BEST SCENE EVER # 53

GOODFELLAS directed by Martin Scorsese

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Genre: Thriller

Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi’s best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the “wise guys” in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate son. As he reaches his teens, Hill (Ray Liotta) is inducted into the world of petty crime, where he distinguishes himself as a “stand-up guy” by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his psychotic partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), he rises through the ranks to become Paulie’s lieutenant; however, he quickly learns that, like his mentor Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), his ethnicity prevents him from ever becoming a “made guy,” an actual member of the crime family.

Actually, my favorite movie, why ? Surely because there is always something going on in this story, great actors (Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci duo is one of my favorite, remember Casino, Raging Bull), amazing soundtrack and excellent dialogues as well as a lot of details which have their importance. A master piece, a must-see at least for the direction, if you do not keen on mafia movies. For example, I love the slow-motion replay in the above scene when Samuel Lee Jackson character is killed, the song in the back is “the Bells of St. Mary’s” by the Drifters (1954).

Rating: 9.5/10

EXTRA : Santa Claus did bring this scene for you


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BEST SCENE EVER # 52

LIMITLESS directed by Neil Burger

starring Bradley Cooper and Robert de Niro

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Genre: Thriller

Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer’s block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro),who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT.


The use of the NZT pill entails a kind of schyzophrenia effect, however instead of turning into a creepy personnality, the character will get the best of himself at least for a while, but there is always a price to be paid with drugs.

Rating: 7.75/10

EXTRA:

– The song is “Howlin’ for You” by the Black Keys:

 

ARTICLE- VOD vs STREAMING

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MATCH UP –  VOD vs STREAMING vs TORRENT

and the winner is ?

Top Best Cinema is glad to talk about the easier ways to watch a movie online at the best advantages/downsides ratio. This is the match up between Legal VOD vs Pirate Streaming vs Torrent.

 First, I have to recommend to use a legal offer such as VOD, for the good reason that movies need to generate cash at least to allow other productions, and also because hundred thousand jobs depend on it.

Recently, the shutting down of Iso Hunt and other websites before (BtJunkie, etc.) seems to mark a stop for the p2p business, but the boom of illegal streaming websites is undeniable.

Here follows a review of VOD, STREAMING and TORRENT advantages and downsides:

I. VIDEO ON DEMAND (VOD):  Capture d’écran 2013-12-14 à 16.26.47

ADVANTAGES: legal

Using legal offer should make you feel right, cause as a cinema fan you can’t really accept to destroy what you like. Well at least sometimes. You can find various legal VOD offers depending on your IP address’ country, either with your Box or Channels Networks. Most of the time, you will find all audio languages and subtitles.

DOWNSIDES: costly 

The prices range from 3 to 6€/movie depending on movie release dates and definition quality (SD/HD). This is quite expensive, indeed. Better go for some all inclusive offer than to purchase movie one by one. The fact that for most of ISP offers you can only watch the movie during a certain period of time (48hours) and only for a limited number of times is definitely not pleading for it.

ADVICES: netflix

Top Best Cinema recommends to use www.Netflix.com, which offer is cheaper than most of other offers from Channels Networks and ISP Box. Do not worry, you can use Netflix from everywhere, if you are not US resident, just open the US iTunes version and you will be able to access to Netflix offer. Taking into account the exchange rate (for € and £), the all inclusive offer is really cheap.

 

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ADVANTAGES: free + large choice

The trend in streaming is free to watch movie (no registration but advertising), with a large choice of recent and old movies and even sometimes Series. There is no limitation of number of time and period. There are cases where some movies are available on streaming even before there are released in your country.

DOWNSIDES: illegal + intrusive ads + bad quality

The worst inconvenient is the variability of the definition and audio quality as well as the number of intrusive advertising.

ADVICES: MrFilmZe

Top Best Cinema recommends the following streaming websites :

http://www.mrfilmze.com : movies

www.vkstreaming.org : movies

www.k-streaming.com: movies and series 

Well, there are hundreds of unlegal streaming websites which allow you to watch all the movies you want for free, but with some pop unders opening when you launch a movie. You can easily find original version and other languages.

  

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ADVANTAGES: own the file

The main advantages is definitely the fact that it is free and you have the files, so you can watch it at anytime and as many times as you wish to.

DOWNSIDES: illegal

First, if you share some protected copyright you have to know that this is illegal, maybe except if you have bough the product and only share it with a few friends it might be considered as normal use (who knows?). Be also aware that many files can be corrupted (virus, trojan).

ADVICES: Utorrent + TorrentHound + VLC 

Top Best Cinema recommends to download Utorrent then to find your files on www.torrenthound.com. There are others like PirateBay or torrentZ but there are many files missing most of the times.

 You have to download VLC to be sure to be able to play all video files. When you open the files in the Utorrent window, do not download it when the icon is orange/vlc type (find another files), only go for blue icon/logo files in the torrent window.

Well, if you think your PC/mac is corrupted or very slow, you still can buy daisydisk.app (very cheap like 8€) which allows you to really clean your hard disk. 

