#401 – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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I’ve been putting this one off lately, due to the length, but finally found some time and it was well worth it! Now, I’m not generally much of a history lover – but I am a lover of a good old true story, so I’ve done a little research for you too.

The movie is set in the 1880’s and depicts the last seven months of Jesse James’ life before he was killed by Robert Ford, who once admired Jesse and tried to weave himself into his gang before eventually turning on him.

It’s a crime/drama/western with a touch of thriller; the main attraction, however, lies in the history (being one of the most accurate depictions of the tale) and the performances. Which leads me to the awesome cast: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell and Jeremy Renner being the most popular, but there’s a few other familiar faces. Casey Affleck is a perfect Robert Ford, so riveting; and Brad Pitt is, well, just his usual amazing self.

So, the history… Jesse James and his brother formed the James-Younger gang to rob banks and trains after their return from the Confederate war. There may be some confusion as to whether they were good bad guys (you know stealing for the greater good and all that), but as far as I can tell they’re mostly just messed up from the war and killed anyone who got in their way of their new career path. They were protected by their community and they were good family men who respected their wives and loved their children, but crime is just too much fun to resist. The last job they were to do was with the Ford brothers who had secretly accepted a reward to rid the world of the feared James brothers – the movie will do a better job at explaining this part than I.

From what I’ve read, there are a lot of political reasons behind the outcome of all in involved. Whatever the reason, Jesse James, became one of the most famous names of his time – isn’t that just mindblowing? Do you think that he would have ever imagined that people would know his name and reference it in pop culture over 100 years later?

I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

E x

 

 

References:

https://www.biography.com/people/jesse-james-9352646#!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_James

 

 

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# 48 – Schindler’s List

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I’ll just comment that yes I jumped ahead a little, about 300 movies – but I had the opportunity to watch this and I had to take it. People with so little time as me do not need more time wasted on crappy movies, so I’m picking out some good ones incase I die before I get to finish this list.

Ok let’s get into it! The first thing that comes to mind is the sound of my hysterical wailing. I kid you not, I have never cried so much in any other movie, and I wouldn’t even call it crying (that would be an understatement) I was distraught. For two days after I watched it, I had this really deep, sorrowful feeling as though an acquaintance had died.

Now, for all you tough guys and gals. I realise that the above statement is very dramatic but I truly feel this way. However, I do openly admit that I am overflowing with empathy and can rarely contain myself. The fact that I cry weekly whilst watching Greys Anatomy does nothing to take away from the fact that this movie was incredibly emotional and raw. If you don’t cry you have an ice cold heart.

It’s also incredibly infuriating. Some things that happen and the mental state of people at that time is just so hard to comprehend. I kept finding myself going, “I wouldn’t have done that” “I wouldn’t have followed that order” “How could they do that?”. But how do you know? How can you say that you would not have done exactly the same thing if under such pressure?

Which leads me to my next point. I’ve only talked about the storyline and the feelings it promoted – because that’s what these directors are able to do! Ah, the power they have over me! It completely immersed me in it. My train of thought during the movie was around the actual story; the characters, the situations the comparisons to my own life and how hard it must have been for them.

I think when you completely forget that you’re watching a movie is when you truly know you’ve watched one worthy.

I could go on forever, really. There is so much literature out there about it. The novel has been recommended to me which I have added to my list (another really long one). I’ll end it here and just hope that you’re able to enjoy to the best of your ability amongst all the horror it brings to light.

It really is magnificent.

E x

# 443 – Dog Day Afternoon

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It’s another bank robbery type movie! Only a true story. About a crazy man. A crazy loveable man who was married to a woman with 2 kids and also married to a man who needed money for a sex change. Which is where we come full circle back to the bank robbery.

The movie wasn’t half as interesting as the real story, I know it gets a lot of notice because of Al Pacino’s performance (which is pretty fantastic actually) but it went for a loooong time and until about halfway through, Dad and I couldn’t work out if it was meant to be a comedy or not.

This link will take you to an article that sheds a little light on the bank robber guy… it’s quite a good read. Says a lot more about him than the movie depicted! I’ll give you a quote from the article to pique your interest…
“I was a member of the entertainment committee, so I would meet and greet new gay people coming into the scene,” Wojtowicz said. “I could have sex with them quicker than anybody else, because they were just coming out.” … LOL!

http://nypost.com/2014/08/03/the-man-who-inspired-dog-day-afternoon/

# 475 – The Impossible

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“Nothing Is More Powerful Than The Human Spirit”

This deserves to be so much further up on the list! Or down? It deserves a lower number!!
Wow, just wow. What these people went through! I had that lump that you get in your throat right from the start, halfway through I didn’t even try to hold it back anymore, I just let the tears flow. Better out than in.

It’s a true story about a family (mum, dad and three little boys) that survived the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Mum and the eldest son get separated from dad and the two littler sons, it is just incredible and emotional all the way through. But so beautiful at the same time.
This Tsunami killed over 230, 000 people in 14 countries, Thailand being amongst the hardest hit, with waves over 30 metres high. The hardest thing watching it is thinking the whole time how it must have been for them, and all the people that didn’t get a happy ending.

You just have to watch it. Everything was so believable; acting, make-up, special effects. I think I’m going to have to put it on my top 10…