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I'm Jamdodge. Movies are my favourite things to watch, make etc. but I love horror movies.
My top 5 TV shows go like this:
4. Little Britain
3. Family Guy
These are my top 10 coolest actors:
10. Ving Rhames
9. Bruce Willis
8. Michael Madsen
7. Christian Bale
6. Kevin Spacey
5. Robert De Niro
4. John Cusack
3. Denzel Washington
2. Joe Pesci
1. Samuel L. Jackson
Here are some horror movies that I have reviewed:
The Silence of the Lambs
Night of the living Dead
The Amityville Horror
The Evil Dead
Here are some of my favourite movies ever (in no order):
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Evil Dead
Enemy of the State
The Blair Witch Project
Full Metal Jacket
The Shawshank Redemption
Basic instinct (Guilty Pleasure)
Saving Private Ryan
The Dead Zone
Once Upon a Time in the West
Bride of Frankennstein
Dressed to Kill
There's Something about Mary
Children of Men
Dawn of the Dead
Swimming with Sharks
Evil Dead II
From Dusk till Dawn
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
The Great Escape
Shadow of a Doubt
The Silence of the Lambs
The Lion King
A Nightmare on ELm Street
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror
Back to the Future
2001: A Space Odyssey
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
American History X
Man on Fire
Strangers on a Train
Freddy Vs. Jason
And now for Something Completely Different
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
This proves Wes Craven is the king of horror
1996's Scream may be a slightly more improved film than this but there is no doubt the cultural impact Wes Craven's original slasher film had on the public in 1984. Not only did he create one of the most memorable horror characters of all time but he introduced the world to a certain young actor named Johnny Depp. The murder scenes are fantastically well put together, showing the director's vision of how a horror film should be, tongue in cheek.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is no comedy though, some scenes are genuinely scary such as Robert Englund's arms stretching to inhuman lengths and the blending of Johnny Depp. The only drawback is the ending which tries to be something of a Carrie but doesn't pay off, unfortunately none of the sequels were even close to the brilliance of the original.
Verdict: One of the best b-movies of the 80's and an iconic horror film that showed the workings of a true genius.
Citizen Kane (1941)
A timeless classic
For years I read reviews from critics and audiences that Citizen Kane was, along with Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and The Godfather, the greatest film of all time but never actually bothered seeing it. But the other day I saw it on sale in HMV so I got it and there's only one word to describe it; wow! Everything about the film is magnificent, the cinematography is as inspirational as that in Once Upon a Time in the West, Welles acting as Kane is superb and that one question on everyones mind, what is rosebud?
The mysterious opening scene slowly panning into Kane's mansion is one of the most famous scenes in history, Kane dropping his globe and uttering that last word "rosebud." The movie shows how this man turns from a young and rich media superstar to an aging, bloated divorcée who - in the film's most powerful scene - tears down his room finally realizing that money means nothing without love or friendship. The message it sends is so clear and beautiful that I would completely agree that Citizen Kane is one of the greatest films ever made. I was expecting to see a pretentious ,boring film and ended up finding my true love, Citizen Kane is the movie to end all movies.
Verdict: An absolute must see, if you want some of the most moving and powerful two hours of your life, watch Citizen Kane
Training Day (2001)
A gripping yet shallow thriller
I enjoyed Training Day on a few levels, first off, Denzel Washington is superb as Alonzo and the tough, gritty action sequences make this a very realistic and violent thriller, however apart from Washington's change from the good guy he usually portrays to a corrupt and vicious narcotics officer, I felt the film had no real clear story.
There is a story somewhere, a rookie cop on the force to fight the bad guys only to get a wake up call that it's not like that is an interesting idea for a crime film but the movie gets lost in its constant attempts at carrying many different moral themes. In the end this is a good versus evil action movie disguised by a career best performance from Washington and being marketed as a fast paced crime thriller, and if it had presented itself as what it really was I would have like it more.
Verdict: The cast do a great job, but it could have been a far greater film had it been directed by, say Spike Lee or Quinten Tarantino.
The King of Comedy (1982)
Martin Scorsese's best film!!!
The master filmmaker Martin Scorsese once again directs on of the greatest films of all time. This is a severely underrated comedy/crime movie with a role from De Niro that is still to be beaten. The film may seem quite simple for all involved but the making was meant to be quite a grueling process. Everything about the film is magnificent; the direction, the acting, the cinematography, even Rupert's painfully bad jokes make one unforgettable film.
Robert De Niro plays the part of wannabe comedian Rupert Pupkin with brilliance and a hint of madness as well as being extremely funny. Jerry Lewis plays Jerry Langford, a parallel version of himself. The basic plot line is that Rupert Pupkin is a huge fan of famous comedian Jerry Langford and is convinced that he's pals with him. This increases his psychosis and he turns up at his office everyday as well as coming to his country home but when he realizes he cannot do so he resorts to kidnap with hilarious results..
This movie is one of my top five of all time and I think it deserves to be up there with Raging Bull, Gooodfellas and Taxi Driver as Scorsese's best. The ending sums the entire film up in a great way and has an ending that many viewers may deem too perfect for someone who had the tragic endings of movies like the ones stated above but I think it would be an injustice to have any violence or sadness in a film so delightful. There are many great one-liners and the overall screenplay is excellent, mixing human drama with some dark comedy and I'm still in shock it's not in the Top 250.
Also, I still quote the famous "It's better to be a king for a night than a shmuck for a lifetime" line today since I've seen it.
Coolest Scene: The fantastic ending that leaves open the idea that it's all in Rupert's head
Verdict: A thing of beauty, The King of Comedy is a movie that you just have to see if you are any way interested in movies.