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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Viewing is definitely recommended., 21 May 2004
10/10

Classics can be seen as old, intimidating, mostly black and white movies... The Godfather doesn't even glimpse at those characteristics, in contrast, it not only enthralls the audience, but also inspires other films relating to its topic. The 1940s revolved around a tone that was dark, and uninviting to sympathy, while The Godfather actually triggers extreme emotion towards the, otherwise seen as, "bad guys."

Characters that are seriously stereotyped take a new spin and actually make the viewer feel involved in the events of the movie. Michael, an army man in search of pure separation from his family and the family business, is in love with Kay, a young girl full of life and enthusiasm for Michael. While his older brother struggles to keep the family name intact.

The characters themselves shine in the light of a great story, full of excitement and suspense. Talks of war between families and the spread of drugs and gambling keep the viewer interested throughout the long film. The viewer is hopelessly involved with the family, having had no interaction with any real people or in conversations.

The Godfather is timeless with awesome actors and angles, the subject matter is rather heavy and it should be seen by parents before viewing by children. It is definitely a ten on a scale where that rates the highest.

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
It's kind of a new idea to take wealthy kids and give them a dark side., 8 April 2004
10/10

James Dean and Natalie Wood shine in a dark drama about kids in the fifties, but the movie goes beyond the drunkenness you first see. Rebel Without A Cause is different because of the type of kids it portrays. Jim Stark, a lonely and yet fully surrounded kid, is forced into multiple everyday situations that have the ability to drive him mad. He's not just some random teenager, but a child born into suburban misery; growing up all he wants to do is have a "normal" life.

The plot is almost unimportant to the real quality of the film, it explores how Jim can have two completely different sides. First, he acts out to try to get his way and potentially his fathers attention, while all the time being quiet and even sometimes shy. Jim is beating up an office desk while fifteen minutes later he can be protective over a newfound friend. Secondly, it shows smart, wealthy kids who get good grades and do their chores doing "bad" things that would possibly be hazardous. Setting the entire film so much closer to home than ever before. The movie blatantly explores the contrast between what people see and what is really going on, the viewer is shown the "chicken run" but also sees Jim try to help his friend with a jacket.

Rebel Without A Cause is definitely one of the best movies, rating a ten on a scale where there is no higher ranking. It's perfect to watch for the hypocrisies of society, and entertainment.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Even with very little explanation, "Dr. Strangelove" is a great movie., 14 March 2004
10/10

Love songs between planes and a translation of "Merkwurdichiebe" seem a little strange for a movie's theme. By the title, one should expect such a thing. "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb" is not only a mouthful, it's an excellent movie. Although in some cases, it should be overviewed and discussed before seen. Released in 1964, the film reflects the worries and mood of the time surrounding it, but twisting those thoughts with humorous ventures and fictional characters.

Based on Peter George's novel, it scratches at a loss of hope, but somehow is cheerful. Since it was based around such heavy subjects, it would make more sense if the movie itself was somber and full of events. In truth the movie is surrounded by only a few sets and can literally make the viewer laugh out loud. It is the smaller things, such as: a "keep off the grass" sign at a military base while shooting is going on, or the ongoing talk about bodily fluids leading to the decision to abstain from sex, that make the movie so hilarious.

It takes talent to take a subject like nuclear warfare and put a spin on it, using names like King Kong and Jack D. Ripper contributed to the affect. The contrast between the music and pictures, using one main instrumental song throughout the entire film gave a sense of a continuous suspense that was crucial to the feel of the movie. This is a film that needs to be seen by anyone who would have an open mind to its sense of humor, and with that open mind it's one of the best movies ever made.

1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
"Rear Window" is great and the theme is worth it., 1 March 2004
9/10

Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" lasts in many reviewers' minds simply because of its quality. The sets and characters add perfectly to the idea and feel of the film. One of the largest indoor scenes was made for this movie, and used to expose the vulnerability of privacy in daily life. Jimmy Stewart all alone in an apartment for hours with nothing to do but watch people go by in their own way. All the while, with his lovely girlfriend trying to win his heart even further.

Along with suspense, great actors, and excellent scenes, Hitchcock silently seeks the right of privacy. From any open window in the summertime a person can see out, and with a lack of television or an occasional visitor it's much more likely that that window may be his only form of entertainment.

"Rear Window" is an excellent movie; it uses small things that make it unique. During the entire film, no background music is played, just the sounds from neighbors and down the street, making the connections even more exciting. It is definitely a film to watch, but with the attention that it was something new, and something real. Not paying attention to detail and specific supports would ruin the movie, but if looked at it is truly a masterpiece.

