Archive | January, 2013

10 of the greatest films set in Paris -part 2

26 Jan

1. Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec, Luc Besson, 2010 takes place primarily in Paris, France, circa 1912. Adèle Blanc-Sec, a journalist and travel writer wants to revive Ramesses II’s mummified doctor so he can save her sister Agathe, who is comatose following an unfortunate tennis incident.

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2. La femme de l’aviateur, Éric Rohmer, 1981. A young man and a girl he meets in the bus follow a man who he believes to be the lover of his girlfriend.

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3. Paris, je t’aime, 22 directors including: Wes Craven, Gus van Sant, 2006. The anthology film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements of Paris.

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4. Paris vu par…, 6 directors including Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, 1965. Same as Paris je t’aime, Paris vu par… is an anthology film that shows how the city is seen and understood by six influential film directors.

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5. La Chinoise, Jean-Luc Godard, 1967 takes place in a small apartment,and it’s structured as a series of personal and ideological dialogues dramatizing the interactions of five French university students belonging to a radical Maoist group called the “Aden Arabie Cell” (named for the novel, Aden, Arabie, by Paul Nizan). (Wikipedia)

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6. Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis, Jean Luc- Godard, 1966. Paul, a romantic young idealist meets pop star Madeleine in a bar and the two soon become romantically involved.

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7. Prénom Carmen, Jean-Luc Godard, 1983. Carmen, a female member of a terrorist gang falls in love with a security guard, during a robbery.

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8. Les Enfants Terribles, Jean-Pierre Melville, 1950. Two teenagers, a boy and his sister are inseparable; they live in the same room, fight, play secret games, and rarely leave the house. Paul’s friend Gerard often stays with them.

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9. Zazie dans le métro, Louis Malle, 1960. Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. Zazie escapes her uncle’s custody and sets out to explore Paris on her own.

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10. Vie privée, Louis Malle, 1962. Eighteen-year-old Jill heads off to Paris to become a model and dancer. Soon, she is discovered by a film producer and made into a big movie star.

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See also : 10 of the greatest films set in Paris -part one

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10 of the best nineties movies

20 Jan

1. Edward Scissorhands (1990). Edward (Johnny Depp), an artificial man who has scissors for hands, is taken home by a saleswoman and falls in love with her teenage daughter Kim (Winona Ryder).

 

 

2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover,  befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation. Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman.

 

 

3. Good Will Hunting (1997). Will Hunting, a 20-year-old janitor and a genius in mathematics receives help from a psychologist to overcome his social problems. Starring: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck.

 

 

4. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) chronicles the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer, a popular high school student found dead, wrapped in a plastic bag, on the bank of a river. Starring: Sheryl Lee, Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick.

 

 

5. Thelma & Louise (1991). Thelma, a passive housewife, married to a controlling man and Louise, her friend who is a waitress go out on a two-days vacation. They stop for a drink at a bar where a man tries to rape Thelma. Louise kills him, an event that will change them both and transform their vacation into a Bonnie and Clyde like adventure. Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Brad Pitt.

 

 

6. True Romance (1993). Clarence is set up with hooker Alabama who he fast falls in love with and they marry the next day. The next day, Clarence pays a visit to her pimp, unintentionally steals cocaine from him and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it. Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette.

 

 

7. American Beauty (1999). Lester Burnham has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter’s best friend, Angela. Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Mena Suvari

 

 

8. Pulp Fiction (1994). The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.(IMDb synopsis). Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson.

 

 

9. Scent of a Woman (1992). Charlie Simms, a preparatory school student, takes a job as an assistant to a blind, medically retired Army officer; a job that involves a trip to New York and a life lesson for both men. Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell.

 

 

10. Dangerous Minds (1995). Based on the autobiography My Posse Don’t Do Homework by former  U.S. Marine LouAnne Johnson, the film tells the story of a teacher who struggles to connect with students from lower-class and underprivileged backgrounds, involved in gang warfare and drug pushing. Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza.

