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.
Film 18 on my Re-watch Wednesday list.
I remember the first time I saw American Beauty. It was shortly after the Academy Awards where it won five Oscars including Best Picture. At the time it was not a film I'd say was in my wheelhouse. I watched a lot of horror and comedies back then and generally found Oscar-nominated films boring. Not that I'd seen a ton of them, in fact I'd seen very few, I just had a preconveived notion that they were boring. This one caught my attention though. The trailers made it look interesting in a strange kinda way that appealed to me. So sometime early in 1999 I got around to watching it. I was generally…
It's like beautiful in a sort of sick way, you know?
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.
Kinda forced, but is lovely.
American Beauty is an amazing film. Each character's interpretation of beauty is at times warped, odd, and a little wrong. But it's impossible not to relate and sympathize. The film challenges you to do as much.
Still as relevant a commentary on modern life as anything currently getting released.
Oh, and Kevin Spacey. Damn.
A couple more great movies, and I'm going to have another favorite director to put on my list. I already have a favorite composer.
Road To Perdition is one of my favorite movies, and this really shows off the versatility of the Mendes style and Hall's (AMAZING) cinematography. And Kevin Spacey. Always Kevin Spacey. God, this movie is friggin great.
Sorry, my fingers are tongue tied at the moment. The amount of "bad form" things overcome in this movie (VO to start, AND a shot of someone hitting an alarm clock?!) are astounding. My brain really will let Mendes get away with anything. He does it well, though. The amount of improvement I am now aware of between this and Perdition makes me VERY excited to watch the rest of his stuff. Even Bond.
Wow where to start. It's such a thrill ride with meaning and insight about the American lives and the beauty and downfalls that come with it. Its characters are so interesting and so likable. It's funnier than most comedies yet more dramatic and thrilling then most oscar winners. The whole time you are just in a state of bliss. Just everything in this movie is flawless. I'm writing this right after watching and i am still in awe. It's a must see by everyone! I can safely say its currently my favorite movie of all time!
Haters gonna hate.
Great film and awesome performances.
- 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!
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game