January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #23 of the 48.
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Initial Viewing Memories – I came across this on cable years ago and was taken in by things right away. It ahs become one of my all time favorite heist films because of the non-linear way that the story is told which makes it so gripping to watch unfold over and over again.
“None of these men are criminals in the usual sense. They’ve all got jobs. They all live seemingly normal, decent lives. But, they’ve got their problems and they’ve all got a little larceny in ’em” – Johnny Clay
Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (21 August 1999, DVD, 23 Jul 2013, 25 Jul 2017 and 14 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A criminal puts together a team to perpetrate a simple heist that gets more complicated as things more along.
My Take on it – This is my favorite Stanley Kubrick film and it stays so thrilling to watch no matter how often I’ve watched it. The characters all fit in so well to the way that the story is told and each have their set tasks to complete. The story uses a non-linear story line which helps make things so much more fascinating to watch unfold due to our knowledge of certain events along the way. The film is able to keep the tension high throughout which allows the story to feel so poignant in all that happens. The narration is used to purposely keep the viewer off kilter and makes things even more confusing and that helps add so much to the way the viewer sees things transpire. The story is expertly written and is filled with lots of twists and turns along the way that keep things so gripping throughout. The cast is great and Sterling Hayden is perfect in the lead role especially when we get to see how his confidence never wavers throughout as things play out n a very unexpected way. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Initial test screenings were poor, citing the non-linear structure as the main problem. Stanley Kubrick was forced to go back and edit the film in a linear fashion, actually making the film even more confusing. In the end, it was released in its original form, and is often cited as being a huge influence on other non-linear films like “Reservoir Dogs (1992)” and “Pulp Fiction (1994).” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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