Monday, September 1, 2008

The Deer Hunter

Dir: Michael Cimino, 1978 (9.0*)

Best Picture (AA, GG)
Story of small steel-town buddies (Robert De Niro, John Savage, Oscar winner Christopher Walken) from the rust belt who enlist for the Vietnam War and find their own private hells as a result. The brutal war sections deal with a ruthless game of Russian roulette played by the Viet Cong with their American prisoners, which has lasting consequences on the group. Mixed with much footage of pre- and post-war hometown life, this received worthy praise (and some criticism for patriotism) for accurately depicting the shattering effect war can have not only on the soldiers but their families as well. Oscar nominee Meryl Streep was only in the film to be with John Cazale while he was terminally ill with brain cancer; this was his last film. Cimino's classic, and an Oscar for directing, he was never to have made another good picture. 5 Oscars


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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