What the Beck???
Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies
1967 In the Heat of the Night
starring: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Larry Gates, James Patterson
plot – Poitier plays a police detective who has to investigate a murder. He is a black detective in a hostile racial town.
A fabulous movie about a small white town sheriff who needs and received help from a big city cop. Poitier is brilliant as Mr. Tibbs, who solves the crime.
1981 Chariots of Fire
starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers
plot – In the 1920s United Kingdom, two young men train for the Olympics being held in Paris. The men are very different, but strive to accomplish the same goal.
I liked the movie because of the drive to succeed by the athletes.
1983 The Big Chill
starring: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, William Hurt, JoBeth Williams, Meg Tilly
plot – After a college friend’s funeral, his eight friends get together for a weekend. They reminisce about the 60’s, talk about their life together, and how it has changed in the 80’s.
I haven’t had a reunion with my college friends, but so much has changed that I m not sure we would even have anything to talk about for any length of time. I do see the guys from high school and always enjoy those times.
2011 The Tree of Life
starring: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn, Fiona Shaw Hunter
plot – A look at life in the Midwest in what seemed like the 50’s. I totally hated this movie. The beginning and end were just graphically weird, and I couldn’t connect with the family at all. At times, I didn’t understand the point of this movie. A great disappointment!
1937 Dead End
starring: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie, Claire Trevor, Allen Jenkins
plot – The setting is NYC in the 30’s. The wealthy homes and the slums both border the East River. This is the story of The Dead End Kids, an architect, and a gangster who was brilliantly played by Humphrey Bogart.
This is a typically good Bogart film. He always played such a tough guy, and this film is no exception. A good one!!
1941 The Little Foxes
starring: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea
plot – Set in the South, the Hubbard family is fighting against each other for power and wealth.
What a dysfunctional self-centered family.
2010 127 Hours
starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Sean Bott
plot – A man mountain climbing in Utah gets trapped and struggles to survive.
For a true story this one really amazed me. This man was trapped in a crevice and had to remove his own arm to escape. It really made me realize my lack of skills when it came to survival. Lord, help me if I am ever trapped anywhere.
1996 The English Patient
starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Defoe, Kristen Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, Naveen Andrews
plot – A man is terribly burned in a plane crash. It is the story of a nurse who cares for him. This movie is set in the 40’s and it incorporates flashbacks of the man’s life.
For the movie that won the Academy for 1996, I was not very impressed. The story was good, but I thought 127 Hours was better.