King Kong

Today I talk about king Kong, Escape is the most crucial function of Hollywood cinema. An audience supplied with hearty diversion forgets their daily troubles and returns for more, in turn supporting the entire industry; the relationship is one of mutual symbiosis of movies that was pure escapism started in the 1930’s as its the era that began the trend we see today of movies being escape from their troubles as at time of it was the great depression. I am happy to talk about one of my favorite movies all time which is King Kong.

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Cooper and Schoedsack sought to combine the awe of discovery with full-fledged drama, and then elevate their concept with irresistible Hollywood spectacle. Few forerunners to their eventual film King Kong exist, which further underlines their pioneering of filmic adventures. King Kong was the filmmaker’s challenge is to unite universal entertainment value with artistic vision, engaging both the audience’s emotions and intellect to make Hollywood spectacle that was unlike anything done before on the big screen before it

Cooper and Schoedsack’s King Kong was born. Conceived by Cooper and Edgar Wallace, and written by James Creelman and Ruth Rose, their yarn was about the very nature of escapism that was something diffrent form many movies of its age as its roots was to give viewers something they never seen before in a movie. It would take viewers to  an impossible world filled with wondrous things. In the end, their film would return to familiar territory, unleashing the unknown onto the everyday, smashing the illusion of escapism and confronting the audience head-on with this new idea of movies being an escape.

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Designing the Kong puppet was Marcel Delgado but it required more than than simple puppetry by way of stop-motion animation to create King Kong.  Employing every trick in the book to assemble a believable environment form back projection, matte and glass paintings, miniatures, and models, each disappearing into one another to create an incomparable magic show where the impossible lives and breathes. Pieced together with a metal skeleton frame, foam, and animal fur, the Kong puppet was made into an unlikely source of audience sympathy through O’Brien’s animation that was such a slow process like many works of this stop motion to bring to life king Kong‘s world.

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Modern day viewers might balk at the stop-motion effects having seen more convincing, photorealistic, computer-generated sensations in Jackson’s remake. From the perspective of today’s cinema but if you look upon the marvel of this work you would see how magical it is simply watch this movie upon the screen.I would say its acting is very good for everyone in its cast.Kong was one of the first movie monsters to receive credit as a main character. For the time, this speaks to the marvel of the film’s effects working in harmony with the power of the narrative, as the filmmakers relied on pure invention to render Skull Island, Kong, and the beast’s distinct personality onscreen.

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King Kong’s love for Ann Darrow fully described, his death painfully sad. There are moments where Kong’s behavior is best defined as idiosyncratic but strikingly true, such as when he verifies his Tyrannosaurus Rex kill by flapping its lifeless jaw, or when he smells his fingers after touching Ann. These moments grow throughout the film until the creature is no longer just a beast, but the story’s protagonist, elevating the B-grade monster movie into a moving tragedy when Kong falls to his death.

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Depression-era moviegoers found King Kong delivered them from their poverty and financial distress into the hands of a beast, but it was important to return them to the safety of the world when the adventure was over. ing Kong provides the underlying ambition of all Hollywood cinema. The film brings the movies to a colossal idea to the big screen which changed the face of Hollywood forever as the creators led the bold way to other flim-makers make groundbreaking changes that led to today’s Hollywood box office movie.

The Searchers

Today I talk about The Searchers which in terms of classical westerns really outshines many others of the genre. John Ford’s most compelling Western avoids  association with the genre’s established precepts. Its one of the best movies ever made for the screen as my review today looks upon this classic movie as i define this classic gem.

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In terms of classical storytelling The Searchers John Ford’s most compelling Western avoids many of the genre’s older traits. The film stars John Wayne, an actor eternally linked to Westerns, perhaps giving his best performance in any Ford film as he plays a very racist man that hates Indians with a passion in many ways you shouldn’t connect to this hero yet he is an interesting hero that is deeply flawed with so many diffrent sides to this man.

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By 1955 when production began on when production began, The Searchers would be Ford’s first Western in five years a personal risk after a number of commercial failures and artistic missteps caused him to contemplate retirement as he filmed what would be one of the finest westerns ever made. The Searchers comes naturally, as beyond its unequivocal beauty and dramatic intensity, there exists what appear to be incompatible narrative developments, symbolism, and thematic undercurrents signifying the end product that is something so profound upon the screen with amazing shots and an interesting character and story that unfolds upon the screen. When Edwards (John Wayne) returns home to Texas after the Civil War.

