Recent Purchases: Episode 8

Hello, my friends! It is time for this long dead series to return to the blog. If you are new, let me explain what the hell this is all about. This show “Recent Purchases” is where I will simply write about how I have bought some new movies/books/CDs/etc. Now that the obvious shit is out of the way, let’s do it!

Movies: Lord of War (2005)
               The Rock (1996)
American History X (1998)
Interstellar (2014) (Sidenote: Actually, my brother got this for me)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

And that’s really it. And by “recent” I mean within the past few months. And with all that said I leave you.

Have a good one!

My Top 10 Favorite Movies of all time

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The other day I talked about how it was my 1 year anniversary on wordpress and that I wanted to celebrate that with a very special “Top 10 list”. And that is a promise I intended to keep… so here we go. The reason why I chose this topic for my celebratory “Top 10” is because I wanted to give you something special and the fact that these are my favorite movies of all time makes it special to me because like I said, they are my favorites so I can pretty much gush about them all I want (and then some). Now for some ground rules.

#1: Like any other list you can not start bitching about stuff if a movie YOU don’t like is on this list. It’s my personal opinion and that is how it goes. I respect your opinion and I hope you’ll do the same for me.

#2: These movies are not the theoretically best. They don’t always have the best performances, they don’t have the most Oscar wins, these are simply movies that I personally love. They are near and dear to my heart. All of these are on here for different reasons.

Now since all of that is settled… let’s begin counting down… “My Top 10 Favorite Movies of all time”!

Number 10: 25th Hour (2002)
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Starting off the list is the Spike Lee directed drama about drug dealer Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) who only has 24 hours left of freedom before he has to go to jail. The plot is simple but is filled with so many layers that it almost kinda baffles me. It’s a deep look into Monty’s life as to how he reacts to the world and his loved ones in his last day of freedom. The performances in this movie are truly great. I think Edward Norton got snubbed for an Oscar nomination in this movie, you’ll know what I am talking about if you have seen hiw little *ahem* “monologue”. This movie is truly great and should be watched by all.

Number 9: Catch Me if You Can (2002)
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You start seeing a pattern here? Don’t worry, 2002 is over after this entry on the list. “Catch Me if You Can” is a well-executed, well-acted movie about one of the greatest scams in all of history. Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) has been going around as a plane captain, a doctor and more… before even turning 21! The movie got both really good drama and really good comedy. The acting is really great as well with Christopher Walken stealing the show every time he is in a scene. I can already say that this is my favorite Steven Spielberg movie. Sure, I love “E.T.”, “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park”, but when I think of my favorite Spielberg movie… it’s this.

Number 8: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
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Going a bit old school here with this Jack Nicholson classic. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is about criminal R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) who gets sent to a mental institution and starts to kind of rebel against… everything, particularly the head of it all, Nurse Ratched (Lousie Fletcher). This is a movie that got a great story, fantastic acting and some great direction by Milos Forman. This movie is pretty much everything you could want it to be. Critical against society, dramatic, funny, heartfelt and so much more. And that fishing scene… my god, the fishing scene, I love it so much! This is really the movie that sot of solidified Jack Nicholson as an A-list actor. Sure, he had a few Oscar nods under his belt, but this is really what made people go “We need this man in more movies, NOW!”. And I agree with them, this is a fantastic movie with a fantastic performance by Nicholson. And the ending of the movie serisously got me bawling my eyes out, it was so great yet so depressing. This is a fantastic movie.

Number 7: Se7en (1995)
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Yes I do see the irony of this one. And to be honest with you, it came on there by pure accident. I watched it, I loved it and it ended up at number 7. So “Se7en” (Se-Seven-En) is about two detectives (Brad Pitt & Morgan Freeman) investigating a series of murders who all seem to have some kind of relation to one of the seven deadly sins… hence the title “Se7en” (Se-Sev, oh fuck it!). To start it off… this is a disturbing movie. Here is a tip to you if you haven’t seen it yet… don’t eat anything while watching this, it is too disturbing/disgusting. The performances are really good and the score by Howard Shore was great. And yes I will gush over the direction in 3, 2, 7… It is directed by David Fincher… David Fucking Fincher. The guy is a masterclass director and he showed it early on here… “Ali3n” (Ali-Three-En) does not count. This movie is great on so many aspects. And whatever anyone else says, the ending is one of the best there ever was. I have to commend the movie for how much balls it got for doing some of the things it did. “Se7en” is a great crime-thriller that should not be missed (Don’t eat during it!).