Psycho (1960)
0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Combination technique, directing, and acting make psycho worth the scary parts., 19 February 2004
8/10

Alfred Hitchcock shows massive skill in the overall display of his film, Psycho. Using almost all new views and carefully plotted signs, the "Master of Suspense" was one of the first to use dark plots to entice his audiences. Psycho is what would now be considered a lot less than terrifying; with thousands of movies out frightening viewers, a movie from the 1960's wouldn't seem like such a big deal. Psycho is the number one prototype of scary movies, the movies seen today use ideas and camera angles that Alfred Hitchcock mastered. The design of the movie is to make the audience uncomfortable; and by using intense orchestral music and close-ups on the emotion of the characters the director accomplishes that goal. The plot starts out simple and assumingly bland, and what is amazing is that Alfred Hitchcock used such a simple story that could be told in minutes and reformed it into one of the best thrillers of all time. Combined with the acting Psycho is crucial to the movie industry itself, the characters themselves are outlined wonderfully and add a sense of anxiousness essential to the script.

The movie takes more than one watching, but should be seen by a diverse group of people. It is a good movie and can therefore be enjoyed by an indifferent audience, while serious moviegoers could also enjoy its subtle hints and background scenes. From young ages to old, the value of the movie stays mainly constant; it really depends on the opinion of the viewer for that particular genre. What makes Psycho unique is that even the most frightened person can see the worth of it, if that person gets up enough courage to stick with it.

5 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
A typical Christmas extravaganza goes lazy., 27 December 2003
4/10

`A Christmas Story' is a told-to-be timeless classic, not only is there a twenty-four hour marathon played on Christmas Eve, but countless reviewers appreciate the humor, and sincerity of the film. Trying desperately to achieve the ideal Christmas gift, Ralphie strives to promote the thought of such a gift into his parents' subconscience. A little child's toy gun is a small price to pay, but with parents, teachers, and even Santa insisting that he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie's hopes surely dampen.

The feel of the movie is a lack, with Christmas coming and families rejoicing you see a light-up-leg lamp, and a child stuffing down oatmeal. While the movie still sticks to the same old bullies and pathetic little brothers, it also adds minimum humor, and corny situations.

The main character, Ralphie, knowing that he has very little hope of receiving his gift, goes into little blurbs of imagination where the viewer is bored with pathetic acting and nothing short of senseless babble. Dragging on for over an hour, the parents show little remorse and old-time parenting while Ralphie gets into a typical boyish fight. Washing a little boy's mouth out with soap couldn't be less entertaining.

On a scale of one to ten (one being the lowest) this movie rates a four. The silly plot and barely ferocious ending leave something to be desired. Little kids who seriously neglect any action on the television screen may love this movie, while those who actually pay attention find it not only lacking, but completely irrelevant to the season.

1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
There's no way this movie will ever be topped, it's the king of its genre., 16 December 2003
10/10

With many movies around winter coming out, the usual standard is the persona of a feel-good movie with a smiling Kris Kringle and a happy, married, Caucasian, job-holding man. "It's A Wonderful Life" throws that stereotype out the window. It's a movie relating to the Christmas season, but the only reason that is true is because Christmas occurs in the movie. This film is one of the best movies a person of any age could watch, with an easy plot, and lovable characters.

George Bailey, a small town boy with big plans, runs out of his luck. Seeing the world and bringing down the moon are dreams that could come true in his eyes. Full of spirit and charm, the character of George Bailey brings tears and laughter within an hour. Going through tough times, George and his family struggle to keep away from the evil Mr. Potter, and can't seem to float.

The aspect of a wonderful life is in the perception of the living. George Bailey not only had troubling seeing the amazing parts of his life, but also felt guilty and incomplete when material possessions were unavailable. The morals and finesse of this story shows that not only is a movie a movie, but it's an act that can alter moods, and really express a certain value to the viewer. "It's A Wonderful Life" is a great movie and will indefinitely be enjoyed by many viewers to come.

On a scale of one to ten (ten being the best) this movie is rated a ten. Not just for its ability to move emotions, or its great roles, but the idea that the public is so busy, it forgets to look at the good things. Even something as small as a first ride on a bicycle, or the scary feeling of a bloody nose. "It's A Wonderful Life" is one of the best movies of all time, and isn't about to be shown up.

