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Argo 2012,  R)
Argo
"So you want to come to Hollywood, act like a big shot without actually doing anything?" says John Goodman's character to Ben Affleck's character in Affleck's latest film named Argo. We might have thought that Affleck was one of those people in Hollywood that pretended to be a big shot, with such forgettable movies as "Pearl Harbor", "Armageddon" and "Gigli". If you had asked me ten years ago if Affleck would ever become a successful director, I would have laughed. But since his amazingly acclaimed directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone" his next two films have only become better and better, with Argo clearly at the top, and is currently one of the best Oscar contender next year. Do we see a new Clint Eastwood or Warren Beatty?

Argo is based on real events that occurred in 1980, one year after the Iranian Revolution when the Shah's dictatorship was overthrown. The Shah escaped to the US where he was granted asylum, which causes the revolutionary guards to attack the american embassy in Tehran and take all the personnel as hostages until the US send back the Shah to Iran so that he can be prosecuted for his crime against the people. Every one in the embassy is taken hostage, except six who manage to escape and seek shelter in the Canadian ambassador's house. The FBI knows that they have no chance to free the hostages at the embassy, but they ad least want to find a plan to get the other six people out. But hatching out a plan is difficult. Agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with the best idea at that moment. To make the six american pose as a Canadian film crew on location scouting in Iran for a science fiction film titled "Argo".

Argo is one of the greatest film of the year, and director Ben Affleck does a marvelous job in directing this thrilling hostage drama, where the two quiet different institutions mates together. FBI and Hollywood, and how much similarities there actually is between those two, the same schemingness, which is beautiful and hilariously portrayed in John Goodman's character the Oscar winning makeup artist John Chambers, and specially the witty and wisecracking producer Lester Siegel played hilariously by the comedy veteran Alan Arkin. "If it's gonna be a fake movie, is gonna be a fake hit".

This is absolutely one of the greatest thrillers in recent years, with a great plot, with a lot of risk, with all thinkable obstacles around every corner. There's never a dull moment. There's been a lot of critics who have called Argo a seventies movie, and I have to agree. It truly feels like a quality film from that era. The old Warner Bros. logo even appears at the start. No matter what it might look like, Affleck still manage to make this a believable film, no matter how absurd the operation might sound like. I also loved the editing and the cinematography with the use of real footage. Argo is one of the greatest films of 2012, a great thrilling escape movie, with a strong cast supported by two comedy veterans for comic relief. It wouldn't surprise me if Ben Affleck won an Oscar for best director, something that was impossible to think of ten years ago. Thumbs up.
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The Descendants 2011,  R)
The Descendants
Alexander Payne's lasted drama-comedy The Descendants is another deep film, with an extremely well chosen cast that hit the right notes. Although I don't think it overcomes none of his earlier films as Sideways and About Schmidt it's still a pretty solid peace, and a superb performance by George Clooney on his prime.

The Descendants is set in Honolulu, Hawaii where the lawyer Matt King (George Clooney) is trying to prepare family and friends for the horrible news that his wife, Elizabeth who have been in a coma for weeks, and the doctors have told him that she never will recover, that she's in a comatose state, and that it's better to pull the plug. Matt all ready has enough trouble with his two daughters, Scottie and Alexandra whom he don't seems to understand. Alexandra who' is in her late teens, suddenly tells her father that her mom had an affair with another man. And the rest of the movie we follow Matt trying to find the man she was sleeping with so he can inform that's his wife is dying.

