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chantelinajolie asked:

my sisters and I grew up watching The Debut and we can pretty much quote all the lines of the movie. Hella made us proud to be Filipino because of you!

you must be from the bay because you just said “hella”! i’m proud to be in that film, first time i got to play filipino.

Confession:  I’m watching my favorite film, Galaxy Quest, and I’m at the scene where the crew lands on a planet and discovers an “abandoned” mining facility. It’s not even to the part where monsters attack them, but it reminds me of 90% of the random planets that you visit in ME1. “Oh, here’s where some scientists/miners/explorers were living … huh, they’re all gone.” I love it.

Ok. I want to talk about this film

A long way down is my favourite film. It’s beautifully done and funny and touching and I’m telling you now that you must watch it. Here’s why.
It’s set in London and is about four people who want to commit suicide. They come together by accident, or fate or whatever you want to call it. The film follows their relationship and how it grows and how they help each other to overcome their suicidal urges.
That’s probably a crap description but let me go into more detail.
This is Martin. 

Martin had it all. Fame, a well paying show host job, a wife and kids, everything. Until he cheated on his wife. Why would that make him suicidal? Because he didn’t realise that the girl was underage and when the press found out it was a travesty. He lost everything, including his family and he spent jail time to boot. He was humiliated and disgraced (something which he is keen to remind everyone) and ends up on the roof of a tower in London on New Year’s Eve.


This is Maureen. 

Maureen is a single mother who’s son is severely disabled and requires around the clock care. She loves her son more than anything but the strain on her life, the helpless feeling and the knowledge that her son would receive better care if she were gone drives her up to the roof of the same tower Martin is on.


This is Jess.

Jess has 99 problems and her father is most of them. Just your typical rebellious youth, however, Jess lost her sister 2 year ago. A loss which has hit her hard and she is struggling to cope. Feeling that no one understands her and that she is alone, Jess finds herself on the roof of the tower in London alongside Martin and Maureen.

This is JJ. 

JJ came to Britain with his band which never made it and is working in a pizzeria under an asshole boss. The reason he gives for being up on the roof is that he has inoperable brain cancer, which we later find out isn’t true but we’ll get to that in a bit. 

Now that the four of them are together on the roof top, none of them can go through with throwing themselves off so they all come down and part ways… For about five seconds until Martin gives them all a lift cause it’s raining. 

They drop Jess at a club but go back for her when concern for her kicks in. They find her overdosed and get her to hospital.
Touched by their kindness, Jess suggests they make a pact. That none of them are allowed to commit suicide until Valentines Day, six weeks away. They all agree and sign the pact, then part ways again to get on with their lives.

But because Martin is still famous (particularly about his sexual offence) and because Jess is a politicians daughter, the press find out and life becomes difficult for the four survivors.
Martin gets them together and decides that they can use this to their advantage, get something out of it. 

They end up on his old chat show which goes terribly wrong when Jess gets upset over the interviewers personal and rather probing questions. She storms out followed by concerned JJ. 


During their heart to heart, Jess discovers that JJ lied about having cancer but when he doesn’t want to tell her the reason he was up on the roof, she doesn’t press him (aww).
Martin then decides that they should all go away somewhere to get away from the media and the press with the hope that they will be forgotten about and be able to resume quiet lives when they get back.


So it’s off to sunny Tenerife. The four are growing closer and having fun together and starting to realise that maybe suicide isn’t the way anymore. They have each other now. 

During a talk with Martin however, JJ realises that he needs to tell him and Maureen the truth about his ‘cancer’ but not before her meets a girl and gets the D (you go bro). He tells them at breakfast the next morning but before he can explain properly 

Martin punches him and a fight breaks out resulting in four black eyes (Martin X 1, JJ X 1, Jess X 2) and a shaken Maureen. They return home and part ways again, friendship in tatters.
Maureen resumes life as her sons carer but when he has a heart attack and she gets him to hospital, 

Martin and Jess show up with Jess’ dad to give their support. They obviously notice JJ’s absence and eventually realise that it’s Valentines Day.


They rush to find JJ who is on the roof of the tower, preparing to jump. 


