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And the Oscar Goes to…….

In Awards on February 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

Last night was the Oscars and unless you live under a rock, have no interest in movies, or are in a loony bin, you would know this. I was pleasantly surprised with the winners, saddened by the losers, and dismayed as to who didn’t get nominated. For goodness sake where was my “Cloud Atlas” nomination? Despite having an amazing makeup team and an amazing score, this film wasn’t nominated for anything. And no Leo or Samuel? What? Why the heck not. Seriously though, when Leo wins an Academy, mark my words he will, I will go nuts. Like footprints on the ceiling nuts.

So I’m going to offer you, my amazing audience, my take on the Academy Awards and who I thought should have won or who most certainly deserved to win. I will only offer my take on movies I have seen or feel very strongly about.

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence for “The Silver Linings Playbook”.

Did she deserve this? 100% yes. She was absolutely great in this film. She portrayed a manic individual to a t and God help me I love Sally Field but Jennifer totally deserved this. I seriously hope that she gets some hella great work following this because I am super excited to her career.

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway for Les Mis

Did she deserve this? Sadly, I cannot say. I didn’t see the movie but from what my girlfriend said, she totally did. And I’m going to agree with her on this. A lot of people don’t like Anne for some reason, no idea why she was an amazing Catwoman, but from what I saw from her singing and acting, I too believe that she deserved this win.

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for D’Jango Unchained

Did he deserve this? Oh hell yes. This man was phenomenal in D’Jango and when he is given a Tarantino script, he can do no wrong. Seriously, he was great in “Inglorious Basterds” and he completely became Schultz for this movie. I don’t have any qualms with who should have won for this one because I completely believe that Waltz deserved this.

Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for D’Jango Unchained

Did he deserve this? Absolutely. Without a doubt. My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of watching “Pulp Fiction” this past weekend and I can never get over how wonderful that script is. Tarantino has a thorough understanding for how people talk, how people sound, and what a damn good conversation sounds like. He is able to insert this funny quips while also containing some hellishly dramatic dialogue as well. Congratulations Tarantino, you absolutely deserve this.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Did he deserve this? My man Daniel Day-Lewis deserves every damn award he reserves. Ever scrap of recognition that is thrown his way. Any bit of praise that this man receives, he deserves. He was wonderful in “Lincoln” truly becoming our 16th president. He had the gait down, he had the speeches down, he was good ol’ honest Abe and I truly believe that he deserved this win.

Best Animated Feature: Brave

Did this deserve it? I’m going to say no, however know this I did not see this film. One of the reasons I say no was because many believe that this film won simply for the design of the hair for the main character. Now, if this was a deciding factor, then I would have to say I don’t agree with it because there are other categories where this could have been featured. I was pulling for “Wreck it Ralph” because that was such a great story with an amazing cast set in amazing universe, but sadly this did not get the win. If “Brave” won for its story and its design, then I congratulate it.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for Argo

Did he deserve this win? I would go with a slight yes, because I do love Tony Kushner and I though the screenplay he wrote for “Lincoln” was incredible. That being said, I did like the screenplay for Argo but I do feel that it wasn’t a strong screenplay because, currently, it doesn’t stand out in my mind.

Best Director: Ang Lee for Life of Pi

Did he deserve this? Sadly, I did not see the film and I do regret it. I was pulling for “Silver Linings Playbook” as well as “Lincoln” but I’m nice enough to admit defeat. Ang Lee was modest on stage and appeared truly grateful for the award he received. Because of this, I will see “Life of Pi” to see just how good this film was and he deserved this win.

Best Song: Adele for Skyfall

Did she deserve this? Yes. A resounding yes. This song is not only catchy but is possibly one of the best Bond songs I have ever listened to. And her voice. Sweet Jesus her voice is incredible. She completely deserved this win. Congratulations Adele.

Best Picture: Argo

Did this film deserve it? I’m on the fence about this. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this film but I was rooting for “Lincoln” and “D’Jango Unchained” but I will have to hand this one over to Affleck. He was great in this movie and great behind the camera as well, however, I still have a huge problem with the fact that they did not put a Latin actor in front of the camera and tried to Italianize the main character, changed Antonio to Tony. Ben Affleck should have stepped aside and allowed someone closer to Antonio Mendez’s ethnicity to stand in the spotlight. If that happened, I would be absolutely fine with this film winning Best Picture.

A final thought, to all of those people out there commenting on Adele’s weight while she was singing. Grow up or drop it. One or the other. She’s a great singer and by only focusing on her weight you’re destroying only your own credibility. Women and men come in all different shapes and sizes and only little kids in school yards pick on each other because of it. So seriously, grow up.

Also apparently The Onion tweeted calling Quvenzhané Wallis a cunt. Seriously, there is a line to humor. Lines that keep comedians and writers from being offensive. Tweeting something like that to a nine-year old, the youngest nominee in history, is completely offensive. Completely uncalled for. Completely disgusting. Realizing that they did something wrong, The Onion deleted their tweet. Best part about Twitter, is that deleting a tweet doesn’t remove it completely. So way to go Onion. You found that line and you crossed it. Let’s hope you don’t cross it ever again. 

