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Movie Critic Review: Zorba The Greek (1964)

" All right, we go outside where God can see us better." Alexis Zorba "God has a very big heart but there is one sin he will not forgive; [slaps table] if a woman calls a man to her bed and he will not go. I know because a very wise old Turk told me." Alexis Zorba

Zorba (Anthony Quinn) with a lascivious look lays the gentle order, 'Two beds Madam. Without bugs!' Mme Hortense defiantly tilts her head and answers proudly, 'Mme has not THE bugs!'

The bookish intellectual Basil  (Alan Bates) who has appeared unaffected by the collective vertigo experienced on the boat taking them to Crete, did not seem interested in this outward and stimulated first-time exchange between his newly-found companion, a robust natural philosopher named Alexis Zorbas and this old lady who rushed  to offer them her hospitality services in her own (Marriot) of a dilapidated house on this island of pathos and the poor. Mme Hortense then treats the c…

Movie Critic Review: 8½ (1963)

How To Concieve The Make believe         
"All the confusion of my life... has been a reflection of myself! Myself as I am, not as I'd like to be." Guido

"Memories show so little respect" Guido at the Cardinal's

Dreams, childhood memories and fantasy complicated by abundance of visual unfamiliarities. These are the constitutuents of what is deemed one of Federico Fellini's most influential cinematic achievements, the art movie (8½) Eight And A Half which ranks among the best films made in a hundred years of cinema. Some of the most acclaimed films in cinema history are Fellini's.
Also a brilliant script-writer, Fellini has influenced many of the world class filmmakers and is one of the 50 most important movie directors. Employing the technique of 'Stream of Consciousness' imported from literary narration, Fellini weaves events with their emotional equivalents and designs his imagery to reflect the real and the surreal with equal splendor. He cou…

Movie Critic Review: "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" 1962

The Movie That Was A Big Flashback!
With a technical structure similar to that of Orson Welles's (Citizen Kane 1941), here is a classicfilm that upholds solid moral issues and highlights the conflict between truth and illusion as it unravels during the peak events.

John Ford's directorial perspective manages to embody the meanings in the film through his mastering of beautiful long shots and angles of shooting that render eye-catching influential footage. Then add to these virtues the fact that the movie stars two giant actors: James Stewart and John Wayne who rank high on any list of important figures in the American cinema industry. They still inspire actors who seek to take roles that promote moral values​​. Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) in the beginning of this movie of interlocking scenes remembered, narrates to the press the story of his deceased friend. The man who helped him in his ordeal, helped him get married and become a distinguished high-level Congress politician…

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Exploring Cinema Classics

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)A landmark John Ford Movie. Starring: John Wayne, James Stewart,Lee Marvin and Vera Miles.Federico Felini's 8½ (1963)Italy's film legend Fellini treats his own biography.

Movie Critic Review: 21 Grams (2003)

Soul-lite: A Plot To Reweigh!
I don't know how to calculate 40 minutes in grams but that's how much it took me to disentangle the dark threads that made this gritty mishmash of a plot for this film. But only a little bit. It is probably wiser to listen to those critics who believe you need to see it at least two times. Hence is my invitation to you to get a copy for your own personal library.
And you are lucky. There was a time when some very unconventional movies where simply no where to find following their exit from the market cycle of distribution. Now you can find virtually any movie, any time, any where by a few clicks and for a few dollars!
21 grams is basically what every man needs to be alive!
and just 21 grams is what you loose to qualify as a dead man (or woman)!
This mythological equation is based on the idea that "the weight of the soul is 21 grams".  Thus this movie maps the charts of life and death, faith, atheism, joint guilt complex, the fear of losi…