Archives for the month of: June, 2014
Girl holding her head looking at the world cup on a screen in a groud in a pub

I don’t even have a team, but I pick one during each game and end up like this!

I know there is no game tonite, but I have a job so I simply can’t watch and review “the Godfather” in one evening. It will require some research on my behalf to give you other snippets than what I think. Besides, we are having a summer party at work. 😉

In the mean time enjoy this post from last Christmas where I, among other examples, re imagine “Bend it Like Beckham” as a Christmas feature.

Or just watch “Bend it Like Beckham”. It is after all the greatest football film of all time, is it not? 😉

 

I will be back next week with the next installment in the ImDb top 250 reviews and we have come as far as number 2, “The Godfather”. Does this movie really deserve to be on the top 250 list? I will watch it again and let you know if it stands the test of time. In the mean time, you can read my review on number 1, “Shawshank Redemption“.

See you next week 😉

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If you only watch one documentary this year. If you can only muster up the courage to see the real world square in the eye once. Then you should watch “Blackfish”.

It will rip your heart out and stomp on it. It will horrify you, make you sad and angry. And the best part is, at the end of the film, there is actually something you can do about it.

It's a beautifully eerie poster that truly empraces the killer side of the killer whale

It’s a beautifully eerie poster that truly embraces the killer side of the killer whale

 

What film is this?

“Black Fish” (Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013) is a documentary about the catching and breeding of killer whales for public display.

The movie takes a look at the history of catching baby killer whales and the subsequent rise in popularity of whale-related entertainment.

The amusement parks, who profit off the whale shows, sugar coat any killer whale aggression. The poor trainers, who only want to do well by the killer wales, have no power to do so. And they get mauled and killed a lot too.

I’m not going to lie, it is a fully fledged subjective documentary. A documentary with an agenda.

Get ready for some of your childhood’s happiest memories to die.

 

Why is it good?

It is good because it made me feel. It made me feel horrible, yes, and like I was responsible for the continued abuse of whales. I do like those killer whale and dolphin shows.

Correction. I did.

You’d almost think the movie is against the killer whale, because it does brand it as an actual killer, unlike amusement parks who like to sell them as cuddly teddy bears that are no threat to humans.

Multiple amateur videos will prove this statement easily.

It is not, however, the killer whales’ fault that they are stuck in a pool together with other annoying and frustrated killer whales. That is on the humans. But the amusement parks can’t let us know that.

For people to keep spending money watching them perform tricks in a paddling pool, they need us to keep believing that. “Look, they love doing tricks! They’re having a great time!”

This film is good because it convinced me and I believe it to speak a truth. Whales and dolphins are not made for captivity.

It convinced me to never go to this kind of park again.

 

The negative comments against the film

The film is obviously very subjective. It is trying to win you over to the cause “Free the killer whales”. And they are very convincing.

They can cry about the subjectivity as much as you want. Sometimes it is needed to make a point.

The difficulty is, where do you draw the line? Does this adhere to all animals in captivity? Even the ones who are born in captivity and are not equipped to survive in the wild? Should we close down all aquariums and zoos and forego the educational and scientific benefits and the care of endangered species that comes with those kinds of institutions?

I say, when the animals attack each other from stress of confinement, then maybe it’s about time we let them out. The priority should be a good life for the animal.

For some animals it can possibly be better to live some place where they get fed regularly, especially in the zoos that have large enclosures where the animals can hide if they want to. For some animals it will never be right.

And obviously, for some killer whales in captivity, it is already too late. For instance Keiko, from the “Free Willy” movies, who was trained to survive the wild, and released, but quickly showed up in Norway wanting human contact.

 

What mood should you be in?

Something gut-wrenching and real. This is not for the fainthearted.

You get to see some harsh found-footage of people being mauled or otherwise hurt by the killer whales. There are no fuzzy patches or cutting the clip before it gets real. You get to see all the footage (at least as far as I know).

It will dig deep down into your bones.

