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The Last Samurai (2003)
An underrated masterpiece
I can't understand why The Last Samurai got mixed reviews by critics because it's such a powerful and beautiful movie. In fact, it's up there with other sword fighting movies like Braveheart and Gladiator. But at least, it was a success with audiences and at least Empire Magazine gave it a five-star review.
But all that aside, let me just say that I really enjoyed the film. The two lead actors, Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe are superb in their performances. Tom Cruise plays Captain Nathan Algren, a traumatized soldier who finds peace when he's taken prisoner by the samurai warriors and he learns how they live and their culture and language and even becomes a father/husband figure to the family of the samurai that he killed in battle and even becomes a samurai himself. To me, this is Tom Cruise's best performance of his career despite what people might say about him but he's acted well in other movies like Rain Man and Born on the Fourth of July. Ken Watanabe plays the samurai leader, Katsumoto who is in conflict with the Japanese Emperor and politicians because he wants to keep the old culture and traditions and honour of Japan alive and goes into battle against the modern Japanese army and I'm glad Watanabe was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.
The action scenes and battle sequences are as compelling as the story. And I like how they depict the locations of 19th century Japan at one side, a revolutionary city and at the other side, a vast and beautiful countryside. The cinematography is shot beautifully and the rest of the cast do really well too.
So in conclusion, I just want to say The Last Samurai is one of my favourite movies of 2003 (a rather good year for movies) and I recommend to anyone who likes great drama and action.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
An underrated epic Biblical classic
I'm surprised that this is more or less the only film by Cecil B. DeMille I've seen. You'd he'd have made more movies like Alfred Hitchcock or Frank Capra or Billy Wilder because I really enjoyed his remake of The Ten Commandments and I would've liked to have seen more of him. But anyway, I can't count how many times I've seen The Ten Commandments. What can I say about it? Except that it's a epic classic.
It's also my favourite movie with Charlton Heston even though I enjoyed him in movies like Ben-Hur and Planet of the Apes. But I can't think of another actor who pull off playing Moses as better as he did. I also enjoy the other cast as well like Yul Brynner as Rameses, Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, John Derek as Joshua etc. The set designs and costume designs are beautiful to look at and the visual effects are a little dated compared to today's standards. But the parting of the Red Sea is impressive.
It's a wonder why this film isn't talked about or appreciated more often even though I'm sure it was a hit when it first came out in 1956 and it won an Oscar (as well as being nominated for several other Oscar categories) and everyone knows the Biblical story. But I think The Ten Commandments is even better than Ben-Hur.
The Wrestler (2008)
One of the best sports movies ever made!
I'm not a fan of wrestling (let alone sports) but I enjoy a good sports movie and The Wrestler is up there with some of my favourite sports movies ever. It tells the simple yet touching story of an aging professional wrestler who was big in the 80s but now past his prime. Then after suffering a heart attack, he reluctantly retires from wrestling and tries to adjust to normality by working in a deli counter, forming a relationship with a stripper and even trying to bond with his estranged daughter. In my opinion, The Wrestler is the best sports movie since the first Rocky movie. It even got praised from other professional wrestlers as well. And I'm glad that Mickey Rourke won both a B.A.F.T.A. Film Award and a Golden Globe for his portrayal as Randy "The Ram" but I'm surprised he didn't get an Oscar because this was the performance of his career. And I'm also surprised The Wrestler was only nominated for two Oscars. If you ask me, it should've been given more nominations like Best Director, Best Original Song or even Best Picture because it's one of the best movies of 2008.
The best Harry Potter movie ever!
The reason why I think Goblet of Fire is the best out of all the Harry Potter movies is because it's the most exciting, action-packed, darker, suspenseful or even romantic.
One of the things I loved about it was that it was the one with the most new characters: Victor Krum, Cedric Diggory, Fleur Declour, Rita Skeeter, Cho Chang, Mad-Eye Moody, the Patil twins, Barty Crouch Sr., Barty Crouch Jr.. They also did a really great job on the Tri-Wizard Tournament. The tasks were so action packed and fantastic. My favourite character in this one is Mad Eye Moody. Brendan Gleeson was so great as him. And he's probably one of my favourite actors from my country.
Another thing I really liked about the first touch of romance in it. There were a lot of fine girls in this film: Hermione Granger, Cho Chang, Fleur Declour and the Patil twins. One of my favourite scenes was the Yule Ball. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) looked so beautiful in this scene! One of the biggest things about this film is the return of Lord Voldemort. I just loved all the special effects and magic and how organised the plot is. The Harry Potter books and films really inspire me to become an writer myself. Also, happy birthday to the very talented and beautiful Emma Watson!
Shrek Forever After (2010)
A nice ending to the Shrek series
Granted Shrek Forever After may not be as good as the first two movies but it's an improvement of Shrek the Third which disappointed many fans. But Shrek Forever After gave a nice ending to Shrek and I think it deserves more credit and a higher rating on IMDb because it has a good story, good comedy and a good villain (Rumpelstiltskin).
I like how it starts off with the King and Queen of Far Far Away almost making a deal with Rumpelstiltskin in order to break Princess Fiona's curse but the deal is interrupted when they find out the Shrek saved Fiona. Rumpel becomes vengeful because of Shrek and wishes he was never born. Then we see that Shrek misses the days when he used to be a real ogre even though Fiona tells him he has everything. Then Shrek meets Rumpelstiltskin and is tricked into signing a contract with Rumpel thinking that it will give him just one day to be a real ogre. At first, Shrek is thrilled because villagers are afraid of him and he can do whatever he wants. But then Shrek finds out he's been taken to an alternative reality and sees how things would've turned out if he was never born. Like Donkey is afraid of Shrek, Shrek and Fiona have never met, Puss is fat and Rumpel is in charge of the Kingdom of Far Far Away. And the only way Shrek can get his life back is sharing True Love's Kiss with Fiona.
