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At 17th October of 1997, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" opened in the U.S. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. play high-school kids who run over a mysterious person on the road. They decide to dump the ‘body’ and forgett about it. Hah! As you might guess, that’s easier said than done. "I Know What You Did Last Summer" was commercially successful, grossing over $125 million at the box office. It was also nominated for and won multiple awards.

One of the better, and more successful, followers of "Scream" (1996) is also written by Scream writer Kevin Williamson and loosely based on Lois Duncan's novel of the same title. With Jim Gillespie's slick direction and Williamson's intriguing story, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" becomes a more intelligent kind of slasher film. As with the earlier "Scream", Williamson's screenplay is full of cheeky humor and great suspense sequences.

Four high school friends have graduated and are celebrating the fourth of July. They all have big plans: Julie is planning to go to Harvard, Helen is going to New York to become an actress, Ray is staying in town to help with the business of fishing, and Barry has a wrestling scholarship.

They all are just having a big party and while driving home they accidentally hit a man, killing him. Freaked out and scarred for what might happen since alcohol is involved, they dump the body in the river hoping that it'll go away.

But a year later when the friends re-unite, they are receiving letters claiming that someone knows what they did. Barry is then hit by a car, Helen's hair is chopped off, and Julie gets bodies put into her car trunk; they all must face the fisherman who is after them with a big hook and it seems like he does not want these kids to live.

The cast of "I Know What You Did Last Summer" helped pull in audiences from all directions. Jennifer Love Hewitt was familiar to many from her role in the successful television series "Party of Five." Sarah Michelle Gellar played the lead in the smart and scary "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Pretty boys Ryan Phillipe and Freddie Prinze Jr. were just starting to make a name for themselves in Hollywood. It was what every teen wanted at the time and even now; Beautiful people getting hacked up one by one by a masked killer.

The film was followed by two sequels, "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998) and the straight-to-DVD release "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" (2006). Though the former film sees a continuation of the plotline established in its predecessor, the latter film establishes a new plotline and does not star any cast members from the previous two installments.

Overall, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" is a pretty good slasher movie, considering when it was released and the slew of slashers that were put out during the 90's. It's clichéd in some instances and isn't nearly perfect, but in the world of slasher films, it's a class act.

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At 16th October of 1998, "Bride of Chucky" premiered in US theaters. By far, the film was the most superior in the Child's Play Series. Unlike "Child's Play 3", we didn't repeat the boring process of Chucky "Goes after Andy for revenge and his body". We had a fresh array of characters, a brilliant cliffhanger and a new killer doll. "Bride of Chucky" was preceded by "Child's Play" (1988), "Child's Play 2" (1990) and "Child's Play 3" (1991), and since this is the fourth Child's Play movie it was followed by three more sequels "Seed of Chucky" (2004), "Curse of Chucky" (2013) and "Cult of Chucky" (2017).

After pretty definitely dying off in the early 90's due to audience apathy and a string of borderline-flops, the slasher-film genre was revitalized thanks to master director Wes Craven's wonderful and subversive self-aware 1996 horror-comedy "Scream."

Realizing that slasher horror could be "hip" and "cool" again with the postmodern twist that "Scream" added to spice-up its storyline, it quickly became in-vogue for studios and filmmakers to add a self-satirical meta angle to many new horror features released in its wake. And one of the most successful films to implement this new leaning towards comedy was certainly 1998's delightful and twisted "Bride of Chucky", the fourth film in the popular cult-series "Child's Play."

Directed by the Ronny Yu from a script by "Child's Play" series creator Don Mancini, "Bride of Chucky" might just be the best film of the entire franchise. After the somewhat disastrous third entry made seven years prior, the series sort-of imploded and there was a time where there was doubt we'd ever even see Chucky on the big screen again. Thankfully, the wait was worth it.

Jennifer Tilly stars as Tiffany, the former lover of the infamous "Lakeshore Strangler" Charles Lee Ray, who had transferred his soul into a children's doll known as Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif). Longing to be reunited with her lost love, she manages to get her hands on the mangled corpse of Chucky and re-assembles him, bringing him back to life with a copy of "Voodoo for Dummies."

While their reunion goes well at first, Tiffany finds herself crestfallen when she learns that Chucky never intended to marry her, and she betrays him by locking him in a playpen. Escaping, Chucky murders his former flame and transfers her soul into a female doll in a twisted bid for vengeance.