 

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D’jango, Get Those Chains Off Of Ya!

In Movies on December 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Quentin Tarantino does it again. Solid cast, solid script, solid acting, and a hell of a lot of gore. Before I even begin this review, I suggest you go see this movie. It is entertaining, action-packed, and seriously funny, Samuel Jackson is hilarious in this film.

“Django Unchained” tells the story of DJango, played by Jamie Foxx, who is released from slavery by Dr. King Shultz, a bounty hunter played by Christoph Waltz. Shutlz releases Django because he is the only one who has seen the infamous Brittle brothers, played by Cooper Huckabee, M.C. Gainey, and Doc Duhame. While tracking down these notorious slave whipping brothers, Shultz trains Django in the art of bounty hunting and shooting white folk, which Django has no problem doing. While becoming educated in the art of death and corpse collection, Django shares his story with Shultz, telling him that he plans on getting back his wife, Boomhilda, played by Kerry Washington, before she is too damaged by slavery. Shutlz is moved by this story, telling Django an old German story concerning two lovers Broomhilda and Siegfried, and is determined to help him. These two killers track Broomhilda to Candyland, run by slave owner Calvin Candie, played by Leo DiCaprio, and his second in command Stephen, played phenomenally well by Samuel Jackson. Shutlz and Django create a plan to sucker Candie by telling him that they will by a black slave and then try to sneak Broomhilda into the deal. However, things do not go as plan and bullets start to fly and blood is spilled.

So like I said before, this movie is totally worth seeing. Christoph Waltz is exceptional, delivering the QT script like it was his own words. He has a few great scenes in this that really stick out in my mind and I hope will get some Golden Globe and Academy recognition for it.

Leo DiCaprio. First time as a villain and by goly I hope he plays a villain again, because he became Calvin Candie. First time ever in a QT film and much like Waltz, he delivers the lines as if he were meant to say them. There’s a great scene in this film that I will mention later but it extremely memorable for more reasons than one.

The soundtrack also deserves mentioning. A cool mixture of rap and country that wouldn’t fit in any other film but fits LIKE A GLOVE within this one. I am currently listening to it and Spotify and props to QT for making this amazing soundtrack.

Alright, so those two actors, alone, should interest you in seeing this movie, but the fact that it’s a QT film and it’s about a slave rising up and killing plantation owners, should interest you even more. Now onto the good stuff * Spoilers*

Alright, so some of the other reviews that I have read about this film have a huge problem with the scheme that Shultz and Django concoct regarding purchasing Bloomhilda. People ask well why didn’t Shultz just offer Candie an obscene amount for Bloomhilda, because, as we see, Candie would have been more than willing to sell her. Well my question is, how would have Shultz gotten Candie’s attention? He couldn’t just have approached him and asked to buy Bloomhilda, because, I think, that would have been very suspect. So they had to come up with a scheme to get Candie’s attention and then slip Bloomhilda into the deal. A suggestion that I had that could have made this transaction more successful would be that Shultz conducted the deal on his own, which would have made it less likely that the relationship between Django and Bloomhilda would be discovered. However, as we see Candie did not believe that Shutlz was an expert on Mandingo fighting, given his reaction to the slave being ripped apart, and Bloomhilda may have had some difficulty believe Shultz when he filled her in on the scheme. I think the way it went down, was the only way it could have gone down.

Also worth mentioning, was the reason for Shutlz’s death. I hated seeing him die, but I did like what he died for and his conversation involving Candie and Alexander Dumas was exceptional. It was a part of this film that I truly loved and will never forget.

Speaking of conversations, the many that occurred between Candie and Django were extremely well done and held that subsumed hint of anger and frenzy always underneath it. I absolutely loved their dialogues, especially when they were on the way to Candyland.

Jamie Foxx wasn’t the best actor within this film, which isn’t saying he was the worst. Acting alongside DiCaprio and Waltz is very difficult, I would imagine, but Foxx does not suffer for this. He delivered his lines quite well, showing how difficult it was for him to contain the anger and rage he felt for Candie. When he is finally able to let loose, let loose he does delivering some great lines and some great shots.

Samuel Jackson is hilarious in this film. He plays Candie’s second quite well, almost mentoring Candie in situations where he appears confused and simple. His reaction to Django on horseback was perfect and priceless, mumbling obscenities while limping away. The way his character changed when he was out of sight of white people was extremely well implemented, almost frightening as to how good it was.

So in conclusion. See this movie. You won’t regret it.

P.S. some easter eggs.

James Remar plays two characters within the film

Leonardo DiCaprio actually cuts his hand in the skull scene and smears his actual blood on Kerry Washington’s face

The masked ax wielding slave catching lady was played by Zoe Bell who has appeared in a lot of QT movies.

