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Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Donnie Darko is a mysterious, twisted, exhilarating yet GENIUS piece of art and cinema. It combines the essence of a confused teenage life, with the psychotic sense of salvation and paranoia. The director's cut goes in some more depth than the theatrical version, but in my opinion, it's doesn't kill off the movie's general message.
Donnie Darko is a confused adolescent, who sees a large, creepy looking bunny rabbit named Frank who orders him to do terrible things. When I first heard of the plot, I was expecting a film about a fucked up sociopath teenager who kills people and has this sort glory from doing so. It wasn't like that. What I got was much better.
The film's climax is very confusing, but if you think about it after maybe the second or third showing, you understand what's going on, and it's amazing when you think it through. The film dives in through the different events unfolding to the climax and it leaves you both confused yet completely satisfied.
Donnie Darko is one of those films where you have to watch it again and again to fully understand it and enjoy it to its max.
100% excellent.

Eyes Wide Shut
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Eyes Wide Shut is Stanley Kubrick's last film about a New York doctor and his adventure during a night of confusion. The film in all is very well shot, it's nice and smooth. It's Stanley Kubrick, his films are all to the bone for perfection. He was a perfectionist, and as always, he wanted his film to be picture-perfect. Frequently, Kubrick uses this very stylish type of lighting in his interior scenes were all the color is so bright and elegant, it's almost surreal. He has a talent for his shots and his general directing which makes his films extraordinary.
Now he takes a big turn in career when he makes Eyes Wide Shut, a very sexual and very misunderstood film. Lots of the scenes in the movie could more or less be enhanced, re-shot scenes from a porno. You might think that Kubrick is a downright pervert for adding all this sexual energy and psychology into the film and attempting to make a decent plot out of all of it. But the film is a gem and it's totally different.
At many points in the film, there are slow parts. Considerably, the lines in the dialogue being picked at very slowly and monotonously, as a way to make sure that they get into your head for the movie. For me, it got kind of annoying. The pace of the movie can be very bipolar, but it doesn't get boring. There's lots of slow shots, with lots of scenery and things happening during them. Kubrick guarantees the viewer a sometimes overlong continuous shot of the place the scene's at, which is a direct skill he's had since 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Eyes Wide Shut can be a confusing film, which means you have to think. You have to think hard, behind the sexual nature of the film, and see what the film is really trying to say. When you look at it like that, the film brings a very raw, but very true message. Lust is something everyone feels, and this is pretty much a theme in the film. It's confusion, being lost, and sex being a narrow passage out from all the shit that's happening.
I read a couple of months ago that Kubrick hated the final version of the film, and he felt like he failed in some way. It's ironic that he wasn't too confident about his film, yet lots of people ended up loving it. Maybe Tom Cruise's infamous reputation for changing things up in the story had something to do with it.
Compared to Kubrick's other films, Eyes Wide Shut is not as strong and less memorable in a sense. But as a film in general, comparing it to all the stuff that comes out today, it's a true work of art.

Natural Born Killers
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Natural Born Killers is a compilation of the 90's eventful times of violence and raids, and people's reactions to the shocking things happening on TV. It was a controversial time, and it obviously inspired Tarantino to create this story. Although his name on his the credits, he didn't write the screenplay or direct the film. If he did, the movie would undoubtedly be SO much better.
This is one of those movies where I couldn't appreciate too much because the style of directing and flow of the story is so out there, I couldn't understand too it too well. The shots are black and white, different colors, and the camera has a tendency to twirl around a lot, at its attempt to take you into the paranoia and nausea of violence.
Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis play Micky and Mallory, a couple that resorts their free time to killing and causing complete chaos. They were good in this movie, no doubt about it, but actors can't save a bad movie.
The movie was all over the place, with scenes that made no sense and strangely executed dialogue.
Most people like this movie because it shows people's reaction to fits of violence and how the actual killers live their lives. The film is odd and may be need an acquired taste, but for me, it's just a mess.

American Beauty
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

One word to describe this film: Beautiful.
American Beauty is definitely a work of art with the amazing acting, story, directing and characters. Everything is rich in the movie which makes it one of the greatest movies of all time. Not only is the film something that everyone can connect to, it's a testament of an honest and confused father and husband who tries to get through the last days of his life in peace and at ease.
Kevin Spacey plays a flawless role and Lester Burnham, a bored, monotonous-type pervert kind of guy. Not only is he hated by his daughter, his own wife doesn't give him too much attention either. His mind wanders off in its own psychological type of way, and it leads him to obsess about his daughter's best friend, Angela Hayes. You can't blame him completely for his odd feelings for a girl less than half his age. He's got a daughter who gives him shit, and a wife who shows him no love.
Every main character in the movie, Lester, his wife, his daughter, Angela, Ricky and his parents are one of the most richest characters to be put in a film. And they're all perfectly crafted in the film so that they're lives are not only immensely interesting, but completely honest and true.
American Beauty is a film that will be remembered for as long as cinema takes us and it deserves all the recognition is gets because it's THAT good.
Too bad Sam Mendes' future films cannot be compared to his amazing debut.
Also: in my opinion, this is the best debut film I've ever seen for a director.

Chinatown (1974)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm so sorry to say this, but this is one of those films where I wished I liked it, let alone love it, but in reality and in all honesty, I found the movie kinda...dull.
Roman Polanski is a master director and is definitely on any movie fan's top 10. My personal favorite film of his is Rosemary's Baby, but Chinatown is still renowned as one of his best films. Everything about the movie works in some weird way. You have Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, shining on the screen as some awesome characters. And nothing was wrong about their acting.
The screenplay is great too, with some classic lines. The story is great and the direction is great.
Why can't I like this movie?
I don't know why, honestly. I was on the verge of falling asleep, which is something I never do for classics like this. But I just found the storyline to be going places and the pace very up and down.
An overrated classic.