Peter O’Toole (King Ralph) headlines David Lean’s epic tale Lawrence of Arabia which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1962. Starring Sir Alec Guinness (Murder by Death), Omar Sharif (The 13th Warrior), and Anthony Quinn (Last Action Hero), this film won 7 Oscars. Nearly every scene will take your breath away.
Director/star Clint Eastwood's early career was defined by Westerns. With 1992's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Unforgiven, Eastwood created the definitive Western. Packed with rich characters played by world-class actors like Gene Hackman (The French Connection) - who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption, most films you've seen) - who should have, Richard Harris (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), and the incomparable Saul Rubinek (Nixon, The Contender). Gorgeously shot, beautifully scored, and tragically sad, Unforgiven is a modern masterpiece. This week's episode features our good friend Danny P.
Sir Richard Attenborough's Academy Award winning film Gandhi features a bravura performance by Sir Ben Kingsley. It won 8 Academy Awards back in 1982 and was nominated for an additional three. At three hours and 11 minutes it is a long movie, but not overlong. It is a truly epic story filmed with care by dedicated filmmakers.
Alfred Hitchcock's first American-produced film, Rebecca, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 1940. It won two, for Best Picture and Best Cinematography. Hitchcock himself was nominated for Best Director, an honor which would elude him throughout his career. Sir Laurence Olivier stars as a haunted widower and Joan Fontaine his new wife, both living in the shadow of Rebecca.
2014 was an incredible year for movies. There were low points, to be sure, but there were some terrific reasons to go to the movies as well. In this episode, the guys discuss their Top 5 and Bottom 5 movies for the year. Check out the episode and share your thoughts in the comments below!