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The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Other Side of Vietnam: What Apocalypse and Platoon didn't show us.
I don't want to say something like "Deer Hunter is the greatest Vietnam movie ever!" because that is not necessarily the case. It's different then most other Vietnam movies. That's for damn sure. Platoon and Apocalypse Now gave us a good picture of what it was like to be in the war, but Deer Hunter shows us what happened after. If you are wondering whether or not you should see it, then I would definitely recommend it, just for the comparison.
But The Deer Hunter is also worth a watch for just for its merit as a film. It deserves a place on all top 100 lists. I have not been this moved by a film in awhile. It's one of those films where, at the end, the credits roll and you cannot seem to stand up or turn off the TV. You have to sit there.
Also, watch out for the acting. Every character is masterful, even those with only a line. You will remember them. Deniro is as great as ever. I don't think he changes his expression the entire film, and yet he makes you feel what is going on in his head. And Meryl Streep... well, she's Meryl Streep. In every role I see her in I can't help thinking that she embodies her characters more fully then any other actor I have ever seen. This is the case in Deer Hunter as well.
La science des rêves (2006)
It's right up my alley, anyway
So here's the first thing you should know before you go see The Science of Sleep: It's pretty weird. For all the Michel Gondry fans out there(my name being at the top of that list) that's probably the reason you are drawn to it. But even so, look out. It's a trip. The Science of Sleep did for Gondry what Kill Bill did for Tarantino which is allow him to do everything he'd always wanted to do. The entire movie was basically an excuse for Gondry to be ridiculously creative. Not that the story isn't interesting as well. We follow Stephane (Bernal) through his everyday life, which is essentially a dream. You should note that the character of Stephane is a manifestation of Gondry on screen. Anyway Stephane meets Stephanie, his next door neighbor who can share in his dreamy flights of fancy. Naturally his is attracted to her and the rest of the movie is spent watching him try to get her.
Something to keep in mind for this film: It's definitely not for everybody. For my part I loved it, but the next guy might think it's a waste of time. It is one of those things that you either love or hate. There's no real in between.