Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

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Bonnie and Clyde revolves around the a small town girl who meets and falls in love with a criminal. They start their romance together by robbing banks. When Clyde’s family decides to join in on the fun, the Barrow gang becomes legendary, but how long can they outrun the police before they finally get caught?

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A Star is Born (1937)

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The original A Star is Born surrounds a young actress named Esther (Janet Gaynor) moving to Hollywood for the first time but struggling to get an acting job. Once she runs into famous actor, Norman Maine (Fredric March), he quickly takes a liking to her. He’s able to get her an acting job, and Esther quickly shoots to stardom and becomes “Vicki Lester.” However, she rises past Maine’s stardom and he starts to spirals down due to alcoholism.

Janet Gaynor and Fredric March do have really nice chemistry in the film. However, we never get to see what makes Esther star worthy or what makes her “Vicki Lester.” I also really liked the relationship Esther had with her grandmother. But I have to admit I liked March’s performance more than Gaynor’s but that’s because I was more invested in his arc of self-destruction.

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The Godfather & Godfather Pt. 2 (1972, 1974)

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The Godfather and The Godfather Pt. 2 are iconic films that has influenced dozens of films since it was released, some say that it is the greatest film of all time. This is my first time seeing both films and while I already knew some of the story bits and seen some clips, there’s nothing like watching the whole film. And I don’t really know what I can say that hasn’t already been said.

The Godfather surrounds the Corleone crime family, with Vito (Marlon Brando) as the head. His youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the mafia after his father gets hurts buts gets sucked in too deep and takes his father’s place. Part 2 picks up with Michael trying to maintain the family business and flashes back to Vito as a young immigrant coming to America, this time played by Robert De Niro.

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The General (1926)

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The General is a black and white silent film starring the famous Buster Keaton. It revolves around a train engineer named Johnny who loves trains and a woman named Annabelle. It takes place during the Civil War and Annabelle wants Johnny to enlist, but he is denied. Later, while transporting soldiers and other civilians, Union soldiers hijack his train and Johnny goes after them. He later finds out that the Union soldiers also kidnapped Annabelle and does what he can to get her back.

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Citizen Kane (1941)

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(Note: in this review I will talk spoilers because this movie is ancient and I want to give my opinion on “rosebud”).

Citizen Kane is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made. The structure in this film is revolutionary especially once you consider the time it was made. The entire film is told through flashbacks from different characters perspective on Kane – we never get to see Kane through his own point of view because well he’s dead.

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