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Films I’ll Love Forever | The Godfather (1972)
40 years later, still one of the greatest masterpieces in Cinema History. I daresay since, except for its sequel, not a single film has came equally close to it.
Films I’ll Love Forever | The Game (1997)
Directed by David Fincher | Starring Michael Douglas
Easily Fincher’s most overlooked film. But still has that amazing capture for the audience as all his major films do. A true thriller. Keeps you guessing. No way you can predict the ending. As well as one of Michael Douglas’ best performances. Witty, charming, dapper, smart, surprising!
With all the news about Occupy Wall Street, I’d love to be there protesting. To be with the other 99%. But if Patrick Bateman murdered a homeless man simply on the fact that he sees him as a disgusting piece of chewed up gum on the floor that he might step on and ruin his custom made Valentino Couture shoes… Well, I’ll rather blog. It’s five in the morning and I’m writing about a psychotic, neurotic, possible schizophrenic, delusional, serial killer.
Something is wrong with me. Or not.
American Psycho (2000)
Directed by Mary Harron.
Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel of the same name, “American Psycho.”
Starring Christian Bale, Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon, Willem Dafoe, Justin Theroux, and Josh Lucas.
Patrick Bateman: “I’m on the verge of tears by the time we arrive at Espace, since I’m positive we won’t have a decent table. But we do, and relief washes over me in an awesome wave.”
Patrick Bateman: “There is a moment of sheer panic when I realize that Paul’s apartment overlooks the park… and is obviously more expensive than mine.”
American Psycho is one of the very few films I’ve seen that does a justice to its book. But obviously, when films this great are written for the screen, the book will always be more incredible. Bret Easton Ellis was determined to have his novel made into a film. But if any of you have actually ever read it, well, you would know how amazingly graphic it is. Ensuring that if made into an accurate film based on the novel, it would easily have an X-rating by the MPAA. Patrick Bateman was set to be played first by Johnny Depp. When plans failed, Brad Pitt was set to star as the killer. But once more, the production of such ideas never became a reality. Jared Leto and Edward Norton were also considered. And eventually even Leonardo DiCaprio was set to star as Bateman. Yet, in the end, it was Christian Bale who played Patrick Bateman. Who many told Bale that it would be an end to his career if he played such a disturbing character. Which only motivated him more to take the role. Today, his films have made over 2,809,747,500 dollars worldwide since American Psycho.
Patrick Bateman is a spoiled rich thanks to himself, yuppie puppy in designer suits, who is tired of his life. And in dire need of a new… routine. It’s not so much that he hates his normal routine, if anything, he lives up to the exact minute according to his routine. But he’s had enough of the same fancies. The best restaurants are no longer impressive. Improving his apartment isn’t as fun when you find out Paul Allen has a better one. Updating his business card seems feeble when you forget about the watermark. Buying the newest albums aren’t as exciting to listen to unless you’re… telling its story to someone. And fucking escorts and prostitutes at the same time, while recording to it, no longer makes you… come to fruition, for lack of more appropriate words or sayings. He needs a… a new hobby that he’ll not only love, it’ll have to be more… fascinating than anything else the rest of his friends do! The brilliant thing about film is that you never really know if Bateman is truly getting away with gruesome (and creative) murders. Up until end, of course. But it definitely keeps one’s eyes glued onto the screen. It’s always amazing to me to see someone kill with such calm, like Bateman does. Using axes while listening to Huey Lewis. Keeping decapitated heads in your freezer, next to your ice cream. Having an entire cabinet dedicated to “tools.” Going on a mass murder spree until you’re in the confines of your office calling your lawyer hysterically and confessing to all your murders. As well as admitting that you possibly ate a bit of their brains. The film, as horrific as it, is amazing! It flirts with one of the most darkest thoughts I’m sure most of us have from time to time, to kill someone and get away with it. For pleasure, for hate, for recreation. And for the character to be a wealthy 27 year old man who works on Wall Street makes it just that better. It shows we all get bored with life. We all have those boring days, if not, weeks! And instead of watching countless hours of television, or hanging out with friends, this man kills. Patrick is unique in the sense that if he’s imagining it, well, he’s extremely, EXTREMELY, creative. And if he’s actually murdering these people, well, this sentence doesn’t change as the one before. It’s a novel you must read if you’re fascinated by the horrors of the human mind. And a film you must own if you’re easily drawn by the true horror in cinema. This isn’t a gore film filled with buckets of red corn syrup, it’s a look at what might possibly be someone’s reality.
This is not an exit.
My brother and I just finished watching one of our childhood favorites. And I had to make an appreciation post for it. Though it took me about two hours to find all these gifs… But it’s okay, ‘cause I have no life. Alright, let’s begin.
The Sandlot (1993)
Directed by David Mickey Evans.
