Vicenarian Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss. Excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
Biopic of billionaire Howard Hughes, starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph Owen Brewster accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress Katharine Hepburn. From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. Written by
This movie is important to me. I realize that, as a relatively high budget and heavily marketed film, certain facets of this biopic have been sensationalized. However, the image this movie constructs of the great modern eccentric Howard Hughes is fascinating.
The film is also emotionally powerful. The way the movie depicts Hughes' degenerative mind is haunting. We see the tics evolve, eventually dominating Hughes' personality. It is interesting to indulge in the guided observance of the effects these eccentricities had in Hughes' relationships with other people as both impressive and sad. Gloriously tragic.
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