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

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IMDb Top 250: #218 The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Director: John Ford
Writers: Nunnally Johnson (screen play), John Steinbeck (based on the novel by)
Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine

A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

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I have to admit, I wasn’t really enthusiastic when I had to review this one. Maybe because it’s old, or maybe because I read the book. Don’t get me wrong, John Steinbeck is an amazing author and the novel is a masterpiece. Maybe his greatest work. But it takes its time, taking things slow. And the same can be said about the movie.  Continue reading

Showcase: Mario Arroyave

Mario Arroyave (Espinal, Colombia, 1983), his approach to photography begins at age 13 empirically and developed in the coming years as a Side project, while studying and working in systems engineering and advertising in Costa Rica and Colombia. In 2010 he starts a carrier as an artist, showcasing at the Warehouse Art Gallery opening. Nowadays is one of the leading Colombian young artists. His work have been shown in individual and collective exhibitions in Bogotá, Medellín, Lima, Sao Paulo, Miami, Dallas, New York, Tokyo, among others. Continue reading

Book Review: The Dream of Heroes by Adolfo Bioy Casares

Even though The Dream of Heroes is far from the quality of The Invention of Morel, Adolfo Bioy Casares’ best work, it has a certain allure, based both on the style and on the plot itself, that qualifies this novel as one of the finest works of art.

The story itself is quite simple. At a carnival in 1927, Emilio Gauna gets drunk with some of his friends. At which point there’s a sequence of hazy events that he almost forgets entirely, except for a masked woman. This strange apparition makes Gauna want to try to see her again. So three years later, he’s recreating the events of that night, in an attempt to meet with the strange woman again. Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #219 Rocky

Rocky (1976)

Director: John G. Avildsen
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

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It’s late 1975 in Philadelphia, and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) works as a debt collector for a money-lender. He’s a big man, with fists like slabs of meat, but he also has a gentle nature that is at odds with a job that often requires him to deliver beatings to late-paying clients. Rocky also earns pocket money fighting in boxing matches. He could have been great, but his lack of discipline meant that he never quite achieved the status in the fight game that he might have had if he’d applied himself.  Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #220 Catch Me If You Can


Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), Frank Abagnale Jr. (book) (as Frank W. Abagnale)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken

The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him.

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I have to admit, whenever I see a movie with Tom Hanks, I love it. He is one of my all time favorite actors. And to be frank, I wasn’t disappointed when the credits started rolling. It also helped that this movie is based on true events. Continue reading