Perfect Storm

Perfect StormThe Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger, which tells the story of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing vessel that was lost at sea with all hands after being caught in the Perfect Storm of 1991. The film stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, William Fichtner, John C. Reilly, Diane Lane, Karen Allen and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.[2] It was released on June 30, 2000, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

In October 1991, the commercial fishing boat Andrea Gail returns to port in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with a poor catch. Desperate for money, Captain Billy Tyne (Clooney), convinces the Andrea Gail crew to join him for one more late season fishing expedition...

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The Legend of Bagger Vance starring Matt Damon

The Legend of Bagger Vance is a 2000 American sports drama film directed by Robert Redford, and stars Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. It is based on the 1995 book The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life by Steven Pressfield and takes place in the U.S. state of Georgia in 1931. The Legend of Bagger Vance was Jack Lemmon’s final film role before his death the following year. It was also the final film of Lane Smith before his death five years later.

In The Legend of Bagger Vance a promising golfer, Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon), is the favorite son of Savannah, Georgia and a noteworthy golfer; Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron) was his girlfriend from a wealthy family before he went off to war. While serving as a captain in the US Army during World War I, Junuh is traumatized when his entire company is wiped out in battle...

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green TomatoesFried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Directed by Jon Avnet and written by Flagg and Carol Sobieski, it stars Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Mary-Louise Parker. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship between two women, Ruth and Idgie, and a 1980s friendship between Evelyn, a middle-aged housewife, and Ninny, an elderly woman who knew Ruth and Idgie. The centerpiece and parallel story concerns the murder of Ruth’s abusive husband, Frank, and the accusations that follow. It received a generally positive reception from film critics and was nominated for two Academy Awards.

Evelyn Couch (Bates), a timid, unhappy housewife in her forties, meets elderly Ninny Threadgoode (Tandy) in an Anderson, Alabama nursing home...

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The Natural starring Robert Redford

The NaturalThe Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s 1952 baseball novel called The Natural, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall.

The Natural was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Glenn Close), and nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger).

In The Natural, Roy Hobbs is a boy who is a skilled baseball player, often playing catch with his father Ed (Alan Fudge). One day, his father suffers a fatal heart attack and drops dead near a tree on the family property. When the same tree is later struck by lightning, Hobbs fashions the heart of the tree’s trunk into a bat, which he dubs “Wonderboy”, carving a lightning bolt into it.

In 1923, a 19-year-old Hobbs (Robert Redford) is a promising pitcher...

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A Walk In The Woods

A Walk In The Woods

I thoroughly enjoyed watching A Walk In The Woods.  In this comedy event Robert Redford and Nick Nolte star as old friends who make the improbable decision to hike the 2190 mile Appalachian Trail.  It is a 2015 American adventure biographical film directed by Ken Kwapis, based on the 1998 book/memoir of the same name by Bill Bryson.  A Walk In The Woods stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson.

Author Bill Bryson (Robert Redford), after living for ten years in Britain, returned to New Hampshire. Now in his 60s, he has been living there peacefully for the past twenty years. A television interview reports that he has published several popular books and there is speculation he will be writing more. Bryson, however, has no such plans.

Bryson and his wife Catherine (Emma Thompson) attend a funeral...

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Hello, Dolly

Hello, DollyHello, Dolly! is a 1969 American romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the same name.  Hello, Dolly follows the story of Dolly Levi (a strong-willed matchmaker), as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the miserly “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. In doing so she convinces his niece, his niece’s intended, and Horace’s two clerks to travel to New York City.

Directed by Gene Kelly and adapted and produced by Ernest Lehman, the cast includes Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Danny Lockin, Tommy Tune, Fritz Feld, Marianne McAndrew, E. J. Peaker and Louis Armstrong (whose recording of the title tune had become a number-one single in May 1964).  Hello, Dolly! is considered one of the greatest musical films ever.

In 1890, all of New York City is excited because widowed, brassy Dolly Levi is in town (“Ca...

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Interstellar

InterstellarjpgMy movie for last night was Interstellar.  If you like science fiction, you will enjoy this one. It has a great cast including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon and Michael Caine. It has a very interesting plot and is very action packed.  Holds your attention all the way through.  I give Interstellar high marks.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Interstellar is a 2014 American-British epic science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon and Michael Caine. In the film, a crew of astronauts travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity. Brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan wrote the screenplay, which has its origins in a script Jonathan developed in 2007.

In a futuristic 21st-century era, crop blight on Earth has made farming increasingly difficult...

