West Side Story (1961)
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John Travolta and Uma Thurman in “Pulp Fiction” (1994)
Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)
Directed by Mel Brooks, starring Cary Elwes (plays Robin Hood), Richard Lewis, Roger Rees, Amy Yasbeck, Mark Blankfield and Dave Chappelle. A spoof of Robin Hood in general, and ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ in particular.
The standard story of Robin Hood: Evil Prince John is oppressing the people while good King Richard is away on the Crusades. Robin steals from the tax collectors, wins an archery contest, defeats the Sheriff, and rescues Maid Marian. In this version, however, Mel Brooks adds his own personal touch, parodying traditional adventure films, romance films, and the whole idea of men running around the woods in tights.
Nicole Kidman and Alakina Mann in “The Others” (2001)
A funny, smart and just lovely comedy from David O. Russell about a husband-and-wife team playing detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
Starring Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Isabelle Huppertand, Dustin Hoffman, Mark Wahlberg, Lily Tomlin and Jonah Hill. While the performances by Schwartzman, Law and Wahlberg (sounds like a law firm) were wonderful and engaging, the real star of this movie is the writing. It’s very thoughtful without being heavy-handed. And it’s funny!
Also known as “Inside a Skinhead”, a film by Henry Bean, starring Ryan Gosling (who’s great as always) as Danny Balint and Summer Phoenix as Carla Moebius. “The Believer” explores a Jewish student’s private journey to understand the meaning of Judaism in his life. Set in New York City, the Plot follows morally confused young adult Danny struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. The film examines themes of religion, family, and self-loathing, the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole.
Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel in “Un été brûlant/A Burning Hot Summer” (2011)
A film by the great John Landis starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd (who knew each other from SNL) Don Ameche, Ralph Bellamy and Jamie Lee Curtis. A comedy film with two fantastic comedians, if you are a fan of either actor, you won’t be disappointed. The language surprised me, with how uncensored it was, compared to today’s standards. The plot is interesting, and based on an smart idea. The humor is mostly good and tasteful, unfortunately Murphy has failed to deliver those kinds of movies lately.
Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it’s a person’s environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe’s job. (Trading Places)