Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Truman Show
On the air. Unaware
Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows--including his wife and his best friend -- is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.
A straight shot into my all-time favourites, an excellent satire of reality television or celeb obsession & an impressive demonstration of the power of media, The Truman Show is one of the most original, creative & thought-provoking ideas to surface on the silver screen and wonderfully balances its elements of comedy with drama to deliver a cinematic experience that's as entertaining as it is enlightening.
The Truman Show chronicles the life of Truman Burbank whose entire existence has been nothing but a 24x7 running TV show. The city he lives in is a huge studio with hidden cameras everywhere & the people he interacts with on a daily basis are paid actors but when a series of events force him to question the…
I have only a handful of loves in my life- my wife and children, my pets, a select few true friends, and cinema.
Cinema has been with me for as far back as I remember, staring wide eyed up at a seemingly immense screen as a small boy, parading its wares and taking me to times and places I would never have imagined. Having seen literally thousands of movies, it takes something truly special to make a list of my favouries of all time.
The Truman Show is one of those.
Every second of it is pure celluloid magic. It oozes brilliance from every scene, from every word. It is cobbled together from some siezmic alchemy that only when the…
Film #82 of Project 90
”We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”
Peter Weir’s smart and stunning Truman Show is not just a simple movie, it is one of those insightful and delicate artistic creations which tries to warn us about a dark future which may not be so distant, and 1998, the penultimate year of the twentieth century was probably the best time to make this. The age of communication not just changed the everyday life of us all but it also changed our very nature and the way we think. Mass media, with their escalating power and influence changed the meaning of concepts such as freedom, morality and identity forever and created a…
If ever a satirical comment was made about what we are as human beings without being vaguely poetic or annoyingly crass about it, it is to be found in The Truman Show.
This is by no means an intelligent satire, but it is a smart one, which in telling a story like this is very important. Weir paces his film perfectly and unravels and de-constructs Truman's world in a meticulous and deliberate way, which is helped by Niccol's superb script. I do not use that word lightly, as this script nears storytelling perfection.
Another thing that Weir manages to do is reign in the insanity of Jim Carrey. This man is such a dichotomy. Here he shows how unbelievably gifted…
Another family movie experience, this time no trauma. The 11- and 8-year olds were both riveted; Sophie was so plugged in that when they were trying to find Truman in the dark she said, "Why don't they just turn on the lights?" Cue the sun!
I can't figure why I didn't appreciate this movie more when I saw it back in '98. Save one crucial Jim Carrey line reading that still feels false ("You were never inside my head"), and the somewhat curious decision to not fully introduce Christoph sooner even though the walls of his perfectly constructed facade are crumbling long before a renegade character reintroduces himself to Truman, it all works -- the Director/God-Star/Adam parallels, the TV satire…
There's a scene in The Truman Show- a little more than halfway through- in which Christoff, the creator of an entire artificial world to serve the needs of one individual to entertain the real world through television, metaphorically rubs a monitor showing Truman, our protagonist, sleeping. Chistoff rubs his forehead when Truman stirs, then Truman goes back to sleep. It's after this scene that the film transcends into greatness for me.
But that's not saying that everything before this scene is bad. In fact, the film is simultaneously funny, moving, tragic, ambiguous, and thought-provoking. It juggles all of this, but never betrays the story. It has plenty of humorous moments and thoughtful existential questions, but all are handled in a…
Overrated but, fairly enjoyable.
It has a cool premise and is Carrey's best work.
This is probably one of the best movies ever made.
I didn't like it but it was good?????????
THE TRUMAN SHOW is one of those rare instances when the creatives may have accomplished everything they set out to do. Unbeknownst to Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey), his entire life has been a TV show designed by a genius (Ed Harris) who has built an isolated world for Truman to live in, surrounded by actors who play neighbors, friends, and yes, wife (Laura Linney), and monitor Truman's behavior throughout the course of his life. Successful? Of course, who wouldn't want to know every detail of someone's life? A fascinating look at accepting realities, nature vs. nurture, the psychology of the American Dream itself, THE TRUMAN SHOW becomes so much more than even its premise may suggest. If anything, THE TRUMAN…
An absolute delight, a pity they never touched on how they got away with filming his adolescent wank sessions thrice a day.
If you watched this movie today, you probably wouldn't think much about it. Reality TV is everywhere, and the 'norm'. It is interesting to watch this and consider a time before reality TV and how we are impacted by it today. You can also look beyond that, how our lives revolve around certain fascists of life and how those things affect us. Consider what we control and what we are controlled by.
This film made me think a lot about life in general after I first saw it. The entire concept played out extremely well - a very clever and thought provoking film.
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- Pulp Fiction
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