Shaun Berk's 10 Movie Recommendations- 379th Edition

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1.
Delirious (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An offbeat drama focused on a homeless youth, a pop music siren and a member of the paparazzi. (107 mins.)
Director: Tom DiCillo
“ I start the week out with this independent comedy wrote and directed by Tom DiCillo which is kind of a satire towards fame. Steve Buscemi stars as Les who is a small-time celebrity photographer who really wants his fame and fortune. He soon meets a homeless young man named Toby, played by Michael Pitt, and reluctantly takes him in making him an assistant. Toby has a desire for acting and soon meets pop star K'Harma, played by Allison Lohman, and becomes famous through her taking the world by storm with his homeless background. Les soon becomes jealous of Toby's fame and plots revenge. Gina Gershon co-stars and Elvis Costello has a cameo as himself. This was a very good comedy taking a stab at our desire for fame with good performances. Keep in mind that Buscemi and Pitt would go onto star in the hit HBO series BOARDWALK EMPIRE so I hope to get this on the radar. ” - shaun2000us
 
2.
The Silent Partner (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash. (106 mins.)
Director: Daryl Duke
“ This is part five of my 6-part Christopher Plummer series. Elliot Gould stars as dedicated bank teller Miles Cullen who gets a note that the bank will be robbed. Christopher Plummer stars as the ruthless bank robber Harry who soon learns that Miles moved a lot of the money into a safe deposit box and that he was outsmarted by a bank teller. This does not sit well with Harry and the two get into a battle of wits. Susannah York and John Candy co-star in this thriller. This was not exactly the most realistic film but one where I could suspend my disbelief and just really enjoy with the good performances. I have expressed interest in working at a bank but I do not think I'm going to resort to the types of things that Miles did to outsmart the bank robber. This movie is not for everyone and has a pretty graphic scene but if you can get past that, this is a very fun film and Plummer is good as the villain and the many different disguises. ” - shaun2000us
 
3.
Eyes of the Navy (1940 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Produced by MGM in 'cooperation' with the US Navy, Eyes of the Navy amounts to a prewar (for the US... (20 mins.)
“ This is my short film for the week and is a documentary short towards the navy. This talks about becoming a Navy flier and the process. It also talks about the preparations they make in case of attack and the interesting part about this is that the Pearl Harbor attack took place a year later. This does pack quite a bit of information about being in the Navy. ” - shaun2000us
 
4.
The Iron Lady (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. (105 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
“ This is my political movie for the week. Meryl Streep stars as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the only woman to ever hold that position which was from 1979-1990 until her resignation. This movie starts with an elderly Thatcher who has a hard time coming to terms with her husband Denis', played by Jim Broadbent, death as well as the fact she is no longer Prime Minister. It then flashes back to her younger days where Alexandra Roach plays Thatcher in her college years and Harry Lloyd plays the young Denis. It then went into her controversial political career. Streep plays Thatcher very well where you might not know it's Streep if you did not already know she stars in the film. I'm not really sure how accurate her later days were and would have liked to see more focus on her rise. BUFFY alum Anthony Head co-stars. This movie did go to mixed opinions but I found Streep and Broadbent to hold it together well and I am always glad to see Anthony Head in something. I also thought it did a good job painting a human portrait on such a controversial figure. ” - shaun2000us
 
5.
Arrowsmith (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel "Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine. (108 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ This is an early directing job for the legendary John Ford and based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis. Ronald Colman stars as the very idealistic Dr. Martin Arrowsmith who looks to find a cure for things. He soon marries Leora, played by Helen Hayes, and moves into a nice country place where he becomes everyone's local doctor even for some cows that were all getting sick. He soon agrees to take a research trip to the West Indies where he leaves Leora behind and meets another woman, played by Myrna Loy, to complicate his life. This is a pre-code film and probably could have done a lot more in this era. I really liked the beginning a lot better where he was establishing his country life. Clarence Brooks plays one of the first successful black characters of film in which he has a degree and does not act stereotypically. This is worth a look and has some tragic moments that later were harder for movies to have when the Hayes Code came out. ” - shaun2000us
 
