Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What the Beck???

Happy Birthday tomorrow, Rachel and Marisa

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

1977     Julia
starring:  Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximillian                   Schell, Hal Holbrook, Meryl Streep
plot –     Lillian Helman smuggles funds into Nazi Germany.
This was a really good movie. I cannot imagine smuggling anything into anywhere even for my best friend. Yikes!  Extremely well acted and I literally didn’t move until the entire movie was over. 

1978     An Unmarried Woman
starring:  Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy, Cliff Gorman
plot –          A rich woman’s husband has left her for someone               younger. She struggles to make a new life for herself.
This was a yet another typical 70’s movie. Clayburgh’s character has to make a huge adjust in her life ad learn to cope. It was okay.

1978     Midnight Express
starring:  Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli, Randy                 Quaid, John Hurt
plot –     The story of an American young man who gets caught in                     Turkey smuggling hashish out of the country. He suffers                 in prison but tries to stay alive.
This was the story of a foolish young man whose bad choices had major consequences. At times this movie was hard to watch, but I had to know what he went through to truly understand how bad life could be in prison.

1979     All That Jazz
starring:  Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking,                     Cliff Gorman, Ben Vereen
plot –     The life story of Bob Fosse. He pushed himself endlessly and                 suffered for his bad choices.
I loved the dancing, but the cigarette constantly hanging out of his mouth really bothered me, but I have no idea why. It is obvious why this was a big success in the 70’s. It did lose the Oscar to Kramer versus Kramer.

1979     Apocalypse Now
starring:  Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Fredric                          Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison                     Ford, Dennis Hopper, Albert Hall
plot –    Set during the Vietnam War, Capt. Willard is sent to
                Cambodia to kill a colonel who thinks he is the God of                   his tribe.
This was an interesting movie. Martin Sheen was so young and at times I had to remind myself that it was Martin and not his look alike son, Charlie. A great movie.

1980     Tess
starring:  John Collins, Tony Church, Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth
plot –    Two men fall for a poor peasant girl.
This was a really SLOW movie.  It was okay, I guess.

1981     Atlantic City
starring:  Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michael Piccoli,                   Robert Goulet, Hollis McLaren
plot –    The story of love, money, drugs, and danger in Atlantic City                   between a gangster and a woman who left her pot dealer                 husband.        
This was a good movie. Burt Lancaster was wonderful as the aged gangster. Susan Sarandon was also wonderful.

1983     Terms of Endearment
starring:  Shirley Maclaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny                       Devito, Jeff Dangers, John Lithgow, Lisa Hart Carroll
plot –    The story of Mom (Aurora) and daughter (Emma). The two                     woman have a strong bond, but drive each other crazy.                   A typical mother-daughter strained relationship.
This was a really good movie. It was a sad one however.  

1984     Amadeus
starring:  F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy                       Dotrice, Simon Callow
plot –    The life story of Mozart as told by his peers and a rival.
This was a LONG boring movie. The story was interesting because I didn’t know a lot about him, but I would have liked to have learned it MUCH FASTER.

1981     Raiders of the Lost Ark
starring:  Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey,                      John Rhys-Davies
plot –      Indiana Jones is an adventurer and archaeologist. He is sent                   by the U.S. to find the Ark of the Covenant before the                   German Nazis find it first.
At times I thought I remembered this movie, but as it went on I realized that I only saw snippets of it.  I really enjoyed this movie. Harrison Ford is wonderful, and I really stayed interested the entire time.

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