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.
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.
- ...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…
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 is amazing.
American Beauty is the thought-provoking, three-act structured story of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), a middle-aged father who awakens from his mid-life slump after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.
Already, some of you are rolling your eyes after reading this description and are already ready to skip this film. I urge you to reconsider, because this film is not really about the Lolita-like relationship at all; it is about youth, power, and beauty. We are forced to rethink what life and society is all about. Why? We can point our fingers to the moral ambiguity of our anti-hero, Lester Burnham. We know that it is wrong to lust after someone less than half your age, and yet, we can't…
I know and see this movie was well done craftsmanship, but liking it? No. The first two thirds feel incredibly long. Just doesn’t strike my fancy.
I find it kind of creepy that I first saw this film at the Toronto Film Festival a year before 9/11 would forever change our country. Sam Mendes' iconic film can almost be viewed as a sort of warning about where our culture might be headed.
The hope the film offers is filled with regret, sadness and an almost fatalistic acceptance. It would be Kevin Spacey who received the Oscar, but the real power of this film rests firmly on Annette Bening and Chris Coopers' shoulders.
Strong performances also delivered by Wes Bentley and Thora Birch. Allison Janney's performance is particularly restrained and effective.
Some of this film's power has wained with time. The idea of the floating plastic bag seems comical. But when it came out, it was like a jolt to the senses.
Quite possibly my absolute, #1 favorite film of all time.
There have been three times I've seen a movie in a theater and watched the very next showing. Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, and American Beauty. From beginning to end, I find this movie riveting, the acting spot-on, and the soundtrack perfectly fitting.
Hollywood at its most beautiful
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So, lots of people mock the plastic bag scene, and who can blame them? It's so mawkish that it almost made ME gag. But I think the basic message is one that I can get behind: that there's beauty in normality, and that people are beautiful regardless of how normal or abnormal they may be, just because they're people and existence is beautiful and blah blah look closer. I like humanism. You know what I don't like, though? When a movie is blatantly hypocritical with regards to its own message.
Like, we're supposed to side with Ricky when he says that the plastic bag is beautiful because it's ordinary, but we're also supposed to side with him when he insults…
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…