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…
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.
Films in the grand scheme of things rarely change for me. I've had my fair share of films that have grown or weakened in retrospect, but most of my opinions have stayed around the initial feeling that I received after the film. After my first viewing, I loved American Beauty. I was pushing back the tears for hours after, and the immense emotional connection that I had with it was truly amazing. I was so excited to watch the film again to feel that same feeling, and as soon as it started, a frown appeared on my face. The film seemed dated in a horribly 90s way, the dialogue was pretentious (and I HATE that word) and self-important, and the…
Thought it'd be good to re-watch this one to see if it still holds up. It's flawed, certainly, and it's hard to tell whether some of the more on-the-nose satire of American suburbia is played as comedy or wants to be darker.
Still, American Beauty's most memorable sequences, including Lester (Kevin Spacey's) dream sequence and the manic performance of Annette Bening, show why American Beauty received so much praise on its release.
Didn't think i'd be seeing Josiah today because i'm suffering quite violently from aids. Or it could just be the common cold, but who knows?
Anyway as per usual whenever he comes round, we engage in some cinema together. Today's title. AMERICAN BEAUTY! This is one of my all time favorite movies that surprisingly he hasn't seen. I just reacquired the blu ray, so what better time to re-watch it eh?
Needless to say, this film holds up with multiple views, and remains just as powerful. Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors. He's just so fluid in everything he does. He talks like a real person. I don't think people grasp quite how real he sounds when he…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film is like cancer: you don't know what you're in for until you're too far along to do anything about it.
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All of the wannabe-artsy stuff really digs this film into the ground for me; there is so much wasted potential, but I know I'm in the minority for thinking that this is not the artsy film it's trying so hard to be—the homophobia angle is so Hollywood—Kevin Spacey's character makes the classic film-turn right when his antics would go from "lovable goof" to "icky to the general audience," when his character has shown only the opposite intentions the entire length of the feature—at least everyone else mocks the bag scene alongside me—the ending monologue is…
Can you say "symbolism"? I've never complained about lighting before, but most of it was too obvious. Performances range from pretty darn good to stereotypical, from most of the cast. Has the '90s aesthetic, tone. During Spacey's bedroom monologue I thought it would be good to see Harrison Ford in the role. Definite "Lolita" influences, especially in casting. Loved Bening hugging the shirts at the end. "That's a fucking good moment."
This is a story about an individual (Lester Burnham) who after years of being subject to the norms of a stereotypical suburbian society finally rises and opposes against what is expected of him. A movie about someone mute who finds his voice again.
Tension stays stable during the whole movie, it is a very surprising and thrilling one about someone who learns to enjoy life again.
In contrast, it also shows how people can get lost because they begin to focus on umimportant material things instead of concentrating on the relations to people they love.
On the one hand, "American Beauty" is a very sad film depicting the harsh real life, on the other hand it is also kind of…
Story of a washed out "normal man" Lester Burnham. How he breaks free from his daily vicious cycle by quitting his job and living life the way he wants.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I have mixed feelings on hundreds of movies, but this is definitely one that tops the list. I think every single time I watch "American Beauty" I like it less and less. Years ago, when I saw it, I liked it so much that I ran out and bought it. Lets start with the negatives and work our way to the positives.
The way I see it, this movie can't make up it's mind on whether it wants to be taken seriously or wants to be a satire on the ways of the world as they exist in the suburbs. In one way, it wants to be taken seriously, giving us some beautiful scenes, most notably the end, when Lester…
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