Titanic

Name: Titanic
Year: 1997
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 194
Description: 84 years later, a 100-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter, Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell, and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancĂ©, Caledon ‘Cal’ Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. Rose explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage on April 15th, 1912 at 2:2 in the morning.
1997 Oscar Best Picture Winner!
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Billy Zane
Genres: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

I’m glad I finally watched it so that I can join the club bashing the original soundtrack releases. Very nice story, although I had some difficulties liking Rose and Jack in the beginning, but that changed a bit later. Also couldn’t help wondering why he was able to push her on that piece of wood three times, but then failed to climb on himself. Oh well. Kate Winslet’s American accent sounds fake, too, but I loved the class clashes in the story.

The score was exquisite. Horner had this gift of telling me everything with only a few notes. In The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, one piano chord sufficed, and when A Building Panic started here, the approaching disaster needed no further illustration whatsoever.

Dances With Wolves

Name: Dances With Wolves
Year: 1990
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 181
Description: John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs “Two-socks” and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man’s ways.
Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell and Graham Greene
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Western
1990 Oscar Best Picture Winner!

Slooooooooow. Loooooooong. Teeeeeeedious. If they had left out half of the scenes, no one would have noticed anything and the ending isn’t worth the wait. The score had some very nice moments, but the action cues were somehow disappointing.

Contact

Name: Contact
Year: 1997
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 150
Description: Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work. When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders and other scientists such as Drumlin…
Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Skerritt
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The pros: Robert Zemeckis directing, Alan Silvestri composing and John Hurt. Only reason why I watched this. Score is good, but too short and reminds me extremely vividly of Forrest Gump.

The cons: JODIE FOSTER. There’s something in her voice that I really, really dislike. And her character was stupid too, or maybe she just made it stupid, or both, I dunno.

The questions:
1. What is the point of the entire ending? No, let’s jsut make it the entire film. Aliens want her to build an expensive machine and then supposedly don’t wanna tell her anything. So is the purpose to find out how much money mankind has? And why do they love teasing mankind for billions of years?
2. And where does John Hurt come in? Why would he have set the hwole thing up? If he wanted to immortalise himself, why not do it himself? He had nothing to lose, had cancer.
3. The film states that 95% of the world’s population believes in a higher power. Is that an exaggeration, my vaugely spiritual yet mostly non-religious mind wonders? Did we massively becomme heretics in 15 years?