Easy Rider (1969)

Director: Dennis Hopper

Writer: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern (Screenplay)

Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector, Jack Nicholson

 

Plot: Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Cultural Event

 

Story: Easy Rider starts as our two hippies Wyatt (Fonda) and Billy (Hopper) pick up their parcel in LA, which leaves them to set out on their adventure to New Orleans for Mardi Grad. Along the way they spend time with fellow hippies before finding themselves in jail.

George Hanson (Nicholson) the town drunk lawyer gets them out of jail and gets invited along to New Orleans with the two and as they continue their journey they must deal with being treated differently.

 

Thoughts on Easy Rider

 

Characters – Wyatt is one of the two friends travelling, he is the more laid back of the two keeping Billy in line when he starts to question moments and never finding himself too out of it on the drugs. Billy is the friend that just wants to get the job done, though when he stops he takes more grass than he needs to have. George Hanson is a lawyer that has a drinking problem, he helps the two get out of jail and joins them on their adventure across country enjoying the drugs for the first time.

PerformancesThe performances from Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper are both great, they completely embrace their characters with their own unique look to defying the hippie era. Jack Nicholson in the supporting role is great too showing just the talent he was going to show us all.

StoryThe story here shows us two hippies travelling across America, which for the time of release would have been one of the truest movies you could see in a story, but not it feels like a glimpse into the past events in America, which once again shows us how American can’t treat people equal. If you have never studied the hippie era you won’t understand most of the story if I am being honest because it is an moment that doesn’t connect to all.

AdventureThe adventure the two friends go on does take them across America, but it is hard to figure out which state they are in for the most part.

SettingsThe settings are hard to tell about in this film, the only one I could pick out was the airport in LA at the beginning.


Scene of the Movie –
The first night the three are together.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not understand the direction of their trip.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that was cultural relevant for the time of release, it hasn’t dated by the best standard and now leaves us watching a time that if you never lived through you wouldn’t understand.

 

Overall: One of the culture books.

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The Last Tycoon (1976)

Director: Elia Kazan

Writer: Harold Pinter (Screenplay) F Scott Fitzgerald (Novel)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Nicholson, Donald Pleasence, Ray Milland

 

Plot: F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.


Tagline – He has the power to make anyone’s dream come true… except his own.

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strangely Important Movie

 

Story: The Last Tycoon starts as we see how Monroe Stahr (De Niro) is working on the latest film, finding the right points to make it the production company’s next big hit, his superiors including Pat Bray (Mitchum) question this latest method even if the boss trusts his ideas without a doubt.

We follow Monroe as he conducts the business and uses his position of power to seduce aspiring actresses, while his health only continues to worsen by not taking the break his doctors are giving him.

 

Thoughts on The Last Tycoon

 

Characters – Monroe is the hotshot producer that can make any film work for his production company, he sees the little flaws in movies to fix them before they get released, he over works himself, but using his position got find actresses. Rodriguez is one of the starts of the studio that has worked with Monroe for years, the only one that will help him. Pat Brady is the senior production manager or something like that for the studio, he is against Monroe’s decisions at times, fearing for the studio.

PerformancesThe do have an amazing cast for this movie, Robert De Niro takes the centre stage and of course this was when every role he did gave us something to remember. With Tony Curtis and Robert Mitchum taking the main supporting roles we have nothing to fear with performances here.

StoryThe story follows one movie producer as he is searching for perfection on this next movie, while also keeping himself attached to enough women. We see his mental and physical health decline with his over working, but the truth is, even with a wonderful cast this just doesn’t become interesting enough for us to watch.

RomanceThe film claims to be a romance, but I am not sure why, we only meet a womaniser.

SettingsThe film takes place in Hollywood which puts us into the world we are going to be taking on, it works without being anything special.


Scene of the Movie –
Fixing the film.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Seems boring

Final ThoughtsThis is an example of older films which would have worked well at the time but doesn’t anymore, the performances are wonderful, but the story drags.

 

Overall: Dated movie

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Broadcast News (1987)

Director: James L Brooks

Writer: James L Brooks (Screenplay)

Starring: William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky, Lois Chiles, Joan Cusack, Jack Nicholson

 

Plot: Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly.


