Titanic #83

Titanic came out in 1997, so i was either living in Seattle or had moved to Santa Ana for six months. If my memory is correct, i was living in California, but as time moves on, some things become unclear and other things become transparent.

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Plot (yes, i am a romantic)

When i first saw Titanic, actually the only time i saw it until i decided to review it, i liked it a lot. It has everything a romantic could desire. There is a love story between a couple, which come from different stations in life, yet find love in a couple of days. The only difference between this love story and the usual Hollywood romantic film is, this is more on the Romeo and Juliet side of the tracks.

The film starts off with an exploration crew searching through the remains of the Titanic, which sunk after hitting an iceberg in 1912, for a jewel known as The Heart of the Ocean. They are not successful in their search for the diamond, but they do find a painting, made the night the ship sank, of a nude woman wearing the diamond. Rose Dawson Calvert (Gloria Stuart), a 100-year-old woman, hears about it, calls Brock the treasure hunter, and makes the claim that she is the girl in the painting. Rose and her granddaughter meet with Brock and the exploration team, then begins telling the tale of her adventure aboard the Titanic.

We are brought back in time to 1912, as Rose, her mother and fiancé are boarding the ship. Rose is clearly unhappy with her life.

Then we meet Jack Dawson, the boy from the wrong side of the street, a drifter and artist returning home. Jack appears happy with life.

Rose, upset with her dreary future with a man she does not love, decides jumping overboard would be better, but Jack talks her out it with his smooth words. So begins the romance. For him it was love at first sight, but she took a day or two to fall for him. Boys are more visual creatures than girls; girls need to talk more before they grow in love.

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Kate Winslet loves her breast

Rose is a little indecisive at times, but Kate Winslet does an excellent acting job, so that Rose is endearing rather than irritating. Rose seems more sure after she bares her breast to Jack and the movie-going public; Kate Winslet seems to enjoy sharing her girls with the world. i bet it could be on that site, Shit Nobody Says (or something like that), “Do you think Kate Winslet will show her breast in her new film?”

Jack is carefree and in love. Leonardo DiCaprio was always better than this film and has proved many times during his career that this was a low point for him.

Half way through the film the ship hits the iceberg but maybe the film does too. i remember thinking the first time that i saw it, that the ship would not sink, but as we know from history it does sink. i think in part, i felt hopefully the first time, but 15 years later i feel sunk like the ship.

From this point on the film becomes a bit chaotic. There are so many random things that happen, some of which director James Cameron should have edited out of the film.

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Spoiler alert

Billy Zane, an actor that acts a bit too theatrical, plays Rose’s fiancé Cal, goes a bit crazy and tries to shoot Jack, which at this point seems ridiculous; i would be more concerned about getting into a one of those lifeboats.

Jack eventually dies because they both could not find a piece of wood to float on until help arrived. His love proved to be the stronger of the two. She easily let him freeze to death while she waited for a rescue boat to save her. Could they have sat at opposite ends and floated to safety, together?

Old Rose drops the Heart of the Ocean into the ocean. Why? Why did she keep it all those years, then drop it? She could have sold it on E-bay and then helped some homeless people or some kids in Afrika. She was a bit selfish if you ask me.

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Hit song

At the end of the film we are finally able to hear the complete song from one-hit wonder Barbra Streisand wannabe Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On“, cue the tears and roll credits. i like the song, but she does sound a bit like a chipmunk singing an Enya song.

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My score for Titanic: 3 1/2 out of 5, as i wrote earlier i am a bit of a romantic, even though i only romance myself. If the film had been a little shorter and cut out the over acting of Billy Zane, then it could be 4 1/2.

Please leave me a comment of your point of view.

more to come…

The Wizard Of Oz #10

AFI’s #10/100

For the first film that i will review i decided to take a look at The Wizard of Oz. Why? Because it is one of my favourite films and i just watched it, on my birthday last week. Well, i gave away the ending to this review by telling you that it is one of my favourite films, but i will tell why it is one of my favourites.

The 1939 film is a classic and has been seen by more people than any other American film. It was adapted from the novel written by L. Frank Baum.

The black and white story begins with a young girl, Dorothy, running home in a panic because a wretched neighbour, which lives far away, wants to take her dog, Toto, away because he chases her cat. Toto is also the name of a pop rock band of the 80’s. Uncle Henry and Aunt Em are too busy with their farming chores to listen to Dorothy, so she talks to the three farm hands. The three farm hands are a foreshadow of the journey she is about to take. Dorothy then sings the classic song Over The Rainbow; she wants to go to a place where there is not any trouble, a place far, far away. At this point i fell in love with the film because i wanted to go somewhere, far, far away from trouble too.

Then we meet Miss. Gulch, more foreshadowing of the things to come, the neighbour that wants to have Toto put to death. The dialogue between Miss Gulch, Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, even though about putting the dog down, is humourous to me.

