Well I was just given an imaginary $50 to watch movies that add up to 50. And let the spree begin!
My first film is Se7en which stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt and is directed by the fabulous David Fincher. If you haven’t seen this crazy movie you should give it a shot because it truly does mess with your mind completely. The premise of the movie is that two detectives (Pitt and Freeman) track down a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) who uses the seven deadly sins as his operation in killing people. With each sin, the killing gets crazy and more gruesome and this movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as you try to find out, first, what the sin is, and secondly, what will happen to the person. This is probably the breakout role for both Pitt and Spacey as they both seemed to garner more mainstream work after appearing in this film. It also launched David Fincher into the role of hot director. he followed this movie up with hits such as Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and The Social Network.
3:10 to Yuma
My next movie is 3:10 to Yuma which is just added together to make-up for the list. This is one of the best and most successful westerns in a long time and next to True Grit is one of the best in the last 5-10 years. Christian Bale and Russell Crowe headline the cast which also includes Ben Foster and Peter Fonda. This is a remake of the 1957 film of the same title. Crowe and Bale make this film and just watching them together is an utter delight. The premise of the movie centers around an outlaw (Crowe) who is captured and is to be escorted to Yuma to head off to jail by a rancher (Bale) who is doing it to pay for some lingering expenses on his land. Director James Mangold, who actually is directing the next Wolverine movie, does a fantastic job making a enjoyable western when this genre has really died out in the past few years at the box office. This is a fun and entertaining watch and is worth a shot, it’s been on TV lately anyway.
The Magnificent Seven
Look another western! This one is the western of all westerns though, a true classic. Steve McQueen headlines the group of men who “fought the seven hundred.” The cast also includes Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner, and Eli James Coburn. The story in this movie is about an oppressed Mexican village that hires the seven to help to defend their homes. Directed by John Sturges who also directed such classics as The Great Escape, Bad Day at Black Rock, and The Eagle Has Landed gave us a outstanding western that still plays as a starting point for any modern westerns that may make their way on the silver screen in modern times. This is a great film to watch if you not only enjoy a good old movie but you also enjoy a great western. Personally I this one was a steal in my spree!
My next pick is the Rob Marshall directed musical, Nine, which proves the point that just because someone directed a successful musical before (Chicago) doesn’t mean they can replicate it even if they have a great cast. Daniel Day-Lewis headlines this strong ensemble that never really hits that ensemble note well. The cast also includes Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, and Judi Dench. This movie follows famous film director Guido Contini (Day-Lewis) as he tries to find harmony in both his personal and professional life as he struggles with relationships with his wife (Cotillard), mistress (Cruz), muse (Kidman), agent (Hudson), and mother (Dench). Daniel Day-Lewis is good in the role but it seems like the script was not nearly as up to par as this movie wanted it to be and it really only had maybe one or two good musical numbers. But nonetheless it covers some cash so naturally I put it on the list.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
The role that made Jack Nicholson a star is my next pick and even though it is only one, it’s still worth putting on the list. The film stars Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, and Danny DeVito and is about a brash rebel (Nicholson) who upon being put in a mental institution rallies the patients together against the nurse (Fletcher) who is more of a dictator than a nurse. It is one of those films that has lines and scenes that you may have seen but never of known where they were from due to how famous it is. It won 5 Oscars in 1976 and was the first film in 41 years to sweep the major categories of the Oscars which includes best picture, actor, actress, director, and screenplay. If you have the chance to watch this film you should because it’s a bonafide classic and is one of those films that is hard to find any flaws in.
My next pick is the latest Fast and Furious film that came out earlier this year, Fast Five. This was a very enjoyable film as it was nothing more than just mindless action and cool stunts and while I may condemn that most of the time the thing that made this movie different was the fact that it knew it was mindless and it accepted it and gave us a fun story as well as great action. The cast for this Fast and Furious has a lot of returns from previous ones including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and added Ludacris and Dwayne Johnson for some for firepower. The stupidity for this movie works and the whole heist at the end is pretty darn fun to watch even if it is kind of silly. It’s an easy pick for something to watch on an afternoon with just nothing else to do and hey it’s worth the cash!
The Sixth Sense
Ha this is from when M. Night Shayamalan was actually someone respectable. The Sixth Sense was his mega-hit and even though it’s not one of my personal favorites it fit into the list well so I just used it. The movie stars Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, and Toni Colette and centers around a boy (Osment) who communicates with spirits who don’t know their dead and goes to a disheartened child psychiatrist (Willis) for help. The main selling point in this movie is the “twist” at the end which when you read the synopsis you can kind of paint the lines as to where it is going. It was nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Best Screenplay, and Best Director. While Shayamalan has gone on to direct such “hits” as The Happening and The Last Airbender he continues to seem to have some pull in Hollywood as it seems like people still give him a shot even if he doesn’t deserve it anymore. Oh well we can just watch Signs, The Village, and Unbreakable and remember the good times.
My final pick is the classic comedy Three Amigos that stars the hilarious Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short. The movie centers around three unemployed actors who accept an invite to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing. Directed by John Landis who also directed The Blues Brothers and Animal House so it’s easy to say he has a strong resume. Writing credits included Steve Martin, SNL’s Lorne Michaels, and Randy Newman so again you can’t go wrong. This hilarious movie is classic Chevy Chase and Steve Martin which combined makes for a wildly entertaining time. So remember thats “A sweater! It’s a sweater!” and “Do you have anything else beside Mexican food?”
Well I believe that that was a good $50 well spent! Hope you enjoy my movie spree and make sure to comment and RT with one of your own!