Number 6: American History X (1998)
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I am not a nazi. I just couldn’t find a better wallpaper. But to the movie itself! If you thought “Se7en” was ballsy, then you have not seen anything yet. “American History X” is about neo nazi Derek (Edward Norton) who gets out of prison and then tries to get his little brother (Edward Furlong) out of it. This movie is one of the most powerful I have ever seen. So many scenes in this movie stick in my mind to this very day and I have not seen the movie since last year. I think the one that stuck the hardest though is the one that is portayed in the picture above. Derek kills two black guys who were part of a group that ruined his truck. The first one dies from a gunshot… quick and easy. The other one however gets a more brutal way to go. He gets his mouth put to the curb and *boom* smashed. This movie is brutal, it is violent but it is also a truly gripping movie about family(ish). I love this movie so much. And the ending is a real shocker in my opinion. For one I did not see it coming and secondly it just came out like *BAM!* and suddenly I was like “Holy shit, what the fuck!?”. But this movie is really fantastic and should be watched.

Number 5: The Matrix (1999)
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Going from an incredibly serious and realistic drama to a kinda serious yet campy and not very realistic action movie. It is the late 90’s action movie that put the Wachowskis on our radar and gave us some amazing action scenes to marvel at. “The Matrix” is about hacker Thomas “Neo” Anderson (Keanu “Woaw” Reeves) who discovers “The Matix” and becomes an ultra badass. I think it is obvious why I love this. It got some of the greatest action ever put to film but at the same time poses some pretty good philosophical questions. I also love seeing Keanu Reeves xo stuff. He could sit and read the menu for a chinese restaurant and it would still be entertaining. But “The Matrix” is overall a great movie.

Number 4: Inception (2010)
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Staying on the theme of mindfuck we got the 2010 Best Picture nominee “Inception”. The directing is fantastic, the acting is great, the score by Hans Zimmer is perfect and it got some really good action in there as well. I also love all the dream-related things in this movie with like how they twist and turn the world around them and how all that works… that shit is cool. I also love the directions they take the story in. I think it really works. And to be completely honest I absolutely adore the ending because of how ambiguous it is. It has sparked endless discussion and I absolutely love when that stuff happens. Oh right, story. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio, returning on the list) is a theif who infiltrates people’s dreams. He gets tasked with planting an idea in the head of a rich guy who is about to inherit his father’s company. What idea? Taking the company down. And complex ideas commence in an awesome way. This movie is fantastic, just watch it.

Number 3: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
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You knew I would put at least one western on this list. Question was though “Which one would it be?”. It was really no competition about it. The ultimate Clint Eastwood classic about some bounty hunters who are looking for a treasure. HUGE in scope, well-acted, badass and containing one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. And as you guys know, I love me a good western… and this was more than good… this was FANTASTIC! I also love Clint Eastwood, he is THE man. That scene at the graveyard is also one of the best ever created, you know which one I am talking about (if you have seen the movie). I highly recommend watching this movie because it is so badass and awesome.

Number 2: Drive (2011)
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“Drive” is one of those movies that is so stylishly directed that it should be a flaw but it only becomes a strength. Story is about a mysterious stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) who doubles as a getaway driver. But he gets involved in some mobster stuff and shit hits the fan. To be honest when I first heard about this movie was through a poster I saw once and thought it would be like “Fast & Furious 92” or “Transporter 4”. So then I saw it and it was a drama with some action in it. People got disappointed at that. I on the other hand loved it so much. I thought it was better than what I expected it to be. The story is great, the acting is tremendous, the music is euphoric and the directing is fantastic. “Drive” is one of those movies that I can watch several times every year and never get bored with it… and it is a slow drama (with a 1 hour 40 minute time frame). I adore this movie so much that I try to push it on people who hasn’t seen it yet. I’ve managed on two people so far and I am working on more.

NUMBER 1: FIGHT CLUB (1999)
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You should have seen this coming… you really should have seen this coming. I gush over it all the time and have gone as far as to have done TWO reviews of it. Okay, less gushing, more story. A nameless insomniac (Edward Norton, returning on the list) meets a cool and maybe batshit crazy soap maker named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt, returning on the list) and they start a “Fight Club”. And then said Fight Club escalates to so much more than possible. That is really all I can say without giving away too much. But I would be surprised if you have not seen this movie yet. It is one of the most popular movies ever. This movie is weird, twisty-turny, hilarious and awesome. And by hilarious I really mean hilarious, I love the type of dark comedy they have in the movie. The movie is also pitch-perfectly directed… know why? Two words: David (fucking) Fincher. That’s kinda fun. Second Fincher/Pitt team-up on the list… and it features my favorite actor of all time (Edward Norton) as a main character… it was really made for me. To me this movie is perfect, I love this so much that I quote it at least a few times every week… and I watched it six times last year alone. I might have a slight obsession with this movie, but I don’t care because I adore it so much. “Fight Club” is my favorite movie of all time and it will stay that forever.

