Thursday Movie Picks: A Disappearance

What I thought was going to be another hard week for me, turned out to be an easy challenge. Three movies where our main character is motivated by a disappearance, simple as that. Two movies I picked have the same director, and the third one has a similar theme to the other. They are all crime-related, obviously, and I love crime-movies and shows, which is why I like all these movies a lot.

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Breaking Emotions: Fear, Awkward, Tears & Surprise

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Since November has ended, it’s finally my turn to start Breaking Emotions before the Blogathon deadline drops on the 16th of December – and as you can see, I’m cutting it close and therefore tackling 2 weeks worth of emotions at once! For those who haven’t yet participated, or this is the first time seeing this Blogathon at all, check out this page for a little bit of information and start breaking those emotions.

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# 198 – Leonardo DiCaprio (actor special)

I have now decided to pay much more time on categories that are rather lonely and since Actor/Actress category should be (by now) among the biggest categories in my blog I’m taking it very seriously from now on. The first actor special post was dedicated to Heath Ledger because he is and always will be my favorite. The second, as you already saw, is Leonardo DiCaprio because it seems that he can’t do wrong in my book as well.

DiCaprio started out from an early age being in TV-series and movies throughout his teenage years opposite to some of Hollywood’s greatest names like Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. Then came James Cameron’s Titanic and after that, well you know what happened – DiCaprio hit the jackpot. It seems that this charming and hardworking Hollywood leading drama actors picks his roles very carefully and then acts them with precision and utmost respect because all of his movies are well-respected. (Not gonna do summaries of all the movies, although I’ve seen most of them.)

This Boy’s Life (1993)

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

This is the contemporary version of the most famous and ever-lasting love story between Romeo and Juliet – I say contemporary because I feel like it is the best word to describe this movie. I just remember its collision between the urban world and the fact that the dialog was kept like it was originally – did it felt weird? Yes it did, I don’t remember feeling comfortable with this movie at all but maybe it was my young age and naive thought that every romantic movie should be easy to follow.

Titanic (1997)

I still remember that this was literally the first time I went to the cinema to watch a movie (I think that 101 Dalmatians doesn’t count – it is a cartoon) and while I was quite young I cried like I knew something about love and stuff. Well, Titanic does that to you, you cry because Rose doesn’t let Jack onto the door (or what ever) that is big enough for two of them (kind of) and he then drowns – you cry because you feel like it’s unfair that the hot guy has to die and the woman survives. Or you might cry because other people died as well.

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

The Beach (2000)

Gangs of New York (2002)

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

This is one of my favorite DiCaprio movies because it isn’t too serious (which he is especially good at) but it has a slight humor to it. Together with Tom Hanks they portray a true story about Frank (DiCaprio) who by the time he is 19 becomes a millionaire – and not by doing honest work. DiCaprio is a young man who is a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer and the whole movie evolves and progresses through out his lies while Carl (Hanks) is trying to catch him. Watched it at least three times and would be happy to watch it again – brilliant.

The Aviator (2004)

The Departed (2006)

These are the type of movies that I think are just exactly what DiCaprio is good at – serious, thrilling and utmost interesting to watch. The chemistry between DiCaprio and Matt Damon in this one is, as far as I remember, amazing to watch and you can’t do wrong when you are Martin Scorsese. It won an Oscar for the best movie of the year in 2007 and a nomination for DiCaprio and also Mark Whalberg. The cast is great, the story is captivating and the directing is something to inspire towards to.

Blood Diamond (2006)

Body of Lies (2008)

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Shutter Island (2010)

By now I think I’m writing summaries of those DiCaprio movies I’ve seen more than once and therefor Shutter Island is next. Another great collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio while the shaking line between reality and madness is played to its greater limit. DiCaprio is now a detective who investigates a mysterious escape out of a mental institution. Together with Mark Ruffalo as his partner they enter a visually stunning atmosphere (it’s the 50’s) – timeless and interesting to watch over and over again.

Inception (2010)

Don’t lie, you knew it was coming and why not? DiCaprio does leave his comfort-zone a bit, doing an action packed sci-fi movie but still gets a chance to add all that drama and bitterness he has brought to us for many years. I think that having the drama in it was the reason DiCaprio finally agreed to work with Christopher Nolan and along with Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard,Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy this science fiction movie is much more than just the effects (also because Nolan does very little CGI).

Coming up:

J. Edgar (2011) – In October you get to see DiCaprio portray a FBI director. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

The Great Gatsby (2012)

Django Unchained (2012) – All I can say is that Quentin Tarantino is coming back with DiCaprio, Jackson, Foxx, Waltz and many others.

