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(My Most Favorite Movie Of All Time) A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) travels to the moon to check out the discovery of a strange object on the moon's surface: a black monolith. As the sun's rays strike the stone, however, it emits a piercing, deafening sound that fills the investigators' headphones and stops them in their path. Cutting ahead 18 months, impassive astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) head toward Jupiter on the spaceship Discovery, their only company three hibernating astronauts and the vocal, man-made HAL 9000 computer running the entire ship. When the all-too-human HAL malfunctions, however, he tries to murder the astronauts to cover his error, forcing Bowman to defend himself the only way he can. Free of HAL, and finally informed of the voyage's purpose by a recording from Floyd, Bowman journeys to "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite," through the psychedelic slit-scan star-gate to an 18th century room, and the completion of the monolith's evolutionary mission.With assistance from special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull, Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most "realistic" depictions of outer space ever seen, greatly advancing cinematic technology for a story expressing grave doubts about technology itself. Starring, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain , Leonard Rossiter , Margaret Tyzack , Robert Beatty , Sean Sullivan. Directed by one of the Top 5 best directors of all time, Stanley Kubrick. Nominated for JUST 4 Oscars, Best Director, Original Screenplay, Art Direction and Special effects. it SHOCKINGLY just won 1 Oscar, for Best Visual Effects. how on earth does it got just 4 Nominations? if Titanic can get 13 why can't this? as mentioned in the very first line, this is my most favorite movie of all time right now among the movies i have seen. definitely one of the most well known, discussed and groundbreaking movie of all time. a phenomenal movie that is so much ahead of its time. i was a bit not sure how will i take this movie since many movie lovers think its boring and lame with no dialogues and plot. but non of these things bothered me at all. i am so surprised i wen't through this movie without a slightest hesitation. there have been times when i saw a movie while forcing myself to like it but nothing like that happened here. it had this profound effect on me, i was really drawn into this movie, it was like a greatest adventure for me to watch this movie. i can watch this movie over and over and love it every time. for a movie of 1968 to show such things with such greatness is shocking and a miracle to me, unbelievable. this is an epic Sci Fi film of all time, the very best. it laid the foundation of modern Sci Fi movies with everything so perfect and outstanding that it can put a modern Sci Fi special effect movie to shame. this movie deals with elements of technology, artificial intelligence and extra terrestrial life but more importantly human evolution. the scientific accuracy and the visual imagery is so open that it looks very surreal, unique narration with minimum use of dialogues. this movie has a very less use of dialogues but enough to be understand. the best thing about this movie is it does not depend on dialogues, you have the visuals that is more than enough to make you understand whats going on in the movie while even more than that, your imagination, your vision is put to test here. i even for once wasn't puzzled or confused with anything. it was easily understandable for me, don't know why people think opposite of it. for 25 minutes or so it has no dialogues, then in many other places you will hear no human voice. it begins with a rather not so necessary scene that lasts almost 20 minutes. apes like early humans are shown as the slowly learns to use bones as a tool for killing others. while many viewers thing it is unnecessary scene, i think it is one of the most important and best explaining scene in the history. i am not gonna go into details of this movie because it would make my review very long, just minor story details. we see the monolith that was earlier seen in the apes scene after the scientists arrives to see the TMA-1. the monolith has to be one of the most scary and mysteriously creepy thing i have ever seen in a movie. then there is Jupiter mission where we meet the famous genius computer HAL 9000 who as we all know is a famous figure. i think that part wasn't develop well, i mean i didn't felt much connection with HAL, that is the only place in the whole movie where the lack of dialogues should have been avoided. he should have been develop more. as he turns villainous against the 2 scientists, those has to be one of the best scenes of villainy i have ever seen. towards the end, the part is called Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite which is were the movie finally ends as the Bowman leaves Discovery One in an EVA pod and finds another monolith in orbit around the planet, that scared me like hell as i knew the worst is about to happen know. we then see unusual colors and patterns as he passes through the vast never ending space. that is a very crazy scene. the ending was very weird and quite effective for me, though i still don't understand the actual meaning of it or the philosophy behind i but i found it shockingly interesting and jaw dropping. one of the best special effects and visuals ever. extremely well done and quite ahead of its time. art direction was brilliantly done. everything else like sounds and other technical things were brilliant too. nice editing and a great screenplay which stands as one of the best screenplay ever written for a sci fi movie. great story and plot though many people think it lacks a plot but i think it has many plots. great score and music. the score has to be one of the most scariest music i have ever heard in my life. it made such a haunting, lonely and creepy effect effect on the movie. i was literally scared. nice performances though nothing great as human characters weren't the primarily focus. superb direction. i was thrilled by this movie and scared too. my heart was pounding so hard even after the movie, i am still thinking about it and i will for the rest of my life. one of the best time i had watching a movie, never boring for me. a MUST WATCH for the art movies lovers like me, though general popcorn sci fi fans will hate it, but a general GOOD movies fan like me will love it.