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The Sons of Katie Elder

 Sons of Katie ElderThe Sons of Katie Elder – John (John Wayne), who is a famous (or infamous) professional gunman; Tom (Dean Martin), a professional gambler; Bud (Michael Anderson, Jr.), the youngest brother, still in school; and Matt (Earl Holliman), an unsuccessful hardware dealer – reunite in their hometown of Clearwater, Texas (approximately 2 hours east of Dallas, Texas), in 1898 for their mother’s funeral, sharing regret that none of them has lived up to her high expectations of them.

The townspeople are unfriendly to The Sons of Katie Elder,  John and Tom in particular. Katie Elder was extremely well liked by everyone in the community, who were all aware of her honesty, her poverty and her undying love for the sons who neglected her...

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Rear Window

Rear Window #1 jpgRear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder”. Originally released by Paramount Pictures, Rear Window stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr. It was screened at the 1954 Venice Film Festival.

The film is considered by many filmgoers, critics and scholars to be one of Hitchcock’s best and one of the greatest movies ever made. The film received four Academy Award nominations and was ranked No. 42 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list and No. 48 on the 10th-anniversary edition. In 1997, Rear Window was added to the United States National Film Registry in the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

After breaking his leg photographing a racetrack accident, a professional ...

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Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby posterBringing Up Baby is a 1938 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, and released by RKO Radio Pictures.  Bringing Up Baby tells the story of a paleontologist in a number of predicaments involving a scatterbrained woman and a leopard named Baby. The screenplay was adapted by Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde from a short story by Wilde which originally appeared in Collier’s Weekly magazine on April 10, 1937.

The script was written specifically for Hepburn, and was tailored to her personality. Filming began in September 1937 and wrapped in January 1938; it was over schedule and over budget. Production was frequently delayed due to uncontrollable laughing fits between Hepburn and Grant. Hepburn struggled with her comedic performance and was coached by her co-star, vaudeville veteran Walter Catlett...

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Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia Mamma Mia takes place on a Greek island called Kalokairi, where bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan posts three wedding invitations (“I Have a Dream”) to different men.

Sophie’s bridesmaids, Ali and Lisa, arrive. Sophie reveals that she found her mother’s diary and has three possible fathers: Irish-American architect Sam Carmichael, Swedish adventurer and writer Bill Anderson, and British banker Harry Bright. As Sophie wants her father to give her away at the altar, she invited them without telling her mother, believing that after she spends time with them she will know who her father is (“Honey, Honey”). Villa owner Donna Sheridan, Sophie’s mom, is ecstatic to reunite with her former Dynamos band mates, wisecracking author Rosie Mulligan and wealthy multiple divorcée Tanya Chesham-Leigh, and reveals her bafflement at her daughter’s desire to get married...

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Chicago

ChicagoChicago is a 2002 American musical comedy crime legal drama based on the musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Chicago during the Jazz Age.[3] The film stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere, and also features Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Christine Baranski and Lucy Liu. Chicago centers on Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Zellweger), two murderesses who find themselves in jail together awaiting trial in 1920s Chicago. Velma, a vaudevillian, and Roxie, a housewife, fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows. Directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, and adapted by screenwriter Bill Condon, Chicago won six Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture. The film was critically lauded, and was the first musical to win Best Picture since Oliver! in 1968

In 1924, Roxie Hart sees star Velma Kelly ...

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You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nora Ephron, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It was written by Nora and Delia Ephron. You’ve Got Mail is about two people in an online romance who are unaware that they are also business rivals. It marks the third coupling of stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, who had previously appeared together in Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

You've Got MailKathleen Kelly is involved with Frank Navasky, a leftist postmodernist newspaper writer for The New York Observer who is always in search of an opportunity to root for the underdog. While Frank is devoted to his typewriter, Kathleen prefers her laptop and logging into her AOL email account. Using the screen name ‘Shopgirl’, she reads an email from “NY152”, the screen name of Joe Fox whom she first met in an “over-30s” chatroom...

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To Kill A Mockingbird

In the movie To Kill A Mockingbird, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch and her brother Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch, live in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the early 1930s.  They spend their days happily playing games with each other and spying on Arthur “Boo” Radley , who has not been seen for many years by anybody as a result of never leaving his house.  Their widowed father, Atticus , is a town lawyer and has a strong belief that all people are to be treated fairly, to turn the other cheek, and to stand for what you believe.   Early in To Kill A Mockingbird, the children see their father accept hickory nuts, and other produce, from Mr. Cunningham  for legal work because he has no money.   Through their father’s work as a lawyer, Scout and Jem begin to learn of the racism and evil in their town, aggravated by poverty.