So those were my Top 10 Movies of all Time. I hope you enjoyed reading that because it was a lot of hard work making it. It was also really fun making it. Here’s to many more good years on here with more fun stuff like this!

So here is my question to you; What is YOUR favorite movie of all time? Comment below, let me know!

I’ll see you later!

Top 10 Heartbreaking movie deaths

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How’s it going guys? Today it is time for something I rarely do on the blog (this is the second time actually) and that something is a countdown/Top List. Why did I decide to do one now of all times? Well there is no other reason than me just feeling like making it. So please don’t be too harsh with me in the end since I am not overly used to these things. But enough of that! Time to introduce the list (Which I technically already did if you loked at the title of the post). So yes, my first real Top 10 will be about deaths in movies. But no just any old deaths, oh no! These are deaths of characters who played a fairly big/important role in a movie. So if you didn’t get it already, this list will be filled with spoilers for different movies. So read this at your own risk. And just to make it clear, this list is based on my opinion and is not representative of the entire population. So if there is some heartbreaking death you’d like to mention, make you own list and/or comment on this post. So without further ado, let’s get to it!

Ladies and gentlemen… My Top 10 Heartbreaking deaths in movies!

Number 10: Drive (2011).
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Starting off at number 10 is the fantastic 2011 crime-drama “Drive” (Which happens to be my 2nd favorite movie). In this movie we see Ryan Gosling as a stunt driver with a mysterious past and problems he gets involved with. And since I started the list with that you would probably assume I am gonna talk about Ryan Gosling dying (Which he for the record does not do). No, I am talking about a death that happened late in the movie. And while the death itself isn’t that shocking or too extreme for your heart, it is still worth a mention. I am of course talking about the death of the Driver’s mentor and father figure Shannon (Bryan Cranston). The reason the death affected me a bit is not only because the guy was played by Bryan Cranston, but also because he was a very likeable guy. Yes, he kind of used the Driver to get money and stuff, but he was still a witty and just likeable guy. And seeing him getting killed by Bernie (Albert Brooks) was kind of sad. And therefore he gets a spot on this list.

Number 9: In Bruges (2008).
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Next up is the black comedy “In Bruges” which is a movie that really shows how good of an actor Colin Farrell actually is. This movie is one that really surprised me with not only how good it was, but also how much drama there also was considering the trailer made it look a lot more comedic than it was. But in general I thought it was a great movie. But the death we are talking about today is the very last one in the movie where the character of Ray (Colin Farrell) gets gunend down by his boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) in the movie’s climax. Why this is so heartbreaking is because just like Shannon in “Drive”, Ray is just a likeable guy. The reason he is being gunned down is because at a previous job he fucked up and basically is too guilt-stricken to be of use to Harry. And I admit, I didn’t really cry at Ray’s unfortunate death but it still got to me and is therefore on this list.

Number 8: Blood Diamond (2006)
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The next death we have on the list is from the 2006 action-drama “Blood Diamond”. And this time, like the last entry it is the main character who dies. After aquiring the titular Blood Diamond (Explanation: A diamond which has gotten naturally colored red(ish) and happens to be worth a lot), our characters Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) runs toward a helicopter to get their asses out of there. But Danny feels that he will die soon and should stay behind. So Solomon gets to the chopper while Danny lies on a hill with a beautiful view and a final call to his love interest Maddy (Jennifer Connelly). And so Danny falls asleep on top of that hill, with a  beautiful view, knowing he had done something good. This is a death that got to me a little more, not only because of Danny being a pretty awesome character, but also because his final scene was built up in such a way that made it a hell of a lot more beautiful. Great movie with a beautiful and heartbreaking death scene in the end.

Number 7: Unforgiven (1992).
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At the number 7 spot is the kind of underrated early 1990’s western “Unforgiven”, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Why do I call it “kind of underrated”? Because while it did get a lot of cred as a good movie, I feel like it was even better than most people says it is… both as a western and as a movie in general. But that is not the point. The point here is to see who died and made an impact on me doing so! And that is the character of Ned (Morgan Freeman) being tortured with a whip, killed and put up on display by the evil Sheriff Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman). This is not easy to take since he wasn’t just a well-written and great character, but also because he was tortured and put on display as his old friend William Munny (Clint Eastwood) sees his corpse. This really hit me because of all those things and yes, because I like Morgan Freeman. But this is so well set up and just shows how brutal the west (especially corrupt Sheriffs) could be.

