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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MARY POPPINS

The movie combines songs, color and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures. Mary Poppins is a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers.
The “Step in Time” sequence had to be filmed twice because of a scratch on the film from the first take. The entire sequence took a week to film.
Julie Andrews provided the whistling for the animatronic robin during the song “A Spoonful of Sugar”
The filmmakers didn’t inform Karen Dotrice or Matthew Garber about some “surprises” that were going to show up in the movie. Karen’s dumbfounded look when Mary Poppins takes out item after item from the carpet bag and her little scream when Mary Poppins gave them medicines of different colors were genuine...

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The Shallows

ShallowsThe Shallows is a 2016 American survival horror thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, written by Anthony Jaswinski and starring Blake Lively. In the film, a surfer gets stranded 200 yards from shore, and must use her wits and determination to survive a great white shark attack. Principal photography began on October 28, 2015 in New South Wales, Australia.

The Shallows was released in the United States on June 24, 2016 by Columbia Pictures, received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $16 million.

Shortly after the death of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach to surf, which is also the same beach her mother surfed at after finding out she was pregnant with Nancy many years before...

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South Pacific

The cast of South Pacific consisted of Mitzi Gaynor who played Nellie Forbush, Rossano Brazzi played Emile de Becque, and Ray Walston played the fast-talking Luther Billis.

The story for Rogers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical, South Pacific, is drawn from a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel by James A. Michener, entitled Tales of the South Pacific, which dealt largely with the issue of racism. It is considered by most critics to be among the greatest musicals of the twentieth century. The original Broadway production won ten Tony Awards, including all four acting awards, and many of its songs went on to have a life of their own outside of the musical, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “Happy Talk,” “Bali ha’i,” “Younger than Springtime,” and “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy.”

The musical opens on a South Pacific island, during World War II, wh...

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Ben-Hur (1959)

Ben-Hur is an American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith and Haya Harareet. A remake of the 1925 silent film with the same name, Ben-Hur  was adapted from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
I am happy to say that I grew up in Crawfordsville, IN, where Lew Wallace, who wrote the book Ben Hur, lived. Needless to say we all read Ben Hur while in high school. Ben-Hur premiered on November 18, 1959. It was the fastest-grossing, highest grossing film of 1959, and was the second-highest grossing film in history at the time. It won a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Wyler), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Heston), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Griffith), and Best Cinematography, Color (Surtees)...

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The Odd Couple

I just finished watching the Classic movie The Odd Couple. It stars Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau, and was released in 1968. It was written by the great playwright Neil Simon and was later made into a television show that ran from 1970 to 1975 and stared Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.

It is a great film about two men struggling through the difficult effects of recent divorces. Felix, played by Jack Lemon, is a neatness freak, and Oscar, played by Walter Matthau, is an easy going slob.

The Odd Couple opens as Felix is wandering the streets after he and his wife break up. He eventually checks into a hotel and gets a room on the top floor with the intent of jumping out the window to his death. After entering his room and removing all personal items from his clothing and putting them in an envelope for his family, he is unable to open the window, and in the process hurts his back...

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Ben-Hur 2016

 Ben-Hur 2016 movie opens in Crawfordsville.  The much anticipated release of the new Ben-Hur  2016 movie was Friday.  The local movie theater, Capri Carmack, was full of local residents for the first showing of the movie inspired by General Lew Wallace’s 1880 best-selling classic “Ben-Hur; A Tale of the Christ.” 

Before the showing, General Lew Wallace Study and Museum Director Larry Paarlberg spoke to the audience.  He talked about how the book has inspired many and also how the novel changed the culture in the United States. I am a resident of Crawfordsville, IN, and if you have the opportunity to visit Crawfordsville, IN, be sure to stop by our General Lew Wallace Study and Museum.  I was also living here when the original Ben-Hur movie with Charleston Heston was released in 1959.

Ben-Hur 2016 is an American historical epic action film directed by Timur Bekmambetov and writt...

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Sound of Music

The Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies.  i have watched it numerous times, and still look forward to seeing it whenever I can.  The music was written by Richard Rodgers and lyrics  by Oscar Hammerstsin II.The movie is based on the memoir of Maria Von Trapp.  Maria is a failure as a nun. Her Mother Superior sends her off in answer to a letter from a retired naval captain to be a governess for his seven children. She goes to their house and finds that she is the latest in a long line of governesses run off by the children. She gets the children to like her by teaching them to sing.  Because she spends so much time with the children, she also spends time with their father who she falls in love with and eventually marries.The movie was filmed in 1965 in and around Salzburg, Austria...

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