The Shawshank Redemption has been regarded as one of the greatest movies in modern cinema, directed by Frank Darabont and beautifully acted by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins gives the tale of inmate Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) a young successful entrepreneur who's life dramatically changes when he is found guilty to the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the early 40's the movie shows how Andy deals with the terrible hardships of being an inmate in Shawshank and with the help of his friend Red find solace within one another's company.
I remember watching 12 Angry Men with my grandad, we would often sit down and watch movies together, the first time I saw the movie I found myself fascinated by the writing and the portrayal of the justice system in America at that time period. I couldn't help but think to myself, how many times has something like this actually happened in real life? 12 Angry Men focuses on a first degree murder case, the angry men are in fact the jurors and each of them give their case and argument as to why they believe the defendant is guilty. However, a lone juror believes otherwise...
I'm quite fascinated by Asian cinema, especially by the movie Oldboy. Directed by Chan-wook Park, Oldboy gives the tale of a man who has been imprisoned for 15 years, given no reason why - only that he must live the remainder of his days confined to this one room. Until, one day, he's suddenly released. While looking for revenge, the protagonist, Dae-su discloses dark secrets about his past hoping that it will help him find the answers he's so desperately searching for.
Full Metal Jacket is a disturbing tail of the atrocities of the Vietnam War. A Marine observes the dehumanizing of his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training. Through the marines torment and unwillingness to stand up against his antagonists we slowly see him turn into an instrument of evil. Possibly one of my favourite Kubrick movies. Maybe even my favourite war movie of all time. Full Metal Jacket is incredible.
Luke Skywalker, a young farmer joins the rebel alliance to save Princess Leia from the tyrannical Darth Vader. Sci-Fi at it's very best. I know everyone hates Ewoks and thinks they're quite cunty although Return of the Jedi is probably my favourite from the original trilogy. I loved the other two, however, I have always, even from a young age, found myself drawn to Return of the Jedi. Having said that, I have to thank George Lucas for conceiving such an amazing set of movies. They're really a part of cinema and childhood history. Word is that Disney are planning to release some new Star Wars movies, it will be interesting to see what kind of approach they bring.
The Matrix is a ground breaking Sci-Fi movie which revolutionises the genre. We find Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) lives a very normal life, by day he works as a computer technician and by night computer hacker who goes by the call sign Neo. As time progresses Neo begins to unravel an elaborate facade created by cyber-intelligence, for the purpose of farming humans as fuel to a construct known as The Matrix.
An oldie but a goodie. Singin' in the Rain is regarded as one of the classics. The choreography is superb, the acting is brilliant and the singing isn't too shabby either. Singin' in the Rain see's Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, two famous on-screen silent movie romantics, reach fame and notoriety in Hollywood, that is, until, Don and Lina's new movie is transformed into a musical! Don has the perfect voice for the songs while Lina can't hold a note to save her life. Will the new girl Kathy Selden help save the show?