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The Great Gatsby (1974)
A very well mad adaptation of a very important literary work
Jack Clayton's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" was a very well made movie with some of the best character development I have seen in a fictional work that was turned into a film. The movie stars Robert Redford as Gatsby who is a very successful businessman who has his own private company, Redford plays Gatsby it's as if he is taking the role like it is nothing to him. In the film we also meet the narrator to the story which is a bondsman named Nick Carraway (played by Sam Waterston) who is the cousin of the woman of Gatsby's dreams Daisy Buchanan (played by Mia Farrow) who got married to Tom Buchanan (played by Bruce Dern) while Gatsby was serving in WWI. Basically this movie along with the book is just one huge love square because Tom has a mistress named Myrtle Wilson (played by Karen Black) who is married to George Wilson (played by Scott Wilson). There is a lot of things that I like about this movie besides the acting, I also was really impressed with the production design as well as the costumes which both areas won Academy awards for 41 years ago. I did read Fitzgerald's novel before I saw this movie and while watching it the story became much more clear to me. I would rank this as one of the best romance movies of all time along with Gone with the Wind (1939), Ball of Fire (1941), It Happened One Night (1934), La Dolce Vita (1960), The Apartment (1960), and Some Like It Hot (1959). This is one of 1974's best films.
The Crucible (1996)
A pulse pounding period drama
If it weren't for me reading the script to Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" I never would have understood Nicholas Hytner's adaptation of the play quite as well as I did. The movie is historical fiction which talks about the 1692 Salem Witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. The movie stars Daniel Day- Lewis as John Proctor a farmer and a seemingly kind gentleman in the beginning of the movie but I won't try to spoil anything for those who haven't seen the movie. Miller's play was both interesting and suspenseful but the movie didn't live up to the play as much, to me Daniel Day-Lewis is the essential John Proctor. The movie also other great cast members as well such as Joan Allen (in an Oscar nominated performance) as Porctor's wife Elizabeth, Paul Scofield as Judge Danforth, Winona Ryder as Abigail but to be honest I thought her performance was a little over the top, Bruce Davison as Rev. Samuel Parris, and so many more. Hytner's direction and Miller's Oscar nominated screenplay are well worth watching unfold this is up there with some of the best period films I have ever seen. Though it isn't a great movie it was a near-masterpiece in my view, and Daniel Day-Lewis gave one of the finest performances of his entire career in this movie. This is one of the best movies of 1996.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Spielberg's most suspenseful film since Munich
Steven Spielberg's latest film "Bridge of Spies" is another great historical masterpiece in his entire film-making career but with this one being much different than the rest, with Schindler's List talking about a very successful businessman at the time who also happened to be a member of the Nazi party who ended up saving 1200 Jews from concentration camps, Saving Private Ryan talking about the D-Day invasion and the casualties on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, Catch Me If You Can talking about the early criminal life of Frank Abagnale Jr., Munich talking about the five men assigned by the Israeli government to eliminate the terrorists responsible for the Black September bombings at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, as well as Lincoln talking about the last few months of Abraham Lincoln's presidency, and now with "Bridge of Spies" not only does Spielberg tackle the Cold War but also takes on the subject of communism along with it. The movie stars Tom Hanks (in an Oscar worthy performance) as a Brooklyn insurance lawyer named James Donovan who is told by his boss Thomas Watters (played by Alan Alda) that he was the unanimous choice to defend a Soviet spy named Rudolf Abel (played by Mark Rylance) whom the majority of Americans want to be hanged but I'm not going to give anything away. After the trial is over the mission of the U-2 spy plane is in effect which it's job is to take pictures of what is going on in the Soviet Union from an altitude of 70,000 feet in the air and the person on that mission is an Air Force Lieutenant named Francis Gary Powers (played by Austin Stowell).After Powers gets arrested and jailed by the Soviets Donovan flies to Berlin to negotiate an exchange between Abel and Powers, soon after a college student majoring in economics gets arrested and immediately ends up being a part of the exchange. Spielberg directed this movie with suspense,passion, and a huge love of country, and not to mention those scenes with Donovan and his wife Mary (played by Amy Ryan) are just heartbreaking. This movie is undoubtedly in my mind the best movie of the year.
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
The best Tennesee Williams adaptation I've seen since A Streetcar Named Desire
Richard Brooks' "Sweet Bird of Youth" is an excellent movie based on Tennessee Williams's play of the same name. The movie stars Paul Newman as a drifter named Chance Wayne (who is the central character to this movie) who is trying to get back into his relationship with a girl named Heavenly Finley (played by Shirley Knight in an Oscar nominated performance)but he knows that she wants the same thing to happen but both have a complication that won't let it happen which is Heavenly's father who is a corrupt politician named "Boss" Finley (played by Ed Begley in an Oscar winning performance). Brooks directed this movie the best way he possibly could which is what a director is supposed to do with a movie but what I wanted to know more about the movie was why did the separation happen otherwise there was other excellent qualities to the film, for example Milton Krasner's great cinematography, the art direction was fabulous especially for Florida weather, and costumes were top notch, and especially the acting was excellent, and while Wayne is going through this tough time he has a total stranger to him keeping him company which is an obscure film star named Alexandra Del Lago (played by Geraldine Page in an Oscar nominated performance).But in the end watching this movie was worth my time just by watching even though it isn't in my list for 1962's best movies but to me it is an honorable mention. I'm totally looking forward to seeing more of Richard Brooks's movies within the foreseeable future.
