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In the 2012, three of the previous listings (David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, and Dustin Hoffman) are now Kennedy Center Honorees. Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, & Shirley MacLaine who were on this list are now 2013 recipients of this honor. If you would like to nominate anybody here or anybody else, you can go to the http://www.kennedycenter.org/ and look to nominate somebody there online. You will get a reply in your email. Once you receive your reply, please file it in your folder.
The Saint (1962)
Love Sir Roger Moore as The Saint!
Before he was James Bond, Sir Roger Moore was a television star and played the title role of "The Saint." He plays Simon Templar, an agent, who investigates crime like an American movie actress who is kidnapped with her co-star and a jewelry theft. Roger Moore is handsome and charming as the star. The episodes are crisp and fresh. I love the locations in London, England. The episodes are well written and executed in style with a talented cast and crew. The episodes are entertaining without being violent. It's no wonder that he was a perfect successor to play James Bond. I always liked him as Bond the best.
L'auberge espagnole (2002)
An Enjoyable Film!
Audrey Tatou has a small role in this multi-language film as Martinez, Xavier's Parisian girlfriend. Xavier will spend a year in Barcelona, Spain. It turns out to be an unforgettable surrounded by his six roommates from London, England (Wendy); a lesbian; and others. The location shots are magnificent all around the city. The cast is perfect for their roles. It turns out to be an unforgettable year for Xavier filled with happiness and sorrow. Xavier and his roommates have an incredible time. There are plenty of funny and serious moments like when Wendy's London boyfriend, Alistair, pays a surprise visit. The group go out of their way to stop him from finding Wendy in bed with an American guy. If you have spent time abroad in Europe, you will enjoy the film.
American Venus (2007)
Rebecca DeMornay is underrated and underused!
Rebecca DeMornay is a talented and beautiful actress. She is highly under utilized in the film world. In this film, she plays a gun loving and carrying mother of an adult daughter. When Jenna bails on her life at home, mother goes to find her in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Jenna is happy and living there with roommates and a boyfriend. When her mother finds, she is determined to make her come home to America and get a gun. Without a gun, she feels naked. Canada has different rules for foreigners buying guns. She will try to buy a gun legally and illegally. The cast is fine but not familiar to me. I would have loved more location shots though since the city is beautiful. The script could have been better. The ending is abrupt.
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)
This is what great films are all about?
This film is one of the greatest Italian films of all time. Cinema Paradiso was a place in a fictional town. Salvatore Di Vita has become a successful film maker in Rome and hasn't been home in 30 years. Alfredo was the projectionist for the cinema. He befriends young Sal nicknamed Toto. Alfredo becomes more like a father figure to Toto since his father died in World War II. We watch Sal's life as reflects upon the loss of Alfredo. The film has a great cast and crew. It's absolutely heartbreaking by the end. The cast is superb with Jacques Perrin as the older Sal. I don't cry but I did today. It takes a lot for me to cry. Ennui Morricone provides the magic musical score. He is a genius. The original score is breathtaking and unforgettable.
The Fountainhead (1949)
I have never read the book or any of Ayn Rand's literature. This film adaptation is strange because its more philosophical and literary than anything else. Everybody is giving speeches about beliefs and views. I don't get the meaning about Rand's work. The movie is about an architect, Roark, (played fine by Gary Cooper). He is unusual in his vision of building whether homes or skyscrapers. Patricia Neal plays his love interest. I just don't understand why Roark's visions were at odds with society. The film is long and not very entertaining overall. Ayn Rand may have been a brilliant philosopher but her storytelling is a lot to be desired.
À la folie... pas du tout (2002)
A French Romantic Comedy with a twist!
Audrey Tatou is a wonderful French actress. In this film, she plays Angelique, a talented art student in love with a married doctor. She keeps claiming that he will leave his pregnant wife for her. As we learn in this film, Angelique has some serious problems with reality. Audrey Tatou does a splendid job with the role. The supporting cast is also stellar. As for a French romantic comedy, it becomes serious midway in the film. There we learn the truth about our film's heroine. We still feel for her anyway. The audience can relate to unrequited love. It is hard to imagine that Angelique wouldn't have men falling for her. She is charming, talented, and intelligent. The film has its moments but its more about mental illness. Still Tatou is remarkable in the role. I love that they filmed it in Bordeaux, France. I love seeing other parts of France besides Paris which I love too!
A Moving History!
African American history has had as many triumphs and disasters. African Americans have made as many strides in sports. This documentary is comprehensive about African Americans in all sports even in golf. This documentary interviews many athletes, journalists, and others. This documentary starts off in the early twentieth century and ends in the present. This documentary focuses on all sports too where they also broke barriers and became integrated while playing alongside white players. The documentary explores their mistreatment especially during Jim Crow South Laws where blacks and whites were separate and unequal. African Americans in sports also had to fight obstacles.
Separate But Equal (1991)
This film should be shown in all schools!
Sidney Poitier was the perfect actor to play Thurgood Marshall as an attorney for the NAACP in the fifties. Burt Lancaster gives a final performance but one of his best as legal legend, John W. Davis. The supporting cast is excellent. This mini series is about the legal process that can be long, tedious, and time consuming for years. This case starts off when a small town African American minister, teacher, and principal seeks a school bus for his students. When the superintendent blows off the request, the minister goes forward and seeks counsel. The minister and the plaintiffs experience hostility, threats, violence, and more hatred. This film has to be shown in schools to understand American history, a shameful chapter in history.
The Paper Chase (1973)
John Houseman's Film Debut!
Ironically, John Houseman made his film debut here and won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Supporting Actor. He richly deserved it for his performance. Houseman would act until his death. He wasn't a newcomer to acting. In fact, he taught drama at Juilliard and was part of Orson Welles' Mercury players theatre company. While Houseman is a scene stealer, the film chronicles the first year law school student's difficulties. Timothy Bottoms does a fine job in the student seeking his teacher's approval or just notice his existence. Bionic Woman's Lindsay Wagner plays Susan, his girlfriend. There is an excellent supporting cast such as David Naughton and Edward Herrmann. The film is slow at times and there is not much action or suspense.
Now I know why they closed?
This film is a brutal commentary and observation about mental health services in the United States. Many of these facilities have since closed. Many of these patients would be homeless on the streets. I only saw bits and pieces of the film in the past. Finally to see it altogether, Jack Nicholson is perfect as McMurphy. Nurse Ratched is well played by Louise Fletcher. Nurse Ratched is seen as the villain and labeled one of film history's villains. I don't see Nurse Ratched that way though. I don't know her enough. I believe she is doing her job which is difficult heading a psychiatric ward. I guess we see her coldness and true nature at the end when she discovers Bill's indiscretion. She uses it against him cruelly which leads him to tragedy. But I still don't think Nurse Ratched is this monster.