This time of year, as the Oscar ceremony approaches, I thought it would make sense to do a brief review of my 5 favorite movies.
I won’t tell you how amazing they were or how influential they had on the film industry, but I will give my honest opinion about why these five films deserve to be among the best ever made.
Let’s begin with number five.
Star Wars Episode
Irvin Kershner directed the film. Starring Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford as well as Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels. Cinematography Peter Suschitzky and Gilbert Taylor second unit Photography Editor Paul Hirsch Ace Sound Recording Bill Varney Norman Savage Visual Effects Supervised By Brian Johnson and Richard Edlund Music John Williams
Star Wars, George Lucas’s epic space opera, tells the story about a group led by Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, who attempt to save Princess Leia from the clutches and restore the Galactic Republic.
Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes back is an American epic space opera film that was directed by Irvin Kerner in 1980. The screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett, while George Lucas wrote the story and served as executive producer. It was the second Star Wars film, and it was produced for Lucasfilm Ltd by Gary Kurtz.
Ishiro Honda, Terry O. Morse, and Tomoyuki Tanaka Directed. Starring Akira Takarada. Takashi Shimura. Music by Akira Ifukube. Cinematography Hajime Koizumi Editing done by Kazuji Tanaka Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
1954 saw the emergence of a giant from the deep sea, who attacked Tokyo with his burning breath, destroying everything in its path. The oxygen destroyer, a weapon developed by the Japanese government, disintegrates oxygen atoms in a radius of 180 feet and kills everything within its path. Japan attempts to stop Godzilla’s destructive rampage, but nothing can stop him from continuing his search for food. A Japanese fishing boat is swept into a lake by a tsunami and then attacked by a terrorist who tried to set off a bomb in a volcano. Hiroshi Okumura, a pioneer in robotics, rescues the boat from destruction and returns it to his father. Hiroshi asks his father to help him create a giant robot strong enough to defeat Godzilla.
Gone with the Wind
Sidney Howard wrote the script. Starring Clark Gable and Vivien Lee, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland and Hattie McDaniel Cinematography Ernest Haller & Ray Rennahan Music Max Steiner Editing Hal C. Kern & James E. Newcom Producer David O. Selznick
The American Civil War is coming to an end. Under General William Tecumseh Sherman’s relentless attack, the tide has turned in favor the North. While Scarlett O’Hara, a young and poor woman, is back home trying to manage the daily running of Tara’s family plantation. She has been absent from Charles O’Hara, her husband of security. Rhett Butler is a charming blockade runner and meets Scarlett at a barbecue. Rhett proposes to Tara Scarlett to marry her at the barbeque. Sherman’s men had taken everything, but Tara.
Black and Blue
Directed and written by Jacques Audiard Starring Niels arestrup, Tahar Rahim Music Bruno Coulais Cinematography Tetsuo Nagata Editing Agnes Le Roux Producer Philippe Carcassonne
Abdallah, a young boy living in Paris’s outskirts in the 1980s, is part of a group of Arab boys who live in a dangerous area. They are called “les emeutiers”, and translate as either troublemakers or rioters. Abdallah lives with his mother and Karim, while waiting for release from prison. His father Boubker returned home after ten long years. He only wants to benefit from an inheritance from his brother who has recently died. Abdallah doesn’t know anything about this but is eager to get his father’s approval, even if that means participating in petty crimes.
This movie is a must-see if you haven’t already seen Black and Blue movie.
James Cameron Directed. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Billy Zane and Kathy Bates Music James Horner Cinematography Russell Carpenter Editing Conrad Buff IV. Producer Jon Landau
The RMS Titanic crosses the Atlantic in 1912. A young immigrant from Ireland falls in love with an Eastern European Jewish man. They struggle to make a new life in America together as they encounter hostile city life and social restrictions from their different backgrounds. They finally settle on a place near the Brooklyn Bridge, but an argument causes them to fall into greater poverty. Rose’s fiancé abandons Rose at the altar, leading Jack to the Titanic to purchase a ticket back home.