Starring Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Quintin Adams, Grant Gelt, Shane Obedzinski, Victor DiMattia, Denis Leary, Marley Shelton, and James Earl Jones as Mr. Mertle.
Benny: “Man, you think too much! I bet you get straight A’s and shit!”
Smalls: “No, I got a B once. Well, actually it was an A minus but it should have been a B.”
Benny: “Man, this is baseball, you gotta stop thinking! Just have fun. If you were having fun, you would have caught that ball!”
We all love “The Sandlot.” It’s a film we all WANT to live and we all CAN live. A summer with friends, doing what you love most. It doesn’t necessarily have to be playing Baseball. It can be playing other sports, making a band, painting & drawing, reading & writing, whatever. That’s just one of the reason why the film is so lovable. Friendships + Summer + Favorite activities. It makes for the perfect film. And in a way, it is. It’s goofy, it’s fun, it’s enjoyable, it’s doable. It’s not a film you finish seeing and say, “Well, that’s never going to happen to me.” If anything, you probably have already lived the plot of this film. Except, I’m pretty sure none of you have lost one of your father’s most prized & priceless possessions to an “overly-hyped when it came to its size” canine. Causing you and your friends to devise numerous plans that eventually fail to retrieve the artifact. And in the end, befriend the “beast” and its owner. Or pretended to drown on the deep end of the local community pool to be rescued by the lifeguard who performs CPR, and eventually sneak a kiss on them. But if so, cheers on an awesome summer! “The Sandlot” is great for many reasons. It shows friendship, courage, happiness, acceptance. It has the ingredients for a film that becomes a classic. Now, I’m not saying the film should’ve been Oscar nominated or anything to that sort. But it’s definitely one where if you quote it, most likely you’ll get a smile from a stranger in recognition to your quote.
“You’re killing me, Smalls!”
It is currently 7:26 in the morning as I start this post, and I just finished watching “Friends With Benefits.” Yes, I have no life. Anyways, let’s start.
Friends With Benefits (2011)
Directed by Will Gluck.
Starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.
Co-starring Richard Jenkins, Patricia Clarkson, and Woody Harrelson.
Cameos include Andy Samberg, Emma Stone, Shawn White, Jason Segel, and Rashida Jones.
Sam: “I like Jamie. And she’s pretty too.”
Dylan: “Hey, easy, dude. Don’t you go and cast a spell on her.”
Sam: “I’m a magician, not a wizard. You and your gay Harry Potter.”
Dylan: “You can’t deny that going to Hogwarts wouldn’t be life changing!”
This film was absolutely hilarious for two major reasons; 1.) It was a Hollywood Cliché itself, even as it continuously kept saying in the film that they hated. And 2.) It was a genuine sarcastic, witty, dramatic enough to keep the audience settled, romantic comedy. Which I’m a huge fan of, and I get enough shit from my friends for liking those… So no need to add more salt on my wounds. Anyways! The film was fun. Simple as that. When I watch a film, that’s what I want, whatever the genre. Horror, comedy, drama, sci-fi, family, documentary. I want to say that it wasn’t a waste of my time. Just as the film said, once more, cuing “Soul Sister” at the end to ensure to me that I did. Another cliché. Even though I despise that fucking song. *blinks.* But none the less, it was a good film.
I loved how well the movie played with cameos! It was incredibly awesome to see how many stars participated in the film. Richard Jenkins showed us his usual charming swag. Woody Harrelson was a major surprise! Everything he said was a riot for my lungs! Amazing to see him act as a very gay man. Obviously, it was joke, but still shows how talented he is. The movie also had many sneak-ins. One of my favorites being when Mila Kunis’ character “Jamie” is picking up Justin Timberlake’s character “Dylan” from the airport. She uses a sign from a previous driver who was picking up “O. Penderghast.” Will Gluck , the director of “Easy A,” added this little joke. Being as Olive Penderghast was the main character of his last film. Emma Stone also appears in the beginning of the film as Dylan’s girlfriend. And no name is ever given, so many are wondering if there was a connection between the two films. The clichés used in the film were very clever. The typical friendship of boy and girl. Sex, sex, sex. Comedy in the bedroom. Dramatic in-between fight that sets the make-up between the two. And of course, the incredibly impossible scenario where the boy gets the girl back by doing something so utterly sweet that she forgives and takes him back the second she sees him. All in all, it’s a cute film, with two very attractive stars. One of those films where if you are watching it with someone you’re… close with, it’ll set the mood for… imitation. Definitely one for the shelves if you’re a fan of overly cute shit. *No blink cause I’m okay with that word.*
It is currently 9:20 in the morning as I finish this post. Yes, I have no life.
One of my all-time personal favorites.
The Hangover (2009)
Directed by Todd Phillips.
Starring Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha.
Alan: “It says here we should work in teams. Who wants to be my spotter?”