 

Further Watching

I did actually go two ways after watching this film:

1. I watched “The Cove” (2009), a documentary in the same vein as “Black Fish” only from the dolphins’ point of view. Warning: If you watch these two movies in a row, you will get depressed.

2. Then I  watched “Free Willy” (1993) again for the first time in many years. Got some good nostalgic feeling going on. And then it all ends well so yay!

 

What can you do about it?

If this movie ends up touching you, like it did me, and leaves you feeling like you should do something, you can sign this petition from Save Japan Dolphins, an organisation that works towards banning the capture of dolphins and whales for public display.

After you have signed, you can pledge to yourself never to go to a park that has dolphin or whale shows. The only thing that will ever stop this business for good is if there is no demand for shows like this.

If we don’t pay money to see it, they make no money. Easy.

I have pledged.

And I loved those shows as a kid. Damn the bastards for making me love watching them and thinking they loved it.

 

Killer whales the way I want to see them.

Killer whales the way they should live

 

Who am I?

I a freelance writer who likes to watch movies. I watch Netflix a lot and sometimes there is a long way between the really good movies, whether entertaining or meaningful.

So that you can avoid watching all the crap I have had to endure, I will give you some hidden gems and best movies of Netflix right here every month. Want another good Netflix movie? Read the review of Carnage from last month!

 

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

 

Where can you find the film?

All movies in this Netflix series of blogposts, can be found on the Norwegian Netflix Catalogue, which is the one I have access to. Can’t find it on your local Netflix?`You can download or buy a hard copy from the official Blackfish website, or await a screeing. I’d say it is worth the money for a hard copy.

 

If you like what I write, please give me a shout in the comments or sign-up to read my next blog post 😉

Next week, we will do another review from ImDb top 250. This time we will look at number 2 on the list “The Godfather”, who have been warring with “Shawshank Redemption” for the number one spot as long as I have followed the list.

If you trust me, then you stop reading right now and get your cinema ticket to “Edge of Tomorrow”. No questions asked. Then come back later and see if you agree with me.

Need more convincing? Ok, keep reading! Just promise me that the second you know I have won you over, stop reading. If you know as little as possible about the movie up front, the better the experience will be for you!

One wonders if Live.Die.Repeat. is a more appropriate and memorable title than Edge of Tomorrow...

One wonders if Live.Die.Repeat. is a more appropriate and memorable title than Edge of Tomorrow…

 

What is this film?

This is a science fiction/war movie based on the manga and novel “All you need is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Originally set in Japanese surroundings, it has been adapted to encapsulate Europe, mostly London and France.

Doug Liman, the director, is famous for the Bourne trilogy, the action series with Matt Damon. This in itself should be a testament to the quality of the action portrayed in “Edge of Tomorrow”.

The film stars Tom Cruise (the guy who jumped on a sofa), an old timer at sci-fi flicks and Emily Blunt (the bitchy receptionist from “The Devil Wears Prada“), a refreshing new face in the world of robots and aliens. A look she wears well, I might add.

 

Why is it good?

The story is what makes it good. Hands down. Thank you Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

The story unravels like the iconic comedy “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. Tom Cruise gets caught in a time-loop. Every time he dies he jumps back to the same point in time and has to relive the day before the massive, D-day battle (where he usually dies). You might think that sounds boring, the same thing over and over again, and it so easily could have been.

It is neither repetitive or boring. Therein lies the genius.

The reasons for why and how the time anomaly is achieved is also believably explained, unlike “Groundhog Day” where it is more an assumed act of karma. I will however leave it to the movie to explain.

The gritty war-realism paired with the complex technology is what sells it. There are visual elements in abundance to make you think of D-day and WW2 movies, a brilliant choice that is expertly adapted from Tokyo, which is the city under attack in the book. The movie echoes the realism given by celebrated war movies such as “Band of Brothers” and “Saving Private Ryan”, and it is probably this fact that knocks this movie into believable rather than absurd.