I’m not going to tell you his reason for being up there, you’ll have to watch the film to find out. What I will tell you is that his reason is the most realistic, the most relatable and the best representation I’ve ever seen in a movie. I definitely related to JJ and I’m sure many of you will too. There are no words for how much I love that scene and how well is was written and performed.
Don’t panic the story has a happy ending but please please go and watch this film. It needs more recognition and it definitely deserves it. It’s heartwarming, touching, funny, beautiful, you’ll love the characters, you’ll love the story. It’s my favourite film. And maybe it could be yours too ;)

Can we just appreciate the incredible amount of work that must have gone into this video? The make up alone would have taken hours to apply. The camera work is incredible. I found out that it was all filmed in 12fps to give it the jittery, shakey look you can see.
Thats what I want to be a part of. 😁😁

Watch it here: https://youtu.be/7qFF2v8VsaA

anonymous asked:

could you recommend some podcasts?

Oh boy, CAN I.  hahaha.

Of course Serial.  I’ve been saving season 2 since it’s still in progress, and I don’t know how to not binge.  haha.  But season 1 is the great, big, ultimate podcast, episode by episode struggling to unravel the real life mystery behind a murder that took place between a group of high schoolers in the ‘90′s.

Radiolab is a must.  Every episode is a multifaceted look at a single topic for the week.  It’s like a consistently wonderful This American Life, which is also one to check out.

How Did this Get Made? is a comedy podcast where three comedians and a rotating guest discuss a terrible film they’ve all agreed to watch for the episode, and then they try to dissect the bad, the really bad, and the surprising good they manage to find in the movies.  It’s hysterical even if you’ve never seen any of the films, and it brings me such joy.

This one is really fan specific, but my favorite podcast is probably The Gilmore Guys.  Yes, you’ll do MUCH better with it if you’ve watched the show Gilmore Girls (which you should do anyway, anon), but the show is so much more than an episodic review.  The “Guys” consist of one longterm fan and one guy watching it all for the very first time, and the two of them, along with guests, go episode by episode discussing writing, storytelling, the entertainment industry, the representation of women in media, the way the world has changed in only the last 10 years, and of course the SHOW, and it’s effing hilariousl and thoughtful in turns.  The guys have also gained enough cache that they’ve been able to interview all manner of cast and crew involved in the show, giving some of the coolest insights into TV making that I’ve ever heard.  LOVE that show.  haha.

anonymous asked:

Hi ! Random question but I remember you bringing this up before but, do you have any good Netflix suggestions for some decent quality gay(male) films? I am looking for some well made movies that actually have a plot and are more than just porn? Thank you !

Um, I don’t know if any of these are on Netflix, but here is a list of MUST WATCH MOVIES:

Shelter

Latter Days

Beautiful Thing

The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green

24th Day

All Over The Guy

Shank (warning: Really dark)

Behind The Candelabra

Edge of Seventeen

Summer Storm

But I’m a Cheerleader (about lesbians, but really fucking amazing)

Nick Jonas on Sundance Film ‘Goat’ and How He Wants to Shape His Acting Career

After roles on TV’s “Kingdom” and “Scream Queens,” Nick Jonas continues his onscreen reinvention with “Goat.” The indie, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, tells the story of two brothers (Jonas and Ben Schnetzer) who must endure their college fraternity’s terrifying hazing practices. Jonas spoke to Variety about the part and the direction in which he wants to take his acting career.

Did you sit through the movie at its premiere?
I did. I had seen pieces, but this was the first time I sat through it all the way through. It was a really intense experience. My friend came with me and said he was watching me watching it, and I couldn’t relax. It does the job it’s supposed to do. But it leaves you in a strange place after.

Did you have to audition?
I did. I went in and read [with director Andrew Neel]. I met him in New York for a coffee and just talked about the story and the characters. I told him I’d do whatever it takes to be in this movie. A couple weeks later, I came in and read. To be honest, I thought the audition was terrible. I was so concerned. I always feel that way after auditions. I guess I’m very critical of my own work.

You work with an acting coach, right?
I did. We broke down every scene. I like to connect it to my real life if I can. Obviously, a story about brothers is pretty close to home. It’s like a therapy session and an acting session. We just kind of got into the brother dynamic and let it play out. For the character, there’s a real arc, a real shift. So it was important to make sure we had all that clear.

Did you research college fraternities?
I spoke to a few guys who were in a fraternity. Andrew gave me a documentary to watch called “Frat House,” which we pulled a lot from in the film — even little tidbits of improvised dialogue. It was one of the most real documentations of fraternity hazing culture. So that was big. For me, the focus on the character’s back story and research, my angle on it came really from a place of masculinity, and the conversation we’re trying to start. I feel like that is what the story is about.

