All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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.
- ...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…
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,…
Sunday Morning Review!
You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... You will someday.
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…
Overrated? Yeah, whatever.
Fucking love this movie.
Such a good movie, with the most depressing yet satisfying ending
For some films you have to be in the mood. A brilliant films brings you in the mood!
Few films catch the viewer in such a short time than the beginning of American Beauty. Everything works here. Script, Director, Cinematography.
Conrad "Conny" Hall uses a lot of strong visual tools in this movie which, for themself, would maybe be over the top but in context to the film are supporting the story in a perfect way. Lighting and framing - the work of a never to be forgotten master of cinematography.
American Beauty is what I would call a perfect film. Meaning a script, that is hilarious and incredibly sad at the same time (which to me – as banal as it may sound - is a criterion to almost any great movie), a camera work and lighting which make every single shot an aesthetic expression of the film's deeply humane message and of course the performances of not only Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening who are obviously wonderful here, but also the amazing Chris Cooper (have you ever seen such pain in somebody's face as Colonel Fitts looking into Lester Burnham's eyes, completely wet, almost kind of melting as he gets softly rejected by him?) or Allison Janney who literally…
I love Kevin Spacey that's all
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a character I could connect with, that I care for, and that I understand. Spacey has been in tons of awesome movies, but his role as Lester is maybe my favorite. He's a likable character in his strange way, as strange and bizarre as American Beauty is in its own. Sam Mendes raises some good questions about the purpose of the one's life and happiness. Awesome writing, acting, and camera work bring high quality to this movie. The dialogue flows and is believable, much like the roles the actors/actresses play. It's a beautiful movie that captures the question of identity and belonging superbly.
- 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!
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- 2001: A Space Odyssey
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- The Rules of the Game