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Lights. Camera. Actor.

I absolutely love the movie Chaplin. It was one of the early ones that got me into movies and made me start to want to act. Charlie Chaplin himself was a genius and the ability to capture that in a movie would be difficult, and even though it, sadly,  only touches the surface of Charles’ genius, I think it reminds people that he was just a person who had a lot of troubles in his life that led to his incredible films and makes you think of the motivation and meaning behind them. But the real reason I love this movie was the performance of Robert Downey Jr, absolutely blows me away. I’m just thinking about how much time he must have put into becoming Chaplin the way he did, from the accent, to the walk, the dance of the rolls, all of that. I can imagine how much fun it must have been to dive into a character like that. Anyway, this will remain one of my favorites for a lot of reasons and I sort of hope I can get others to watch it and see how fantastic it really is.

I really don’t even know what to say. Apocalypse Now was fantastic and everyone needs to see it for so many reasons. The directing and writing was amazing and the acting was really good all around, but I have to say that Martin Sheen had a lot on his shoulders for this character, and the outcome was impressive. There are moments that have such interesting symbolism in them too that made it so enjoyable, some of the really tiny roles in the film had a huge impact on me. Just watch it, now. 

Ok, so I promised my friend that I would wait to watch Forrest Gump until we could watch it together and we finally did and I don’t even know what to say about it. Tom Hanks was amazing, but everyone in the world knows that. I loved Sally Fields in this, her character was so loving and motherly and she played it beautifully. I think my favorite character, besides Gump himself, was Lieutenant Dan (played by Gary Sinise). The writing acting and directing were fantastic.  It made me think about people and everything and I’m really glad I finally got to see it. If you haven’t, go buy it now. Plus, now I understand all of the references that are made in the restaurant in Navy Pier.

I love this movie

I think I have a thing for movies about mental institutions and crazy people. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one that everyone needs to watch at some point. Jack Nicholson does such a spectacular job, he brings so much into the character and the scenes. I’d have t double check, but I’m pretty sure he won a “Best Actor” Oscar for this, which says something in itself. Other than that, I was surprised when I realized that Danny DeVito was in this, but he well and was almost a comic relief character, even in a serious film like this one. Louise Fletcher is worth noting in this too, she pulled her character off really well, her attitude irritated me as much as it did McMurphey. Anyway, The ending is fantastic, I actually read the book last summer and it’s a really gd adaptation with good writing for both and watch it now if you’ve never seen it.

Good RomCom

I felt like seeing some Meryl Streep yesterday, so I looked upIt’s Complicated. It was better than a lot of Romantic Comedies because it was realistic… I guess by that I mean that it had a situation that was extremely plausible and it had sad parts and mixed emotions throughout the whole thing. Anyway, Meryl Streep was wonderful, as always. Alec Baldwin was pretty good too, I think he did a good job with his character but the way hee played some his his lines sounded sort of cheesey, but maybe they were supposed too? It kind of worked. But anyway, Steve Martin was so adorable in this, I absolutely loved all the scenes he was in. Between him and Meryl, I practically cried. The two younger kids were kind of annoying and I didn’t feel like they were great actors and it was kind of annoying because the others were so good, but overall it was awesome. The writing in this I thought was especially good for a RomCom too, so I think that’s worth noting.

Love This Movie

I’ve been re-watching a lot of movies recently, and decided that I should watch Awakeningsagain because it’s so good. It’s another one of Robin Williams’ serious films (maybe it’s the beard, haha) and he does a pretty good job on that. Mostly, though, I’m always amazed by DeNiro in this. Not only is it different than most of his roles, but it is an extremely unique character that has a lot of motivation and feeling and isn’t even 100% sane for half the movie, he does remarkably well. It’s really sad and since it’s a true story, it makes it even more powerful. I don’t know if Eleanor, played by Julie Cavner, was a real person or not, but I felt like her character was not something that needed to be in the movie and didn’t really like her that much, but if she was real, they didn’t have much of a choice. Anyway, it’s a really touching, sort of powerful story and its made pretty well.

Simply Incredible

 I don’t even know what to say about it, it was so good. Sophie’s Choicewas just amazing. The acting by Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline was simply flawless. Peter MacNicol wasn’t as awesome, but it could be because they set really high standards.The story itself is just so raw and real that you can’t help but feel for her. Nothing prepares you for the last half hour or so, the reality of it suddenly hits and afterwards I was in this sort of stupor, trying to understand the full magnitude of what I saw. It’s really heavy, and if you’re not able to handle heavy dramas, then you may want to stay away, but it’s one of my new favorites.