Doug: “I don’t think you should be doing too much gambling tonight, Alan.”
Alan: “Gambling? Who said anything about gambling? It’s not gambling when you know you’re gonna win. Counting cards is a foolproof system.”
Stu: “It’s also illegal.”
Alan: “It’s not illegal. It’s frowned upon, like masturbating on an airplane.”
Phil: “I’m pretty sure that’s illegal too.”
Alan: “Yeah, maybe after 9/11, where everybody got so sensitive. Thanks a lot, bin Laden…”
It’s the film we’ve all seen before in many other films, but with an awesome twist! By that, I mean that we’ve all seen the idiotic things most guys get themselves into. And rather than face the consequences and fez up to their wives and/or girlfriends, they attempt to fix it themselves. Which tends to become an even worse mistake. Drunken adventures were taken to heights that, at times, seemed unbelievable in “The Hangover.” But to be honest, I’m more than sure that everything that occurs in the film has happen at least once to the tourists that visit Vegas. From wrecking your villa. To losing a friend. From counting cards. To accidentally getting married. And of course, a horrible hangover. I think that’s why the film worked so well. It’s filled with situations that you personally don’t believe can happen, but is it really that much of an impossibility?
One of the things that I absolutely love in film was when Ed Helms’ character “Stu” pulled his tooth out to prove he simply could, being he was a dentist. But in reality, the actor has never had that tooth. The tooth pulled out in the film was a fake and his character’s smile is his own genuine smile. Another thing I loved was that the people in Vegas didn’t notice that the film was being made. Actor Bradley Cooper, who played “Phil,” said that no one noticed he was a complete mess, with tiger claw scratches on his neck, blood on his shirt, a horrible tan. Not one person did a double take on him. All seemed “normal,” after all it’s Vegas. Many actors turned down numerous roles in the film, since they believed the film would bomb. Saying it seemed too ridiculous, too cliché. But most have later said that it was a complete mistake that they regret. The film was an obvious success. Being one of the highest grossing R-rated films of all time. Bringing in over $270,000,000 worldwide. With a sequel already made and a triquel (is that even a word?) already in production, the film is definitely one for the shelves. And so is the next, and so is the next after that. And if a fourth one is made, then it just shows that this film has a drinking problem. But I would still love it.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Directed by Doug Liman.
Starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Co-Starring Vince Vaughn, Adam Brody, Kerry Washington, Keith David, and Michelle Monaghan.
John: “I have to tell you… I’ve never really liked your cooking… It’s not your gift.”
Jane: “Hmm… Baby, I’ve never cooked a day in my life. I-Temp Girls cooked.”
John: “… Web of lies!!”
The film that destroyed a marriage, but gave way to probably the biggest one, afterwards. Now, yes, I know that Mr. & Mrs. Smith isn’t a cinematic classic. But it has definitely been one of my favorites to watch in the past years. It’s incredibly witty. It’s charming. It’s very seductive. It’s entertaining. Just like the main stars.
Basically, it’s not a film with characters, it’s a film about Brad Pitt and Angie Jolie. The plot is simple, no major twists. And obviously, the film itself admits it’s just for fun when you see Adam Brody wearing a “Fight Club” shirt, the copied tango scene from “True Lies,” and the copied tea cup/wine bottle from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” None the less, it’s a ‘must own’ for any film collector. Many other actors and actresses were considered for the roles of John and Jane Smith. From Will Smith and Catherine Zeta-Jones to Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett. Yet, in the end, I personally couldn’t imagine any other duo playing Mr. and Mrs. Smith other than Brad and Angie. But Hollywood rumors are floating around that another Mr. & Mrs. Smith is in the making, with a new couple dubbed, “Mr. & Mrs. Jones.”
Favorite Villain #1: The Joker
“You have nothing, nothing to threaten me with. Nothing to do with all your strength.”
The Joker is like a natural disaster.
Just as simple as that, A Natural Disaster.
It’s not about whether he was meant or wasn’t meant to be.
(Like when a tornado finally connects with a storm or a tropical storm becomes a hurricane.)
It’s that he does and we have to deal with it.
And there’s no way that there isn’t going to be a mess.
That nothing can frighten him, because he has no sense of life.
He doesn’t respect the living.
He doesn’t care for living.
He doesn’t make a living.
He lives only cause he is.
No reason for his existence except for the fact that he does.
In honor of my all-time favorite director, David Fincher.
And bear with me, followers. For this will be one of my longest posts ever.
Fight Club (1999)
Directed by David Fincher.
Starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meatloaf, and Jared Leto.
Tyler Durden: “Welcome to Fight Club.
- The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.
- The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!
- Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.
- Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight.
- Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas.
- Sixth rule: No shirts, no shoes.
- Seventh rule: fights will go on as long as they have to.
- And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight.”
