Coup-de-maître (Part One)

The Godfather trilogy remains as one of the best made trilogies ever!! The name Francis Ford Coppola is immortalised in history for producing these three powerful pieces of work. Definetely one of my favourite films of all times! The direction, casting, acting and story telling is par excellence!

“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire”. Those who haven’t seen Schindler’s List and yet go around confessing to the world that they are a “movie-buff”, ought to be immersed in boiling water, stripped naked in a hot desert and be chased by leopards and vipers endlessly. A masterpiece by the genius of film making!

This movie has made me think about vanity in this world. Reminded me of King Solomon and his discourses on life and vanity. George Orson Welles proves that he a man of many talents! This masterpiece is so ahead of its times that seing it even in 2008 makes you feel that it must have just released last month!! A must view for every film buff.

“Hope is a good thing”. Whenever I think of giving up on anything in life; this movie seems to strengthen me no matter how tough things seem to be. Morgan Freeman is just awesome. Frank Darabont’s best work till date.

I saw this movie in my early teens and I was so touched and moved by Tom Hanks that I would sit and weep for days whenever I thought of people like the character himself. Amazing movie, great story telling accompanied by a great soundtrack! Robert Zemeckis is a wonderful story teller. Taught me to appreciate special people in whichever condition they are.

Talking about Robert Zemeckis, one always seems to think of the movie ‘Cast Away’. Brilliant performances by the lead actors. Tom Hanks truly remains one of the most gifted actors in the history of popular cinema. Teaches one in length about loneliness and survival.

This movie belongs to Jack Nicholson! Great acting and great directing backed by an awesome script. I laugh my guts out whenever I see Sir Jack Nicholson delivering this dialogue “Never interrupt me, okay? Not if there’s a fire, not even if you hear the sound of a thud from my home, and one week later there’s a smell coming from there that can only be a decaying human body, and you have to hold a hanky to your face because the stench is so thick that you think you’re gonna faint. Even then, don’t come knocking. Or, if it’s election night, and you’re excited and you wanna celebrate because some fudge-packer that you date has been elected the first queer president of the United States and he’s going to have you down to Camp David. And you want someone to share the moment with. Even then, don’t knock, not on this door. Not for ANY reason. Do you get me, sweetheart?”

After Schindler’s List, Life is Beautiful is the second best movie that captures the fear, shock and depression of the Holocaust in a very different and positive manner. Only Roberto Benigni could have come up with something like this. He forces us to affirm that life is indeed beautiful. Great story, great cinematography!! A must watch!

Wild Strawberries is Sir Ingmar Bergman’s most humane work!! I completely identified with the old widower who embarks on a journey of self discovery. Helps us to see what life is worth and how precious the “present” is, though one always tends to think of the past. A brilliant example of simple story telling that could leave you thinking for the rest of your life!

Bicycle Thief is Italian neorealist film making at its peak!! Very touching film by Vittorio De Sica. Surprisingly it took this 1948 film to convince me about certain truths of our otherwise well mannered society!! A masterpiece!

Right now Im taking a break due to time constraints, but a lot more to come!


~ by rb on July 10, 2008.

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