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September 20 2017
The best film noirs not only commit some of the greatest sexual chemistry to celluloid, but in certain instances also immortal images of their stars. Rita Hayworth was well established in Hollywood at the time but she achieved her highest cultural relevancy as the tempestuous, desirable femme fatale Gilda.
Glenn Ford also stars as Johnny, a gambler newly arrived in Buenos Aires. After getting caught cheating at craps, the boss of the casino hires him on. But soon Johnny runs into his boss’ new wife Gilda, a woman from his past and one with a rough and sordid backstory of her own. A love triangle begins to form as Johnny’s boss becomes entangled with the Germans, the Argentinian government and illegal cartels.
There’s a lot to the plot which although does heighten the movie, it distracts from the centerpiece of this film. Hayworth completely in her element and in full control of her sexual agency. The reason this image is the one that has lasted is because of her natural ability to blur the lines of decency and decadence, expectation versus desire, past and present. The musical number/striptease “Put the Blame on Mame” virtually summarizes all of it. Like all femme fatales it is easy to see how deeply the men around her are affected. They sin for her just as she is a sinner herself. The only difference in this instance is that Johnny already knows what she is, there is no deception, just blatant honesty. Yet he continues getting entangled along. Why?
Because there was NEVER a woman like Gilda!
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61. A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH- 1946.
Powell and Pressburger were on a roll with their collaborative efforts during the 40s. While most of their work took a few decades to be properly lauded, their next film was an immediate success as well as their most impactful.
David Niven is a member of the RAF during World War II. His plane ends up getting shot down and he ends up getting killed. Or so we think. An official from the afterlife or the “other world” is sent down to collect him and carry him on. But he fails to find him. Niven comes to and ventures on. The other world is thrown into chaos as they attempt to rectify the situation and bring him back where he belongs. But in the interim he falls in love, and befriends a doctor who wants to attempt an experimental surgery to rid him of his visions of the other world. The other world refuses to relent and a trial commences. David Niven must now justify why he should remain in the world of the living over crossing into the afterlife. Everything is a stake and love is the defining factor.
This is a film I hold close to my existence. It’s use of portraying the real world in vibrant color and the afterlife in pearly white/ black hues is so significant. There is so much more to our lives now to expect anything out of death. Very few of us will have near death experiences so we must make full use of the time we have and love the most of what we can.
Insightful, innovative and impactful.
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60. BLACK NARCISSUS-1947.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger were a dynamic British filmmaking duo known as the Archers. Having written, produced and directed their films, they had an auspicious level of quality control in every release. For 40 years they bucked British conventions and manners while stirring fascination in the US. While most of their work is original, Black Narcissus is an adaptation of Rumer Godden’s novel.
Set in India, Black Narcissus involves a convent of Anglican nuns poised to set up a monastery and school in the Hamalaya’s. Sister Clodagh played by Deborah Kerr is on the run from her memories and romances back home. She is in charge of the sisters and must keep order. However this new world is unlike anything the sisters have encountered before. A world full of temptation, different people, and different colored personalities test each one of them and Sister Clodagh is no different. She must keep the order and herself together,and not yield to temptations that surround her in the treacherous mountains. But there is tension in the order as she begins to connect with one of the men representing the British government. The jealousy from one of her postulants turns violent and volatile. Sister Clodagh is caught in a roulette of her memories, her religion, her pride, her peers and the temptations of the outside world beckoning her to let go of it all.
This is one of the few films that simply must be presented in full and vibrant color. It is indeed an escapism film at first, but the color adds so much more. Another world full of new shades of red, and purple that brings a shade of erotic fever to each dramatic incident. It makes sin so inviting that it’s impossible to believe it is wrong when it is so attractive to the eye. The color adds heat and a palpable texture that wouldn’t be in a black and white film. While those films do offer some of the greatest performances in cinema, this one is an early exception. Color can be erotic, enticing and dangerously thrilling.
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59. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT- 1934.
Frank Capra was one of the first directors to have his name above the title. He was that successful. Every movie he made was steeped in a classical, modern reality that not only worked as a time capsule for the period but also attracted big box office. Because of that not only are his movies classic, but they were the start of some of America’s most distinct genres. It Happened One Night was an early example of a road comedy that would soon become a staple for both Hollywood and the moviegoer.
