ACME of Cinema
For many this is supposedly the best film ever. I believed that as well once upon a time before realizing the futility and stupidity of choosing just one winner in an art form so broad and deep. But, just as every mountain has a peak, The GodFather is considered the apex of cinema.
Al Pacino and Marlon Brando were freakishly good in the rendition of their respective characters. The plot was dark, intense, and moving. The film felt like something special, like how one feels in the presence of great beauty. It affects you, out of your normal groove, and makes you take notice.
The trilogy does not need to be watched in its entirety. Part one and part two should suffice. Part three was deeply disappointing. Watching it ruins the satisfaction of the first two films. Bad things come in threes. One would never have been enough, two was sufficient, three just left a bad taste.
“But you’re wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from human relationships. God’s placed it all around us. It’s in everything. It’s in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at those things”
— Christopher McCandless
“Aristotle be damned!
By Zeus and all the gods, what makes you so much better than them, Cassander? Better than you really are! In you and those like you is this!
What disturbs me most is not your lack of respect for my judgment. It’s your contempt for a world far older than ours!”
— Alexander the Great
“I cannot waste time with these classes and these books, memorizing the weaker assumptions of lesser mortals! I need to look through to the governing dynamics, find a truly original idea. That’s the only way I’ll ever distinguish myself. It’s the only way that I’ll ever… matter”
— John Nash
“You know the worst part?
The world didn’t stop. The newspaper still came every morning, the automatic sprinklers went off at six. Jerry next door still washed his car every Sunday.
My life ended and nobody noticed.”
— Phil Woodward
“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.”
— Carl Sagan
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked…
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?”
— Kahlil Gibran