Sadly, we pause from movies to say goodbye again to an actor who dedicated his life to entertaining the world through his characters.
Richard Attenborough passed at the age of 90 on Aug 24.
When I mentioned him in conversation this week, I have gotten many different replies: Who?
The Jurassic Park guy?
Review by Elliott
Pre-Crime Public Service Announcer: Imagine, a world without, murder. 6 years ago, the homicidal rates had reached epidemic proportions. It seemed that only a miracle could stop the blood shed, but instead of 1 miracle, we were given 3, the precognitives. Within 3 months of the precrime program, the homicidal rates in the District of Columbia had reduced 90 percent.
Lamar Burgess: 6 Years in the precrime program, and there hasn’t been a single murder.
Pre-Crime Public Service Announcer: Now, the system can work for you.
Attorney General Nash: We want to make sure that this great system is what will keep us safe will also keep us free.
Review by Amber
First off, I have to confess that I’m a little biased. I love Woody Allen. If a movie is written and/or directed by Woody Allen, I will go see it, and probably love it. Combine that with my love of Paris, and this film could almost do no wrong. Midnight in Paris is the story of a wide-eyed optimist, Gil Pender (played by Owen Wilson), who has settled for what is easy and convenient, but dreams of something more. With a quirky touch of magical realism, as only Woody Allen can achieve, Gil is transported from present-day Paris to different romantic eras that were high points in art and culture. Continue Reading
Review by Gene
Tom Hanks is known for a lot of different roles in his career. An army sergeant, a police detective, a world traveling simpleton and even an astronaut. But a gangster? Road to Perdition won’t top many charts of all-time best gangster films, but it may be one of the most beautifully made. It won the Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2003, and was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, and also earned Paul Newman a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, being the final screenplay Mr. Newman ever appeared in before his death in 2008, according to IMDb. Road to Perdition tells the story of a hitman and his son, and how the choices they make for themselves have dire consequences for each other. (minimal spoilers ahead)
We here at LTBM said our farewells to comedian and actor Robin Williams this last week. However, I wanted to be sure to also recognize one of Hollywood’s intriguing ladies from the silver screen, Lauren Bacall. Being the eldest of our blog group I find that I have a different advantage over the other writers: age. Growing up I had a mother, grandparents, and great-grandparents that all enjoyed the classic movies. Our TV was often found on the channels that played the movies that were known before color was introduced to films.
I really love movies–from all different decades and genres and countries–so it was really tough (read “impossible and borderline painful”) to narrow this down from 50 to just 10. But here it goes: Continue Reading
They say a high turnover rate is a sign of a poor business model. Well, good thing we don’t make any money off this blog :) We’ve had a handful of changes recently here at LTBM which are probably best described as “bittersweet”. I like to save the best for last so here is the “bitter” portion of that news…
Review by Logan
Sometimes it’s hard, living in America, to truly appreciate what religious persecution is. We see some forms of it, with political events that sometimes challenge our religious freedom, or in some forms of discrimination in the workplace, but in general, we don’t really know what it’s like. We don’t know what it’s like to be threatened with execution because we believe something different from our religious leaders. We can’t grasp the scenario wherein we face excommunication for sharing the Bible with the common man. Martin Luther did, and even more impressive, he marched on anyway, literally changing the world. That’s what makes his story so compelling, and this film so inspiring.
This past Monday evening the country was stunned with news of the passing of Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams at the age of 63. As reported by many news outlets, Williams’ death is the result of an apparent suicide after battling years of depression and substance abuse. Widely considered the funniest man alive in the mid-90’s, and also capable of tackling deep dramatic roles, Robin Williams leaves behind a wife and two children.
Review by Eric
I grew up with the TMNT. I had nearly every toy made. I even had a couple of costumes. I was excited when I was 8 years old that they were making a live action movie. I got to say, from an 8 year old’s perspective it didn’t disappoint. I had a mix of emotions when I was going to see the 2014 not so “live” action movie. Early on there was talk that the Turtles would be from outer space and other horrible rumors. Because of this my biggest emotion was fear, fear that producers would ruin one of my childhood favorites. (some spoilers ahead)