When a rich man tries to stop his daughter from marrying a fortune hunter, she runs away to be with him. Her father hires a newspaper reporter to track her down and bring her back. As soon as they meet they clash. After a while she begins to fall in love with him despite the situation and she now has to choose between her fiancé and the reporter.
This is one that truly started it all with such a simple concept and story. It received 5 oscars and was one of the three films to win the big five for best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay. I just enjoy it so much for its simplicity and charm. Fast forward to today and you can see this movie’s influence. Three or four of these movies are made every year now. But they are all just shadows of this lovely little gem.
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58. SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS-1941.
Hollywood was still a young industry during the 1940s making new innovations in every passing year. But even then directors were not only churning out state of the art productions, but making films that justify the existence of movies. They were already looking back, being nostalgic for something that was still so new in America as if they already knew the impact a motion picture can have on the average American. Here comes Preston Sturges again with a screwball film that has a social message. But does it work?
Joel McCrea plays one of Hollywood’s top stars who has become tired of starting in the routine comedy. Sure they make big box office and raise his profile, but he hungers for more. He wants to make a film with a message, to bring light to the darker subjects of humanity. With a little bit of sex thrown into the mix. He leaves the studio and decides to get hands on research into the poor man’s life. He befriends Veronica Lake, an up and coming starlet who follows him through his journey and falls for him in the process. As things go downhill for him he wonders if he will ever be able to get out of this life he’s now thrown into and get back to Hollywood. Soon he discovers that all some people have are the movies and the comedies that he makes are their only escape or source of inspiration for their lives.
The film works like a charm and it is another hilarious effort from Sturges. While the hybrid movie has both comedic and dramatic instances, it’s social message about the importance of the motion picture industry stands out the most as it shows the importance of an art form that has the ability to inspire and help us all through troubled times.
Veronica Lake and Joel McCrea definitely go through all the paces with this one and Sturges is in energetic top form per usual.
I love this movie!
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57. THE PALM BEACH STORY- 1942.
Preston Sturges was on a roll in the 40s, with each new project funnier and crazier than the last. For his new adventure, he adds more craziness and fun to his already winning ingredients of exciting music and fast paced dialogue.
When a married couple begins to struggle financially, the wife decides it’s time to divorce him and find a rich man to solve their financial woes. Her inventor ex husband follows her across the coast to Florida where they both get entangled in the rich social nightlife. Oh and they both have twin siblings that they’ve stolen their identity from. Just to throw that in there.
The movie is just outrageously hilarious and it’s a wonder why I’ve never seen it again. It’s one of the funniest and fastest paced screwball comedies and furthered Preston Sturges reputation as a unique filmmaker. Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea do great work as well but it is Sturges who takes the gold.
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56. THE LADY EVE- 1941.
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I look back on Preston Sturges’ exhilarating romantic comedy effort that turned the tables on everything. Screwball was just beginning to wind down in Hollywood at the time of this film’s release, but Sturges knew better and he had a knack for creating stellar efforts in such an unappreciated genre.
While onboard a cruise, Jean Harrington and her con artist family set their schemes on Charles Pike, a millionaire returning from the Amazon. Pike is a bit dim-witted and has been out of the game for quite some time when it comes to women. It’s no surprise that he is easy prey for miss Jean and her cohorts. But she catches feelings for him and doesn’t want to go through with conning him. Eventually the truth about her is revealed to Pike and he kicks her out of his life. But she isn’t done yet. She will get him back for hurting and judging her for her past. Here comes the Lady Eve Sidwich, a new persona of Jean’s who is going to show Pike exactly what he deserves. Her! But first he’s gunna go through the paces. And how hilarious those paces are!
This movie is just incredible. The comedy is just ageless and the way it reverses sexual politics and gives the woman all the power makes it all the more interesting. And hilarious!
Barbara Stanwyck is Jean. Modern. sexy, self assured and in complete control. Henry Fonda is so good as well that I almost felt sorry for him. His place at the table in this movie isn’t very good at first but what a dish he gets to feast on! Stanwyck at the top of her game and Fonda along for the most exciting ride ever!
You’ve got to watch this one!
