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I saw this movie for the very first time today and I thank Comcast On Demand for their allowing me to do this. I had heard of Coppola's adaptation of Stoker's masterpiece but had never gotten around to viewing the film, fearing that it would ruin the original classic for me. Was I wrong! The film is rightly name "Bram Stoker's Dracula" for a reason. I couldn't imagine that a film maker could come as close to the classic novel as Coppola so eloquently did. Several factors contributed to this.
- James V. Hart's screenplay closely followed the events written down by Stoker so long ago. This included no phony or suave versions of so many Dracula's that we have seen before. This makes for a creepier and more real feeling horror movie.
- Micheal Ballhaus' breathtaking cinematography makes you feel as if this film were actually made in the time that it takes place. Transylvania is often portrayed as red, backing the grisly theme of the Count's tragic and grisly story.
- Lastly, I applaud Coppola for turning around every stereotypical vision of Dracula that has ever been made, and turning it into his own, which is probably the closest to Stoker's version.
Bram Stoker's Dracula is, with no doubt, the best version of the classic novel (arguably better than the Bela Lugosi favorite). Coppola does not portray Dracula as only evil, but by the end of the movie you almost feel as if you pity the life that he has led, full of suffering and lack of love.
Scarier Then Childhood Nightmares
Ridley Scott's Alien, is probably the most impressive Horror film I have seen to this date. It definitely holds its place among The Exorcist, The Shining, and other great classics. When I first picked up the title at my local Blockbuster, I had heard of it from other people and family, but just figured it would be another great slasher to watch with my girlfriend. So I checked it out and payed about $3.50 for a movie that I should have payed about $1,000 dollars to see. Little did I know that we were about to experience probably the best Horror film (and definitely the best Sci-Fi/Horror) ever made. By the time that the magical 117 minutes were over, we had been through the most stressful movie of our life, but at the end, there was a sigh of relief.
As I watched the film for the first time, I took into notice a few of the most prominent ideas and philosophies of the movie.
Alien tells the story of a crew of seven space "truck drivers". When they are awoken from their deep sleep they realize that they are not in our galaxy (they were on their way home to earth)and that "Mother" has startled them so they can investigate some type of signal on a remote planet. At this point in the film, the story feels very realistic and believable, because of the fact that there is no hokey "magic", or some type of destiny that one of the characters will fall into. These are ordinary people doing their job, and all they want to do is get it done with and be on their way home. This fatal trip to the remote planet will in the end be their undoing. Because the film feels believable and looks realistic, you have a better understanding of the characters and the movie all together.
One of the greatest challenges of creating the film, was designing and making the Alien. If it looked phony and stupid, the whole point of the film would be lost. This was probably the greatest of all the triumphs of the completed film. I am not going to go in detail of what this horrifying creature looks like so you will just have to see for yourself.
The maze-like corridors of the Nostromo make for a claustrophobic feel and this makes the movie all the more terrifying.
Sigourney Weaver's performance as Ripley in this film is probably the best in her entire career (along with "Gorillas In The Mist"). Tom Skeritt is great as usual, and the rest of the acting is phenomenal.
Probably the most prominent philosophy used in the movie, is that within this crew, you as an audience, are facing your worst fears, no matter what they may be. You may be scared of the serial killer across the town, or the wild beast at the zoo. But nothing is more terrifying then the creature in the dark, that is never completely visible, that will grab you, and kill just because it wants to kill. This creature embodies every fear in your mind.
Alien was so close to becoming a stupid B monster film. With the help of talented writers, directors, actors, and others, it became the most popular thriller of our time. See for yourself.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Scariest Movie Ever
"The Scilence of The Lambs" is possibly the most unexplainable film ever to be viewed in cinema. The film depicts a young, vulnerable FBI cadet (Jodie Foster) who is sent to evaluate Dr. Hannibal Lektor (Anthony Hopkins), who might have a clue leading towards "Buffulo Bill", a killer who skins his victims in order to sew their skin. Jodie Foster gives an excellent performance and this is definitely her signature film. Anthony Hopkins rules the film and will scare you into fits! Some aspects of this film are very disturbing but the acting is great. Many scenes between Foster and Hopkins are outstanding. Not only is this a great exhibition for acting but it is also very entertaining. Thrilling in every aspect, this movie is so real, I guarantee you will be sleeping with a night light for the next few months.
King Kong (2005)
Best movie of the year 2005!
Usually remakes are just absolutely terrible and they make you want to rip your heart out and throw it at the screen. Not this one. Peter Jackson's King Kong is just as fresh, exciting, and suspenseful as the original must have been when it came out in 1933. Except it's better. When I saw this movie about three weeks ago, I was captivated into the story of a beautiful woman who had the kindheartedness to tame a beast. In the end, this love leads the beast to his tragic death. This concept of "Beauty killed the beast" is much more interesting then just a regular good versus evil story. This is what makes it so unique from other epic films. Another interesting aspect of the film is that there really is no antagonist. Some may call the natives on the island antagonists but if they had been left out the film would move on just the same. Others will say that Kong is the antagonist. This is clearly not true because in many ways he is the heart and soul of the film. Naomi Watts gives a excellent performance as the young and vulnerable Anne Darrow, who is the only one that can actually feel for the beast and is going through the same pain that he is. I never thought that Jack Black could ever be a serious actor but after seeing Kong I have no doubts. Adrian Brody gives his usual excellent performance. This film hit me with an emotion that I had never felt before. Somehow I felt for Anne's terrible loss at the end of the film. I can not explain in words how emotional the last scene in the movie was. I found myself choked up with tears running down my eyes when the film ended. This movie also hit me with a realization. A realization that stated that good movies shouldn't be measured by how much action, sex, speed, or laughs it gets. Good movies should be measured by the impression that they leave upon your life by the time you get out of the theater. I am proud to say that King Kong is the Best Picture of the Year 2005! Yes, better then Brokeback Mountain, and Cinderella Man. This movie reminded me of the first time I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Titanic, Gone With The Wind, The Sound of Music, Schindlers List, and Beauty and the Beast. Films like this don't come by very often any more and when they do they should not go unrecognized. Well done Peter Jackson! You have surpassed in every way shape or form the original King Kong! Fantasmic17
Jack and Rose are two totally different people who's love story revolves around the famous sinking of the Titanic.
This is my #1 favorite movie of all time. It's a must see! This movie made me bawl so hard. The music is also really great too. Especially the love theme, My Heart Will Go On, performed by my favorite singer, Celine Dion. If you like this movie you will probably also like Gone With The Wind, Legends of the Fall, and others. Usually romance stories on film never turn out to be good, considering that they are all mostly romantic-comedies. This is a very good story and it has a great plot. The dialauge is awesome and the special effects are mind blowing, not to mention the acting. This movie is great and if you haven't seen it rent it or buy it. It is definitely worth the money.