The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Solid Movie Tips Review

Director: David Fincher

Writer: Eric RothThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button Poster

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

Description: Brad Pitt stars as the strange Benjamin Button, an orphan who is born old and starts aging backwards. Benjamin grows up with his friend Daisy, but when they both age in different directions, they journey on separate adventures. With each other in the back of their minds, they hope to reunite in the middle – when they both are the same age. This beautiful high budget love story makes 2 hours and 45 minutes feel like a brief moment. Unique concept, good cast and overall great movie experience.

Rating: 8.0 / 10

Other notable cast: Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Elias Koteas, Jason Flemyng

Favorite quote: “What if I told you that instead of gettin’ older, I was gettin’ younger than everybody else?”

Recommended audience: 15+

Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Director: Quentin Tarantino7736093674_2e8414a35c_o

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent

Description: Two storylines are followed in this Oscar winning movie about Nazi-occupied France. First, a group of Jewish U.S soldiers who plots several attacks against the Nazis without mercy. Second, a French girl who had to watch her family slaughtered by Nazi soldiers, and who is now fully grown up and ready to plan her revenge. The storylines align, and with the help of a German actress and a movie theater, they plan to assassinate a group of Nazi leaders. Quentin Tarantino did it once again, with superb directing and script, and the work of supporting actor Christoph Waltz, who deservedly got an Oscar for his role in this movie.

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Other notable cast: Michael Fassbender, Til Schweiger, Daniel Brühl

Favorite quote: “I’m gonna give you a little somethin’ you can’t take off.”

Recommended audience: 16+

The Departed (2006)

Director: Martin ScorseseMV5BMTI1MTY2OTIxNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjQ4NjY3._V1_UY1200_CR91,0,630,1200_AL_

Writer: William Monahan

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson

Description: The Departed is a four time Oscar winner diamond pearl from director Martin Scorsese. It takes place in South Boston with the Irish gangs. The state police have planted an undercover cop inside the gang, but the gang has placed their own mole inside the police. Unaware of each other, the tension and risk of exposure is high. The movie has an incredible cast (Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga and many more). Hands down the best movie I have ever seen, and the only movie I have rated top score.

Rating: 10 / 10

Other notable cast: Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Corrigan, James Dale, David O’Hara

Favorite quote: “When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I’m saying to you is this: when you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?”

Recommended audience: 17+

Inside Man (2006)

Director: Spike LeeMV5BYjc4MjA2ZDgtOGY3YS00NDYzLTlmNTEtYWMxMzcwZjgzYWNjXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTQxNzMzNDI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_.jpg

Writer: Russel Gewirtz

Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster

Description: Inside Man is the ultimate bank-robber movie of all time. It is a bank robbery with an “out of the ordinary” hostage situation. Detective Keith Frazier struggles to negotiate with the calm, intelligent and devious criminal mastermind Dalton Russel. When the bank’s president is worried about one of the safe deposit boxes, he brings in fixer Madeleine White. The three of them all have hidden agendas and there is more to them than meets the eye.

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Other notable cast: Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Favorite quote: “Respect is the ultimate currency.”

Recommended audience: 16+

Argo (2012)

Director: Ben Affleck220px-Argo2012Poster

Writer: Chris Terrio

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Description: Starred and directed by Ben Affleck, the three time Oscar winner “Argo” is a movie about true events. The year is 1980 and conflicts in Iran has led to an attack and hostage situation on the U.S embassy in Tehran. Six Americans managed to escape and go into hiding. One CIA agent comes up with a crazy idea to extract them out of the country. The plan is to create a fake upcoming movie, go to Tehran for film location purposes and then leave with the six Americans posing as their film crew. This is some of Ben Afflecks best work, it is thrilling, suspenseful and hard to believe it was all true.

Rating: 8.0 / 10

Other notable cast: Victor Garber, Titus Welliver, Zeljko Ivanek, Rory Cochrane, Scott McNairy, Clea DuVall, Tate Donovan, Kyle Chandler

Favorite quote: “This is the best bad idea we have, sir. By far.

Recommended audience: 16+

Sicario (2015)

Director: Denis VilleneuveMV5BMjA5NjM3NTk1M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzg1MzU2NjE@._V1_UY1200_CR85,0,630,1200_AL_

Writer: Taylor Sheridan

Starring: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro

Description: FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) accompanies two secret government operatives (Josh Brolin & Benicio Del Toro) to form a task-force in the war against drugs. The movie takes place in the border area between the U.S and Mexico, with the dangerous cartels in Juárez. A thrilling tale of drugs, secrecy, revenge, and where nothing is what it seems. 

Rating: 8.9 / 10

Other notable cast: Victor Garber, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal

Favorite quote: “You’re asking me how a watch works. For now we’ll just keep an eye on the time.

Recommended audience: 17+

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Director: Bryan SingerMV5BMzI1MjI5MDQyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzE4Mjg3NA@@._V1_UY1200_CR85,0,630,1200_AL_

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri

Description: Oscar winning crime/drama/mystery about five criminals who met at a police lineup. The events and storyline told from the cripple Verbal Kint’s (Kevin Spacey) point of view. Top tier script and acting. This is one of those crime movies where you have to do your own investigation throughout the movie to see whether you’ve guessed it right.

Rating: 8.8 / 10

Other notable cast: Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Benicio Del Toro, Pete Postlethwaite

Favorite quote: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.

Recommended audience: 17+

Gladiator (2000)

Director: Ridley ScottMV5BMTgwMzQzNTQ1Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDY2NTYxMTE@._V1_UY1200_CR90,0,630,1200_AL_

Writer: David Franzoni

Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

Description: Five time Oscar winner, this movie tells the epic story of a Roman general turned slave turned gladiator, played by Russell Crowe. It will give you goosebumps all the way through. Great acting, well written and no one else than Ridley Scott in the directors chair. Add Hans Zimmer composing the soundtrack and it becomes a movie of the ages.

Rating: 9.2 / 10

Other notable cast: Oliver Reed, Tomas Arana, Djimon Hounsou

Favorite quote:What we do in life, echoes in eternity.

Recommended audience: 14+

Lord of War (2005)

Director: Andrew Niccol215px-Lordofwar

Writer: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke

Description: War/crime/drama with Nicolas Cage playing an international, unorthodox arms dealer. Witness the incredible cat and mouse chase between Interpol agent Valentine (Hawke) and the Orlov brothers (Leto & Cage). This film is somewhat based around the real life arms dealer Viktor Bout. Great movie overall and my favorite one with Nicolas Cage

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Other notable cast: Bridget Moynahan, Ian Holm

Favorite quote:There is one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?”

Recommended audience: 15+

Goodfellas (1990)

Director: Martin ScorseseMV5BNThjMzczMjctZmIwOC00NTQ4LWJhZWItZDdhNTk5ZTdiMWFlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDYyMDk5MTU@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_

Writer: Nicholas Pileggi

Starring: Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Description: The Oscar winning bio/crime/drama that follows mob member Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his associates (Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci) from the time period 1955-1980. This is some of the best work from Martin Scorsese, and without a doubt the best mafia film since The Godfather. Misguided loyalty, greed, murder and it’s all based on a true story.

Rating: 9.5 / 10

Other notable cast: Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent, Mike Starr

Favorite quote: Paulie may have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn’t have to move for anybody.

Recommended audience: 18+