Madre’s List of Favorite Movies in No Particular Order

In Movies on August 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm
After beginning this blog, my mother asked if she could create her own list of favorites and have it published on my blog. And of course, I said why not. Below is her top 7 favorite movies. I went through and made some changes, her grammar was just plain awful, but her list and her descriptions are her’s alone. Enjoy!
Young Frankenstein (1974)  directed by Mel Brooks:
This is hands down my favorite comedy.  The writing is spot on hilarious.  Gene Wilder is perfect as Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Franhhcensteen…).  The actors’ comedic timing is just amazing.  That comes from having a super sense of comedy, and from being so well cast. I watched Marty Feldman on his show, “The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine”, a BBC production in 1971. So British, so funny. I like this movie better than Brook’s other classic, Blazing Saddles.  To me, Young Frankenstein relies more on verbal comedy, as opposed to the sight gags of Blazing Saddles. I always watch this movie when it is on, and I practically know the whole script by heart.
CM: This movie also includes a great cameo by Gene Hackmen, that makes it that much funnier.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse (1948) directed by H.C Potter, starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy:
This film is about a family who decides to ditch big city life, buy a house in the country(been there, done that…) and the pitfalls of home remodeling.  The situation is classic, a couple saying that all the house needs is “a little love”  and plenty of demolition.  Myrna Loy is superb as the wife getting to finally decorate her new home. Her dissertation to the contractor on paint colors is a must see. (As an interior designer… I understand her logic…) Cary Grant is at first  enamored with being a country squire, until the budget for the house gets totally out of control. This film was the basis for the Money Pit, starring Tom Hanks,  but this version is sooo much better. The script is clean, and lines are quick and clipped.  Anyone who has remodeled a house, or has relocated to the country where you have to deal with “the locals”, will totally get this movie.
CM: Never seen it but I have heard good things about Cary Grant. Will definitely give it a try
Beauty and The Beast- (1946) directed by Jean Cocteau–in French:
Dadaist poet and artist Jean Cocteau adapted the classic story into a film that is  a fantasy in such a beautiful and subtle way.  His images and camera angles are more like individual pieces of art.  He also pioneered some special effects.  My favorite scene is of Belle walking in a hallway lit by the wall sconces held by human arms. Very creepy, but also so beautiful.  This is for you art film folks; it is a must see.
CM: Saw this once when I was very young. Will probably never watch it again because it scared me so much.
Oh Brother Where Art Thou (2000) directed by Joel & Ethan Cohen:
First, it’s a Cohen Brothers films,. so what’s not to like? But this film take you through Homer’s Odyssey far better than reading any book.  George Clooney as our fearless leader is just perfect.  He can tell a tall tale like no other.  John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson round out the hapless trio on the journey.  I love how this story is worked into the time period of 1937 and the Great Depression in Mississippi. The script is written in colloquial language, which is musical and poetic, consisting of such lines as “pater familias” and “sang in yonder can” and “skeedaddled”.  Another great aspect of this film is the soundtrack. Such a great combo of old timey music done by Allison Krause and other great singer songwriters. The score was written by T Bone Burnett, and he totally captured the time period. I’m still singing those songs in the car when no one is listening.
CM: This movie is well written, well acted, and well shot. John Goodman has a great cameo in this movie as the cyclops that has a pretty pvitoal role in Homer’s Odyssey.
Chocolat (2000) directed by Lasse Hellstrom
I love this story.  While it has mystery and magic in the plot, it also deals with the difficult relationship between mothers and daughters, both living and dead. Juliette Binoche plays Vianne, a mysterious woman who shows up in a very conservative town and opens a chocolate shop.  The candies begin to awaken the passions of the townspeople, much to the chagrin of the mayor, play by Alfred Molina.  He is horrified  that such decadence has arrived in his town. But he has secrets of his own that only the chocolate will heal.  Vianne has a daughter, Anouk, who desperately wants to stop being dragged from town to town and to settle down.  And Johnny Depp is, well, the eye candy in this film as the gypsy love interest Roux. Vianne carries her mother’s ashes with her, and appears to still be taking direction from her mother, even after death. Roux opens her eyes to her issues, and how she is passing those onto her daughter.
Judi Dench and Lena Olin are both superb as tragic figures who come into their own after meeting Vianne. The film was shot on location in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in France, and the town is breathtaking.
CM: I wasn’t the biggest fan of this movie, but if you have lady parts I’m sure you’ll love it. Because well it’s about chocolate and has Johnny Depp in it.
Pulp Fiction (1994) Quentin Tarantino
Another of my favs. Tarantino can do no wrong.  Where to begin with this film? First, the casting. John Travolta’s career was reborn with this movie as Vincent Vega. And Samuel L. Jackson as Jules. As a hit man team, they interact as pragmatist and philosopher.  The plot winds, twists and turns, and goes so many places, it is a wild ride.  Harvey Keitel has to do some clean up for the two boys, and he is so cool, so slick and so funny. and Uma Thurman dancing with Travolta? Classic.  Is this film violent?  Oh hell yes. But Tarantino in his own quirky way, makes it all so funny.  I mean, who wouldn’t laugh at two guys arguing over who has to clean the splattered brains out of the car when they accidentally shoot the passenger?  I did, and you will too.  The soundtrack is awesome as well, especially “Jungle Boogie”…..
CM: This goes without saying, but it should be said. I love this film. The reason why it wasn’t included in my list is because I wanted to introduce other films that people might not have seen such as “True Romance” or “Heat”.  If you haven’t seen this movie, and you are going to see “Django Unchained” then see this movie before hand just so you know what you’re walking into. Best line in the whole movie, btw. I have posted that quote countless times as my Facebook status.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Francis Ford Coppola
So I’m a sucker for vampire movies (haha, get it?) But this one is my all time favorite.  Gary Oldman is so captivating as Dracula. Normally, Dracula is portrayed as a soulless monster, but Oldman  plays him as a sad and tragic figure as you see him lose the love of his life.  He goes teeters evil master as he captures Johnathan Harker and lets his siren vampires torture him, to a tender and romantic loving man.  Winona Ryder is passable as Mina Harker, I found both her and Keanu Reeve’s portrayals to be a bit stiff and stilted. I know they are supposed to be repressed Victorians, but they both seemed wooden.  Gary Oldman carries the film, as does Tom Waits, who plays poor crazed Renfield. And Anthony Hopkins nailed the role of Van Helsing.  I love that fact that he played him as  an eccentric, with a somewhat mystical power… or was that just science? It was beautifully filmed and included some great costume design.  They represented the period, perfectly. This Dracula is waay more spectacular and lascivious than those True Blood dudes.
CM: Phenomenal movie and I concur with mi madre’s statement. Reeves and Winona seemed uncomfortable and confused with the role that they were playing. I almost didn’t feel bad when Reeve’s gets tortured because, well, it just didn’t seem like he was in actual pain, as crass as that sounds.

