Chinatown

To be honest, I didn’t like this movie until the last 40 or so minutes, then I REALLY didn’t like it. I think its an age thing. I think I’m too young, immature and naive to care about the plot or understand/like the genre of film noir.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

I think I loved this movie for two reasons, 1. It reminds me so much of ‘Girl, Interrupted’ which is one of my favourite movies and 2. Jack Nicholson is awesome no matter what he does. Well, those were my first two points that I made in my notes so here’s the rest;

  • I don’t know why but I think I’m fascinated by insanity. I love films or TV shows which are based in mental hospitals so I kind of automatically like this movie.
  • I liked the use of the group therapy session because we got to see firstly how comfortable McMurphy [Nicholson] is in this new environment and how he finds the other patients amusing. We also got some introductions to the other characters. They’re all very different physically so you don’t really need to know their names which is good, especially with such a big cast. We also get glimpses of their personality and why they’re in the hospital.
  • McMurphy looks the most sane there but, whether Nicholson meant to do this or not, he’s just got this underlining madness to him. Like, its not as physically noticeable compared to the others. McMurphy is faking it all to get out of jail and hard labor but you do question whether he’s sane or not.
  • Its not all drama and depth, there are a few funny moments like McMurphy going on the shoulders of a patient whilst trying to teach Chief [a Native American who pretends to be deaf and dumb] how to play basketball.
  • The character of McMurphy is what the nurses and orderlies should be like with mental patients. McMurphy is accepted by them and they listen to him because he gets on a personal level and becomes friends with them. The nurses and orderlies just keep it all very professional and are often behind glass which is probably why they don’t respond as well to them as they do to McMurphy. The staff think that the patients need a schedule and that if they’re taken away from it then all hell breaks loose but when McMurphy takes them on a fishing trip, they’re totally fine and could deal with the change.
  • When McMurphy tries to escape in front of the other patients [a few who have bets that he won’t be able to escape] by pulling this big block tap thing from the ground and throw it at the windows but its too heavy for him. I really liked this because its normal, whereas in some other movies, they’d probably have him pick it up easily.
  • There’s a super sweet moment where the patients are playing basketball with the orderlies and Chief is the champion because McMurphy ‘taught him’ how to play and because he’s 6ft 7in, he can put the ball in the net every time. It’s a sweet moment because Chief has been the butt of the jokes for ages and suddenly he’s the champion and everyone claps and cheers him.
  • The ending is both sad and happy. One moment I had my hand over my mouth in shock of what they’d done to McMurphy then I was smiling and cheering as Chief escaped [sorry if that ruins the movie but it shouldn’t, really]. Its nice to end on a happy note, especially as you think the ending is going to be a sad one. It’ll make sense when you watch it.
  • I’ve kind of just realized that unless you know the movie or have read the synopsis, you probably won’t understand my notes/review… maybe I should post the link to Wikipedia in case you want to see the synopsis before the read my ‘review’.

    Anyways, if you’re a young adult or teenager and you liked Girl, Interrupted then you’ll really like this one and if you’re a fan of Jack Nicholson, you’ll like this too. it’s a great movie, I really enjoyed it!

    64/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    The Departed

    This movie is about how one can be a rat in two very different ways. You have the police’s informant [DiCaprio] who is put in situations that would make you think he was the bad guy if you’d just walked in on the movie. Then you have the bad guy’s informant [Damon] who is in the Special Investigations Unit and would be, at first glance, the good guy. It sounds weird as I can’t really find the right words to put it but trust me, its incredibly clever.

  • Jack Nicholson’s iconic voice is one of the first things we here. This man is like Robert De Niro, as soon as you see or hear him, you know its going to be a great movie.
  • It is very realistic in terms of violence. You see and hear the gun, you see and hear the blood. Be prepared for that if you ever choose to watch this movie. If you faint at the sight of blood, best watch it already laying on the floor.
  • Its got two people whose names I can’t say properly thanks to Team America which is Matt Damon and Alec Baldwin. Both are great in this movie though Damon pisses me off slightly because there are times when I don’t know whether he’s pretending to be happy or is just doing some shit acting. Leonardo DiCaprio is awesome as always.
  • DiCaprio is bashed for having a criminal family record after having done nothing wrong himself, Damon just wanders in and gets a job even though he’s been working for Nicholson since he was something like 11; its not fair.
  • There is one scene that really made me laugh; Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg’s ‘your mum’-esk banter, it was pure comical genius. I can see why Baldwin is praised for comedy [though I’ve never seen 30 Rock or whatever its called.]
  • I’d say that for two thirds of the movie, Damon and DiCaprio are always linked but never actually interact. Its like they’re always together but never in the same room, if you get me. Damon may be on the screen but there is also the presence of DiCaprio. Hope I’m making sense. It was good, that’s what I’m saying ^_-
  • Nicholson’s codename is ‘dad’ or ‘pop’. He is the father figure for both Damon and DiCaprio and this is why they trust him so much. Nicholson uses the fact he is older than these men to his advantage and becomes their fathers. Very clever. Sneaky and mentally horrible, but clever.
  • Oh my God, this film has the most amazing looking desert ever! I’m not entirely sure what it is [and neither are the characters] but it looks kind of like a tower of brownies with chocolate things poking out of it and its at least a foot tall. It looks so delicious and made me want a brownie tower too. It is my birthday soon, actually… mum, you’re reading this, do you remember the desert? I think I watch some of this movie with you? I don’t want a cupcake for my birthday cake anymore, I want a brownie tower!!! OK, I’ve written too much about a desert now. I’m such a girl!
  • Nicholson is a different gangster leader. He actually gets involved and does stuff himself as well as getting others to do his deeds. There is one scene where he tortures DiCaprio even though his tough guy is in the room. By the way, that scene is very painful to watch. You find yourself wincing and holding onto your left hand and wrist. Ooooooo… so painful…
  • There is a lot of cross-cutting editing. We see two things happening at once and we also get comparisons between the lives of the two types of rats. We are constantly reminded that we are seeing two sides and two points of views.
  • Tehehe, there is a scene when Damon calls DiCaprio for the first time and as soon as Damon pressed the ‘call’ button, my phone went off! I jumped out my seat then started laughing; for a moment, Matt Damon was ringing me. [For those who care, it was one of those scam people. Knobheads. Sorry for my language but they are.]
  • At the end, I jumped and said “OOOOOO!!!!” about 3 times! Its so unexpected! I have seen this movie before but I must of changed the channel over before the movie ended because I never saw the end and now I realize I should of! Its so unexpected and I found myself going [highlight if you want to know the ending] “OH MY GOD, THEY KILLED LEONARDO DICAPRIO! THOSE BASTARDS!” I’m sorry, I watch too much South Park. >.< By the way, the blood spurting out of people’s heads looks freakishly real even though I’ve never seen someone’s head blow off.
  • Good film. Scorsese never lets you down!

    27/212

    Kate
    xoxo

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