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Movie Review Flashback: ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’: Another David Lean Masterpiece!

Wow, wow, wow. I’ve watched three David Lean movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and now The Bridge on the River Kwai. Each film has been utterly stunning, both visually and narratively. Doctor Zhivago was a bit slower but a crack at the more romantic side of things. Lawrence of Arabia swept me away for three hours and fifty-eight minutes with its mesmerizing performance by Peter O’ Toole and David Lean’s incredible directing which brought the beauty of the desert in ways I didn’t conceive imaginable on the big screen. And once again David Lean does not stray from highlighting the beauty of his movie’s regional settings with The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Set in the sweltering jungles of Burma and filmed in Sri Lanka, the movie immerses you in its seemingly unlivable conditions. The white soldiers with their tanned brown skins and bare-chested bodies gleaming in a thin slick of sweat and their hair matted against their heads make you feel their incredible discomfort. The giant bats swarming overhead is something that I actually hope I can see with my own eyes one day but in the context of the film is utterly terrifying.

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I Can’t Stop Talking About ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

Lately I’ve been very into Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse again since it started coming on FX and since I’ve seen it three times in the past two weeks or so I figured I might as well revisit this post which perfectly sums up my adoration of this movie which has now become my favorite animated film of all time! Enjoy.

The trick to Into the Spider-Verse isn’t the story, the story is actually rather basic, nor is it the music (which is pretty great by the way.) There’s something else to this film that has me going back for more and that is the absolutely stunning animation.

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The movie melds at least a half dozen genres in one movie and it is mind-blowing. From being uncannily realistic looking at times to appearing like a strip right out of a comic book and even having the cartoony look of a Looney Tunes cartoon mixed with manga animation plus some truly psychedelic visuals can leave one’s brain scrambled in sheer awe. Continue reading I Can’t Stop Talking About ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

I’ve Finally Seen ‘My Fair Lady’!

I love musicals. Musicals can be so cheery, depressing, lovely, magical, oh they can bring out all of my emotions and now I’ve watched another iconic musical; My Fair Lady.

I finally watched My Fair Lady, another one of the few musicals that has garnered a Best picture, and there were things that I really liked about the film, mainly Rex Harrison’s Oscar-winning performance as Professor Henry Higgins who I thought was hilarious. He was unlike any character I’ve seen in any other movie and he’s the most memorable thing about the film undoubtedly. If anything, I’m glad I watched the movie for him alone.

Scene Stealer: The Ascot Gavotte, My Fair Lady - flickfeast

I also really appreciated the costume designs. The flamboyance and elaborate styles of the English elite was utterly enthralling, specifically the scene where Higgins takes Eliza Dolittle to the races. Wow, were those dresses worn by all of those fancy ladies utterly breathtaking.

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‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’: Another David Lean Masterpiece!

Wow, wow, wow. I’ve watched three David Lean movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and now The Bridge on the River Kwai. Each film has been utterly stunning, both visually and narratively. Doctor Zhivago was a bit slower but a crack at the more romantic side of things. Lawrence of Arabia swept me away for three hours and fifty-eight minutes with its mesmerizing performance by Peter O’ Toole and David Lean’s incredible directing which brought the beauty of the desert in ways I didn’t conceive imaginable on the big screen. And once again David Lean does not stray from highlighting the beauty of his movie’s regional settings with The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Set in the sweltering jungles of Burma and filmed in Sri Lanka, the movie immerses you in its seemingly unlivable conditions. The white soldiers with their tanned brown skins and bare-chested bodies gleaming in a thin slick of sweat and their hair matted against their heads make you feel their incredible discomfort. The giant bats swarming overhead is something that I actually hope I can see with my own eyes one day but in the context of the film is utterly terrifying.

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‘The Artist’: A Beautifully Made Best Picture

As you may know, I am currently on a mission to watch every Best Picture winner (well, at least, almost every Best Picture winner.) There are several Best Picture winners that I have been putting off for a couple of weeks now but while browsing through Netflix I ran into The Artist, the movie that would take home the Oscar for Best Picture in 2012 over movies like War Horse and Hugo.

I was intrigued about a film I knew nothing about and after watching the film, I can say I’m glad I saw it. The Artist is a true work of art, hailing back to the age of silent films and using that practice to create an entire movie in near-silence, except for the powerful musical score that helps add emotion to each scene.

Being the first silent movie I had ever seen, it was really interesting seeing how well I could follow the story and the buildup of the drama. French actor Jean Dujardin would win Best Actor for portraying the lead character, George Valentin, and rightfully so. From the moment he appeared on the screen he exuded character and an unforgettable persona that is often hard to find. He sucked me along with his charming smile for an hour and forty minutes as we watch George Valentin’s story slowly spiral downward into a pit of nothingness.

By the end, it was very clear that I had watched a work of art and that, if I felt like it, I could try to root out the deeper meaning behind the story. I didn’t feel like it, of course, but I did understand that writer/director Michael Hazanavicius was really going for something different in this modern age of Hollywood and I appreciate that.

Is The Artist the best movie I’ve ever seen? No. But it was much better than I expected. I’m giving this movie a solid 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. If by chance you’re looking for something to watch on a boring evening I’d recommend this.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

A Movie Ranking: Russel Crowe

Russel Crowe is an amazing actor. I didn’t truly know as much until I saw his performance in A Beautiful Mind which completely blew my mind. (He should’ve won Best Actor.) Considering that I’ve been watching a lot of movies starring the New Zealand actor lately I figured he would be the perfect person for this week’s A Movie Ranking. Enjoy!

6. The Mummy

The Mummy (2017)

This movie is horrible. So horrible that I can’t believe an actor as great as Russel Crowe would even think of being in this film. It’s truly baffling. Continue reading A Movie Ranking: Russel Crowe