What’s the conversation?
The idea of masculinity and what it means, especially at that age, 18 to 24. It’s such an important time in young men’s lives. Brad, Ben’s character, is really fighting to regain his masculinity throughout the whole movie. I think less evil and harm would be done to the world if men of that age were OK with who they are, with not being alpha.

What’s more important to you right now — acting or music?
It’s a very tough question, and I get asked it a lot. I feel like I never have a great answer. I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can do both and most people have to choose. It’s been great to see Gaga this year, and what she’s done. I’m a fan of what she’s accomplished in the sense that she’s been able to do acting and music and made an impact on both. I’m hopeful I can continue to find roles that can show me in a new light, push the envelope and start a conversation. On the music side, it’s a passion.

Are there careers of other actors that you look to for guidance?
I really admire people who have been able to redirect in a big way from where they started. People like Mark Wahlberg did that and continues to do that. Steve Carell has been someone who has been amazing to watch. I thought he was so brilliant in “The Big Short.” Then there are people that I admire as an actor: Tom Hanks and Julianne Moore.

Would you like to star in studio movies?
You know what? I haven’t done one yet. I wouldn’t know. I guess the closest thing I did to that was “Scream Queens,” where the budget was equivalent to a movie. It was a great experience and a fun character. If there’s a role that comes up, maybe. I want to grow and evolve. I feel like there’s more space for that with smaller projects.

Source: Variety

anonymous asked:

Faen here again. Just watched the 2011 Hobbit meet-the-cast video. Any time Rob opens his mouth, Aidan is all like "Why are you talking?" The contrast between that and the easy-going rapport he had with Dean is so sharp it's cutting. I can imagine the relief he must have felt when Rob was replaced. Also, those clips of Rob as Fili that got left in the first film? Can totally tell it's not Dean, even from behind.

ommmmggggggggggg yeah the contrast is super apparent. that video makes me so uncomfortable lol. obviously everything happens for a reason and we’re all super blessed that dean got brought on board 

Food Matters is a great documentary on Netflix and answers a lot of questions when it comes to what’s in our food and the current quality of our food supply.

I enjoyed this documentary because the creators really focused on getting all the facts and interviewing leading experts from around the world to make sure you get the truth.

A definite must watch!


From the website:

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Knowing what to do and where to turn has become unbelievably complex and becoming informed about the choices you have for your health and well-upbeing can save your life. Within the Food Matters collection of interviews with leading nutritionists, naturopaths, scientists, M.D.’s and medical journalists you will discover…

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Ok, the reason this took me so long to post is because the wi-fi in my house has been broken for ages. But what I really wanted to rant about all the people who claim to be Star Wars fans just because they watched TFA. For crying out loud. And they watched it not to appreciate one of the most iconic film franchises of all time, but just because it was (still is) popular. YOU CAN’T JUMP ONTO THE BANDWAGON WHEN IT’S ALL SHINY AND NEW, DESPITE IT SETTING THE BANDWAGON TRACKS INTO THE ROAD FOR ALL FUTURE BANDWAGONS. YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO APPRECIATE THE BANDWAGON IN ITS HISTORIC GLORY FIRST. Now you must unlearn what you have learnt from TFA and watch all the other films. Jfc, I’m really pissed.

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Watch One Episode of PewDiePie's New Horror Show Free

PewDiePie’s new horror show Scare PewDiePie has arrived. In the show, the YouTube sensation (real name Felix Kjellberg) gets thrust into real-world scenarios from some of his favorite horror games. He claims he has no idea what’s going to happen, and indeed, his reactions do look genuine.

Scare PewDiePie is a 10-part series of 20-minute episodes. You can watch them all with a $10/month YouTube Red subscription (which also gives you other benefits like ad-free videos) while one of the episodes, based on the game Outlast, is free to watch. Check it out below.

Scare PewDiePie is produced by The Walking Dead company Skybound Entertainment and Disney’s Maker Studios.

Also debuting today, February 10, is the film Lazer Team from the minds behind Rooster Teeth. This YouTube Red-exclusive follows four “small-town losers” who find an alien ship stuffed with mysterious cargo. Then they of course must go save the world. Check out the trailer for the feature-length film below.

Scare PewDiePie and Lazer Team are available with a $10/month YouTube Red subscription. You can see all of the YouTube Red original programming here.

Other subscription benefits include ad-free videos, the ability to save videos offline, and a background play feature where a video won’t stop playing as it currently does while using other apps or when your screen is off. Also included with YouTube Red is a Google Play Music subscription.

