What the Beck???
Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies
starring: Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi, Paolo Stoppa
plot – King Henry II honors his friend Thomas Becket to become the Archbishop of Canterbury. Becket honors God first, King second, which causes a split between the two. Thomas pays for his stand with his life.
I am shocked but I kinda liked this movie. I think it was because of the friendship storyline. Who knew???
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
starring: Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Julie Ormond, Faune Chambers Watkins
plot – Pitt plays Benjamin who was born baby size, but has all of the characteristics of a very old man. Benjamin’s life is dramatically different because he gets younger every year.
I really loved this movie. It was neat to see how Benjamin constantly changed. The storyline was interesting to see how life constantly changed for him as he became younger.
1943 In Which We Serve
starring: Noel Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson, Kay Walsh, Michael Wilding, Richard Attenborough
plot – This movie is told as flashbacks from the men who survived the HMS Torrin, after it was destroyed. The men tell their story from a life raft.
I did like this movie because of the flashbacks. I had never heard of the HMS Torrin before, and I can’t imagine being in a life raft and being shot by airplanes. This was pretty good.
1985 Prizzi’s Honor
starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia, John Randolph, Anjelica Huston
plot – Nicholson stars as a mob hit man. He falls in loves with Turner who is a hit woman. Of course, there is trouble.
First all of, I have never heard of a hit woman which was a refreshing new idea. Not that I believe in killers, but I always thought they were men. Nicholson, as usual, is wonderful as was Kathleen Turner. A light movie with a heavy theme.
1990 Howards End
starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Joseph Bennett, Emma Thompson, and Anthony Hopkins
plot – The story of a family house, an inheritance, and a missing will.
During a few scenes I was actually talking to the T.V. I felt badly for the person who did not receive an inheritance due to the greed of those who were left out of a will. The burning of the document bugged me.
2002 Gangs of New York
starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Liam Neeson
plot – The story of a man (DiCaprio) who returns to New York to get revenge on the man (Day-Lewis) who killed his Dad.
This had a lot of violence, and I really don’t like this type of movie. This was an odd role for Cameron Diaz to play. I think of her being associated with light comedies, but this was heavy and dark. I am glad I saw the movie because it was nominated for several Academy Awards.
2012 Zero Dark Thirty
starring: Jason Clarke, Reda Kateb, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle
plot – 9/11/2001 has already occurred and our troops are in search of Osama bin Laden. This story shows the hunt and eventual death of the leader. S.E.A.L. Team 6 is shown eventually locating him and hunting him down.
I learned a lot of the way bin Laden was finally hunted down and killed, but I had a hard time with our tactics to get the information. I know it was vital for us to eliminate him after 911, but it was hard for me to stomach.