Short facts: (from IMDb)

Date of Birth

11 November 1974, Hollywood, California, USA

Birth Name

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio

Nickname

Leo
Lenny D

Height

6′ (1.83 m)

Mini bio: (from Wikipedia)

DiCaprio, an only child, was born in Los Angeles, California. His German-born mother, Irmelin (née Indenbirken), is a former legal secretary, and his father, George DiCaprio, is an underground comic artist and producer/distributor of comic books.[7] DiCaprio’s mother moved from Oer-Erkenschwick at the Ruhr, Germany, to the U.S. during the 1950s,[8] while DiCaprio’s father is a fourth-generation American of half south-Italian (from the Naples region) and half German descent (from Bavaria in southern Germany). DiCaprio’s career began with his appearance in several commercials and educational films. After being booted off the set of children’s television series Romper Room for being disruptive at the age of five,[16] DiCaprio followed his older stepbrother Adam Farrar into television commercials, landing an ad for Matchbox cars at 14.[16] In 1990, he got his break on television when he was cast in the short-lived series based on the movie Parenthood. After Parenthood, DiCaprio had bit parts on several shows, including The New Lassie and Roseanne, as well as a brief stint on the soap opera Santa Barbara, playing the young Mason Capwell. His involvement in Parenthood and the daily soap earned him a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor each.

A committed environmentalist, DiCaprio has received praise from environmental groups for his activism.[4] In the past, he has opted to fly on commercial flights instead of chartering private jets, and it was reported that he drives a hybrid car and has solar panels installed on his house.[4] In an interview with Ukula about his 2007 film 11th Hour, DiCaprio cited global warming as “the number-one environmental challenge.”[84]

# 6

As a movie fan I feel like it is my oblication to go to the movies and I have to admit, I’ve done a pretty good job this year – I know cause I have saved all my tickets just so I can keep count.

January was slow, I went to watch The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Heath Ledger’s last movie which I watched with  respect in my heart. I liked how it was so smooth as a story line and how the fact that Heath died during the filming of the movie didn’t seem to effect it at all. Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp were great to but even now I still remember watching the movie and missing Heath Ledger. But the trip to the cinema was worth it!

Feburary – Luckily I didn’t see Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day because I would have been even more depressed than I was when I watched it on Feb. 11th alone while everybody else had a partner or a friend with them. Was it worth it? Well, I think that this movie is for those happy lovy-dovies and I’ve would’ve enjoyed it better if I wasn’t alone. (NB: There where to many story lines and some that didn’t get enough screen time were better than the main story-line between Kutcher and Garner!)

But I wasn’t alone when I watched Did You Hear About the Morgans? and I actually wished I was because I would have left the building! Honestly, what happened to the sweet Sarah Jessica Parker and adorable Hugh Grant? I have written my self a little note – not funny, not romantic, not exciting, not pretty (SJP looked like a skeleton, HG was tired) – basically nothing! So enough said – waste of my precious time.

March – This was a busy month – 3 movies! First of all, I had to drive to a different city to see a movie  in English (others where all in Estonian) and it didn’t have subtitles! (This shows my frustration against Estonian cinemas). Anyway, the movie was Alice in Wonderland, another Tim Burton master piece which in my mind lacked in the “master” department. I blame the visual appeal that lacked the originality that I love in Burton’s earlier movies. But lets be honest, Johnny Depp is still awesome in my books and so is Tim Burton. And who knows, maybe it was the 3D that I didn’t like, I just have to wait for the DVD release.  3 days later I saw Shutter Island and let me just say – brilliant! Not just the story but the visual appeal that the movie had, the colors, the smoke – it all seemed so syrreal and it gave so much to the story. Well done, Mr. Scorsese! But  Legion – I have no words. Not because it was good, but because it was horrible! Every time some one said Jeep (which is a NAME!) I laughed and I actually think I found it lame because I had seen Shutter Island just two days before and compared to that a lot of movies might seem lame.

April – So I managed to drag my butt to the movies twice – first was Date Night and to my surprise it actually turned out to be a pretty decent movie. Tina Fay was funny, Steve Carell wasn’t a 40 year old virgin anymore,  James Franco and Mark Wahlberg both gave a memorable performance. In the end of the month I went to see a more serious movie The Ghost Writer and putting his personal life aside, Polanski is a genius! I loved everything about the movie, the vibe, the paintings in the beach house, the light humor in some situations and the cast. I’d put this movie somewhere next to Shutter Island because of their similarity using visual appeal to connect with the audience.

So these were the short reviews of the movies I’ve watched on a big screen with no popcorn to snack on because the tickets themselves cost a lot. I try to see at least one movie a month but it all actually depends on the movies that come out – hopefully something good this month!