In an effort to improve the site a bit, I decided to revive one of my previous threads. Now, that thread was deleted before along with all my posts - an effort of previous admins. Those bastards. Anyways, I didn't have it saved, so I'll have to write all this again and it will turn out differently, but the meaning would stay the same, so there.
Now, most of you know that I take it upon myself to post here some documentaries here that I watch. This thread will be similar to that being a movie recommendation thread, but the movies I will tell you about are not documentaries. They are, well, just movies. What they have in common is that they are highly entertaining, will make you think about important things and they all are staged like theater plays. The stages are very simple, and all three movies are pretty much about people in a single room talking and interacting with each other.
Now, don't get bored right away. Those are no action-movies, but in a way they are many times more intense. So, let's get started. As in my previous thread, I will go from the oldest one to the newest.
12 angry men (1957)
Okay, I gotta admin, the trailer is old and doesn't tell much. However, the movie is good. It is about murder trial and 12 people on the jury, who have to decide is the young kid from the slums is a murder after being presented with all the evidence. The vote must be unanimous, and if they decide he is guilty, he will be executed. Now, 11 of them are sure that the kid is guilty, but the one has doubts, and during the movie he will try to change the opinion of others both by clever argument and by looking at the evidence much closer.
Originally, this is a radio-play broadcasted in 1954. Then it was adapted for TV. I can tell you right now that there are 2 remakes of this movie - one is made in USA again in 1997 and the other one was Russian made in 2007. Both are downright horrible and can't compare even closely to the original. The movie itself is very intense, with the kid's life hanging on the decision of people, some of whom aren't really all that interested in the trial. And you can imagine how angry can 12 people get when they are locked in a small room in an argument where noone wants to yield. The characters are great - during the movie you never learn the name of those 12 jurors, but you will know their personalities, what they care about in life and even their jobs, so at the end every one of them will be memorable.
In my opinion, this is a movie about people. How different they can be. And, naturally, this is a great movie about arguing )
The Big Kahuna (1999)
Okay, this one is much newer, in color and with less people. This movie was adapted from the play Hospitality Suite. I haven't seen the play, but the movie, as it is with all of them here, follow the common rules. Here we have 3 marketing representatives on a business trip. They set up a hospitality suite where they hope to make a deal with a director of a major factory. However, not only they fail to find him, but the youngest member of their team is making their work really difficult...
I gotta say, that I am a big fan of Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito, and I got this movie because of them. The third guy I didn't know, and never saw him outside this movie. And I gotta say, not only the other two outshine him, the structure of a movie is such that the younger guy is being antagonized. In my opinion, the true wisdom of watching this is to be able to at least pity him. But I am getting way ahead here. The movie is interesting even if there's really not much going on. There are times when those guys talk business, and when they are not - they mainly just talk about whatever seems like a good topic. But as the time goes and they become more weary, their themes become much more serious and even philosophical in a way. Also, fair warning - there's bad language in there.
In my opinion, first of all, this is a movie about friendship. How it really should be. And it is also about honesty - with others and with yourself.
The Sunset Limited (2011)
The most recent movie, and we are down to 2 people - the bare minimum you need to have for a conversation. The movie is made from the play by the same name. The characters here are never named - they are known only as Black and White. You can guess which is which. Now, they are in Black's apartment because Black stopped White from jumping under the Sunset Limited train and brought him there. Now, White sees nothing good in life and wants to end it, but Black wants to stop him through religion.
Again, the actors here are noticeable. Even more so. Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones are real heavyweights of movies. Both are extremely great actors and in this movie it is a perfect even match. And the argument there is weird but fairly matched. On one side you got an intellectual who, through logical reasoning, decided that life is full of suffering and he has no interest in it. So he wants to end it. On the other hand we got more simple but passionate guy who got into religion after hearing God speak to him. Now he just can't allow the guy to commit suicide because that would ruin his soul forever. Who is right here? And, more importantly, who will be more convincing? Again, he whole movie is just two guys sitting in one room talking to each other. Just that. And you will never get bored. Also, again, there are bad words in this one. You have been warned.
This movie, I think, is about faith and about beliefs. Which, as you will find out, are different things.
So, these are the 3 movies that will make it thing about stuff if you watch them. And I do urge you to watch them. The actors are great, the stories are interesting and you will be properly entertained.