Awakening, by Andy Quin ~ To The Wonder
"The Bride’ played by Uma Thurman was part of a deadly assassin squad. She falls in love with Bill, the leader of the group, and becomes pregnant with his child. She doesn’t want to be a part of the group fearing for her unborn child, so she escapes to Texas where she meets a man and gets engaged. Stricken with rage and jealousy, Bill and his team find The Bride during her wedding rehearsal and gun everyone down including The Bride and her unborn baby. The Bride wakes up 4 years later from a coma and realizes what happened to her and her baby. She decides to seek revenge against the 5 people who ruined her life, including Bill.
Recommendation: This is one of Quentin Tarantino’s most iconic films. In typical Tarantino fashion, it has heavy servings in the blood and gore category. I was completely taken in by how cool this story was and how it was told.
**Nominated for Golden Globe ~ Best Actress in a Leading Role (Uma Therman)**
One-Point Perspective ~ Stanley Kubrick
Full Metal Jacket is a Vietnam war era film. The first half of the movie is about a platoon of marine recruits who are going through their time in boot camp. Here they are constantly harassed and pushed to the limit by their war-hardened drill instructor. The second half of the film follows “Joker” as he covers Vietnam as a war correspondent. He travels with a platoon as they fight in the Tet offensive.
Recommendation: Considered by some to be one of the greatest war films ever made, this is very well done. This is right up there with Platoon, Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter. Easily one of the best war films I’ve ever seen.
**Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Writing**
Taxi Driver is the story of Travis Bickle, a Vietnam war veteran working as a cab driver in New York City. Travis struggles with insomnia which leads him to work the midnight shift. Travis begins to hate the city and sees it nothing more than a filthy cesspool. Travis starts to see a girl named Betsy, but soon drivers her away with his violent and erratic personality. He believes that he has the power to change the world and make it a better place. Travis purchases a .44 Magnum revolver and decides to take the law into his own hands.
Recommendation: Taxi Driver is a classic film with legendary names such as Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro & Jodie Foster who have a combined 5 Academy Awards. Brilliant Directing and even better acting from De Niro make this one of the all-time greatest films ever made. If you need any more reason to watch this then “forget about it” :)
**Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (De Niro), Actress in a Supporting Role (Foster) & Original Score**