Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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Plot: A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: One of the Best

 

Story: Rosemary’s Baby starts as we see happy young couple the Woodhouse’s Rosemary (Farrow) and Guy (Cassavetes) as they find themselves a new apartment in New York City. After they find their dream apartment they find out they have an elderly couple next door Minnie (Gordon) and Roman (Blackmer) who become overly friendly with the Woodhouse couple.

When Rosemary and Guy announce they are planning to have a baby the neighbours take notice and after a vivid dream including being raped by a demon Rosemary finds out that she is pregnant. As Rosemary’s pregnancy is going on she is warned now to read books or talk to friends by Minnie and Roman’s doctor Dr Sapirstein (Bellamy). As the time for the birth comes closer Rosemary learns the terrifying truth about what she is carry and who she can trust.

Rosemary’s Baby is a simple horror story looking into the witch and devil worshipping style of life, remember that this is before the internet could answer the problems. The story also shows the affects pregnancy has on a first time mother who listens to the wrong type of advice but doesn’t know any better. The tension being used through this film is brilliant as you just wonder how things will end up.

 

Actor Review

 

Mia Farrow: Rosemary is our young woman that recently married who wants start a family, but when she finds herself being used by her devil worshipping neighbours the pregnancy doesn’t go as planned she learns the truth about the baby she is carrying. Mia is brilliant in this leading role as we feel her terror through every single scene.

John Cassavates: Guy is the husband to Rosemary, a struggling actor who befriends the next door neighbours. His career starts to take off just as Rosemary becomes pregnant as he wants to follow the rules they have made for the pregnancy. John is good in this supporting role where we see his true motives through the story.

Ruth Gordon: Minnie is one of the neighbours that befriends the Woodhouse couple, she doesn’t want to stay out of their lives almost controlling each and every move Rosemary makes. Ruth won herself an Oscar for this supporting role that is overly clingy and obsessive.

Sidney Blackmer: Roman is the husband to Minnie that has found a way to talk Guy into listening to his stories becoming a father figure to him. Sidney is good in this supporting role throughout the film.

Support Cast: Rosemary’s Baby has a supporting cast that do help the story unfold be it the doctor helping with the pregnancy, we also have the older friend that knows the answers to what is going on.

Director Review: Roman PolanskiRoman may well be a controversial man but you can’t question he knows how to make an overly creepy film throughout.

 

Horror: Rosemary’s Baby is one of these horrors that will stick with you for years to come with the creepy feel being used throughout the film.

Settings: Rosemary’s Baby keeps most of the story within the apartment that Rosemary is living as we follow through the pregnancy.
Special Effects
: Rosemary’s Baby has good effects when needed but isn’t a film that turns to the effects to make everything happen.

Suggestion: Rosemary’s Baby is one for all the horror fans out there to have seen at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Farrow is brilliant.

Worst Part: Nothing.

Oh My God Moment: Making the baby.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

Budget: $2.3 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 16 Minutes

Tagline: Pray for Rosemary’s Baby

 

Overall: An all time classic.

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2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)

logoDirector: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke (Screenplay) Arthur C. Clarke (Story)

Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty, Douglas Rain

 

Plot: When a mysterious artificial object is found buried beneath the lunar surface. They set out on a quest with a group of frozen scientists and an intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000 looking for the answers behind the object. Two Doctors are left awake to make sure everything is running smoothly Dave (Dullea) and Frank (Lockwood) but when H.A.L gets ideas of its own the mission becomes compromised.

 

Verdict: The masterpiece of one of the greatest directors in the history of film

Story: You may spend most of this film scratching you head trying to figure out what the hell is going on, but once you get the reveal you will see how good the story is. Giving the audience plenty of questions makes this something many of the new modern film fail to do with all the spoon feed answers. (10/10)

 

Actor Review: Keir Dullea – Doctor Dave Bowman who has to react to stop H.A.L taking over the space shuttle and fulfil the mission. Top performance on how to convince with expression and body language. (10/10)

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Actor Review: Gary Lockwood – Doctor Frank Poole who goes on the spacewalk mission before starting to question the methods of the computer H.A.L. Great performance using more action than words to signify his motives. (9/10)

Director Review: Stanley Kubrick – Brilliant piece of directing from a man who redefined a generation of film makers. (10/10)

 

Sci-Fi: wonderful creation of a space like atmosphere. (10/10)

Special Effects: Stunning special effects that have hardly aged a day. (10/10)

Music: Excellent use of music. (10/10)

Cinematography: Amazing usage of cinematography throughout the film. (10/10)

Believability: Space is still a wife unknown so this is down to what you believe is out there or could happen out there. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Settings: Set mostly in the middle of space, with nowhere to turn for help perfectly for the creation of the edge of your seat atmosphere created. (10/10)
Oscar Chances
: Won one Oscar for Special effects.

Chances of Sequel: Nope

Suggestion: All film fans should watch this as it really is a masterpiece. The casual film fan will struggle to get into the film with the drawn out opening 25 minutes of no dialogue and strong use of music. If you were to look back and see where some of the best films come from this is where it is, this is a true history lesson in film watching this. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The mystery of what is going on.

Worst Part: May be hard to grab the attention of a casual film fan.

Trivia: There is 88minutes with no dialogue.

 

Overall: A masterpiece that stands the test of time

 

Rating 97