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
One of Schaffner's finest films
Franklin J. Schaffner's The Boys from Brazil is a thrillingly entertaining movie with a somewhat vengeful plot adapted from an Ira Levin novel. The movie stars Gregory Peck as Dr. Josef Mengele an evil Nazi doctor who was responsible during the Holocaust for killing millions of people and amputating limbs, who is in Paraguay and is now coming up with a plot to kill 94 65 year old men and at first doesn't know that he is being recorded by a young man named Barry Kohler (played by Steve Guttenberg) a young Nazi hunter who later tells an older man who also happens to be a Nazi hunter named Ezra Lieberman (played by Laurence Olivier in an Oscar nominated performance) who all of the sudden wants to find out more about the plot. Another person who is backing Mengele's plan as much as Mengele's remaining fellow Nazis is one of his closest friends which also happens to be a Nazi named Col. Eduard Seibert (played by James Mason). Schaffner's direction for the movie is nothing short of excellent, along with Heywood Gould's intense screenplay, and Jerry Goldsmith's suspenseful music, all go well for a fast-paced thriller of this type. At the 51st Academy Awards a little more than 36 years ago this movie received 3 Oscar nominations Best Actor for Laurence Olivier, Best Film Editing for Robert Swink, and Original Score for Goldsmith, but for me this could have been nominated for a lot more awards for example with Gregory Peck being nominated for best actor, Olivier and Mason being nominated in the supporting actor category. Although this isn't Franklin Schaffner's best film that he ever directed I do think that not only it is one of his most superb, I also think that it was a wonderful film to watch.The one thing that this movie proves most is that the Nazi party is the most evil political party ever to face mankind, as well as other films such as Spielberg's Schindler's List looking at the horror that the Jews faced during the Holocaust, and Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds showing what we felt like doing to the Nazis but what we didn't do to them anyway, and the thing in this film that shows the most of Nazi cruelty was the Gregory Peck performance as Dr. Mengele which was not overplayed it was top-notch. This is a movie that will entertain as well as somewhat horrify, but also many movie lovers will really like to watch as well.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
A very good movie on so many levels
Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire is the first and the best sports-agent movies that I have ever seen before and it is a film that also knows a lot about TV sports-casting as well. The movie stars Tom Cruise as Maguire one of the top sports agents that works for a company called SMI and goes by the philosophy that "being a sports agent isn't about how much money you get and how many clients you may have it is about the friendship with your clients" and gets fired as a result after his boss Bob Sugar (played by Jay Mohr), and before he leaves he decides to go establish a new business with a co-worker named Dorothy Boyd (played by Renee Zellweger) who is the only person that believes in Jerry, and his only client Rod Tidwell (played by Cuba Gooding Jr. in an Oscar winning performance) who acts like a brother to him, and as a result for Tom Cruise he goat a best actor Oscar nomination for his work. Crowe's screenplay is also well written and inspires many to follow their dreams whether you want to be involved in the sports business or not.Even though this isn't a great movie I did enjoy watching the movie. There are some other good things about the movie as well mainly being the humor of this movie which is funny in a goofy kind of way. This is a movie that I think many movie lovers should enjoy laugh with, and treasure as much as I did.
Ball of Fire (1941)
A delightful film
Howard Hawks' Ball of Fire is one of the best love stories that I have ever seen in a long time since Some Like It Hot (1959), and The Apartment (1960) because this movie has all the perfect ingredients to tell this kind of story. The movie stars Gary Cooper as an English Professor named Bertram Potts who is working with a group of other professors on finishing an encyclopedia (which Potts estimates that it will take at least 3 years to finish) even while Potts is on an "investigation" on modern slang throughout town in order to learn more about it, then Potts ends up going to a nightclub where he meets a singer and burlesque girl named Sugarpuss O'Shea (played by Barbara Stanwyck in an Oscar nominated performance) who is singing a slang song called "Drum Boogie" which gives Potts a fine opportunity to write the slang words in the song on a page in his notepad. Then after the concert is over he heads to O'Shea's dressing room where he meets he in order for her to give more slang ideas and is sent out in a hurry using slang which was pretty funny to see, then that same night O'Shea goes to the bachelor house where Potts lives and they start an instant relationship and have their fun until the mob takes her away from him and she ends up getting forced to marry a mob boss named Joe Lilac (played by Dana Andrews) but Sugarpuss already knows that Potts wouldn't her get away with Lilac. The casting for this movie was excellent especially the supporting cast besides Andrews, also includes Henry Travers, Oskar Homolka, S.Z. Zakall, and so much more, and especially the wonderful screenplay by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, and last but not least Howard Hawks's excellent direction for the movie. For which this movie teaches an important lesson which is that if people want to marry one another the couple who are engaged to one another whoever it may be have to be committed to one another at least for a long time.
