Hello everyone! Meet the sequel to our best one hundred masterpieces of cinematography of all times and peoples! So, we start wisely as always. Therefore, the first film in this collection we put Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
By the way: if you haven't read our first and second parts of the Top 100 Films review .
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", which the creators originally wanted to call "Eternal Sunshine of Passion" combines elements of a mind-blowing psychological thriller and an epic unforgettable romantic drama. Filmed in 2004 by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman, the film won numerous awards, including an Oscar for Best Screenplay, and is also included in the IMDb Best Films list.
The film was generally received warmly by critics, with only a few exceptions. It is sometimes called pseudo-intellectual, another artifact from Charlie Kaufman. But here it is up to the viewer to choose whether to agree that this is a "toy" from Charlie and at the same time enjoy watching or simply not pay attention to the battles of film critics and watch your favorite movie. Moreover, as a basis, one might say, the love story of Pierre Abelard himself to his beloved Eloise was taken. From the poem by Alexander Pope (1717) "Eloise Abelard" the real title of the film was borrowed:
"Wonderful is the lot of earthly virgins -
Forgotten by the world, the world has forgotten about them!
The radiance of an eternally pure mind.
Prayers accepted - riddle solved!
Yes, and also for fans of Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. You will see your favorite characters in the role of forever lovers, and those who do not believe that Jim Carrey can play non-comedic roles are welcome. He is a very talented drama actor.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
"The Shawshank Redemption" - how much has been said and written about this film. Since its release, it has topped all the charts, often overtaking such acclaimed Hollywood masterpieces as Citizen Kane, Forrest Gump or the French movie The Rules of the Game.
The film seemed to burst into all the lists of the best films, although immediately after its release in 1994, it seemed to be watched, not noticed. The great critics did not pay enough attention to him. Of course, there were so many good films that year, including Forrest Gump itself.
But gradually, month after month, year after year, Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" based on the novel by Stephen King has won its central position and now there is hardly a single self-respecting movie fan who would not have watched "The Shawshank Redemption".
Tim Robbins, as a banker accused of murdering his wife and her lover, who is serving his time in prison, eventually decides to escape.
The film, which received as many as 7 Oscar nominations, including the nomination was awarded to Morgan Freeman for Best Actor. Filming took place at Mansfield Prison in Mansfield. In 142 minutes you will see a story about the incredible strength of the human spirit, great faith in oneself and fearlessness that will hardly leave anyone indifferent.
Die Hard (1988)
John McClain (Bruce Willis) is a police officer who is going to a Christmas party, but instead he will have to rescue the hostages who were captured by German terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) in the skyscraper where this very party took place.
The story of casting for the main role in this film is known. Who was not invited: Sylvester Stallone, and Harrison Ford, and Richard Gere, even Arnold Schwarzenegger, but all of them for some reason refused to take the lead role in the film, so luck smiled at the previously little-known TV series actor Bruce Willis and this film began his triumphant march up the ladder of Hollywood fame.
The film is based on the book "Nothing Lasts Forever" by Roderick Thorpe. It was one of the first Western, Hollywood films that could be watched in video salons in the late 1980s in the USSR. Later, several sequels of the film were released, where you can also see Bruce Willis in the lead role, but surrounded by a different team of actors. The directors have changed, new generations of viewers have grown up, and "Die Hard" has never been cracked.
Glittering Saddles (1974)
"Glittering Saddles" is perhaps the most daring work of director Mel Brooks. By the way, in the film he acts not only as a director, but also as an actor. This is a sparkling satire on racism in America and, as a consequence, a parody of the Western genre, where the main role is assigned to Gene Wilder.
Mel Brooks is known for parodying every genre of cinema that is on the screen. He is a master of farce. Unfortunately, it is less known in USA, but in the USA the descendant of Jewish immigrants from the Vilnius province enjoys the well-deserved fame of the "king of parodies". Before becoming one, the future "king" played the drum at Buddy Rich, which you probably know from the equally famous movie "Obsession", released in 2014.
And "Glittering Saddles" will entertain you with such sparkling dialogues:
"- Thoughts rush in my brain in a rapid stream and rush in a cascade of brilliant stratagems.
- To burst me, Mr. Lamar, you wield your tongue more dexterous than any prostitute! "
Mulholland Drive (2001)
For gourmets of cinematography, David Lynch brought something completely new in 2001, a surreal psychological thriller, scripted by Lynch himself and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring and Justin Theroux.
Fans of Angelo Badalamenti will be able to enjoy the soundtrack to the film. After all, almost all of it was written by a composer who constantly collaborates with Lynch. Lynch fans will be interested to know that the director has received the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Director and an Oscar nomination.
