“The Artist” Release date: January 20th, 2012
One of the best silent movies you would ever want to see. A silent movie that realizes it’s a silent movie, and has a sheer wittiness about it. Jean Desharnais was rewarded for best actor at the Oscars for this role, and he didn’t have to say a word. But boy he sure filled the part looking identical to all of the previous actors in the silent era. A bonafide masterpiece, and just endless fun. A movie that will leave you in a good mood. I was almost certain this movie wouldn’t reach out to me, or be in my style but I was wrong. Amazing work, an instant classic.
Here is my favorite scene.
“The Thin Red Line” Release Date: January 15th, 1998
The way this movie portrays itself is unique and so surreal of what is seen in the battlefield, and what is thought in our heads. The message is peaceful in a wartime epic, undoubtedly one of my favorite war films. The movie filled with actors such as, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, John Travolta, John Caviezel, Nick Nolte, and Sean Penn. In terms of simplicity and what is important in this world we call home, but yet so far away from home, the characters create a bond that is unlike no other. Cult
“Casablanca” Release Date: January 23rd, 1942
Man, where do I begin with one of the best films of all time? Here’s to lookin at you kid. Film buffs, noire film fans adore this movie, and will always be an endless classic. Timeless in every right. What Casablanca offers at the surface may be romance, and intrigue but what is great is that delves into much more depth than just that. The subtle nuance, and all around entertainment the best you may ever see. No question a classic.
“Pan’s Labyrinth” Release Date: January 17, 2006
Guillermo Del Toro’s masterpiece put together some of the most obscurity you’ll ever see on a screen, but the fairy tale experience didn’t stop there. The depth and style that is brought forth is undeniably brilliant. The spanish language has it feeling archaic and authentic, this isn’t talked about as nearly as it should be, giving it none other than as a cult classic.
“Gran Torino” Release Date: January 9th, 2008
The director Clint Eastwood; impressive. The actor Clint Eastwood; legendary. This movie really hits the strings of what it means to be a human being, it senses itself to become adapted to new surroundings and none other than the neighbors who are in conflict with the gangs around town. From Walt Kowalski’s (Clint Eastwood) lifestyle of being a war veteran, his days are done, but his racist, and old demeanor is so poignant and fresh that it is so well done. Living in run down Detroit, hating Vietnamese immigrants that just so happened to move next door to him. Time goes on after certain happenings Kowalski gets to know them and develops a bond that felt so personal and at home. With some time this will be a classic.
“Gone With The Wind” Release Date: January 17th, 1939
An immortal and timeless achievement. This film still holds true for its creation and as it should. Scarlett O’hara played by Vivien Leigh, a selfish heroine, but you still care for her in all levels. Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) whom is charming, sometimes funny, and wealthy and exactly what Scarlett wants. The movie is set in the time of the Civil War. The war is an essential piece to the film, and the way it was used was really a perfect fit. A long movie, but definitely not boring. Vivien Leigh’s character may have been the most important, and the one who stood out the most, just by the way someone could watch and feel her pain, all the same. Classic
“There Will Be Blood” Release Date: January 25th, 2007
After receiving high praise at the Oscars that year “There Will Be Blood” put itself in the rankings of some of the best acting jobs I have ever seen. Cinematography, the best writing, film editing, and just artfully crafted. Daniel Day Lewis is just on another level every single time he delivers. Seems like anything Daniel Day Lewis touches it is instantly a classic, weird saying that about a movie not even ten years old yet, but nonetheless I feel it’s intentions on it being a classic.
“12 Monkeys” Release Date: January 5th, 1995
Futuristic, and devastated with diseases, James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to gather information about a virus that wiped out the population. A great job done by supporting actor Brad Pitt as well for his role as a loony patient who ends up knowing all the secrecies and inside information. The film is imaginative and very enjoyable. Still one of the best sci-fi’s that I have seen. Terry Gilliam at his finest, he loves to work in that dystopian style and he does it like no other. His previous work with Brazil, Time Bandits and of course Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I know a fair amount of people who didn’t even know this movie existed, and some to say it is one of their favorites of all time. Cult classic.