Posts tagged with “film”
The choice between “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network” isn’t between a British film and an American one, but between a reassuring film and an unsettling one. As excellent as “The King’s Speech” is, it tells us that things were better in the olden days when everyone knew their place, and when a stiff upper lip was all it took to win a war against the Nazis. There are chilling moments—Bertie’s stories of his abused childhood, David’s sneering at his younger brother—but they lead us to the comforting conclusion that love and friendship conquer all, disabilities can be overcome, and, as long as you believe in yourself, good will prevail over evil.
“The Social Network” is another matter. It offers more questions than answers, leaving us to debate which of its characters are heroes and which are villains, who’s been exploited and who’s done the exploiting. It makes some viewers want to log straight onto Facebook, and others vow never to Update their Status again. And it doesn’t let us relax, as “The King’s Speech” does, by being set 60-odd years ago in the art-deco past. It’s a film about now.
— Nicholas Barber. I liked “The King’s Speech”. I felt it was a great average film. I doubt I’ll remember it in 6 months, let alone 5 years. For me, “The Social Network” was a masterpiece. I think about it all the time, and I expect to remember it for the rest of my life.
I’m sure this list will grow as I think of more, although if it remains at one movie then this is definitely the right movie.
In no particular order and definitely forgetting some:
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Stranger than Fiction
- Donnie Darko
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
- The Royal Tenenbaums
- The Darjeeling Limited
- There Will Be Blood
- No Country For Old Men
- Casino Royale
- Almost Famous
- In The Mood For Love
- High Fidelity
- Lord of the Rings trilogy
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
- Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain
- Lost in Translation
- Hot Rod
- Monsoon Wedding
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- Eastern Promises
- Mulholland Drive
- Requiem for a Dream
- Kill Bill V1
- Michael Clayton
- Team America: World Police
- Punch-Drunk Love
- The Constant Gardener
- Dancer In The Dark
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Aviator
- I Heart Huckabees
- The entire Bourne series
- Look Both Ways
- About a boy
- 8 femmes
- Master and Commander
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- (500) Days of Summer
- The Hurt Locker
- In The Loop
- Inglorious Basterds
He’s taken off his shoes and one of his socks… Actually, I think he’s crying.14 November 2009 - 09:45 | Tags: film, theroyaltenenbaums, wesanderson
There’s a comma and an exclamation point missing from that title.
— The Onion AV Club’s description in their review of the movie.
Current box office takings for the five films nominated for best picture:
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - $104.3M
- Slumdog Millionaire - $44.7M
- Milk - $20.6M
- Frost/Nixon - $8.9M
- The Reader - $8M
That’s a combined total of $186M. In comparison, The Dark Knight passed that mark soon after its first 4 days.
The Oscars live in a strange world where they don’t represent popular movies (other than maybe Titanic) and they often don’t represent the types of intellectual movies that I find appealing (eg. Crash and Gladiator both won best picture, yet I hated them).25 January 2009 - 05:58 | Tags: film, oscars
The fights and chases were as unintelligible as most such sequences are nowadays, and the usual roaming-camera formulas were applied without much variety. Shoot lots of singles, track slowly in on everybody who’s speaking, spin a circle around characters now and then, and transition to a new scene with a quick airborne shot of a cityscape.
My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.
— Simone, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
8 August 2008 - 23:30 | Tags: kubrick, film, tonykaye
When life gives you lemons, just say ‘Fuck the lemons,’ and bail.
— Surfing instructor in Forgetting Sarah Marshall