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American History X (1998)
Hate, Atittudes, Actions = Consequences
Three simple reasons why this movie is a masterpiece:
1. Plot and Moral History: Hate Leads to hate. Ignorance is the most unconscious state that you can live with, and that drives you to crazy things. All acts have consequences. Simple as that, and the own movie demonstrate it all the way. And we see that on the end of the movie, we see Little Henry killing Danny. This is the consequence of Edward killing Little Henry elder brother. And in the end, Edwards feels that his to lost his most valuable thing in his life: his own family.
2. Wonderful Actings. We can feel the pain, hate, confusion and the disgusted feeling Edward is feeling. We even see the regret at the end of the movie when his brother is killed. Really one of the best acting I've ever seen.
3. Cinematography. I don't think you've payed attention to the camera job and cinematography detail. The past it's represented in black and white (that means, for me, the ignorance Edward was in, the imaginary and wrong "values" he was teached by). The present it's represented in colors (where Edward now knows it was super wrong what he was doing and preaching, the values he was teached by, and that is why he wants to stop his brother going to the same path of hate he went too, and that ruined his life (Edward)).
Not the most perfect masterpiece I've watched, but one of the best movies I've ever watched, for sure.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Masterpiece with all his words
I got to be honest, this movie is for sure indeed at my TOP 5 of best movies I ever seen. And more than that, I've never seen anything like It's a Wonderful Life.
We're talking about a movie produced at the 40's, homies, 40's! The acting is phenomenal, the history is phenomenal, all the camera job is fenomenal. By the way, is there anything wrong in this movie? Absolutely not!
This is the kinda movie that warms your heart. It rewinds and reminds you of the childhood. All that passion we live, all our dreams (that sometimes, like in this movie, can't really be done) and the amazing person that you become.
A life changing experience, it is what this movie is. Makes you feel great, good and thankful to be alive, healthy and to have your family close to you. What a really wonderful life, don't you agree? Because the moral of the history it's exactly that, you don't need have materialistic (his house, exemple) things to be happy or richer. You don't need to have alot of Money to be happier or richer either. The richest man alive is the one who was passion for life, happiness, love, his family and faith.
And for sure one thing, It's a Wonderful Movie too. One word for describe this movie? That's easy, it would be: PERFECT.
Not a masterpiece, sorry
Acting Job: 8 stars, it was decent (personally, I don't really like J.K. acting but it was good).
History: 7 stars, even though the movie itselfs talks about taking ambition in is all, and living inside that and Forget everything else, it is a little bit overdone. Maybe it was me that didn't understand, but listen.. this movie has 8,5 stars, which takes us close to The Silence of the Lambs (8,6 stars). The Silence of the Lambs is a damn masterpiece, and compared to this, I think we all know the out come.
Of course Whiplash is a good movie though, but I wouldn't give it more than 8 stars. It doesn't even get close to 9, because we watch the movie with no pleasure. I think they did a good job to pass the tension and anxiety of the character's story to the film itself, and as a consequence for us. That was a director good job right there, but once again, its overdone. I spent all the movie trying to understand the moral lesson behind all this (yes, because a movie, in my opinion, needs to show a moral message after all).
And, to reinforce even more because this film does not deserve more, we watch the entire movie the bullying we watch and the (extreme) teacher way to give classes it is just painful. Because at the end (even though it is not the perfect Hollywood end we're used to, which is a good signal) he (Andrew) doesn't really win anything, and doesn't give us any message. What he did won with all that fool ambition? Lost his family respect (for being rude and not humble, and one thing I hate in this entire world is not being humble), lost his first love for stupidity, and the teacher humilated him.
OK, the end is pretty good when he gets that drums solo, it's a amazing show right there, I give you that. But a one only great solo won't make you the next Buddy Rich. And having a teacher like that won't make you the best too. And one thing I know about music (and in life too) is perfection is not perfection. You can't really reach it. And, you need to make things (like playing drums) with love, not fool ambition that you will be the best, and the rest can be at stand by.
Andrew it's not even living real life, he is a in imaginary world full of fool ambition.
Fight Club (1999)
Too good to not talk about it, let's brake some rules
If you didn't see this movie, get out of this review and go watch it.
If you already did, and understood it, god damn you are a legend.
This is, with no doubts, in the top three or five of the best movies ever produced, the actors job (Brad Pitt was hell amazing), the history, and the plot-twist.
At the end, you understand it all: Tyler (Brad Pitt) and The Narrator (Edward Norton) are the SAME PERSON WITH OPPOSITE PERSONALITIES AND VALUES.
Basically, Tyler represents the freedom, liberty, independence, joy, hapiness and the little madness everyone has inside. The Narrator represents the melancholy, the sadness and dependence (for things like his house and his material values).
His insonias represent that, even though he was a dream job and was a god damn good house, after all, even though he has that, he is not happy because he is not free in all the ways Tyler is.
Fight Club is about that: breaking the lock everyone has for his freedom. Sometimes we're just attached to things that are not really that important, and have a small or even nule importante rule in our life.
The fighs we see too are the way The Narrator enjoy the joy of it. Of someone who does martial arts (like me) it is true that fighthing brings us more life. When we fight, we feel all our body and we feel joy about it. We feel like a big mountain. Simply, figthing (for The Narrator) it is a way to enjoy the little freedom he has in that times.
Tyler is just a image or the product The Narrator wants to be: FREE!
Scent of a Woman (1992)
A Underrated Masterpiece
The movie talks by himself. The history line, the huge work of actors (especially Pacino, is magnificent here) and the up coming ending.
It is deep, majecist, emotional. A blind man that is good in all classic ways like our grandfathers were, the greatest era, the old ones (about dancing, recognizing the perfumes of womans, what they feel are more intense, not a snitch!, attitude).
It is a movie, but also a moral history. Maybe we can learn with this lessons, and keep big hope with us, there is always a angel/savior out there to give us back our life and we must keep believing and stay with those classic values that were teached by the older ones. They are, still are, and always will be the best generation and era ever.
The Godfather (1972)
You know the meaning of the word family?
The meaning of friend, business, life, betrayal?
Even if you don't (like me) really know the meaning nor describe it all, after seeing this movie you really understand them finally.
The truth is that this film is a complete masterpiece. The greatest of arts, represented in the best way possible. The production, the work of the actors, the storyline, the story, the accompaniment of the viewer is not secant but curious, a path that we want to continue to see, and when reaching the end, we still wanted to see it more.
I recommend to everyone and everything, maybe one day the world of cinema can go back to the golden times and produce films like this.
Without a doubt the best film in all history of the film industry.