Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
I must admit Y was the hardest letter and I almost chose You, Me and Dupree as one of the absolute worse movies I ever got dragged out to see. As I looked through lists of movies with the letter Y I feel I may have missed something, but if anyone has suggestions I would love to hear them!
I ended up choosing a movie I watched recently on HBO and cheated a bit. but as so many of the films I chose began with THE and I took a liberty there to use the second word I am going to do that with Y .
This movie has some very strong bonds and friendships, it explores certain things with outrageous humor and others with depth, I though the ending as much as it was not uplifting, it certainly was realistic.
ARE YOU HERE is not great BUT it was certainly better than any other choice I found, and the characters grow, change and develop, while I did find some very entertaining moments, I would not have given it the paltry two stars every review has given it, but unless you can see it at no cost to you, I would not spend my money either.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
I love action movies and I love science fiction so the entire X-MEN series is fantastic and a family favorite. Sometimes my teen son will pause to make an observation that blows my mind whether about the interaction or the potential science behind it all... LOVE movies that lead to interesting discussions.
I don't have a favorite, although the 2014 DAYS OF FUTURE PAST was fantastic and oh joy there is apparently a new one to be released in 2016!
Do you have an X-MEN FAVE?
Monday, April 27, 2015
Movies that have impacted me, I am very keen on American politics and try to keep myself aware informed and conscious , I could have probably chosen political films and documentaries as a theme as well! WAG THE DOG is from 1997 right before the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal in 1998. This movie creates a fictional war with ALBANIA ( Note Robert De Niro is a proud Albanian in real life), As much as it is very passé and with todays technology it would not fly, it is well worth watching.
Gazillion Movies Review : Less than two weeks before the elections the president of the United States is accused of sexual misbehavior. The white house summons the aid of consultant Brean (Robert De Niro), a brilliant intriguer and image-builder. Brean thinks up the ultimate scenario: he creates an even larger and better story and put on an imminent war between America and Albania, the fictitious enemy of service. To make this improbable story more credible, Brean goes to the flamboyant Hollywood-producer Motts (Dustin Hoffman) and his entourage to win some advises. Together they orchestrate a never seen global conflict.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
VERTICAL LIMIT is one of those edge of your seat films that I am so glad I saw at the cinema, with the panoramic views . The theme is a rescue mission in the worst possible conditions. In Pakistan, trying to climb K-2in inclement weather .
Looking for the trailer to share with you I found that the entire film is available on YouTube..so feel free to ENJOY! My husband and I love to stay for all the credits, see where movies were made, who is acknowledged and why... in this film in the credits to cast there is a credit to a woman who simply appears as a frozen corpse!
How far would you go to save a loved one?
Friday, April 24, 2015
I am a WW II buff and an old airplane buff so this movie was one I really looked forward to. The story behind the movie is also very enticing, and the book most worthwhile.
Watching the interviews of the amazing bond Angelina Jolie and Louis Zamperini forged piqued my curiosity. I was pleasantly surprised that as violent as the story is , she conveyed it with far less blood and gore than other movies do instead of the usual violence we see so often in films today. She takes advantage of great actors to portray the pain and fear
UNBROKEN is an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
I spent 18 years researching The Bridge of Deaths, it made me wonder so much about my grandparents , the perseverance and searching for the Titanic would in and of itself make it the obvious choice of something I identified with.
Titanic is however much more to me, it was the first film I saw after finding out I was going to become a mother, which is always exciting news, but at 38 for the first and one and only time in my life it was like walking on clouds.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Ultimate second chance romance? who can resist?
I love New York and Seattle is also a pretty cool town. I really enjoy the old black and white films many of them and one of my favorites is of course An Affair to Remember ... so this pic that made me laugh, hope and cry is a must as a film that impacted me beginning with the letter S.
I have to say that I was surprised how many of my contemporaries had never seen an affair to remember ! Feels like every time I saw this one (Yes romantic sucker watched it several times) I had to also watch an affair to remember !
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
I had to give B to BEACHES but I was very tempted to choose The Birds which was the very first Hitchcock Film I ever saw. Rear Window is not my favorite but when Disturbia was released in 2007 I think it made every Hitchcock fan watch rear window again.