My Top 20 Favorite Movies, in no particular order

In Movies on July 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm

– The Dark Knight

The second of the Batman trilogy is included in this list because, well it’s an excellent film. While watching the Amazing Spiderman, my brother and I noticed several problems with the film, such as Spiderman using a cell phone in the sewers, no cell service a DUH, and Croc mixing two chemicals that were sitting right next to one another in a high school classroom and creating an explosion, WHAT?, I couldn’t help but note that Christopher Nolan has set the bar high for super hero movies. They need to be executed and created with a certain degree of intelligence, we will no longer stand for Batman armor with nipple points Joel Schumacher! Not only was this film nearly flawless, but it had one of the best and most well-known villains of all time, Joker.

Ledger’s performance earned him a posthumous Oscar and showed the world just how bat shit crazy the Joker really is. Such memorable scenes as this one and this one have been burned into my brain and will remain there as long as I live. I am hopefully seeing The Dark Knight Rises sometime next week and I hope it will live up to this one but to compare the two would do both of them injustice. This movie, stand alone, one of the best movies I have ever seen. If you haven’t seen this movie, then either you’re dead or you’re blind or just dumb. SO WATCH IT!

– In the Heat of the Night

A 1967 movie starring Sydney Poiter and Rod Steiger set in Mississippi about a murder investigation where the first suspect is, WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT? The African-American. This particular African-American however is one of Philadelphia’s finest detective and after becoming suspect numero uno, becomes an investigator to uncover this murder mystery.

The inclusion of this movie  occurred because it was a movie starring an African-American man in 1967. It was a movie that openly discussed racism and showed just how idiotic generalizations and assumptions can be while fighting it as well. The story line is superb and that acting is quite phenomenal. It also contains a great line which has been placed at number 16 on the American Film institute 100 Movie Quotes. Watch the scene and watch the movie. It is a great film!

– The Departed

A cat and mouse movie where Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon are working against each other to figure out who’s the mole in the Boston police force and who’s the rat in Jack Nicholson’s mob. Directed by Martin Scorsese and earning him his first Best Picture and Best Director and forever sealing his fate, as one of the best directors of his time.

“The Departed” is included in this list because of the phenomenal performances by Leonardo, Wahlberg, Nicholson, and Baldwin. One of the best soundtracks and sound mixing I have ever heard, the cuts in the music are amazing and on point and truly jar the viewer to keep them constantly watching. The twist at the end is incredible and totally caught off guard.

– True Romance

A movie starring Christian Slater, where has he been AMIRIGHT?, Patricia Arquette as a crazy nympho, yes that is the chick from Medium, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken with a great fucking cameo, Samuel Jackson, Gary Oldman, as a crazed wigger drug dealer, and all of this is directed by Tony Scott with a script by Quentin Tarantino.  It is a movie featuring love, sex, cocaine, a stoned Brad Pitt, guns, a foot being stabbed with a corkscrew, and an eye being shot off.  The sound track to this is off the charts, SARCASM, it sounds like Hans Zimmer was smoking way too much weed and decided Jamaican music would sound the best for this movie.