This is a pretty good concept that Payne picked up. The idea of Hawaii as any other ordinary place in the States, with the same problems and crisis. Just because there's sunny beaches doesn't mean it's a permanent vacation. It's like a Terms of Endearment only set in Hawaii. George Clooney performance isn't over done, he plays a perfectly realistic father like Dustin Hoffman did in Kramer vs. Kramer. And there's also Shailene Woodley who does a perfect movie debut as Matt's teenage daughter. Thumbs up.
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The Social Network 2010,  PG-13)
The Social Network
This must be the best movie of 2010 so far. It's a so well written screenplay, the whole movie is carried away only by the great dialogues and monologues. I'll gonna eat my hat if The Social Network don't win the Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
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Avatar 2009,  PG-13)
Avatar
A good film, not Great, just good. Very colourfull, to coloufull. James Camerons Avatar is not better than his previous works like Terminator and Aliens.
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Slumdog Millionaire 2008,  R)
Slumdog Millionaire
whatta great masterpiece! The best feel-good experience since Rocky! and its not about the money & glory, its about LOVE.
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Atonement 2007,  R)
Atonement
a good movie, I didnt have so big expectation in the 1st place, But Its seem to be an allright movie, but to mutch like the English Patient, and thats why it didnt win Best Picture, cuz it gonna be Outstanding.
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Babel 2006,  R)
Babel
Great movie.I Love when they have many stories in one singel movie. but this film was realy good.
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Brokeback Mountain 2005,  R)
Brokeback Mountain
I hate to admit it, but this was a great movie.
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The Aviator 2004,  PG-13)
The Aviator
An Amazing movie. And its amazing that this is a True Story. His does everything to made his dream come true. Leo & Cate was amazing. Leo sounded more like Steve Buscemi them himself.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Trulley the Best Film of this Saga! Amazing!
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The Hours 2002,  PG-13)
The Hours
A good movie. Good preformens by everyon, Spesial Nicole Kidman and her big nose.
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A Beautiful Mind 2001,  PG-13)
A Beautiful Mind
A Masterpiece. Insane people Always win oscars.
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Gladiator 2000,  R)
Gladiator
alsome!!!!
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American Beauty 1999,  R)
American Beauty
A good movie about the time we all knows come and we dont like. about the Naive teens and the depresing 40s. I dont like theese kind of movies some mutch.
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Saving Private Ryan 1998,  R)
Saving Private Ryan
One of the best war movies ever made. Action from the first to the last scene. spesial the Normandy Invation, that is one of the most powerfull scene ive ever seen.
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Titanic 1997,  PG-13)
Titanic
Well it's now 100 years since the unsinkable ship, R.M.S. Titanic hit an iceberg and sank down to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean. 1514 of it's 2223 passenger drowned, mainly because there wasn't enough life boats for every one, because every one though it was unsinkable. And the captain was also forced into taking a faster route so the biggest creation men have seen could arrive some day early. Well there's a lot of things that could have been prevented this from happening. But it's because of this accident that's why the safety about every vehicle is extremely important. It also the first time the rescue message S.O.S. (Save Our Souls) became the standard distress code.

Technically, Titanic is a story about the treasure hunter, Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) and his team who explore the wreck of Titanic just so they can find a lost jewel that was aboard the ship. A diamond necklace named Heart of the Ocean. After finding the safe that it was suppose to be kept, all they find of value inside is a drawing book with a drawing of a naked lady with the diamond they are looking for around her neck. An old women named Rose Dawson (Gloria Stuart) calls them and claims she is that woman on the drawing. She's then transported to the boat and tells the crew about the journey aboard Titanic.

She tells about, her a rich american girl (Kate Winslet) who is engage to a rich, arrogant and snobbish steel plant owner named Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). She is tired of this strict life of all the lies and repressions. But on Titanic she meets the young and poor painter and adventures Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) who prevent her from trowing herself into the water. And she is eminently developed an interest for this extraordinary lad, who is more himself than any other of the people at first class combined. And Rose finally opens herself. But the fate want's it other wise, because of the horrible event that took place on the night on the 15. April. I guess you can figure out what happened to Rose and Jack.

The love story itself isn't that original to be honest, it's the same love story that is as old as the ocean itself. But what really fascinate me about this film is that it have a huge almond of historical and class differences attached to it. We see the differences between rich and poor. For the rich this trip was just another trip to america drinking Scotch, smoking cigars and discuss politics, while the passengers on third class drinks and dance and having their times of their lives, because they are all immigrants who dreaming of the new world, not just Brits, but also Italians, Swedes, Turks, Russians and many others, most of them didn't make it, because they were kept under deck to avoid a big crowd so the rich people could get into the life boat first.

The Historical aspects of is that this was the biggest vessel ever build on that time. The ship was seen as unsinkable, and was the pride of the British Empire. This was during the so called "La Belle Époque" (The Beautiful Era). And the year 1912 is for many people the year that lead to the decline of the pride of all mankind and primarily the British empire, because of Robert Scott's failed attempt to reach the south pole first, and the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic. And two years later the first world war followed.

I will say I wouldn't have liked this movie if it were so selfish if it had just followed Jack and Rose during the the disaster. The film show us very much of the disaster itself and how many died. We see the horror and the madness. It's like Sergei Eisenstein's famous stairway scene in The Battleship Potemkin. It's so horrifying to watch all the people falling down in the water screaming, It's worse than hell. The movie covers every kind of personalities aboard as the ships goes down, and how they deal with it.