Number 6: Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix (2007)
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Oh yeah, you know what I’m talking about. That really heartbreaking death in the 5th installment in the “Harry Potter” franchise. The one that shocked everybody. That’s right… HARRY POTTER (Daniel Radcliffe)! Nah, just kidding. As you may have expected I am of course talking about the death of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman). Sure, he isn’t one of those characters that got super much screen time but he was still awesome! Especially since they gave him a little more development in this one and made him really fucking likeable. And then they had a really cool fight scene between Harry and his friends with the titular “Order of the Phoenix” against the Death Eaters. And then when Harry and Sirius got the upper hand against Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs), Sirius gets killed by Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter). This moment came as a surprise and really got me. This moment really pulled at my heartstrings and actually made me tear up a little bit.

Number 5: Tombstone (1993)
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If you have not seen this movie yet then not only are you risking getting spoiled but it will also make me wonder why you have not seen this movie yet. It is pretty fucking amazing! Anyway, in this movie we follow gunslinger Wyatt Earp (Kurt Rusell) as he tries to bring law and order to the town of Tombstone. Sure, he gets help from his brothers as well but thoses are not the interesting ones here, oh no. The interesting character (and dying one) is Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer). I admit, I kinda saw the death coming the entire movie but still felt emotion when it happened. And how did I know he would die? Because the guy had tuberculosis and back then it was pretty incurable. But the reason it still left and emotional scar on me is because it was really well set up, really well-acted and just really got to me. In the final scene we see the friendship between Doc and Wyatt as they play cards as Doc is getting ready to leave this world. This scene realyl brought a tear to my eye and that is why it is on this list.

Number 4: Terminator 2 – Judgment Day (1991).
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This entry on the list might seem a bit weird, but hear me out. The impact the death I will be talking about left is to me one of the most surprising impacts ever. I never thought I would be emotionally scared by a robot played by Arnold Schwarzenegger being lowered into lava after shooting Robert Patrick into the very same lava. Also, Arnold giving us a thumbs up as he is lowered is just fucking awesome. But when I saw this for the first time I cried like a little baby. The second time I cried a little less (maybe because I knew it was going to happen), but it still means it left an impact on me. And that is a thumbs up in my book!

Number 3: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
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This is one of the most perfect movies ever made. I am not even kidding. This movie is fantastic in every aspect of the word. And maybe that adds to the sadness that is the death of main protagonist R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson). After going through a lobotomy and have gotten himself turned into a vegetable for being too rebellious. So since his friend “The Chief” (Will Sampson) can’t escape with his friend he decides to show mercy to him and choke him out with a pillow. This scene was not easy to watch, it really reached into me and just made me cry my eyes off. Seriously, I had to pick them up from the floor. But this scene really was well done and couldn’t be any better.

Number 2: American History X (1998)
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This is most certainly one of my favorite movies of all time. There are few movies (in my opinion) that can be as disturbing yet so awesome as this movie. And no, I am not talking about the “Curb stomp” scene as the death for this entry on the list since that character only contributed to that scene but it wasn’t sad at all. No I am talking about the very last scene of the movie where Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong) is suddenly shot by a black guy simply because he used to be a skinhead. But the tragedy lies in when his older brother Derek (Edward Norton) finds out and runs into the school bathroom where Danny lies on the ground, shot. Derek sits down next to his dead brother and just holds him, crying. This scene really broke my hearts in many ways. A lot of it thanks to Edward Norton being a fantastic actor and because it was just incredibly well done. The movie never lost momentum (in my opinion) and really ended on a high note. Fun fact: In the original script there was another part to the ending where after Danny had died, Derek would shave his head again. But Norton got it changed… and I think it was for the better. Because one more scene/part would have kind of made the ending less impactful.

Number 1: The Green Mile (1999)
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This movie… this fucking movie. Great writing, great acting, great music, great drama… this movie is just great! You know which death I am talking about. That final execution of John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan). Throughout the movie we get to know this gentle giant and find out he is innocent when it comes to the murder of those two little girls. As we find out, it was actually Sam Rockwell who did it. But alas, they can never prove it and therfore poor Mr. Coffey gets executed in the most heartbreaking scene in any movie ever (my opinion). Not only that the scene is done in a way that makes YOU the viewer cry, but seeing the prison guards (Including Tom Hanks, Barry Pepper and more) cry as well just makes the scene so damn sad. I swear, this scene made me cry like a little baby. You might complain “UUUUH, The movie is too fucking long!”. But believe me, it doesn’t feel that long and the payoff at the end is worth it. This movie has the most heartbreaking death in a movie ever (My opinion). I should have also mentioned, animals are not fair game when it comes to this stuff.