Now, the angry couple must figure out a way to get their souls into new human hosts once and for all... and they have their eyes set on Tiffany's trailer-park neighbor Jesse (Nick Stabile) and his girlfriend Jade (a pre-fame Katherine Heigl).

The fun of the film really lays in the shockingly sweet (in a twisted way) romance of Chucky and Tiffany. It's almost a demented parody of romantic comedies, and they have absolutely remarkable chemistry together. Dourif as always is a blast as Chucky, and it's a ton of fun seeing him saddled with a romantic interest in Tilly's Tiffany, as they repeatedly get on each-other's nerves, but also do have some genuinely cute moments together.

It adds a lot of flavor and character to the proceedings seeing them bonding over butchering innocent victims. Stabile and Heigl are also a lot of fun as our somewhat hapless protagonists (who find themselves blamed for the murders committed by the demonic dolls), and there's also a really fun supporting performance by the late and great John Ritter as Jade's strict police-chief uncle who raised her in an oppressive environment. The cast is just a blast.

With the animatronic effects improved and the use of Tiffany Chuck's sidekick, this film puts in something to this film that was never there in previous sequels: personality. Still being succeeded in the best department by the first two, its hard not to call "Bride of Chucky" a fun Horror film and the best of it's kind.

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At 15th October of 1999, "Fight Club" opened in theaters around the US. Based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, the film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. It was cited as one of the most controversial and talked-about films of 1999. The film later found critical and commercial success with its DVD release, which established "Fight Club" as a cult film.

It's hard to believe that it's been almost two decades since "Fight Club" came to theaters. The polarizing film has come to mean different things to different people, and mainly to the scores of men who've seen it, it's been a call to arms to reclaim masculinity that had been incrementally lost through a barrage of quiche dinners and comments like, "whatever you want, honey."

"Fight Club" encouraged males to get back to the natural, primal roots of their nature. To paraphrase a quote from the film, society's promises of euphoria of fortune and pleasures weren't delivering to the men listening to them, and without an event to define them, they could be considered forgotten when it comes to a defining moment in their lives. So why not have some sort of call to arms ?

That's what "Fight Club" hoped to accomplish. Take the narrator (Edward Norton), who works for an insurance company, but has trouble sleeping and feels like he lacks any sort of life or vitality. He goes to support group meetings for illnesses he does not have in order to feel some sort of emotional connection, or even a perverse superiority.

On a business trip, he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), who makes and sells soap. Through a circumstance where Norton's apartment is blown up, he takes Tyler up on his offer of a sharing a home, and it's there that Tyler's belief system and way of living fascinates him, to the point where they both decide to shake things up.

David Fincher did an excellent job of adapting the Chuck Palahniuk novel, while Jim Uhuls wrote the screenplay. Fincher uses his adept eye for visuals and combines it with outstanding visual effects work from Digital Domain to create images that fit with the cadence and style of the novel.

As Tyler, Pitt delivers what is arguably his most intriguing career performance to date. He'd been in another Fincher film ("Se7en") and liked working with him, and a character like Tyler gives Pitt a chance to both show off the raw, beef-cake side to his appearance, but also gets sweaty, bloody and dirty while extolling the virtues of broken bones and missing teeth. It remains a memorable character a decade later for these reasons and many more.

Norton portrays the perfect man getting used to these rougher circumstances, while in a supporting role, Marla (Helena Bonham) is great; she's quietly subversive and rebellious, qualities that are embodied by Marla in the book.

While "Fight Club" is infinitely quotable, not to mention inspiration for internet forum names across the world, the fact remains that the film is as viable today as when it was released, with a message that still appeals to those seeing it for the first time. Pitt and Norton still presumably encounter people who can recite lines back to them, which is ironic in a way, since you're not supposed to talk about it, yes ?

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At 14th October of 1994, the writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s "Pulp Fiction", a crime drama featuring multiple storylines and a large ensemble cast including John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and Harvey Keitel, opens in theaters. Made for less than $10 million, "Pulp Fiction" earned more than $100 million at the box office and was also a huge critical hit, winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and earning seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

In a decade of films increasingly dominated by formula Hollywood offerings, "Pulp Fiction" appeared refreshingly different. Since its 1994 release, it has inspired many imitators but even today, it's still strikingly bold and remains to be eclipsed, even by its creator Quentin Tarantino.

As with any landmark movie, more has been written about it than would surely seem healthy. The type of wild and hysterical ranting that has surrounded this picture can be a little off-putting. But it's hard to over sell a movie that is so supremely confident in writing and direction. Despite an almost audience-annihilating run time of nearly two and a half-hours, it is consistently absorbing.

