A lovelorn screenwriter turns to his less talented twin brother for help when his efforts to adapt a non-fiction book go nowhere. This is truly a magnificent film. Directed by Spike Jonze with Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton and Chris Cooper, who won an Oscar for best actor in a supporting role.
Frequently cynical screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has just taken on a new assignment. That is, to adapt writer Susan Orlean’s “The Orchid Thief” into a screenplay, all of it based on the life of the eccentric John Laroche, an exotic plant collector based out of Florida. While his easygoing twin brother Donald, is writing scripts with ease, Charlie finds himself on a perpetual struggle that never seems to end.
Based on William Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of the most beautiful movies of all time. The story, the writing and the rhymes are brilliant. Of course it’s an old film, so you should expect great special effects, but I think thats why this movie has so much charm, like old horror movies.
Won 2 Oscars
Lysander: Helena, I love you, by my life I do! Demetrius: I say I love you more than he can do! Lysander: If you say so, withdraw, and prove it too.
Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the kingdom of fairies have a slight quarrel about whether or not the boy Titania is raising will join Titania’s band or Oberon’s, so Oberon tries to get him from her by using some magic. But they’re not alone in that forest.Lysander and Hermina have there a rendezvous, Helena and Demetrius are there, too as well as some actors, who are practicing a play for the ongoing wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Due to some misunderstandings by Puck, the whole thing becomes a little bit confused…
Also known as “For A Few Dollars More”. A film by Sergio Leone with Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volonté.
A classic western; two bounty hunters with completely different intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. I like how Leone tied all of the characters into each other in this one, having all of their stories somehow play a role in the other ones.
Fantastic documentary by Ky Dickens. You can watch the trailer, to get a first impression.
“Fish Out of Water” is a smart, fresh, personal discussion of the seven Bible verses traditionally exploited to condemn homosexuality. The feature documentary begins with an animated recollection of the fallout at Vanderbilt University when the film’s director, Ky Dickens, came out to her sorority sisters. Their rabid rejection sparks her search for Bible-based condemnation. Crisscrossing America and listening to the country’s impassioned speech on this divisive issue, she speaks with ministers of all denominations, recording the experiences of the oppressed and the justifications of the oppressors. At the film’s core are interviews with GLBTQ folks from every religion, class and ethnic group who have survived intolerance, most often from their own families. Their searing but soul-soaring stories give the fight for equality a human voice and face, offering inspiration to those still ensnared in struggle. Golden Globe nominee Kaki King has created an original score for this genre-bending work. King’s varied mix of keys, strings and rhythm flows effortless from quirky interviews in barbershops and truck stops, to concept-shattering scholarship by leading theologians of today. By using original animation as its tool for exploring the Bible, “Fish out of Water” makes this controversial and dusty topic accessible to those who don’t like talking about religion and sexuality. “Fish out of Water,” which takes the subject but not itself too seriously, explodes the conventional arguments of hate. Those who previously contorted the Bible to deny human rights now must face the truth of their own hatred and of God’s unqualified love.
Unfortunately this movie is very unknown. It’s a shame, it’s one of the best movies of 2008. An adaptation of Philip Roth’s “The Dying Animal”. The acting couldn’t be better, with Ben Kingsley, Penélope Cruz, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard. I have to say, Cruz transformed herself into one of the best actresses of her generation because of movies like “Volver”, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Elegy”.
David Kepesh is growing old. He’s a professor of literature, a student of American hedonism, and an amateur musician and photographer. When he finds a student attractive, Consuela, a 24-year-old Cuban, he sets out to seduce her. Along the way, he swims in deeper feelings, maybe he’s drowning. She presses him to sort out what he wants from her, and a relationship develops. They talk of traveling. He confides in his friend, George, a poet long-married, who advises David to grow up and grow old. She invites him to meet her family. His own son, from a long-ended marriage, confronts him. Is the elegy for lost relationships, lost possibilities, beauty and time passing, or failure of nerve?
Leonardo DiCaprio will soon be seen as J. Edgar Hoover. Clint Eastwood is the director of the biopic on the legendary FBI director, focusing on his scandalous career and controversial private life as a homosexual and rumored cross dresser.
Other actors; Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Ed Westwick and Judi Dench.
Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart. Directed by Sydney Pollack with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in the lead roles.
Won 2 Oscars
The movie begins with the Katie (Barbra Streisand) running into Hubbell Gardner, an All-American popular jock she went to college with, some time after World War II. Though some other summaries claim it’s been about 20 years, that is not really the case. It’s probably been more like 10 years since college and Hubbell has written his first novel and later joined the navy while Katie continues to work hard and remains very much involved in the grassroots level of politics. Katie who had a crush on Hubbell back in college is still very attracted to him and soon the two start an “on again off again” relationship. Eventually Katie ends up giving up her voice and her interest in politics in order to hold on to Hubbell and they get married. However when Hubbell begins to compromise his literary talent by abandoning his novel writing for writing Screenplays for Hollywood their marriage begins its downfall…
The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities. This movie is realistic and moving, and the actors are one of the best of our time; Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones.
When the GTX Corporation must cut jobs to improve the company’s balance sheet during the 2010 recession, thousands of employees will take the hit, like Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck). Bobby learns the real life consequences of not having a job. Not only does he see a change to his family lifestyle, and the loss of his home, but also his feelings of self-worth.
Great classic action film with so many twists and turns, I gave up to find out whats going on myself, but everything makes sense at the end. With Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure.
During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith’s mission has a much more secret objective.
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife’s murder, big business, and corporate corruption. The cinematography is fantastic. Directed by Fernando Meirelles, who also directed “City of God”, with actors like Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston and Rachel Weisz, who won an Oscar.
