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Sam Mendes Birthday: From 1917 to American Beauty, Here’s Looking At the Director’s Best Works



Sam Mendes is one of Hollywood’s s famed English film and stage director, producer and screenwriter. Mendes has directed stage musicals such as Cabaret (1993), Oliver! (1994), Company (1995). Although he is more popular for directing films such as a Revolutionary Road (2008), and the James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015) and the recently released war drama, 1917. The director is particularly loved for his style of filmmaking which involves a lot of details. Mendes made his directorial debut with American Beauty (1999) and it fetched him the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director. 1917 Movie Review: Sam Mendes’ Genius Direction & Roger Deakins’ Astounding Cinematography Create the Most Immersive War Film of This Century.

As Mendes celebrates his birthday on July 31, we look at the director’s best works. Mendes’ contribution to cinema and stage has been phenomenal and hence he was appointed a CBE for his services to drama, and he was knighted in the 2020 New Years Honours List. Among other honours, in 2005, he also received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain. As we celebrate this ace director’s birthday, here’s looking at his works you cannot miss.


The 2019 film was the talk of the town for many reasons and all good. It has been considered to be one of the best war films to have released in recent past. Not only was the film great because of its content, but it was also immersive, and impressive technical achievement.

American Beauty

American dark comedy-drama film written by Alan starred Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Benning in key roles. The film is considered to be a penetrating and often humorous take on contemporary life in suburban America. Spacey was hailed for his amazing act in the film but above all, director Sam Mendes received immense praises for his clever direction.

Revolutionary Road

Bringing together one of the most loved Hollywood on-screen pairings, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Mendes had a winner on his hands. The romantic drama was written by Justin Haythe and based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates. With stunning performances and a beautiful direction, this film is for the ages. If you haven’t watched it yet, you must for its delicate storytelling.


Mendes has done it all. He has also directed two James Bond films including Skyfall and Spectre though we have to say Skyfall is a notch better than Spectre. The twenty-third film in the James Bond series stars Daniel Craig as the 007 agent. This is one of the biggest Bond films and a key one at that because of its important climax.

If you haven’t caught these Sam Mendes films yet, there’s no better time than this quarantine to introduce yourselves to these amazing films. Do let us know in comments below which is your favourite.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 01, 2020 10:20 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website

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Star Wars, Hunger Games, The Big Bang Theory – Brie Larson Reveals 8 Major Projects She Auditioned For But Didn’t Get (Watch Video)



Brie Larson may be a famous actor today known for her performances in films such as Room and Captain Marvel but the actress has been through her share of tough phases and lost out on some really amazing films. Considering the Academy Award-winning actress’ acting talents, it almost seems impossible that Larson may have faced rejections in Hollywood but much to our surprise, it is true. The actress recently started her own YouTube channel and has been posting sme amazing stuff. In her latest video, Brie spoke about failure and rejections as an actor. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel To Fight Tom Holland’s Spider-man In Upcoming Sequel?

If you have watched certain films and wondered what they would be like had Brie Larson been cast in them, well you’ll be delighted to know, the actress did audition for quite a bit of them. In her latest video, Brie Larson revealed some of the biggest projects that she auditioned for but lost out getting cast in them due to whatever reasons. Not only films, but the actress also reveals a few famous TV series that she auditioned for. Here’s a list of projects that could have starred Brie Larson but unfortunately didn’t! Captain Marvel 2 Hires Nia DaCosta as Director, Ryan Fleck Congratulates.

1. Hunger Games

Hunger Games (Photo Credits: Movie Still)

Hunger Games (Photo Credits: Movie Still)

2. Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys (Photo Credits: Twitter)

3. Star Wars

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (Photo Credits: Twitter)

4. The Big Bang Theory

TBBT(Photo Credits: Instagram)

TBBT (Photo Credits: Instagram)

5. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl (Photo Credits: Instagram)

6. Tomorrowland


Tomorrowland (Photo Credits: Twitter)

7. Spy Kid (As a child actor)

Spy Kids(Photo Credits: Twitter)

Spy Kids(Photo Credits: Twitter)

8. Hearts In Atlantis (As a child actor)

Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis (Photo Credits: Twitter)

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We bet you’re surprised to find out how Brie Larson lost out on these amazing roles, knowing that she could have totally killed it. The last time we saw her on Jimmy Fallon’s show playing the lightsabre game was when we hoped to see her in the Star Wars series, wouldn’t she have truly rocked as a Jedi? Well, there’s always another time. It’s amazing how Larson has opened up about these big rejections and showed her fans acting isn’t really an easy job.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 15, 2020 03:06 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website

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