Kill A MockingbirdIn To Kill a Mockingbird a local judge  appoints Atticus t...

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Singin’ In The Rain

Singin’ In The Rain is one of my favorite musicals.  I believe it is very well acted and will always remain a very popular film.  Singin’ In the Rain contains three of my favorite actors in Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.  A little known fact is that the last shot of the “Good Morning” number in Singin’ In The Rain, with Don, Kathy and Cosmo falling over the couch, took forty takes to film.Singin'

Singin’ In The Rain is a movie about Don Lockwood (Kelly)who is a popular silent film star with humble roots as a singer, dancer and stuntman. Don barely tolerates his vain, shallow leading lady, Lina Lamont (Hagen), though their studio, Monumental Pictures, links them romantically to increase their popularity. Lina herself is convinced they are in love, despite Don’s protestations otherwise.

At the première of his newest film, The Royal Rascal, Don tells the gathered crowd an exa...

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Stripes

Stripes In the movie Stripes, John Winger is a cab driver who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car, and his girlfriend. Realizing that his life is a failure, he decides to join the United States Army. Talking his best friend Russell Ziskey  into joining with him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon off to basic training.

Upon arrival at Fort Arnold, they meet their fellow recruits, and their drill sergeant, Sergeant Hulka. Moments after arriving, John offends Sgt. Hulka and is ordered out to do push-ups. He stands out as a misfit throughout the rest of basic training. Their commanding officer is the incompetent Captain Stillman. As basic training progresses, Russell and John become close to female MPs Louise Cooper and Stella Hansen. Not long before graduation, Sgt. Hulka is injured when Stillman orders a mortar crew to fire without setting target coordinat...

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Daddy Long Legs

daddy-long-legs-jpgDaddy Long Legs (1955) is a Hollywood musical comedy film set in France, New York City, and the fictional college town of Walston, Massachusetts. The film was directed by Jean Negulesco, and stars Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore, Fred Clark, and Thelma Ritter, with music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron, loosely based on the 1912 novel Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster.

Daddy Long Legs was Fred Astaire’s only movie musical at 20th Century-Fox. It was also the only time he co-starred with Leslie Caron (who, at the time, was still under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, but was lent to Fox for this production). The film was one of Astaire’s personal favorites, largely due to the script, which, for once, directly addresses the complications inherent in a love affair between a young woman and a man thirty years her senior...

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The Longest Day

the-longest-day-1962I  believe the Longest Day being filmed in the style of a docudrama was the best way to present this movie. Beginning in the days leading up to D-Day, it concentrates on events on both sides of the channel, such as the Allies waiting for the break in the poor weather and anticipating the reaction of the Axis forces defending northern France. The film pays particular attention to the decision by Gen. Eisenhower, supreme commander of SHAEF, to go after reviewing the initial bad-weather reports as well as reports about the divisions within the German High Command as to where an invasion might happen or what the response to it should be.

Numerous scenes document the early hours of 6 June when Allied airborne troops were sent in to take key locations inland from the beaches. The French resistance is also shown reacting to the news that an invasion has started. The Longest Day chronicles most...

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On Golden Pond

On Golden PondAn aging couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer, continue the long tradition of spending each summer at their cottage on a lake called Golden Pond, in the far reaches of northern New England. When they first arrive, Ethel notices the loons calling on the lake “welcoming them home”. As they resettle into their summer home, Norman’s memory problems arise when he is unable to recognize several family photographs, which he copes with by frequently talking about death and growing old. They are visited by their only child, a daughter, Chelsea, who is somewhat estranged from her curmudgeon of a father. She introduces her parents to her fiance Bill and his thirteen-year-old son Billy. Norman tries to play mind games with Bill, an apparent pastime of his, but Bill won’t hear of it, saying he can only take so much...

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The Pride of the Yankees

 Pride of the Yankees The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, and Walter Brennan. It is a tribute to the legendary New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, who died only one year before its release, at age 37, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which later became known to the lay public as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”.

Though subtitled “The Life of Lou Gehrig”, The Pride Of the Yankees is less a sports biography than an homage to a heroic and widely loved sports figure whose tragic and premature death touched the entire nation. It emphasizes Gehrig’s relationship with his parents (particularly his strong-willed mother), his friendships with players and journalists, and his storybook romance with the woman who became his “companion for life,” Eleanor...

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