Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Cider House Rules
A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong.
Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him?
“Goodnight, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.”
Michael Caine’s second Oscar win came from his 1999 supporting role in The Cider House Rules, and despite delivering a solid performance I wouldn’t even rank it amongst his best work. The true standout here was Tobey Maguire who delivers a very subtle performance and is the main reason why the story works so well. I’d say it’s the best performance of his career. The film is old-fashioned (and the references to Dickens’ David Copperfield reinforce that claim even more) as it manages to capture the humanity in the story with a wonderful adaptation from John Irving of his own 1985 novel. The film isn’t afraid of tackling some moral…
The Cider House Rules has wonderful performances, lovely visuals, and an old-fashioned feel.
The Cider House Rules is a pretty good movie. It's a bit cheesy and the romance subplot feels forced, but it's a heartwarming story nevertheless. The acting by Caine is good, although definitely not Oscar-worthy, not in a year so packed as 1999. The person who surprised me was Tobey Maguire. His performance was really good. The score was really good and really clicked with what was going on on the screen. The scenes at the orphanage(the first half of the movie) were great. When Homer left to see the world, the quality of the movie dropped. There was a forced romance and some underdeveloped characters, but it was still good. An emotional film that deserved a watch.
John Irvings' book The Cider House Rules is beautiful, poignant, and full of charm. One of my favorite books to date, so I have put off watching the film for some time. And rightly so.
What I have discovered is a hollow, watered down depiction of Irvings' fantastic book. Completely lacking its depth, not to mention story, as it was cut down and changed considerably, it comes as a huge letdown. Charm is turned to sap, and the film is devoid of everything that made the book great, with the exception of Michael Caine who is good as always, but whose characters' passion and brilliance is never revealed. In fact,all the characters are so grossly underdeveloped it almost hurts. All the moral themes which are so prevalent in the book are merely glanced at rather than explored, and carry no weight in the film.
"Good night Princes of Maine, Kings of New England."
This lovingly crafted drama is buoyed by good performances, a sweet simple story, and beautiful visuals captured by Lasse Hallstrom. Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire and Charlize Theron are all skilled actors delivering some of their finest works.
This could have been another "Patch Adams," but the creators use restraint and let solid, old-fashioned filmmaking take charge.
I wanted to see this just because I wanted to see how Caine was in the film since he won the best supporting actor oscar in 2000 beating some people who I think deserved it. Its a pretty good film. The acting (besides Caine's great performance) is ok, not anything special. The film has a good script and some fine filming. Its score is so beautiful and for a film like this, it makes it even better to hear. However, I think the film is trying to make the orphange scenes serious (it does work) but the other scenes not so much which if it were that way this would be higher. Caine I think didn't deserve it but him and the score is what makes this film pretty good.
Tolle, rührende Geschichte.
It has its soapy moments but I'm a sucker for anything John Irving writes. Beautiful cinematography too.
+ tells a nice story
+ good perfomances of tobey maguire and especially Micheal Caine
- The movie is just too fast-paced to be really really capturing
- only superficialy initiates a discussion about abortion
- what the f*** happens to Jack ??? what purpose has the scene where he throws his cigarette into the barrel ???
- a bit too obvious sometimes
"Goodnight, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England."
I had no idea that Paul Rudd was Charlize Theron's paralyzed love in this. I had no idea how key abortions were to the plot. I had no idea the whole point of Michael Caine's character was for him to sit around ingesting ether basically. It still was as blah as I expected, but those details sure make it seem fun!
It's a very quaint tale that never wore out its welcome. Fantastic performances from the entire cast and a story that will leav you smiling from ear to ear.
The rare mix of emotional, meaningful and earnest movie that you sometimes get with really good book adaptations.
By no stretch of the imagination is this a great movie but so far as dull awards baitsy prestige films go this is absolutely fucking insane with abortions and false identities and Michael Caine's accent and affairs and rape and lobstermen and incest and secret supergeniuses.
It's basically like Weinstein gave Hallstrom a checklist for his Oscars darling and then Hallstrom went out of his way to do the most ridiculous over the top thing imaginable.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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