Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

What the Beck???

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

1980     The Elephant Man                 
starring:  Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud,              Freddie Jones, Wendy Hiller
plot – Based on a real event, a great surgeon learns of a deformed man             performing in a traveling circus. He takes him in and helps             him even though others continue to harass and harm him.               Thanks to the surgeon, his life became better.        
This was a spectacular movie. The actors were all fabulous and the story had me crying at the inhumane way people treat those who are different.

******As of this moment, I have watched 345 movies. This makes 182 movies left to watch, that is until the new list comes out for 2016.

2004     Million Dollar Baby                 
starring:  Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay          Baruchel, Mike Colter
plot – A young woman who loves boxing wants to be trained Eastwood.            Her goal is to become a professional boxer.         
I am a huge fan of all three of the major stars in this film. This is such a great movie I was not surprised that it won the Academy Award for 2004. Is there any part that Hilary Swank cannot play??? She was amazing in this movie!

1952     The Greatest Show on Earth                          
starring:  Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charleton Heston, Dorothy                  Lamour, Emmett Kelly, James Stewart…plus so many more…            a giant cast
plot – The movie shares the lives of the people involved in the biggest         circus on Earth.        
This was a really long movie. I really enjoyed seeing the enormous list of stars from the 50’s.  The story was really good and I loved Charleton Heston in this film.

1960     Elmer Gantry                          
starring:  Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger,            Shirley Jones, Patti Page, Edward Andrews, John McIntire,                Hugh Marlowe.
plot – Lancaster plays a traveling salesman turned evangelist.                     Lancaster is such a con man, but his past is catching up                with him. Jean Simmons is the true believer that also sees              the good in everyone around her. Her undying faith                    eventually leads to her death.      
I had heard of revival meetings in history, but this was a wonderful movie.  I always thought that they were conning people. I am sure some of them were, but others were serious in their faith and beliefs.

1975     Nashville                          
starring:  David Arkin, Barbara Baxley, Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Ronee            Blakley, Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, Henry Gibson, Scott            Glen, Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Keenan Wynn, Elliott          Gould, Julie Christie (plus man more!!!!!)
plot – The movie cover the lives of many people during a five day                  Presidential Primary in Nashville, Tennessee. This is a giant              cast with a lot of “subplots” going on simultaneously.
I really hated this movie.  I have not been a big fan of a lot of the movies from the 70’s. Of course, that is when I was in my late teens and early twenties. This one had no real point to me. Of course it lost to One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, which was an outstanding movie. It was also up against Jaws, which was really big at the time. I’d skip this one.

1954     The Country Girl                          
starring:  Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross,                Gene Reynolds        
plot –    Crosby plays an alcoholic actor who is asked to begin                         acting again by a director (Holden). The director falls             for the actor’s wife.
I liked this movie. Crosby doesn’t play the best alcoholic, but it was okay. I loved to watch Grace Kelly and William Holden.

1971     The Last Picture Show                          
starring:  Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben          Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan,                Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms, Randy Quaid        
plot –   This story is set in a west Texas town in the 1950’s. It is a                    coming of age story of teenagers discovering their                      sexuality and their goals and choices for the future.
As I said before, I have decided that the 70’s was not my favorite years for films. This one was such a blockbuster at the time. I thought it was just okay.

1942     Mrs. Miniver                          
starring:  Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May                Whitty, Reginald Owen        
plot –     It is the beginning of WWII and this movie shares the                         struggles of a British family trying to survive.        

I love Greer Garson. She is such a wonderful actress. In this movie she plays the mother of an English fighter in WWII. Her husband is also involved in the war effort. She is great at evoking my feelings in her portrayals. I hope that I have more movies to watch with her as the star!

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