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‘The Matrix’ (1999): New Wave Genre-Blending

Directed by: The Wachowski Brothers || Produced by: Joel Silver Written by: The Wachowski Brothers || Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano Music by: Don Davis || Cinematography: Bill Pope || Editing by: Zach Staenberg || Country: United States, Australia || Language: English Running Time: 136 minutes It has guns. … Continue reading

‘The Godfather’ (1972): The Film that Saved Hollywood

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola || Produced by: Albert S. Ruddy Screenplay¬†by: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola || Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton Music by: Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola || Cinematography by: Gordon Willis || Editing by: William H. Reynolds, Peter … Continue reading

‘Scarface’ (1983): That Gangster Movie Rappers Like

Directed by: Brian De Palma || Produced by: Martin Bregman Written by: Oliver Stone || Starring: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham Music by: Giorgio Moroder || Cinematography by: John A. Alonzo || Editing by: Gerald B. Greenberg, David Ray || Country: United States || Language: English … Continue reading

‘Seven Samurai’ (1954): The Original “Oriental Western”

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa || Produced by: Sojiro Motoki Written by: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni || Starring: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Isao Kimura, Yoshio Inaba, Daisuke Kato, Minoru Chiaki, Keiko Tsushima Music by: Fumio Hayasaka || Cinematography by: Asakazu Nakai || Editing by: Akira Kurosawa || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running Time: … Continue reading

‘Saving Private Ryan’ (1998): The Best War Movie You Can Watch with Your Dad

Directed by: Steven Spielberg || Produced by: Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg Written by: Robert Rodat || Starring: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi Music by: John Williams || Cinematography by: Janusz Kaminski || Editing by: Michael Kahn || Country: United States … Continue reading

‘The Lord of the Rings’ (2001-2003): A Benchmark for Longwinded Fantasy-Adaptations on Film

Directed by: Peter Jackson || Produced by: Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Mark Ordesky, Tim Sanders Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Stephen Sinclair || Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, Andy … Continue reading

‘Aliens’ (1986): The Quintessential Sci-Fi Action Film

Directed by: James Cameron || Produced by: Gale Anne Hurd, Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill Written by: James Cameron || Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, William Hope, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews Music by: James Horner || Cinematography by: Adrian Biddle || Editing by: Ray Lovejoy || … Continue reading