The Treasure of the Sierra Madre wasn’t as great as I was hoping. It was still kinda cool. Humphrey Bogart almost plays a bad guy, which I wasn’t expecting. This is the movie that sports the line, “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges.” I realized that older movies tend to build up the characters a lot more instead of immediately starting to build suspense. I think having more detailed characters pulls you into the story more.
Anyhoo, the movie starts off with 20 minutes of mostly unrelated plot where Humphrey Bogart and the other treasure-seeker are wandering around a town.
The Graduate was pretty cool. Dustin Hoffman’s character was… annoying. Though, he played the part of a pushover really well in the first half.
I liked American Beauty a lot. The cinematography was pretty crazy. They must have spent a lot of time making every scene perfect. The guy that did the cinematography for this movie also did Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid.
I liked On the Waterfront, too. The overall theme was really good: Marlon Brando has to choose between helping his mafia-like family or doing the right thing. This is the movie with the line, “I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody.”
Bridge on the River Kwai was ok. It all seemed kinda silly to me. Basically Sir Alec Guiness is a British Colonel being held in a Japanese PoW camp. The Colonel and his men are forced to build a bridge over the River Kwai. Alec Guiness’s character does the best job possible to keep his honor and mentally defeat the man running the PoW camp. But the bridge they build would help the enemy a lot. So he would win the battle, but lose the war.