Movies that will take back in time this weekend
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
Speaking of old school movies, this one might seem like a recent movie but if you consider that the first movie premiered about 15 years ago then it makes sense that it would be on this list. The movie a high-fantasy adventure based on the novels by J. R. R Tolkien. The mythology in this film series is extensive and substantial, but if you are into that kind of thing, this is the movie to get you through the weekend. The story set in the fictional world called Middle-earth, follows a hobbit called Frodo Baggins and the fellowship as they set out to destroy the one ring. Since we’re on the subject, you might as well watch the more recent Hobbit Trilogy.
Critique Quote: “…I admire it more as a whole than in its parts. The “Ring” trilogy is a work of bold ambition at a time of cinematic timidity” – Robert Egbert for rogererbert.com
- The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990)
Now, this movie is a classic! The Godfather is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. Before the world had the Sopranos, we had the Corleones. The film, centered on the trials of the Corleone family, is based on the books by Mario Puzo. Focusing on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone, the film provides a visual portrayal of the inner workings of a criminal family. The entrance of Michael Corleone, a war veteran who swears never to be part of his father’s illegal activities, shows the real cost of taking on the family business.
Critique Quote: “What is there left to say that hasn’t already been said about the Godfather films? Words like classic, epic, and iconic come to mind. Francis Ford Coppola’s definitive American gangster saga will always have its place in the annals of film history.” – Cindy White for ign.com
- American Beauty (1999)
Before Kevin Spacey was terrorizing the streets of Washington in House of Cards, he was a suburban husband and father living the American dream. The film follows him as he grows tired of his boring existence and reinvents himself with rather tragic consequences.
Critique Quote: “An incisive, deliriously funny and profound vision of the American Dream hitting meltdown.” – Ian Nathan for Empire
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Probably among the best horror movies of all time! This Roman Polanski classic is about a woman convinced that there is something wrong with her pregnancy and that a satanic coven of witches might be involved. The film has so much ambiguity that the viewer is never really sure whether Rosemary is going through a meltdown or if there is indeed something diabolical afoot.
Critique Quote: “Its main strength comes from Polanski’s refusal to simplify matters: Ambiguity is constant, in that we are never sure whether Farrow’s paranoia about a witches’ coven is grounded in reality or a figment of her frustrated imagination.” – Timeout.com
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The movie is a Steven Spielberg movie, so, of course, there are aliens involved. The film follows Roy, who witnesses a UFO and spends the rest of the film trying to find out about UFO(s). As he starts getting visions after his close encounter, this cinematic masterpiece takes on a quasi-religious tone that is both wondrous and frightening.
Critique Quote: “I became obsessed with the film. I went to see it the next day and the day after that, and then I sat through it three times. Eventually, the cinema staff said, “You’re gonna have to leave.” I had turned it into a sort of religious ritual.” – Joss Whedon for guardian.com
The list will continue next Friday!