Director and co-writer Quentin Tarantino is courteous enough to credit the viewer with some intelligence. As in his previous "Reservoir Dogs", he and writer Roger Avary create a web of events and characters that ultimately all play parts of a larger story. This time the tale is far more sprawling and complex, but it also rewards and satisfies.

Events kick off in a café with Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer holding up the staff and customers. They're hardly as scary though as hitmen John Travolta and the bible-quoting Samuel L Jackson whom appear in the next scene.

They form the thread of the movie that allows for a delicious selection of related stories to unravel, with Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman and a measured Bruce Willis putting in fine performances. The entire cast exudes the confidence of the script and sell their often brutally witty dialogue well.

The film is also shot wonderfully with no shortage of bright colors, amazing camcorder shots and fantastic camera angles, the soundtrack is also amazing with a great mix of classic songs ranging from Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man", Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" to Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon" which help to make it a truly unique movie but also makes it more fun to watch.

Considered a classic almost immediately after its 1994 release, "Pulp Fiction" hasn't aged a day in almost 25 years. The film's razor-sharp wit, sporadic bursts of violence and flawless soundtrack are a perfect match for its cast of misfits, while the complex narrative remains as fresh and energetic as ever. It's easy to see why Tarantino's film spawned a legion of imitators: "Pulp Fiction" is accessible, dynamic and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.

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At 10th October of 1997, the movie "Seven Years in Tibet" debuted in US theaters. "Seven Years in Tibet" is an American biographical war drama film based on the 1952 book of the same name written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during World War II, the interim period, and the Chinese People's Liberation Army's invasion of Tibet in 1950. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starring Brad Pitt and David Thewlis, the film grossed $37,957,682 domestically and $93,500,000 overseas with an overall box office gross of $131,457,682.

Every once in a while a film comes out of Hollywood that has a decent budget and isn't a sequel, action flick, or TV remake. One such film is 1997's 'Seven Years in Tibet'. Based on a true story, Brad Pitt stars as Heinrich Harrer a famous Austrian mountaineer who has gained his fame by scaling some of the most difficult peaks in the Alps.

As the movie begins in 1939, he's leaving his country and his pregnant wife for the Himalayas; to be a part of a German expedition to climb a peak in India that has never been conquered but has killed many German climbers. A Nazi sympathizer, Heinrich is egotistical, arrogant and just a bit vain. He's sure that he'll make it to the top.

The climb goes well at first, but then the expedition gets caught in some violent storms. They try to wait them out, but when the weather clears an avalanche nearly sweeps the men down the side of the mountain, and with the fresh snowfall, more can be expected. The expedition leader, Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis) calls off the climb and orders everyone to descend, over Harrer's strenuous objections.

When they reach the bottom of the mountain, things get worse. While they were climbing German and England have gone to war, and the expedition are all arrested as potential enemies and sent to a POW camp in India. Heinrich doesn't like being confined and tries to escape again and again.

Finally, working with several other inmates including Peter, Heinrich manages to escape and elude his captors. He and Peter travel together, but the going is rough. Not only do they have to evade the Indian police, but Heinrich takes to cheating his partner, which causes more than a little tension.

Together, after going through several grueling ordeals, they manage to make it to Tibet and the Forbidden City, Lhasa where Peter finds love, and Heinrich finds the 11 year old Dalai Lama (Jamyang Jantsho Wangchuk) and becomes his teacher.

Despite a fairly woeful attempt at an Austrian accent, Brad Pitt’s interactions with the curious Dalai Lama are fantastic, it’s a seven-year personality transformation condensed into 140 minutes, and is captured perfectly, right down to the Dalai Lama’s eager curiosity still sharp at an old age.

There is no better story which highlights conquering the parts of our personality that make us arrogant and self-centered, and no better way to achieve this than setting sights on the highest mountains in the world. And what better place to learn such important lessons than that of the Himalayas, the home to the Dalai Lama.

Beyond the beautiful scenery and story, the movie also stimulates a genuine reflection on cultural clashes, spirituality and materialism, personal goals and true achievements. At times moving, at times funny, it manages to subtly superimpose the destinies of a people and the main characters.

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At 9th October of 1992, the movie "1492: Conquest of Paradise" premiered in US theaters. "1492: Conquest of Paradise" is an epic adventure/drama film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Roselyne Bosch, which tells the fictionalized story of the discovery of the New World by the Genoan explorer Christopher Columbus (Gérard Depardieu) and the effect this had on the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The film was released by Paramount to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage.

