This installment of “Star Wars” is dark and sinister but ultimately more character-centric and emotionally involved than its predecessor. Considering the fact that it was filmed in 1980, the special effects are great, and the writing is poignant and funny. Basically, it’s everything you could want in a movie.
“The Empire Strikes Back” defies viewer expectations and takes the series to heightened emotional levels. The adventure continues with all our favorites characters, with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and of course, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) as they face attack by the Imperial forces on the ice planet Hoth.
Directed by Martin Scorsese, he revisits familiar themes in this epic gangster drama that really makes it so captivating. Many viewers have said it's worth the hype, so much so that it's worth the three-and-a-half hours of viewing time. "The Irishman" is a modern-day mobster masterpiece from one of the best directors of our time.
Set in the 1950s, the film follows truck driver Frank Sheeran who somehow gets entangled with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family. As Sheeran tries his best to climb the ranks to become a top hitman, he also goes to work for Jimmy Hoffa - a powerful Teamster tied to organized crime.
Undoubtedly, one of the most exceptional films capturing the essence of Hollywood during the Golden Age is Billy Wilder's masterpiece, "Sunset Boulevard." This cinematic gem weaves together elements of noir and black comedy, providing some serious entertainment. With a 98% score on Tomatometer, we'd say this classic film for 1950 is certainly worth a watch.
Critics had nothing but good things to say, with a 4/4 from Roger Ebert and Scott Mignola from Common Sense Media writing, “The performances do justice to the ruthlessly witty script.” "Sunset Boulevard" brought home four Golden Globes in 1951 – including the award for Best Picture. That same year, it scored three Academy Awards as well.
James Cameron's epic romance had...titanic...success when it was released in 1997 and still stands today as one of the most beloved films of all time. Not to mention the fact that it instantly shot Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet into the Hollywood royalty realm - and the two have never looked back.
The film's record-breaking success didn't mean it was free from controversy behind the scenes. Not only was it six months behind schedule, but it also reportedly went $100 million over budget. Yes, you read that correctly. $100 million! Of course, James Cameron also splashed a lot of money on the "Avatar" franchise too.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Many of Studio Ghibli's animated films bow down to see the world from a child's eyes and capture a moment of fresh-faced adulthood. "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" does so beautifully; in fact, it's one of the few movies with a 100% score. The film is based on Japan's oldest surviving narrative about a tiny nymph found by a bamboo cutter inside a bamboo stalk.
This tiny fairy then grows into a gorgeous young woman. But there's so much more to this movie than the story; the technically perfect animation with hand-drawn, watercolor images explodes with tender, comical details. As one critic wrote, "The film holds a timeless, magical quality while also looking absolutely marvelous."