Amazing Performance

Watched Raging Bull finally last night. It was a lot different than I expected, but it was good. Jake LaMotta is such an awesome character and there is so much going on in his head. Watching DeNiro do this is incredible. That’s all there is to be said about it. Joe Pesci is really good with DeNiro too. They have some really awesome scenes together. Same goes for Cathy Moriarty.  I thought it was really good, but some people might not like it because it’s not very exciting for a boxing movie, as n the fights are not the key part of the movie. Anyway, I can’t really post about his and not comment on DeNiro’s devotion to his part. First he got in amazing shape to play the Middle weight champ, then gained 60 pounds to play broken down LaMotta. This is just a really awesome mental movie.

Horror Movie!!

I love The Shining. It’s written so well, this must have been the 5th time is seen it and it’s still good. The way you watch him get crazier and crazier, its so insanely creepy. Jack Nicholson does an incredible job with this. the subtleties in character change at first, and even when he’s not saying anything, or even moving, he does a good job. The kid did a really good job in this too, however I’m never totally impressed with Shelley Duvall until all the crazy stuff starts happening because she does play well of of Nicholson. I don’t think the beginning of any horror movie is “great,” just because they always have to but so much foreshadowing, but this one i pretty good. Anyway, I like it because its tthe sort of movie that’s really scary if you think about it, and it has a cooler aspect to it, other than just trying to scare you.

Good Classic

Didn;t get to watch a movie yesterday, so I’ll post about one I’ve seen other times- The Graduate. This is one of Dustin Hoffman most well known movies, it’s from the late 60s, but it’s interesting how, even now with so much experience, Hoffman acts much the same way that he did then. With other actors you often see changes, but he was always good. Anyway, the rest of the acting was good too, Anne Bancroft did a really good job in this, playing Mrs. Robinson. This is a pretty hilarious movie and it’s pretty entertaining, but it is predictable and a bit cheesy, but that’s what you get in a comedy. Anyway, this is such a classic film, you have to see it if your a movie person

Also, Music by Simon and Garfunkle :D

Better Then Expected

A lot better. And I had pretty high expectations to start. I’m not a huge fan of Brad Pitt, but, in Fight Club he proved that he actually is a good actor. I was really impressed with not only the acting by Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Carter (which were all really good) but I was impressed by the story itself and all the tiny details that went into the direction and the writing and the editing of it. I’ll admit there was a point where I wondered where it was all going, but about 10 minutes later there was a big plot twist and everything got really exciting. Anyway, I really enjoyed this movie, been thinking about it all day and I will definitely be watching it again in the near future.

Also, I now get the joke behind the first rule of Tumblr…

Oh. my. god.

I watched The Green Mile last night. It was incredible. Yeah, parts of the script were iffy and when John would “Spit it out” it was kind of a bit much for me. But I’m being really picky because I have been thinking about that movie all day. Tom hanks was incredible. Just his emotion and his pain and everything. Michael Duncan was also really good in this too. I think I cried four times in this movie. In fear and hatred and sadness. But still, no matter how  intense the movie was as a whole, there were still funny parts right along side brutal and horrible things. Just like life. Loved this movie a lot.


Rocky is a classic and I’m so glad I saw it. I’ll admit, I was a bit wary of it just because it’s a boxing movie and i wasn’t sure how it was going to be, butit was just incredible. Sylvester Stallone, of course, in his best known role, does an amazing job and he really creates the character in the phrases he uses, the voice the facial expressions and even his walk. Talia Shire once again does a good job as a supporting woman (she was Connie in Godfather). But really I think the movie hits home because of the last scene, given its about 20 minutes long, but I was getting that yell-at-the-screen urge that happens in movies like this. Anyway, see it. Even if you’re not into boxing and stuff. because it’s really good.

So Good!

I watched Godfather Part II yesterday, but I had been planning to wait until I saw all three to write something about it since I watched The Godfather last week, but I cant wait now. The whole cast of both movies is amazing, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro and Talia Shire. But really, you could only survive three hour movies if the actors are good. You get such an amazing look into the whole history and life style of the mafia. So if you ever have three hours to kill -> Godfather.

James Caan and Marlon Brando Godfather

Robert Duvall and Al Pacino Godfather

This Movie is So Good!

I had been recommended Scarface on several occasions, but hadn’t gotten a change to watch it until yesterday. I was really impressed. There are parts of it I don’t like, but Pacino creates this incredibly complex character (with an extremely convincing/consistent Cuban accent, by the way,) so much so you, as the audience, aren’t even sure if you want him to win or not. Pacino pulls of the inner contemplations and dynamics of the character really well, watch for those changes in him, theyre incredible. Michelle Pfeiffer did a wonderful job through the first half, but I feel like he was sort of out of her element in the second half.She still did well as a junky though, her emotion and energy during their fighting scenes was really good.  Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio did an excellent job all the way through. All that has to be said, her character changes alot and she did a good job. There’s a bit in the middle that I thought dragged a bit, but honestly, the ending knocked me dead. Absolutely loved it. It’s super violent and bloody though, so if your not into that…