In 1992, the 500th anniversary of Columbus's arrival in the New World was marked with a deluge of movies, documentaries and T.V. dramas. Not only is this the best of those commemorative retellings, it is also a lesson in how good historical movies should be made.

Ridley Scott's "1492: Conquest of Paradise" sees Christopher Columbus as more complex and humane than in the other screen treatments of the character. His Columbus is an enlightened revision of the traditional figure, treating Indians the same as Spanish noblemen and seeming content with the notion that nature, not the Catholic God, is their deity.

Columbus is also a good deal more convincing as a human being. As played by Gerard Depardieu, he seems huge and shaggy and dogged, just the kind of man who would get an idea in his head and refuse to surrender it. We are familiar with many of the stages in his story, such as his defense of his voyage before hostile scholars, and his careful courting of Queen Isabella as his patron, but Depardieu makes them seem new.

Cristóbal Colon (Gerard Depardieu), a Genoese sailor who dreams of finding a new sea route to enable the Kingdom of Castile go directly to markets in Asia, in order to bypass middlemen leading to higher goods. Colon had submitted the project to the King of Portugal, but experts rejected it because it judged feasible but ruinous. Castilla also was rejected at first. Yet, finally gets the support of the "Padre Marchena" and the owner "Martin Alonso Pinzon."

In addition, the banker Valencia "Luis de Santangel" promised an audience with the Queen "Isabel de Castilla", approving the project. On August 3, 1492, Colon sailed from Palos, knowing that between Europe and Asia interposed a continent (America) and an ocean (the Pacific) that was not on the maps.

On October 12, 1492, 'La Pinta', 'La Nina' and 'Santa Maria', moored in a small Caribbean island which called "San Salvador". Colon has discovered a new continent that stretches the limits of the known world. Thus began one of the most brilliant chapters in the history of mankind.

Ridley Scott is a visually oriented director who finds great beauty in his vision of the New World, including a breathtaking shot in which the ocean mists rise to reveal a verdant shore. He shot his film in Costa Rica, where the Native Americans are depicted as dignified and gentle, people who inspire Columbus to wonder whether they might not be an improvement on the inbred backbiting nobles of the Spanish court.

The music, from keyboard legend, Vangelis, is one of the best parts of he film. It is one of his best scores, certainly up there with "Chariots Of Fire". The theme, in particular, is very rousing and symphonic. Every single scene in this film is loaded with symbolism. Behind the dialog and interaction of characters, there is an abundant subtext that just craves to be explored. It is a film that you come to appreciate the more times you see it and come to understand better, the older you grow.

Regarding film's historical inaccuracies (though there are not many) one must remember "1492" is not a documentary but an epic. And as an epic, it performs with brilliance. The hands that built America may have dirt and blood on them, but still, they have done what others have not.

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At 8th October of 1993, "Demolition Man" with Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes opened in US theaters. The film tells the story of two men: an evil crime lord and a risk-taking police officer. Cryogenically frozen in 1996, they are restored to life in the year 2032 to find mainstream society changed and all crime seemingly eliminated. The film debuted at No. 1 at the box office. "Demolition Man" grossed $58,055,768 by the end of its box office run in North America and $159,055,768 worldwide.

The 1990s were famous for its action movies and the heroes who punched and shot their way through them. In the 'friendly' rivalry between Stallone and Schwarzenegger, they both had their hits and misses. "Demolition Man" was not Stallone's biggest hit, but, then again, it certainly wasn't a miss.

The year is 2032. The prison system, not having learnt its lessons from the past century (such as the case involving Alcatraz), now "puts away" people in deep freeze using cryogenic technology. Among those in the deep freeze are John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), a police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes), a ruthless criminal with a list of crimes too numerous to mention.

In Demolition Man, the future of what is now Los Angeles and its surrounding areas (known as San Angeles) appears blissful. It is illegal to swear, smoke, drink alcohol, have any contact with other humans that would lead to the exchange of fluids, and have children without a license.

Unfortunately for the peace-loving people of San Angeles, there exists a band of rebels who wish to make their depraved choices without government intervention. Rebelling against the above Orwellian system, they live underground and are a thorn in the side of the San Angeles administration.

In order to eliminate them and gain total power, Raymond Cocteau (Nigel Hawthorne), the leader of San Angeles, covertly arranges to have Phoenix "programmed" to kill the leader of the underground rebels, Edgar Friendly (Denis Leary).

