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To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)


Gregory Peck
Mary Badham
Phillip Alford

Directed by Robert Mulligan

Distributed by Universal Pictures

Based on Harper Lee's novel of the same name, to kill a mockingbird is ranked the best courtroom by the American Film Institute (AFI), and the protagonist Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) is ranked number 1 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains.

This drama will both inspire you and teach you, it makes you feel all the warmth you have missed over the years of CGI technology. Adding to this movie is the cast of children, whose plain naivety makes the movie a lot better.

Set in the time when being black was a cause of concern. To kill a mockingbird tells the story of a man, Atticus Finch and his kids during a 3 summer period. The story arc spans over 3 years about how Atticus kids Jem (Philip Alford) and Scout (Mary Badham) go through each summer with heartwarming adventures.

Their story is wrapped round the case, in which Atticus was defending a black man who is being held on a rape charge.

Guilty or not, Atticus defends this man with all that he has in his kitty.

The movies screenplay/script is something that you will be able to relate too, making the movie hit home in the first 10 minutes.
Directing also was top-notch as it all plays well.

The script’s loose end for me is the character Boo, who in some way I didn’t get his full involvement in the movie as the director may have skipped some parts making us understand much of his liking to the kids.

Phillip Alford did not initially want to audition for the part. However, when his mother informed him that he would miss a half day of school, he immediately decided to go after all.

To say not to watch this movie is like telling you to skip breakfast.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)


Jim Carrey
Liam Aiken
Emily Browning
Timothy Spall
Catherine O'Hara
Billy Connolly
Cedric the Entertainer
Luis Guzman
Jennifer Coolidge
Meryl Streep

Directed by Brad Silberling
Distributed by Paramount Pictures

Till today, when i see strange events happening i will say, “A series of unfortunate events.” This movie has added a phrase to my vocabulary, not because of the fact that it is a great movie, nor the fact that the actors were exceptional, nor the part played by the ensemble cast of stars. The movie has added this phrase because after seeing the wonderful display of evil by Count Olaf (Jim Carrey).

After purchasing the rights to the movie, due to the financial concerns the movie suffered many setbacks but Paramount got Dreamworks on board to help in financing of the project and signed Brad Silberling to direct the movie.

The visual effects of the movie had some scenery designed using forced perspective techniques, combined with matte paintings. Industrial Light & Magic handled the CGI and due to the riskiness of working with infants, four scenes involving Sunny Baudelaire required CGI with motion capture technology.

The story and movie adaptation covers three of Lemony’s books The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window, being the first three books in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The story is of three children whose parents died in a fire and left them with a considerable amount of money.

Their Uncle Count Olaf, who wants the money for himself, was ready to do anything required to make sure that the children are murdered. This led to a tale of unfortunate events.

The thing that makes me dip my hat for Jim in this movie is the various alias of Count Olaf which he had to play and he played well.

The three children, Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman) were also exceptional in the movie especially Emily Browning.

I don’t know why but i have seen this movie for more than 6 times, and each time i find myself smiling.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)


Jim Carrey
Taylor Momsen
Jeffrey Tambor
Christine Baranski
Bill Irwin

Directed by Ron Howard

How some people seem not to like this movie is amazing. This movie for me shows Jim Carrey at his best, his acting as the Grinch was flawless, I actually believed that this man hates holidays. The movie didn't play it close to the book it was adapted from, which to me was the high not for this movie.

Based on Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and to me a better adaptation than the first (and only other adaption before this) 1956 Christmas TV movie.

The plot goes, after a horrible childhood, we have up in the mountains someone known as the Grinch. The Grinch (Jim Carrey) was mean, cruel and very much unlikable. What he hates most is the Holidays. He has a stern dislike for the Christmas season and if possible he will rather torture himself than experience it.

In Whosville the town he lives, the people have decided to make this years Christmas celebration the best and the most outstanding. He found this out and decided to do all he can to make sure this never happens.

His plan to end this was to find a way to steal from the town and instead of happiness and cheer all round the town on Christmas day, there will be gloom.
His plan involved him dressing up as Santa Claus and instead of giving presents away, he planned on taking them all.

Everything he planned on doing would have been perfect and even his heart would have been ok with its present size, but she came around. The she was Cindy Lou Who, a little girl who wanted very much to give back to The Grinch for saving her life in the beginning of the movie.

The movie is the second highest-grossing holiday film of all time with over $345 million only behind Home Alone. It was directed by Ron Howard who was responsible for Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and the Da Vinci Code (2006).

It won the Oscars for Best Makeup, and was also nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. Jim Carrey for his part won the MTV Movie Awards and Kid's Choice Awards for his performance as The Grinch.

Here is a movie you can see every Christmas, just along with Home Alone. Jim Carrey was in a class of its own in this movie. Although every other cast in this movie were a little lost to me, but that doesn't matter and will not matter to you when you do see this movie.

Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Man (2004)

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Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Man (2004)


Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Kirsten Dunst
Mark Ruffalo
Elijah Wood
Tom Wilkinson

Directed by Michel Gondry

Distributed by Focus Features

This movie shows us how wanting to erase of an incident that happened may not be a good idea.

We are primarily watching the film primarily through the mind of the lead character Joel Barish (Jim Carrey).

Winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Eternal sunshine was a critical success, even financially.

The movie was like being trapped in the mind of Joel and trying so hard to keep one thing from flying away, the memory of Clementine. We run through his life with Clementine (Kate Winslet) and wonder why they never seem to work it out.

The director made some on the spot cuts from the movie, as this movie had a lot of deleted scenes all done to make the movie more presentable and make a balance between both lead characters.

The director Michel Gondry (Be Kind Rewind (2008) and The Green Hornet (2011)) did a fine job with this movie as every moment you spend watching this movie is a moment in your memory you will not want erased.

The movie is about two lovers, Joel (Carrey) and Clementine (Winslet) who undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories because of how their relationship turned out.

But as the process is being done, they discover how much they will lose when the memory is gone.

This is one movie that will stand out in your books as one of the best movies you have seen.

Tootsie (1982)

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Tootsie (1982)


Dustin Hoffman
Jessica Lange
Teri Garr
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Distributed by Columbia Pictures

Here is a movie about cross-dressing that I actually liked. This movie makes Martin Lawrence Big Momma look like a high school prank.

Starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange and directed by Sydney Pollack (Cold Mountain 2003), it was nominated for 10 Academy Awards but only took home one for best supporting actress.

Sydney Pollack the director/producer also played Hoffman's agent in the movie.

Tootsie takes a while getting into, but the moment you do you find yourself smiling all the way to the very end.

It is about a perfectionist, talented but volatile actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) who was difficult to work with and because of that was finding it hard to get a role.

Because of his difficulty, he decided to change a bit, when i say a bit i mean he changed from a man to a woman to land some acting gig so as to raise money to do a stage play.

After becoming famous and falling in love with his co star he was now finding it difficult to keep up appearance.

Dustin Hoffman’s acting was flawless making the other actors in the movie look like they were struggling to keep up.

I did enjoy this movie a lot and would recommend it if you don’t mind watching cross dressing.