Children of Men (2006)
Cuaron's best film yet
"Children of Men" is arguably Alfonso Cuaron's finest achievement of the films that I've watched that he happened to direct and to me this movie is much better than Gravity (2013) because this movie is inspirational beyond with some suspenseful plot elements, while Gravity does the same thing but I think that this movie explains a lot more details of the plot. The movie is set in the year 2027 and the youngest child on earth has just died at the age of 18, women have become infertile for some unknown reason, humanity is at risk of extinction, and no child has been born since 2009. The movie stars Clive Owen in an exceptional performance as Theo Faron a former activist who becomes the unlikely hero of this movie when he is asked by his ex- lover Julian (played by Julianne Moore) to escort a young pregnant girl named Kee (played by Clare Hope- Ashitey) out of the country to a place called "The Human Project" with the help of an old man named Jasper (played by Michael Caine). This is a wonderful movie dealing with a situation that is definitely horrible but can't possibly happen in real life and the miracles that happen when children are welcomed into the world, Cuaron's direction and his screenplay are just pitch perfect, and Emmanuel Lubezki's cinematography is so good that it should have nabbed him an Oscar over Guillermo Navarro's cinematography that ended up taking home that ended up taking home the Oscar at the 79th Academy Awards for Pan's Labyrinth. Not only that this movie is a science fiction movie and a whole lot more than a fiction movie that I will always treasure and a movie experience I shall never forget, I do personally recommend this film for people who like or don't like science- fiction movies because it is a heartbreaking story that told a lesson that this world will always need more children no matter what the circumstance.
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
A fresh start from an excellent director
"Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" was Michael Cimino's first film as a director and to me it is one of the best heist movies that I have ever seen and perhaps the most entertaining movies of the genre. The movie stars Clint Eastwood as a bank robber named Thunderbolt who in the first scene we believe to be a preacher but his mass gets interrupted when shots get fired and he ends up escaping the scene, after the shooting he ends up meeting a young man named Lightfoot (played by Jeff Bridges in an Oscar nominated performance) and start a friendship with one another and they are on their way to Warsaw, Montana to look for a one room schoolhouse for some money that hasn't been found, and they end up going to the wrong school whilst assuming that the one room schoolhouse was torn down while getting some ice cream. Then after the ice cream they go into their car and almost get killed again by the same people who tried to before whose names are Red Leary (played by George Kennedy) and Eddie Goody (played by the late Geoffrey Lewis) who then all of them become friends and plan a bank robbery and it ends up being mostly a success and somewhat isn't and I won't give away any details in case people haven't seen the film. In the ending Thunderbolt and Lightfoot find the old one room schoolhouse moved to a different area in Warsaw, Montana and end up finding the money behind a chalkboard. This was a heist movie experience about a friendship between four central characters more than an actual heist itself.
Duel in the Sun (1946)
A marvelously entertaining western
King Vidor's "Duel in the Sun" is arguably a great western and perhaps the most entertaining westerns I have ever seen before, as well as one of the best David O. Selznick productions I have seen since Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), and Victor Fleming's Gone with the Wind (1939). The movie stars Jennifer Jones (in an Oscar nominated performance) as Pearl Chavez a young woman from Mexico whose mother dies and her father (played by Herbert Marshall) ends up getting hanged for the murder of her mother, and Pearl feels bad about the whole thing and has to live at a relative's house in Texas where she is welcomed into her new home by an older woman named Laura Belle McCanles (played by Lillian Gish in an Oscar nominated performance) and her husband Jackson (played by Lionel Barrymore) and their two sons one who is the oldest brother and happens to be a lawyer named Jesse (played by Joseph Cotten), and the younger immature Lewton (or Lewt, who was played by Gregory Peck) which at first Pearl was in love with Jesse and then after he left she started to have a complicated relationship with Lewton. The movie also has an excellent supporting cast let alone Gish and Barrymore but it also includes Walter Huston as the local priest, and Charles Bickford as a middle aged man who wants to marry Pearl but the marriage ends before it could possibly begin. The movie has a lot of good technical aspects to it as well for example all the costumes are perfect, the cinematography by Harold Rosson, Lee Garmes, and Ray Rennahan is shot brilliantly. as well as the music by Dimitri Tiomkin is just beautiful to listen to. Another good thing about the movie was David O. Selznick's screenplay is has nothing short of great dialogue throughout the entire film, as well as the production. This movie was a western film experience that I will treasure and never forget this is one of 1946's best films.