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Scent of a Woman (1992)
The True Feel-Good Movie
I had once again watched this movie yesterday and man, what an incredible movie. This is truly Al Pacino's greatest performance since Michael Corleone in The Godfather. This was truly a difficult character to play and Al Pacino had executed it beautifully and he truly deserved that Oscar. All in all, he played a man that was shut out of vision in the real world but could tell from a person just by the scent of the person and his feelings but most of all, it's a film about hope and how you have to live your life to the fullest. just because you are blind and paralyzed, it does not mean you give up. you go on and on.
On a side note, the film had some incredible moments too. The scene were Owen Trask gets the tannish cream in his car was pure hilarious. The tango scene made me feel in awe. This is truly one of those films that would make you bring a smile on your face even after watching it. I suggest to all of you out there. if you haven't seen it, see it. it is a remarkable film. i recommend it!
a masterpiece of courage
Some people would compare this film to Braveheart. it may be true but not always. Braveheart was a film about a man's fight for freedom. Gladiator is a film about a man's fight for justice and what he feels should be rational. i saw this film once again on New Year's Day and i was captivated by it. Russell Crowe gave a performance of what I led to belive may be the best performance he has ever given. One of the many aspects of the film is the direction as well as the cinematography. Ridley Scott is a visionary director and he creates this movie pictures that will stick out in our minds forever. the battle scenes as well as the stadium scenes may be quite brutal but it's important to know about it and see it because these most of the people back in those times who fought in these stadiums were slaves and they fought to show that they were courageous and wanted their justice. this may be a one of those films that was rapidly paced. The film was two and a half hours long but it seemed like a hour less because the film went by so quickly. I really believe that Gladiator is one of the best films i have ever seen as well as one of the best action films i have ever seen. The acting was excellent and the directing was magnificent. If you want to see a movie that will leave you in awe or what to learn about the history of ancient societies such as Roman societies, take a look at this film. You will be amazed!
a superb film full of amazing wonders
This is one of those films that captivated me and kept me on the edge of my seat. Now, I was one in a few people that had never read the book. I need to though. It was so amazing of how these actors who played the roles like Gandalf and Frodo would play it so effectively. The direction by Peter Jackson is astonishing. He did a pretty good job at keeping the film and the book at a pure simplicity. I hope he wins an Academy Award for it. Better yet, this film will receive a few Oscars. I thought the battle scenes was great too. I could easily compare the battle scenes to the scenes from Braveheart and Gladiator because they seem realistic and some people would look at it as fights between the good and the evil. Ian McKellen is the actor i would give kudos to because i heard that in the novel, Gandalf was a seven-foot man and what he did with that role was incredible. i mean, i couldn't imagine Ian McKellen playing a large man but he did it with pure ability and wit. This is a excellent movie. It adds up to my list of favorite movies and it is also a film of many genres. it is a drama, a love story, an action/adventure and a tale of courage and destiny. I recommend this film to anyone who likes to kill three hours of their time. You will be amazed!
a masterpiece about the fight for freedom
I remember seeing a bit of the film on HBO and chunks of it on USA and now, when i finally saw the whole thing a few hours ago, i was captivated by the theme as well as the impact of the movie. It took a lot of guts for Mel Gibson to star in the film as well as star in it and he deserved that Best Director Oscar. Rarely, have we seen actors who have direct themselves into a good performance. i believe that i saw it in Mel Gibson. this may be one of the best war movies that i have ever seen. all of the cast members were wonderful, especially Mel Gibson. The battle scenes may be a little bit stomach-turning and brutal but, as the viewer, it is important to show the violence of what happened between the Scottish and the British back at those times and it is brilliant film making and the best fight scenes ever captured on film. this is a film about the fight for freedom and the courage to free your heart and follow your dreams and to achieve it at a high peak. I also thought that the music was wonderful too as well as the cinematography which was beautifully filmed. The music, by James Horner, gives a deft subtleness of the movie and creates the tone. I recommend this film to everyone because this film is like a sonnet as well as a history lesson. it is a incredible movie and a film that will live on forever.
