BLACK HAWK DOWN
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Mark Bowden (book), Ken Nolan (screenplay)
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore
Over the decades, there have been war movies which represented that era. From Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now to Steven Speilberg’s Saving Private Ryan and then arguably the Best war movie of the 21st century, Black Hawk Down. Directed by Ridley Scott who is a legend when it comes to making epic movies; This is an emotional and riveting war drama that tells the story of 123 US soldiers in Somalia. It was supposed to be a fast and simple mission which wasnt even supposed to last the length of the movie,get in, capture the two aides of the somalian warlord and self proclaimed president of the country Mohamed Farrah Aidid. But then, the Somalians were underestimated and everything went wrong. It resulted in the death of 18 and injury of 70 American soldiers. Black Hawk Down is one of those rare movies I can sit down to watch repeatedly.
Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Nathan Alexander
Stars:Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy and Carice van Houten
Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie isn’t particularly a war classic in the league of movies like Black Hawk Down, but when telling a story everyone knows the end, the vital ingredient is how the story is going to be told. How long will I stay on my seat to see Hitler, (one of the most hated and evil men to ever live) doesn’t die. Valkryie tells the story of the failed attempt on the Führer’s life by a group of senior German officers and politicians. Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind the plot. What makes Valkyrie special to me simply is the amount of tension I felt from the beginning of the movie to the end. Tom Cruise’s performance in the movie also made it a joy to watch.
A BEATIFUL MIND
Director: Ron Howard
Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar (book)
Stars:Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly
A beautiful mind tells the story of the complexity of the human mind. Though a genius, Professor John Nash, a Nobel prize winner in Economics suffered from schizophrenia which is a disorder where a person cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is not. Rusell Crowe gave the best performance of his career in my opinion in this movie. As emotional as a tale could get, Professor Nash, though slowly losing his sanity still manages to make himself invaluable to mankind by being very useful in the academic world.
Director: Terry George
Writers: Keir Pearson, Terry George
Stars:Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo and Joaquin Phoenix
Don Cheadle stars as Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. A Hutu man married to a Tutsi, took the ultimate risk in saving the lives of the helpless Tutsis when the world looked away in a time the help was needed the most. Director Terry George made a great movie not just because of the excellent script, but the perfect casting. The interpretation by the actors of this movie made it the master piece it is.
Director: Ben Affleck
Writers: Chris Terrio (screenplay), Joshuah Bearman(article)
Stars:Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman
In Greek mythology, the Argo (in Greek: Ἀργώ, meaning ‘swift’) was the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed from Iolcos to retrieve the Golden Fleece. It was named after its builder, Argus. Apt right? I thought so…
Argo is a 2012 American thriller directed by Ben Affleck, based loosely on an account published in 2007 of the “Canadian Caper”, in which Tony Mendez, a CIA operative, led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
It really doesn’t sound so exciting right now because a summary technically doesn’t quite cut it. Argo is a huge contender for the movie of the year 2012 for me and one reason is how well they found the look-alikes of the characters and hostages for the movie.
You should see the clips at the credits though.
The King’s Speech
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: David Seidler (screenplay)
Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
This is the kind of movie you watch because you’ve watched all the others on your system and you just want to see what it’s about and then you end up asking yourself why you never watched it earlier.
The King’s Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush. The men become friends as they work together, and after his brother abdicates the throne, the new King relies on Logue to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939.
Seidler read about George VI’s life after overcoming a stuttering condition he endured during his youth. He started writing about the relationship between the monarch and his therapist as early as the 1980s, but at the request of the King’s widow, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, he postponed work until her death in 2002. He later rewrote his screenplay for the stage to focus on the essential relationship between the two protagonists.
Nine weeks before filming began, Logue’s notebooks were discovered and quotations from them were incorporated into the script.
By far the most amazing thing about the movie is how the actor doesn’t stammer in reality. Yes. Not much of a big deal ey? Watch it first, will you?
The Social Network
Director: David Fincher
Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book-The Accidental Billionaires)
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake
The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book “The Accidental Billionaires”, the film portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as founder Mark Zuckerberg (and I must say, he pulled off Mark pretty well), along with Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the other principals involved in the website’s creation.
Neither Zuckerberg nor any other Facebook staff were involved with the project, although Saverin was a consultant for Mezrich’s book.
The film received widespread acclaim, with critics praising it for its editing, acting, score, direction and screenplay. However, some people, including Zuckerberg himself, criticized the film for its many inaccuracies.
The Social Network appeared on 78 critics’ Top 10 list for 2010; of those critics, 22 had the film in their number-one spot.
Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers said “The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade.”
Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Steven Zaillian, Mark Jacobson (article-The Return of Superfly)
Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and Chiwetel Ejiofor
What’s that? You haven’t watched the movie? You aren’t a real G ma nig. Nah. All real Gs have watched the greatest 2007 American biographical drama crime movie ma nig. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a gangster from La Grange, North Carolina who smuggled heroin into the United States on American service planes returning from the Vietnam War.
Now if that’s not gangsta, I don’t know what is.
One of my favourite quotes from the movie is “Blue magic. It’s a brand name. Like Pepsi. I stand behind it. I guarantee it”
The movie was so awesome, a whole Jay Z had to make an album entitled after it. Yeah. Yeah G. Yeah.
PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Writer: Steve Conrad
Stars:Will Smith, Thandie Newton and Jaden Smith
I got the spelling right oh ye Grammar Nazi.
Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner’s nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Gabriele Muccino directed this masterpiece with Will Smith starring as Gardner (It’s my boy ‘Master William’ so you know it’s worth it) who is an on-and-off-homeless salesman-turned stockbroker. Smith’s son Jaden Smith co-stars, making his film debut as Gardner’s son Christopher Jr.
The unusual spelling of the film’s title comes from a sign Gardner saw when he was homeless. In the film, “happiness” is misspelled as “happyness” outside the daycare facility Gardner’s son attends.
This movie is one of the few movies that moved a full grown man like me to tears. The movie is simply beautiful. One can only imagine what the real Gardner went through.