Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What the Beck???

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

2016     Moonlight
starring: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex Hibbert,                  Janelle Monae, Naomie Harris, Jaden Piner
plot –   The story of a gay black child growing up in Miami. The city                  and area are filled with drugs and gangs and he leads a                  very difficult life.
This movie won the Academy last year. This was a hard movie to watch at times, because I felt so bad for the lead character. This movie truly made me thankful for the wonderful life that I have led.

1999     The Insider
starring:  Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane                        Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse
plot –    A based in fact movie about a research chemist, played by                    Crowe, who turns into a whistle blower when he                          decides to go on “60 Minutes” to expose the real                        hidden dangers of smoking.
This was a great movie. I really enjoyed it because the acting was outstanding, and I lived through that time period and saw the changes that came from this event.

1995     Braveheart
starring:  Mel Gibson, Sean Lawlor, Sean McGinley, Sophie Marceau,                     Mahairi Calvey, Patrick McGoohan, Peter Hanley…
plot – Mel Gibson plays Sir William Wallace who suffered the death of                   his brother and father as well as his wife at the hands of                 King Edward First of England’s men. He begins a crusade                 to turn Scotland into its own country and leads the                       revolt himself.
Braveheart won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1995. This was an award well earned. The acting was outstanding and I have read enough books about Scotland and England to already have background information. Scotland is on my Bucket List to visit someday.

1986     The Mission                 
starring:  Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnaly, Aidan Quinn,                     Liam Neeson,
plot –    Jeremy Quinn plays a Jesuit priest in South America.  He is                   working hard to convert the Indians to Christianity. He                   builds a mission, and is eventually helped by Robert                     DeNiro, who played a new priest who has killed his                       brother. He becomes a priest to make it right with God.             The Spanish land changes hands and it goes to Portugal                who destroys the mission and kills many Indians and                    Spanish priests.
This was a real surprise for me. I really liked the story and the acting was outstanding. Even though there was a lot of violence, especially at the end, the movie was great.

1980     Raging Bull
starring:  Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent,                       Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Mario Gallo, Frank                 Adonis
plot –     Robert DeNiro plays a middleweight boxer. He hooks up with                 a beautiful girl at a club, dumps his wife and child, and                 marries the new girl. He smothers her with love, but has                 no trust in her or anyone around her. He can’t stop the              obsession and ruins his marriage as well as his              fighting career.
This was a very violent movie. I am not a lover of boxing as a sport, because it seems cruel and abusive. The story itself angered me greatly. DeNiro’s character was a jealous, physically and mentally abusive husband. This type of character drives me crazy, because frequently the abused wife stays with the abuser. The acting in this movie was outstanding. DeNiro, Moriarty, and Pesci proved that they are great actors!!

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