My Favorite Film From the 90s

American Beauty is a “love it” or “hate it” film, and you never know if it has more ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ viewers. Personally, I love it -from the first sight, from the last sight, from the eternal sight. It is my favorite film of the 90s, one of my personal twenty favorites ever. …

Everything that’s wrong with Hollywood, distilled into two horrible hours Spoilers.

Now, let me see if I’ve gotten this straight: “Saving Private Ryan”, an epic tale of honor, glory, and sacrifice set against the backdrop of what was possibly the most important single day of the Twentieth Century, was not worthy of the Best Picture Oscar. However, “American Beauty”, a movie whose heroes are a middle-aged …

The greatest trick Kevin Spacey ever pulled..

Kevin Spacey is a genius, or at least a veritable magician. A couple of the folks with whom I saw “American Beauty” said afterwards: “It was great – Spacey was incredible.” His performance, it seems, is enough to have convinced people that they had just watched a decent movie, even though there is little else …

The zenith of self-consciously pseudo-profound inanity!

Someone put it best in one of the reviews I read earlier: This movie is exactly the result of people trying to make a so-called art movie and still win the best picture oscar. American Beauty shamelessly trots out every imaginable convention of what an art movie is and then glosses it over with cute …

LOOK CLOSER at this BEAUTiful AMERICAN film

Sam Mendes’ big screen directorial debut will one day be mentioned along with classic greats like Psycho, Vertigo, 2001 and Sunset Blvd., which it cleverly mimics in a certain way. That way, I won’t ruin it, if like me, you stayed away from all reviews and talk about American Beauty until you actually saw the …

Could be the best movie of the year

And there were a lot of great ones this year. I will also say something even (possibly) bolder–that Kevin Spacey gives the performance of his career. And all us movie geeks know that is saying a LOT, given this man’s past roles, and his talent. I used to think he was overrated as an actor. …

Entertaining and Thought-Provoking

Of the 250+ films I’ve seen and rated on IMDb, only one other (Schindler’s List) is as good as American Beauty. A film like this not only entertains while you’re in the theater but also drops subtle questions in your head about the nature of human behavior and the gulf between fantasy and reality. After …