I love this movie, because like the hipsters we all love to hate, no one has heard of this movie. It is an underground classic. I have never heard or another movie with a team up quite like this and if I’m lucky I might just hear of one in the future. The corkscrew scene is amazing, sorry for the poor quality, and it even has Val Kilmer playing Elvis. It is a great movie with some amazing lines, thank you Quentin, and some real fucking strange characters. You have to watch this movie before going to see the Dark Knight Rises just to see how good of an actor Gary Oldman really is, you just have to.  Watch it, you won’t regret it.

– Billy Madison

This is old school Adam Sandler. This is what made Happy Madison productions. Adam Sandler plays a character who, lo and behold, gets involved in some quirky situations and ends up falling for a women who is way out of his league. This plot may seem overused and unoriginal but this is where it began PEOPLE. You gotta see it when it was GREAT! Adam Sandler, Billy Madison, is told he needs to go back to school in order to graduate and eventually inherit his father’s company fighting against Bradley Whitford, Eric Gordon, who is a creepy man and laughs like a weasel and he is also on the West Wing. Random? Hell yeah! Hilarious? YOU BET YOUR BOOTY IT’S FUNNY.

This movie has some great scenes that are so very much quotable from the penguin scene, so damn sorry for the quality, to his crazy seducing maid, to a great cameo by Chris Farley, and this amazing scene that everybody who has watched this movie never ever forgets. This movie is damn funny and I would warrant it as having a huge influence on Family Guy, Anchorman, 40 Year Old Virgin, The League and Archer. The musical scene within it is well worth and Veronia Vaughn is sooooo hot. WANT TO TOUCH THE HINEY. AWHOOOOOOO. So watch it if you want to see the good Adam Sandler. The young Adam Sandler. The funny as shit rando Adam Sandler. Watch it, you’ll laugh your butt off. 

– Funny Farm

A couple decides to leaves the busy city that never sleeps and buy a home in Redbud Vermont so that Chevy Chase, Andy Farmer, can have some peace and quiet while he works on his new novel.  His loving wife Elizabeth Farmer played by Madolyn Smith accompanies him because she too feels the need to get some peace and quiet. Redbud is anything but that, much to their dismay!

Corny summary and unoriginal plot aside, I love this movie. Not the biggest Chevy Chase fan especially after seeing a ton of Family Vacations but this was a movie that caught me off guard. It is funny because it’s random, which our generation loves. There’s a golden retriever which they simply name Yellow Dog who is let off the leash at one point and makes random appearances throughout the film chasing after God knows what. The mail man played by Kevin Conway is  equal parts bitter, psychotic, random, and hilarious. This movie is placed amongst such other films because it’s Chevy Chase truly being hilarious and was a movie I simply stumbled upon. So if you want to see Chevy Chase doing something other then tormenting Joel McHale or driving around in circles in a European rotary, then you should watch this movie. If these scenes can’t convince you, then I don’t know what can

– Oldboy

A Koren film, don’t bother if you can’t stand subtitles, starring Choi Min-Sik, Kang Hye-Jeong, Yoo Ji-tae, and directed by Park Chan-Wook. This film is the highest rated Korean film on IMDB and is number 92 on IMDB’s Top 250. It is a suspense movie in which the protagonist is kidnapped for 15 years and then is suddenly released and told he has 5 days to find out who kidnapped him and why.

The shots in this movie are interesting, intense, and novel. There is one hell of a trippy bug scene and one amazing fight scene as well.  The style of the fight scene is like nothing I have seen before and it just adds to the greatness of this movie. The ending of this movie is what makes it worth seeing however. The twist that occurs puts “Sixth Sense” to shame and amazed and disgusted me. Choi Min-sik appears in another film in this list and is a phenomenal actor. When he uncovers the truth, he’s reaction is perfect and seems genuine. Watch this movie before it gets made into an American remake, potentially destroying it, and if you like intrigue and suspense. Believe me, you will not be able to guess what the twist is until the very end, and it is jaw dropping.

– Heat

Michael Mann directs this robbery gone bad movie starring Val Kilmer, Al Pacino, Ashley Judd, Henry Rollins, Robert DeNiro, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, pre alcohol abuse, Jeremy Piven, Danny Trejo, and a very young suicidal Natalie Portman. Robert DeNiro, leader of pack, go toe-to-toe with Al Pacino, lead investigator for the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide division. Several story arcs occur throughout this movie making it, sometimes, difficult to follow what is occurring, however it is a must see.

