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's best non-Underwood role is Lester Burnham in this classic Sam Mendes film. Thought provoking and thematically rich, but the direction, acting, and writing all happen to be so good that the film is entertaining as well. And I mean ridiculously entertaining. And not to try to be a pervert or anything, but Thora Birch has a great pair of
I can't recommend this film enough. The very fact that it is only my second favorite of 1999 just gives you an idea of how great a year that was for film.
Really enjoyed this one. Mostly because Kevin Spacey is so fantastic in everything he does. Sam Mendes is also a great director so that doesn't hurt. Spacey definitely carries the film, most of the kids acting is pretty underwhelming. But the characters are all so good I forgive that.
The only thing I'm not on board with is $2000 of an ounce of weed.
OVERALL RATING: 10/10 or A+
A miraculously beautiful, genuine, funny, and smart look at how we may or may not value life when we really should just stop and enjoy the small moments, the true beauty of it all. Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a middle aged man whom feels as if he is irrelevant and a total loser to his wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) and his daughter Jane (Thora Birch). After meeting his daughter's best friend Angela (Mena Suvari), he decides to spice up his now boring life and live the way he wants to. Meanwhile, new neighbor Ricky Fitz (Wes Bentley) arrives into the plot and only perfects how every single person should look at life. Skillfully directed…
I can't believe it has taken me this long to watch this oh my god OH MY GOD.
American Beauty is a good, if at times highly contrived, film that tracks the decadent nature of the "American Dream" and all of the superficiality inherent therein. Most of the satire in the film works and it is frequently very funny. A lot of the film comes off as very artificial, but if one reads this as being a further subversion of the conventions of representing familial dysfunction in film, then it's acceptable. There are moments where the film is painfully earnest and even flirts with pretension, but overall it's a layered and relatable portrait of the artificial nature of marriage, the nuclear family, and social conventions. Kevin Spacey puts int he best performance while every one else vacillates between…
This is pure perfection on every single level. Kevin Spacey and Annette Benning blows my mind, brilliant performances. My second favorite film of all time. 5+
If you knew that you would die today
If you saw the face of God and Love
Would you change?
Would you change?
If you'd broken every rule and vow
And hard times come to bring you down
Would you change?
Would you change?
How bad, how good does it need to get?
How many loses? How much regret?
What chain reaction will cause an effect?
Make you turn around
Make you try to explain
Make you forgive and forget
Make you change?
The answer is a hot cheerleader.
"Wear a raincoat."
This may be one of those movies I'm beyond reviewing if only because I've seen it so many times (I think I saw it on a dodgy import VCD about 20 times before finally seeing it in the cinema in 2000) but also because I have a lot of baggage associated with that time when I was first obsessed with it. Let me put it this way: when I first saw this, and for a few years after, I couldn't really discern the difference between it and Fight Club. I'm still fascinated by the fact they both came out in the same year… but they're very different movies to me now.
I also remember I related specifically…
"sometimes there's such a good movie, you feel like you can't take it, and your heart is just going to cave in." touching
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…