# 421 – Days of Heaven

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“Nobody’s perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you.”

Yet another piece of art, directed by Terrence Malick in 1978, that took two years to edit. It’s one of those films that is slightly odd, but simple and intriguing enough to keep you hooked. Linda (Linda Manz) narrates the story, in her young and somewhat uneducated point of view, that really ties the film together, her accent and authenticity are really powerful story-telling tools.

Linda is the sister of Bill (Richard Gere), a hot-headed labourer who is forced to flee after an incident at work. In an attempt to leave the city for a better life, he hops on a train to nowhere with Linda and his girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams), yet, not wishing for the world to know, he pretends that Abby is his sister. They arrive at a farm to work and soon enough, the Farmer (the owner that has no name, played by Sam Shepard) falls in love with Abby. The story takes a turn when Bill convinces Abby to feign interest in the farmer after learning he only has a year to live, planning to rob the farmer after his death. A love triangle develops and the farmer becomes suspicious of Bill and Abby’s relationship, eventually leading to a┬átragic ending for all.

As I said, it’s a very ‘artsy’ film with minimal dialogue and an emphasis on cinematography (which won it an Oscar) and body language. This can often make you feel uncomfortable in the silence, but the addition of the narration is fantastic (and apparently another trademark of Malick’s).

I think it is worth a watch, if for nothing else than witnessing Richard Gere in his 20’s.

 

Enjoy

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# 398 – The English Patient

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It’s nearing the end of WWII and a burn victim, Count Laszlo, is dying. Rather than endure the long trip to… somewhere else… this lovely lady named Hana decides to stay with him in an abandoned church until he dies. He doesn’t remember much, but the arrival of a guy who believes Laszlo was giving information to the Germans, encourages (or strongly recommends) him to share his story, one of a love affair.

It’s got a really great cast (Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Kristen Scott Thomas and Willem Dafoe) and it won 9 Oscars and it’s very sweet and sad and there are quite a few naked shots but that’s about it. I was a little bored, couldn’t really get into it and I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. Safe to say I’m glad they cut down the length; the original went for 4 hours!

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# 409 – Dirty Dancing

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Everyone knows not to put Baby in the corner

Such a gorgeous movie! I love Dirty Dancing, typical chick-flick, but hey… nothing wrong with that.

It’s got the best soundtrack, you’ll find yourself singing along; and it’s got one of those ‘stick it to the man’ themes that just makes you heaps excited at the end when they finally do.

Did it make anyone else want to become a dancer? Don’t lie. It totally did.

I enjoyed a lovely evening watching this with my mummy, it had been a long time since either of us had seen it and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I suggest you do the same!

Enjoyyyy….

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# 422 – Jerry Maguire

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I feel like Jerry Maguire is one of those movies people my age always here about but have never actually seen; being released when we were too young to watch, but such a big hit that everyone talks about it.

To be honest, I think it’s popular for only three reasons:
“You complete me.”
“You had me at hello.”
Surely you seen this one coming… “SHOW ME THE MONEY!!”

Those lines are referenced ev-er-y-where. If you haven’t heard at least one, you must live under a rock. In a very deep hole.

I legit knew two things about this movie before I watched: Tom Cruise and ‘show me the money’, which led me to believe it was about some hostage situation. It’s not.

Moving on, it’s not a bad show, I was just expecting more because it’s so widely talked about. It’s a sweet love story with loveable characters and the best little kid that just makes you want to squeeze him. It’s more rom-com than anything else.

I’d recommend watching it just because it’s, like, a part of your duty as a movie-lover.

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