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Do the Right Thing (1989)
A neighborhood of different races do the best to suppress their racism until it results in violence in the end.
I understand the powerful message embedded in the film, but I thought it was absolutely terrible. The acting was so horrible i found that I could only focus on the unbeleivablity of it rather than the actual movie. I was bored until the very end, and even then I thought they dragged on the ending a little too long. It was unlike any movie I had seen before, which is probably why some people love it. There were certain camera shots that were interesting, the upward views of the characters especially. I found certain scenes to be unnecessary (the sexual scene with Mookie and his girlfriend, the three men sitting on the side of the road having pointless conversation). Some scenes just didn't even contribute to the movie's "message". I liked Sal's character, I thought it brought an interesting contrast to the otherwise ethnocentrist array of characters.
The Graduate (1967)
Benjamin Braddock is a recent university graduate who falls in love with a girl who's mother he's had an affair with in the past.
I found this movie very comical, but almost too far-fetched that I couldn't enjoy it to the extent that I have enjoyed other films. The cinematography was great and the cameraman's ability to show the point of view of the character in certain parts made the film interesting. I found the scene where Ben took Elaine on the date to be absolutely ridiculous, for the mere fact they fell in love when neither of them acted desirable on the date. Throughout the film, Mrs. Robinson continually expresses how much she doesn't want Ben to date Elaine but never explains why. However it can be inferred it's because she has feelings for him herself, it is never clarified. When Ben follows Elaine to Berkeley, she accuses him of raping her mother, and by simply telling her this isn't true, Elaine believes it and agrees to marry him. This may have been the most far-fetched scene of all. No right woman would believe a rape cry to be untrue by simply being told it isn't. Perhaps the wild ideas of the film are what make it so enjoyable to some people. It was entertaining and kept my attention, but I probably wouldn't see it again.
The Naked Kiss (1964)
A prostitute finds redemption in a small town.
At first it's hard to find sympathy for the main character, Kelly Towers, a prostitute. However, as the film goes on you find yourself as the viewer rooting for her victory and getting out of the hands of the local sheriff who is trying to run her out of town. You get the idea that she truly is trying to better her life, becoming a nurse at the local hospital, and falling in love with a man who appears to be good, Grant, but Griff does not seem to trust her. His distrust only greatened as she becomes the murderer of her fiancé to whom she finds on the verge of molesting a young girl. At this point Kelly has become a good-willed woman with morals that surpass those of the days when she was a prostitute. In the end, I worried Kelly's fate to be one of life in prison. However, things begin to look up for her, and overall the film was good, but not great for me.
The Killing (1956)
Several men conduct a grand robbery at a race track.
I really enjoyed the way the telling of this story was conducted. In the beginning the viewer isn't too sure of who the "main character" is because the story keeps shifting to different point of views of each person involved in the grand robbery. Throughout the story there are different cues that give you the idea that the robbery isn't going to work as planned. But to the viewer's surprise it does, at first. I suspected something to go wrong at the racetrack but everything went as planned there. I didn't feel that the commentary or narration was necessary. In certain cases it was for instance when the story jumped around and didn't go chronologically. I also liked the variety of characters involved in the robbery. The teller who's whipped by his wife and possesses little self-esteem, the "leader" of the pack who's a handsome man with a good head on his shoulders, a quiet old man who plays little part in the robbery, and the list goes on. The story was interesting, however, only once the plan started to go into play. Beforehand, the story was moving slow and I found myself disinterested. However, overall, it was a success.
A young female secretary from Pheonix finds herself in the hands of a suspicious mother and son who own the motel she is staying at.
The cinematography for this film stood out to be as near perfection. The shower scene for which Marion is stabbed to death is deemed to be as skill-full as cinematography could get in this time period. The storyline was interesting and served as a bit of a mystery to the viewer. The acting was believable and they could not have possibly cast better actors for each role. The grim and sort of scary storyline stood out to among the films i've viewed from this time period. I liked how it was kept a secret until the end that Norman's mother was dead, although I kind of started to suspect this in the middle. It was unusual for the "main character" (Marion) to be killed off so early on, and this came as a bit of a shock to me. And surprises in films are what make them successful as opposed to predictable plots.This film is legendary in the history or horror films and set the bar for scary movies to come.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
A musical comedy about a production company who makes the transition from silent films to sound.