Most people who “love” Fight Club are blind to see the main reason it was trying to point out.
That society is hypnotized.
That we are the new slaves of a generation that does not matter in history.
We will not be remembered.
We are not special.
Just like everyone before.
And like everyone after.
Some understand the message that has always lied beneath the surface. But most don’t ever see it in their entire lives. Famous or unknown. Poor or rich. You are a society zombie. You are a law zombie. You are a media zombie. You need to have an opinion on everything. You follow rules you don’t agree on. You buy what they sell. You don’t have any choice on this.
You watch what they show. Notice that they put all the mindless crap on television into “The Supreme Dish/Cable Combo for only $19.99 for the first twelve months!” Because after that, you’re too dead in your mind to think for yourself. All the commercials for gym equipment, Viagra, tampons that control your leak, eighteen year olds showing their tits for a t-shirt, make-up, perfume, fast food, diet supplements, “cigarettes kill” advertisements (but you want one afterward.) suck you in more and more.
You value the opinions of “style” and “popularity” from those “fashion” networks, magazines, and designers. You think that a bomb exploding in a city you don’t care about, soldiers dying, starving children in Africa is a tragedy. Yet, it leaves your mind almost instantaneously after something else is mentioned or shown. Big tits and a curvy ass is what makes a woman, a woman. Huge biceps and rock hard abs are what makes a man, a man. You work a job you hate to save up money for the things that control you. From the food that affects your health to the Wal-mart super deals of $5 DVD sales. All put together to be the back bone to a now failing economy.
You blame political leaders for something that will never physically or mentally affect you. More taxes and war. That doesn’t, nor will it matter. They’ll put in a history book and fifty years from now, the next mindless generation will be taught. Capitalism is shit. Yet, you don’t understand what it means. You just play along. Why? Because you live in America, or at least in a part of the world that refers itself to be “Civilized”. Still though murder, crime, poverty, political aggression, dictating corporations that control your money, angry citizens and residents, drugs and gangs, racism, sexism, insanity and sanity are all very much alive more than anywhere else in the world.
Now. For some of you, these are the reasons why you like Fight Club;
- You like seeing violence without being a part of it. Or as the civilized monkeys like to call it, “being a victim.”
- You like seeing what Hollywood suggests is going to be the new craze. All those fake Fight Clubs that popped up after the movie were amateur idiots.
Fight Club wasn’t about fighting to let anger out. Or to show your masculinity.
Fight Club was about breaking society’s rules of acceptance.
To feel alive and content, not by the pain, but of the aliveness that you individually have. You don’t need pornography to feel the satisfaction of ejaculation for a minute. You don’t need the material possessions that everyone will envy you for. You don’t need five zeros in your bank account to say you are rich. You don’t need anything. The cold of the night does not change if you are powerful or weak. If you have a mansion or homeless. It just is.
Yet, we all are blindly skipping the very fact of the film.
That it’s a hypocrite to itself.
Everything it stands for wasn’t a lie.
Everything in the film is true.
But it is hypocrisy at its best.
Why? Because you pay to watch it.
You see Brad Pitt.
You see Edward Norton.
You are contributing your slave sweated dollars to the very institution the film says TO NOT FOLLOW!
PROVING THAT YOU ARE A MINDLESS CONTROLLED SLAVE OF SOCIETY!
I, myself, am contradicting this very post.
Why? Cause I am wasting my time on something most won’t read on a website that is connect to the internet I pay for every month on the computer I bought with those very addicting dollars from the job I find no pleasuring satisfaction.
Why do we work?
- For money.
- To ensure the safety of our family from the negativity of the world.
We go in everyday to work for hours!
Wasting the only life we have to receive a pay that is not worth our time.
We are willing to waste years on this. But if someone offered a million dollars for your death, chances are you‘ll skip that offer. Why? Cause death is freighting? Cause death is the end? No. That’s what society wants you to think. From the corporations, to your employer, the policemen that “protect and serve the law” (not the people) who rely on your tax dollars, to your very family. Who, yes, will be sadden by your death, but at the same time, worried at the financial stability. They make you believe that because they lose one more. One more space monkey.
This very country fought that system.
That they didn’t need the controlling tyranny of a law they didn‘t accept. Of order they refused to follow. Something they didn’t agree on. And they called it an acceptable revolution. Now, only three hundred years later. We are the dictators of the world. You invade a country, we will kill your men to make your country weaker. You have more jobs than us? We find ways to bargain with you to get our share of the greed. We have become the very thing we have fought.
That is what the entire message was about.
To be free.
Not from society.
From war or violence or crime or poverty.
Or from love or happiness or peace.
But to be free from yourself.
To be free in life.
To Know. Not Fear. But Know That Someday You’re Going to Die.
And that all of this was for nothing.
“But that’s me, and I could be wrong. Maybe it’s a terrible tragedy...”