IMDb Top 250 Challenge

Hi guys,

So me and a friend decided to review all the movies in the top 250 on IMDbIt’s going to be fun. Think in terms of short, no spoiler, movie reviews that are supposed to help you decide if what a great deal of people consider to be the best movies ever made are worth your time.

We’re going to start from #250 and work our way up. One movie per day.

Reviews:

#250: Dead Poets Society(1989)

#249: Dog Day Afternoon(1975)

#248: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #204 Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

 

 

Reviewed this movie here.

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Happy endings…

happy_endings“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” Orson Welles

Sometimes when I write I think too much. I worry about things I shouldn’t worry about, and I write as if I’ve got something to prove to someone. That’s a mistake. Over thinking, trying to outsmart the reader only to outsmart yourself.

When I wrote Jazz I wanted for the ending to the story to deliver a certain message. Throughout the novel there’s some talk about happy endings, about what we want to get from life, and stuff like that. Of course, those characters are mistaken in their belief that happiness is a destination, but nevertheless… they want and try to reach for something, and they’re not even sure what that something is. Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #205 Spotlight

Spotlight (2015)

Director: Tom McCarthy
Writers: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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The first thing I remember when I first saw it, was that I was shaking. The movie touched me. You feel shivers down your spine when the credit rolls. And not because this is a horror movie or something like that. Because everything you see in the movie, it actually happened. All the pain, all the suffering. It was real. All of it. Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #206 Stalker

Stalker (1979)

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
Writers: Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel), Boris Strugatskiy (novel)
Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

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This was a very, very, very strange movie. It revolves around a man known as “the Stalker,” who  is a guide to a mysterious area called “the Zone” where there’s this room, “the Room”, where one can have their innermost desire fulfilled. Continue reading

TMM: Good Writers

good_writersWhen I was sixteen I thought I was a good writer. I had won a National writing competition with a magical realism novella, and the sister of a long dead, famous Romanian poet we were studying in high-school told me I wrote just like him.

This kind of gets to your head, especially at that age. This novella I had written received lots of praise from some of the best writers in the country. Published writers, award winners, people who owned publishing houses. And most of them didn’t even know I was only sixteen. Continue reading