You can learn more about YouTube Red here.

dhameronpoe asked:

If you haven't seen Gone Girl yet, I totally recommend it (it's like one of my favourite films of all time, absolutely love it!)

ohhh yes i really need to see gone girl, i must be the only person who hasnt watched it yet omg, thanks for the rec :)

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Louis C.K. surprises fans with new show Horace and Pete, co-starring Steve Buscemi

Louis C.K. fans might not know when to expect the next season of his FX show Louie, but the actor-comedian just surprised everyone with a brand new show released exclusively online. It’s called Horace and Pete, and it looks like this was truly kept under wraps.

Steve Buscemi co-stars in the show, which Louis C.K. released this morning with just a few words of introduction: “Go here to watch it. We hope you like it.” The star offers no explaination of the show, merely calling it “a brand new thing from Louis C.K.”

The show appears to center around an Irish bar, Horace and Pete’s. Alan Alda, Nick DiPaolo, Aidy Bryant, Edie Falco, Kurt Metzger, and Steven Wright all make appearances in the show, which some observers note must have been filmed very recently — according to the Gothamist, there are jokes referring to comments from Donald Trump over the past week or two.

A surprise to everyone

Episode one costs $5 — that’s a bit more than the $2.99 that many episodes cost on iTunes, but this is essentially the first showing, not a digital download after the show airs on TV. Releasing a TV show online directly though a personal website is certainly a bold move in an era of hyper-competition from streaming sites like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, all of which are hungry for original content. But the comedian has gone this route before, releasing comedy specials exclusively on his own website.

Louis C.K. announced he was going on an “extended hiatus” from Louie last August, leaving the show in the lurch after season five wrapped up. The break is expected to last anywhere from six months to two years, so Horace and Pete may be the comedian’s TV focus for the time being. We’re searching for more details on the show — including how many episodes we can expect — and we’ll update when we learn more.

More from theverge.com:

Nick Jonas on Sundance Film ‘Goat’ and How He Wants to Shape His Acting Career

After roles on TV’s “Kingdom” and “Scream Queens,” Nick Jonas continues his onscreen reinvention with “Goat.” The indie, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, tells the story of two brothers (Jonas and Ben Schnetzer) who must endure their college fraternity’s terrifying hazing practices. Jonas spoke to Variety about the part and the direction in which he wants to take his acting career.

Did you sit through the movie at its premiere?
I did. I had seen pieces, but this was the first time I sat through it all the way through. It was a really intense experience. My friend came with me and said he was watching me watching it, and I couldn’t relax. It does the job it’s supposed to do. But it leaves you in a strange place after.

Did you have to audition?
I did. I went in and read [with director Andrew Neel]. I met him in New York for a coffee and just talked about the story and the characters. I told him I’d do whatever it takes to be in this movie. A couple weeks later, I came in and read. To be honest, I thought the audition was terrible. I was so concerned. I always feel that way after auditions. I guess I’m very critical of my own work.

You work with an acting coach, right?
I did. We broke down every scene. I like to connect it to my real life if I can. Obviously, a story about brothers is pretty close to home. It’s like a therapy session and an acting session. We just kind of got into the brother dynamic and let it play out. For the character, there’s a real arc, a real shift. So it was important to make sure we had all that clear.

Did you research college fraternities?
I spoke to a few guys who were in a fraternity. Andrew gave me a documentary to watch called “Frat House,” which we pulled a lot from in the film — even little tidbits of improvised dialogue. It was one of the most real documentations of fraternity hazing culture. So that was big. For me, the focus on the character’s back story and research, my angle on it came really from a place of masculinity, and the conversation we’re trying to start. I feel like that is what the story is about.

What’s the conversation?
The idea of masculinity and what it means, especially at that age, 18 to 24. It’s such an important time in young men’s lives. Brad, Ben’s character, is really fighting to regain his masculinity throughout the whole movie. I think less evil and harm would be done to the world if men of that age were OK with who they are, with not being alpha.

What’s more important to you right now — acting or music?
It’s a very tough question, and I get asked it a lot. I feel like I never have a great answer. I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can do both and most people have to choose. It’s been great to see Gaga this year, and what she’s done. I’m a fan of what she’s accomplished in the sense that she’s been able to do acting and music and made an impact on both. I’m hopeful I can continue to find roles that can show me in a new light, push the envelope and start a conversation. On the music side, it’s a passion.

Are there careers of other actors that you look to for guidance?
I really admire people who have been able to redirect in a big way from where they started. People like Mark Wahlberg did that and continues to do that. Steve Carell has been someone who has been amazing to watch. I thought he was so brilliant in “The Big Short.” Then there are people that I admire as an actor: Tom Hanks and Julianne Moore.

