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I Finally Watched ‘In the Heat of the Night’

Sidney Poitier passed earlier this year at the age of 94 and that spurred me into finally getting around to watching In the Heat of the Night, a film so game-changing it still resonates to this day. I knew the film was a murder mystery. I did not realize that it was set in the deep South with Sidney Poitier’s Virgil Tibbs, a brilliant homicide detective from Philadelphia, having to solve a murder surrounded by bigoted cops and townsfolk who stare at him just for walking into a room.

The movie was striking in so many ways. To see a film in 1967 starring a dignified Black man, composed by legendary musician and producer, Quincy Jones, and highlighting an empowering story that confronts racism in the way that it did, and for that film to win Best Picture! It’s incredible.

As I watched the film I found myself absolutely enthralled by how poignant it still feels to this day. With so much unnecessary police brutality against African-American men and women, this movie, I feel, would still win Best Picture now in 2022. And then again, maybe I’m wrong.

All in all, I see why it’s considered a classic and a must-watch. It was phenomenal from start to finish.

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I’ve Seen Two More Movies: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and ‘Patton’

Well, I’ve seen two more movies I’ve never watched before; a sentimental Disney flick and a Best Picture-winning World War II film. So, with no further delay, here are my reviews.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame' at 25: 'The Most R-Rated G You Will Ever See'  - The New York Times

I’d been putting this movie off for a while because I knew it was going to make me cry a lot. And even with that prediction I still was not ready for the utter wrecking of my emotions that this film was going to inflict upon me.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a powerful story about acceptance and I was simply overwhelmed by the beauty (and darkness) of this story.

The animation is honestly the most beautiful I’ve seen for any of the 90s’ Disney movies. The level of emotion the animators were able to convey in this film was stunning, especially during the very dark (and surprisingly mature) “Hellfire” number. Woo! My eyes were wide with horror and appreciation during that musical sequence.

By the time the movie concluded I was an emotional mess. I’m talking a torrential downpour leaking from my eyes. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is now an instant favorite of mine among the Disney films.

5/5 stars

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‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ Is an Emotional Masterpiece

Roughly half a year ago I watched Marriage Story and I absolutely loved it. It was funnier than expected and it was riveting. Plus, it felt like a really smart and well-written film. My mother said that if I liked it that I should watch Kramer vs. Kramer, the movie that essentially became the blueprint for these type of divorce dramas, so I finally got around to watching it today and boy was I engrossed.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) | MUBI

Kramer vs. Kramer is definitely a late 1970s’ take on the story as it completely frames the wife as the villain of the story while the father is branded as the hero in little Billy (that’s their son’s) life. In a way, the same thing kind of happens in Marriage Story with Scarlett Johansson’s character becoming a bit of the villain in the story even though Adam Driver’s character is ultimately the one that destroys the marriage when he decides to cheat with a fellow co-worker.

But despite Marriage Story‘s modern spin on the classic divorce drama it doesn’t come close to the enjoyment that I felt watching Kramer vs. Kramer.

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Movie Review Flashback: ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’: Another David Lean Masterpiece!

Wow, wow, wow. I’ve watched three David Lean movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and now The Bridge on the River Kwai. Each film has been utterly stunning, both visually and narratively. Doctor Zhivago was a bit slower but a crack at the more romantic side of things. Lawrence of Arabia swept me away for three hours and fifty-eight minutes with its mesmerizing performance by Peter O’ Toole and David Lean’s incredible directing which brought the beauty of the desert in ways I didn’t conceive imaginable on the big screen. And once again David Lean does not stray from highlighting the beauty of his movie’s regional settings with The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Set in the sweltering jungles of Burma and filmed in Sri Lanka, the movie immerses you in its seemingly unlivable conditions. The white soldiers with their tanned brown skins and bare-chested bodies gleaming in a thin slick of sweat and their hair matted against their heads make you feel their incredible discomfort. The giant bats swarming overhead is something that I actually hope I can see with my own eyes one day but in the context of the film is utterly terrifying.

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MoVie Review Flashback: I Saw a Random Best Picture Winner Yesterday!

I love watching Best Pictures. I’m trying to see all of them, in fact. Yesterday while filing through television channels with my family we happened to stop on Showtime and playing was The Deer Hunter.

I think about forty minutes of the film had already started but it didn’t matter because the movie stopped us in our tracks. We could tell instantly that it was going to be a film worth watching but we didn’t know how great our intuition was going to be but we found out very soon.

The Deer Hunter is no walk in the park. It is a deeply emotional film that deals with the Vietnam War and its devastating impact on some of our finest Americans. In it stars Robert de Niro, Christopher Walken (Walken would win his only Oscar for ), and Meryl Streep who were all nominated for Oscars for this movie.

The Deer Hunter is a film that’s going to stick with you and yeah, it made me cry quite a bit actually. Watching this, I suddenly realized how much weaker a film like Da 5 Bloods actually is, which also is set in the Vietnam War. Yeah, Da 5 Bloods is a well-written movie but The Deer Hunter far exceeds it emotionally.

There aren’t a lot of Best Pictures that I have seen that deserve Best Picture but this one did. It’s a phenomenal movie.

I’ll give it 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

I Saw a Random Best Picture Winner Yesterday!

I love watching Best Pictures. I’m trying to see all of them, in fact. Yesterday while filing through television channels with my family we happened to stop on Showtime and playing was The Deer Hunter.

I think about forty minutes of the film had already started but it didn’t matter because the movie stopped us in our tracks. We could tell instantly that it was going to be a film worth watching but we didn’t know how great our intuition was going to be but we found out very soon.

The Deer Hunter is no walk in the park. It is a deeply emotional film that deals with the Vietnam War and its devastating impact on some of our finest Americans. In it stars Robert de Niro, Christopher Walken (Walken would win his only Oscar for ), and Meryl Streep who were all nominated for Oscars for this movie.

The Deer Hunter is a film that’s going to stick with you and yeah, it made me cry quite a bit actually. Watching this, I suddenly realized how much weaker a film like Da 5 Bloods actually is, which also is set in the Vietnam War. Yeah, Da 5 Bloods is a well-written movie but The Deer Hunter far exceeds it emotionally.

There aren’t a lot of Best Pictures that I have seen that deserve Best Picture but this one did. It’s a phenomenal movie.

I’ll give it 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.