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Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies
2002 The Pianist
starring: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Michael Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay
plot – A Jewish pianist gets separated from his family in Warsaw and survives by using his wits through the German invasion.
This was a really good movie. This man was an artist, and figured out how to live, when many Jews were immediately put to death.
2003 Master and Commander
starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D’Arcy, Edward Woodall, Chris Larkin, Max Pirkis
plot – The Captain of the H.M.S. Surprise are ordered to capture a French ship near South America. Capt. Jack Aubrey will face all odds to complete his mission.
This was a pretty good movie. Russell Crowe is wonderful in the role of the Captain.
2003 Mystic River
starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney
plot – This is the story of three neighborhood friends who have to deal with the death of one of their daughters. Sean Penn plays a rough ex-con whose daughter is killed. Tim Robbins plays the friend who sees the girl last, and Kevin Bacon is the friend who is the cop investigating the crime.
This was a really good movie. Three old friends look and deal with this crime in different ways. Accusations fly, but the truth must be discovered.
starring: Allie Mickelson, Kelci Stephenson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Craig Archibald, Catherine Keener
plot – Truman Capote reads about a murder in the paper and decides to write about it. He and his best friend, Harper Lee, go to the town and search for information about the people and the crime. Truman bonds with one of the accused.
I couldn’t wait to see this movie, because To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book and was written by Harper Lee. This story shows insight into the type of man Truman Capote was, and tells this story in an interesting way.
2005 Good Night and Good Luck
starring: David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, Alex Borstein, Rose Abdoo, Dianne Reeves
plot – This is the story of how CBS newsman, Edward R. Murrow, exposes Senator Joseph McCarthy and the horrible things he accused Americans of doing. Senator McCarthy seemed to see communists everywhere.
David Strathairn is fabulous in the role of Edward R. Murrow. This was a real eye opener for me. In my history classes, I had heard of Senator McCarthy and his witch-hunt for communists, but I didn’t understand the methodology or the lies he told to hunt these people down.
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
starring: Alan Howard, Noel Appleby, Sean Astin, Sala Baker, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd
plot – One Ring has been found and the forces are hunting for it. Frodo has it and is now in the Legend. He is now the Ringbearer.
This was the second Lord of the Rings movies that I have seen recently. This one seemed better than the first one I saw, possibly because I now had some background info.
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
starring: Noel Appleby, Ali Astin, Sean Astin, David Aston, John Bach, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd
plot – This was the last in Peter Jackson’s trilogy. This movie shows that last battle between good and evil fighting to rule the Middle-Earth.
This was yet another Lord of the Rings movie. All I can say is that I am done watching this movie series and am relieved.
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima
starring: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shido Nakamura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takumi Yamaguchi, Eijiro Ozaki, Nae
plot – The story of the Japanese troops who were stuck on an island and eventually died there during WWII.
This was a subtitled movie. That is just painful, and the story is a war movie on top of it. Lord, help me!! I am glad I got through this one.