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(231) 7.5 90 min 2019

Jim Allison: Breakthrough is a movie starring Jim Allison, Sharon Belvin, and Eric Benson. Renegade Texan scientist Jim Allison devotes his life work to find a cure for cancer after the disease takes the life of his mother.

Starring
Woody Harrelson, Sharon Belvin, Jim Allison, Eric Benson
Genres
Documentary
Director
Bill Haney

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Documentary
Director Bill Haney
Writer Bill Haney
Stars Woody Harrelson, Sharon Belvin, Jim Allison, Eric Benson
Country USA
Runtime 1H 30M
Description Renegade Texan scientist Jim Allison devotes his life work to find a cure for cancer after the disease takes the life of his mother.

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Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020 02:07

If there is a problem with the film, it is in trying to get across the fact that the USSR had a very successful history of intelligence work for the USSR. The topic of the documentary is a bit confusing as the various stories of KGB training and life in the East are largely inconsistent with each other, and there are more than a few stories that appear to be completely fabricated. This does not, however, make the film worthless. The film is very well produced, and the great majority of the content is quite interesting. The majority of the film concerns interviews with several dozen former KGB members, who were either active during the Cold War, or were involved with the KGB at some point in their lives. Most of the interviews are very interesting, and a lot of the material is fascinating to watch. The interviews are also very interesting to watch for the reasons discussed above. The Russian language content of the film is very interesting, as well. The fact that the Russian language is used for most of the interviews, although not in all of them, makes the content of the film even more interesting. The other problem I have with the film is the presentation of the Russian language. Most of the material in the film was taken from books and was not translated. The material that was translated was not in a very consistent order. The translation of the interview transcripts, while not great, was also not terrible, but there were times when it was not very good, such as when it was the first Russian speaking interview. The film did not do a very good job at showing the dialects that the interviewees spoke. This, combined with the way the interview transcripts were translated, made the film difficult to understand at times. This is especially true for the interview with Vyacheslav Gusev, as his transcript was not very good, and the way it was translated made it difficult to understand. I have seen many documentaries about the KGB, and this one is not really a very good one, but it is an interesting documentary that can be watched by anyone interested in Russian history. I recommend it to people who are interested in Russian history and KGB history, but other than that it is not very good.
Thursday, 04 Jun 2020 13:19

I had the good fortune to see this at the IFC film festival and I'm glad I did. It's a great look at the maverick director who started off making very low budget movies for the studio, like 'The Big Chill' and 'Six Degrees of Separation'. But when he finally did a decent movie, he went all in and went big. 'Breakthrough' was a very ambitious project, as was 'The Big Chill', but they all ended up being big successes. This one is no exception. The film is a true story about the creative process of the two artists who created 'I Love You, Man' and 'The Big Chill'. I'm not going to talk about the two artists here, because there's a lot of great stuff in the trailer. I am going to focus on the process itself and the actual film itself. What really stands out here is the level of ambition the two artists put into this film. They went from small to big, from low budget to studio-friendly. It's really impressive. And it's not just about the visuals. There is a lot of time spent on the development of the characters, and the interactions between them. The acting is quite good all around, and you really get the feeling that this is the result of the actors' dedication and work. If you liked the two previous features here, you'll probably like this one too. It's a bit more straightforward than 'The Big Chill', but still has that great sense of the mundane. 'Breakthrough' is very ambitious, and I really think it'll win awards. The big question is, how well will it do at the box office? I think it will, but only if enough people can see it. The film was nominated for the Best Screenplay Oscar, but was beaten by 'No Country for Old Men' and 'American Beauty'. All in all, it's not the best film I've seen, but it's definitely an interesting experience, and worth checking out.


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