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I had waited a hell of a long time for this film. After a year of persuasion I finally came round to the first two and was blown away. So when I had paid £5 to see this I expected nothing less. Then I fell asleep. Not though, you understand, because I was bored rather I was up all night yakking. But when I went to see it again it shot instantly to Number 1 on my all time favourite movies. The battle scenes are breathtaking and Sam's courage and bravery fills you with hope. The scene atop Mount Doom "I can't carry it, but I can carry you." sent shivers up my spine. A fitting end to the best trilogy in movie history. Thank you Peter Jackson.
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POSSIBLE TINY SPOILER ALERT when i first read about CITY OF GOD, Colin Kennedy of Empire magazine said it was more or less in the same class as GOODFELLAS. he isn't too far off. although unlike most reviewers i don't think the movie is great because it shows the harshness of the slum, i think it is brilliant because it is so damn entertaining. it has a tragic lining of course but the story, through its music and reasonably happy ending is rather upbeat. whatever you read or think about CITY OF GOD just watch it again and again and again. you'll thank yourself for it.
There are only really three serious contenders for the prestigous title of bets gangster movie ever. Things like Tarantino's PULP FICTION and RESERVOIR DOGS (both on my Top Ten Ever list) don't count as they are comedic. Those three contenders then. THE GODFATHER, THE GODFATHER PART II or GOODFELLAS? Well, GOODFELLAS, in my opinion blows THE GODFATHER out of the water because it gets so close to the way gangsters actually lived and ultimately, died. However, THE GODFATHER PART II is better than GOODFELLAS. I won't spoil the plot but I will say it is a powerful, extraordinary, haunting epic picture. It is quite simply, the best gangster movie ever made.
For lonely sad-acts who don't have any porn movies this is the answer. But even the horniest of people may get bored as every two minutes a breast is flashed. To the plot. There isn't one. It's just one big porno. The script is without exaggeration the worst ever written. I'm not too sure the movie isn't the worst ever either.
BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)
With 'Boogie Nights' & 'Magnolia' PT Anderson confirmed that he is the best thing to happen to cinema since DVD reared its beautiful shiny head and although 'Magnolia' is viewed as the better of the two I actually prefer 'Boogie Nights'. Here's why.
I realise that isn't really a great review so I'll have to give some reasons. First of all, the characters (as in 'Magnolia') are so well-rounded you feel you could watch them sleep. The screenplay (Oscar-nommed I believe) is tender and bizarre ("Will you be my mom?") and should have won the Oscar. The storyline documents the rise and fall of not only people, not only and industry but a whole era and I don't think any other film has done that quite as well since 'GoodFellas'.
Magical, tragic, funny and inspired genius.
BLUE VELVET is certainly not a film to everyone's tastes but if you are
willing to be taken deep into darkest hell and spat back out into a world of
love then please watch this masterpiece.
Jeffrey Beaumont is a normal college student who happens to like mysteries and when he finds himself in the middle of one there is no way of comprehending just what he's got himself into.
Isabella Rosselinni is absolutely phenomenal as a tortured night club singer and Dennis Hopper is terrifying as a pyschotic in love.
A dark, moving and sometimes funny classic.
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It's A Wonderful Life (1946) Director: Frank Capra Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers
Running Time: 130 minutes
If you don't know a single thing about It's A Wonderful Life then you cannot seriously call yourself a movie lover. But we'll tell you about it anyway. It's a Christmas Classic that has survived criticisms of schmaltzness. And a movie in the 40s being too schmalzy has to be a worry. Anyway heres the story. George Bailey (James Stewart in his signature role) is a man who has put his friends and family before his own happiness his entire life. Whether it is jumping into ice to save his little brother Harry, an act that cost him his hearing in his left ear. Or if it's sacrificing his dream of travelling the world to look after his late father's bank so it can stay in business or so Harry can have a bright future with his wife. He even gave up a lucrative $20,000 a year contract from local miser Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) simply because of the townsfolk he has already helped enough. After all, he built them a bunch of good quality houses, allowing them to leave Potter's slums and enjoy a good life. Whatever the deed George Bailey hasn't thought of himself once in his life. He has dreamt of leaving Bedford Falls but through his own good nature has never been able to. He has settled down with his wife Mary (Donna Reed) and four kids. So when his Uncle Billy `misplaces' $8,000 (Potter finds it, keeps it) George is faced with scandal and prison. He is a man at the end of his tether he takes it out on everyone, even his own family. In the end he is told he is worth more dead than alive and decides to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. Only, that's not the end for right at the beginning of the story we know that an angel is watching over George and it is he who saves George from suicide. The angel is Clarence (Henry Travers) who, as you should know, shows George the good he has done people in his lifetime, starting with a trip to what should be Martini's. We discover that George wasn't there too save his old boss Mr. Gower from accidentally poisoning food through his grief. Then we find out that Harry, who is to be given a medal from the President for bravery in WW2, died when he broke through the ice, because George wasn't there too save him. Bedford Falls is now Pottersville because George wasn't there too battle Potter, Mary ends up an old maid because George wasn't there to love her, Uncle Billy went insane because George wasn't there to help with the business, it goes on and on. When George begs to live again and is re-united with his family there isn't a hard heart in sight. It's A Wonderful Life has many themes of love, friendship, kindness, redemption even just pure coincidence, but there is one clear message running through this dark but magically uplifting Frank Capra Christmas Classic: It truly is a wonderful life.