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55. DOUBLE INDEMNITY- 1944.
James M. Cain was an American novelist that caused a sensation with his crime stories of sex and violence. His works dominated the 30s and 40s and were quickly adapted into film. Double Indemnity is not only one of his most well known stories but also serves as one of the strongest examples of film noir in the early 1940s.
As a genre, film noir usually involves cynicism, a loner man and a man eater of a woman that usually brings about his demise. The man is trapped within her web of deceit and seduction, commits any crime for her and almost never escapes unscathed.
To go into detail about this film would not only spoil its plot but almost any other film of its kind made after it. So I’m going to avoid any further explanation.
What I want to emphasize in particular about this film is the casting of Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray as the bored, calculating housewife and the insurance agent caught in her claws. A film noir can only go so far as the acting. You may have a tight script and flawless directing from Billy Wilder yes, but noir revolves around chemistry. Chemistry between the leads is what drives the dark, desperate circumstances and with Stanwyck and MacMurray one can truly believe they would do anything for each other, murder is not an object.
As influential as it was controversial at it’s release the film went on to expand a budding genre into one of America’s most signature styles. We have a lot to owe this film for it’s a great place to start when exploring the genre.
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54. ROCKY- 1976.
Timeless. Inspirational. Transformative. Another diamond from the mines of 1970 American cinema. Time has been good to this film and it has spawned a dynasty of sequels, side stories and many imitations. A movie that would not only bring Sylvester Stallone to fame but also inject a new energy into an American audience that had either given up or were still trying to achieve their dreams.
Rocky Balboa is a debt collector for a loan shark boss. He gets wind of a boxing match promoted by champion Apollo Creed. Rocky is a newcomer and he trains hard, and along the way he falls in love with Adrian. How far will he go to get his shot? Will he even make it?
Stallone’s screenplay is full of direct observational insights and power. It provides the ideal framework for a film that relies on such iconic images that have now become enshrined in America’s history. Rocky’s jogging up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, his calls for Adrian, training in the meat locker and finally getting his time to shine. We stay with him because we believe in him. The chance of a lifetime is made personal not because of the fight itself, but because how much Rocky changes from his training days and his nights with the love of his life. It becomes more about the journey instead of the destination. This is a simple story amplified with an emphasis on every step of the way.
As a kid, I thought this movie was too long, for I was too young to pick up on the adult nuances of the characters until I was much older. I wanted the fight, the action, the thrills. While this film has them, it was just better to watch as an adult. After revisiting this one I ended up watching every boxing movie I could get my hands on. But none of them were satisfying in the same vein as the original Rocky. It succeeds on the most personal of terms while dazzling us with the bigger picture.
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53. WHAT’S UP DOC?-1972
Some of the best movies are ones that sendup to a particular style. Peter Bogdanovich’s throwback to the 1930s classic screwball comedies is so good that not only does it tribute well to what came before it, but it stands as yet another great example of a truly unappreciated genre.
Picture it. San Francisco. A college student applying for a grant, a girl drifting through life, a government official, the mob and a pair of jewel thieves all intersect at a nearby hotel when four important suitcases become jumbled and mixed up. The chase is on through the city as Howard attempts to recover his rock collection. As he tries to make sense of all it he just can’t seem to shake Judy Maxwell or his feelings for her.
This is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. One that stayed with me for weeks after my first exposure. I couldn’t stop talking about it and I had to watch it again. And again. And then I had to watch it again with other people just so that they could see what I’m talking about. It is a wild, funny and exciting ride all the way from the first shot of Barbra Streisand’s supple voice opening a book to the final kiss on the plane at the conclusion.
Bogdanovich is a nut and his eye for detail really brings every part of this zany and inconceivable screenplay to life. Ryan O’Neal is at his oscar-nominated most endearing best, Barbra Streisand at her most supple, sexy and saucy, Madeline Kahn in her epic debut and that is just the tip of the iceberg with this cast of reliable and veteran character actors.
Screwball is such a minor genre nowadays that it is almost extinct. But it’s such a great style that deserves praise and further exploration and this film is exhibit A. We need more like this for there is nothing like it, from start to finish.
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52. SPIRITED AWAY-2002
Hayao Miyazaki is a global treasure. Each animated feature he takespart in not only elevates the art form but connects to all of us, on a deep level. Even when it’s about the simplest of predicaments.