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When members of his brother’s family are killed or abducted by Comanches, he vows to track down his surviving relatives and bring them home. Eventually, Edwards gets word that his niece Debbie (Natalie Wood) is alive, and, along with her adopted brother, Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), he embarks on a dangerous mission to find her, journeying deep into Comanche territory.(plot form goggle) 

The Searchers sets up grim set of conditions, ranging from the landscape to individual character histories. The first iconic shot (mirrored by the film’s last iconic shot) of Martha opening the front door seems to frame the outer terrain like a photograph that shows us the vast landscape upon the screen. I would say many do hate this movie because its hatred towards Indians as the villain is common in many westerns.

A clue to Ethan’s hatred for Comanche Indians appears early in the film, when the younger Debbie goes to her hiding place before Scar first attacks in the film. He kneels down in the graveyard by a headstone, which, appearing for only a few frames, reads: “Here lies Mary Jane Edwards killed by Comanche’s May 12, 1852 A good wife and mother in her 41st year.” Sixteen years earlier, was Ethan’s own mother massacred by Comanche’s? He is a deeply flawed man on a quest to save a woman for years. It’s the quest of this man and his drive to save his family that really drives this hero to many points of rage that you see his hate come upon us and the dark humor used is often to tame down the ways of this dark hero characterizes the film’s fundamental struggle whether or not Ethan and Martin actually find Debbie is less the fear than what Ethan will do when he finds her.

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In the film’s most memorable scene, one of the greatest single moments of film, Ethan emerges from Scar’s tent on his horse and spots Debbie, who, dressed in full Comanche attire, runs in terror. Ethan chases her down a hill and corners her; Martin trailing behind yelling “No!” for Ethan not to do what he has intended to do from the outset. Ethan gets off his horse and picks Debbie up, raises her in the air like a child, the fear radiating from her. He lowers her into his arms, and says, “Let’s go home, Debbie. Ethan also is genuinely scary. His obsessiveness, his absolute hatred of Comanche’s and all Native Americans and his loneliness set him apart from any other characters Wayne played as its one of his finest with many layers to him making you wonder about him throughout the film.

John Ford was particularly proud of The Searchers, as was Wayne, who named his son Ethan after his character. The film’s initial critical reception, however, lacked passion, as did its box office receipts, and Ford was devastated by its apparent dismissal reputation at the time of its release.  The picture’s reputation would grow over time, earning recognition on top film lists as it is one of the finest movies made form this genre with marvelous acting by everyone in its cast and marvelous direction and the cinematography of The Searchers is one of films finest gems ever made upon the screen. It contains painterly images of majestic scenery, some of the most remarkable ever captured. Historians and film scholars attest to its supremacy and recognize its influence on the medium and the artists working therein. And yet, the motion picture Ford considered his own masterpiece confronts prior standards, meets issues of revenge and discrimination within a ponderous text, and revises the director’s Western model forevermore as its one of the finest movies ever crafted upon the screen. John Ford amends The Searchers from a traditional Hollywood Western into an uncommon human tragedy that makes this movie one of the finest classics you will ever see ever upon the screen that you should see today.

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Why ray harryhausen should have gotten an oscar

Why ray harryhausen should have gotten an oscar

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For me as a child they were the films that always stood out form anything I had seen in many special effects driven movies. They may be movie monsters but they felt so real.  He inspired many special effects artists and directors that work today on movies. When i did start learning names as I was able find his name and i adored his work even more and learned more about it. I learned more about it. Long before CGI ray created the monster magic of movies we had ray harryhausen creating our monsters.   So today i talk about ray harryhausen for 31 days of  31 days of oscar blogathon.

I would love thank  Aurora of Once Upon A Screen aka @CitizenScreen and Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and @Irishjayhawk66 and Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and @Paula_Guthat  as I hope you also check others posts from this Wonderful Blogathon  today  on their respective blogs as i truly thank them for honor of allowing me to talk this topic. . I explain why he should have won an Oscar for his work. Let’s talk about him now.

Why ray harryhausen should have gotten an Oscar.

