West Side StoryIf you didn’t fall in love with Natalie Wood in Rebel Without A Cause, you most definitely became enamored with her in West Side Story. Playing the beautiful Maria opposite Richard Beymer’s Tony, Wood’s cinematic and musical efforts have become a staple in pop culture. How many commercials and montages have featured her song “I Feel Pretty”? Too many to count. The musical has evolved into a theatrical immortal piece, playing in numerous productions around the world.
Romeo + JulietIt’s been done before and will never stop being interpreted, but the way Baz Luhrmann approached his Romeo + Juliet will forever hold our ’90s hearts. The casting, sets, lighting, costumes and other subtleties–they all didn’t make sense, and then they did. In fact, for many, there’s no way the story could’ve uniquely succeeded and stood out without them. And Leo as Romeo, was there ever a more tragically perfect specimen?
10 Things I Hate About YouShakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew was so wittingly adapted into a teen comedy. Okay, so maybe those last two words short change the actual genius of this movie. However, if you’re not one to judge a book by its cover, or a film by its poster, you can’t really lump 10 things I Hate About You in with the average teen movie fluff. Its starring actors, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon Levitt, have achieved highly regarded thespian respect with their later performances–further cementing the film’s worth to their young and initial interest.
HamletIf you can’t hear Cher from Clueless– in the backseat of Josh’s car–schooling his collegiate girlfriend on Mel Gibson’s Hamlet when you watch this, raise your hand! Congrats, you can appreciate the ensemble power of this film without snickering here and there. In all seriousness, Franco Zeffirelli’s version of this classic is hearty and very much worth all two hours and fifteen minutes.
OJulia Stiles is in everything Shakespeare and modern, isn’t she? Okay, maybe just three films. We kinda wish she were actually in just one more. Her presence gave a particular flavor to this era of Shakespeare spins. And even with a beloved roster of actors like Josh Hartnett and Mekhi Phifer, we couldn’t help but hate each one of them through and through, or at certain points. O is definitely a roller coaster.
My Own Private IdahoKeanu and River forever. My Own Private Idaho was the film which sparked the vital friendship of its starring actors. Gritty, racy and heart breaking, it pulls the basic’s from Henry IV and weaves a tale all its own in the same inspirational fashion as the movies above.
*All Synopses courtesy of Google.