6.
Bullitt (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection. (114 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ Steve McQueen stars as touch San Francisco cop Frank Bullitt. He is soon asked to guard a witness who is soon to turn states evidence again the mob. It seems like a pretty easy job but things get very complicated leaving Bullitt to question the people appointing him to the job. McQueen plays this part as a very no-nonsense cop who will do what he can to get the job done. Jacqueline Bisset co-stars as Cathy who is his love interest but finds that people in this line of work can be difficult. Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon, Norman Fell, Robert Duvall, among others co-star in this film. The movie is filmed in San Francisco so it has a very authentic feel to it. The most famous scene from this is the car chase scene which is considered by many to be the best car chase scene of all time. I admit when watching this, I was feeling a little dizzy during the car chase with the hills they kept going down on the road but was a great scene. There is a cast member named Bill Hickman which is the same name as my uncle and I learned he is mostly a stuntman and drove the car that McQueen was pursuing in this film. ” - shaun2000us
 
7.
Life of Pi (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Ang Lee directed this film based on a bestseller by Yann Martel. This is about a family from India who decide to move to Canada. Suraj Sharma plays Pi, who is their son and as their is a big storm that make him end up by himself. The family owns a zoo so on the boat are other animals like an orangutang, zebra, hyena, and a bengal tiger. Pi finds an unexpected connection to the tiger in his fight for survival. Irrfan Khan plays Pi when he is grown up. Gerard Depardieu has a cameo as a cook on the ship. I honestly really did not know what to expect when going to see this in the theaters. I had heard this was in 3D and I can see how this one would have worked in 3D in many scenes. Lee also did a very good job of casting the characters and in many ways was a character driven film full of adventure and survival. Sharma did a good job of carrying this film by himself in the scenes where he is stranded on the boat. It also has a very interesting twist. ” - shaun2000us
 
8.
Skellig: The Owl Man (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After moving with his family into a new home, a boy discovers a bird-like man living in the old garage on their property. (102 mins.)
Director: Aj Jankel
“ This is my British film for the week. Bill Milner stars as Michael, a young boy who along with his parents move into a new home while having a new baby sister who does has a serious heart condition. Michael soon encounters a strange, loner man living in their shed who turns out to be the title character, played so well by Tim Roth. Michael decides to befriend Skellig and learns a lot of things about him that could make his life better. Skellig is someone who is living in the shed in bad health and in possible regret and soon form an unusual friendship. If I go too far with this, I could really give things away. I will say that it is a very touching film where Roth is a lot nicer than usual. This is a really good movie to get the family together. It also teaches about hope and acceptance. There are some fantasy elements of the film but focuses a lot more on the story. This is available on Instant Netflix and it deserves a watch. ” - shaun2000us
 
9.
Fresh Guacamole (2012 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Transforming familiar objects into fresh guacamole. (2 mins.)
Director: PES
“ This is my modern short film for the week and one soon nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animation Short film. I went with my friend Doug to the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema where they showed both the Oscar nominees for short films in animation and live action. What we saw in animation, some were better than others but I decided upon this is my favorites. A guy named PES wrote and directed this short film in this very clever creation of guacamole in this stop animation film where he uses things that are not food like dice, poker chips, and even monopoly houses. This film is very short and only two minutes but this was a great two minutes that did a lot more than animation shorts that are more than 10 minutes. Next week, I will feature one of the live-action short films. ” - shaun2000us
 
10.
The Hoodlum (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery. (61 mins.)
Director: Max Nosseck
“ I end with this B-Movie Film Noir. Laurence Tierney plays paroled hoodlum Vincent and continues his criminal ways. His brother Johnny, played by Tierney's real-life brother Edward, gives him a job at his gas station but that is not enough for him. He soon hurts everyone around him like his mother and his brother's girlfriend. Soon, he masterminds a heist and his brother must stand up to him. Tierney is most known for playing Joe in the 1992 film RESERVOIR DOGS. In this movie, he is very ruthless with no redeeming qualities and is very good in it. This is available on Instant Netflix and a must for people into this genre and even something for people who only know Tierney from RD. ” - shaun2000us