Another surprising fact about Mulholland Drive is that it was conceived as the first episode of a television series, but eventually turned into an independent film, where David Lynch, as always, will surround the viewer with riddles that are not so easy find the answer.
There is no movie like Mulholland Drive. In it, the aesthetics of a dream, encrypted narrative and black humor, all this taken together seems to raise new boundaries of cinema, destroying the existing ones forever.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Christopher Nolan not only makes war movies like Dunkirk, but he is also famous for his super popular 2008 film The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger and Christian Bale starred as Joker and Batman, respectively. The second Batman movie took the genre to new heights, dark heights, and made it take it seriously.
Heath Ledger received an Oscar posthumously for his role in this film. It turned out symbolically and at the same time mystically frightening. It is known that the actor sat alone for days on end in his hotel room and developed gestures, facial expressions and voice intonations so that they differed from the Joker Jack Nicholson. Heath settled on the role of Alex from A Clockwork Orange in Stanley Kubrick's film, and watching this role greatly helped the actor to create a unique image of the new Joker.
The film was shot in four cities: Chicago, London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. In the world tops among the most popular films "The Dark Knight" consistently ranks in the top 10 films of the last 100 years.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
"Pulp Fiction" in the genre of Quentin Tarantino's black comedy has changed the view of cinema. Tarantino has loaded many cinematic references of various genres into the blender and mixed everything so lightly, as if effortlessly into one new film, that the viewer is lost in guessing where the director gets these new solutions, new ideas.
The same technique of showing the storyline in the "wrong" order is by no means new in the world of cinema, it was used by the creators of the "New Wave" in France, where Jean-Luc Godard was at the forefront. This technique is also known from Kubrick's film "Murder".
But not only the director's talent and artistic discoveries put this film on a pedestal, the acting work of John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson and many other actors make "Pulp Fiction" really attractive for viewers, that they want to revise it over and over again, when there is time not only to enjoy the visual appeal of the picture, but also to reflect on its meaning.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The iconic film by Francis Ford Coppola is the image of the Vietnam War that the director managed to capture forever. It's hard to watch and even harder to film. As Coppola himself said: "I am sure I created a work of art and could not have done better."
Everyone knows the name of the director and that he wrote the script for the film, but the fact that the story of Joseph Conrad "Heart of Darkness" was taken as a basis is known to few. Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen played their vivid roles in the 1979 film, and Harrison Ford and Scott Glenn appeared in episodic roles.
The idea for the film came to the director many years before the film was released. Back in the 60s, Coppola worked on the development of the script for the film. In the early 70s, he offered George Lucas to direct this project, but he refused. Then Coppola decided to shoot the film on his own and entirely using his own funds, which he earned during the distribution of The Godfather. Thus, he gained complete control over the creative process and the film turned out to be really strong, the way a real film about the horrors of war should be.
Tokyo Tale (1953)
Yasujiro Ozu's masterpiece "Tokyo Tale" tells the story of an aging couple, the lives of their children and the conflict between generations. This movie is unforgettable.
Perhaps this film should be recommended to more mature viewers, because it has neither special effects (after all, it was 1953 in the yard), nor the melodrama or pathos that attracts so often, but it very clearly shows the philosophy of the East, where there is no division into good and bad, but everything has its place, its meaning, and life, whatever it may be, should go on as usual.
Let the film show the story of the generational change, but no matter how the Western viewer tries to interpret the film in line with the bitterness of loneliness and loss, if you carefully watch the film, then nothing of this is in it. On the contrary, it emphasizes the idea of "everything flows, everything changes" and one generation will be replaced by another, and life will continue its measured pace, like the clock hands in the film's finale and a train passing in the distance, flying towards Tokyo.
Jim Jarmusch and Robert Ebert have always ranked this film as one of the 10 best ever made.
It breaks my heart to watch Maximus (Russell Crowe) make his way from slave to gladiator and wait for the moment to take revenge on the domineering and insidious ruler of Rome, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), who killed Maximus' family and destroyed the general's chances to become the head of Rome.
Hans Zimmer's soundtrack has become its own masterpiece not to be missed.
In 2001, the film collected as many as 5 Oscars, and director Ridley Scott received nominations for Best Director by Golden Globe, BAFTA, etc.
The slogan of the film, perhaps, better than any criticism, expresses the deep meaning inherent in the film:
“General who became a slave. A slave turned gladiator. The gladiator who challenged the empire. " Life changes, but a person has the right to maintain his honor and will to win. This is what Ridley Scott's monumental film is about, with which we end another top 10 of the Top 100 Films.
See you in the next review.
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