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Rear window (1954)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1954

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112 min – PG – view video trailer

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly

Genres: Mystery, Romance, Thriller

IMDB 8.7 / Amazon 4.7 / MRQE 97 /

Oscars: nominated for 4, won 0 (Best Director, Writing, Sound, Cinematography)

Ranked #7 Greatest Movies Through 1960, in 24 of 41 best movies lists, a Zagat Top Movie

A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.  IMDB 8.7 rating from over 168,196 users

None of Hitchcock’s films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. Events in the movie ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history. Amazon 4.7 stars from over 372 users

MRQE 97% from over 108 reviews

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Seven Samurai (1954) Japanese

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1954

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207 min – view video trailer

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama

IMDB 8.8 / Amazon 4.7 / ReelViews 4 stars

Oscars: nominated for 2, won 0 (Best Art, Costume)

Ranked #11 Greatest Movies Through 1960, in 23 of 41 lists of best movies, a Zagat Top Movie

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.  IMDB 8.8 rating from over 131,982 users

Hailed as the greatest film in the history of Japanese cinema, Seven Samurai is director Akira Kurosawa’s undisputed masterpiece. Arguably the greatest of all jidai-gecki (or historical swordplay films), Kurosawa’s classic 1954 action drama has never been surpassed in terms of sheer power of emotion, kinetic energy, and dynamic character development. Amazon 4.7 stars from over 513 users

Seven Samurai was influential not only in Japan and for foreign film enthusiasts, but it led to a popular and reasonably faithful remake, The Magnificent Seven. And, although Japanese critics during the ’50s were dismissive of the picture, it has since achieved an almost mythical status and was recently selected by a group of ’00 critics as the Best Japanese Movie of All-Time. ReelViews 4 stars

MRQE has links to over 70 reviews

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On the Waterfront (1954)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1954

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108 min – PG – view video trailer

Director: Elia Kazan
Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee Cobb

Genres: Crime, Drama

IMDB 8.3 / Amazon 4.7 / MRQE 91 / Metascore 88 / Decent Films A+

Oscars: nominated for 12, won 8 (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Writing, Editing, Art, Cinematography)

Ranked #22 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. IMDB 8.3 rating from over 56,061 users

For all its great dramatic and cinematic qualities, and its fiery social criticism, Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront is also one of the most gripping melodramas of political corruption and individual heroism ever made in the United States, a five-star gut-grabber. Amazon 4.7 stars from over 188 users

Based on a true story of racketeering on the New York waterfront religion and social action finally meet in Hollywood… Cigarette-smoking, alcohol-drinking Father Barry (Karl Malone), based on real-life Jesuit Fr. John M. Corridan, takes on the corruption and strong-arm tactics of the mob bosses who control the lives of hardworking longshoremen… In his great “sermon on the docks” speech, Fr. Barry puts the moral issues of the waterfront in a christological light: “Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up… every time the mob puts the crusher on a good man — tries to stop him from doing his duty as a citizen — it’s a crucifixion… Christ is always with you… And He’s saying with all of you, if you do it to the least of mine, you do it to Me!” (Jewish screenwriter Budd Schulberg, who spent time on the waterfront with Fr. Corridan in preparation for writing the screenplay, has said that the sermon is “eighty percent” Corridan’s own words, from a speech he heard Corridan give numerous times.) Read full Decent Films review (rated A+ , Superior artistic-entertainment for Teens & Up)

MRQE 91% from over 55 reviews

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