 

NOTE:

All the advices given here are free of any commercial purpose or agreement, this is only a shared experience.

BEST SERIE # 8

A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK

A doctor (Jon Hamm) recalls his time at a small Russian village in 1917 and interacts with his younger self (Daniel Radcliffe) in this black comedy series based on short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov.

For reasons that are never explained, the young doctor (who remains unnamed) — the most promising graduate of Moscow’s top medical school — has been sent to a remote hospital “in the back of the back of beyond.” There, he encounters a skeptical staff and peasants who are convinced that everything can be healed by the right kind of drops (or maybe a gargle, in a pinch). Everywhere he turns, he is confronted with portraits of the ferociously bearded Leopold Leopoldovich, his predecessor, and he is continually reminded that he doesn’t seem up to the job by a staff who worshipped Leopoldovich.

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This tale of the unsentimental education of a newly minted doctor is sort of a black comedy, but it’s also a farce, a period piece, a melancholy Russian tragedy and a meditation on despair and addiction.

This Comedy-Drama series is brilliantly directed and served by two excellent actors, the only weakness is the short duration and  number of episodes (2 seasons of 4 episodes).

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A Young Doctor’s Notebook starring Daniel Radcliffe 

BEST SCENE EVER # 50

O BROTHER directed by Ethan & Joel Coen starring George Clooney and John Turturro

Genre: Comedy

The writing, directing, and producing team of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen created this picaresque comedy (inspired in part by Homer’s The Odyssey) set in the Deep South during the Depression. Suave and fancy-talking Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney), dim-witted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson), and easily-excitable Pete (John Turturro) are serving time together on a prison chain gang. Everett knows where $1.2 million is hidden that’s theirs for the taking, and the three manage to escape.

Rating: 7.5/10

This movie will let you with no sorrow…

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The song is “Man of constant sorrows” by The Soggy Bottom Boys (original artist Dick Burnett)

BEST SONGS

“Georgia on my mind” by Ray Charles

from RAY directed by Taylor Hackford starring Jamie Foxx

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Genre: drama

Directed by Taylor Hackford, this biopic profiles the life of legendary musician Ray Charles. Despite humble beginnings and the loss of his eyesight due to glaucoma at the age of six, Charles, depicted by Jamie Foxx, would nonetheless become an icon in both the music industry and the civil rights era. While the film delves into his problems with drugs and women, the bulk of the story details his career.

Jamie Foxx performance is totally remarkable.

Rating: 7.5/10

BEST SONGS

– “If loving you is a Crime” by Lee Moses

from the movie “A Teacher” (bad movie, 2/10)

Lee Moses (13 March 1941 – 1997) was an American R&B and soul singer and guitarist, whose recordings in the late 1960s, and his 1971 LP Time and Place, are highly regarded by fans of the deep soul genre. He had some intonations closed to Otis Redding’s voice added to a real funk rhythm and tremendous energy. This song deserved a better movie.

Another notable great song is “Bad Girl” used for the movie “BLOOD TIES” (2013), actually my favorite Lee Moses’ tittle:

Please also enjoy his amazing “Hey Joe” version:

That was one of the best soul voice ever in my opinion.

BEST SONGS

– “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop

from TRAINSPOTTING directed by Danny Boyle

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Genre : Drama

Trainspotting the 1996 Danny Boyle’s drama takes you in the life of those who have ventured into the darker corners of addiction know that one of its few consolations, once the fun has worn off, is the camaraderie with fellow practitioners. Substance abuse sets the user apart from the daily lives of ordinary people. No matter how well the addict may seem to be functioning, there is always the secret agenda, the knowledge that the drug of choice is more important than the mundane business at hand, such as friends, family, jobs, play and sex.

Rating : 7/10

BEST SONGS

– “Sail” by AWOLNATION

from DISCONNECT directed by Henri Alex Rubin

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Genre: Drama

A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world. Director Henry Alex Rubin explores the destructive potential of the internet in this ensemble drama starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, and Alexander Skarsgård. His marriage dissolving before his very eyes, a former Marine who ruins his credit by gambling online as his wife (Paula Patton) strikes up an intimate relationship on a popular social networking site.

Rating: 6.5/10

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BEST SCENE EVER # 44

BARRY LYNDON directed by Stanley Kubrick

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Genre : Drama

Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon,” received indifferently in 1975, has grown in stature in the years since and is now widely regarded as one of the master’s best. It is certainly in every frame a Kubrick film: technically awesome, emotionally distant, remorseless in its doubt of human goodness. Based on a novel published in 1844, it takes a form common in the 19th century novel, following the life of the hero from birth to death. The novel by Thackeray, called the first novel without a hero, observes a man without moral, character or judgment, unrepentant, unredeemed. Born in Ireland in modest circumstances, he rises through two armies and the British aristocracy with cold calculation.

Rating : 8.75/10

The soundtrack is amazing, even better than the movie itself :

– Memorable song : « Sarabande » by Haendel

Please find the full Barry Lyndon’s soundtrack below :
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072684/soundtrack