Would you like to star in studio movies?
You know what? I haven’t done one yet. I wouldn’t know. I guess the closest thing I did to that was “Scream Queens,” where the budget was equivalent to a movie. It was a great experience and a fun character. If there’s a role that comes up, maybe. I want to grow and evolve. I feel like there’s more space for that with smaller projects.

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The Third Man and The Importance of Sound in Film

How do they make movies so captivating? How is it that the span of two hours can fly by in that dark room? It’s because film makers are very dedicated to transporting audience members into the world they are watching. Film makers create a whole world for you to get lost in. But for me, the audience member, to truly get lost a few criteria must be met.

Firstly, there must be an interesting story. Something that makes me genuinely interested. And like most people, a good crime drama or detective fiction will do it. Stories involving murder, drug busts, police chases, and detectives will always have my attention. Throw in a femme fatale and a twist reveal and I’m all in. And the Third Man does a good job of all this.

While the hero (Holly) himself may not be a detective, he does a convincing job at solving the crime of his friend’s supposed murder, ruled an accident by local authorities. He is convinced his friend was killed and he allows his emotions to control him, which is what a real person would do, especially is they aren’t a trained detective. The actual detective (Calloway) is also convincing, caring more about doing the right thing and solving the crime than believing Holly solely on his hunch/emotion.

The supporting characters are also convincing, from the femme fatale (Anna) to Calloway’s assistant (Paine). Though the two policemen lack first names, they are well portrayed, sticking to the law, crime solving, and keeping the peace. And our villain (played by Orson Wells) is portrayed excellently, he is evil, truly a vile human being. Smug and condescending with a cool tone of voice. The only character I don’t personally enjoy is Anna, but because I am too level headed. She loves our villain, so she does what she can to help him, and won’t listen to Holly when he tried to help her get away from him. I can see the value in her character and how she is meant to show how bling love can lead us down a bad path, but she is similar to Haley Quinn from Batman, only without the excuse of criminal insanity to justify her abusive relationship.

 But there is an amazingly powerful deal breaker for this movie, one so repulsive to me that I will not ever re-watch the film (unless there is a remastered version in which the issue is fixed). The sound. Not the foley, but the non-diegetic score. Maybe it was revolutionary and a bug deal in 1949, but the zither is not an appropriate instrument for this film. The sound it creates reminds me of pacific islands and vacation comedy movies. I can’t stay immersed in the detective noir film while music fitting Spongebob Squarepants plays in the background. The high-pitched, high energy score was not fitting to the black and white post World War II Europe setting. The scenes containing police chases felt more like Benny Hill moments. There is a scene involving a children’s hospital where victims of the villain’s drug trade are being cured for, our hero walks around horrified at the state of the infants, with that awful zither music playing.

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Loving Annabelle: one of the most beautiful, yet tragic love stories. If you haven’t seen it, it is a definite must of you are into LGBT Romances.

It’s about a beautiful teacher Simone who teaches at a Catholic boarding school, and one day acquires a new student, Anabelle, the sort of “bad girl” (until you look undeneathe it all) whose mother is a senator. Annabelle peruses Simone which brings back some old feelings for her…

I could go on, but I will just let you watch the movie yourself. If you end up watching the movie, please comment and let me know your thoughts. I personally, loved the movie. 5 stars from me. One of the best romantic lesbian films, I say. What do you say…?

Top-tier Best Picture winners that you MUST watch

Received an anonymous ask recently about what sort of Best Picture winners do I consider the “top-tier” Best Picture winners… you know, the select few Oscar has chosen as the best film of that year that you absolutely must see. And because I accidentally deleted that anon, I’ll put my answers here for all of you. 

