Shaun Berk's 10 Movie Recommendation- 335th Edition

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1.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve Pink
“ John Cusack stars in this comedy where they discover a time machine taking them back to the 80s in the form of a hot tub. He along with two of his friends and a nephew where they go back to a fateful day to make sure everything remains the same so that the nephew is born. THE OFFICE co-star Craig Robinson plays one of his friends who lost focus on his singing career and relives the day. Chevy Chase is amusing as the repairman of the time machine which tends to malfunction a lot. John Cusack is great in this very fun look at the 80s. If you can look past the little flaws and just remember it is a comedy, this will be enjoyed. This is available on Instant Netflix. ” - shaun2000us
 
2.
Lenny (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public. (111 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ This is one of three films that have been presented by Travis at the Co-Op film series. Dustin Hoffman stars as comedian Lenny Bruce who in his era was very groundbreaking and challenged the establishment in many ways. Bob Fosse directed this movie which was shot in many ways like a documentary style where people reflected on him in his career and his problems with drugs. Hoffman played the part of Lenny Bruce to perfection. I admit I really knew nothing about Bruce before this movie but when watching this, he reminded me some of Larry Flynt in his quest for his freedom of speech. Valerie Perrine is also very good as his drug-addicted wife. I really enjoyed the way it was shot and it was executed very well. This is one that should be seen if you can obtain it. ” - shaun2000us
 
3.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Not much needs to be said about this classic. I saw it on their 70th anniversary presentation at the movie theaters being presented by Turner Classic Movies. The first part of it was presented by the host Robert Osbourne and it went into a brief documentary on the making of the film and the troubles that presented themselves. Humphrey Bogart stars as Rick Blaine who runs a nightclub in WWII Casablanca and is an exiled American and former freedom fight who claims to stick his nose out anyone. Soon he is visited by his former love Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman, who comes with her lover Laszlo who is on the run from the Nazis. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa but soon rekindles his relationship with her leading to one of the best conclusions of all time. Everybody was perfectly cast and includes Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Conrad Veidt, and many others. Michael Curtiz directed this film which is looked upon as one of the best movies of all time. This is a great story of love, betrayal, and sacrifice that has lived on for many years. ” - shaun2000us
 
4.
A Good Man (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Good Man follows acclaimed director/choreographer Bill T. Jones for two tumultuous years, as he tackles the most ambitious work of his career, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial. (86 mins.)
“ This is the second of the Co-Op film series selections and this is my documentary for the week. This documentary focuses on choreographer Bill T. Jones and takes on a very daring project of doing a dance theater piece for Abraham Lincoln. It goes into the casting, rehearsal process, and the actual show. It shows a very grueling rehearsal process but goes into some background on Jones and his dancing career as well as his decision to do a piece on Lincoln. It also focuses on the controversy as many cannot image a dance theater show on our 16th president. This was a very insightful documentary that provoked a lot of thought. This was presented on AMERICAN MASTERS on PBS. ” - shaun2000us
 
5.
Flesh (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Gifted German wrestler Polokai falls in love with ex-con Laura, who persuades him to emigrate to America and gets him involved with crooked promoters. (96 mins.)
“ I found this on TCM On-Demand and while the title indicates some horror film, it is actually an early story of wrestling. Wallace Beery stars as German wrestler Polokai who soon falls for an ex-con named Laura who manages to get her old partner in crime Nick out of jail and soon con Polokai into thinking he is the father of Laura's baby. They soon move to America where Polokai falls in with crooked promoters including Nick who want him to cheat. This was an interesting look into wrestling in this era and is a pretty decent story. Look for Ward Bond in an uncredited part as one of the wrestlers. This is an early John Ford film who is uncredited as the director but is the producer. Not exactly his best work but is a good watch, especially for wrestling fans. ” - shaun2000us
 
6.
American Heart (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An ex-convict is tracked down by his estranged teenage son, and the pair try to build a relationship and life together in Seattle. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Bell
“ Martin Bell directed this independent film. Jeff Bridges stars as ex-con Jack who is just getting out of jail and soon meets his adolescent son Nick, played by Edward Furlong. Jack soon tries to raise his son and get his life together but being on parole and former friends don't make it easy for him. This is a very honest portrait of a single father and teenage son who are both quite troubled but want to make everything right. Jack is trying to hold down a job and to keep from going back to a life of crime while keeping Nick in line. Nick is experiencing rebellion and hanging out with an influential crowd. Both Bridges and Furlong carry this movie on their back and turn a rather simple script into a great independent film. Jeff Bridges considers this his favorite of his films. There is not much to say on this except to go out and get this one. ” - shaun2000us
 
7.
Union Station (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A sharp-eyed woman spots a man with a gun on a train and her alert to the railroad police helps them in their search for a ruthless gang who have kidnapped a blind heiress. (81 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
“ This is my film noir for the week. Nancy Olson stars as Joyce who is on a train and is suspicious of a couple men with a gun. She soon informs the police and no-nonsense Lieutenant Calhoun, played by William Holden, takes charge and while skeptical at first, he soon stumbles onto a kidnapping ring. They soon do what they can to rescue the kidnapped woman. This was a pretty suspenseful film that did not get all gory. This is available on Instant Netflix and people into this genre should check it out. ” - shaun2000us
 
8.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ This is my Anime selection for the week. This takes place in the year 2029 where the world is very information oriented and humans are well connected. A lot of crime takes place by hacking into the interactive network. They soon for District 9 which is a group of cyborg cops to stop this crime. A female cyborg cop and her partner soon hunt a powerful hacker called The Puppet Master. This is some classic anime and ranks up high among its genre and is also a good entry into the science fiction genre. This has some great animation, action, and music. It also might have helped get the genre bigger in the United States. This is available on Instant Netflix and is a must for anime fans. ” - shaun2000us
 
9.
Last Life in the Universe (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister. (112 mins.)
“ This is the third of Travis' Co-Op film series selections. This is my Asian film for the week. We first have Kenji who is a suicidal, introverted Japanese man who is living in Bangkok. He soon meets a Thai woman named Noi and they are brought together through tragic events. Kenji is a neat freak and Noi does not clean, dresses sloppy, and smokes pot. Through their differences they form a very unusual relationship and tolerate each other like with Kenji's suicide attempts. This is a deliberately slow paced film but works very well. This is a very good love story that anyone can watch as long as you tolerate subtitles with some good narration. This movie will have you thinking all the way to the end. ” - shaun2000us
 
10.
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A master swordsman and former soldier and his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires. (91 mins.)
Director: Brian Clemens
“ I was looking for something from this era on Netflix and came across this movie. Seeing as we are on quite the vampire craze, I thought this would be a good fit. This is a British film and is part of the Hammer film series. Horst Janson plays the title character who is a master swordsman and former soldier who along with his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires. They soon go into a small town where a vampire's bite also results in woman aged. Caroline Munro plays the part of Carla who joins Kronos and his assistant. This is a very unknown entry into the vampire genre and even unknown through Hammer films but is a pretty good vampire genre I hope to get out in the open. This was at first to be a series of films but box office numbers kept that from happening. This is available on Instant Netflix and is a good chiller. ” - shaun2000us