 

 

10 filming locations for Midnight in Paris

18 Jan

1.  Hôtel Le Bristol Paris-named after the Earl of Bristol, a grand British traveler- is a luxury Parisian hotel situated at Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, number 112. It was built somewhere around 1800 and acquired by The Countess of Damas. In 1892 her daughter sells it to Count of Castellane who redecorates it with luxurious furniture and expensive decorative objects, then builds a theater that soon becomes the meeting place for the high society. Abandoned by the Count, the hotel is bought by the son of the owners of the famous “le Boeuf à La Mode” restaurant and officially opened in April 1925. Official website:  http://www.lebristolparis.com/fr/bienvenue/

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2. Monet’s garden at Giverny. At the beginning of the movie Gil and Inez visit the house that belonged to Monet and it’s now a Museum. Monet lived and painted here from 1883 until his death in 1926. Website: http://fondation-monet.com/fr/

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3. Crémerie-Restaurant Polidor where Gil meets and talks to Hemingway about his book. Situated at 41, rue Monsieur Le Prince, 75006 Paris, the restaurant used to be frequented by important writers like James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac. Official website: http://www.polidor.com/

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4. Musée Rodin- Paul contradicts the guide about the women Rodin was involved with. The museum was opened in 1919 and it contains most of Rodin’s significant creations, the paintings he used to collect, works of the French sculptor Camille Claudel etc. Website: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/

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5. St Etienne du Mont, rue de la Montagne Geneviève is the place where the old car stops every night to take Gil back in time.

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6. Le Grand Véfour. The restaurant where Gil dines with Inez and her family is one of the oldest in the city. It opened in 1874 and offers one of the best culinary experiences you can get in Paris. Its fame is also given by the important people and intellectuals ( Napoleon, Danton, Hugo, Colette, Jean Cocteau) who used to dine here. The menus are actually made by Cocteau himself. Official website: http://www.grand-vefour.com/

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7. Musée de l’Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located on the bank of the Seine in the old orangery of the Tuileries palace. It is also the museum that hosts Monet’s famous Water Lilies (Nymphéas). Website:  http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/

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8. Le Marché Paul Bert, 96-110 rue des Rosiers, is a Flea Market that has 250 stands on seven alleys. In this place you can find old furniture and paintings, mirrors and decorative objects and even vintage haute-couture clothes. In the movie, this is the place where Gil meets Gabrielle. Website: http://www.paulbert-serpette.com/index/actual

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9. Musée des Arts Forains is a private museum that holds a collection of merry-go-rounds, carousels, swings and bicycles. The museum was created by Jean Paul Favand, an actor and antiques dealer, from his private collection. The permanent collection is composed of three thematic rooms: “The Venitians Lounges” (Les Salons Vénitiens), “The Marvelous Theater” (Le Théâtre du merveilleux) and “The Fairground Art Museum” (Le musée des Arts forains). Website: http://www.pavillons-de-bercy.com/

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10. Shakespeare and Co. is the name of two Parisian bookstores: the first one opened in 1919 on the left bank of Seine, and was the gathering place for writers like Ezra Pound and E. Hemingway. It closed in 1940 during the German occupation and never re-opened. The second one opened in 1951, and it is located at 37 Rue de la Bûcherie.

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10 Films Noir- part one

16 Jan

1. Sunset Blvd. (1950). Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter ducks into the garage of an apparently abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. While exploring the house, a woman inside calls to him. He recognizes her as long-forgotten silent-film star Norma Desmond. When she acknowledges  that he is a writer, she invites him in and asks for his opinion on a script she has written for a film that she hopes will revive her faded acting career. Joe finds the script hopeless, but he flatters Norma because he needs money and has no place to go, and he becomes her editor. Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim.

 

 

2. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Frank Chambers, a drifter who stops at a rural diner for a meal, ends up working there and falling in love with the owner’s wife, Cora. Bored in a marriage with a man she doesn’t love, she soon starts an affair with Frank. Together, they scheme to murder her husband in order to start a new life together without her losing the diner.

Starring: Lana Turner, John Garfield and Cecil Kellaway.

 

 

3. Mildred Pierce (1945). Mildred, a housewife and mother of two girls, divorces her husband and becomes a business woman to satisfy the increasingly expensive needs of her spoiled oldest daughter. But no effort is enough, and their story ends in tragedy. Starring: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson and Zachary Scott.

