Sidney Lumet – Prince and the City
My Overall Thoughts:
This is an interesting year for nominees because 4 of the 5 nominees are all quite good and manage to give us very interesting stories.
5. Louis Malle
4. Hugh Hudson
3. Mark Rydell
2. Warren Beatty
1. Steven Spielberg
5. Atlantic City – Not sure why this movie is considered to be so great. Story is average and the characters are quirky but somewhat likable, but not much more than that. Was nominate for 5 Oscars, but didn’t manage to win any of them.
4. Reds – Good epic biopic but it moves way too slowly. Its easy to see how much this was a labor of love for Beatty. Amazing cast helps a bit. I can understand how this film could garner 12 Oscar Nominations with 3 wins, but the story isn’t as engaging as one would hope. Really liked how they managed to intersperse real interviews with friends and compatriots of Reed and Bryant, but as epic as it may be, it feels too disjointed.
3. Chariots of Fire – Very inspirational movie, but lacks developed characters which hurts the story so much. Music is quiet memorable, but they should have spent more time on the characters instead of the event itself.
2. On Golden Pond – Excellent movie, amazing acting based on a well written play. Fonda, Hepburn and Fonda are all amazing in this film and give us such a great and emotional story.
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark – Such an amazing and iconic film. So glad I got the dual privilege to see it in such a unique venue and at the same time introduce my wife to such an amazing series. The film is filled with nonstop thrills and action and rarely even pauses to take a break along the way. The effects are great and make it all seem so realistic. The music by John Williams has become so ingrained in society that very few people are not able to recognize the Indiana Jones theme. Ford is superbly cast in the lead and shines in this role throughout. It’s hard to choose which is the best film in the trilogy (yes, I said trilogy) because it’s so easy to make a case for all 3. Can’t wait to see this film again.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! Spielberg clearly did the best job of these five nominees, but since the Academy is the Academy, they still chose to give the award to one of their darlings eventhough he was not the most worthy of choices. That being said, Beatty does a nice job with this film but it’s easy to see how deep he embedded himself into the story which also causes the film to lose focus along the way.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!