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Schindler's List (1993) Director: Steven Speilberg Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley Screenplay: Steven Zaillian Music: John Williams Cinematography: Janusz Kaminksi Running Time: 195 minutes
It's almost bad taste to call Schindler's List a movie given its documentary style and subject matter but it is a movie and an incredible one at that. We are so used to war movies that depict gun shootouts and heroics on the front line but away from all that is perhaps the TRUE horror of World War II. In 1939 war is declared and Germany defeat the Polish army in two weeks, we know that from a caption that appears in the first 5 minutes but what follows is unexpected and unbelievable. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) is a member of the Nazi party. He is a confident maybe-arrogant womaniser. He is also a rich businessman, the war has made his fortune thanks to cheap Jewish labour and the black market, he explains to his wife. While the Nazis are on top of the world the Jews have no world left. The most important person to Schindler's factory is Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) his Jewish accountant but his only real friend is the psychotic concentration camp leader Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes). Goeth is evil personified and it is his despicable actions that lead Schindler to save over 1,000 Jews using the one thing he loves most money. Schindler bribes the Nazis to save his' Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazi's concentration camps. Schindler's List features some of the most powerful images ever put on screen most notably the little girl in the red coat. But there are plenty of others, the children hiding in filth, Nazi soldiers marching into the Ghettos, Goeth in the cellar with Helen Hirsch and the shower water coming down in Auschwitz. For sheer heart rending emotion, watch Oskar Schindler reduced to tears in the arms of Stern, without whom the list would not have been possible. In doing a Holocaust film, Speilberg took a massive career and personal risk but it paid off big style. He worked on this project for over ten years and every single second was worth it. He delivers to us a message that evil can be renounced and survival is possible, it just takes one man. The saying `He who saves one life, saves the world entire' is extraordinarily powerful in its own right. All this and all Speilberg wanted to do, in his own words was to tell an interesting and true story. He did that all right. The story is so amazing it has to be true but this is more than a story, this is the best movie Speilberg has and will ever make, it is also more than likely the best movie anyone will ever make and no one is ever likely to better it. The phenomenal heart-rending power and epic emotion of Schindler's List will never be outdone by anyone, even Speilberg himself.
THE PIANO is a totally bizarre film but doesn't quite click. It could have been a tender and moving masterpiece and I know some people think of it in that way but I don't. Anna Paquin and Harvey Keitel do their best not to make Scottish accents sound like Willy from The Simpsons and as a Scottish person I thank them for that. It's interesting viewing but a little dull. You may feel compelled to watch it again no matter what you think of it. PS: My dad thinks its sick (?)
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels 2? Wouldn't really sound right would it? So
what do you do? First of all you don't change the plot outline much (London
gangsters in a pickle) but you do make a couple of slight cast alterations.
Brad Pitt? Ah, why not he's a good looking guy after all. Only here, he is a
gypsy boxer and puts in one of the best performances of his career. In my
humble opinion Guy Ritchie is a fantastic director. His style is cool and
dialogue hilarious. He is a cross between Tarantino (for the plots) and P.T.
Anderson (for his knack of coaxing out great performances from less than
great actors). So why did he do Swept Away?!
Personally I don't think snatch is as good as LOCK STOCK... but is lighter and funnier. ***1/2 out of *****
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