 

 

4. The Big Sleep (1946). Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by the wealthy General Sternwood who wants him to resolve gambling debts his daughter, Carmen owes to bookseller Arthur Gwynn Geiger. But the story has more layers, and things soon start to become more complicated for the detective. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

 

 

5. The Glass Key (1942). The crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry after falling in love with Henry’s daughter, Janet. Starring: Alan Ladd, Veronika Lake and Brian Donlevy.

 

 

6. Whirlpool (1949). A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence. (IMDb synopsis) Starring: Gene Tierney, Richard Conte and José Ferrer.

 

 

7. They Live by Night (1948). Based on the novel Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson, the film tells the story of a fugitive couple who try to escape their past but they are forced by the circumstances to repeat their mistakes. Starring: Cathy O’Donnell, Farley Granger.

 

 

8. Night and the City (1950). Harry Fabian, a small-time grifter, plans to take control of the professional wrestling game from promoter Kristo by manipulating him through his father. Starring: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney.

 

 

9. The Big Heat (1953). A cop takes on the crime syndicate that controls his city after the brutal murder of his wife. Starring: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame.

 

 

10. Double Indemnity (1944). Phyllis Dietrichson seduces insurance agent Walter Neff into murdering her husband to collect his accident policy. The murder goes as planned, but after a while each becomes suspicious of the other’s motives. Neff’s boss further complicates things when he takes over the investigation. Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck.

 

 

10 Woody Allen movies

14 Jan

1. Annie Hall (1977). Alvy Singer, a neurotic comedian finds his match in Annie Hall. After a clumsy beginning, the two of them end up on a date, in his bed and in the middle of a relationship that will have a big impact on their lives, especially on Alvy’s. Starring: Diane Keaton, Woody Allen.

 

 

2. Manhattan (1979). Isaac Davis, a twice-divorced New York writer falls in love with his best friend’s mistress, while he is dating a 17 year old girl. More than a story of obsessions and frustrations, of confusion and bad relationships, the film should be seen as Allen’s reverence to the city he loves.

 

 

3. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) begins and ends with a Thanksgiving dinner. Between them, a story of love, adultery, discontent, frustration and dysfunctional families. Starring: Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Woody Allen, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest.

 

 

4. Husbands and Wives (1992). Jack and Sally, during a dinner in Gabe and Judy’s apartment, announce their separation shocking Gabe and hurting Judy. The latter begin analyzing their marriage, discovering that they might not be meant to stay together either.

 

 

5. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). Larry Lipton, a N.Y.C. book editor doubts his wife’s suspicions that their neighbor killed his wife. Bored and always looking for adventures, Carol embarks in a quest to find the truth and to prove the woman was killed by her husband. Eventually, Larry is convinced too and they both work together to catch him. Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton.

 

 

6. Everyone Says I Love You (1996) is a musical film starring: Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Tim Roth, Goldie Hawn, Natalie Portman and Natasha Lyonne.

 

 

7. Match Point (2005). Chris Wilton, a Irish tennis player is engaged to be married to a wealthy woman, his friend’s sister Chloe Hewett. During a family gathering, he meets Nola his friend’s fiancée and they both feel attracted to each other. They soon start an affair that will ruin lives. Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew Goode, Emily Mortimer.

 

 

8. Scoop (2006) is a comedy drama about a would-be reporter who scoops a big story about the wealthy and handsome son of a well-known aristocrat who is supposedly leading a double life. Starring: Woody Allen, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson.

 

 

9. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010). Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) leaves his wife Helena (Gemma Jones) to pursue his lost youth and marry the call girl named Charmaine. Helena meets the charlatan fortune teller Cristal Delgiorno and starts following her advices.

 

 

10. Midnight in Paris (2011). Gil Pender, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, while on a vacation to his beloved city Paris, ends up traveling back in time where he meets the great literary and artistic figures of the 1920’s and gets advice on his novel from Gertrude Stein.