Does this movie deserve all that reconstruction? Does it deserve all the 11 Oscar wins? Yes and Yes. Titanic is a movie that is a great reminder of how important it is to follow who you are. And always think about safety and see it all in a perceptive compared to earlier times. Most of the Oscars Titanic won was basically technical, and I must say they are pretty good and convincing, both in art direction cinematography and costume. My conclusion of this film is that the love story might be a turn of, it's all the other aspect of it so superb. So my thumb is up. Rest in Peace.
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The English Patient 1996,  R)
The English Patient
Ok here we also see a Ralph Fiennes with a Ugly face. My mother had seen this and she think is was the best movie ever. I Usally dont like Love movies, but i think this was good anof, It have been worse if Kiera Knighley and Orlando Bloom have Starred.
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Sense and Sensibility 1995,  PG)
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Forrest Gump 1994,  PG-13)
Forrest Gump
A Heartwarming Great movie. so many thing cool things he did. There should be more people like him.
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"My mama always say life is like a box of chocolate"
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Schindler's List 1993,  R)
Schindler's List
great movie!
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Scent of a Woman 1992,  R)
Scent of a Woman
Woha! Whatta Great movie. Al Pacino have done his best preformence in this movie whitch he won an oscar for. wel earned. good done Al!
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Bugsy 1991,  R)
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Dances With Wolves 1990,  PG-13)
Dances With Wolves
An Allright Movie, it was funny when Kevin Costner try to speak to the Indians.
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Born on the Fourth of July 1989,  R)
Born on the Fourth of July
Stone did it again! just like good as Platoon. amazing
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Rain Man 1988,  R)
Rain Man
A wonderfull Story. I love movies about Retarded People.
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The Last Emperor 1987,  PG-13)
The Last Emperor
Its Was an Allright Movie, a great story. wel i dont like that chind of life that Pu Yi have in his childhood.
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Platoon 1986,  R)
Platoon
A great movie, good music
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Out of Africa 1985,  PG)
Out of Africa
A good movie. top actors and all
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Amadeus 1984,  R)
Amadeus
a Masterpiece. of a film. Milos Forman did it again. I didnt Know that Mozart was a jerk, with his Stupid Lafter "He He". But he will always be rember as the componist Mozart, Not the Jerk Mozart. lol
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Terms of Endearment 1983,  PG)
Terms of Endearment
good movie, Jack Nicholson was the best ofcorse.
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982,  PG)
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On Golden Pond 1981,  PG)
On Golden Pond
A goods sweet Heartwarming story with good grandparent actors like Peter Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. well earned Oscars to both.
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Ordinary People 1980,  R)
Ordinary People
Rebert Redford had show us that his also are good director. a good movie that the hole family can injoy.
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Kramer vs. Kramer 1979,  PG)
Kramer vs. Kramer
good movie, good actors, and a vell earned Ocsar for best picture 1979.
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Midnight Express 1978,  R)
Midnight Express
What can I say, a true Masterpiece. So Powerfull and Pscycodic. and again we find John Hurt as the Crazy person. and this is a true story.
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Rocky 1976,  PG)
Rocky
very kewl and funny
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975,  R)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
A movie that everybody should have seen or least all the psychiatrist. A real movie with real people, there's no hero's or villian, every one just trying the best they can to help, including Nurse Ratched. A movie that we can learn so much from.
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Chinatown 1974,  R)
Chinatown
Roman Polanski's Chinatown, or should I rather say Robert Towne's Chinatown, because it's he who wrote the excellent script and the story. Chinatown is one hell of a film noir, and Polanski really gives Towne's script the treatment it deserves, by making it indeed very authentic and also true to it's genre, supported by a great cast and a believable structured corrupt cooperation that destroys the city and makes the life tougher for the common man.

Chinatown is set in a 1930s Los Angeles where the former police officer J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) whom after quitting the police department in Chinatown is now working as a private detective, where no serious jobs like adultery suspicion is quiet normal. But one day, a woman named Evelyn Mulwray (Diane Ladd) suspects that her husband, Hollis is cheating on her. After following, Hollis around the city and finally takes a picture of Hollis with another woman, which is printed in the paper the day after, Gittes meets a woman who claims to be the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway). This means that woman in the start was an impostor, who was paid to set Gittes up into a even bigger mess than just one simple adultery case, but involves every one at the top.

Chinatown is a well structured story, with all the right elements of a great mystery film, that escalates from the lowest unimportant investigation to the worst cases of political corruptions, that can possible be imagine. It also contains many great twists, and even one of the most horrifying twists in movie history. The cinematography is just perfect, it give us a dried out Los Angels with no water, like a desert. It's not the L.A. we're used to. The performances are just marvelous, with Jack Nicholson in the lead as a tough and fearless detective, who's not afraid to use violence. And with the noir godfather himself, the director John Huston, playing the creepy and corrupt Noah Cross, a role that certainly should have gotten an Oscar nomination.