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Unrealistic irony in humor can also lead to a lesson or two., 1 December 2003
7/10

Without ever really saying much as far as emotional capacity goes, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" shows not only the true light of human pride, but also the inability to see true colors. While funny, and at times sarcastic, the movie portrays two middle-aged men just tried to get home. While the richer, more refined gentleman, Neal Page, waltzes into fiascos one after the other, he repeatedly runs into the center of his problems. Played by none other than John Candy, Neal's ignorant nemesis provides corny jokes and impossible circumstances.

The holiday of Thanksgiving is nearly missed by Neal Page, not only when he had lost a taxi, but when the next one he saw got stolen! Not to mention horrible motels, and showerheads that all of a sudden stop, he also gets stuck with that same man in such a repetitive sense. Sympathy for this man goes up notches while continuous troubles find it hard to watch. Squinting at the film, the viewer can't help but feel stupid for watching it.

The worth of the film cannot be judged in the scenes preceding the end of the movie. Unexpectedly there's a kind of hope for the gentleness of humankind, when not only have such trials been dealt with, but the ability to reform and truly care gives a sign of humanity. In "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles," there's not just comedy, short slapstick humor that most get sick of, there's also fundamental attacks and congratulations to the attitude of human beings in general.

Not the most wonderful movie in the entire world, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" should be seen by those who simply love Steve Martin; and know, or want to know, his hilarity. On a scale of one to ten (ten being the highest) this movie rates a seven. In between corny one-liners and an impossibly irrelevant plot, the movie lives up to its title; and may be enjoyed by many people, and maybe not by many others.

2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Not such a fan, but not regretting the movie., 23 November 2003
6/10

In a definite attempt to combine humor and intrigue, "Hannah and Her Sisters" displays Woody Allen's interest in failed actresses and dysfunctional families. Funny in some places, the overall feel of the movie is disturbing. Set around Thanksgiving, the movie portrays the difference between bonded sisters and lonely husbands.

Mainly telling the tale of the three sisters and their husbands, "Hannah and Her Sisters" goes on to show no set plot. Jumping from scene to scene, broken up by foreshadowing quotes, it displays not only random feelings, but also unfinished thoughts.

The sisters, on one hand, are corrupt from the start. While there's a definite status between them, they are all decent to each other emotionally and financially. Short fuses lead to an understanding of their past, having been raised by an alcoholic mother, and a father who had long given up. From that stance, to dishonest marriages, each sister struggles on her own, always coming home to barely confront reality on Thanksgiving.

The husbands, or boyfriends, on the other hand are shown as passive and confused. Without paying much attention to needs or familiarities, they try continually to conquer just a part of their fears. Loneliness plays a big part in their lives while their wives try to reach out with all they know. The movie shows multiple scenarios where the viewer is the only one knowing the troubles of a certain character, therefore emphasizing the miscommunication inside each relationship.

On a scale of one to ten, "Hannah and Her Sisters" rates a six (ten being the highest), for it's average plot, and subtle, if even present, themes. It is not a movie recommended and could be seen as a potential waste of time. Very little humor and an unfinished story make for an average movie.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
A wealthy, passive rich man shows no true colors other than green., 16 November 2003
8/10

Looked at by a younger crowd, certain special effects shown in "Citizen Kane" are next to nothing. If it is looked at by a somewhat different view, and acceptance of the time period, its classic aspect shows through. Beginning and ending at the final scene, the movie explores themes of: love, loneliness, greed, and an outspoken man from the perspectives of those around him.

The intensity of the piece is displayed with a single word and shown in its significance at Xanadu, Kane's mansion, lonely and unfinished. Married, yet still alone, Kane may be perceived as a man who just had a lot of money, with no real place to put it. Truth being that Kane's wealth overlooks the longing for compassion. By giving away bought material, and longing for actual feeling in return, Kane finds himself in near desperation.

The movie shows a boys with anticipating potential, turned suddenly and against his will into a man with little talents other than stealing coworkers and accepting a bad reputation. After ridiculously spontaneous engagements, and empty friendships, Kane is even more reduced to an unfinished Xanadu and impartial servants. "Citizen Kane" is a man who claimed himself to be an American. With all the profits and capitalism and uneducated spending, it's a perfect title.

Loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst, "Citizen Kane" is a good motion picture that wouldn't be a waste of time to see. On a scale of one to ten (ten being the best) "Citizen Kane" rates an eight. High in wealth and low in social standings, Charles Kane is viewed from many angels: by the camera, and by viewers.


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