Dorothy runs away with Toto, along the way she meets Professor Marvel, another foreshadowing, a con man who convinces her to return home. She decides to return home, but a tornado has started ripping through the land. The whole family goes into the storm cellar before Dorothy makes it back. She runs into her room to get out of the storm, then gets hit on the head by the window. Her house is flying around in the tornado when she awakens. Through the window she can see all kinds of weird images. The house falls to the ground; when it lands, she says “oh” and i always laugh.

She goes out the door, into a beautiful colourful place that is not in Kansas, possibly over the rainbow. A large bubble comes out of the sky and delivers Glinda the Good Witch. She points out that Dorothy has killed a wicked witch, then we meet the Munchkins, to which all breakout into song. Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead. i really like the Lollipop Guild, i used to imitate them as a child. Okay, i still do.

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After all the singing and funny dialogue with the munchkins, we finally get to the point of the story.

The Wicked Witch of the West appears. She wants to know who killed her sister, but Glinda reminds her of the Ruby Slippers, so she forgets about her dead sister and focuses on the shoes. As she reaches for the slippers, the Good Witch magically puts the shoes on Dorothy. She should have changed her dress because the ensemble does not match and is not practical for a journey in the forest, but it does not matter to the Wicked Witch, in fact it incites her and she makes a threat, “I’ll get you my pretty and your dog too.” She makes a dramatic exit.

Dorothy declares that she wants to return to Kansas, but i wonder why, she just arrived 10 minutes before and she even made the wish to be somewhere else 20 minutes prior. It just goes to show that we always think the grass is greener on the other side, well the grass is green because it is in colour, but she is still not happy. Glinda gives her directions to follow a yellow brick road, to a great Wizard, who might be able to help her get home, then she disappears in another big bubble. So many dramatic exits happen in this film.

Dorothy begins her journey down the yellow brick road.

She comes to a crossroad; we all do from time to time. A scarecrow tells her she could go one direction, then the other direction or go both ways. She helps the Scarecrow down from the pole up his back. He sings a great song, If I Only Had A Brain, which i did for my audition in drama class, then they continue the journey together. He is my favourite character, possibly more than the indecisive Dorothy.

They meet the Tin Man, sing another song, then encounter the witch. She starts a fire, on the Scarecrow. She really wants those slippers. Finally, they meet the Cowardly Lion, sing another song and go off to see the Wizard. i must say that the Lion is my least favourite character; i prefer the Wicked Witch over him.

This is the point i want to stop the review or at least warn there will be a spoiler alert.

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Spoiler Alert.

The group meets The Wizard, after they go through a drugged poppy field and meet a horse of a different colour, but the Wizard gives them an impossible task. “Kill the Witched Witch and bring me her broomstick.” What does a wizard need with a broom? The place in which he lives is immaculate. All these people want things, but the broom is by far the strangest.

There is a scary forest, then flying monkeys, and Dorothy is trapped in the witches castle. Her friends try to save her and during their escape Dorothy throws water on the witch and she melts. If only someone had thought of it sooner, perhaps the smell of her should have been a clue. i am sure she smelt worst than the Germans that i sat behind on a bus trip i took to Germany one time. The witch, while melting, screams some funny things, but my favourite is “my world, my world…….my beautiful wickedness.”

Then my favourite line in the whole film, “May we have it (the broom)?” Dorothy asked. The soldier replies, “Please and take it with you.” i have turned that line around my mind for many, many years. If they asked for it, then i am sure they would want to take it with them. Would not they?

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The film is about women fighting over a pair of Ruby Slippers; an indecisive girl that runs away, then wants to be home 10 minutes later; a bunch of strange characters wanting something which they had the whole time; a witch that never bathes; and a wizard that hides in a closet behind a curtain.

The Wizard of Oz may not be the best film ever made for many technical reasons, but for many people, including myself, it is a sentimental journey down the yellow brick road of childhood, a journey that gives us a hope that there is a place over the rainbow of which we will eventually arrive safely from our childhood traumas. Also, for many women, it gives them hope of finding the perfect pair of shoes. My score is 5/5.

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A story in which women fight over a pair of ugly shoes.

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AFI 100 Years…100 FIlms

i have decided to review American Film Institute 100 Years…100 Films. i will try to watch one film per week, perhaps two if time permits. i have seen most of these films, but i want to watch them again and give a few thoughts from my point of view; a simple point of view, perhaps a humourous one.

i will not necessarily watch them in order because i am too random. i have noticed over the years that i need to be in the mood to watch certain films, especially comedy. i watched Zoolander and Wedding Crashers when they were new films, but hated both, but years later i grew to enjoy them immensely. i believe, especially for comedy, that timing is everything when watching a film.

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Citizen Kane was named the best film of all-time and i agree that it is one of the best made, but more of why i think this later. Below is the link to AFI. You can see the list that i will be reviewing. Remember that i am not a film critic, but a film lover. My reviews will not be technological; i will talk about how i see the film, the message if there is one, my feelings if i have any and i will give away the ending sometimes. i do appreciate your thoughts, but i am writing these for me.

Also you can see their other 100 Lists on the site, perhaps i will do 100 Laughs, if i finish this one.

http://www.afi.com/100years/movies10.aspx

more to come…

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