HOW I RATE FILMS:
At a young age I developed a sharp eye for the details of film making noticing the lighting effects, camera techniques, quality of editing, casting, script writing and how well the music combines with the film. I'm sure that makes me sound like a film snob...but that's okay. A film viewer that demonstrates the ability to critic a film logically and fairly is a person that shows good character in my book.
***** Worthy of a Best Picture Nomination
**** A Great Film in Virtually Every Aspect
*** Entertaining & Worth Seeing
** Not Worth Seeing
* Disturbingly Bad
"Until a character becomes a personality it cannot
be believed. Without personality, the character
may do funny or interesting things, but unless
people are able to identify themselves with the
character, its actions will seem unreal. And
without personality, a story cannot ring true
to the audience." - Walter Elias Disney
Betty Gable's break through film. What really impressed me though was the Nicholas Brothers...they have a tap dancing number that blew me away. I'm no dance expert but I don't think Gene Kelley or Fred Astaire could do what they did in this sequence. Overall the films plot is fairly weak and just a vehicle to present lots of musical numbers and several Hollywood stars.
Won 6 Oscars in 1942 including Best Picture. The plot and screenplay are fantastic, centering on a family in a town outside London and how normal life goes on among the chaos as war becomes part of their lives. The director made some very smart choices in this film--one that stood out to me particularly involves the family in their fall out shelter. We experience exactly what the family experiences by being left in the dark without any images of anything happening outside the shelter. This film is a clash of pre-WWII era film with the simple happy family life with violin accompaniment and the harsh reality of war that took film in a new direction. While Mrs. Miniver is the lead character, it became apparent to me that it could also be argued that the town is the main character of this film. Strong character choices were made in the script with a twist of irony. Yankee Doodle Dandy and Pride of the Yankees were also nominated that year.
Roger Ebert Felt that this was the best film of the year...I have no idea why. Honestly, this film absolutely fails to display anything that would help to qualify this as even a good film. There is some interesting discussion to eavesdrop on, but that doesn't make it a good film. The film grade is poor as well as the interaction between the actors and even the waiter. The narration is annoying and virtually unnecessary. In the end it's obvious to me that this should have been somebodies essay rather than a film.
A tragic Shakespearean piece that follows a Japanese rulers misfortunes after he hands power to his oldest son and deals with the jealousy, lack of trust and respect between his three sons and is haunted by his own past.