Ray harryhausen was  inspired Willis h. O’Brien whom was his mentor Willis H. O’Brien as he was inspired by the movies of Willis h. O’Brien whom did King Kong among other works as he Ray harryhausen began his first animated works for George Pal’s Puppetoons which  were a series of animated puppet films made in Europe in the 1930s and in the U.S. in the 1940s. They are memorable for their use of replacement animation: using a series of different hand-carved wooden puppets (or puppet heads or limbs) for each frame in which the puppet moves or changes expression, rather than moving a single puppet, as is the case with most stop motion puppet animation, many of these shorts are very good to watch. During World War II, Ray Harryhausen served in the United States Army Special Services Division under Colonel Frank Capra, as a loader, clapper boy, gofer and later camera assistant whilst working at home animating short films about the use and development of military equipment. During this time he also worked with composer Dimitri Tiomkin and Ted Geisel (“Dr. Seuss”). Following the war he salvaged several rolls of discarded 16 mm surplus film from which he made a series of fairy tale-based shorts, which he called his “Teething-rings. So he started work in 1947 on mighty Joe young as he was the animator on that movie.  So he did most of stop motion animation on mighty Joe young which won an Oscar in 1949 for best special effects which began his magical movie works on the screen as today i talk my favorite creature creations of this magical man that i feel does show best why he deserved an oscar for this work so lets begin this adventure into his work.

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This is Ray Harryhausen if reading this I am sure he was your hero too. He made the monsters the star which is the coolest thing in the world. Ray Harryhausen is A childhood hero of mine. I can say that i have been obsessed with his work since I was a boy. His monsters had more personality then me as a boy but it was truly magical when I first saw his movies i was in awe and wonder. it showed me that one man can make such wonders. I knew these monsters were not real but they touched my heart. it is still so true to my heart because I seen them when i was a boy and not know how they were done. I remember many as boy saying they were not real but i didn’t care. I seen many things that passed in such effects but I never could get over how amazing this guys truly stands out. Ray Harryhausen truly is the greatest artist of special effects. One of the my true heroes to my heart as i will talk some of my favorite  creatures he did now as i begin my tribute to Ray Harryhausen and his works now.

The magical creature creations  of Ray Harryhausen 

Ray Harryhausen’s love of dinosaurs  dates from 1925, when he first saw Willis O’Brien’s film The Lost World in the cinema at the age of five, which he described with the words, I was about five years old when I had my first taste of dinosaurs. My parents took me to see the movie of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (1925) in which an intrepid group of explorers, led by the fearless Professor Challenger, discover a dinosaur-infested plateau in the South American jungle. I had never dreamt that such huge and terrifying creatures might exist and they captured my imagination immediately, setting me on the path to a career in animation.
The Lost World inspired him to make papier mâché puppets of dinosaurs. These puppets, and the sets in which they performed, became increasingly sophisticated, allowing him to develop model making skills that would prove key in later life. After seeing King Kong at the age of 14 in 1933 he made more marionettes of the main creatures; those of King Kong 1 as well as a brontosaurus, pterodactyl, triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex. These puppets remarkably still exist, photographs of which were published in Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook. So it inspired him to create  his many wonderful creations.

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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

I would say of my favorite movie moments is  the scene of Beautiful Dreamer is one of my favorite movie scenes all time as this scene shows off the animation of ray as its truly magical to see Terry Moore held by mighty Joe young as each animation frame here you see the animation of his face and his expressions it’s just a joy to see the scene. It’s a wonderful wonder this scene. Mighty Joe young is a must see today as its a very wonderful gem you should see today.

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

This movie pre-dated Godzilla by one year it was As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America is basic story of this monster movie.  It was Ray Harryhausen frist movie after mighty Joe young. Ray Harryhausen love of dinosaurs as he creates one of my favorite creatures as it has such life to him as he feels more alive then Godzilla as he moves in ways that makes him feel alive and real.  The Rhedosaurus itself remains a definitive creature of his creations as each frame is done  by frame by frame. I would say many of the scenes as he did such scenes as him destroying the lighthouse which was done frame by frame. The beast eating the cop was one famous scene as we see it was done with a cop figure toy getting ate by a slow motion frame by frame movement of Rhedosaurus which he did it slowly frame by frame for each second of animation to make it seem like the creature of eating the cop.  So he would place his model on an animation stand in front of this screen and then place a large pane of glass in front of that. On this glass he painted in black the foreground that he wished to block out as After filming the animated sequence so that the creature interacted with the actors as planned which is how  Rhedosaurus is animated carefully againist the actors to seem like they exist together as i would say this is a fun b movie you should today.

It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

It Came from Beneath the Sea is one of the most famous  giant octopus features ever made. A vintage science-fiction thriller that makes use of Ray Harryhausen’s legendary stop-motion animation as each of the  giant octopus’s motions are carefully animated frame by frame slowly and carefully as each by a second of flim to move the arms of this creature on screen as ti destroys the golden gate bridge is one famous scene that the city feared would hurt them as they thought it was too real for this creature to destroy their bridge. It is truly a work of art to see it destroy the city and objects on screen as you see the skill and wonder of this artist unfold on the screen. It’s very much a b-movie at heart with some b-movie level acting and charm that is truly fun to watch on screen.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

The Cyclops is a wonderful creation of Ray Harryhausen to watch on the screen as he has such a marvelous personality that really draws you instantly to watching him on the screen as he is truly a fun to watch unfold on the screen in such marvelous scenes on the screen.

