and, while it makes a statement of the unvarnished realism of war, and is therefor and "anti-war movie", it still manages to honor the heroism of the American infantry soldier. It's low budget is evident and the acting is not top notch but a in all a good war film.
I watched the end of Jeremiah Johnson and the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey on TCM last night, too. I always loved Jeremiah Johnson and feel about the same as you on 2001: A Space Odyssey...a long, strange trip...boring and interesting at the same time....great special effects...lots of questions.A good day for movies (TCM):
Malcolm X (Denzel Washington) - A learning experience. So much so, I researched X's mentor (Wikipedia) and history of the Nation of Islam. Wow! 6/8
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Jimmy Stewart) - The good guy wins and has the land deed! First time seeing this one; we gave it the same score. 6/8
Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) - Skipped this one. Seen it. Supped and mowed the lawn. Back to life, back to reality! TCM rated this 3/4 stars.
2001: A Space Odyssey (HAL 9000) - Fifty years ago, this one had me scratching my head and saying wtf? Appreciate it more this time. Hal bad. 6/8
TCM rates this 4 stars, largely because of the special effects, which are - admittedly - awesome.
This beat watching baseball for twelve hours, something that was not going to happen! My life matters.
Looking through the cast list I also saw Don't be Hard on the Beaver Ward Cleaver and Baby Baretta. I'm sure I've seen this one before but I can't remember the story anymore. Be a good Sunday movie.The Seventh Cross (1944) - A suspense packet drama set in 1936 when the only German concentration camps held Germans opposed to Nazism. So, they were many intellectuals, community leaders, industrialists, and churchmen who stood in the way of the Third Reich. Seven of them escape and it is mainly about one of their efforts to get out of Germany before he is caught. It stars Spenser Tracy and Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy as a husband and wife. I am not sure but I believe that may have been their first film together.
There is a narration which seems like a guardian angel which is a little clunky but it works.
The craziest part was that he was only in his teens for a large part of his illegal activities... After reading the book and researching what was real and what wasn’t, I also figured out that he actually did escape from the airplane upon his arrival home on top of breaking out of an Atlanta prison. Boldest dude who ever lived.Saw this a few months ago. A very good true story film.