My all-time favorite movies

Braveheart

Braveheart is the partly historical, partly mythological, story of William Wallace, a Scottish common man who fights for his country’s freedom from English rule around the end of the 13th century Written by {m-raju@nwu.edu}

In 14th Century Scotland, William Wallace leads his people in a rebellion against the tyranny of the English King, who has given English nobility the ‘Prima Nocta’.. a right to take all new brides for the first night. The Scots are none too pleased with the brutal English invaders, but they lack leadership to fight back. Wallace creates a legend of himself, with his courageous defence of his people and attacks on the English. Written by Rob Hartill

Michael Collins

Neil Jordan’s depiction of the controversial life and death of Michael Collins, the ‘Lion of Ireland’, who led the IRA against British rule and founded the Irish Free State (Eire) in 1921. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

After the disastrous defeat of Irish rebels by superior British forces during the Easter Week rebellion of 1916, Michael Collins develops new strategies for the independence of Ireland. His tactics include what is now recognized as urban guerrilla tactics and organized assassinations of G-Men, those Irish who work as informers for the British, and later members of British intelligence. Although Collins is conflicted about the necessity of this violent course, by 1921 the British are willing to negotiate and Sinn Fein President Eamon de Valera sends a reluctant Collins to London to negotiate a settlement. When Collins returns with a compromise of a divided Ireland and an Irish Free State, not a Republic, he is vilified by de Valera and repudiated by lifelong friend Harry Boland after Boland learns that his girlfriend Kitty Kiernan is in love with Collins, not him. Collins is now faced with civil war as he struggles against those who insist on complete freedom for all of Ireland. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

Taegukgi

In 1950, in South Korea, the shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his eighteen years old student brother Jin-seok Lee form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae’s fiancé Young-shin Kim and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative’s house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Homeless to Harvard

When there was nothing to believe in, she believed in herself.

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Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.

link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338109/

CITIZEN

I do not normally watched Tamil movies I stumbled upon this film on ASTRO one late nite and got hooked. The story line actually catches my attention.

It is about a guy who name himself Citizen and is trying to take revenge on the corrupt and greedy authority who wiped off his entire village to take their land. He was still a kid when that happened. Fuh..I will anytime watch this one again and again if aired on my idot box.

DEVDAS

Yes! This one is a Hindi movie. I thought the artistic value in this movie is great coupled with the beauty of Aishwarya Rai and the ever gorgeous Madhuri Dixit. I do not care what the story is all about as the two babes were simply mesmerizing in this one. Wooohooo….

Legends of the Fall

I love this one!

This is a wonderful yet heartrending period piece, as told by an elderly Native American through a collection of family letters he accumulated and saved over time. (source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110322/plotsummary)

Set in the Rocky Mountains of Montana in the early 1900s, this is a tale of love, betrayal, and brotherhood. After being discharged, Colonel Ludlow decides to raise his three sons in the wilds of Montana, where they can grow up away from the government and society he has learned to dispise. The three brothers mature and seem to have an unbreakable bond, until Susanna enters their lives. When Samuel, the youngest of the three, returns from college he brings with him his beautiful fiance, Susanna. The eldest son, Alfred, soon finds himself in love with his brother’s fiance, and things get worse when he discovers a growing passion between Susanna and Tristan. Colonel Ludlow’s favorite son, Tristan is willful and as wild as the mountains. As the brothers set out to fight a war in Europe, suspicion and jelousy threatens to tear apart their once indestructable bond. Written by saunders11@yahoo.com

Colonel Wlliam Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) and his 3 sons (Samuel, Tristan and Alfred) live in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, USA, at the beginning of the 20th century. When Samuel brings with him his fiancé Susanna, the fellowship of the 3 brothers is about to be broken. The eldest son, Alfred (Aidan Quinn), falls in love with Susanna, and she falls in love with Tristan (Brad Pitt). Thing becomes worse when the three brothers decide to join the first World War in Europe in 1914, despite their father’s objection. The bond of the brothers is about to be broken forever, and so is Colonel William’s heart. Written by rsilberman

I have watched this one like five times and would watch it again, again and again.

Déjà Vu

I am mesmerized by this one although quite the same thingy; about going back in time; was filmed in Back to the Future serials as well as others.

Perhaps the effective acting by my favorite Denzel Washington made me watched this one a zillion times.

Blood Diamond

See Me No More. Fuh..What a name!

Anyhow Darren Archer, though it could just be a fictitious character, was one persona that made this film great. Leonardo DiCaprio made this one good. I love this guy when he gets older, just like Sean Connery.

cheers..

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