For this month’s final review for Genre Grandeur – Oscar Nominated/Winning Films. here’s a review of Titanic (1997) by me
In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a recap:
- Written on the Wind (1956) – David
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri (2017) – Paul
- Secrets & Lies (1996) – David
- Patton (1970) – James
- The Gunfighter (1950) – David
- Joker (2019) – Paul
- Get Out (2017) – Darren
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Rob
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) – Sally
- Life is Beautiful (1997) – Paul
- Champion (1949) – David
- It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Rob
- Casablanca (1942) – James
- The Pawnbroker (1964) – David
- Arrival (2016) – Paul
- Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Rob
- Stagecoach (1939) – Emily
- Salaam Bombay (1988) – David
- First Man (2018) – Paul
- Titanic (1997) – Rob
In addition, I watched 30 movies in my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Thankfully, four of those films will now be considered among my favorites in the genre.
- Twelve O’Clock High (1949)
- *Battle Cry (1955)
- The Brave One (1956)
- Johnny Come Lately (1943)
- Con Air (1997)
- How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
- The Squid and the Whale (2005)
- Knock on Wood (1954)
- That Touch of Mink (1962)
- *How Green Was My Valley (1941)
- Benji (1974)
- Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
- Gold (1974)
- The Promise (1979)
- That’s Life (1986)
- Fly Away Home (1996)
- The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
- *When We Were Bullies (2021)
- The Queen of Basketball (2021)
- Writing with Fire (2021)
- The Long Goodbye (2020)
- Audible (2021)
- Lead Me Home (2021)
- Chances Are (1989)
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
- Three Songs For Benazir (2021)
- Tom Jones (1963)
- Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
- King of Jazz (1930)
- *Matewan (1987)
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Tyler of The Geek Card Check and we will be reviewing our favorite Sports Themed Films.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to Tylersport@movierob.net
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Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – Far too many to count (Theater in Dec 1997, video, DVD, 7 Jul 2013, 6 Sep 2015, 24 Feb 2016, 27 Feb 2017, 12 Nov 2017, 3 Sep 2018, 27 Jan 2019, 30 Jul 2019, 19 Jan 2020, 19 Jul 2020, 31 Oct 2021 and 31 Mar 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A young vagabond and an heiress meet and fall in love on the maiden voyage of the doomed ship Titanic.
My Take on it – This is among my all time favorite films.
They do an amazing job making the relationship between Jack and Rose feel so realistic and genuine despite the short period of time that they know one another.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have unbelievable chemistry with one another and it enhances the story even more.
James Cameron might be a lot of thing, but he also is a director who can made an epic story like this one feel nearly perfect.
The film pays so much attention to details and this is largely due to the personality of Cameron who insisted that everything be as real as possible.
The film is over three hours, but is paced so well, that it isn’t really noticed due to the way things play out so well.
The music by James Horner is exquisite and helps the mood and tone of the story as it progresses.
The film theme song is among the very best movie theme songs of all time and My Heart Will Go On is so emotionally amazing on numerous levels.
The way that things unfold is great and the non-historic parts of the story feel as if they are truly part of the actual historical parts.
The film was nominated for 14 Oscars and took home 11 which is still the record including Best Picture and Best Director.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – James Cameron was adamant about not including any song in the film, not even over the closing credits, since he often finds that they don’t fit tonally. Composer James Horner, however, was struggling to end the movie on a strongly emotional note, and thought a song would be the best way to do it. He secretly arranged with lyricist Will Jennings and singer Céline Dion to write “My Heart Will Go On”, using the central musical theme of the movie as a melody. A demo tape was recorded with most of 20th Century Fox top brass in attendance, who loved the song. Horner then presented the recording to Cameron, who responded very favorably, although he had no idea who the singer was (when told it was his fellow Canadian Dion, he responded: “Oh, she’s big, right?”). He included the song over the closing credits, and it went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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