#1 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Warden Samuel Norton: I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you’ll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.

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Trailer:

Cast:

Tim Robbins: as Andy Dufresne

Bob Gunton as Warden Norton

Morgan Freeman as Ellis “Red” Redding

Written and Directed by: Frank Darabont

Based on a novel by: Stephen King

Crime, Drama

142 mintues

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

I have been waiting to get to my #1 Movie (BlockBuster of all time) for a few months now.  Out of the hundreds and hundreds of movies I have sat thru and watched this by far is my FAVOURITE!   This film was set inside the prison walls of Shawshank. However we didn’t mind because even though the prison was full of convicted fellons they were the coolest cats in the joint,  the audience quickly became one of family for the next 142 minutes.  I think I was comfortable within the confines of Shawshank because I was their with the amazing narrator’s calm voice (Morgan Freeman)

The movie is full of great moments, some sad, mostly shocking and finally moments of redemption!  The entire cast was brilliant in their performances. The Warden was such an ass!

Favorite Quotes:

Andy Dufresne: [in letter to Red]

Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

Andy Dufresne: Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Red: [narrating] Andy Dufresne – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.

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#2 American History X (1998)

His father taught him to hate. His friends taught him rage. His enemies gave him hope.

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Derek Vinyard:  I’m lucky.  I feel lucky because it’s wrong, Danny.  It’s wrong and it was eating me up, it was going to kill me, and I kept asking myself all the time, how did I buy into this shit?  It was because I was pissed off, and nothing I ever did took that feeling away.  I killed two guys, Danny.  I killed them and it didn’t make me feel any different.  It just got me more lost and I’m tired of being pissed off, Danny.  I’m just tired of it

Trailer: 

Cast:

Edward Norton as Derek Vinyard

Edward Furlong as Danny Vinyard

Beverly D’Angelo as Doris Vinyard

Stacy Keach as Cameron

Directed by: David McKenna

Crime/Drama

119minutes

Neilsflix Rating 9.9/10

A former neo-nazi skinhead (Norton) tries to prevent his younger brother (Furlong) from going down the same wrong path that he did.

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How horrifying was it listening to some of Edward Norton’s rants in this movie….that you actually begin to understand his point of view on things? That’s a very important aspect of this film. The hatred coming from his mouth!

But this story is mainly about redemption. The redemption of Derrick Vinyard. Only after he loses everything can he begin to see the horrible path that he has set in motion for his younger brother.  However with the unlikely friendship with a black prison inmate and the guidance of his former principle are what helps him return to his humanity. The simple yet distanced solution to all the hatred and anger that he’s felt most of his life comes like an epiphany: “It’s just not worth it.”

“American History X” is a really great film, with a powerful anti-racism message!  It is also showed me how brilliant Ed Norton is as an actor.

This is not a happy story, often times disturbing and the ending is tragic yet depressingly real. Hatred became a vicious circle.

#Coming Soon: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 2015)

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Teaser:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Liebster Award

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Thank you Honestly, Libby for the nomination!

1) What is in the top spot of your Christmas (holiday) list?

This is dumb but don’t judge me!  I want an external HD (hard drive)

2) Who is your favorite One Direction member? If you don’t like them, who is your favorite member of your favorite band?

I am going to say Harry? He is the only guy I know from that “Boy Band” but I really dig Bruno Mars! he killed last Saturday on #SNL #UptownFunk

3) Instagram or Facebook?

I’m going to have to go with FB for this one!  But I will also like to point out every one I know on FaceBook posts pictures on Both! #redundant

4) What is your most favorite TV show?

Have to Go With….Breaking Bad! Now because BB is no longer running.  I am currently enjoying #AHS and a close second would be #HTGAWM

5) Big city or small town?

I want to live in a small town!  I hate Burlington traffic!

6) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I was lucky enough to visit Oahu Hawaii a few years ago!  It is paradise.

7)What’s the most embarrassing song in your iTunes library?

Off the top of my head probably Milli Vanilli: Baby don’t don’t forget my number! Wait No! Barbie Girl…?

8) How did you come up with your blog name?

I knew I always wanted to blog about movies!  Since there is Netflix I thought of my first name (neil) and the rest is history!  I thought is was pretty clever!

9) What was the last book you’ve read?

Thank you @Mirabelli9 I just finished “Trust Me, I’m Lying”

10) What keeps you motivated to blog? What keeps your creativity flowing?

