Shaun Berk's 10 Movie Recommendations- 290th Edition

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1.
My Best Friend (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Catherine, refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikeable François, has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, François enlists the services of a charming taxi driver to play the part. (94 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
“ This is one of two foreign language films I am using this week. This is a French film directed by Patrice Leconte. Daniel Auteuil stars as art dealer Francois who is very successful in his living but not at making friends. Julie Gayet co-stars as Catherine who is his business partner and does not believe him when he says he has a best friend. Francois then makes a wager that he has a best friend and will introduce that friend but he has limited time to find that "best friend". He then meets a very sociable taxi driver in Bruno who he then enlists hoping to make him the best friend but in the process begins to like Bruno who really helps him in his life and even his troubled relationship with his daughter. This movie is a comedy but really has a good message on the importance of having friends. There was a great moment with the French version of WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE. ” - shaun2000us
 
2.
The Crucible (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. (124 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
“ This is the 30th link on The Chain and this link continues with Joan Allen who plays Elizabeth Proctor in this film. This is based on the play by Arthur Miller which takes place during the Salem Witchcraft Trials during in 1692. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as the local John Proctor who is a loving husband to his wife Elizabeth. Everything starts when a few teen girls are caught conjuring up potions and dancing in the forest and all come up with some lies. Leading this group is Abigail Williams, played by Winona Ryder, who is very conniving and had an affair with John. She soon accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft where everything unfolds from there. The closest I have come to being in this play was in high school where we did a class reading from the play and I read for Reverend Hale who did not agree with the extremism of what the local town was doing. For people who think we have it bad now, think of what these people had to go through in this era. This was a good film adaptation for the play with good performances. This is available on Instant Netflix. ” - shaun2000us
 
3.
Justice League: The New Frontier (2008 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the 1950s, a new generation of superheroes must join forces with the community's active veterans and a hostile US government to fight a menace to Earth. (75 mins.)
Director: David Bullock
“ This is part three of a four-part Neil Patrick Harris series. In this animated DC film, he provides the voice for Barry Allen who is better known as The Flash. This is a very interesting story which takes place during the McCarthy era in the 50s where even superheros were being questioned in which people like Batman were fugitives. Superman signed some peace contract to avoid trouble and Wonder Woman signed the same thing but really went off the deep end when she felt she was not being rewarded for her heroism. They must all team up though to fight a menace to earth which includes the Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and many others. The biggest problem I had with this film was Jeremy Sisto who was the voice of Batman. I did not like his voice to Batman which is not saying anything bad about him as an actor, just the casting. Other voices include ANGEL alum David Boreanaz as Green Lantern, XENA alum Lucy Lawless as Wonder Woman, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES alum Kyle MacLachlin as Superman, among others. This was a pretty good tale including the origins on Hal Jordan who becomes the Green Lantern. When seeing the cover, it has quite a few of the heroes but not all are featured much, if at all in this film including Robin who just has a cameo. Otherwise a good animated tale which very rarely fails with DC. ” - shaun2000us
 
4.
Big Blue Goose (1956 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
In this Sportscope entry, naturalist Van Campen Heilner and his wife go to Louisiana bayou country to hunt a particular species of goose... (10 mins.)
“ This is my short film for the week which I found on TCM On-Demand. This is part of the Sportscope series which focuses on Van Campen Heilner who was a hunter and this focused on a trip to the Louisiana border to hunt a specific form of goose. This is a mildly entertaining short if you can except seeing animals being killed on screen that is worth a viewing but there are better shorts from this era. ” - shaun2000us
 
5.
The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  
On the tropical island of Wongo, a tribe of beautiful women discover that the other side of the island is inhabited by a tribe of handsome men... (72 mins.)
“ This would be my cult classic for the week which is available on the free movie section of Comcast On-Demand. If you are looking for quality in terms of plot, acting, and direction this is not it. This takes place on the island of Wongo in which the women are beautiful and the men are ugly. They then discover the other side of the island where the men are quite beautiful and the women are ugly and soon tension mounts. Need I say more? James Wolcott is credited in this film as the director but apparently he was friends with the great playwright Tennessee Williams and Williams directed a majority of the film which is not his finest work. ” - shaun2000us
 
