A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

November 27, 2011

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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American Beauty

November 26, 2011

American Beauty

It’s been about a decade since I last watched this movie. The result is that now I I am three years away from the stated age of Kevin Spacey’s quintessential middle aged failure Lester Burnham. One of the major themes of this movie is Lester’s midlife crisis and dissatisfaction with his life. It is a little strange thinking that I’m at that point in my life now where people start to look back on their lives and see what they’ve made of them, or haven’t made. It’s a little disorienting to think of myself in those terms.

This is a movie about broken people finding the courage to take their lives into their own hands. Just about every character in the film faces a crisis and discovers a way to break the cycle that imprisons them. For some of them it works out okay. For some of them less so.

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Gal Young ‘Un

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Medium Cool

November 24, 2011

Medium Cool

Amanda insisted for months that we needed to have this movie in our collection, and I have to agree with her. It’s a movie she was introduced to in school as part of a film history class. It’s a movie with a lot of important things to say about the impartiality of the media and tumultuous times, which made it ideal for a history class, but it’s somewhat spooky to watch it now. It’s frightening how much of this movie appears to apply to our world of today.

At the time this movie was made in the late sixties the nation was mired in an unpopular war and people were occupying the streets to protest iniquities perpetrated on the common man by an uncaring minority in political power. The movie follows a television reporter as he covers events in Chicago from the assassination of Bobby Kennedy up through the riots at the Chicago Democratic convention.

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Do the Right Thing

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Warrior of the Lost World

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Live Free or Die Hard

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Die Hard with a Vengeance

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Die Hard 2: Die Harder

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Die Hard

November 18, 2011

Die Hard

We have one last movie series to watch before our movie a day project comes to a close, and while it may not be the best or brightest it does have some fun bits, especially this first movie. You know how the Star Trek TNG episode “Starship Mine” is described as “Die Hard on a space ship?” (Sure you do!) Likewise Under Siege was “Die Hard on a battleship.” Well this movie is Die Hard in a skyscraper and although it did not actually create the trope of a lone guy killing off a large collection of armed invaders one by one it is certainly the one that most famously popularized the genre. It also took that balding guy from the romantic comedy TV show Moonlighting and made him a massive box office star.

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