This was one of the best films I had seen in a while. The combination of bright color, diversity of characters, and the array of talented singers and dancers made it a fun and comical production. Cosmo Brown (Donald O'Connor) was my favorite of the characters. Hit witty comments and hilarious performance of "Make Them Laugh" made him standout although he technically wasn't a main character. The budding romance of Don and Kathy can be seen from the very beginning as a sort of Screwball Comedy way of making them poke fun of each other at first but slowly put aside their differences and fall in love. I loved how, especially in the beginning, they sort of make fun of the materialistic norms of Hollywood. The public's obsession with "power couples" and the idea of Lockwood and Lamont as a household name. But as the movie goes on Don starts to lose interest in following the Hollywood norms and becomes more interested in giving the love of his life, Kathy Seldon, some credit for her amazing talents as an actress and singer.
Out of the Past (1947)
When Jeff Bailey's past finally catches up with him after trying to escape it, he is forced to return to the big city world.
Similar to Mildred Pierce, this film is full of flashbacks to tell the story, along with narration by the main character. Jeff tells Ann the story of his dark past as flashbacks coincide with his story. This way of creating a film can sometimes make you focus less on the key points of the story and more on the two who are sharing the story together. I found it an interesting twist when Jeff and Ann arrived at Whit's to find Kathie there, the woman Jeff had fallen in love with after he was instructed to find her. Kathie is secretly a woman with cruel intentions, as Jeff had found out she really did steal $40,000 of Whit's money. She then accuses Jeff of killing his older partner Fisher. Throughout the film, Jeff seems like a genuinely good character but is continually set up to look bad. The ending is a little disappointing, which makes the film not a 10 for me.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
A story of a hard-working mother's continual desire to be approved by her unappreciative, spoiled daughter.
I like how the the film started with the scene where Beragon falls to his death and utters Mildred's name as his last words. It sets the scene and makes the viewer wonder 1. who his killer was and 2. who Mildred is.The film goes from there to show flashbacks of Mildred's interesting life. It was different to see the main character as a hard-working mother as opposed to the other films I've seen from this time period in which the men were the main bread winners and the women were housewives. Mildred's daughter, Veda is an unappreciative young girl who desires material things that are out of her mother's financial reach. Mildred continually tries to please her daughter, but Veda can't look past her mother's common background. This is a moral lesson of unconditional family love and love for materialistic belongings. In the end Mildred finally gets a backbone and stands up against her brat of a daughter. It serves as a sort of justice for the hard-working Mildred.
Citizen Kane (1941)
The death of a powerful media proprietor causes a news team to research the meaning of his last uttered word.
Orson Welles' ability to not only direct but play the leading role in a film is something that's not seen that often today, or recognized. I found it creative that the film started at Kane's death and then went backwards in an effort to show his life journey, while the reporter, Jerry Thompson, searched for the meaning behind Kane's last word, "Rosebud". It showed the growth of a man born in poverty who makes it lucky when a gold mine is discovered under his mother's property. Kane grows to be a charismatic man loved and looked up to by many. However his personal life lacks, as what happens to most people who experience such wealth and power. It was a lesson of the things that matter in life. The scene where Kane throws and breaks many objects in his room after his wife leaves him. This scene shows a different side of Kane, and as the viewer I felt a lot of sympathy for him, as though he was looking back on his life wondering if all the wealth was really worth it.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
This film is a bout a private detective and his dealings with 3 adventurers.
The cinematographic in this film was very affective. The low-key lighting gave it a dramatic effect, and the cameras angles brought a new perspective for viewers. The camera's low angle at times would show the ceilings of rooms. The scene where Sam Spade and Kasper Gutman are walking from one room to another, and then down a long hallway then up close to Spade's face then a glance at Gutman's stomach as Spade sees it. This was a very sophisticated camera shot for films of this time.The scenes and camera work were very interesting and distinct in this film. I also really enjoy watching Humphrey Bogart on screen. They couldn't have picked a better actor for the role, he always gets into his characters to the point that you forget you're watching an actor on screen. In the end he makes a decision similar to the one Bogart had to make at the end of Casablanca. it's interesting how the two have such similarities.