Friday, March 24, 2006

Some Classics

Past few days, I’ve seen some excellent movies …

BLACK & WHITE
1. Dr Strangelove
2. One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest
3. The Raging Bull
4. Seven Samurai
5. Some Like It Hot
6. Citizen Kane
7. 12 Angry Men
8. To Kill A Mocking Bird

Technicolor:
9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
10. The Clockwork Orange


[1] Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Black & White - 1964

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Peter Setllers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden
Brilliant movie!!!!
One of the best satires I’ve ever seen …
Kubrick turned a nuclear holocaust into a black comedy

[2] One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Black & White – 1975

Director: Milos Forman
Cast: Jack Nicholson [as McMurphy] , Louise Fletcher [The nurse]…
also featuring very young looking Danny DeVito, with a curious name “Martini”

Jack Nicholson brilliantly plays Randall Patrick McMurphy, an ex-con, who fakes being mentally insane, to enter the institution and avoid time in jail. McMurphy got the lobtomy at the very end..The movie is hilarious, tragic, chilling, disturbing and very poignant.

Based on a novel by Ken Kesey “ Cuckoo’s Nest” which he wrote in 1962;
from his experiences working at a veterans hospital. The movie version of the of the novel swept the 1974 Academy Awards … [ best actor, best actress, best director, and best picture, Best [adapted] screenplay ]

Along with "It Happened one night" and "Silence of the Lambs" this movie received the main 5 Oscars: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay

[3] Raging Bull
Black & White - 1980

Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci
Based on life of Jake la Motta – true story

A biographical film about the middleweight champ, Jake LaMotta.
Jake La Motta was consultant for the film.

Robert de Niro, won the Best Actor Academy Award.
He actually learned to box for the film, and did all the boxing scenes himself without using a stunt double. He gained 60 pounds to play LaMotta, which was an all-time record at the time (later beaten by Vincent D'Onofrio, who gained 70 pounds for Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket").

Scorsese and De Niro's partnership over the years has resulted in some of the best movies of all time: "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "The King of Comedy," "Goodfellas", "Casino” & “The Raging Bull”.

[4] Seven Samurai
Black & White - 1954

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Excellent movie but too long ...

[5] The Clockwork Orange [1971]
Directed by Stanley Kubrick - A very disturbing movie ...
but extremely absorbing and thought provoking!

2 Comments:

At 24 March, 2006 13:37, Blogger Artful Badger said...

I have seen Clockwork Orange as well. It is crazy. Actually, it tends to make a little more sense if you read the book first.
I used to once have an id called 'old_kubricks_droog'

 
At 24 March, 2006 13:48, Blogger Intern said...

Ramani-
I quite loved "The Clockwork Orange" ...
In fact all Kubrick movies leaves a very *strange* kind of an effect ... keeps me engrossed in the storyline for a while .. Like Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove ... all are masterpieces ...

Talking about your ID...
what the hell is "zaphod-da-bronx "????

 

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