What the Beck???
Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies
1992 The Crying Game
starring: Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Rea, Adrian Dunbar, Breffnie McKenna
plot – The story of a British soldier who is captured by IRA terrorists
This was a really good movie. I can’t imagine being captured by terrorists. Thank Heavens, there is nothing they would want from me.
1998 The Thin Red Line
starring: Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, John Cusak, John C. Reilly, John Travolta, Woody Harrelson, George Clooney, Ben Chaplin
plot – Private Witt is returned to the Battle of Guadalcanal. The Americans go after the Japanese held positions.
This was a good movie with many Hollywood celebs. Once again, it is a gory story, but probably shows the real life or death situations. I have seen way too many war movies lately.
1998 Saving Private Ryan
starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Dennis Farina
plot – Capt. John Miller is sent to the battlefield to retrieve Private Ryan because his brothers have all been killed in battle and the army wants to send home the final son. While searching for Ryan, all of the men sent have to find the strength as they deal with the worst parts of war.
At first I thought, oh great another war movie!!! This one was so wonderful that I was fascinated with the story. Of course once again, Tom Hanks is absolutely amazing as Capt. John Miller. Wow! Who knew I could love a was movie at this point in time?
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
starring: Bruce Allpress, Sean Astin, John Bach, Sala Blake, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Jed Brophy
plot – The second movie in the series, shows Frodo and the Fellowship setting out to destroy the ring.
This was a movie that is not for me. I disliked all of the violence, and Sci Fi and Fantasy are not for me. I had a hard time understanding what was happening at first because I had never seen the original movie. I can’t help being depressed that two more of these movies are nominated – oh joy, but I’ll watch’em.
1999 The Cider House Rules
starring: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Michael Caine, Jane Alexander, Kathy Baker, Kieran Culkin
plot – This is the story of Homer Wells who lives in an orphanage. Dr. Larch, played by Michael Caine, is the head of the place, and is close to all of the children. He does perform abortions, to avoid having more orphans, which was against the law at the time. Homer leaves, and life is really challenging for him. He is faced with a soul wrenching decision.
I loved this movie!!!! Michael Caine is spectacular as the doctor and Tobey Maguire is believable as Homer. If you have never seen this movie – go to your library and check it out.
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
starring: Yun-Fat Chow, Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Chen Chang, Sihung Lung
plot – Set in China in the 19th century, this is a movie about the search for a sword. A Chinese warrior gives it to a girlfriend, but it is stolen from her.
This was a ridiculous movie, unless you are a big martial arts movie fan. The characters fight all of the time and for some reason can fly as they fight. Of Lord, this one was a royal pain in the drain.
2001 In the Bedroom
starring: Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, Marisa Tormei, William Mapother
plot – Set in Maine, it is the story of a family named Fowler. Parents, Matt and Ruth, (Wilkinson, and Spacek), are not happy with their son’s choice of a girlfriend (Tomei). The family has to deal with a major tragedy.
This was a surprise for me. The title had me thinking one thing, but it was not about sex. This story drew you in to the family's struggle through the death of their son. I was so unprepared for depth of feelings I would go through while watching this movie. This is one of my favorite movies this month.
2001 Moulin Rouge
starring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh
plot – Set in a Paris nightclub, a writer has an affair with the star of the show (Kidman).
This was a shockingly great movie. I had watched the same movie from 1952 and this one was a hundred times better. Nicole Kidman is one of the main reasons. She was outstanding.
starring: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton
plot – IMDb reports: a radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist Revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the USA.
This was a VERY long (3+ hr.) movie. I didn’t know much about the Revolution or the role of Unions, but it was just too darn long to hold my undivided interest.