When this many actors and actresses appear in one film it’s either going to be great or it’s going to be ridiculous, cough cough Expendables cough cough. This movie is the former. Robert Deniro and Al Pacino are superb in it, especially in this scene. These two heavyweights display their abilities and show just why they are so damn well-known. The robbery gone wrong scene is my favorite and the GTA 4 robbery mission is most definitely based off of it. This movie keeps you tuned in with a ton of action sequences and very little slow wordy parts. Watch this if you like guns, DeNiro, Pacino, and Michael Mann films. It’s a great action movie with a lot of thought put into it.

– Casino

Another great Scorscese film starring DeNiro, who he totally was man crushing on before he found Leo, who opens a Casino in Las Vegas along with Joe Pesci, another great mob actor, and encounters some difficult from his wife, Sharon Stone, and the Las Vegas licensing committee. This movie shows the Las Vegas of the past before it became family friendly and full of fat white people. This movie shows the dark seedier Las Vegas and it is well worth seeing.

Pesci and Pacino are great in this movie and I would even say better in this then they are in Goodfellas. This movie, again, shows why DeNiro is DeNiro, from the way he freaks out about blueberry muffins to the way he deals with card sharks. He is a great actor and although his character is a scumbag, I still felt for him in the end. Joe Pesci is also great in this movie and is involved in this unforgettable scene. He plays the typical mobster and I absolutely love it. Scorscese is a great director and by God I love nearly all of his movies, but Casino is one of the best ones that he directed. Watch this movie if you love DeNiro, Pesci, Sharon Stone blowing people, and explosions. Also, if you like mob movies because this one is THE mob movie.

– Legend

A 1985 fantasy movie starring a young Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, and Tim Curry and directed by none other than Ridley Scott. Tom Cruise plays Jack who needs to rescue Mia Sara from the evil horned clutches of Tim Curry, the Lord of Darkness, who looks like the fucking devil. Jack works with elves, fairies, a unicorn, to save Mia Sara from her fate of becoming the Lord of Darkness’s wife.

“Legend” is included in this list because it needs to be and you should see it. It is one of the first movies I can remember watching and I will never forget how Tim Curry made me feel. The make-up for this movie, pre CG mind you, is superb as are the sets. If you love Ridley Scott, you gotta see this movie. It is dark, scary, and all sorts of fucked up. Tom Cruise is perfect for this role because it requires more doing then speaking and let’s face it, Tom Cruise is definitely way better action star then dramatic star. If you are ever looking for a good old school fantastical movie, look no further. Ridley Scott knows fantasy, and man what a fucking job he does with it. See this movie if you like dark fantasy, just watch that Tim Curry clip, Ridley Scott, and damn good makeup and set design, LOOK AT THOSE GOD DAMN HORNS. You will not regret it.

– I Saw the Devil

Another Korean movie directed by Jee-Woon Kim, staring once again, Min-sik Choi, Byung-hun Lee, and Yoon-Seo Jim. Min-sik plays a serial killer who takes the life of a victim a little to close to home for agent Kim Soo-hyeon, played by Byung hun Lee, his wife. Kim sets out to fight out who perpetrated this crime by any means necessary.

This movie sound unoriginal but believe me, it is not. The acting in it is superb and Min-sik plays a crazed killer to a t. This guy needs to be recognized for his role in Korean works because he is simply phenomenal. This movie has some great martial arts, some great use of props, and some fucked up torture scenes. If you can watch these scenes, then you can handle the movie. This movie is like old school Tarantino. It is gory, but has such a great story and asks and answers the question of how far you will go. This is the question that every good guy asks themselves in any movie similar to this and usually they let the law handle it. Right as they’re about to shoot the guy, the good cop throws cuffs on them instead. “I Saw the Devil” depicts just how painful the death of a love one can affect someone and just how far they will go to enact their vengeance. The cop in this movie does what he believes is right and it is gruesome but deserving. Watch this movie if you can handle gore and love some sick fight scenes.

– Raising Arizona

The one and only Coen brothers movie on here starring a young, Nicolas Cage, John Goodman William Forsythe, Frances McDormand, the Coen brothers just love her!, and Holly Hunter. In this 1987 classic H.I., Nic Cage, takes it upon himself to finally get the woman of his dreams a baby. However, the only problem is Edwina, Holly Hunter, is barren. Wah Wah wahhh. Despite this, H.I. decides he’s going to kidnap a baby from a very well off family who, he reasons, have enough children. All sort of shenanigans ensue, in typical Coen brother’s fashion, and H.I. tries to prove himself to Edwina.

This movie is great not only because it is a classic but because not many people know about it either. Call me hipster, but some of the better movies are not the ones that have been seen by everyone. Also, Nic Cage is in it, and he’s great. The interactions between himself and Holly Hunter are hilarious and well scripted. The biker in this movie, who comes to get back the baby, is one psychopathic  character and he is introduced in this great scene. This movie is genuine Coen brothers and it includes its share of typical Coen brothers comedy but also some darker twisted scenes as well. Watch this movie if you sweaaaarr you love the Coen brothers but you haven’t seen it yet. Also, watch if you think Nic Cage was great in the National Treasure movies. Because, he sucked, buuuutt he was good in this.

