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,…
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.
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.
Resisting singular interpretation about the films meaning American Beauty is, for me, undefinable. There are many thematic interests that many will use for their own interpretation and sure, Sam Mendes' involvement as director could establish and mold your view for you.
Anyways, first thing is first, Kevin Spacey is absolutely amazing in this. Unfortunately the ending for me had been spoiled a couple of years back but I still hoped that it was wrong and at one point I was even convinced that it was wrong. But alas that was never ever going to happen really and the ending proves devastating for those around him, but not him. Sure they didn't really like him, but would they want him dead?…
Kevin Spacey owns.
I would! I would suck your dad's big fat dick, and then I'd fuck him until his eyes rolled back in his head!
American Beauty is hands down fucked up and has its similarities to an equally disturbing film, Happiness. Both American Beauty and Happiness follow the suburban lives of seemingly happy families and the seemingly happy people around them, but behind these curtains are nothing but misery,pity and the desperate chase for happiness. Although these different movies go into different directions,(Happiness ends on a more comedic note) it's hard to not notice the same commentary present in both movies.
And while Happiness stays far more superior in its originality,American Beauty to me was much stranger and weird (especially those sexual hallucinations) and definitely lives up to its hype.
So I missed this first time round and came late to the party this year.
I'm not sure if I think it's a comedy because the absurdity of his (Lester Burnham/Kevin Spacey) are laughable or a tragedy because, well because people die.
Is he really lusting after his teenage daughters friend or lusting after a youth/freedom lost and struggling with the inevitable mid-life crisis.
Strikes me as a movie about sad people not bad people and one that made me think and made me feel.
I can't believe I've put off seeing this for so long. Kevin Spacey put on such an incredible performance and the third act of this film was so engrossing.
creepy somehow but hilarious
American Beauty stars Kevin Spacey (Lester) as a middle aged man who feels he's lost control of his life after he loses his job and is pushed to the limits in his meaningless and disturbing marraige. He then proceeds to living life how he wants to live it rather than how people expect him, when he meets and soon obsessed over his daughters friend, Angela.
The film mainly explores family life, freedom, love, and true beauty/happiness.
One of the main things that stood out for me is the imagery of the film. A lot of the shots are really gorgeous and so well directed it feels surreal. For the most part all of the acting is really good with the actress who plays the mother a bit of a weak link. As far as the story, it's enticing and incredibly interesting, bringing almost insane, odd characters.
Kevin Spacey delivers a haunting and incredible performance in Sam Mendes's beautiful film.
The script was sharply written to provide an overall cohesiveness to the story. Every aspect of the film had a distinct part to the plot. I love seeing how little things later expand to become a central plot line.
The ending was both poetic and shocking but truly made sense. So glad I finally decided to sit down and watch it.
Been a while since I saw it. Still holds up but D: for the perv factor.
All this middle-class suffering...
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…