9 is not a kids movie. 9 is a PG-13 animated movie about anthropomorphic ragdolls in a post-apocalyptic world. 9 will probably be forgotten, because the movie doesn’t really offer much. 9 is actually based on a much more acclaimed short film. 9 sort of fails to capture what made the short good, which is survival. 9 might have been better if it was silent just like the short. 9 does have some merit though. 9 is definitely frightening and the look of the characters are very unique. 9 at the very least deserves a cult following.
The King’s Speech is just the kind of movie I like to see win Best Picture. An easy movie to watch, with a clear message, that keeps you interested. The King’s Speech is about King George VI (Prince Albert), and his attempt to get rid of his stammer. It’s an easy movie to watch, because they never dwell on politics. Nor do they get deep in the historical aspect of the movie. No, this is about public speaking and a man who needs coaching, because of his stammer. The King’s Speech has a sense of humor and a true feeling of triumph. It’s R rated, but I’d consider it a good family film. If you’ve seen the movie then you know why it’s R rated. So, check it out. I guarantee you’ll be applauding.
Amadeus is quite a surprising movie. Back when I was in Middle School, I watched three different musicals in music class. 6th grade I watched Oliver!, 7th grade I watched West Side Story, and 8th grade (you guessed it) I watched Amadeus. Amadeus stands out the most because it’s not a “musical” musical. Amadeus is the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told from the perspective of his rival Antonio Salieri. As it turns out, Mozart had a sense of humor which includes a goofy laugh. If you’re familiar with classical music like I am, then you’ll love hearing it in the movie. Sure the movie is sort of dated, but I don’t see it as a hindrance. It’s still very engrossing.
The Bodyguard, also known as the 2 hour music video for “I Will Always Love You”. Most people would say that the soundtrack is more memorable than the movie itself. I would agree. Not that the movie doesn’t offer plenty. I wasn’t fully familiar with Whitney Huston. After she passed away, I decided it was time to watch The Bodyguard. So could see her first acting performance. She tries the best she could in this role, but doesn’t compare to her costar Kevin Costner. I did like the story though. It’s about a famous singer (not much of a stretch) who hires a bodyguard when it seems like her life is in danger. Soon the relationship between the singer and bodyguard blossoms into romance. I’ll definitely give the movie props for having an interracial couple and not making it a problem. In a whole, The Bodyguard is a mixed bag. If you want to know where that song that you can’t get out of your head comes from, then check it out.
Wild Things is one of the hottest movies ever made. For a while before I saw it, I had no idea what the movie was about. I just knew about the famous lesbian pool scene that the movie is known for. When I was old enough, I watched the full movie. Turns out the movie is about a teacher who gets accused of sexually harassing a teenage girl. It’s actually a very smart movie. There are a lot of twists in Wild Things that only make sense when the movie is over. Heck, I didn’t even realize Bill Murray was in the movie. Like I said, the pool scene is what people will remember it for. If you can look past that, then you’d find a clever yet scandalous movie that is definitely worth watching.
Sky High deserves to be remembered. In an age where superhero movies pop up every 2 seconds, one movie chooses to stand out above the rest. Sky High takes a familiar premise and does something unique with it. The focus is more so on the behind the scenes every day life aspect of being a superhero in high school. Mostly focusing on what it means to be a sidekick. Which results in a fun superhero movie with a lot of heart and humor. As well as some amazing casting choices that elevate it in a way that makes it truly special. So if you haven’t checked it out, I would strongly recommend it.
I don’t usually watch westerns. Usually the westerns I do watch have a sci fi or comedic twist. Cat Ballou is one of a few exceptions. Like many other movies I’ve watched, my mother suggested it. I’m glad I did watch, because it’s one of the best westerns ever made (100% on Rotten Tomatoes). Cat Ballou is about a woman who takes revenge on the gunman who killed her father. Along with help from friends and a hired drunk cowboy (played by Lee Marvin in dual roles) she becomes a cowgirl. What sets it apart from most other westerns is the inclusion of music performed throughout the story. Which gives the movie a comedic twist. So if you’re just looking for a good western that’s neither long nor serious, then Cat Ballou is the movie for you.
Singin’ in the Rain, they just don’t make movies like this anymore. If you have ever loved musicals, then Singin’ in the Rain is an absolute must see. Chances are you’ve heard of the movie at some point in your life. Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain sequence is legendary. Something I have tried to recreate once or twice in my life. I knew I had to watch it when my parents told me it was one of their favorite movies. How right they were. My brother and I watched it and we loved it. The movie is about the transition between silent films and sound films. Many silent actors back in the 20’s didn’t have the voice for sound. Some people might not realize that singing and dancing was a requirement in old Hollywood. In fact, one of the funniest jokes in the movie is a character that Jean Hagen plays. One of many comedic performances truly deserving of an Oscar (she was nominated). The songs are some of the best in any musical, the dance numbers are amazing, and the performances are splendid. It’s also good to note that this is Debbie Reynolds most iconic role (may she rest in peace). Also worth mentioning is the 100% rating it has on “Rotten Tomatoes”. Really, what more is there to say.
What can I say about E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial that hasn’t been said already. It’s an absolute classic that holds up quite well today. It’s also the best interpretation of a good alien creature in a film. Some might have forgotten that it was nominated for Best Picture. In case you don’t, (but at this point, everyone should) E.T. is about an alien who gets left behind on Earth. While there he befriends a child named Elliot who helps him to “phone home”. It’s a Steven Spielberg film, so of course it’s good. One of his top 5 greatest films. Just about every scene and line is memorable. E.T. is an icon in his own right. You’ll really come to love him by the end. The music is awe inspiring, the acting is quite good for child actors, and the message is clear. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is just a terrific movie, not to be missed.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has a brilliant concept. I have often wondered what it would be like to age in reverse. As soon as I found out about the movie I was curious (no pun intended). That was back before I showed interest in dramas. Still I knew I needed to see it. The biggest strength about the movie is its special effects. They flawlessly made Brad Pitt look like an old man and at each stage of his life. Without looking too digital. My only complaint would be the running time. Some people compare it to Forrest Gump, but there’s no comparison. It’s about as unique a movie as you can get. So far nobody has tried to imitate it. That’s what makes it a must watch.