– The Strangers

A phenomenally fucked up horror movie starring Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, and Dennis from Always Sunny!, who stay in their friend’s house while attending a wedding, only to find out that they are about to be messed with. Like really messed with. While coming to terms with their relationship, I mean really Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler can’t just look at each other and be happy, they battle three weirdos who don masks and molest the house in which Scott and Liv are staying.

This movie is great for one reason and one reason alone, these two victims are physcially and mentally tortured for no damn reason. When Liv Tyler screams at the end of the movie, asking, “Why are you doing this?” the daughter of this posse, says, “Because”. That’s it. They don’t rant about society or recite quotes from the bible, they simply screw with these people, because they want to. And screw with them they do. There are some great scenes where the masked figures just simply watch their victims, while the victim has no idea but the audience sure does. I apologize for the poor quality but scenes like the one just shown occur throughout the movie. The soundtrack is well put together and the director had a lot of fun repeating some songs while adding in some very creepy songs as well. Watch this movie if you love scary movies and you love creepy baseball headed individuals.

– Fifth Element

The 1997 sci-fi classic directed by Luc Besson starring Bruce Willis, a semi nude Milla Jovovich, a once again crazed Gary Oldman, an even crazier Chris Tucker, and Lee Evans. In this film Milla comes to earth as Leeloo only to be scooped up and protected by the once solider now tax driver Bruce Willis. Leeloo’s return to earth was predicted of sorts and in her lies the key to saving mankind as we know it.

This movie was shown all the time on HBO when I was younger. I’ve seen this movie at least 20 times and I remember it took me at least 3 times to understand what it was that was occurring. Much like a sci-fi “Pulp Fiction” this story has many story lines that intersect and intertwine with one another. There is a great scene where three separate people try to board this air spaceship cruise line and all of them pose as Korben Dallas, Bruce Willis’s character, for several different reasons. Chris Tucker is great in this as well. He is just annoying enough and given enough screen time, in scenes like this, which allows for the audience to actually find his presence humorous and not infuriating. He also has some great hair. Not only are the story lines interesting but the special effects, for this time period, are great and well used. This isn’t “Starship Troopers” which relied heavily on special effects and now, when viewed, just looks low-budget; this movie has some great characters and Bruce Willis as an action star. Watch this movie if you want to see Chris Tucker actually being funny and Gary Oldman being his strange self once again.

– Mystic River

Dennis Lehane is my favorite author and I have read nearly all of his books. This  movie starring Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Laurence Fishburne, and directed by one of my favorite actors/directors ever Clint Eastwood. Bacon and Fishburne play two detectives uncovering the death of Penn’s daughter. Penn is determined to find out who the killer is first, conducting his own investigation which has some tragic effects. Robbins becomes involved due to some coincidental events which leads to a tragic ending to all characters involved.

This movie gave Sean Penn the Oscar for Best Actor and Tim Robbins for Best Supporting for the 2004 Oscars. Their performance in this movie is great and I know Tim Robbins is often seen as a weird individual but by God he embraces that for this role, molds it, and spews it to the audience. While I was watching this, it truly felt like Tim Robbins had experienced the trauma from the character’s youth. He embraced and manipulated it. Sean Penn. Phenominal and this scene here just takes the cake. I never really paid any mind to Sean Penn before this movie. Any movie that he is in now, is something that I pay attention to. Besides these two prominent actors, this movie is beautifully directed. Eastwood knew what he was doing by showing how these three characters were connected and how their lives and careers were determined from one major incident that occurred within their childhood. If you love drama and brilliant acting, see this movie. It will keep you tuned in, till the very end.

– The French Connection

A 1971 hit starring Gene Hackmen, Roy, We Are Going To Need A Bigger Boat, Scheirder, Tony Lo Bianco, Fernando Rey and directed by William Friedkin depicts the true story of Popeye Doyle and Buddy Russo as they stumble a conspiracy involving the largest supplier of pure heroin to North America. Doyle and Russo use some great sleuthing and toe the line between criminal and cop in order to uncover who is running the show.

This movie took home Best Picture, Best Actor, Gene Hackmen, Beest Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay for the 1972 Oscars. It is a beautiful dark cop movie depicting just how far Doyle and Russo had to go to uncover who was the leader of this heroine trade. Hackmen is excellent in this film and truly embodies the terrible cop. He will punch suspects and even threaten to shoot a few in order to get what he wants. The Oscars that this movie garnered should interest you in seeing this movie. If you’re still on the fence about it, this scene just takes the cake. The best part about this scene is that the woman in the end with the baby carriage wasn’t even planned. She just walked on the set. Watch this film if you love Gene Hackmen and want to see him in his prime and if you love gritty cop movies.

