ChinaTown: A landmark movie in the film noir tradition Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one unforgettable night in ... Chinatown. The Two Jakes: Jack Nicholson returns as private... eye Jake Gittes in this atmospheric 'Chinatown' follow-up that's hit upon the elusive sequel formula for somehow enhancing a great original. Much has changed since we last saw Jake. The war has come and gone 1948 Los Angeles teems with optimism and fast bucks. But there's one thing Jake knows hasn't changed: Nine times out of ten if you follow the money you will get to the truth. And that's the trail he follows when a routine case of marital hanky panky explodes into a murder that's tied to a grab for oil - and to Jake's own past. Terms of Endearment: This Oscar-winning film is both eccentrically funny and an old-fashioned tearjerker. The story centers around the volatile relationship between a mother and daughter spanning 30 years. The various permutations of their lives are examined including the daughter's bout with terminal cancer. Heartburn: Heartburn is an autobiographical tale based on the marriage of high-flying journalists Carl Bernstein (who helped uncover the Watergate scandal for the Washington Post) and Nora Ephron. When the two meet at a friends wedding they fall in love and subsequently marry. Living in different cities the relationship begins to unravel as the pair slowly drift apart and infidelities eventually wreck the marriage. Focusing on social events like weddings parties and birthdays the film expertly brings to life the cynical and often destructive world of a group of thirty something's living out their lives through their relationships with their families and each other. Intriguing performances from Nicholson and Streep depict a relationship that neither has any real control over. These interactions between the two central characters and their circle of friends are brilliantly real allowing the audience to establish an affinity with the lives of the protagonists. Further enhanced by a script that casts a wickedly sharp and witty observation on life the film offers a snapshot of reality that is totally absorbing. [show more]
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