The lamest of the 3 LOTR films (and I'm not much of a fan of any of them). Randall's comments from "Clerks 2" are applicable- this is just a long hike through New Zealand. Elijah Wood has the charisma of a can of baked beans. Couldn't wait for it to end.
Light on plot but heavy on atmosphere. The city and the desperate characters contained within truly seem alive. Not the most ambitious film, especially considering its reputation but it's damn effective.
One of those time capsule cases. Captures the spirit of the time perfectly but doesn't really have anything to offer aside from that, despite solid performances, especially from my boy Young Dusty. It mostly seems like a vehicle for the soundtrack. However, everything I've said about this film could potentially be said about "Easy Rider" but that one works for me and this one kinda doesn't, so I guess it's all subjective. Far out, man.
Kinda trashy (hey, it's De Palma) but Laurie and Spacek deliver performances that elevate it. The ending is a classic bit of horror ridiculousness.
Stand by Me
Simple yet effective story of a some elementary school-age boys who set off in search of a the dead body of another boy in town. The boys are presented pretty realistically (especially for a film made in the mid-80's) and there's some humor to lighten the somber mood but I've never been in love with this film like most folks seem to be.
Beyond the admittedly impressive visual effects, all we have is Nolan hopelessly flailing in search of a mindbending sci-fi masterpiece, trying to juggle plot elements like a plate spinner who's misjudged his timing and caused it all to come crashing down around him.
The French Connection
Police action done right- guess it helps when you have a real director like Friedkin and real actors like Hackman and Scheider. Then there's that epic chase scene- probably the best chase scene in film history unless I'm forgetting something obvious. So there's that too.
All of The Marx Brothers' early films are classic comedies that have stood the test of time but "Duck Soup" is often singled out as their greatest masterpiece, and for good reason: in addition to Groucho and Chico's endlessly flowing, brilliant one-liners, Harpo's masterful clowning and Zeppo's pretty face, you get a plot that veers dangerously close to political satire. Groucho's character becomes the leader of the bankrupt country of Freedonia. Surprise surprise- chaos and hilarity ensue. If you're unfamiliar with The Marx Bros, this is definitely the place to start and if you already know and love them, you've undoubtedly already seen it.
The Usual Suspects
It's undeniable that one's enjoyment of this film largely depends on how one feels about the BIG GIMMICK (no spoilers) and personally it works for me and though the rest of the film only really works to serve this gimmick, it's still damn entertaining, mainly due to the great ensemble cast.