– Silence of the Lambs

A horror film directed by Jonathan Demme starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, as a crazy psychopathic cannibal , Anthony Heald, Scott Glenn, and Ted Levine as a nutty skin wearing murderer. Jodie Foster plays Clarice who is determined to track down a serial killer and determined to save the life of another victim. However, she must use the resources and intelligence of Lecter to help her understand the criminal and subsequently catch him.

This movie holds a special place in my heart because I always wanted to be like Hannibal, Clarice. She interested me in the world of forensic psychology and some of what she does in the movie, is very similar to what an F.B.I. profiler actually does. Despite even this, this movie is phenomenal. It is the only horror movie to ever win Best Picture and also won Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay for the 1992 Oscars. Jodie Foster’s performance is great in this film but absolutely surpassed by Hopkins. This movie sealed his fate as being one of the best actors out there and showed just what he is capable of. This scene, although creepy, shows just how good of an actor he can be. This movie made the saying “quid pro quo” so damn disturbing and so damn memorable that anytime anyone says it, I think of Lecter and his creepy smile and receding hairline. Watch this movie if you love thrillers, can handle some gore, and have only heard of but never actually seen the famous Hannibal Lecter in his prime.

– American History X

An excellent film directed by Tony Kaye starring Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Ethan Suplee, Elliot Gould, Avery Brooks, and Stacy Keach about the effect a brother’s return home from prison has. Norton plays Dereky Vinyard who is the older brother to Furlong’s Danny Vinyard and a former Nazi to boot. While serving time for a murder he committed, Derek comes to terms with his anger and his passionate white elitism. He comes to understand how the choices he has made effected all of those around him

Edward Norton was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayl of Derek in this movie. He shows so spectacularly how his beliefs were created, molded, solidified, only to change once more. His interactions with Danny are endearing and understanding, especially when he returns home from prison. One of his best performances in this film , is at the emotional apogee of the film. This scene is violent and gruesome but extremely powerful. Kaye did some great work in this scene by focusing on the sound of the individual’s teeth as they touch the curb. It is cringe worthy but shows just how much Derek loved his father and what his father represented. Norton’s interactions with Avery Brooks is so well crafted and show just how far he has come while serving time in prison. The last scene in this movie, although tragic, show how much effect a choice can have. Watch this movie if you love Norton and if you can appreciate one hell of a good story arch.

– Monty Python: Meaning of Life

A 1983 comedy directed by Terry Jones and consisting of all the regulars from the Monty Python crew, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, who yes is that crazy director who directed “12 Monkeys”, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones. Much like many of the other Monty Python movies, this one has a very ridiculous storyline consisting of fat people eating until they blow up and an unusual visit from death.

This movie is great. Why do you ask? Because, much like “Billy Madison” it is random and ridiculous. I remember watching this movie  and literally having to stitch up my sides because I had laughed so hard. Bad joke? I THINK NOT! Like many Monty Python skits, this movie has scenes in which ridiculous events occur and then the scene moves onto something else. They do not waste their time trying to make connections or keep a joke running, they simply have funny things occur and you just laugh your butt off at them. This scene is a perfect example of their extremely unusual sense of humor. Why this Monty Python movie you ask? Well because “The Holy Grail” and “Life of Bryan” have been seen by nearly everyone but not many people have seen this and as a result cannot truly appreciate Monty Python. If it wasn’t for this group of people and their great sense of humor, then I believe such shows like “Family Guy”, “Parks and Rec” and “Community” wouldn’t have been created. Watch this movie if you love humor, random cut scene, and Monty Python.

– Bullitt

The 1986 classic starring the person who will be forever known as the man of the seventies Steve McQueen, a very attractive Jaqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon, Norman Fell, and one young S.O.B. Robert “Boss” Duvall depicts McQueen as a San Francisco cop who sets out to find the murderer of his witness. This movie includes some top-notch car chases and Steve McQueen basically not giving a f*&^ in order to get shit done.

This movie won the 1969 Oscar for Best Film Editing and was nominated for Best Sound. The reason it took home the Oscar is for this scene right here. It is a great scene and has been regarded as one of the best car chase scenes in the history of cinematography. This movie was recommended to me by a friend and after watching it once, I was hooked. I love cop movies but this one defined the genre. If you want to make a great cop movie, just watch Bullitt and add your  own special twist to it. Then WAM BAM THANK YA MAMM, you got an amazing movie. Not only that but Steve McQueen is great in this. He defined the role of hard cop, Tony Meloni should thank him for that, and made being a cop look sexy and hella cool. McQueen was THE SanFran cop before Dirty Dirty Harry and he was the cop of the 70s. Women wanted him, men wanted to be him. Watch this movie if you want to see the original cop movie formula when it was created. Also, watch it if you want to be awesome and like car chases.

Readers, I hope my opinions and list have at least interested you in watching one of these movies. If you do watch one of them, let me know what you think and if you have already seen one of them, do the same! This was one hell of a laborious task to undertake, so I hope you appreciate it.