When Phoenix escapes from prison, the prison officials (who are unaware of plan) lack the skill to combat him and thus release Spartan also, since it was he who brought Phoenix to justice in the 20th century. As you can guess, there're a lot of explosions, gunfights, and general mayhem.

The main pairing of Stallone and Snipes clearly had so much fun filming this, each satirizing aspects of previous action films, while simultaneously letting the audience in on the joke. Even the supporting cast get in on the act with Sandra Bullock, very early in her career, shows the kind of comic timing that would see her cast in a slew of romantic comedies further down the road.

But this is Stallone and Snipes’ film and every time they’re on screen together, one-liners are traded, muscles are tensed and things explode. It’s everything you want from an action film. But to paint it as such is doing it a disservice as Demolition Man has much more going on under its hood than you might think.

"Demolition Man" has a cast that works well together, and provides plenty of fun, and funny entertainment with its satirical predictions on what the future might have been. If you're looking to sit down and watch pure 90's Hollywood 'turn your mind off' popcorn action, then this is a film you need to see immediately.

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At 2nd October of 1998, the movie "Antz" premiered in US theaters. "Antz" is an American computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson, written by Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz and Todd Alcott. The film stars Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, and Gene Hackman. "Antz" is the first animated film, as well as the first CGI-animated film, by DreamWorks Animation and the second feature-length computer-animated film after Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story". It grossed $171.8 million worldwide on a budget of $42–60 million.

Animated movies are often considered "for kids only", with the adults just tagging along. Not so with "Antz". Here is a movie with the adults in mind as well. "Antz" was the second computer animated film after "Toy Story" as well as the first from Dreamworks. It is one of those controversial pictures for being very parallel to another movie: "A Bug's Life".

There are uncanny similarities. They're both about a misfit worker ant at odds with the society they live in. A relationship between the hero of the film and an ant princess. And even a similar climax where the colony must learn to combine as a whole to save it from destruction. Of the two films, "Antz" is better. It does much more with the conceit of an idealist out of step with the colony he lives in. Also, where the hero of "A Bug's Life" was rather too anonymous, "Antz" has a fabulous protagonist, Z.

As the film begins, we are introduced to all of the little ant characters. Z (Woody Allen), Princess Bala (Sharon Stone), Azteca (Jennifer Lopez), Mandible (Gene Hackman), Weaver (Sly Stallone), etc. Everyone goes about their own special task. As we've learned in countless science classes, there are worker insects, soldier insects, etc. Our main character, Z, is a lowly worker who's unhappy with his place in life.

Princess Bala decides to see how the lower class lives and asks Z to dance. Z dances like he wants, instead of doing a march like all the other insects. Bala finds this freedom intoxicating, but after a bar fight, the two are broken up. Z finds himself trading places with Weaver(who's a soldier ant) to get close to the Princess once again.

Unfortunately, the soldiers are about to head off to war with the termites(they march under a night sky that looks a little too insanely much like the Dreamworks logo) In a ferocious battle, the antz get defeated by the termites. Z is the only one left. Z is brought back to the colony as a war hero, the only living survivor of the termite attack. Running from capture, Z finds himself kidnapping Bala and running across the surface world, looking for a fantasy world for ants, "Insectopia."

The animation in "Antz" is nothing short of outstanding. In sweeping shots looking over the ant colony, we see hundreds, maybe thousands, of defined ants, going about their jobs. The ants themselves are wonderfully done, built to give quite the hint of the actor voicing them. The script is frequently hilarious, with sharp and incredibly witty humor. A wonderfully funny and suprisingly sharp (at least for a kid's film) script provides the backbone for a fun and funny film that probably older kids will enjoy as well as adults.

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At 2nd October of 1992, "Glengarry Glen Ross" opened in US theaters. "Glengarry Glen Ross" boasts a veritable Milky Way of stars in its cast: Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, and Alan Arkin star as the four salesmen, Kevin Spacey as the office manager, Jonathan Pryce as a potential client drawn into the situation, and Alec Baldwin in a short but memorable segment as the management executive brought in to hammer the message through. And unlike some star-ensembles, all these actors are clearly being used in roles that truly suit them. Al Pacino was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film.

The movie's tag line "for people who work for a living" is on target for this classic mega drama...which is over weighted with the best talent Hollywood had to offer in 1992. This is a movie that is a cult powerhouse. This could have been called "Life of A Salesman." Men who dedicate their lives to selling real estate. Land and so forth. Not as easy and as coast-worthy as it all seems.

