My Cinema Heroes
A list of films that contain my heroes from film. Whether a protagonist or antagonist, a love interest or just a plot device, at least one character from each of these movies has helped shape my life.
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Smokey and the Bandit 1977, PG)
Nominated for an Oscar for Film Editing, this one has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Burt Reynolds is brilliant as Bo "Bandit" Darville, the role originally intended for Jerry Reed. Jackie Gleason improvises his way through into some fairly hairy moments. For the accolades about the editing and the talents on display from the actors, the real stand out for this movie for me is the soundtrack. Jerry Reed was an amazing guitarist and a great singer, but his songwriting is pitch perfect for this movie. East Bound And Down fits in the chase scenes incredibly well with a right balance of country sensibility and bluegrass beat for a high speed chase across multiple state lines. A classic of no-brain good-time movies.
Alfie 1966, PG)
BASEketball 1998, R)
Saving Private Ryan 1998, R)
Dazed and Confused 1993, R)
Where do I start? I love this movie so much. Having a cast where you can look at most of the main players and say "Hey, that's soandso from whatsisface" can sometimes be a killer for a movie, but this one was full of unknowns that struck it big later (Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Renée Zellwegger, Milla Jovovich, etc). The casting is top notch with every single person pitching in to make this movie a ripper. Wiley Wiggins as Mitch Kramer is a let down, however , constantly playing with his hair or looking sheepish until it gets to the point where I want to give him a buzz cut and a sit down.
Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella) 1997, PG-13)
Amazing film. Timeless. Well deserving of all of its accolades and more. Benigni's masterpiece juggles the comedy, tragedy and romance equally well as director, actor and script writer. Everything about this movie is perfect to me. Moments of sheer happiness, dejection, empathy, love and loss all blend into a seamless landscape of wartime Italy. This movie will stick in your head and change your life.
The Dark Crystal 1982, PG)