IMDb Top 250: #203 Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Paul Haggis (screenplay), F.X. Toole (stories)
Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

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I was never a fan of happy endings. I never truly believed in them. So when I watched Million Dollar Baby, I had mixed feelings. On one had I was touched by the powerful emotions, but one the other hand I loved the darker tone. One that didn’t have happy ending. Continue reading

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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

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: #208 Amores Perros

Amores Perros (2000)

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writer: Guillermo Arriaga (as Guillermo Arriaga Jordán)
Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo

A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life’s harsh realities, all in the name of love.

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What is Pulp Fiction to Tarantino, that’s what Amores Perros is to Iñárritu. Yes, it is that good.

Yes, it is a rather depressing story. It is complicated in a certain way. It does not entertain, neither does make you feel better.

But this is great goddamn storytelling, and brilliantly directed.

Well worth watching, well worth its place in this ranking.

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