 

Can Tom Cruise still carry a movie?

In his last movie “Oblivion” (2013), Tom Cruise looked a little dragged an tired, old and uncomfortable. In “Edge of Tomorrow” he holds his own much better.

He plays the charming public relations major, Cage, who knows how to talk and convince people to believe what he says. He is however a coward who doesn’t want to go to actually fight the war. This point of view is refreshing and nice as war movies go, because I am wildly guessing that a lot of people would feel the same as Cage faced with the prospect of actual combat. Watching him desperately try to explain his time-loop predicament, basically failing at what he is good at, is hilarious.

For every action-loving female out there, Emily Blunt is the new hard-core woman to adore. She is the elite-soldier of the revolution against the enemy. She is the hero. And she remains the ever professional soldier with one goal and one goal only. To defeat the enemy. Again refreshing.

Don’t think this movie will give you what you presume. It will give you way more than that.

 

Why is this movie worth your cinema ticket?

We were a double couple who went to watch “Edge of Tomorrow” at the Imperial Cinema in Copenhagen, a rather amazing cinema with great sound and screen. All of us loved it. Both boys and girls. Perfect flick for couples.

I normally would say that war movies have too much random/meaningless/storyless violence in them which renders it boring. This movie contains ALOT of war and violence, but given its untraditional story structure, there is always a purpose to the fighting. They are at least always trying to remember to shoot that enemy or to duck next time.

Out of all the movies I have watched so far this year, this is the movie I would go watch again and again in the cinema. It is perfect for the grandness and spectacle.

If you value the original stand-alone movies, the movies that are not part of a franchise or number seven in the line of remakes. If you want Hollywood and other film productions companies to continue looking for original work and taking a chance on producing it, THEN GO WATCH AND SUPPORT THIS MOVIE NOW! You will not regret it! This is one of the good ones. Don’t let X-Men make more money.

 

Is it worth the 3D experience?

We watched it in 3D out of necessity (it was the available screening at the time), and I didn’t particularly notice that it was a great addition. But it didn’t annoy me either.

So choose whatever is more comfortable to you.

Most of the movie has layers of visual effects and thus gets a pretty nice depth and look from the 3D, a look that is not strictly necessary, but which I am not hating either.

 

What mood should you be in?

It is a good, entertaining movie. Any kind of mood will do.

If you don’t want to think, let the visuals wash over you and the funny quips entertain you. If you want to use your brain, try to understand the logic behind the time-travel and everything else that is unearthed from the enemy. Some of it can be quite mind bending.

 

Further Watching

Obviously you will have to watch “Groundhog Day” (1993), a movie that is completely different from this one, but warrants a watch as a cult comedy film.

In this one, Bill Murray is a depressed and sarky journalist who gets caught in the same day (he doesn’t die, he falls asleep and wakes up the same day). “Groundhog Day” also avoids repetitiveness and boredom and is a true gem of cinema history.

For another sci-fi movie that embraces realism, try the South-African “District 9” (2009), which opted for a documentary, found footage/news footage style so seldom utilised to its fullest in mayor blockbusters with expensive visual effects. The funny thing is that the cheap style of filming, with its connotations of authenticity, makes you actually start believing the visual effects that normally function as spectacle.

 

Next week I promise I will stick to the plan and unravel another gem from the Netflix library. I have already made the blog post, I just had to postpone it to let you know about this ripper of a movie that seems to be dying at the box office in the aftermath of the X-men franchise.

If we don’t constantly want endless sequels and prequels, we need to go out and watch the quality movies out there. With “Edge of Tomorrow” you won’t go wrong!

 

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High-tech equipment vs. WW2 aesthetics and convensions

High-tech equipment vs. WW2 aesthetics and convensions

 

Who am I?

