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?…
Beauty. Oh. Beauty.
This is why I love cinema more than any other mediums. The ability to experience such a great life of a less ordinary person. That you can know from this moment that there are beauty in everything and also in death. There's beauty everywhere but not everyone can see it.
So I feel very good and blessing after watching this film and I appreciate this good feeling, although I've cried!
This is life...
I started watching American Beauty, having heard it was kinda good, because I was bored this morning. Kevin Spacey is fantastic as a total fucking loser.
I'll skip all the BS and just tell you what my thoughts are.
The soundtrack is cool, it fits the suburban, midlife crisis dad character. The other characters make the setting and story progression so much more believable. It's cringe worthy at times, inspirational and suspenseful!
I very much liked it!
I get headaches when I see movies I really enjoy and I got a headache with this one.
Metáfora de la vida misma ! Wow!
Está tragicomedia que retrata la superficialidad, vanidad y perfección que envuelve a los seres humanos y no los deja disfrutar la vida.
Que buen retrato de lo que no somos, pero pretendemos ser. Cargada de unas actuaciones esplendidas. El Señor Kevin Spacey y su crisis de la mediana edad, definitivamente el papel de su vida! (no he visto House of Cars, por cierto) y el resto del elenco no se queda atrás.
Es una de esas maravillosas historias cotidianas con trasfondo que te hacen pensar en la complejidad de la vida y en cierto modo te cambia la perspectiva .
16 años después esta película, esta más vigente que cuando se estrenó, su mensaje sigue trascendiendo.
Spacey fully deserved the Oscar, and Benning should've gotten one as well. It's one of my favorite movies of the 90s, and works well as both a comedy and a drama.
Kevin Spacey and the equally well acted cast procures the merit for a splendid movie. Highly recommended.
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Nearly flawless film about immensely flawed people.
Basically, American Beauty is a brutal and powerful critique to many aspects of the american life, but it doesn't use realistic characters to portray these aspects. Instead, it relies on cartoonish, artificial characters to represent them. It's an original and strange approach, but it works brilliantly thanks to the amazing and intelligent script and great performances that have the great virtue of never feeling real while striking reality. It has to be seen to understand how it actually happens.
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…