In my mind, you can't find a better movie out there. Although it is gratuitously violent (at least for the time period that it was filmed) all of that is overshadowed by the power and complexity of the story. The characters are so well played that they non-linear story still makes sense in the end. I never fail to get completely engrossed in this film. I always end up feeling just as frantic as Vincent when Mia overdoses on heroin, and the wave of relief when she takes that first breath after she is injected with adrenaline is almost palpable. Amazing film making!
I really love the time period in which this film takes place. LA in the late 40's/early50's was such a hot spot for culture at the time. I feel that the film does a really good job tackling that without leaving out any details. Plus the redemption story of Bud White from LAPD muscle to true police hero is very well played by Russel Crowe.
This film looks like the black sheep of the list. I like it for different reasons than all of the others though. I just recently re watched it and it was almost as if I was seeing it for the first time again. You can't go wrong with Pat Morita as Mr' Miyagi, an awesome 80's soundtrack and that final "crane technique" kick to win the match. Just an all around fun movie to watch with a mix of action, comedy and a little romance.
I watched this film for the first time in my history of films class when we were focusing on film noir. As my professor said "Double Indemnity is the one we should be watching, but Sunset Boulevard is just so much better"! I think that the cinematography was really striking and amplified by the black and white. Plus, William Holden's internal struggle and Gloria Swanson's external madness played well off each other. You were constantly switching from sympathy to anger as each character progressed through the film. Any film that can turn me on a dime like that is a keeper.
How can anyone not like this movie? It is a classic in every sense of the word. Whether you are talking about the classic scenes (The horse head in the bed, the scene in the hospital with Enzo the baker or the final murders cut between scenes of the babies christening), or the many quotable lines (I'll make him an offer he can't refuse, leave the gun...take the canoli, and of course Maunday...Tuesday...Thursday....Wednesday) this movie never ends once it is turned off. My buddies and I watch the first two on a weekend and will spend the next week talking about them over and over.
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