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

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IMDb Top 250: #207 The Truman Show

The Truman Show (1998)

Director: Peter Weir
Writer: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.

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Although I have never been a huge fan of Jim Carrey, I truly find this film one of his greatest works. He portrays Truman Burbank, a man that has lived his whole life in a giant dome in Hollywood, being the unsuspecting start of The Truman Show, a 24hour live reality show. From his birth, Truman has been recorded and showed on TV without him having the smallest idea. The purpose of this reality show is to present a truly real live emotion and feeling, thus making the reality show a reality. But on the 30th anniversary of the show, strange things start to happen and for the first time Truman starts to realize that some things are not in order. Thus starts a ride that could set him free. Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #209 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Director: George Roy Hill
Writer: William Goldman
Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.

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The classic western story. Told from the eyes of the bad guys. Butch Cassidy is a famous and likeable outlaw who returns to his gang with his best friend, the “Sundance Kid”. Once returned, Butch finds out that he has been outcast as the leader and duels his way back as the boss. After winning his gang back, he pulls two robberies on trains, but the second one turns out to be an ambush from the law forces. After evading the police for a while, Butch, Sundance and his girlfriend head out to Bolivia where they want to start fresh. But while they do manage to pull off some robberies, they try to go straight. But as it turns out, sometimes the life you leave behind has a habit of coming back to haunt you. Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #211 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writers: Hayao Miyazaki (comic), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda

Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a story that happens 1000 years from now, in a dystopian world. An apocalyptic war known as the Seven Days of Fire destroyed almost all of human civilization and created a toxic jungle, filled with giant mutant insects. Nausicaa is a princess from the Valley, a peaceful kingdom in an area that is free from the Toxic jungle. One night a plane carrying a princess from a different kingdom crash lands in her Valley, a series of events start to unfold, with The Valley being invaded by a military state in a war that could wipe out every last trace of the human race. Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #212 The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride (1987)

Director: Rob Reiner
Writers: William Goldman (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright

While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

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The Princess Bride is a frame story, a beautiful modern fairy tale set in an epic medieval fantasy world. It has it all, knights, castles, an evil prince, a beautiful bride. Continue reading

Radu’s movie recommendation: Hawaii

For this weekly recommendation I’m going to try something new. I’m going to recommend a Romanian movie. And it’s not because I’m a patriot or I like Romanian cinema. I actually find it very boring and dull. I feel it lacks imagination and heart. But this movie isn’t about something being funny or fast paced. It’s about a feeling. Of despair, of hope and of a better life. Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #213 Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise (1995)

Director: Richard Linklater
Writers: Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

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Have you ever felt broken? Feeling lost, aiming without a purpose? And then, all of a sudden, you find someone with whom you just click. Like the whole world stops and it’s only you and her. Continue reading