I a freelance writer who likes to go to the movies. But I don’t like it when I waste my money on a bad film. I need to bitch about those movies. If I see a movie that is absolutely worth the trip to town, 130 NOK ticket (£13/$20), popcorn and drink expenditure, then I need to rave about it! And since I want to watch all the movies in the world, you can waste less of your time, check in with me and only watch the good ones.

In these New Release blog posts, I will pick a movie in the theatre in Norway (or while on vacation like this time) at random, and tell you if it was worth a cinema ticket. It might be good, but does it deserve your time and money, and does it benefit from a big screen and a huge crowd?

I actually buy tickets myself (unless I can get my boyfriend to be generous) and don’t have the luxury of being invited to pre-screenings, so my New Releases will be a bit late. Hopefully they will still be in a cinema near you 😉

 

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great. But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

 

Where can you find the film?

“Edge of Tomorrow” was released in Scandinavia last Friday (6th of June), and given the big names on the poster, it should be in a local cinema anywhere.

Help this movie overcome the Malificent turkey (which I haven’t watched, but which I have heard is lacking in story structure) and the X-men mediocracy. The movie with the solid story has got to win. It already has 8.2 out of 10 on ImDb.com. That tells you something!

If you like what I write, please give me a shout in the comments or sign-up to read my next blog post which I promise will be a new Netflix gem!

 

 

 

Americans hated this movie. Europeans got it a little bit more. Will you fall in love with this unloved movie and it’s unlikable characters? Will you get the movie that ironically lost a lot of friends and alienated people?

I did.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Poster

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Poster

 

What is this film?

“How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” (2008) is based on a book by the same name, written by Toby Young.

The book is rooted in Toby’s own experiences working in the US, and his reputation is somewhat ugly, even worse than how Simon Pegg portrays Sydney Young in the film.

Toby Young actually did send a strip-o-gram to the office on Bring-Your-Daughter-To-Work-Day when he worked at Vanity Fair magazine, and managed to get shunned by most people in publishing by the end of his employment.

The director, Robert B. Weide, is known for “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, and if you have watched “Curb Your Enthusiasm” you know that this guy should know a thing or two about making an unlikable character relatable and identifiable.

Producers really pulled out the big guns for this one.

 

Who says it is bad?

Americans say it’s bad. Why do I say that? Just check out the box office return on the movie:

Domestic:  $2,778,752    14.5%
+ Foreign:  $16,373,045    85.5%

= Worldwide:  $19,151,797  

The production budget was around $28 million, so even though Europeans kind of got the movie, it didn’t even recuperate its losses.

I’m not judging. Most movies never do.

(I know the rest of the world is in there too, but I am presuming that the movie didn’t go much further than a British release and some selected Brit-loving countries (like Norway) due to it’s lack of hold in the US).

It is blatantly obvious to my eyes that Americans simply didn’t get Sydney Young and his predicament. Why, he is an unprofessional, ill-dressed smart arse who constantly eats fatty foods with his mouth open (not even kidding, he does this a lot).

Why in heavens name should they actually like him?

 

Why I say it’s good

The difference between me and the Americans (I love generalising this broadly) is that I actually identified with Sydney Young through all his horrible character flaws listed above. And the fact that I could identify with such a person is why I say it’s damn good.

The likability of Sydney Young’s character is that he offers some sort of integrity. He is not prepared to grovel and snivel at the feet of the shiny celebrities and their hard-ass agents. Don’t get me wrong, he adores actors and says he wants to be a part of their world. Only everything he does gets him further and further away from it.

He is, however, a dying breed, the investigative journalist who doesn’t “take orders from Flaks”.

The scene that wins Sydney Young as a character for me, is when he recognises an old actress at a party where everyone else is ignoring her or simply doesn’t know who she is. This scene confirms to me that Sydney Young is by heart a film lover and connoisseur. Obviously I can relate to that 😉

 

Other good thing apart from Simon Pegg

Another good thing about the movie is that although it gives you a sneak peek into the glamour of celebrity life, it doesn’t make you want to join them, as so many other films do.

