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  • Cimarron

    Cimarron

    This is a Best Picture winner that makes sense to me, in the sense that I can see the reasoning behind why it would win. It's about westward travel in the US, about what is essentially the American Dream: building a life. It's just so dull and unmemorable.

    The very beginning, with the land rush and those scenes where there is a start to a settlement and people are just starting to establish is interesting but it goes downhill from there.

    At the end of the day, Cimarron other than being pretty dull has not aged well at all and not very deserving of being remembered.

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    ★★★★½

    The third Best Picture winner, All Quiet on the Western Front is a nice surprise in the early winners. It's anti-war in a way that isn't expected, in that it really shows the gritty nature of it and doesn't glorify it at all.

    The cast here is really great. The beginning scene in the classroom when they are all fantasizing about what war and its aftermath will be like is the defining scene of the movie to me, compared to…

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  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★★

    This was better and funnier than I was expecting it to be. It's funny but it's also sad that there are actually people in the world like this.

  • Mad Monster Party?

    Mad Monster Party?

    ★★★½

    As a big fan of Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer, I couldn't help but this was just so cute.

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  • Grand Hotel

    Grand Hotel

    ★★★½

    The only Best Picture Winner in Academy history to win it's sole nomination for Best Picture and nothing else. It's a ensemble movie for sure, which makes that an even weirder choice because there are several performances worthy of nominations.

    It's even a movie worthy of some kind of nominations other than the one. I'm not a big fan of the story, it's rather nice looking movie production wise and even how it is shot.

    There's not a terrible lot to say about this, Grand Hotel is a fine movie with a great cast.

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    Excellent world building, good characters, good action scenes, and an overall interesting concept makes this so great in terms of scifi movies and movies in general. Glad I chose this as my first watch of the year.