It’s time to hop on that couch for a movie marathon. Enjoy these cinematic greats, all shot on Kodak film!
This week, we take a break from in-depth ruminations on our favorite cinematic masterpieces. Since we’re celebrating George Eastman’s birthday and International Kodak Film Photography Day, we might as well mention that despite Kodak’s financial troubles in the past years, the company continues to be part of our lives not only through analogue photography, but through motion pictures as well.
And so we present to you a few to-die-for movies captured on Kodak motion picture film, with some tidbits of interesting information.
Fight Club (1999)
This 1999 Edward Norton and Brad Pitt starrer is a film adaptation of a Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same title. Norton stars as a white collar office worker who is dead tired of his routine lifestyle and gets a chance to escape his boring day-to-day struggles when he meets Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt), an iconoclastic soap maker who becomes his partner in forming a “fight club.” Along with the club’s members, their destructive tendencies go out of control as they spread mayhem all over the city.
Fight Club is a mind-bending, darkly comic psychological thriller. You have to watch it from start to finish, to enjoy the clincher at the end of the film.
Fight Club was directed by David Fincher, who also worked with Pitt in Seven.
American Beauty (1999)
After capturing the heart of Jason Biggs’s character in American Pie and before marrying and getting divorced twice, Mena Suvari seduced Kevin Spacey in the multiple Academy Award winning drama, American Beauty.
At least in the mind of Kevin Spacey’s character, Lester Burnham, she did.
American Beauty tells the story of Lester Burnham, a suburban father experiencing a mid-life crisis who decides to turn his life around when he develops a near-obsessive infatuation for his daughter’s best friend. Mena Suvari plays Angela, the object of Lester’s lustful desire and flamboyant fantasies.
Annette Bening stars as Carolyn, Lester’s ambitious and pretentious wife, while Thora Birch takes on the role of Jane, the underappreciated daughter. There’s an uptight colonel next door with a drug dealing son, played by Chris Cooper and Wes Bentley respectively.
There’s a story to each character and Lester’s involvement with them, along with his perplexing, uncalled for and immature actions make up a very interesting and entertaining film.
It’s been quite a while since Audrey Tautou stole our hearts with this French-language romantic comedy.
And Amelie isn’t even your typical romantic comedy—-far from it.
Directed by Jean-Piere Jeunet, the film tells the story of Amelie Poulain, a shy waitress who lives on Monmarte, a hill in Paris. Amelie is a whimsical, visually fascinating take on everyday Parisian life. It scored rave reviews from critics and was a huge success in the American box office, despite being a French-language film.
Dark Shadows (2012)
Here’s real-life dashing Johnny Depp in yet another of his unorthodox roles, in collaboration with maverick director Tim Burton.
While his antiquated ways and ignorance of modern day practices make you giggle in utter amusement, you’ll find vampire lover-extraordinaire Barnanbas Collins’s character endearing and absolutely adorable, even if he is well, 200 years old.
Dark Shadows is based on a gothic soap opera of the same title that was produced for TV from 1966 to 1971.
Microwaved any popcorn yet? It’s time to hop on that couch for a movie marathon. Enjoy these cinematic greats, all shot on Kodak film!