The break of that illusion is perhaps something the Americans can’t handle. I for one embrace it.

The humour is decidedly british, a humour which he is constantly criticised for in the film by the lofty and snooty Americans, but which I find funny. I’ve lived in London for three years. I get sarky and ironic humour.

I guess it isn’t hard to understand why the US didn’t warm up to a film where you are supposed to sympathise with the snarky Brit, and the only American who turns out to be decent, is a rather cold and bitchy Kirsten Dunst.

 

Kirsten Dunst – the love interest

Although Kirsten Dunst plays the love-interest Alison with a razor sharp bitchiness, she does have several “Save-The-Cat” moments where she throws Sydney a bone. Underneath the icy cold surface lies a snarky, ironic bitch. And she slowly cracks her way out.

The best moment with Alison is when she goes all fucking mental (relatively speaking) and tells off two stick-thin women in a truly sarky British fashion. This is the perfect moment for Sydney to understand that Alison likes him, the moment when she acts like him.

She does obviously spill it literally right afterwards when she defends Sydney Young outright, but then again subtlety has never been the strong suit of the run of the mill romantic comedy. And especially not this movie.

 

Megan Fox actually has comedic value

Credits go to Megan Fox, who is usually stuffed into some skinny jeans and told to stare with a slightly open mouth to the left of the camera. She does the same in this movie, but with a perfect overstatement that illuminates her intelligence as an actress.

In the part as up-and-coming actress Sophie Maes, Sydney Young’s sex interest for a large part of the film, Megan Fox is literally making fun of her own role in society as the pretty-girl actress who gets far by being beautiful and playing stupid.

Fun fact: She wasn’t even a star yet when this was shot. It was shot before “Transformers”. Which makes the comment on celebrity even more hilarious.

Her role in this film proves to me that there is more to Megan Fox than tits and ass, and I for one would quite like to see if she has any more comedic bones in her.

 

What mood should you be in?

It’s an easy, no fuzz comedy. Perfect for those days when your brain is tired and you just want to think about something else apart from work or life in general. It will divert and entertain you sufficiently without changing your life.

Don’t watch it if you hate Simon Pegg. He doesn’t play the most lovable character in this film, as you might have guessed by now, so you will have to watch something else and fall in love with him first.

 

Further Watching

Anything with Simon Pegg. I would especially recommend his work together with Nick Frost. These are usually british spoof comedies that really hit the mark on commenting and making fun of genre conventions and tropes.

This includes, but is not exclusive to:

They are all hilarious! Watch’em!

If you want a classical reference, have a go at “The Apartment” (1960). The love story between Alison and Sydney, not present in the book, is based on the storyline from this film. This is one of the black-and-white movies I can truly recommend.

Set-up: A guy rents out his apartment to his adulterous bosses to get ahead in his job. But what happens when he falls in love and needs the apartment himself?

 

Now tell me, what is your favourite Guilty Pleasure movie?

 

Next week we will unearth another gem in the Netflix catalogue. Don’t miss out! Sign up!

 

Megan Fox kind of making fun of her own status as a sexy actress

Megan Fox kind of making fun of her own status as a sexy actress.

 

Who am I?

I a freelance writer who likes to watch movies. Sometimes I will even like “the bad movies”, the ones the critiques scoff at and the snooty film students will refuse to watch because it’s all so commercial. Those are some of the best movies. They are guilty pleasures, and they will save you on a rainy day when you just don’t want to think.

In these Guilty Pleasure blog posts, I will explore the movies I find myself turning back to again and again for comfort.

 

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as an 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

 

Where can you find the film?

I found this one easily on Netflix.

Don’t feel like giving them your money since they raised the monthly cost? You know what to do 😉

 

If you like what I write, please give me a shout in the comments or sign-up to read my next blog post 😉

Next week, we will again take a dip into the vast array of movies on Netflix and unearth another “Best movie on Netflix“.

