Heaven's Gate (1980) (45/50 movies)
Final Cut which having finally watched the movie, I'd really like to see now. See? Now that I have all this off my chest and out of the way: the movie.
A side note though, it is interesting watching this to see all these younger actors, or younger actors at the time: Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston have fairly substantial roles, but then Mickey Rourke shows up and so does Terry O'Quinn in his second movie role, and Brad Dourif, who I recognized but had to look up
book of his photographs out.
One last story about Jeff Bridges and this movie, like I said Michael Cimino had actual real, new buildings built out on the prairies or whatever, one of which was the whorehouse where Isabelle Huppert, the prostitute in the middle of the love triangle, lives and works with the rest of her women. At the end of shooting Michael Cimino offered this building to whomever wanted it and Jeff Bridges took it, dismantled it, got it driven somewhere South where his ranch was and set it back up again. So Bridges now owns that whorehouse on some piece of property. He says it has bullet holes in it from the making of the movie. I thought that, at least, was pretty great.
Reds (1981) (46/50 movies)
Never Let Me Go (2010) (47/50 movies)
Based on the book by Kazuo Ishiguro, this movie takes place in an alternate history version of England where in the 50's they started perfecting the technology to clone people and then use the clones to harvest for their organs. In the process doing away with great many illnesses and disease. The movie focuses on three friends (Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan, and Keira Knightley) as they slowly find out, from the mysterious boarding school they all attend together, what their actual, true purpose is and how they all cope with that reality, and how they put off the inevitable. Overall, it's a really sad movie, as you might be able to tell just from the premise, but is also very mannered in that specific English way, no Bruckheimerian "The Island", here. It's more like "Remains Of The Day" meets "The Island", it's definitely an interesting take on the material, even though I didn't feel quite so engaged the whole time. One thing is sure, it has some beautiful cinematography at times. Especially when they escape to try and find one of their former teachers from the school in this seaside area of England that looked pretty amazing. It's interesting also to see Andrew Garfield in a somewhat early role before he became Spider-Man, and Carey Mulligan is really good as usual.
The Campaign (2012) (48/50 movies)
A disappointment considering I like a lot of the people involved, and that includes Will Ferrell, Zach Galifiniakis and Adam McKay, who produced, but I wish had directed. This movie just could not have it's cake and eat it too, it wants to be both a McKay-esque crazy comedy with two nuts going at it, and a trenchant political commentary, and it fails at both. To be fair, there were SOME laughs, but they were few and far between, and maybe I was punchy but too many of those laughs came from dog reaction shots, so that pretty much sums that up.