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
the coens' masterpiece
I remember seeing this film about a month ago at the Crest at my home town and seeing the film made me think hard about my society. sometimes, i feel like ed crane when it comes to my high school. I'm the man who wasn't there. I'm nearly a phantom to my classmates. anyway, i believe that the Coen Brothers have struck yet another chord in their film making with The Man Who Wasn't There. it is a film that will astonishing and hold you at every minute of the movie. All of the cast members were incredible, especially Billy Bob Thornton. He quoting a film critic which i agree, manage to play a boring man without giving a boring performance. Literally what he did what something that you rarely see in film making. His subtleness at every turn may have astonish the audience or even shocked them. in a way, we all have a Ed Crane in ourselves. i liked the coens' style of film making and i think the real kudos should be towards the cinematographer Roger Deakins. he may be one of the best cinematographers that we ever had in the film industry. this is a film that gives the name "film-noir" a WHOLE new definition. i love this film so much and i wish to see it again sometime. the coen brothers do a very good job at making a film that has the right elements and the right characters. they make films that anyone couldn't believe it would be directed by them. i recommend this film to everyone who loves film-noir movies. the coen brothers have yet made another excellent movie. folks, you will be amazed.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
One Of The Funniest Movies Ever Made
this is certainly one heck of a comedy. all of the cast members were funny and gave one of the most hilarious performances that we have ever seen in a comedy in recent years. Kevin Kline made me laugh so hard, i almost hit the floor. He really deserved that Oscar! the film was delicious (and i mean it), funny, smart and charming. some people may complain that the film may be a bit vulgar in its taste but for me, you shouldn't mess with art because this film is a huge piece of art. there were some very funny scenes, especially the love-making scenes Otto and Wanda have. Otto West may be one of the funniest characters that we have seen on film. John Cleese, who played Archie Leach, wrote the film and he deserves kudos because he had a smart sense of humor of writing this film and i praise him for it. i love this film. once again, it is a very delicious movie and if you want to see a good comedy that will tickle your funny bone, this may be it for you. for me, no hesitation. you will be amazed!
the best animated movie (ever!!)
I have seen many animated movies and they were quite good but they didn't really seem realistic to me as much. having watched shrek, i think this may be the best animated movie ever full of realism. The film wasn't afraid to show off their artsy humor and that humor in shrek was well executed in the right parts. all of the major cast members (especially Mike Myers) did a magnificent and mellifluous job of voicing the characters. throughout the movie, i couldn't stop laughing. the film was hilarious, funny, witty and, most of all, smart. i believe this film has taken the place as well of my Top 10 favorite films of all time. if i ever have a so-so day, I'll remember to pop this film on my DVD player and sit back with some orange juice and popcorn and enjoy. i hope this film will deserve some Oscars and Shrek may be the best animated movie EVER!!! if you want to see a animated movie full of wit, see it! you will be amazed!
Raising Arizona (1987)
the coens at their funniest
I haven't seen this movie for a while but I loved it and I thought it was the most funniest movie that I have ever seen. All of the cast members in this film give excellent performances, especially by Holly Hunter. The Coen Brothers managed to make a feel-good movie after Blood Simple and they have succeeded in doing it. I LOVE THE COEN BROTHERS! I love them! I have seen all of their films and they are masterpieces. The funniest thing about the Coen Brothers is that they have a huge portal in their head and once you get inside of it, you can never get out and you see all these weird images in their head that they put in their movies like this one. Also, one of the great aspects of this film is the cinematography which was flat out great. This movie is the one for you. Recommended.
10 out of 10
The Big Lebowski (1998)
A laugh-out loud movie
This is another funny film from the minds of the Coen Brothers. It was funny, audacious and hilarious. Despite the amount of profanity it was used in the film, it was still a funny movie. All of the cast members were great, especially John Turturro as the bowler. His two scenes really made the movie. In a way, it was sort of like the Raising Arizona of kidnapping movies. It had a surreal feel to it and that's how most of the Coen movies are. Anyway, for all you Coen lovers. They have a new film coming out and that's The Man Who Wasn't There. Anyway, The Big Lebowski: SEE IT!
10 out of 10
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
a film of wonder
This film is probably the only Coens film so far that almost all of their fans hated. But, I saw it twice. When I first saw it, I thought these fans were right. It was a film that annoying and somewhat stupid but when I watched it the second time, boy, did I miss out. True, their are some annoying parts but overall, I thought it was a great movie by the Coens. The set design was dazzling and the cinematography was excellent. Tim Robbins gave a funny performance as did Bruce Campbell. He was hilarious in that film and quite funny too. While I was watching this film, I was overwhelmed by the atmosphere and the tone. I heard it cost $25 million dollars to make and I believed it. For one thing Paul Newman and the other, the special effects. I don't care. The movie wad great and the Coens have created another masterpiece. Oh, the music was great too. If any of you hasn't seen this movie, see it. Recommended.