Movies Posts Tagged as 'Best In Drama'
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A grand illusion envisioned by perfectionists. Bergman contains her judgment and allows history to determine as Brynner showcases the array of his Jedi talent. The film commits to its deception. 24-Sep-2018
A Raisin In The Sun (1961)
Our predecessors left us an honest slice of life art to authenticate their struggles and to cultivate resolution for their successors. The players are fierce and representative, the writing/directing excels in depiction and respect and the past allows us to retrospect and opine our future. Respect. 31-May-2018
Johnny Eager (1941)
Robert Taylor plays a hood hellbent on street cred by subjugating his past and flaunting his fortitude. Lana is an unappreciated diamond whose badboy fangirl status welcomes tragedy and Van Heflin is a dulcet toned philosopher lackey who farts predictions of everyone with words so striking they agitate the heart.
It's gangster mature that celebrates the completion of man when he embraces his soul.
Taylor hunts and kills for the egg, Lana boils and serves the egg and Heflin eats it. 20-Dec-2017
Little Foxes, The (1941)
Atmospheric, rigorous and contentious. Bette is shatterproof porcelain doll perfection, commandeering the self-destructive avarice of southern family dysfunction. It becomes art when Wyler treats us to a camera hold on Ms. Davis as her husband struggles and she ponders without a blink. Brava.
Ethnicity is represented as it existed in history and the limitations of its time. You have to understand that even though they are not the story, they have a voice because real black actors put a soul to it and they opened the doors for the equality we lost. I'd rather appreciate their contribution than erase them from history. 29-Aug-2017
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Catered Affair, The (1956)
It takes a few scenes before you get accustomed to Bette's accent but once it happens you are converted and transported by an actress who rarely took anything for granted and whose talent was just as big as her persona. Debbie Reynolds sparkles beautifully as the conflicted daughter and Borgnine epitomizes the tired working man of his era. The script keeps the action minimal and the truth scathing whilst Richard Brooks gives us the setting then points his camera towards the actors who make the story gust. It has become a past delicacy that is now a new favorite. 24-Mar-2017
Rear Window (1954)
Perfection in moviemaking proliferates from a director who embraced the simplicity of cinema. He never made it difficult for us to understand to seem smarter. Hitchcock utilizes the camera as an unseen dominance that can manipulate the story, the characters and the mood. Details are abundant as the nuances of its leads, Stewart, Kelly & Ritter unite and triumph as they unveil them. A man who never feared a moving camera is a director that inspires art. The missteps we are blind to because the art shimmers emphatically. 06-Mar-2017
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Brando's Stanley Kowalski is an untamed, searing bully breeder. Leigh's Blanche DuBois is multiplex in drag and as breakable as a once fine tea cup that life has chipped at unflinchingly. Somehow the great Tennessee Williams pits them in a dogfight for alphadom and what ensues is not naturalistically pretty but brutally honest as everyone reaches the pinnacle of high art. Kim Hunter plays the sometimes understanding sister and almost always faithful wife of the sexist brute that created her G spot and Karl Malden portrays Mitch as a lonely and desperate sad sack whose sickly and overbearing mother has sheltered him from the tricks Blanche employs to entrap him. These two are the yes men who are the observers and recipients of the fight the two brass are sanctioning to the death. Kazan masterpiece. 06-Feb-2017
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The wealth of enormity and magic is in every frame that Spielberg comprises, every note that Williams hits and that every actor emotes. Spielberg devises a fairy tale sci-fi that frightens with further fundamental examination. He liberated our minds to see fascination in every dark sky, escape into a magnanimous and boundless universe and to believe. The aliens themselves are a fail. Everything depends on that moment and all I saw was costumed babies blindly bumping into each other and a very non-specific leader sadly fragmented of clay. We forgive it because Spielberg has already tapped into the part of our brain that can concoct the better outcome and a place in our hearts that will trust his lead because he gifted enough. 31-Dec-2016
Letter, The (1940)
The simplest of plots, a letter may or may not incriminate you is the basis for a movie that's short on investigation but high on character exposition. Wyler emblazons the screen with exotic culture, vaporous corners and custom support in almost every division. Bette enriches the screen with acting that opens questionably then upsurges as guile and rectitude try to intermingle. Her eyes convey acuity and Davis is top notch acting class snatch. What actor wouldn't want to steal that. Gale Sondergaard as the Eurasian widow is hushed, extreme and imposingly beautiful. There aren't many actors that can slay and convey with such restraint. 09-Nov-2016
Donnie Darko (Director's Cut) (2001)
Every actor is onboard to respect the story and to weave themselves into it without nibbling at the star that created them. At the center, a young Jake Gyllenhaal provides the psychological burnout of himself, his world and the human mysteries of the universe. Kelley sets the movie to boil on medium and entrances us with a sprightly soundtrack, kool versed videos, wit snit and inquest. All fine points, little irritants and time manipulations are eerily resolved as the gilt-edged topper is revealed. Its a slow-burn singe. 17-Oct-2016
Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Nations start wars in which they send valiant men into battle wherein they have to fight lesser men with herculean egos as well as their own. The best war pictures are the ones that can find the humanity in every fighter and respect in all their stories. It's beautifully laid out, played and executed. 11-Jul-2016
It is so refreshing to see adults talking knowingly and developed. The primary player being white playing light skinned black, doesn't deter the virtue of the chronicle or the intentions of the filmmakers. No actor collides with the material but its the tenacity and grace of the women that propels the sentiment and the struggle. Ethel Barrymore liquidates the competition with a nod and a tone, Ethel Waters is a naturally spiritual and impassioned grandmother, Evelyn Varden with her incredulous wit lashes and recompenses the suffering and finally, Jeanne Crain is brave and skilled enough to embody and respect her character's plight against racism and sexism while reserving her white privilege. There are no fraudulent arguments in a world so far ago where people were aware of how demeaning and damaging they could be to others but never caused much change to obliterate it. I left thinking that racism exists in order so that the opportunistic can lay blame on others to continue to unleash sins towards mankind without reparation. 01-Jul-2016
E.T. the Extra-terrestial (1982)
It's small and intimate, the effects need cleaning up but Spielberg has a great fairy tale to spin and he uses all of his talent and resources to make sure we are entertained by it. Spielberg's stamp is everywhere and so is his mood and nucleus. The children are ripe curiosity and ticker tugging joy. The personal references to Star Wars and Jaws add nostalgia and I never realized before how much the score mirrored Wars. The effects may look dowdy but E.T. is still intact and that's all we need to believe. It scares, it soars, it takes us beyond the stars without leaving earth because it's in our head and in our hearts...the child inside that never leaves us but becomes part of our protected family. 20-Apr-2016
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)
Bette's Jane is no clown. The lasting impression is that she was over the top but Davis was smarter than that. She is nothing short of frightening and sad perfection. The twists and turns make sense and are well established. I don't understand why Joan didn't meet Bette at the echelon. She allowed her to steal the whole shebang and win the big dick contest. 24-Mar-2016