Can’t Beat the Classics

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Over the past hundred years or so, a certain industry has taken global culture by storm: cinema. Thousands of movies have been produced over the decades. Some are terrible, some are average, some are entertaining, and some have been good enough to stand the test of time and become classics. Several classics stand out to me more than others, and they range from romances such as “Gone with the Wind” to sci-fi films such as “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”.

 

GONE WITH THE WIND

5 stars

Many people claim that this Best Picture winner is the greatest movie ever made, and I really have to agree with them. This “story of the old South” features the main character, Scarlett O’Hara, and her romantic journey through the Civil War and the Reconstruction period. Everything about the film is excellent. Some people may raise issues with it, but “frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

 

CASABLANCA

5 stars

Another of my favorite classic movies, Casablanca focuses on a crafty business owner in the titular northern African city of Casablanca during World War 2. His former love shows up at his cantina, Rick’s Cafe, and kicks off a series of events that turns into a very deserving Best Picture-winning film.

 

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

5 stars

I’m not much on Westerns, but this one’s pretty great. Sure, the voice-over doesn’t match up with the actors’ mouth movements, but hey, Clint Eastwood’s presence makes up for it. It’s probably my favorite Western ever (probably because I haven’t seen many Westerns). This tale of three treasure-hunting gunslingers definitely deserves the title of classic.

 

INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

5 stars

This is probably the king of all adventurer movies. It’s the first Indy movie, and it’s my second-favorite of the series (The Last Crusade gets first place). Indy’s quest to find the biblical Ark of the Covenant pits him against Nazis, rival archeologists and snakes. Lots of snakes. Harrison Ford performs wonderfully as the whip-sporting archeologist, and all the other acting is great, too.

 

 

 

STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE

4.5 stars

Perhaps the most influential science fiction movie ever, this 1977 movie single-handedly launched one of the largest sci-fi franchises ever. While it is basically a pure form of the hero’s journey, except in space, it’s also a very well-made and entertaining movie.

 

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

4.5 stars

Arguably the most famous Star Trek movie, it is also my favorite Trek film (besides Star Trek XI and XII, the J.J. Abrams reboot series). It is the story of Khan, the villain of a 1990’s Earth conflict, and his attempt to get revenge on Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the starship Enterprise for stranding him on an unsettled planet in the 1960’s Star Trek episode “Space Seed”. It’s just a dang good sci-fi movie, even if it has a slight case of “Star Trek movie syndrome” (i.e. some boring parts, some lack of action).

 

THE DIRTY DOZEN

4 stars

When 12convicted soldiers in a military prison are recruited to perform a dangerous mission behind enemy lines in World War II, it makes for a good movie. It has great acting, good storyline, entertaining scenes. ‘Nuff said.

 

GOLDFINGER

4 stars

This third James Bond film is probably my favorite of the 23-movie series. Probably because it stars Sean Connery as 007. In this movie, Bond goes up against a villain, Goldfinger, with a liking for gold and a plan to blow up Fort Knox. It sounds stereotypical, but it’s really one of the best spy movies ever.

 

CITIZEN KANE

2.5 stars

I’ve heard of people saying that this is another of the greatest movies ever, but I just don’t see how. Sure, it’s got some good characterization, but Citizen Kane is just a bit too weird for my taste. The film chronicles the rise and fall of fictional newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane and is based on the life of real newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Decent movie, but definitely weird.

 

These are by no means the only classic movies, and if I were to review all of them, I would not only have to spend several months doing nothing but watching them, but this paper would also be full of tiny classic movie reviews. This list of several of my favorites (and Citizen Kane, it kinda just had to be there) is just a taste of what the older movie genre has to offer.