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The celebrated skeleton duel truly is such fun to watch unfold on the screen. It is one of the best action scenes ever done for the screen as this marvelous scene has inspired so many magical movie moments to come in movie history you will get such joy and glee form watching this scene unfold.

The movie’s cast includes Kerwin Mathews as Sinbad and Torin Thatcher and Richard Eyer all giving such wonderful acting. Its music by Bernard Herrmann is magnificent as ever its score is very wonderful. This is one of the best Sinbad movies all time as it’s truly a fun classic you can watch again anytime.

 

Jason and the Argonauts(1963)

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 The fascinating odyssey of Jason in search of the Golden Fleece is a marvelous action adventure classic that is one of Ray Harryhausen’s most famous creations all time.

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when Jason and the Argonauts skeleton fight unfolds on the screen you see one of the most amazing moments ever done for screen as it’s a fight that comes out with so much magic and joy form watching it unfold on the screen as this scene inspired many movies to come and many action scenes for ages to come you see a scene that is such a marvelous work of craft unfold on the screen. This scene is truly one epic scene for all time that is one of most iconic moments in movie history.

The mastery of Ray Harryhausen, you won’t get this kind of effect from CGI animation as telos awakens you feel the wonder of the magic of seeing it come to life on screen as he carefully it’s such a marvelous wonder to watch unfold on the screen.

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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

The Valley of Gwangi has suffered years of obscurity which is unfair to such a marvelous classic. The Valley of Gwangi is one of my favorite films from the team of Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. It is a huge sugary ball of things I love to see in a movie as it mixes western and monster movies to create something totally original and fresh for its time. The Valley of Gwangi was originally written by King Kong’s Willis O’Brien, Gwangi script was never filmed, but a copy owned by Ray Harryhausen stored in his garage was resurrected in 1966.With additional work by writer William Bast to finish up the story. The Valley of Gwangi has wonderful acting by its cast of actors as they all give out such wonderful performances on the screen. The stop motion dinosaurs vs. dinosaurs all animated by Ray Harryhausen are such joys to watch unfold on the screen as these dinosaurs are some of my favorites to ever come on the screen ever. It is one fun b-movie you should see today.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad was released in 1974. Tom Baker acts out a terrific performance on screen as Koura as he plays a sinister villain role before he played the doctor in doctor who. Tom baker gives us one of the best villains I ever seen on screen. John Phillip Law truly is wonderful as Sinbad. Caroline Munro is great in her respective role. The acting of everyone of its cast truly shines. This movie quotes many Muslim verses and quotes of their faith.

The monsters of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad stand out as such marvelous monsters you will instantly love to watch many times again and again on the screen. A centaur and a griffin and Kali all really stand out as such marvelous monsters to watch on the screen. The lengthy, incredibly-rendered sword-fight with Kali is the undisputed highlights of the film as it is a marvelous action scene that will wow you instantly as it unfolds on the screen as it is a terrific set-piece that still captures the imagination to such wonderful levels as it is one of my favorite monster fights ever put to the screen. These monsters are all amazing to behold on the screen in this classic gem.

The golden Voyage of Sinbad Snake woman is another marvelous creation by Ray Harryhausen as it comes on screen you are drawn to charms and the wit and humor of this scene really makes you smile and look in wonder as this fun scene unfolds on the screen.

Centaur vs. Griffin from The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is one truly fun moment that showcases some of the best acting by tom baker of doctor who fame ever on screen as you see him truly show you why he truly is one amazing actor. It’s a fun monster moment created by Ray Harryhausen that really is such a marvelous gem of a scene to watch unfold on the screen. The special effects of this movie all bring to life this magical gem of a tale on screen.

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The sword fights truly is another fun element of this classic movie as each of them are such fun to watch unfold on the screen as they bring you such joy and wonder as you watch them unfold on the screen. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is a fun adventure movie with wonderful acting and wonderful effects and great action scenes that makes it a classic gem you should see anytime.

