Pulp Fiction stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth and others. It takes place in California in the ‘90s.
There are three main stories in this movie that all tie together in the end; “foot massages don’t mean shit.”
The cinematography in this movie is breathtaking. Every shot is crystal clear and beautifully done. The lighting during the dancing scene was beautiful, also in the scene where Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) is over dosing on heroin. The entire scene in the dealer’s house is perfectly executed.
The acting of each character is also well executed. Travolta’s character acts like he knows what he’s doing and he’s done it before. Jackson’s character is calm and collected, ready for anything. Their performances as two gangsters is charming and riveting at the same time.
I’ve seen this movie over and over and I never get tired of it. Perfectly done, a classic. This movie is definitely a must see in our society.
By: Laura O’Neill
The Shawshank Redemption stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Gunton. It is a drama that takes place in Maine.
This film follows the story of a banker named Andy Dufresne, who is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. The first man he speaks to in prison is Red. Red is the man who can get just about anything for anyone. For many years Andy gets beaten and sexually abused by a prison gang known as “the Sisters.” He eventually puts this to an end when he helps a prison guard evade his taxes in exchange for beer and beating up the leader of the gang. This causes other prison guards to come to Andy for financial advice, including the prison warden. The warden puts prisoners to work on public projects to force contractors to bribe him so they can continue to profit. The warden uses Andy’s banking skills to launder said money. A new prisoner, Tommy, befriends Andy to help him get a high school diploma. They become close enough to the point where Andy tells him how he was sent to prison. Tommy tells him about someone exactly like Andy which he met at his old prison. Andy tells the warden that this could be the information they need to prove his innocence. The problem is that the warden needs him to handle his banking so he sends him to solitary confinement and murders Tommy.
The costume design in this movie stood out to me because the film itself was set in the 1940s. This means that the costume designers would have to do their research on what prisoners looked like during this time, considering it was what the majority of the people were wearing for the majority of the movie; something I think they pulled off very well.
The set design also helped in the production of this movie. The bulk of the film was in prison, so it is only fitting that they shot this in an actual prison. Though it almost seems like an easy out, it definitely helps with the immersion.
It is one of my all-time favorite movies, so my opinion will only be good things. Not only is it based on a Stephen King book, it has Morgan Freeman as one of the stars so it does not get much better than that. The quality is perfection. It is very immersing, from the clothing to the setting. This is a movie that can be recommended to almost everyone. Even if you are not one to watch too many drama movies, like myself, you can still find this movie quite entertaining.
Tim Burton’s: A Corpse Bride stars Johnny Depp, Helen Bonham Carter, and Emily Watson. The film’s was setting is back in a Victorian village during the late 1800s. It is an animation (stop motion), fantasy, and musical.
Shadow of the Vampire (Universal, 2000) is a fictional film about the making of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu set in the 1920’s Art Deco era of Germany. Murnau, played by John Malkovich, is a director with a singular and obsessive goal: to make a film portraying the fate of a real-life vampire, Max Schrek, played by Willem Dafoe. Murnau had originally wanted to make a film version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but was denied the rights of Stoker’s novel by his surviving estate. So instead of Count Dracula, the vampire villain is changed to Count Orlock and the title of the film is changed to Nosferatu. Shadow of the Vampire, while made to seem like an historical account of the making of Nosferatu, remains a thriller/horror feature in which the true nature of a supernatural creature is revealed with deadly consequences to the human filmmakers.
The Imitation Game staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley is a biographical drama released in 2014. The movie is set in London, England during the tragic World War II.
The Imitation Game is based on the life of mathematician Alan Turing and his quest of working for the British government trying to crack the German’s enigma machine to win the war. The film showcases Turing’s unique personality and his unstable relationships with his coworkers. During the film Turing also battles his, then illegal, sin of homosexuality. You are taken for an emotional ride as only a part of Turing’s life is revealed.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is an action, Sci-Fi adventure that continues to redefine how fans view Marvel and their range of storytelling. Though the movie featured a star cast such as Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper, most of the film’s major talent were trapped behind animated characters: This strange choice, along with the off-the-wall humor, is a why many viewers believed the movie was set failure. If anything, the plot seemed to be a modern rehash of Dumb and Dumber set in space.
The Big Lebowski is a Coen Brother’s film starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore. The setting takes place in Los Angeles and a considerable amount of the character’s time is spent in a bowling alley. This film is considered a comedy as well as a drama.
The film Pride and Prejudice (2005) brought Jane Austen’s novel to the big screen for the first time since 1940. It stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Donald Sutherland, and Judi Dench. Set in late 18th century England, this historical romantic film portrays a time where the best a woman could do was find a wealthy husband.
Shawshank Redemption is a thrilling and mysterious film is directed by Frank Darabont, the director behind The Green Mile, The Walking Dead, and The Mist. The film stars many well known actors such as Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Gunton. This film takes place in a prison located in Northeast America. This movie involves a lot of crime and drama.