Entry: Movie pics for my sis, part three and final Sunday, April 11, 2004



OK, this hasn't raised a single comment in my first two parts.  But I've only got one part to go, and I've been busy today, so it makes a quick entry.  Here goes part three of my suggestions to my sister, in the broad-based "classic" genre and biopics.  Also, since this was a list for my sister, who was thinking that she didn't have a great background on movies made before her teen years, as a completion move I included a list of films that I enjoyed in the last ten years, plus a list of nearly-there films that almost made my full write-up.

So, here goes:

"Classic"--usually dramas, but also any other major, iconic film that didn't fit in easily elsewhere.

THE GODFATHER:  Considered by many the best film of all time, often tied with GODFATHER II.  Amazing acting, powerfully scripted and directed.  It's a film about a family and the family business of crime.

CITIZEN KANE:  This is the reason not everyone thinks THE GODFATHER is the best movie ever.  Orson Welles writes, directs, produces, and stars in the lead role in this ground-breaking movie.  Many film techniques are pioneered right in this very film.  Follow the story of Kane, a man richer and more powerful than any other of his time--yet somehow his own life slips through his fingers.  Pacing somewhat slow by today's standards, but driven by the immortal question, "Who is Rosebud?"

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?:  Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton draw a young couple into their world of emotional pain.  Sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing barbed comments to each other during the increasingly uncomfortable dinner party lead to the revelation of their deepest, darkest secrets.


Biopics--films about actual people.  May be partly mythologized or fictionalized.

PATTON:  George C. Scott in the title role.  Oscar-winning performance by Scott makes the story of the complex, egotistical World War II general sizzle.  Several iconic moments, including the speech in front of the immense flag, Patton firing back at an incoming, strafing German fighter plane with only his pistol, and his joyous moment when he realizes how he can beat his counterpart:  "Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I READ YOUR BOOK!"

GANDHI:  Ben Kingsley in the title role.  An amazing film about the struggle for India's independence from British rule.  Even more powerful in today's environment of terrorism, since Gandhi insisted on using only nonviolent tactics--successfully.

ED WOOD:  Johnny Depp in the title role.  Fun, quirky film directed by Tim Burton ("Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman").  The story of the "worst director ever," told with humor and affection.  Great acting by Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Bill Murray.

 

FILMS MADE WITHIN THE LAST TEN YEARS I LOVED:

FINDING NEMO
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:  THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
GALAXY QUEST
FORREST GUMP
TOY STORY 2 (I cry during one song, every time, I swear)
CLUELESS
FARGO
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
PLEASANTVILLE
THE MATRIX (pretend the two sequels were never made)
CHICKEN RUN
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
THE FIFTH ELEMENT
THE SIXTH SENSE

FILMS I DIDN'T GO OVER IN DETAIL, BUT ARE VERY VERY GOOD:

CASABLANCA
GONE WITH THE WIND
THE WIZARD OF OZ
DR. STRANGELOVE, OR, HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
PLATOON
SCHINDLER'S LIST
FINDING PRIVATE RYAN
RAGING BULL
THE GREAT DICTATOR
GOODFELLAS
UNFORGIVEN
BRAVEHEART
FULL METAL JACKET (especially the first forty minutes, during training)
2001:  A SPACE ODYSSEY
AMADEUS
ALIEN
ALIENS
BIG
A FISH CALLED WANDA
TERMINATOR 2
NOSFERATU
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
STAR WARS
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
DIE HARD (this is the movie so good it made a million "Die Hard on a" movies--for example, SPEED is "Die Hard on a bus;" UNDER SIEGE is "Die Hard on a ship;" even PHONE BOOTH is "Die Hard in a phone booth!")
THE COMMITMENTS

 

 

 

   6 comments

Brandon Starr
April 11, 2004   06:24 PM PDT
 
Usually I am not the first to comment on my own entries, but I noticed that THE FIFTH ELEMENT is next to THE SIXTH SENSE.

You could make a good mini-movie marathon pairing those with BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, THE SECOND HUNDRED YEARS, and 50 FIRST DATES. Of course, you could continue with THE SEVENTH SEAL or THE SEVENTH SIGN.
JfZ
April 20, 2004   10:28 AM PDT
 
Heh. I did notice that, but because I know every word of dialogue in the 5th Element. I love SciFi. 2001 is a classic.

BioPic: HOFFA with Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito. (but I was born in Detroit)

Comedy: THE BIG LEBOWSKY was pretty good, and Jonathon Waters' PECKER satired the art world pretty well.
Pathes
October 14, 2005   11:08 PM PDT
 
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