All the good things I've written so far, might sound like a five star review, so if you feel it's weird that I give it four stars instead of five. The reason why is because I found it a little boring, and literary dry because of the cinematography, but then again it's suppose to be dry, but then again it wouldn't feel right to give it full score. I must always follow my gut-feeling. But after watching it for the third time, my view have improved since the two previous times. Thumbs up.
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The Exorcist 1973,  R)
The Exorcist
- The power of christ compels you... The power of christ compels you. Sure Its something really spesial about this motion picture. Is there anything beetwen heaven and earth? Thats the Question. I think it must be, Its something you cant deny. This movie was based on a true story you know.
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The Godfather 1972,  R)
The Godfather
this is an Opera of a film. One of the best movie ever made. and with the finest acting preformences in the history. A film that link you to the screen every times its showed on TV.
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The French Connection 1971,  R)
The French Connection
Amazing movie, Great Preformenses.
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Love Story 1970,  PG)
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The Lion in Winter 1968,  PG)
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In the Heat of the Night 1967,  G)
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A Man for All Seasons 1966,  G)
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Doctor Zhivago 1965,  PG-13)
Doctor Zhivago
David Lean's three hour long epic, Doctor Zhivago, is based upon the Nobel Prize winning novel by Boris Pasternak, which is set during the Russian Revolution where we follows Pasternak's alter ego, Yuri Andreyevich Zhivago (Omar Sharif), a poet and a doctor whom is thorn between two women, his wife and stepsister, Tonya (Gerandine Chaplin) and the young and beautiful, Lara Antipova (Julie Christie) who Yuri meets several times during the revolution, from the crowded Moscow to the ice cold Ural mountains, but no matter what, the revolution will always find them.

Doctor Zhivago is without a doubt a very beautiful film, with all it's sets, costumes and landscapes, and the thought of how big the russian empire is, makes it even more breathtaking. Well that was my immediate reaction after I saw it the first time. But after years of watching other russian films by Eisenstein and Tarkovsky, Doctor Zhivago seems now like romance pocket books, with to many love cliches, and Omar Sharif's over the top theatrical facial expression, who was terribly miscast in the lead. The Magic is gone. And I can't lie when I say that the first hour of the film was so boring, and to long for character buildings, which could have been shorter, and I don't care if it's all in the book.

But what I liked about this movie, is still the things I was impressed by the first time. The beautiful cinematography, the landscapes, costumes, the art direction and Julie Christie. So my conclusion is that this movie is simply eye candy, with the right romantic tone and conflicts. So if I had to chose some one to recommend it to, it would have been the ones who haven't seen any russian movies, and since Zhivago follows pretty much a safe recipe, it's a good start for more breathtaking adventures about the mysterious and the majestic country called, Russia. Thumbs up.
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Becket 1964,  PG-13)
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Lawrence of Arabia 1962,  PG)
Lawrence of Arabia
Wikipedia: An epic is a genre of film that emphasizes human drama on a grand scale, and that's the perfect description of David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia. The mighty endless desert that the we who don't live there finds trulley amazing, all the marvelous pictures, the best cinematography. It's amazing how David Lean was able to make such a masterpiece. most of all we must not forget the actors like Alec Guinnes, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif and most of all the young Peter O'Toole is one of the best preformances of all time as the anti-hero, half-god T.E. Lawrence.
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The Guns of Navarone 1961,  PG)
The Guns of Navarone
A good thrilling, easy going war film.
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Spartacus 1960,  PG-13)
Spartacus
A great Kubrick movie, A great story
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Ben-Hur 1959,  G)
Ben-Hur
it was a good movie, i truly understand why this was the best movie 1959. a truly classic.
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The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957,  PG)
The Bridge on the River Kwai
It's no doubt that this film is a classic, but when i watched it for the second time, it wasn't so exciting as the first time, when I thought it was one of the greatest movie ever made with the great preformance by sir Alec Guinness, but the second time I though it was some how a both dramatic and comedy preformance, and when he takes totally control over the build of the bridge, and ask for tea and scones. Sessue Hayakawa also made a great believable preformance. the only thing I didn't like about the second time was because of the shoot who was mostly to long to watch. it's overall a good must see movie.
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Around the World in 80 Days 1956,  G)
Around the World in 80 Days
Good and entertaining.
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East of Eden 1955,  PG)
East of Eden
a great movie. R.I.P. James Dean. who died only 24 years old.
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On the Waterfront 1954,  Unrated)
On the Waterfront
a great classic movie.
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A Place in the Sun 1951,  Unrated)
A Place in the Sun
an Amazing movie, with a great story, great actors and a great director.
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The Best Years of Our Lives 1946,  Unrated)
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The Song of Bernadette 1943,  Unrated)

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