All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up.
What is your purpose in life? How do you feel about yourself? How do you interact with other people? Is your life turning into one big routine?
This film teaches you how to look closer at life, discover more, and understand further. Never judge a book by its cover, and certainly never judge a person by how they present themselves; there may be much much more hidden underneath the surface.
An amazingly inspirational piece with some of the most beautiful (and most re-circulated) soundtrack I've ever heard. Sam Mendes does us proud.
Look closer: some things aren't as pretty as they seem - a concept, point of exploration and conventional means of getting simple stories off the ground in a new way that goes as far back as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This didn't keep Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and countless others from exploring it and giving their own twist to it. Yet, 1999 comes around and what exactly does first time director Sam Mendes do in a messy debut? He gives us this and this alone in a bipolar mood-swing of malnourished ideas and clunky themes. And yes, it won best picture.
American Beauty pits a smorgasbord of issues and one-sided backing hardships to a well laid out American suburbia,…
- ...And I'm missing the James Bond marathon on TNT.- Lester Burnham
- This country is going straight to hell! - Colonel Frank Fitts
I am Lester Burnham.
How could be a beautiful flower couldn't smell, and exhilarates his own perfume as essence of his own body? We're all the same flower named American Beauty? We all flourish in the form?
It's like God's looking right at you, just for a second, and if you're careful... you can look right back...Beauty....
American Beauty is America with white fences, red roses on the garden...Blue windows and Red door making an dark mirror onto America and his citizens which lives upon there. All the things there give me some darkest echoes to…
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Inside this overbearingly dreary and kind of melancholy tale, there is something to be seen that is profoundly... beautiful. The increasingly tragic tale of the middle aged Lester Burnham and his secret obsession with the stunning blonde High School beauty Angela is one of the best films of American cinema in the late nineties and was a perfect movie to usher in a new age of films for the 2000's. It's slightly overrated and its most definitely far from perfect but I still find it hard to deny the strong writing and its odd, transfixing way of storytelling that mixes the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I DON'T KNOW HOW I HAVEN'T SEEN THIS UNTIL NOW.
THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING FILM. Every issue in life I feel passionate about is dealt with here. Commercialism, conformity, materialism, happiness, greed, the American Dream, beauty, homosexuality, acceptance of others, traditionalism, false images and more. There is so much content in this film, seeing it once is merely reading the blurb on the back.
Not to mention, one of my favourite actors, Kevin Spacey is bloody fantastic here. He's amazing. How does he manage so somehow restrained yet so free and happy? He feels completely believable as the initial Lester, and as the changed Lester. THAT is skill, to not only play technically two completely different characters, but demonstrate…
American Beauty for me, is that cliché of fine wine getting better with age. Whilst it certainly feels a product of its time, in some ways it's as essential yearly viewing as It's a Wonderful Life. A film to remind us to break out of autopilot in our working lives and focus on the things that truely matter. When you hear stories from the elderly about what is important in life, your job hardly gets a mention. Yet when you're 20 - 50 years old, it sure does take up the majority of many people's day, after day, after day.
American Beauty ultimately reminds us to 'look closer' at what is really important in life and in people and I am forever grateful to be reminded each and every time I watch it.
Waste of time
American Beauty is a film that needs to be seen. When it finishes, it will leave you in awe. It will make you feel something, that's for sure. It's just a unique and great film, and it is certainly one of my favourites.
American Beauty is a film that deals with a few different themes. It deals with the idea of not being happy with who you are. It deals with the theme of wanting to be unique. It deals with a lot of things that come about through everyday suburban life. It has a plot that feels relatable but also at the same time wild and slightly removed from reality. It's a drama but is full of dark humour,…
Primeiro filme que eu assisti com o Kevin Spacey e já foi isso tudo. Brilhante, do começo ao fim.
I love this movie so much, it's one of the greatest movies of all-time in my books. It always leaves me in awe everytime I see it. Sam Mendes is one of the best directors out there. This is such an amazing achievement. Everything in this so exceptional: Spacey, Bening, Bentley, Birch, Suvari, Cooper, cinematography, Newman's gorgeous score, etc.
"It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself."
This film is easily one of my favorite films of all time.
Kevin Spacey is so understated in his role as Lester Burnham and portrays a completely honest performance. I also adore Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Chris Coope, Wes Bentley and Mena Suvari in their respective roles.
The film flows beautifully and tells an amazing self narrative about the downfall and rise of a average American.
Kevin Spacey omg
American Beauty is an immense character study that creates tension and complexity into situations you don't expect that makes the audience exposed to the character's flaws as they live their daily lives in America, all experiencing a different take on the American dream. The film won Best Picture in 1999 and has stood the test of time as, even though it is coming up to 15 years since it's release, it is as relevant today as then. Sam Mendes' controlled direction makes for a really great cinematic experience, with beautiful cinematography and a wonderfully slow, occasionally creepy score. The stand out performance is that of Kevin Spacey, who gives a career best performance as a man changing his life around…
I decided to rewatch one of my favorites ever, American Beauty. If I could time travel and could go back to any moment in history, I would go back to October 1st, 1999, the night this film opened. I wish I could witness the audience's reaction as this masterpiece ended, and hear their "wows" and "oh my god"s as they leave the theater. This film is flawless. There are no words to describe it. Kevin Spacey's ending monologue especially leaves you absolutely breathless.
[Kevin Spacey voice] Spec-tac-ular.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game