Chihiro is a little girl moving to a new neighborhood with her parents. A wrong turn is taken and they stumble onto an abandoned amusement park. Her parents want to explore and eat the food but Chihiro wants to leave. Come nightfall,her parents turn into pigs as the amusement park turns into the spirit world and Chihiro is left to fend for herself in a world of spirits, witches, bathhouses and dragons. Her name is taken from her and she is given the dirtiest tasks while trying to get her parents back to their human forms. Through it all she transforms into a strong, assertive and independent girl with a purpose when at first all she was worried about was a new home and a new school.
Miyazaki won an oscar for this film and it is BEYOND well deserved. Hand drawn animation is such a rarity these days over computers and it gives the story an intricate, magical and otherworldly feel. America had Walt Disney but Japan has Miyazaki and he is the only living creator that can possibly match Disney’s legacy on personal and artistic terms. We don’t deserve his eye for the details, his affection for the personal and his reverence for the art.
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51. BABY DRIVER-2017
Music is another one of my passions. Not a day goes by that I’m not listening to something in my collection or attempting to expand my tastes into something new. There’s always a song going through my head whether I’m in the car, at work, at home or in the gym. You can imagine my joy when I finally watched a movie with a character whose life was filled with music.
Having lost his parents at an early age, Baby develops tinnitus in his ears and constantly needs music to drown out the high pitches. His life becomes entangled with Doc’s crime syndicate and he becomes a getaway driver for robberies. Soon the jobs get more and more dangerous and Baby sees no way out. Until he meets Debora, a waitress who gives his life purpose outside of his debt to Doc and the criminal life that he has been so accustomed to.
The character of Baby is already so fascinating that the rest of the movie could have been a pile of crap and It still could go the distance. But Edgar Wright creates choreography that matches whatever music Baby is listening to. The entire world is a symphony of music and fire, Baby carries the matches for it is his world.
This is quite easily the sleekest, sexiest and funnest experience at the movies I’ve had in years.
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50. JACKIE BROWN- 1997.
While I might be a fan of a certain director’s body of work, I might get turned off once in a while. I might not ever want to return to what they have done. With Inglorious Basterds that happened to me. I was so disgusted with that particular film that I abandoned Tarantino, left him for dead. A few years rolled by and an older movie that he made came into my crosshairs.
Jackie Brown is a flight attendant struggling to make ends meet by smuggling drug cartel cash into the states. Soon she is found out and offered a way out of more prison time. She needs to not only “frame” her previous boss but to help him smuggle in enough money for him to get out of the business. Soon another group wants his money as well and the deception begins to weave. But who is the spider? Who will walk away clean and $500,000 richer?
Here, Tarantino is as fresh and invigorating as ever. The movie is alittle longer than his other efforts so it seemed daunting at first, but before I knew it, it was all over and I sat there just settling in. No one else does that. Tarantino throws so much at you and it always seems to work perfectly.
After watching it I returned to the flock of Tarantino fans after such a long absence. This film reminded me of everything that I had appreciated in Tarantino’s work. His Adonis of a script, his impeccable casting choices and the way he carries the narrative with an unprecedented level of tension at all times.
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49. PULP FICTION-1994
From the beginning, Quentin Tarantino was already in his own lane. A writer first above all else, and a director second. He’s one of the few writers in Hollywood today that can emphasize dialogue over action. Each line sculpted and polished to not only drive the narrative but to add more bang for the buck. The true strength of this amazing cult classic is the skeleton of the narrative.
The film is told is such a scattered order and sequence that I want you to see it and experience it for yourself. It warrants no exposition and should be seen in its entirety by someone without any previous exposure to it.
It’s hard to really imagine anything else being put into this sardine can of a story. You have retired fighters, crime bosses, their wives, hitmen, and a loving couple knocking over a diner. Somehow they all connect. Somehow it all works. And it thrives even if everything is all jumbled and chaotic.
Brilliant writing along with career best performances from Samuel L Jackson, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Uma Thurman. I wish I was old enough to have seen this in theaters because I am still curious as to what would have been its impact on me if I didn’t see movies that were influenced by it. Even when experiencing it in reverse, I still can say there isn’t anything quite like it.