6.
Cries & Whispers (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Now I bring a much better film which is my second foreign language film and directed by Ingmar Bergman. This is a Swedish film which focuses on a woman dying of cancer who is visited by her two sisters. Through this visit and condition, tension rises with the sisters in jealousy and envy which is explained a lot through the childhood flashbacks. This is a very moving film that focuses on a lot of philosophical questions and is Bergman in top form. Anything more I say will give it away but this is a must for foreign film buffs. ” - shaun2000us
 
7.
The True Story of WrestleMania (2011 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
It is the most anticipated yearly event in Sports Entertainment, an annual pop culture touch point. For more than 25 years... (122 mins.)
Director: Kevin Dunn
“ This is my tribute to Macho Man Randy Savage who was not featured much in this documentary but is very important to the history of the early Wrestlemanias, most notably three in which him and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat have one of the best matches of all time for the Intercontinental Championship. Anybody who has been a wrestling fan at some point in their life know of this long-time annual show called Wrestlemania dreamed up in the early 80s in a hit or miss gamble by Vince McMahon Jr. This documentary takes a look at important moments on each of the beginning Wrestlemanias and some of the later ones which is an event that now spans for 26 years. It also takes a look at the many celebrities who have been involved in the Wrestlemanias which are a very important part of these events starting with the first one and even football legend Lawrence Taylor actually having a surprisingly good match with Bam Bam Bigelow. We also get a good look at some of the most important wrestlers of this event which include Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker and like him or not John Cena. This movie packs some pretty good information in the two hour period and the documentary is available on Instant Netflix. When looking at Netflix and you see that Volume 1 is available on Instant and the other two volumes are on DVD, remember it is the documentary that can be watched instantly and select matches are included on the other two. This is quite possibly the best of the WWE documentaries. Ooooh yeah! ” - shaun2000us
 
8.
In the Wake of the Bounty (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The true story of HMS Bounty. Plus documentary (66 mins.)
Director: Charles Chauvel
“ I found this film on the Pub-D-Hub app on my Roku which shows public domain films. This is an early film on the story of the Bounty which was headed by the tyrant Captain Bligh and his assistant Fletcher Christian who starts quite the mutiny. In 1935, a film came out which was far better than this one. However, I did like the way it started with one of the aging crew members was telling his friends about his experience on the Bounty. This movie focuses more on the happenings after the mutiny on the island that was inhibited. This is mostly of interest to see Errol Flynn in his movie debut playing Fletcher Christian whose performance in this film was topped by Clark Gable in 1935. ” - shaun2000us
 
9.
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaved humans to live in peace. But warring factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general as well as various human groups threaten the stability. (93 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ This is the fifth and last installment of this ape series where Roddy McDowell reprises his role of Caesar from CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES who now lives in a world where the humans are enslaved by them but is looking to have a world of peace unlike the world he has heard about that his parents Cornelius and Zera lived in. Caesar's vision is challenged by the gorilla General Aldo who does not agree with Caesar and some human survivors which I assume are meant to be like the ones from BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES. This is one of the weaker entries of the series but has its moments and it was good to just end the series. ” - shaun2000us
 
10.
Ghosts of the Abyss (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
James Cameron and Bill Paxton, director and actor of the 1997 film Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the ill-fated ship of dreams. (61 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ I end this week with this documentary produced by Disney and directed by James Cameron. After the success of Cameron's very successful 1997 film TITANIC which was loved and hated by many, he decides to do this documentary exploring the history of the ship and an underwater journey to see the wreckage of the titanic. TITANIC co-star Bill Paxton narrates this film and joins the journey with Cameron. This was made for the Imax theater and was probably better on that screen but this still sparks some interest and I liked hearing about the history of some of the most important employees and passengers of the titanic. One interesting moment for this film was during the filming, the horrible event of 9/11 took place putting what they were doing in perspective. ” - shaun2000us