And that’s it really. But what is a list like this without a few honorable mentions? First up we have the death of Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) in “End of Watch”. Then we have Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) in “Gladiator”. Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) in “Godzilla”. Dan Evans (Christian Bale) in “3:10 to Yuma”. And that is it for this time! If you liked this post then maybe give it a “like” perhaps! If you have any ideas for Countdowns I can do in the future, please let me know, maybe I’ll use your idea and credit you for it! And with that, I leave you!

Goodbye my friends!

Movie Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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You know those classics people talk about as “The Greatest Movies Ever”? It kind of annoys me when people talk about them like that and they go like “What!? You haven’t seen it yet!? What’s wrong with you!?”. That has happened to me a lot…but the ones being like that are my own parents, mainly my mom. So it is kind of nice when I tell her I have seen a movie that she has nagged on me about for a while. And while that is a slightly unrelated story, it still has a little relation to the movie we are talking about today.

Ladies and gentlemen…”One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (What a mouthful).

The story of this movie is that of a dream of freedom. To clarify; R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sent from prison to a mental hospital (the loony bin for you less serious people). There he meets one of the most evil(ish) nurses of all time in the form of Nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher). He isn’t too happy with her. So he starts to rebel against her in every way he possibly can. But he is not all alone. In there he meets a bunch of colorful figures such as Martini (Danny DeVito), Cheswick (Sydney Lassick), Taber (Christopher Lloyd) and the stuttering Billy Bibbit (Brad Dourif). Together they (often kind of indirectly) rebel against Nurse Ratched and the mental hospital. And that is really the story in a nutshell. It is kind of an interesting concept that not only sounds good on paper, but also translates really well onto the screen. the story is incredibly well executed and is just really intriguing. Based on the book by Ken Kesey (which I read almost a year ago), I think it captures the feeling of the book perfectly. It is just all around interesting.

The characters are honestly the strongest part of the movie. Let’s start with the three sort of “most prominent” characters. And first in that line is R.P. McMurphy himself. He is this guy who is both a rebel and a good person at the same time. While he may seems like this street-smart guy, he also has a lot of heart and wants the best for his fellow inmates. He is exactly what I want from a perfect character. Multi layered. He is smart, kind, rebellious and got the perfect amount of craziness á la Jack Nicholson to keep him fun and interesting. Next up is Nurse Ratched. She might seem like a kind nurse at first, but after a while you will see that she is not the most kind nurse ever…trust me. She is the perfect villain (Yeah, I said it). She and R.P. are kind of the two different sides of a coin. One is a good hearted but crazy guy and the other one is a not very good hearted but completely level-headed woman. And the final character I wanna mention is the character of Billy Bibbit (Yes, the stuttering guy). Sure, he might seem completely weird at first, but after a while you notice he is actually not that crazy…he just stutters. That is all I wanna mention when it comes to characters…the yare interesting and incredibly well-acted.

The music…great. I don’t know who composed the original tracks, but he/she gets a major pat on the back from me. Then there are a few licensed tracks that while nice, I don’t really care about. But the combination in the movie is honestly great. Nothing else to say.

It is difficult for me to talk about the camera work in this movie since I watched it recorded on an old VHS tape. But from what I could gather it was well done. It was a little blurry, so it was a little difficult to tell. This movie also gets a little bit of bonus points from me for having Jack Nicholson in it…kind of like how I give a few movies bonus points for Edward Norton…yeah.

Reception for this movie was pretty damn good. The movie has a 96% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification on Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic has a score of 79/100 for it. Roger Ebert gave this movie his perfect score of 4/4 stars and put it on his “Great Movies list”. He also said this.

Miloš Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a film so good in so many of its parts that there’s a temptation to forgive it when it goes wrong. But it does go wrong, insisting on making larger points than its story really should carry, so that at the end, the human qualities of the characters get lost in the significance of it all. And yet there are those moments of brilliance.

This movie has a score of 8,8/10 on imdb.com and is ranked #15 on the Top 250 list. This movie also won 5 Oscars. Best picture, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted screenplay. It was also nominated for 5 additional Oscars. Best supporting actor (Brad Dourif), Best cinematography, Best film editing, Best original score.

I have thrown my opinions of a few different aspects on this movie and I’m ready to hand out a score. My final score for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a 9,8/10 and I tell you that you have to buy it! Now! This is an incredibly well directed, well-acted and just generally amazing movie. Also the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!” makes a triumphant return!
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“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is at last reviewed.

This movie reminds me that Jack Nicholson is retired…and that makes me sad…