Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What the Beck???

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

2007      There will be Blood
starring:  Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Stringer, Matthew Braden                           Stringer, Jacob Stringer, Joseph Mussey, Barry Del                        Sherman, Harrison Taylor, Stockton Taylor
plot –      Daniel Day-Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, a miner. He and his                  son discover oil on a property and they begin to buy up                  all of the property to build a pipeline for shipping. This                  was a brilliant idea for his time. His greed begins to                      take over and causes personal problems.
This was a pretty good movie. The storyline was well developed and well acted by Day-Lewis. The choices he makes in his personal life enhance this story.

2001     A Beautiful Mind
starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher                      Plummer, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg
plot –    A movie based on the life of John Forbes Nash Jr. He was a                  great mathematician who made an astonishing discovery.                Later in life he struggled between reality and                            schizophrenia.
This was a really good movie. He was such a gifted man, but it was hard to watch his delusions.

2008     The Reader
starring: Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Jeanette Hain, Kate Winslet,                      Susanne Lothan, Alissa Wilkms
plot –    A teenager named Michael Berg has an affair with a woman                  named Hanna Schmitz in Germany. The relationship                    grows until Hanna disappears. Michael doesn’t                          understand what happened when he learns she was a                    guard at a Nazi prison.
This was a movie that irritated me. To me, Hanna Schmitz was a pedophile, who led a boy into a total mess and then left him. She went to prison for her war crimes, and they met later in life and he helped her out. The reviews make it sound like a love story, but I totally disagreed.

2009     Up in the Air
starring: George Clooney, Very Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason                          Bateman, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, J.K. Simmons
plot –    George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a corporate man who                  fires employees for other companies. His company hires                a young woman who wants to change the entire way he                  works.
This was a really good movie. I could not understand how anyone could fire people for a living. Clooney is fabulous, as usual. The story was something new and fresh.

2007     Atonement
starring:  Saoirse Ronan, Ailidh Mackay, Brenda Blethyn, Julia West,                    James McAvoy, Harriet Walter
plot –     This movie is based on a book about two lovers who are torn                 apart by a vindictive younger sister. The outcome of that                 lie effects all three of them, but the young man goes to                   jail because of the sister’s lies. The young lovers do                     meet again.
This was a really good movie. Jealousy is a harmful thing when it is directed at anyone, but especially a family member.

2007     Michael Clayton
starring:  Arthur Edens, Michael O’Keefe, Sydney Pollack, Danielle                       Skraastad, Tilda Swinton, George Clooney
plot –     Clooney plays Michael Clayton a man who fixes the problems                 of his big time law firm. He tries to help a fellow worker                 who appears to have had a mental breakdown of some                   sort. The fellow worker is in charge of a major class                     action lawsuit that the firm is handling. Clayton tries to                 help this man return to his former state of mind and                     solve the law firm’s problems at the same time.
This was a pretty good movie. I like that the viewer has to try to figure out who is working against Michael Clayton.

2009     Avatar
starring:  Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen                   Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel Davis                     Moore
plot –     In Pandora live the Na’vi tribe. The environment is                      poisonous, so for humans to exist, they must become an                Avatar which is connected through the mind. Sam                        Worthington plays Jake Scully, a wounded Marine. He                    becomes an Avatar and falls for a tribe woman. The                      human's battle with the Avatars.
This was a really good movie, which is shocking for me to say. I have never liked cartoons or movies with violence, but this movie was absolutely amazing. There was a violent part, but for some reason it wasn’t as gory as the other movies I have seen. I would love to understand how the movie people created the Avatars. Is this considered a cartoon? An animated movie?  How did the characters look so like the actual people? Was it makeup??? I love that I actually had this many questions after viewing this film.

2009     An Education
starring:  Carey Mulligan, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour,                 William Melling, Connor Catchpole
plot –     This film is shot in England. It is the story of Jenny, a really                 naïve teenager who wants to go to Oxford University.                     She is groomed by a man who lures her to become his                   lover, and it all ended badly.
This was a bothersome movie for me. This is the second movie in a week about what I consider a pedophile luring a teenager into early adulthood.  I know this actually happens, but it is so sad that the kid’s lives are changed forever.

2009     A Serious Man
starring:  Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick,                Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus
plot –     This is the story of the life of Larry Gopnik. Larry is an                       average man who works as a physics professor. His wife                 wants a divorce, his son orders expensive items on line,                 and his brother moves in with the family. Larry is very                   stressed throughout this movie.
This was a strange movie. I began by feeling sorry for Larry, but became irritated with how he handled his problems. Larry was a mess!

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