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The Hiding Place (1975)
Moving and poignant movie-making as an art form
The Hiding Place is a story of a Christian family that risks life and liberty to help Jews who are becoming increasingly oppressed.
This is movie-making as an art form. The directing, camera work, and script are superb. But in the end the enduring quality of this movie is brought out by the performances. Julie Harris is a legend and puts on a clinic in this picture. Newcomer Ms. Clift never did anything before or since but she did this film with great heart and dignity. Eileen Heckert and Arthur O'Connell are superb. In short, the performances are outstanding. It is film making at its best. This is a moving and important film. Don't miss it.
Schindler's List (1993)
On everyone's list as a top ten movie of all time
The story of Oskar Schinlder, a German by birth who wants to make money in WW II by getting Jewish investors and workers to produce pots and pans in a factory.
The performances are outstanding. Liam Neeson is Oskar and he is wonderful. Ralph Fiennes is the Nazi camp commander and his performance personifying evil is astounding. Ben Kingsley, one of the great actors of ANY era, is magnificent as Stern, the accountant who helps Oskar and at the same time stays under everyone's radar while helping his people during their incarceration.
I could go on and on but that basically describes it. I give it the greatest compliment I could ever give a movie: DON'T MISS IT!
Being There (1979)
Superb motion picture and Peter Sellers' swan song.
Dustin Hoffman is a magnificent actor. But he stole his Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer from Peter Sellers. The Academy disliked Hoffman but they did not like Sellers even more.
Sellers performance as Chauncey Gardiner is simply magnificent. I may also point out that the performances of Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, who won his second Oscar for this, and Richard Dysart are also superb.
The plot of the movie is a simple man named Chance is forced from the only home he has ever known when a rich benefactor who took care of him dies. We do not know the connection between Chance and the old man. We only know that Chance, a simple man who learns everything he knows from television, has lived there his whole life. He in fact has never left the house.
When he leaves with his impressive wardrobe on his back and in his suitcase going nowhere in particular he accidentally is hit by MacLaine's limousine. "Eve" is horrified by this and she insists that he come to her home and be examined by their doctor. Her husband "Ben" (Douglas) is terminally ill and a billionaire.
The rest of the movie is Chance, ignorant of all important things, is deemed as a national wise-man and even presidential timber. He can not read, write or even reason but he is catapulted to a position of international acclaim and respect by coming up with simple answers to complex problems, even though he has no idea what he is talking about. The lessons of the film, that life should remain simple, are important to learn and remember. This film is a joy from start to finish.
Don't miss one of the greatest performances in screen history by Sellers, the other fine performances, direction and script. This important and entertaining film is a treasure. Don't miss it!
The Godfather (1972)
The greatest movie ever made
The Godfather is the greatest movie ever made. The acting by the legendary Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone is the greatest male performance in movie history. The supporting cast of Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton started their legendary careers with this film, their first important work in a major epic film.
The Godfather is not a simple gangster movie. It is a movie about family. The family just happens to be made up of gangsters. But even in the terrible underworld there is morality amongst this group. they do not kill arbitrarily. The Godfather himself is reluctant to get into the world of narcotics and it almost cost him his life.
The script by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola is extraordinary, as is Coppola's direction. The attention to detail of Italian culture is superb. From beginning to end you will be riveted by the interaction of the Corleone family, as well as the Corleone "family".
Don't miss the greatest movie ever made
There are worse movies then this. The Harlem Globtrotters on Gilligan's Island comes to mind. But not too many others.
The world is being attacked by killer tomatoes. Scientists are trying to save us. Sound like garbage? It is.
Do you need any other reasons not to see it?
I would like this thing shown to lifers in prison. After watching it they would ask to be executed rather then watch it again.
To sum up, it stinks. I would rather get root canal then watch this thing.
Most movies are bad. But not this bad.
The In-Laws (1979)
One of the funniest films ever made.
This movie is absolutely hysterical. And I do not mean very funny. I mean it is hysterical.
The plot is that a CIA operative and a dentist, played superbly and respectively by Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, are about to become in-laws because their two children are to be married. But Falk, about to retire from his clandestine duties, needs Arkin's help to pull off one final mission. From beginning to end the antics of these two will leave you in side-splitting humor. And the performance by Richard Libertini as a South American dictator is equal to Falk and Arkin's contribution to this classic comedy.
If you want to see an intelligent and realistic film that is extremely funny from start to finish then this is it. Don't miss it!
Ordinary People (1980)
The epitome of the broken family genre.
Ordinary People is an extraordinary motion picture for five reasons. The outstanding direction of Robert Redford, and the brilliant acting of Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton and Judd Hirsch.
This movie is set in suburban Chicago. The family is an upper-middle class foursome, the parents and their two sons. The eldest son, Buck, is killed in a boating accident. The other son, Conrad, survives but is riddled with guilt. His mother, Beth, who idolized her deceased first born, is cold with her surviving son. She looks at him and is reminded of the pain. Instead of nurturing her surviving child she distances herself from him. Conrad attempts suicide and spends time in a mental hospital. Calvin, the understanding father, is torn between his wife and son.
Dr. Berger, a psychiatrist, is hired by the family to help the troubled young man. The scenes between Hutton and Hirsch are amongst the best in the movie. He helps Conrad understand his mother's pain and shortcomings and to stand on his own. Conrad tries to keep his family together and realizes, almost with relief, that the family's problems are caused by Beth's "burying all her love with Buck".
This is a fascinating motion picture. The direction and the performances are superb. It is an intelligent, moving and honest examination about a family torn by grief and pain. Don't miss it!
You think you have seen bad made for TV movies?
The Harlem Globtrotters crash land on Gilligan's Island. Compared to this, the original series seems almost intelligent.
That said this is truly one of the worst things you could imagine seeing.
This thing should be shown in prison to violent offenders serving life sentences. When they get finished watching this they will ask for the death penalty instead.
If you have anything else to do, and I mean anything, do it besides watching this.
Wow. If you were to teach a class on bad movies, this is the one to show.
The best of the original Star Trek series.
This episode of Star Trek is the best one in its three year history. McCoy accidentally injects himself with medicine that makes him insane. Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock transport McCoy to a planet with a known time machine to transport him back in time and prevent the mistake from happening. McCoy goes through the machine without Spock and Kirk and lands in 1930's NYC. After Spock and Kirk join him in this time period ( they have no idea where McCoy is) they discover Edith Keeler, played superbly by Joan Collins. It appears that when McCoy entered this time period he prevents Keeler from perishing in a traffic accident. Because Keeler was a peace activist and survived instead of died as before she prevents the US entrance into WW II and the world as we know it is destroyed because Hitler is not defeated. Spock tells Kirk that Keeler must die for all of civilization on Earth to continue. Kirk ends up with a gut-wrenching choice to make; to follow his own heart or sacrifice for the good of mankind. The acting by the characters of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and especially Keeler is astounding. The best Star Trek ever. Don't miss it!