Tagline – It’s the story of their lives.

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Charming Throughout

 

Story: Broadcast News starts as we follow the younger versions of Tom, Aaron and Jane who all go onto become members of the broadcast news team, Jane (Hunter) is the hungry ambitious producer who wants to make real news, Aaron (Brooks) has worked hard to become a reporter, while Tom (Hurt) has stumbled his way up the ladder to become a new anchor for Jane’s team, his looks have helped him get the TV time but he does want to better himself and has never been satisfied by getting positions solely on his looks.

As Tom continues to grab the attention his nature draws Jane much like most of the women in his life, while Aaron is looking for his chance knowing he has the stronger knowledge to be one that gets an anchor shot. In the end we see how a broadcast news station is run with its moments of chaos and calm.

 

Thoughts on Broadcast News

 

Characters – Tom is the handsome man that’s looks have gotten him the jobs through the years, this isn’t to his liking as he wants to be taken seriously, but no one seems to give him the time to learn to improve. Aaron is the hard-working member of the team, he wants to be the anchor but loses out to Tom, his reporting skills are top level but once he jealous rises he must express his own feelings for Jane before losing everything he loves. Jane is the producer of the news, she is excellent at her job and knowing how to get the best story but her new attraction for Tom questions everything she stands for.

PerformancesWilliam Hurt, Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter all received Oscar nomination for their roles and you can see why, they are all great throughout the film showing they can play a full range of emotions needed for the world they are in.

StoryThe story follows the crew of the broadcast news team, the three characters we follow are ambitious but to achieve what they want they will need to step over each other, while we never see the rivalry between them or any type of sabotage it does show us how the world can be designed with image. This story shows us the hectic world of the news and the relationships between the people involved.

Comedy/RomanceThere are moments of comedy in this romantic film but neither the sides of the genre become too apparent in the way the storyline unfolds.

SettingsMost of the film is set inside the studio as we see how the lives and relationship collide in the busy world.


Scene of the Movie –
Teaching Aaron.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The last scene with Tom.

Final ThoughtsThis is an interesting look into the world of broadcast news in the late 80s it shows the chaos behind the scenes, the relationship between the people and the struggle to become a success.

 

Overall: Great look at broadcast news.

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Jack Nicholson Weekend – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

one flewDirector: Milos Forman

Writer: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman (Screenplay) Ken Kesey (Novel)

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif, Michael Berryman, Will Sampson

 

Plot: A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Masterpiece Classic

 

Story: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starts as we see R.P. McMurphy (Nicholson) entering into the mental institute and on the ward run by Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). On the world McMurphy meets all the patient that all have different problems but McMurphy runs his mouth with his confident mood that sees him trying to help the fellow patience including Martini (DeVito), Taber (Lloyd), Billy Bibbit (Dourif) and Chief Bromden (Sampson).

McMurphy clashes with Nurse Ratched as he tries to teach the men to stand up for themselves which shows that McMurphy really isn’t as insane as he is coming off.patient

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one of the all-time classics that has avoided me for years, I have no idea why it has taken be this long to watch but is has now happened. Going into this film I knew the ending which wants the best thing to know but the building up to that was something I was unaware off. I found that the time in the institute really works well because we see how the time spent in the institute we see how McMurphy tries to help patients. In the end this is one of the best films ever made which is why it really it still stands the test of time 41 years later.

 

Actor Review

 

Jack Nicholson: R.P. McMurphy is a criminal that claimed insanity ending him up in the mental institute, we clearly see that he shouldn’t be in the ward but because he is committed he sees this as an easy way out only to find out that it isn’t going to be an easy trip. While in the ward he is tries to help the actual patient with their problems getting through to them on a level the doctors never could. Jack gives his best performance of his career that rightfully won the Oscar.mcmrphy

Louise Fletcher: Nurse Ratched runs the ward that McMurphy finds himself on, she has all her patient in line but when McMurphy arrives her life becomes difficult as she clashes with him, she actually stands up for keeping McMurphy in her ward but she has an alternative motive behind this choice. Louise is brilliant in this role where she won the Oscar.nurs

Danny DeVito: Martini is one of the patient that McMurphy helps, he comes off as the one man that looks up to McMurphy as a big brother learning all his bad habits. Danny shows that he going onto be a bigger star in the future.