Make him an offer he cannot refuse

Leave the gun. Take the cannoli

All those wonderful quotes. All from one seemingly wonderful and definitely loved film. Does it really stand the test of time at almost the peak of the top 250 ImDb list?

By the way, I have a go at the oranges. And I’m not even sorry.

Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in the classic black and white artwork of the Godfather franchise

The iconic Godfather poster with manipulative puppet strings

What is this film?

“The Godfather” (1972) is the first film in a trilogy about the Mafia family, Corleone. It is based on a novel by the same name by Mario Puzo. Writer/director Francis Ford Coppola wanted the actual title to be “Mario Puzo’s The Godfather” because the script ended up being so similar to the book he felt some credit was well deserved.

Afraid that the story glorified the mafia and unwilling to set such a stigma on his own Italian heritage, Francis Ford Coppola initially said no to directing the film. Some say he eventually did the movie because he needed the money, others say it was because he figured he could make the film an allegory of American capitalism.

I’m going to go for the money one.

Why do people say it is good?

The body count, including the horse, is 18. Maybe that’s why people like it?

Maybe it’s because, like The British Daily Telegraph said so eloquently (in a quote I have only managed to find on ImDb):

[The Godfather is] a vision of the hollowness of American capitalism and its effect on the family – like Death of a Salesman with spaghetti and a criminal empire

That sounds so beautiful.

I believe in basics, and I guess in this case it is our basic instincts that just loves a proper anarchist who takes no bullshit from no one. And obviously we all love Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.

Above all, people love to tell me how the oranges signify death…

The Death of the Oranges

Get over the oranges already!

Even if they were placed at scenes signalling the imminent death of a character. So what?

I have much more faith in the producton designer stating that the oranges were solely used to light up otherwise dark material. The colour palette of the film, which is different shades of yellow-orange amber to orange tinted reds together with black, also goes well with, yes you guessed it, ORANGES.

Why do I lay to scraps this orange theory? Because it doesn’t happen at every death. If this was a thing, it would be every single death. Why wouldn’t it? And regardless, if all of the deaths had some arbitrary act of oranges next to them, what function does this actually have but to wet the pants of people who overanalyse every aspect of their favourite movies?

None! No function.

And if an element of storytelling doesn’t enhance the story, then why bother.

I call bull shit on the oranges!

Do I think its any good?

I will grant the movie this, the first 30 minutes is pure genius in exposition. Not in furthering a story, but in exposition.

The juxtaposition between the pastel coloured wedding outside in the garden and the dark, golden orange shadows of the Dons study and the way the theme of family and tradition perfectly unfold is pure cinema magic.

The introduction of Marlon Brando as Don Corleone is unforgettable. I am not talking about his italian accent, his jawline or any of his mumbling lines. The unforgettable part is how the first meeting with Don Corleone leaves us feeling that he is big-hearted and generous. He did after all give his disrespectful acquaintance his wish of hurting the thugs who maimed his daughter.

We are left slightly puzzled by this kindness, until someone in the wedding states the rule:

A Sicilian can’t say no on his daughter’s wedding day.

Tradition and family rules.

And it’s a proper family film given that Coppola, within the constraints of the book, based loads of the characters on his family members and even used a whole bunch of them as actors in the films.

I think it’s safe to say that there are aspects and sequences of this movie that I have to admit I love and admire. There is just one thing.

It is too effin long!

And that is no joke. The version I watched this time around is 2 hours and 57 minutes.

The first time I watched it, I painfully felt the minutes ticking by. Every elongated take, every uneccesary moment got annoying.

This time around I am more grown up and more patient, but I still had to watch it over two days because when Michael moves to Sicily, I just have to do something else. It all takes too long.

I’ve even been to the beautiful town of Savoca and walked through its pittoresque, cobbled streets and had a frozen lemon granita in the shade by the very bar where Al Pacino filmed, and still this part makes me want to stop and do something useful with my life.