I love nothing more than watching Movies and then thinking about them and discussing movies with friends.  I think going to the movie theatre is the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Thank you #BSMRCCE cause now I get to blog about them.  neilsflix.wordpress.com  Hopefully neilsflix is the next Rotten Tomatoes!

11) Tell me about the happiest day of your life.

when I lost my virginity!

#3 Forrest Gump (1994)

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Forrest Gump: My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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Cast:

Robin Wright as Jenny

Gary Sinise as Lt. Dan

Tom Hanks as Forest Gump

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Comedy, Drama, Romance

135 minutes

I agree with Roger Ebert, I have never met anyone like Forrest Gump in a movie before.

Forrest Gump is not an intelligent man but finds himself present at many American historic moments.  I believe that was the magic behind this entertaining movie.  I laughed &  cried (a lot) This heartwarming story is often breathtaking and brilliant.  Its funny at times and often very sad revealing quiet truths.  Forrest Gump (Hanks) for 135 minutes is incapable of doing anything less than profound.  He can also run like the wind blows!

Forrest Gump is about a lot of things!  But I like to think about Forrest Gump being a movie about “Good Luck”  namely his college football scholarship, his Medal of Honor in Vietnam, becoming a ping-pong champion, a shrimpin boat captain and finally a millionaire!

Because of his IQ of 75, maybe Forrest does not fully understand everything that happens to him, but I believe He is just a simple man who understands everything in his own unique way!  He even understands everything about love, even though Jenny, the girl he falls in love with the minute he met her in grade school never falls in love with him.

I most also quickly mention Sally Field as Forrest Gump’s mother! She was exceptional and her love for Forrest can not go unnoticed.

Zemeckis (#13 Back to the Future)  is brilliant for taking us along with Forrest on a tour of American History thru computerized visuals .  He takes us on that “roller coaster” ride I keep taking about about in my movie reviews, and when the ride is over  Forrest Gump lives in our hearts forever! It was pure magic. 

#Coming Soon: Jurassic World (2015)

Trailer:

I wanna go to Jurassic World!

#Coming Soon: Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Trailer:

A-ca-Scuse Me!

(Loved the first Pitch Perfect Movie)  

Looks like they turn up the Volume for this sequel.

@AnnaKendrick47 is the girl of my dreams!

#4 Kill Bill – Volume 1 (2003)

 

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Cast:

  • Uma Thurman as The Bride
  • David Carradine as Bill
  • Daryl Hannah as Elle Driver
  • Michael Madsen as Budd
  • Sonny Chiba as Hattori Hanzo
  • Lucy Liu as )-Ren Ishii

Written and Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Action/ Crime/ Thriller

Neilsfix Rating: 10/10

93 Minutes

Favourite Quote:

Hattori Hanzo: Revenge is never a straight line. It’s a forest, And like a forest it’s easy to lose your way… To get lost… To forget where you came in.

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“Kill Bill” is without a doubt my favourite Movie from Director Quentin Tarantino! The Bride (Uma) wakes up after a 4 year coma.  She now seeks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her –  the same team of assassins she once was part of.  So there you have it It’s a story of revenge.  She is going to Kill Bill and the deadly viper assassination squad.  I really enjoyed this Movie for a lot of reasons. Here are my 10 reasons why!

  1. Vernita Green vs. The Bride: Their fight is brutal & bloody.  It was a couple of chicks beating the crap out of each other in suburbia
  2. O-ren Ishii’s Anime Story: How she became an orphan to world-class assassin (shown in Anime)
  3. Elle Driver’s eye patch:  Nothing says badass than a sexy Daryl Hannah with an eye patch
  4. Who is Bill?  We only hear his voice!
  5. The use of Black & White / cinematography
  6. The Yellow Tracksuit:  Respect to Bruce Lee’s Game of Death
  7. The Martial Arts!
  8. Gogo Yubari:  O-Ren’s teenaged bodyguard in a schoolgirl uniform
  9. Female Heroines and Villains: The Bride vs. sexy lethal assassins, Liu, Hannah and Fox!
  10. Kill Bill is full of violence, blood and fights but really is a story about “Love”  The Bride just wanted to know what happened to her child?
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#RevengeIsADishBestServedCold

“Best Movie Quotes”

“I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.”

– Scarface (1983)

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“Best Movie Quotes”

I feel like an idiot. But I am an idiot, so it kinda works out.
– from Billy Madison (1995)

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