One of my favorite movies that I have discovered more recently is Apocalypse Now (1979). This movie follows the basic plot of the book Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, which is also one of my favorites. It uses the Korean war as setting and explores the bounds of the human mind. Like Heart of Darkness, there are no good words to describe this movie because of the material that it covers. Though the plot is important it only vaguely describe what the movie is actually about. As I’ve talked about before I tend to like stories that cover more vague topics or the mind and mental capacity. This movie does exactly that. (source)
I must admit that I watched this movie in school as part of a unit in an english class but there were plenty of rumors from the class above us about how good the movie was so we were all pretty excited to see it and to top it off the day we watched it was the same day that teacher had surround sound speakers installed in his room so it was quite the experience.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to watch something that will make them think. Also a word of caution: this movie is quite violent at times and definitely covers extremely mature subject mater. When we watched this movie as a class our teacher felt inclined to warn us when there would be a graphic scene, which was defiantly appreciated by some members of the class even though we were all seniors in high school.(source) Overall I love this movie and would definitely recommend it to anyone who thinks they can handle it. I find it tells a really insightful story about human nature and the capacity of the human mind.
I was 8 years old or so and my father was going through his collection of digital movies looking for something to put on my iPod nano for an upcoming family vacation. When he came across Bicentennial Man (1999)he asked if I had seen it; I hadn’t but reluctantly asked him if it was scary because I had it confused with the Biconic Woman(ABC,1976-77). Long story short the two had nothing to do with one another, and Bicentennial Man instantly became my favorite movie.
Bicentennial Man is a touching story that follows a robot, Andrew, who has a “small” glitch… he can feel emotions. As the movie progress human like relationships begin to form between Andrew and his owners. He eventually begins to explore the world and his “humanity,” as he does this he meets several new people, and other robots which help to solidify his beliefs about what truly defines a life.
There are several reasons that I love this movie but they can be condensed into the following three things:
- It explores character relationships more thoroughly than most movies and therefor the viewer is really able to empathize with the characters. I say this as someone who never cries because of a movie, I cry every time! The writers spend what seems like forever just getting to know characters that aren’t in the full duration of the movie, but these characters are revisited and because the viewer knows them so well it’s very easy to fall right back into their lives with Andrew.
- The topics that the movie focuses on generally appeal to me, I often find myself enjoying entertainment that explores similar themes to Bicentennial Man. I have always liked talking about the social issues that are throughly covered in this movie such as humanity, slavery. It also explores several unanswerable questions which have also intrigued me since I was a child.
- It depicts the evolution of love, life, and humanity very well. There’s not much more to explain here. The movie is just able to really put its viewer on an emotional rollercoaster and helps to create a defined picture of the “life” of a robot.
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