In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa’s companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa’s widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife’s infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.
Soon this new Sci-Fi film will come out - In Time: In the future people stop aging at 25 and must work to buy themselves more time, but when a young man finds himself with more time than he can imagine he must run from the corrupt police force to save his life. With many young actors like Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer and Johnny Galecki.
In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as ‘time keepers’.
A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor. Directed by the great René Clair, with Fredric March, Veronica Lake and Robert Benchley.
In 1672, two witches (Jennifer and her father Daniel) were burned by puritan Jonathan Wooley. In revenge, Jennifer cursed all future generations of the Wooley family, that the sons will always marry the wrong woman and be miserable. In the 20th century, a bolt of lightning frees Jennifer and her father from the tree that had kept their souls imprisoned. Jennifer assumes corporeal form and decides to make up-and-coming politician Wallace Wooley, then unhappily engaged, even more miserable by getting him to fall in love with her before his wedding. Wallace is a straight arrow, though, and Jennifer has to resort to a love potion. As we all know, love potions tend to backfire, with comedic results.
A mid-life crisis plagued man and his friends find renewal and purpose on a cattle driving vacation. This is one of the funniest comedy’s of all time. Many great moments. Crystal and the other characters are funny - and I would also like to mention cute little Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays his son. Jack Palance won an Oscar for best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Mitch is a middle aged big-city radio ads salesman. He and his friends Ed and Phil are having mid-life crisis. They decide the best birthday gift is to go on a two week holiday in the wild west driving cattle from New Mexico to Colorado. There they meet cowboy Curly who not only teaches them how to become real cowboys, but also one or two other things about life in the open air of the west.
Also known as “The Passion of Joan of Arc” directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer with Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain and André Berley.
One of the last great silent films. The Passion of Joan of Arc is a haunting, riveting portrait of the historical martyr based on documentation from the original trial.
The sufferings of a martyr, Jeanne D’Arc (1412-1431). Jeanne appears in court where Cauchon questions her and d’Estivet spits on her. She predicts her rescue, is taken to her cell, and judges forge evidence against her. In her cell, priests interrogate her and judges deny her the Mass. Threatened first in a torture chamber and then offered communion if she will recant, she refuses. At a cemetery, in front of a crowd, a priest and supporters urge her to recant; she does, and Cauchon announces her sentence. In her cell, she explains her change of mind and receives communion. In the courtyard at Rouen castle, she burns at the stake; the soldiers turn on the protesting crowd.
Beautiful film with the couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. This is a movie that dares put forth the idea of atheism, and so therefore it is much deeper that most other movies.
Burton plays a priest, who is also a teacher with strict morals, but then caught himself falling in love with free-spirited, young, unwed mother Liz Taylor. Lots of pretty beach/ocean scenery. Won Oscar for best song.
Twenty-something Laura Reynolds is a free spirit who questions social conventions, laws and regulations. A struggling artist, she lives in a secluded beach-side cabin in Big Sur with her nine year old illegitimate son, Danny, on who she has instilled her values. Because of this questioning of convention, Laura has decided to home school Danny. Also because of this questioning of the law, Danny runs into some legal problems, and as such is court ordered to be sent to San Simeon, a Christian school in Monterrey. This order is against Laura’s wishes. The school’s headmaster is Dr. Rev. Edward Hewitt, who tries to convince Laura that San Simeon is not the prison she probably believes it to be. Married for twenty-one years to his faithful wife Claire, Edward has become more a fund-raiser at all cost (for a new chapel) rather than an educator or priest. Despite their differences, Laura and Edward begin to fall for each other…
Finally a Horror film I’m looking forward too. The story sounds good and the actors are great: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts.
Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. A family unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed…only to find themselves the killer’s next target. Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Watts), a neighbor who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will’s dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next.
I believe everyone has seen this film at least once in their life, but if you haven’t give it a try. Williams is a comic genius (and an ugly woman), I liked the performance of all the actors. The movie won an Oscar for best make up, absolutely legitimate.
Out of work father Daniel Hilliard find himself suddenly divorced without custody of his kids. To solve this problem, he disguises himself as an old Scottish nanny to get hired by his ex-wife and be closer to his kids.
Sinatra was the original Danny Ocean. Actually, we have an amazing cast with one the best and most famous stars of the 60s. But, this is a Rat Pack movie, and as such it happens, by a strange twist of fate, to be about the Rat Pack, and not too much about robbing a casino.
Eleven friends who know each other from World War II service plan to rob five of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas in one night. They develop a master plan but after the whole thing is over, something goes wrong…
A story about two friends, a priest and a rabbi, who fall in love with the same girl. Starring Ben Stiller, Edward Norton and Jenna Elfman - the supporting actors are big names and just as good. The story is funny, fresh and very well written, plus Norton made his debut as a director.
Best friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same girl, which they know from childhood days. However, neither of the men can pursue the relationship due to their religious beliefs: the priest cannot break his vow of celibacy and the rabbi cannot marry her since she is not Jewish.
With Allison Hayes as the 50 Foot Woman, William Hudson as her cheating husband and Yvette Vickers. I really enjoyed this classic sci-fi flick. To see the old special affects and the dialogs, which are so terrible, that it’s just fun to watch.
Nancy Archer is a rich socialite who is unhappily married to husband Harry who left her once but came back to her when he needed money. It hasn’t stopped him from continuing his affair with Honey Parker and Nancy knows it. After a confrontation at a local bar, Nancy takes off in her car and has an encounter with a large sphere on the road. There have been rumors of UFOs in the area but no one will believe her. After a second encounter, Nancy grows to an amazing size. More than enough to get her revenge.