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Clash of the Titans (1981)

Clash of the Titans has been a favorite movie for me to watch since I was a little boy it introduced me to Ray Harryhausen as this was my first movie I seen of his work on screen as I did not yet know who he was yet when I first saw this movie. Ray Harryhausen’s creations are the mechanical owl, Bubo; the two-headed dog, Dioskilos; the snake-headed, Medusa; the Pegasus; the giant scorpions; and of course the famous monster known as The Kraken as each of them are such wonderful works of art to watch on the screen. The score by composer Lawrence Rosenthal is one great musical score that I feel is such a wonderful soundtrack for this classic gem of a film.  The movie truly is a marvelous adventure movie you should watch today.

I would love to express my great joy today that I got to talk about Ray Harryhausen today.  I felt such joy to talk his marvelous movies and creations today. I feel is shamefully sad stop motion animation never got its own Oscar for each of his movies would have won the award easy. I would love to thank all hosts as I enjoyed my talk about this marvelous man today I hope you join me again soon for more movie magic.

 

the sea wolf

the sea wolf

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Today I review the Michael Curtiz/Robert Rossen adaptation of Jack London’s famous novel the sea wolf which I frankly just watched recently as I brought it recently which is the Warner brothers archive Blu-ray release of this movie which is a remastered version with lost scenes we have not seen as this wonderful movie really speaks about Nazi fascism in a way that stands out. I would also love to wish Ida Lupino a happy 100 years old.

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So now to review this classic movie

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The sea wolf  takes one  of the most famous jack London novels of same name in a way that really shines upon your viewing of it on the screen. The  sea wolf is loosely based upon the book.  Edward G. Robinson does one of his finest hours  of acting as the cruel captain of the ghost a ship which no one wants to sail upon. Edward G. Robinson puts his own brand of cruelty on the role of a freighter captain who tyrannizes his crew and some unexpected passengers in such a marvelous acting performance.

Ida Lupino and John Garfield and Alexander Knox all  play in a crew of a ship that is basically a ship that feels like its form hell in some regards as they all give out such marvelous acting and performances that all stand out as you watch them on screen.

This Michael Curtiz/Robert Rossen adaptation of Jack London well known novel  was mostly shot on one location as it has lots of atmospheric shots, tons of memorable conflicting personalities(Edward G. Robinson, Alexander Knox, John Garfield, Barry Fitzgerald, Gene Lockhart, an underserved Ida Lupino) It really shines with this new Blu-ray release.  It is Rousing old-school sea adventure yarn functioning as an allegory for the burgeoning Nazi dictatorship in Europe in 1941. It is a truly marvelous classic you should see today.

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Today i reviewed the sea wolf which is a rousing old school yarn that i feel has such marvelous acting that makes it such a marvelous movie that may be one of the finest movies i ever seen as this true classic is something i enjoyed to talk about today as always until next time for another movie review.

Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise review

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Thelma and Louise review

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Thelma and Louise is a rarity. It is a buddy movie about two women, and it is one of the best road movies to ever grace the screen. Louise (Susan Sarandon) and Thelma (Gina Davis) are two friends who plan a road trip into the mountains for the weekend yet their trip takes many twists with an ending that remains forever timeless. You get one of the best buddy comedies ever made for the screen. Thelma and Louise’ are exceptionally well written characters for the big screen by Callie Khouri whom wrote an amazing screenplay that really brought to life such amazing characters upon the screen. The amazing duo of Susan Sarandon and Gina Davis give us such amazing acting together upon the screen.

The bond that Davis and Sarandon share on screen is one of best ever by any duo on the screen. Thelma and Louise are great friends, but completely different characters in their own right that both as Davis plays a ditsy sort of character, who is naive but Sarandon is tougher and more able try figure new ways out of everything. The shameful part they did not win an Oscar for their roles but of course they were up against a great performer in another 1991 movie, that being Jodie Foster in ‘Silence of the Lambs’. If foster was not there, I am certain that one of these two would have walked away with an academy award. It is shameful yet this movie is under-valued by many today. This movie has such amazing acting by everyone in its cast.

‘Thelma and Louise’ is well directed by Oscar winning director, Ridley Scott. I feel that he brought out the road trip of the girls. He crafted out a wonderful gem that seems so unlike anything else he ever did. It works so well because of the wonderful idea it shows us about the idea we want to be free. Its wonderful locations of the southwest can bring you a sense of many past classic movies in some sense as the idea of a road trip in these wonderful locations that are so lovely on the screen.

The story of sympathetic criminals running free across the country as fate closes in can be seen in such classics as High Sierra (1941), Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Really, the only major difference here is that the criminals are both women yet this movie is so well crafted you forget that this is not new upon the screen. Thelma & Louise with its wide open spaces and atmospheric music is visually very strong and intelligently paced with marvelous acting by its cast and a wonderful script and direction make this movie a classic you should see today.

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