Recently I’ve been on a movie hunt so to speak and I’ve been watching all sorts of movies, most of them grabbed from rummage tables for 5€ a piece. At some point, every movie will end up on a rummage table for the price of an apple and an egg. I also buy new movies once in a while, but I like to get a good deal and sometimes the movies aren’t even that old. I recently found “The King’s Speech” (still have to watch that one) on a rummage table, this one’s only 4 years old and won 4 oscars, incuding best picture. 5€, that’s USD6,60 by the way. Awesome deal.
DVDs have been around for quite a while, I expected them to die out much sooner after the BluRay arrived, but they’re still around and every new movie get’s a DVD release as well. However, DVDs are less expensive than BluRays and drop in price real fast.
I love collections, I’ve got to admit that, and in Germany we don’t have online libraries as good as netflix, so I prefer to have my games and books and movies in ohysical form. DVD don’t look as good as BluRays, but they’re cheaper and it’s good enough for me.
So, about the movies I’ve recently bought and watched…
Ok, it wasn’t Miss Conveniality, I love that movie, but I just wanted to add a Sandra Bullock gif. This fall of her’s is legendary after all. Either way, I think my choices have been great so far and I liked all the movie I’ve watched. Some more than other’s, but that’s normal, after all.
Before, I’d like to add that it was purely unintentional I bought 2 Robin Willams movies the day before he commited suicide. R.i.P. Robin, you will never be forgotten… 😦
So the first movie is “Fight” with Denzel Washington who plays a pilot. A very dunken pilot who rescued 96 people’s lives with a crazy maneuver when his defect plane crashed.
I first expected the movie to spent more time on the actual flight an crash, but it was mostly about the pilot, his alcohol and drug addiction and how this lifestyle basically ruined his life. Celebrated a hero for saving this many people’s lives, he was on the edge of going into prison for years if they actually found out that he was drunk during the flight, so they try to cover it up while the pilot himself is struggeling with his addiction.
The movie was pretty good, I wanted to see it since I first saw advertisement. It turned out to be different from what I imagined, but I liked it, so that’s great. There was one really cool scene, when the pilot was in his hotel room where all alcohol had been removed to keep him from drinking before the trial, but he noticed the door to the neighboring room was open and that room had a whole freezer full with acoholic drinks. So you see him in front of that freezer, opening it, looking over the alcohol, pulling one bottle out and then he places it on top of the freezer and leaves, seeminly able to resist, just to show him taking it either way in slow motion. He just couldn’t stop on his own.
The next one is “Brokeback Mountain” with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. I actually never saw it when it just got released. I remember that time very well, I was in middle school and every girl in my class went to see this movie, because of the gay cowboys and they all though it was soooo cute and all.
After having watched it, it’s pretty apparent they didn’t understand the movie at all, becasue it’s anything but cute. I’m not disgusted by gay people, I’m fine whereever you swing, but this movie was simply not portraying a cute little romance. Their love for eath other was hurting them and destroying the normal lives they had tried to build, because it was not accepted to be gay in the 60s.
It’s a movie about inner turmoil, hiding yourself and fighting for your love. It was not cute. Even their love scenes were not cute and certainly not romantic either. They were forceful and passionate. Just becasue two guys have surprise butt-s*x, doesn’t make a movie “cute”.
Either way, I think the movie is very well done and I was really sad they ended up being seperated and couldn’t work out a way to be together, because maybe they could’ve been happier together. It’s been 9 years since this movie has been made, but even now such stories are anything but normal.
Did it deserve all the praise it got? Maybe. Some of it certainly came from it being about two gay men, but it was still a very good movie and therefore it deserves my humble praise.
Next movie is “The Wolf of Wallstreet” with Leonardo DiCaprio. This one was actually not from a rummage table, but was still just 10€ and I really wanted to see it, so… here it is.
I didn’t know it was so long, it runs 3 hours, but it’s one crazy 3-hour-ride with DiCaprio in his best kind of role: the arrogant a*shole. He really has these characters down. 😀 It was fun to watch, especially seeing his character konstantly high and the movie has no real “serves him right” kind of end, because he’s buying his time in prison to be a good one and later does business again. Not at the Wallstreet, but he does business and he’s successful at it.
For a drunken arrogant and selfish drug-addict, I think that’s a very nice way to end the movie. Well, for the character. As for me, I expected him to get more punished, sure he lost a nice part of his money and his wife and it served him right, but for all what he’s done, it didn’t seem fitting and I liked that about this movie.
DiCaprio’s character wasn’t “evil”, he just learned how to screw over people from his mentor at the wallstreet and the fame and money ruined his character. He probably also learned from his mistakes, but not in a way that satisfies the viewer and I thought that was pretty cool.
It’s probably one of DiCaprio’s best movie and I’m glad I gave it a chance.
“Dead Poets Society” with Robin Williams has to be the movie I liked the most out of all the movies that were forced down my throat in school. You know, I hated these “aducational” movie you had to watch in school and couldn’t enjoy, because you had to analize it to death.
This movie, I actually truly enjoyed and even liked to dissect and I still enjoy it to this say. When they first called their teacher “O Captain, My Captain”, or when they actually had fun in school and learned how to think by themselved, to be free. And Neils happiness when he got the role in A Midsummer Nights Dream! I loved it!
Of course the tragic suicide followed by the iconic scene when all the members of the Dead Poets Society” stood up onto their tables, is probably by favorite moment in the movie and shows that the teacher succeeded in teaching his pupils more than just literature.
I actually didn’t realize befiore that Neil was played by Robert Sean Leonard. In other words: Dr. James Wilson. The one from House M.D. I love that T-series and never noticed, but I haven’t seen Dead Poets Society in a while, so I hope I’m excused.
The last movie I’m going to talk about is the one I liked the most. In ace you haven’t noticed, I wrote about the movies from “bad” to “good”, or in this case from “good” to “even better”, because I thought they were all pretty good, with “Flight” being the weakest.
The one I enjoyed the most was “Good Will Hunting” with Robin Williams and Matt Damon. I was under the impression that i never saw this movie before, but after watching it I remeber having seen at least the beginning, when Will solved the problems in the hallway and his encounter with the students in a bar, but I haven’t seen the entire movie in one go. Judging by the fact that I couldn’t remember even the parts I had seen, I’d say it has been a while anyway.
Seen it before or not, this is a movie one should have seen, it’s so good! No wonder Robin Williams won his Oscar for best supporting actor for this movie, it’s well deserved.
I actually don’t really know what to talk about anymore, other than praising it for being so good, the character interactions with a main character who’s very bad at interacting properly with people. I mean, he drove not one but a whole bunch of psychologists away. He suffered, actually he and his therapist both suffered in different ways and I think both were helped adequately. I loved it when Wills friend came to his house at the very and and Will was not there – exactly what he was hopeing for. Yeah, it was called for, when he mentioned he wanted to come to Wills house and find it empty, so it had to happen, but it was still cool.
<- I actually watched this as well, but…. guilty pleasure at it’s best. Don’t judge me. =P For anyone who doesn’t know, this is Romy Schneider starring in her most famous role as Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the “Sissi”-trilogy from the 50s.
These dresses are so beautiful… ❤