My Top 20 Favorite Movies has changed, which I've decided to just put on IMDb makes the process quicker.
I took the movies Hook and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl off the list and they have been replaced by two movies that I'll talk about here.
Oscars: Won Best Picture
For those who know Drew Barrymore her father John Barrymore is in this movie. Also famed actor Lionel Barrymore is also in it. It revolves around different characters within the Grand Hotel, which is located in Germany, a very expensive five star hotel filled with glitz and glamour. These characters all have different dramas and problems that they're dealing with and throughout the movie their different paths cross and overall come to an end.
I apologize that I'm not telling you about the characters, but that's the main focus of this movie the characters and their stories. Two of the characters end up falling in love with one another and you think that you'll have the rest of the movie figured out, but the ending will certainly throw you for an interesting plot twist and this is back in 1932.
I will tell you the characters, but I won't tell you the two who have a love connection. One is the Porter basically the concierge of the hotel. His wife is pregnant and he ends up leaving the hotel to see to her.
You also have Baron von Gaigern who is high class, but is actually a thief and no that's not a spoiler.
General Director Preysing who is at the Grand Hotel to conduct a business meeting in which if this meeting goes wrong then he will be in dire straits, his anxiety makes him starts to question his morals throughout this movie and he makes him a very interesting a complex character.
Flaemmchen is a stenographer, which if you don't know what that means it is basically someone who types for others, in other words a rented secretary. She is hired by Preysing and wishes to do more with her life. She's not really a fascinating character, but she is one of wit.
Then there is Otto Kringelein, I love this motherfucker. He works for Preysing and has unfortunate news that he has a terrible illness and that he's going to die, so he has made the decision to use all of his funds to live out the remainder of his days at the Grand Hotel. This is my favorite character from this movie, at times he may seem annoying, always coaxing people to have champagne and to enjoy the company with another person and he seems to always push himself onto others, but when you analyze it he's sad that he's going to die and he doesn't want to be alone when and if it happens.
There are other characters in this movie, but I won't dare spoil them for you. I truly suggest that you see this movie.
Now let's talk about a newer movie that has made it on my list.
The King's Speech
Oscars: Won Best Picture, Won Best Director, Won Best Actor, Won Best Writing For Screen, Nominated Art Direction, Nominated Cinematography, Nominated Costume Design, Nominated Editing, Nominated Original Score, Nominated Sound Mixing, Nominated Best Supporting Actor, Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Yeah I know that this movie has a lot of Oscar nominations and I found out about this movie from watching the Oscars. That's how I also discovered Capote.
This movie is about King George VI's stuttering problem. Why would stuttering be a problem for the King? Because his subjects would see him as lacking confidence, and if your king lacks confidence in himself then how can you be confident about your king?
King George VI's wife Queen Elizabeth garners the help of a man named Lionel Logue, a speech therapist. Together Lionel and King George VI, named Bertie, work to help with Bertie's stuttering.
Like Grand Hotel I really can't tell you much about this movie due to spoilers. This movie's main focus is words. Every time I hear George VI's speech at the end of the movie it just sends shivers down my spine.
I will say this though, Timothy Spall, the man you better know as Peter Petigrew from Harry Potter plays Winston Churchill, and does an amazing job at it.