BEST SCENE EVER # 55

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET directed by Martin Scorsese starring Leonardo Di Caprio

Genre: Thriller

Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

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A pure Scorsese movie style served by an amazing Leonardo Di Caprio, excellent dialogues, perfect direction, and a funny but thrilling story. One of his best movies, which is reminiscent and takes the best from The Bonfire of the Vanities, Wall Street, Catch me if you can, as well as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

As always, the soundtrack is terrific. I must admit I had a blast watching it and I laughed about 40 times which is unusual to me. Force is to strongly recommend this movie.

Rating: 8.5/10

BEST SCENE EVER # 46

AMERICAN HISTORY X directed by Tony Kaye starring Edward Norton

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Genre: Thriller -Drama

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Tony Kaye made his feature directorial debut with this dramatic exploration into the roots of race hatred in America. In a shocking opening scene, teen Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong) races to tell his older brother, neo-nazi Derek (Edward Norton), about the young blacks breaking into his car in front of the house, whereupon Derek gets his gun and with no forethought shoots the youths in their tracks. Tried and convicted, Derek is sent away for three years in prison, where he acquires a different

Rating: 7.5/10

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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 SCENE EVER # 45

A STIR OF ECHOES directed by David Koepp

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Genre: Thriller-Horror

In this supernatural thriller, Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) is a fairly typical working-class guy living in Chicago with his wife Maggie (Kathryn Erbe) and his son Jake (Zachary David Cope). One night at a party, Tom gets into a lively discussion with his sister-in-law, Lisa (Illeana Douglas), who believes in psychic communication and the power of hypnosis. He challenges Lisa to hypnotize him, and she plants in him a post-hypnotic suggestion to be more open-minded.

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

BEST SONGS

“Waiting for the Miracle” by Leonard Cohen

– “Sweet Jane” by Cowboy Junkies

from NATURAL BORN KILLERS directed by Oliver Stone

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Genre: Thriller- Crime- Drama

Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” might have played even more like a demented nightmare if it hadn’t been for the O.J. Simpson case. Maybe Stone meant his movie as a warning about where we were headed, but because of Simpson it plays as an indictment of the way we are now. We are becoming a society more interested in crime and scandal than in anything else – more than in politics and the arts, certainly, and maybe even more than sports, unless crime is our new national sport.

Rating: 7.25/10

The full Natural Born Killers’ soundtrack is very good:

  1. Leonard Cohen – “Waiting for the Miracle” (Edit)
  2. L7 – “Shitlist”
  3. Dan Zanes – “Moon over Greene County” (Edit)
  4. Patti Smith – “Rock N Roll Nigger” (Flood Remix)
  5. Cowboy Junkies – “Sweet Jane” (Edit)
  6. Bob Dylan – “You Belong to Me”
  7. Duane Eddy – “The Trembler” (Edit)
  8. Nine Inch Nails – “Burn”
  9. “Route 666” 
  10. “Totally Hot”
  11. Patsy Cline – “Back in Baby’s Arms”
  12. Peter Gabriel And Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – “Taboo” (Edit)
  13. “Sex Is Violent
  14. A.O.S. – “History (Repeats Itself)” (Edit)
  15. Nine Inch Nails – “Something I Can Never Have”
  16. Russel Means – “I Will Take You Home”
  17. The Hollywood Persuaders – “Drums a Go-Go” (Edit)
  18. “Hungry Ants”
  19. Dr. Dre – “The Day the Niggaz Took Over”
  20. Juliette Lewis – “Born Bad”
  21. Sergio Cervetti – “Fall of the Rebel Angels” (Edit)
  22. Lard – “Forkboy”
  23. “Batonga In Batongaville”
  24. Nine Inch Nails – “A Warm Place” (Edit)
  25. “Allah, Mohammed, Char, Yaar”
  26. Leonard Cohen – “The Future” (Edit)
  27. Tha Dogg Pound – “What Would U Do?”

BEST SCENE EVER # 43

– “TRAINING DAY” directed by Antoine Fuqua

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Genre:  Thriller – Crime – Drama

“Training Day” is a 2001 American crime drama film directed by “Antoine Fuqua”, starring “Denzel Washington & Ethan Hawke”. The story follows two LAPD narcotics detectives over a 24-hour period in the gang neighborhoods of North West and South Central Los Angeles.

The film was a box office success and earned mostly positive critical appraisal. Washington’s performance, a departure from his usual roles, was particularly praised and earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor at the 74th Academy Awards. His co-star Ethan Hawke was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a rookie cop.

Rating: 8/10

BEST SONGS

“Where is my mind” by Pixies from Fight Club

Fincher was concerned that bands experienced in writing film scores would be unable to tie the movie’s themes together, so he sought a band which had never recorded for film. He pursued Radiohead ,but chose the breakbet producing duo Dust Brothers to score the film. The duo created a post-modern score that included drum loops, electronic scratches, and computerized samples. Dust Brothers performer Michael Simpson explained the setup: “Fincher wanted to break new ground with everything about the movie, and a nontraditional score helped achieve that.” The end credits feature the song « Where is my mind » by the Pixies.

Find the full Fight Club’s soundtrack : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/soundtrack

BEST SCENE EVER # 42

“8th and final rule: if this is you first night at fight club, you have to fight!”

– FIGHT CLUB directed by David Fincher

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Genre : Thriller- Crime- Drama

Fight Club is a David Fincher’s movie released in 1999 based on the novel of the same name written by Chuck Palahniuk. Norton plays the unnamed protagonist, an « everyman » who is discontented with his white-collar job. He forms a “fight club” with soap maker Tyler Durden, played by Pitt, and they are joined by men who also want to fight recreationally. The film’s narrator attends support groups of all kinds as a way to “experience” something within his unfeeling, commercial existence.

Fincher intended Fight Club’s violence to serve as a metaphor for the conflict between a generation of young people and the value system of advertising.

Rating : 9/10