Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A Simple Plan
Captivated by the lure of sudden wealth, the quiet rural lives of two brothers erupt into conflicts of greed, paranoia and distrust when over $4 million in cash is discovered at the remote site of a downed small airplane. Their simple plan to retain the money while avoiding detection opens a Pandora's box when the fear of getting caught triggers panicked behavior and leads to virulent consequences
A tense film about family, greed, murder and guilt.
It gets too serious and unbelievable as it goes on. It wants me to take a leap of faith which would've been easier to take if it was a little bit less serious in tone. This film would have been brilliant in the hands of the Coen brothers. It replaces their dark humor with heavy melodrama. It's a good movie no doubt but whenever I will want to rewatch this I'll just remind myself I can rewatch something much better, like Fargo or Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood.
"Nobody would ever believe that you'd be capable of doing what you've done."
One of Sam Raimi's forgotten gems before he was given the Spider-Man job. A Simple Plan is Fargo without the quirky characters and pitch-black humour but instead you get something, while similar in plot, a lot darker and a little bit more disturbing in it's characterizations.
Perfectly cast, Bill Paxton excels as Hank Mitchell, the small-town gentlemanly nobody and a father-to-be who's temptation for a better existence clouds his usual morally-sound judgement when he finds 4 million dollars in a crashed plane. Soon, under pressure from his mentally-challenged brother (Billy Bob Thornton, brilliant), his drunk red-neck buddy and his manipulating wife (Bridget Fonda), Hank makes a serious…
I think Billy Bob just became my favourite actor.
Like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, but very little suspense or humor and in its place is just stone-cold tragedy. I started to worry about halfway through that I was actually Billy Bob Thornton; he's that good in this.
Imagine the logical halfway point between Fargo and Shallow Grave, as executed by Sam Raimi. It's exactly as good as the film that just popped into your head.
Terrific acting (especially from Bridget Fonda), some of the best (and most subtle) directing of Raimi's career and razorwire suspense throughout adds up to a wonderfly small and incredibly intelligent thriller.
A Simple Plan belongs to what might be my favorite subgenre - the "regular people get caught up in a crime that keeps getting worse and worse and also it's snowing" movie. But the artistry brought to the table elevates it beyond any categorization anyone could come up with for it.
The story in less capable, humane hands could have easily fallen onto the wrong side of the nihilism/tragedy divide, but the heartbreaking reality of the characters and their situation keeps that from even being a concern. The movie does what the best noir stories often do, and makes you feel sympathy for people doing terrible things. Not as some kind of trick, but because they're all human, making escalatingly…
I Don't Like 1998's A Simple Plan, I Don't Like It Because Me And My Brother Jesse Krajci Were 4 Years Old On March 7th, 1998.
A tense, gripping drama thriller with a top notch cast especially Billy Bob Thornton. I'm a sucker for movies about ordinary people delving into criminal actives and the moral consequences. The film isn't as great as I was hoping but it is a nice change of pace of Sam Raimi and reminded me alot of the Coen Bros. without their traditional quirk. Some scenes though are prime examples of how to do suspense right. You don't see movies like this anymore...
If only they had just stuck to Lou's original plan. haha
Sam Raimi's simplest film (non-horror/non-spiderman) that's essentially the American version of "Shallow Grave." An incredibly tense tale of greed and how it decays everyone's lives. One of Billy Bob Thorton's best performances but for my money Brent Briscoe steals the show.
Also worth noting is when there is any violence in this film the gore is handled in the same way Raimi handles his horror flicks. This could have ended up seeming silly or campy but it actually stays quite effective. This is Raimi going in with a scalpel instead of a butcher knife.
Drei Männer entdecken in einem verschneiten, abgelegenen Wald ein abgestürztes Kleinflugzeug. Sie entschließen sich das darin gefundene Geld zu behalten. Dies birgt mehr Gefahren als sich das Trio hat erträumen lassen.
Sam Raimi inszenierte den Thriller mit viel Spanung und vielen heiklen Szenen. Gute Darsteller und das wunderbare Schneesetting runden das Filmerlebnis ab. Sehenswert.
Maybe my 4th or 5th viewing of this. I still find it so good and compelling, mostly because of the scenes between Paxton and Thornton.
This movie was really solid. Every note was hit well, the story was not convoluted yet compelling. However, while it all was done exceptionally well, it all felt really familiar, and because of that it is stopped from becoming a classic to revisit time and time again.
Out of the cannon of films that Rami has released in his career, this is his best film. A well-crafted thriller that rivals the likes of "Fargo". The story, which unfolds in a Chaucerian/Shakespearian manner, gives the audience a sense of menace throughout the film. As for Thorton's performance as the estranged brother Jacob, is his most complete portrayal of his career. Overall, the film is successful on how a thriller should unfold. Nearly Perfect!
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Out of the Past
- The Maltese Falcon
- Touch of Evil
aka The Big List of Noir Films and/or Films with Noir Elements
I decided to make a more comprehensive list…
- About Last Night...
- The Accidental Tourist
- Across the Universe
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.