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The Best Picture Winners with Alex Haines

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The Godfather 1972,  R)
The Godfather
a classic, no no, masterpiece, of cinema. The Godfather is one of those rare movies that is just absolutely perfect in every aspect. I mean, literally everything is top-notch. When you have a cast that includes Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, etc., you've already made a powerful film. A story like this could've been the usual Mafia plot, but it chose to be more than that. I didn't expect Sunny to die halfway through the film. I didn't expect Al Pacino to turn cold. I have never seen better plotting in any other movie before. Copolla's direction is absolutely perfect as well, helping make this one of the best movies ever made, if not the best. With all of these things perfected in an unusually masterful way, it comes together to give arguably my favorite best picture winner ever. The Godfather must be viewed at least once in one's lifetime.
Casablanca 1943,  PG)
wow, this really is one of Hollywood's greatest movies. the greatest love triangle story ever told in a movie. Twilight can go and suck it. the music of the film really captures that, i can't stop humming As Time Goes By. this is the film that has introduced me to Humphrey Bogart, and after this film, well, "Humphrey, i think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Bergman impressed me just as much. i hear she has been in a couple of Hitchcock films as well. i'm going to make sure i check them out. Casablanca is just about perfect, hell i might even say it IS perfect.
Gone With the Wind 1939,  G)
Gone With the Wind
Certainly one of the greatest movies ever made, earning itself the reputation it rightfully deserves. it certainly would've gotten my vote for best picture.

The Civil War half of the film would qualify as a well told war story, with a very beyond it's time Siege of Vicksburg sequence. i liked the descriptions they give us of what happened during the war. it gives you more thrilling action than most modern day films combined.

The Reconstruction half sorta felt a little flat, but it still continued to gain my interest, although ending it at the civil war's finish wouldn't have been a terrible idea, kinda like how even though The Godfather: Part II was just as good as the first, it wouldn't have really been necessary to make. This half was actually kinda sad at times, and it featured a very memorable closing line ("Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.).

My only real complaints about the film are the African American characters. Mammy was the only one that they didn't paint as stupid, or slow. but just about every single black in the film (ex. Pork and Prissy) were dumb or mentally retarded. i also had a problem with when Ashley says to Scarlett that he would've freed all of his slaves when his father died. i found it hard to believe, because if you were from the south in the 19th century, the odds are you're not going to free your slaves.

Despite the film being a little racist, Gone with the Wind is a Hollywood masterpiece. It may not be the greatest, but it sure is one of the greatest.
The Godfather, Part II 1974,  R)
The Godfather, Part II
This film lives up to it's reputation, this film is just as good as the original, neither one is better than the other. I like how it's both a prequel and a sequel to the previous film. It's interesting to see how Vito became the Godfather, and what's happening to Michael roughly 40 years later. I just couldn't believe the ending. I couldn't believe Michael actually DID that. It certainly is one of my favorite sequels, if not my favorite.
Lawrence of Arabia 1962,  PG)
Lawrence of Arabia
Entertaining, thrilling, epic, dramatic. these are all words that would describe this movie. it might be a little long, but this is another Hollywood masterpiece that will never be forgotten, featuring quotable lines ("The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts), breathtaking scenery, and dramatic action, and lets not forget Omar Sharif's first entrance of course.
The Silence of the Lambs 1991,  R)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003,  PG-13)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
if i had to choose a favorite out of the entire trilogy, it would have to be The Return of the King, but i'm not choosing a favorite, so it's not getting the title. I really loved this one, definitely deserving of it's Best Picture Oscar in 2003. The movie gives you an exciting battle that never bores while never forgetting the other storylines as well. My only complaint is the destruction of the Ring sequence. The visuals are great and it is dramatic, but they surely could've thought of a more, well, believable way of destroying the ring. And give me a break, throughout the trilogy, Frodo never gave into the ring, and the only time he ever put it on was only ever by accident or in a life threatening situation, and this ONE TIME when he finally gets the chance to do it, he caves and decides to keep it. THAT was just stupid, plus, even if you don't touch it, you can still die from the lava's heat and smoke. But other than pretty much the entire Destruction of the Ring, everything was just wonderful. The ending with the Grey Havens is one of two of those rare endings that i could barely pull myself together on even after watching it over and over again, the other being the end of Terminator 2. Just an outstanding end to a wonderful trilogy.
Schindler's List 1993,  R)
Ben-Hur 1959,  G)
A film that was 4 hours long, and it still kept my attention the whole time. a Roman era dram-action with breathtaking scenery, epic action (one doesn't forget the chariot race or the sea battle that easily), and a great story. My only trouble with the film that prevented me from giving it a 100% is the ending. It's not that i didn't understand it, but the whole "miracle" thing at the end was just stupid. the disease that Ben-Hur's mother and sister contracted was suppose to kill them, slowly kill them, but kill them none the less. and a cure for that disease wasn't invented until the 1920's. but Jesus takes the disease away. ok, then. perhaps if this sort of stuff happened throughout the film, i'd be ok with it. and technically Jesus was in it for the whole thing, but the story followed Ben-Hur, whose story was realistic (or at least felt realistic), not Jesus. Other than that ending, Ben-Hur was still an entertaining classic that i can rank as one of my favorite films of the 50's.
Platoon 1986,  R)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975,  R)
A Beautiful Mind 2001,  PG-13)
A Beautiful Mind
oh yes, this film is definitely better than The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, rightfully deserving best picture. during the first half of the film, i actually thought that this guy did all of that. i honestly felt sorry for him when i found out that he was mentally ill. This is also the film that really introduces me to Russell Crowe. I honestly didn't realize just how great of an actor he really was until i saw this film.
On the Waterfront 1954,  Unrated)
West Side Story 1961,  PG)
West Side Story
i frankly didn't care for the songs at all. i didn't get why the songs were so popular at all, despite great dancing. the Natalie Wood song "I'm so Pretty" just irritated me. also, the gangs don't look tough at all. i wouldn't expect gang members to dance like ballerinas through the streets. it is in the story, the acting, the plot, and the tragic and effective ending, that i give it a 9 out of 10 stars. The story was a breathtaking, sad adaption of a classic story, and rightfully deserves the Best Picture award. I still prefer Singin' in the Rain (which frankly had better songs), but looking at it in story, i loved it.
Titanic 1997,  PG-13)
i admit, i liked titanic. you would think a 14 year old boy like me wouldn't be interested. but i only saw it because it was said to be good, plus the fact that it won Best Picture of the year in 1997. And i actually kinda liked it, it was sweet, the ending shocked me a bit, the story's a bit cliched, but forgivable thanks to great cinematography and James Cameron period. But i didn't think it deserved that best picture of the year Oscar. I thought there must've been a better movie out there in 1997 even if i can't recall one. but i can't really do anything about it, so i might as well except it.
Dances With Wolves 1990,  PG-13)
Dances With Wolves
i kinda thought it was a little long to be honest, but it might be because i saw the extended version, but i liked the movie none the less. it did have a lot of great action, the buffalo hunt, the indians attacking the Sioux, the Sioux vs. the Union soldiers, definitely an amazing movie
Rocky 1976,  PG)
The King's Speech 2010,  PG-13)
Annie Hall 1977,  PG)
Around the World in 80 Days 1956,  G)

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