My knowledge about the movie industry is very limited. The reason behind that is very clear to me, but more often than not, absolutely unclear to my friends. Recalling films that I really enjoyed requires effort, let alone remembering the list of films that I just watched. First of all, I am very deprived of time — it is much more beneficial for me to study or to at least read a book instead of watching a film. Additionally, TV shows with many episodes are much easier to absorb and they are more engaging. You have up to 10 seasons to learn characters, understand their intentions, analyze their actions. Mental connection between a character and me is also vital for me, and watching TV shows I have more time to link, to unite, to connect. Finally, it is extremely difficult to even choose a movie to watch. Some might say it is simple — use reviews to check if it is good, listen to your friends’ recommendations. However, I realized, even these things may be highly unreliable.
To give you an example, I once wanted to watch something that could create Christmas mood on the days before the holidays. During my life, I have heard several times about the movie ‘Home alone’ which is an American comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, and Catherine O’Hara.
With $10 million budget, the box office was $476.7 million, it was the highest-grossing live-action comedy until The Hangover Part II in 2011, and it made Culkin a child star. This film is believed to be the best Christmas movie of all times.
So full of hope I started watching it to check what the fuss was all about. Well, I didn’t like it much. I could see the appeal, but, honestly, I wasn’t really impressed. To start with, Macauley Culkin was not bad but I wasn’t really blown away by his acting skills and, to be honest, I thought he was actually rather obnoxious. The whole concept was not very clear , the film itself was quite joyless. The ‘robbers’ seemed to overplay a little, and for me it was embarrassing to watch. Frankly, I was really upset because I expected much more.
The film I thought I would not like, but in fact I really enjoyed is “Green Book” which is a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama buddy film directed by Peter Farrelly. Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley and Italian American bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard.I am ready to watch it again and again which is quite a marker of a good movie for me. Green Book is awesome, it glides the surface of deeply emotional, complex issues which is extremely thought-provoking.
Starring performances from an excellent Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali make the film especially enjoyable. Both actors imbue their roles with precision. Though it is quite clear how some moments between them are going to play in the end, it is amusingly joyful to watch it from start to finish.
There is also one film which I am enamored of — ‘The Untouchables’, but my best friend, unfortunately, doesn’t like it. Maybe it is because the movie is French and she is not fond of foreign movies. Anyway, I can’t understand why.
There’s a rich white Frenchman who loves classical music and modern art who hires Driss, a black man from a large, complicated family living in a small apartment. He got him out of his everyday routine. The process of changing the Frenchman’s life provides a lot of the film’s humor. Perhaps, in a way, Driss knows this is what Philippe needs and wants, and that is why the characters create a perfect alliance.