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48. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN- 2007.
Violence is a common element in movies nowadays. It invokes various responses in people from fight or flight to complete shutdown. Because it can never be truly predictable, the plot can advance in a multitude of different ways. It can be a means to an end or it can continue spiraling downward and further complicating a characters dilemma. It can be a directors greatest asset or their final resort to create a story that lasts.
Fortunately the Coen brothers have been injecting violence into their films for nearly two decades at this point and they have a talent for making it vital without it being gratuitous.
An escaped hitman goes on a rampage by snaring people into a game with a coin toss. Heads or tails, he decides each ones fate. Another man stumbles upon a desert scene involving dead men and a case full of cash. He takes the suitcase with him and starts a massive cat and mouse hunt between him, a Mexican cartel and the hitman now hired to retrieve the cash. Soon the local sheriffs are involved but the game becomes more and more dangerous and one sheriff begins to wonder if he can really stop it this time.
As the film went on I could feel that it was a special film. It raises questions about knowing the difference between perseverance and surrender. How much power does one really have in their fate? Who can really play god?
This is the Coen brothers at their most influential, natural and most laureled. I’ve seen bits and pieces of what they’ve done after this landmark, but nothing comes close to this masterpiece. If already inspires and is aging quiet nicely.
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Joel and Ethan Coen have one of the most prolific careers in Hollywood that merges genres that at first would seem inconceivable or impossible. By the time Fargo was released they were already in the their niche for quite some time and with this effort they only began to refine their style.
A North Dakota Man desperate for money, hires men to kidnap his wife in exchange for a portion of the ransom. The kidnapping goes according to plan, however the man doesn’t realize the implications it would have on his son. Nor does he truly realize how far the kidnappers will go and who they will kill to get their hands on the payout. As unexpected murders become part of the plan, Sheriff Marge Gunderson is on the trail of the conspirator and his killers. In respect for the victims, it is a story that is told exactly as it occurred.
As the film veers out of control and the violence becomes more of the story, the comedic touches of the screenplay come out as well. As first I didn’t get most of the humor but after repeated exposure I became much more thankful for those moments. Frances McDormand commits to one of the greatest female characters on screen as she provides a warm, comforting center to a film that could mutilate and kill at any given moment. The screenplay is a monster and encourages deeper analysis into the motivations of the villains. In the end the film is iconic and it boasts great comedy and reliable terror in every frame.
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46. HOWARDS END- 1992.
Every filmmaker or group has a niche and Merchant-Ivory Productions carved out one with such a distinct style, that they made their own sub genre: period films in Edwardian England about people with tragic lives. If these people lived in present day, they might have had different, happier and without obstacles. Each film they made would confront social boundaries and while their films don’t eliminate them for their characters, they provide insight and gratitude in a contemporary audience that might not face the same challenges socially or romantically.
Adapted from the novel by E.M Forster, the film portrays people that cannot seem to reconcile their opposite ways of living. The matriarch of the rich conservative Wilcox family befriends Margaret Schlegel a woman from an intellectual middle class family that sees the world through a different lens. Upon her passing, Mrs. Wilcox gives her childhood home of Howard’s End to Margaret. When the rest of the Wilcoxes get wind of this, they conspire to keep the home in their family and never reveal to Margaret that she is the rightful owner.
Henry Wilcox the surviving senior member falls in love with Margaret and they become engaged. Henry’s disdain for the lower classes start to show to Margaret, and when he turns a judgemental hand on her sister Helen for her life choices, a rift forms between him and Margaret that doesn’t seem reparable. It becomes a clash between 3 the rich, the intellectual and the poor with no hint or suggestion of how to bring the three together for the greater good.
Merchant-Ivory productions were known for sacrificing commercialization for art which is always used to the films benefit. These type of films demand not only material that is sound and impeccable, but a cast and crew that will take risks for the art and not the money . Every actor is in inspired form here. Beautifully written and shot, there is a nice “lived in” quality that makes it all the more compelling and believable.
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45. LEGEND- 1985
Upon release, a movie’s success is never guaranteed. It might have a great director, screenplay, cast and production but something happens and the film doesn’t go the distance. Legend didn’t initially and it is hard for me to imagine why.