Granted Shrek Forever After uses the same kind of story as It's a Wonderful Life but I think it deserves more praise because I like how it shows what everything would be like if Shrek never saved Fiona from the Dragon's Keep. And I like in the end, Shrek realizes that his life is perfect because he has friends and family.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
A great come back for Mel Gibson
I like Mel Gibson as an actor and director but I think he does better as a director and Hacksaw Ridge was a great return for him and it turned out to be one of my favourite war movies alongside Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan. But what makes Hacksaw Ridge so special is that it's based on the true story of Desmond Doss (played brilliantly by Andrew Garfield), a Christian soldier who refuses to take up arms and becomes a war hero in the Battle of Okinawa in World War II by single-handedly saving over 70 soldiers without firing a single shot nor killing anyone and in the end is awarded the Medal of Honour. And it just goes to show you that miracles can happen anywhere at anytime to anyone. I'm also glad that Hacksaw Ridge was a success both with critics and audiences and did well in awards season by winning 2 Oscars for Film Editing and Sound Mixing but I think Andrew Garfield should've won the award for Best Leading Actor instead of Casey Affleck because Manchester by the Sea is really overrated and underwhelming. I mean Garfield's character was more challenging because he had to play a real life war hero and had to put on the accent as well. But in conclusion, I just want to say I really enjoyed Hacksaw Ridge and I hope we will get to see more of Gibson and Garfield in the future.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
RIP John Candy and John Hughes
To me, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is John Hughes's third best movie (next to Ferris Bueller's Day-Off and The Breakfast Club) and it's also the best movie of both Steve Martin and John Candy.
It's a funny story about an uptight businessman called Neil Page who is trying to get home to his family for Thanksgiving. But along the way he gets stuck with a good-natured but annoying blabbermouth screw-up named Del Griffith. The two of them go on a really rough trip home (most of it is Del Griffith's fault), especially Neil. But I like how Neil can't stand Del after all the trouble he got him into but in the end Neil learns to appreciate Del and considers him his friend and even invites him to spend Thanksgiving at his house.
As well as being a great comedy, there are also some dramatic moments. Like when in the motel room where Neil rants about how annoying Del is and how he talks too much but Del responds with his touching "You wanna hurt me..." speech and that he likes who he is. And it's also surprising at the end when Neil learns that Del is homeless and his wife has been dead for years.
It's also sad to know that John Candy (1950-1994) and John Hughes (1950-2009) are both dead because they were both legends of their time. But the funny movies that they made like Uncle Buck, Home Alone and of course, Planes, Trains and Automobiles will remain classics for years to come.
Disney's First Feature
It's hard to believe this movie is Disney's first animated feature and it's even hard to believe that it's nearly 80-years-old. But it still holds up even today and it was a nice start for Disney. I mean it has catchy songs, lovable characters (especially Dopey), funny humour and lovely animation (even though it's a little dated compared to today's animation) and charming music.
The characters of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are all charming, lovable and memorable. They all stand out in there own way, but my favourite is Dopey even though he doesn't say anything but as Walt Disney himself put it "He's nice but sort of silly". But that's what I like about him; he's clumsy and funny.
This film is a classic in it's own way and it was one of the highest grossing films ever around the time it was first released. And it's enjoyable for both kids and adults. And it's also one of the few films that made me cry. I mean, yes, the film made me smile a lot because it's such a charming feature but the scene where Snow White is in sleeping death and seeing the seven dwarfs crying was such a sad scene and it made me cry as well. But it's ending is very uplifting when the Prince kisses Snow White and breaks the sleeping death and they all live happily ever after.
Samurai Jack (2001)
The Samurai Called Jack
Samurai Jack is up there with some of my favourite animated series because it's a show with great action, science fiction, fantasy, animation and good vs. evil. It tells the story of an extremely skilled samurai warrior with a magic sword is sent far into the future by the evil shapeshifter, Aku and the samurai, who goes by the name Jack, must travel the world in search for a way back to the past and defeat Aku while being hunted by Aku's bounty hunters and minions and helping those in need.
It's not hard to see why Samurai Jack was a success with both critics and audiences and how it won 4 Primetime Emmy Awards. Most of the episodes are brilliant but some of my favourite episodes are "Ultra Robots", "The Beginning" and "The Spartans". And I'm also glad that they decided to bring back Samurai Jack after over a decade and make new episodes and a whole new season and hopefully it will end Jack's journey and maybe we will finally get see Jack return to the past and defeat Aku and we could also find out what Jack's real name is as well.
King Kong (2005)
The best remake ever made!
I can't understand why some people don't like Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong. I mean to me, I think it's up there with The Lord of the Rings trilogy because it's just as epic. But maybe it's because people just don't like remakes or they don't like how the remake is 3 hours long or it's not the same as the original King Kong (1933).
But anyway, let me tell you why I think this is the best remake of all time as I said in the title. Director, Peter Jackson took the movie of King Kong to a whole new level with his brilliant direction. I like in the beginning takes place in New York during the Great Depression and Ann Darrow is an out-of-work actress and Carl Denham is a struggling director and Jack Driscoll is a playwright. I also love how realistic they made Kong look and I also love how they gave the movie a relationship between Ann and Kong. This made Kong a sympathetic creature. I also like how they made Skull Island like the natives scary and action scenes more intense, especially with the T-Rex fight with Kong.
It's good that this remake of King Kong was praised by critics and won 3 Oscars but it's unfortunate that some people didn't like it. I mean it only has a rate of 7.2 on IMDb and 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. I guess some people have no taste. I mean to me, this remake is about 10 times better than the original.