Christopher Lloyd: Taber is one of the fellow committed patients in the ward, he is one of the men that McMurphy starts to help as we see him change over time. Christopher is great in this supporting role.

Brad Dourif: Billy Bibbit is one of the patients that has a nervous side that tries to learn about to put that uncertain side about him behind him. Brad gave us a brilliant supporting role that got him an Oscar nomination.

Will Sampson: Chief Bromden is the patient that everyone thinks is deaf and dumb, but with McMurphy trying to bring him out his shell by talking to him as a human rather than a problem we get to see what he is all about. Will gives us the most interesting character in the film as the silent man early on.

Support Cast: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has a brilliant supporting cast that all shine through the film.

Director Review: Milos FormanMilos gave us one of the best films ever made.

 

Drama: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will always be one of the best dramas of all time.

Settings: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest keeps most of the film inside the Mental home but the one time outside really works to shows us the different life the men could have.

Suggestion: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one that everyone should watch. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Performances.

Worst Part: Nothing.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 5 Oscars

Box Office: $112 Million

Budget: $4.4 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes

Tagline: If he’s crazy, what does that make you?

 

Overall: One of the true all time classics from Hollywood

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Jack Nicholson Weekend – The Bucket List (2007)

bucketDirector: Rob Reiner

Writer: Justin Zackham (Screenplay)

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd, Rob Morrow, Alfonso Freeman, Rowena King

 

Plot: Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Drama Comedy

 

Story: The Bucket List starts with Carter (Freeman) telling us the date that Edward (Nicholson) dies, well spoiler. We move to meet Carter a car mechanic with great knowledge of the world as he gets the shocking news about his health. We also meet Edward a wealthy hospital owner. The two have to share a room much to Edward annoyance even though he is campaigning to have two beds per room minimum.

Putting aside their differences the two find themselves facing the same fate as they are fighting cancer and the two decide to put themselves on one last set of adventures as they look to complete their Bucket Lists.

The Bucket List gives us a drama following two men who are facing the same fate but from very different worlds. We get to see how this brings them together to achieve the moments in life they both missed out on for different reasons. The adventures work really well because we get to see how much it means to both the men. The comedy and drama work really well because they are balanced to make us laugh when needed and make us feel when needed. Overall this really is one of those films that is purely enjoyable without being too much of a downer.

 

Actor Review

 

Jack Nicholson: Edward has spent his life making money and brilliant business decisions including owning a hospital. He finds out he has cancer and given 6 months to a year to live, he has to share a room with Carter but with him he decides to use his fortune to help Carter fulfil in final lifelong desires in one final adventure before having to face his very own reality on his life. Jack is great in this role being the lifestyle we actually imagine him to have lived.ed

Morgan Freeman: Carter has been a mechanic nearly his whole professional life, he has given up his dreams for his family to supporting his children before getting the news about his cancer diagnosis. Sharing a room with Edward he gets to go on all the adventures he never got to go on in life before he has to deal with the reality of life. Morgan is great in the role that also looks like he would be facing before his acting career.carter

Sean Hayes: Thomas is the long suffering assistant to Edward, he has to make all the plans while dealing with insults each decision he makes. Sean works for the small supporting character.thomas

Support Cast: The Bucket List has a small supporting roles where the characters are parts of the characters’ lives.

Director Review: Rob ReinerRob gives us a film that gives us laughs, but also emotional moments through the film.

 

Adventure: The Bucket List puts our two characters on their last adventure in their life before they will have to face their own fates.

Comedy: The Bucket List has good laughs without being a flat out comedy.

Settings: The Bucket List uses all of the settings to show where the men would like to go.
Suggestion
: The Bucket List is one to watch and enjoy. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Eypgt has a brilliant scene.

Worst Part: Not enough emotional side for the story involved.

 

Believability: The suffering yes the adventures no.

Chances of Tears: A few near the end.

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $93.5 Million

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: You only live once, so why not die with style?

 

Overall: Touching drama that works on the heart strings.

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