It says something when Coppola first turned in a director’s cut, it was a measly 126 minutes. It was the production chief who insisted on a longer cut with more family oriented scenes. I for my part would have loved to see Coppola’s cut. I might have loved it all the way through.

Is this movie historically significant?

As a 70s “New Hollywood” auteur film  by a 70s auteur director (meaning Francis Ford Coppola wrote and directed the film) “The Godfather” explored and extended a classical genre, the gangster film, which is typical of this era in many genres like the film noir and the western.

But movie history aside, the interesting historical fact is that there were actually trouble with the Mafia during production of this film. Even Frank Sinatra threw up a frenzy over the likeness between himself and the character Johnny Fontane. They actually cut that character’s screentime because of this.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I would have left the semblance between Sinatra and Fontane at caricature if it hadn’t been for the fact that Sinatra actually cared enough to kick up a fuzz.

Must be true that he was Mafia then…

Does it stand the test of time?

At least it is epic and there isn’t a man alive who doesn’t have a Godfather fase on the same line as a Star Wars craze.

The question is whether the next generation will handle the static and slow camera, the washed out 70s look and do what’s proper and have “the fase”. Maybe I should go out and ask some teenagers?

Whether or not I like it, it will always stand as one of the great mafia/gangster films, and I think it will only start fading away if some new movie comes and takes the Mafia spotlight away. But The Don would never let that happen 😉

Further watching

Obviously you can make it a Godfather-a-thon and watch all three instalments, The Godfather II is actually the next on the ImDb top 250 list and managed to win 6 Academy Awards, as opposed to “The Godfather”‘s measly three statues. By this time you will be hooked and watch Godfather III. I haven’t gotten that far yet.

Other films, also part of the same “New Hollywood” era would be the film-noir “Chinatown” (1974) by Roman Polanski or the western-film “The Wild Bunch” (1969) by Sam Pekinpah. They all are perfect examples of the thoughtful, “quality” movies that came out of this era, which resulted in commercial successes such as “Jaws” (1975), “Star Wars” (1977) and “Raiders of the Lost Arc” (1981) by Spielberg and Lucas.

They are also a bit slow and long, like this one.

Oranges splattered on dark asphalt next to the shot and wounded Don Corelone

The oranges brilliantly light up this dark Gods-point-of-view shot

Who am I?

I do not work for ImDb, I just have a nerdy need to make sure I watch all the movies people claim to be good. In this way I can make up my own mind about whether or not they are a hype. This is not a per se a recommendation to you from the ImDb Top 250 list, but rather a statement about the movies on it that hopefully will make you want to watch the movies again, or watch the movie and make up a mind of your own 😉

Or avoid it a movie like the plague.

Why do I think I can talk about movies?

With an over average interest in movies since watching Star Wars as a 8 year-old, and with some background in the industry, I know at least a little bit about what it takes to get a movie made, and have loads of opinions about what makes them great.

But no matter my merits, it is whether or not you agree with my taste in movies (or my boyfriend’s, whose opinion will be noted if opposing my own) that will make these reviews beneficial to you.

Where can you find the film?

They actually have all three of the movies on Netflix. But if you are like anyone else, you might as well just buy them. Either you or your boyfriend/girlfriend will love them and want to have a weekend of Godfather-a-thon. This history has proven time and time again.

Once a month I will review the top 250 movies on ImDb and determine whether they still deserve to be on the list or not. Have they stood the test of time, or are they just there out of habit or historical significance (which does not a good movie make). I start from the top because there is less change in the top films than the bottom of the list. I have already done #1 on top 250 ImDb “Shawshank Redemption”.

Other Fridays of the month, I will look at “New Releases – which one is worth a cinema ticket”, “Guilty Pleasures” and “Unearthing the Best Movies on Netflix”.

I have used several sources in writing this post among them ImDb trivia and some film history and art books in my possession. Take a look at this other blog post by Precious Bodily Fluids if you’d like a deeper look into “The Godfather” than shallow little me bothers to do here.

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