Truly curiosity and neighbor voyeurism must be very common, I know I have often heard stories about people's neighbors.
WHICH was your first Hitchcock movie? And your favorite?
Monday, April 20, 2015
Q as far as movie titles are concerned does offer slim pickings but as a Bond fan I could have gone Quantum of Solace, and there is no denying that Helen Mirren was beyond comparison in The Queen.
But the Vietnam War impacted me growing up, it started ONTHE YEAR I was born and ended when I was 16 years old. It was the war of my childhood and teens so I needed to include it.
I am also a huge fan of Graham Greene's books and as such the choice was very fitting.
Based on the novel by Graham Greene, The Quiet American - which follows a British reporter (Michael Caine) as he attempts to navigate the murky waters of 1952-era Vietnam - is surprisingly involving, and although it deals heavily with the politics of the time, the film is clear enough that even a viewer with the most minimal knowledge of the conflict will be able to follow along. Director Phillip Noyce does an astounding job of bringing us this dank and dirty world; Fowler's apartment alone is a masterpiece of set design...
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Sunday, April 19, 2015
As the third week ends, I had my big OOOPS! with posting two letters on the 16th, but just skipped the 17th and forged on.
I have discovered some wonderful blogs and I hope to keep in touch with some of the bloggers I have connected with.
My favorite thing is when the same word/theme is chosen by several blogs I visit but presented in such different ways, confirming that we all have such different voices when we write and perspectives of what we see.
Thanks for all the visits and comments.....
Saturday, April 18, 2015
I am a huge fan or Steven Spielberg and could have added many of his films. Of The Poltergeist Trilogy the first film impacted me, to be honest I was not particularly fond of the sequel and never bothered to see the third film.
As a child in Mexico I was raised with my share of ghost stories and these included the mischief of the espiritus chocarreros the Spanish for Poltergeists.
The movie was one of those that had me looking under my bed and wondering what lay beneath the ground wherever I lived.
I saw this one in Malmö, Sweden and I was surrounded by so much history and wondered how many graves and graveyards have been disturbed through the ages.
My theme Movies that have impacted me for better or worse, well this one sure scared me !
Thursday, April 16, 2015
OH NO... is one day early ! Posted N and O on the same day... new post for P on Saturday
In 1980 when Ordinary People won the Oscar for best picture I was curious to see it because I was a huge fan of Robert Redford as an actor. I had been reluctant to see the film as I knew it revolved around a tragic young death and the heavy reactions by the grieving family.
Today with magnificent films credited to Mr. Redford such as LEGENDS of the FALL it seems silly to have even wondered if ORDINARY PEOPLE an Oscar winning film would be lacking in any way. The film is at times slow, but so is sadness and grief.
The film made me think a lot about the different ways in which we all grieve and to look for warning signs of depression.
Back to the 1980's to a movie that surprised me as much as The Sixth Sense, the wow I did not see that coming factor was brilliant, and the acting was great! Of course today technology being what it is could well bore some, but the storyline is clever, a great thriller.
A wild and violent lover's triangle that leads to murder and political intrigue.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
All the MUMMY movie Franchises have played a really fun part in our lives, the action blended with the Egyptology is great fun and everyone of these movies brings warm and fuzzy mommy (or for those in the UK mummy) feelings.
Our son was born with life threatening food allergies to dairy, eggs and some tree nuts. He is still allergic and carries an epi-pen everywhere, but gets better every year. So being able to find Dairy free cakes (or bake them) as well as foods he could enjoy and that looked fun, was a big part of planning .
In his childhood party themes my son was certainly consistent and knew what he enjoyed as such we had several MUMMY parties and several PIRATE parties, the only two themes he found enticing.
One of the venues that offered foods he could eat and allowed us to provide the Vegan cake is a local movie theater, and we were lucky to be able to have fun MUMMY parties there. At home one year I bought wholesale toilet paper so the kids could wrap themselves as mummies, I do not recommend it for months I dusted and still found the white powder from the toilette paper everywhere!