Princess Lily’s friendship with a forest dweller named Jack is young love in early bloom. But soon it is all that stands in the way of the Lord of Darkness’s desire to destroy two unicorns holding the power of light, the key to his imprisonment. After one is killed, Lily is captured and Jack must save her before she is completely seduced by evil and the last unicorn is slain. Jack enlists the help of forest elves and marches on Darkness’s stronghold before it’s too late. But can darkness truly be defeated? Is it ever gone? How long can Lily hold on? Will it be in vain?
I found this movie to be an energetic and lively adventure, one that I wish I had seen as a child. Pre-movie star Tom Cruise is easily watchable as Jack. If he was cast in it any later in his career it would have been a double-edged sword to this film’s legacy. The movie would have made box office but it would have been more about his persona that the movie itself.
Legend is bright and vibrantly made with allusions to high concepts. But even after such an imaginative story and gorgeous effects, how did this film fail? Typically the cause boils down to two things. The public either doesn’t like it or doesn’t get it. Thankfully Legend falls into the “doesn’t get it” category, especially since its following has grown over the past 30 years in part to the release of Ridley Scott’s directors cut.
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44. SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN-2012
Fairytales are constantly subjected to new versions. New people bringing fresh perspectives to these classic stories is a great way to generate interest in the original work. Especially if this new interpretation explores certain parts of the original tale that were minor or unimportant. Armed with a darker, more expansive story and a near solid cast, Rupert Sanders takes on the classic Snow White tale and broadens it into something more.
In regards to the story the film remains true to the fairy tale’s skeleton. There’s the vengeful, jealous stepmother queen, seven dwarves, the poison apple, and the huntsman hired to take Snow White into the forest to kill her.
What is different is how Sanders shifts away from most of these characteristics. The forest is frightening yes but it is full of life,wonder and more than just a place where a few dwarves reside.
The relationship between the huntsman and Snow White is romanticized a bit and is given weight over a her childhood friend:a prince of a neighboring kingdom. The wicked queen’s character especially is given an intricate backstory that explains how she became so vengeful, so powerful. The story also spills out into other countries and regions and not just in a castle, cottage or a forest like in previous interpretations. It becomes war between women, between the old and the new, the hollow and the whole.
Most of the film works and I’ve found it to be an exciting ride. Why else did I watch it three times in the theatres? What doesn’t work is the casting decision of Kristen Stewart as Snow White. She just isn’t comparable to her enemy. I found myself rooting for the impeccable Charlize Theron over Hemsworth and Stewart’s efforts. She upstages them in every scene. Her character is the more fascinating one out of the three.
The real draw is the art direction. This film is a visual feast and as Snow White travels through the forest, the film takes on a life of its own away from the classic tale.
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43. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON-2008
Christmas Day movies are a big tradition for me. I see one every year and on that day they hold a higher expectation with me. They must be good. They must be memorable. They must be unusual. Christmas 2008 was the year and I saw this film with my father so the stakes were even higher. Being an English professor, he was well aware of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story and he was just as interested as I was in this adaptation. It already has a concept that was born for the screen. But how would it work?
A bizarre circumstance. A journey through the 20th century. A boy that ages in reverse. And while one would think all is lost for him, Benjamin Button lives a grand life supported by a diverse family and the love of his life Daisy. And in turn his existence brings joy, hope and life to everyone around him that he contacts. It doesn’t matter what he looks like because those who love him know and love the soul of his being, and accept him in return for his love.
David Fincher is woefully under appreciated. This is his masterpiece. A way of invoking new ideas with Hollywood magic and class. Brad Pitt commits his finest performance here inhabiting the character at every stage of his life. Cate Blanchett and Taraji P. Henson provide warmth and affection to a story that would naturally be filled with sadness and regret. But it becomes something else. An everyman’s tale under the surface.
The film swept me away and for some reason I have yet to return to its arms. Perhaps I don’t need to? Perhaps I’m worried it won’t be the same? Perhaps I don’t want to admit I’ve grown up. Perhaps.
Even with 13 oscar nominations and over $300 mil. in box office returns I still feel like this movie isn’t recognized enough. I love this movie for it is memorable, unusual and it is beyond good.
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