Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

What the Beck???

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

1964     Becket                 
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.

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