Again, these are films I consider to be the winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture that you absolutely have to see before you leave Earth:

  • Wings (1927)
    • In by default because it’s the only true silent film that has ever won. Also incredible visual effects and an unconventionally-shot silent film that keeps things interesting.
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    • The first post-silent era masterpiece. A despairing, visually spectacular anti-war film equal in power to the novel from which it is based on.
  • It Happened One Night (1934)
    • One of the quintessential screwball comedies - fast-paced farcical humor with romantic tinglings everywhere. Incredible wit and simply incredible writing just before the Hays Code started censoring every damn thing.
  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
    • Social justice-leaning followers will digress and understandably so for its sentimental view of the Confederacy, but I maintain that GWTW is one of the grandest, best acted, and dramatically affecting movies of its time. Highest-grossing movie of all time adjusted for inflation. It is, arguably, the most important movie in American cinematic history.
  • Casablanca (1943)
    • All romantic dramas are looking at the heels of this movie. Too many iconic lines; the writing simply off the charts.
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
    • Some say this should have lost to It’s a Wonderful Life. But, perspective. The Best Years of Our Lives - a WWII homecoming drama - moved an entire generation to tears. Contains a scarily intimate understanding of wartime-induced PTSD unlike any other film for several more decades. A depiction of a disabled veteran, again, several decades ahead of its time.
  • On the Waterfront (1954)
    • The rise of Method Acting. Leonard Bernstein’s revolutionary film score. Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, and Eva Marie Saint all at the top of their game. Eyebrows might be raised because Elia Kazan directed a bit of an anti-union, right-of-center movie (Kazan testified in front of HUAC and named names)… changes forever the direction of acting in Hollywood alongside A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    • A war epic inundated with dramatic irony, showcasing the follies of the masculine glorification of war and the absurdity of maintaining such militaristic discipline while confined by an enemy. Unforgettable, head-spinning, explosive ending.
  • Ben-Hur (1959)
    • Honestly, not the be-all, end-all Best Picture winner despite its record 11 Oscars, but  still one of the greatest pieces of entertainment of its decade. THIS MOVIE IS FUCKING HUGE. Its score, an enormous, deadly horse chariot race without visual gimmicks or computers…. UGGHHHH IT’S SO MUCH MUCH.
  • Three musicals: West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), and The Sound of Music (1965)
    • The Broadway-to-Hollywood musical adaptation was the 1960s. And three of the most musically perfect musicals each had incredible screen adaptations. All three of the above command an influence over popular culture - ESPECIALLY The Sound of Music - that is incalculable. You want escapism? You got it. West Side Story is a love story in the midst of racial bigotry and misunderstandings, My Fair Lady is an infectiously happy story of a young woman who won’t let the misbehaviors of several men in her life thwart her dreams, and The Sound of Music? What more needs to be said?
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    • The biopic to end all biopics. Shot on a scale that we’ve never seen in Hollywood since or perhaps ever again. Psychologically and morally complex portrait of a controversial man who thought he could not only lead Arab tribes to victory over the Ottomans in WWI, but be a political leader when the war ended. Lawrence’s arrogance and steely-eyed, if not downright foolish, bravery serves him well before the intermission. After the intermission? Not so much (and that’s why Lawrence is not the white savior movie you are looking for).
  • Patton (1970)
    • Screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola wrote the screenplay because he saw General George S. Patton as the embodiment of what political conservatives loved (a war hero) and what political liberals despised (an insane, imperialistic warmonger). Both these things emerge in this biopic and Jerry Goldsmith’s score? My goodness me.
  • The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974)
    • The ultimate family movie/s with individuals consumed by history, hatred, and a cycle of violence that becomes soaked - with blood - into their identity.
  • Amadeus (1984)
    • Historically inaccurate by so many measures, but a devastating portrait of a genius and a jealous man whose punishment is that he can fully, in his soul, appreciate genius when he sees it but is unable to produce works that might rival that.
  • The Last Emperor (1987)
    • A sweeping biopic of the last emperor of China. Thousands of extras. Tens of thousands of costumes. First film shot in the Forbidden City. A document of how the Emperor Pu Yi’s life was so horribly wasted due to the cruel winds of history, making the young emperor a walking museum exhibit and nothing more.
  • Unforgiven (1992)
    • Believe it or not, the American Western has a wretched history at the Academy Awards. Unforgiven was only the third Western ever to win Best Picture and, by some distance, it is the greatest one of those three. An unsanitized meditation on old age, the mythos of the West, and reputation. The greatest American Western film of the last quarter-century.

Honorable mentions: How Green Was My Valley (1941; I truly think it’s one of the greatest Best Picture winners despite what Citizen Kane fanboys think), All About Eve (1950), The Apartment (1960), Schindler’s List (1993), No Country for Old Men (2007), 12 Years a Slave (2013).

In Cinemas: January 27-February 2, 2016

In Cinemas: January 27-February 2, 2016

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It’s a busy week for local cinemas as a total of 7 new films are premiering today! All films in this article will come out on January 27, 2016 (Wednesday). If you don’t know what to watch this week, here is our handy little guide to help you plan ahead!

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