All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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.
- ...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…
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,…
It’s difficult to describe how I feel watching American Beauty for the reason that my emotions are constantly fluctuating throughout it: sadness, joy, disgust, anger - it’s as if the cast of Inside Out is going insane in my mind. What I do know is that I wholeheartedly love every bit of it. Kevin Spacey - a serious contender for the top position on my personal ranking of favourite actors of all time - puts down a performance that can compete with his appearance in Se7en, through which the viewer is granted the great fortune of looking at the strange semi-surrealistic image of America created by director Sam Mendes (and let’s not forget writer Alan Ball). Lester Burnham, father of…
The words right now are coming slowly. I know it's a cliche, but this is why I love movies. Incredibly hilarious, dark, mysterious, and formal in every aspect; Sam Mendes' American Beauty is an emotional masterpiece that explores both the looming despair of American suburbia and the slowly fading prospect of embracing life in all its quirky aspects and flaws. The sense of overwhelmingly loneliness and misguided ideals across such a society is both heartbreaking and wonderfully sardonic.
For now, the words aren't coming fast enough to write a full review, but behind the tears and the melancholy is one of the greatest films that I have ever seen.
Fuck, here come the tears again. Goddammit Kevin Spacy.
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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.
American Beauty isn't the exact beauty that I was expecting.
Maybe it was after taking a deeper insight of the film.
I originally thought this film explores the dirty little secret of American suburban life; I mean, what can you expect anything to go wrong in "white America"? Middle aged man dealing with the local high school pot dealer next door, a father seduced and infatuated with a minor, and a teenage girl trying to save up money for breast implants? Hence, I looked at it as the hidden truth/satire of American life.
After rewatching the film multiple times and analyzing it for its true theme, I finally saw that Lester was trying to teach us that beauty comes in…
How can something be depressing and hopeful at the same time? Strong movie here
A movie I saw without any prior knowledge (i.e. never saw a trailer, read a review, etc.). Loved it.
"I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up."
A movie about the joys of youth, and the beauty of life.
"American beauty presents a progressive and darkly cynical view of American Suburban Culture, suggesting that the cultural norms present within our society encourage loneliness, depression, and fanatical materialism. In essence a “Suburban Prison”. "
One of my favourite films of all time. Sam Mendes does a brilliant job in portraying the complexities of each character throughout the film, often reflecting upon the common challenges and adversities an individual experiences throughout different stages of life. Kevin Spacey's monologue provided the perfect ending to a bittersweet and realistic film about the struggle between an individual and society.
What happens when you finally release all the emotions you had buried over months, years and decades? Will your life turn out good or will you be rejected? If so how do you deal with it? American Beauty does a great job answering all this questions.
All characters are confronted with their emotional problems and some deal better with the reactions than others. Just watching that is great entertainment. But it's not just watching, probably everyone will find a character that he can relate to. Either one that acts like he's happy but is broken inside, one that acts confident when it comes to some topics but is actually unsure about the whole situation or one that finally does something to make his life better.
If this movie doesn't deserve it's Acadamy Award for Best Picture than I don't know which would.
"Look Closer" - The tag line for Sam Mendes' directorial debut American Beauty, is a perfect descriptor for a film that gazes beyond the materialism of American suburbia, to present a portrait of love, confusion, obsession, voyeurism and a cynical man that will have you in stitches on every viewing.
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a middle-aged, middle-class American, sedated by the state of his life. He describes his morning masturbatory session as the highlight of his day, "It's all downhill from here". Lester's wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening) is an ambitious real-estate agent who seems to have little time for Lester, or their daughter Jane (Thora Birch), a self-conscious teenager who distances herself from her parents.
One evening, at a…
A film in which many smaller elements threaten to steal the limelight from the larger, more important ones, yet they never quite do. They instead actually feed into the largest of all the themes, which is that of seemingly every human's repetitive blunder of constantly upholding an image. Taking that theme one step further, the film develops some of its own identity by allowing each isolated character to search for the still missing elements of their ideal personal image through the images they see in those around them. The thematic concept is ingenious, but the key to its execution resides in structuring the characters in a cyclical, yet practical manner. Simplicity is the method of choice here, and again, it…
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!