Francis Ford Coppola's legendary continuation and sequel to his landmark 1972 film, The Godfather, parallels the young Vito Corleone's rise with his son Michael's spiritual fall, deepening The Godfather's depiction of the dark side of the American dream. In the early 1900s, the child Vito flees his Sicilian village for America after the local Mafia kills his family. Vito (Robert De Niro) struggles to make a living, legally or illegally, for his wife and growing brood in Little Italy, killing the local Black Hand Fanucci (Gastone Moschin) after he demands his customary cut of the tyro's business. With Fanucci gone, Vito's communal stature grows, but it is his family (past and present) who matters most to him -- a familial legacy then upended by Michael's (Al Pacino) business expansion in the 1950s. Now based in Lake Tahoe, Michael conspires to make inroads in Las Vegas and Havana pleasure industries by any means necessary. As he realizes that allies like Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg) are trying to kill him, the increasingly paranoid Michael also discovers that his ambition has crippled his marriage to Kay (Diane Keaton) and turned his brother, Fredo (John Cazale), against him. Barely escaping a federal indictment, Michael turns his attention to dealing with his enemies, completing his own corruption. i am going to give this movie a 5 stars too like Godfather 1 as to me it is as good as the first but with few changes. movie becomes lesser violent and less with twists and turns but gets heavy and thick on plot. we see the past and the present. this is the Best sequel for a movie in the history ever.a masterpiece like the first, an artistic achievement. i really like them and they are entirely different from any other mafia movies ever. they have there own unique story and plot and on the top of that unique style of film making. this movie was far more longer than the first but that is what makes it epic. not a single empty moment, something is happening every time. it was more slower than the first one and some people may have problem with it more slow moving plot but still a movie that is worth of the place it has in the cinematic history. this was and is the first movie sequel in the history of Oscars to win Best Picture. this epic movie was nominated for 11 Oscars winning 6 Oscars including, Best Picture, Director, Adapted screenplay, Dramatic Original Score, Art Direction and Actor in a Supporting Role Robert De Niro. other nominations were Actor In A Lead Role Al Pacino, Actor in a Supporting Role Michael V. Gazzo, Actor In A Supporting Role Lee Strasberg, Actress In A Supporting Role Talia Shire and Costumes Design. again Francis Ford Coppola gave a direction to remember. such a masterful work, excellent direction by this genius. Screenplay was excellent written. plot was breathtaking, again as i said even with less violence and twists and turns as the first still. everything was perfect, cinematography, art direction costumes editing. just a superb work. Al Pacino delivered one of the best performance an actor ever did, one of the best performance i have seen on screen. he truly is the king of mafia movies and this movie series the mother of all modern gangster movies. Al Pacino was breathtakingly superb in it. i wished he should have won the Oscar, he totally deserved it. amazing performance. Robert De Niro who plays the young Vito Corleone was amazing too, outstanding performance by him too. he sounded so much like him everything was perfect but to be honest Al Pacino takes the lead here. the other actors performed exceedingly well too, like Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, John Cazale , Lee Strasberg , Talia Shire , Danny Aiello , John Aprea , Carmen Argenziano and others. superb performances. this movie features the rise of Michael Corleone in the underworld but his spiritual downfall, he ends up doing what he said and thought he wouldn't ever. then there is the past of Vito Corleone shown which was so good to see. carried off quite well by director. this is an outstanding movie and i don't need to recommend it to you since you might have seen it.