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Der Untergang (2004)
I sometimes find films in a foreign language difficult to follow and a little bit tedious. I had heard a lot about 'Downfall', with many claiming it to be the greatest Second World War film ever made. Now while this may be a bit of a stretch, it is nonetheless a fantastic film which any war film lover should watch.
The story is of course well-known, however the way in which it is told it is something special. Following the diary entries of a young secretary, the film adequately captures the mix of panic, frustration and even jubilance that was present in the bunker. Of course for any English speaker, it is a bit annoying to have to read the dialogue, but I suggest anyone who is put off by this to not be. The film is more than worth the reading. I personally feel that this is better than 'Letters From Iwo Jima'.
A fantastic film, with very good acting and clever directing allows this film to more than deservedly be in the Top 250.
The Sopranos (1999)
Watch Until the Final Episode
I would have given the Soprano's a comfortable 9/10 for every episode up until the last one of the series. It is one of the few television dramas which takes a subject that we all love (gangsters and the mafia) and combines it with real life problems that ordinary people face such as mental illness, death and divorce to name but a few. The show is able to get a good mixture of action and dialogue, as well as comedy moments so that it is not an all guns blazing style of programme that we cannot really take seriously.
However..... the final episode is atrocious. The ambiguity of the ending is in my opinion ridiculous (and I enjoy ambiguous conclusions when they are done well, The Grey and Basic Instinct stand out the most), seeings as the whole tone of the final season was suggesting that Tony would either be murdered or jailed, like many of his associates. The very final sequence is laughable, with Meadow failing to park the car, the rest of the family in the diner and Journey playing over everything, it gives a childish ending to an otherwise superb TV show. If someone were to ask me whether or not they should watch it, I would say don't waste your time because it doesn't have a proper ending.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Hugely underrated film
The third installment of the Godfather franchise is not given the credit it truly deserves. Although the first and second films are outstanding,arguably the two greatest movies of all time the third deserves more credit. A fantastic story line and incredible acting, particularly from Al Pacino. The third installment is critical in the series and finishes the story of Michael Corleone and his life. The film has been put down and this really is not fair on the movie. The Godfather Part 3 is a brilliant movie that should be watched with an open mind. 8/10 for the excellent acting and the way that Francis Coppola brings the story together.