2001: A Space Odyssey

September 19, 2009
2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

One line review: FETUS!

Movie Title: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Actors: Keri Duella, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain

Director: Stanley Kubrik

Year: 1968

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: Netflix Online

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No one

Rotten Tomatoes: 96% – One of the most influential of all sci-fi films — and one of the most controversial — Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 is a delicate, poetic meditation on the ingenuity — and folly — of mankind.

My rating:  ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least):

Every warning you’ve heard about this movie is true. It’s long, it’s very slow paced, and the true plot of 2001 is difficult to figure out without someone explaining it to you. While there are tons of beautiful shots of space and unique perspective shots, those beautiful shots also drag the movie’s pacing down. This movie is the granddaddy of all SciFi, and thus has earned itself respect. On top of that, it’s a movie that has an incredibly powerful message from beginning to end. Unfortunately I needed someone to explain that message, as I was clueless from beginning to end.

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September 13, 2009

One line review: Rodney Dangerfield = Happiness

Movie Title: Caddyshack

Actors: Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray

Director: Harold Ramis

Year: 1980

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: Netflix Online

Location of Viewing: Waiting Room of Hospital and Home

Viewing with: No one

Rotten Tomatoes: 76% – Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.

My rating:  **** – A Legendary movie, but with some flaws

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): Thank God for Rodney Dangerfield. I honestly feel that without him this movie would have been just okay, but every time Dangerfield was on the screen I was either giggling or laughing out loud. Something about his face, his mannerisms just makes me smile. While I understand the purpose of Bill Murray, I didn’t enjoy the low brow and slap stick humor he provided. Chevy Chase’s character didn’t feel like it was meant to be laugh a minute funny so much as one-liner funny. I suppose the end result is three characters combining different comedic styles to make an awesome movie.

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101 Movies I Need to See

September 12, 2009

I have never been a film buff.  Movies never really caught my eye, and I have missed many that are considered classics, especially movies that were simply released before I was born. After years of hearing people gasp or moan at the movies I had never seen, I decided to make a list.

After consulting friends, family, and coworkers, that list has swelled up to over 600 movies, however, I’ve chosen the cream of the crop.

The 101 Movies I Need to See:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Christmas Story
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
American Graffiti (1973)
American Psycho
Animal House
Apocalypse Now
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Big (1988)
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Blazing Saddles
Boondock Saints
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Cannonball Run
Casino Royale
Citizen Kane
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Die Hard
Dirty Harry (1971)
Dr. Strangelove
Dracula (1931)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
El Mariachi
Enter the Dragon
Evil Dead
First Blood
Frankenstein (1931)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Full Metal Jacket
Good Will Hunting
Goodfellas (1990)
High Noon (1952)
History of the World Part I
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Interview with a Vampire
Johnny Dangerously
Kill Bill Vol 1
Kill Bill Vol 2
Lethal Weapon
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Man on Fire
Million Dollar Baby
Napolean Dynamite
Nightmare on Elm Street
Once Upon A Time In The West
Platoon (1986)
Police Academy
Princess Bride
Pulp Fiction
Rambo III
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Reservoir Dogs
Revenge of the Nerds
Rocky I
Saving Private Ryan
Scarface (1983)
Schindler’s List
Shawshank Redemption
Silence of the Lambs
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
Superman II
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Blues Brothers
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Exorcist
The Godfather
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
The Goonies
The Rock
Top Gun
Unforgiven (1992)
Wayne’s World
Young Frankenstein

I plan to watch two movies a week, making this a year long project just to get started.  I’ll be posting my opinions on all of these classics as I go. We’ll see if they deserve their place.

If you have any suggestions to add to my list, feel free to give it. Just realize it will probably go on the BIG list of 600 movies. Also realize these are movies I need to see, ones that I didn’t catch in my lifetime. So ones I’ve already seen like Austin Powers, Back to the Future, Terminator, and Fight Club don’t make the list as I’ve seen them already.

My rating: Let me explain my rating system first for this little list. Since these are all supposed to be fantastic movies, the ratings are a bit different.
* – 1 star – A Bad Movie
** – 2 star – An Okay Movie
*** – 3 Star – A Great Movie, but undeserving of it’s Legendary status
**** – 4 Star – A Legendary movie, but with some flaws
***** – 5 Star – A Perfect Movie

Here we go…