Despite being character-driven, dialogue-heavy and very stagy, this movie adaptation of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize winning play is immensely powerful, hard-hitting and intense. The stakes are high right from the start as a group of salesmen have to struggle against impossible odds (and each other) just to stay in their jobs.

The ways in which the different characters respond to the pressure they're under provides a fascinating insight into human behaviour and their anger, frustration and resentment about the way they're being treated, triggers a whole series of highly-charged confrontations that generate a great deal of the energy that makes this remarkable drama so compelling.

It depicts two days in the lives of four real estate salesmen and how they become desperate when the corporate office sends a representative to "motivate" them by announcing that, in one week, all except the top two salesmen will be fired! "Glengarry Glen Ross" which was a box office flop, is one those very-worthy films which didn't get their due. However, it's has devoted a cult following.

The acting is the movie. It is unbelievably good. Both Alex Baldwin and Jack Lemmon give scenes that rival any they have had in their careers. Al Pacino excels himself. Alan Arkin drew the short straw when it came to casting. He had the part of a lovable loser who everyone likes but nobody respects. The most despicable character (besides Baldwin) belongs to Ed Harris. He is brilliant but a bit too loud as David Moss, who is ambitious, frustrated and fed up. But he is no fool.

The lucky part goes to Kevin Spacey, who was jumping up and down with utter delight to be selected to be on the same screen as his hero Lemmon, and be considered at such a young age to be able to hold his own with some of the greatest character actors in Hollywood history. It must of rubbed off on young Spacey, as his mediocre performance in this film would springboard into academy award winning roles in several films after wards, making himself into an acting legend in his own right.

Unlike most of Hollywood, this film has no hero, no real villain and no justice in the end. Its what we see every day. Ordinary people wishing they were somewhere else and someone else. Regular folks making bad decisions, and wallowing in the consequences. A brilliant portrayal of working life, and knowing when your time is up.

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At 25th September of 1992, the movie "The Last of the Mohicans" debuted in theaters. "The Last of the Mohicans" is an American historical epic film set in 1757 during the French and Indian War and produced by Morgan Creek Pictures. It was directed by Michael Mann and based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same name and George B. Seitz's 1936 film adaptation, owing more to the latter than the novel. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, and Jodhi May, with Russell Means, Wes Studi, Eric Schweig, and Steven Waddington in supporting roles. The film was met with nearly universal praise from critics as well as commercial success during its box-office run.

Twenty-five years since its original release, Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans' still proves itself to be an early highlight in the director’s formidable canon. Before he breached the digital frontier, bringing a glassy elegance to the urban sprawl of the American imagination, he created an impressively evocative work that brought a modernist’s eye to the old-fashioned matinée adventure.

It’s a precarious balance, but one that Mann makes look effortless. By structuring the film as a historically accurate slice of life, we see every element of living during the torturous birth of a nation. Set during the French and Indian War of the mid-eighteenth century, 'The Last of the Mohicans' takes place in upstate New York where British and French troops are fighting with the aid of various Native American “war parties”.

Nathaniel Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), a white man adopted by the last members of a dying tribe called the Mohicans, becomes the unwitting protector of Cora (Madeleine Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May), the daughters of a British colonel (Maurice Roeves) after sadistic Huron warrior Magua (Wes Studi) targets the girls in revenge for a past injustice committed against his family by the colonel.

Misjudged allegiances abound whilst Hawkeye and Cora’s feelings for each other flourish despite their social differences. Though the story is engaging, the true majesty of Mann’s film lies in its cinematography. Beautifully capturing the devastating power of the wilds of America, the film features beautifully crafted scenes that help ground the story. Complementing such glorious visuals is Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman‘s critically acclaimed score.

Micheal Mann's 'The Last of the Mohicans' endures as one of the '90s true successes in grand-scaled costume action, a deviation in style and substance for a director that mostly gravitates towards the grit of stylish, character-driven crime drama. In making his method historical epic, Michael Mann also found the ideal partner in Daniel Day-Lewis, someone you would sadly no longer consider as a romantic lead, but who is simply astonishing here.

With one single foray into the genre, the great performer gives us the definitive word on it, proving his quality by disappearing once more into a character who would be impossible to look away from, were it not for the excellence on display in every other department. This is an epic with such intimacy, power and heart as you have rarely, if ever, seen.

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