 

 

10 of the best movie quotes- part one

13 Jan

1. “Jake, you want to write? There’s the typewriter. Turn it on! That’s what it comes down to. It’s simple.”  Chinese coffee (2000)

 

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2. “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” The Godfather (1972)

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3. “Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” What a girl wants (2003)

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4. “Sometimes I wish I had never met you. Because then I could go to sleep at night not knowing there was someone like you out there.” Good will hunting (1997)

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5. “You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.” Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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6. “Yes, behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes, folks!” Bruce Almighty (2003)

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7. “I’m Tony Montana! You fuck with me, you fuckin’ with the best!” Scarface (1983)

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8. “Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit. Here is a man who stood up.” Taxi driver (1976)

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9. “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” Animal Crackers (1930)

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10. Don’t get too cocky my boy. No matter how good you are don’t ever let them see you coming. That’s the gaffe my friend. You gotta keep yourself small. Innocuous. Be the little guy. You know, the nerd, the leper, shit-kickin’ surfer. Look at me, underestimated from day one. You’d never think I was a master of the universe, now would ya? The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

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10 movies based on books- part I

13 Jan

1. Strangers on a train (1951). Based on the novel of the same name written by Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a train represents one of the best movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Guy Haines, a successful tennis player, while on a train trip, meets a total stranger who presents him with the possibility to get rid of his unfaithful wife: murder. Only this one will be a little different, Bruno will kill Guy’s wife, and in return, Guy will help him get rid of his father.

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2. The Shining (1980). Based on Stephen King’s eponymous book, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, the movie tells the story of a frustrated alcoholic writer who takes a winter job in an isolated mountain hotel, haunted by ghosts from the past. After he moves in the now emptied hotel with his wife and son, strange and unexplained things start to happen.

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3. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) tells the story of David “Noodles” Aaronson and his Jewish pals, chronicling their childhoods on New York’s Lower East Side in the 1920s, through their gangster careers in the 1930s, and culminating in Noodles’ 1968 return to New York from self-imposed exile, at which time he learns the truth about the fate of his friends and again confronts the nightmare of his past.(RottenTomatoes). The movie used The Hoods, a novel by Harry Grey as the model for the story.

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4. In cold blood (1967). The movie was based on Truman Capote’s book of the same name and it tells the true story of two drifters who murder a family, are caught by the police and executed.

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5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), directed by Miloš Forman, and based on the 1962 eponymous novel by Ken Kesey. R. P. McMurphy, a recidivist criminal, is sent to a mental institution for evaluation. Unable to stand the unpleasant medical treatments and the humiliation used by Nurse Ratched to suppress the patients, McMurphy rallies with the others to take her down.

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6. Psycho (1960) is based on the 1959 novel of the same name, written by Robert Bloch. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. After embezzling money from her boss, Marion Crane, a secretary who’s unhappy in her job, and frustrated in her relationship, flees in her car. On her way to her boyfriend’s house in California, she stops at the isolated Bates motel where the strange  innkeeper, who lives with his mother, announces her she is the first customer in weeks. While taking a shower she is brutally murdered.

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7. The Godfather (1972). Based on a script written by Mario Puzo, the author of the eponymous book, and directed by one of the best directors of all times, Francis ford Coppola, the movie tells the story of the Corleones, a powerful New York crime family. With the participation of two exceptional actors, Marlon Brando and Al Pacino (who was rejected initially), The Godfather had a strong impact on the public at large and is now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.

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8. The green mile (1999) is a movie adapted after the Stephen King novel of the same name. Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) is the head guard on the Death Row “The Green Mile” when a new inmate is brought into his custody. John Coffey is sentenced to death for the murder of two young girls. He is shy, soft-spoken, and emotional and he soon surprises everyone with his ability to perform what seem to be miracles of healing.

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9. Schindler’s List (1993) is a highly successful drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, and based on the historical novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally. It tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi Party member who saved 1,200 Jews from concentration camps all over Poland and Germany.

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10. L.A. Confidential is a 1997 movie based on James Elroy’s book of the same name. It tells the story of a group of LAPD officers, and the intersection of police corruption and Hollywood celebrity. The action takes place during the 1950’s and the title refers to a scandal magazine from back then.

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