Friday, July 17, 2009

13 Going on 30

This is a fun movie starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. Jennifer stars as a 13 year old girl who on her birthday wishes that she was "30 flirty and thriving." Due to some magical wishing dust, she wakes up and her wish has come true. However, she finds that her life is not as magical as she thought it would be.

In order for her dreams to come true, she is estranged from her family, has stepped over all kinds of peole to get the jobs the job that she wants, and most importantly, betrayed her best friend and as she finds out, the man that turns out to be the love of her life. As she is living what she thinks is her dream life, she realizes what is truly important to her.

She makes a wish again and the magical wishing dust takes her back to her 13th birthday and she makes different choices therefore giving her the truly happy life she really wants.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Notebook

This move is based on a book by Nicolas Sparks which means that it is definitely a tearjerker. It is about a young couple Noah, from the wrong side of the tracks who falls in love with Allie, as socialite. They spend a wonderful, romantic summer together and then are separate by her parents who feel that Noah is not good enough for her.

Noah leaves to go fight in the war and Allie becomes a nurse. She falls in love with one of the soldiers that she nurses back to health. however, she stumbles across a newspaper article about Noah restoring a house that he had always promised he would buy and restore for her. She goes and spends the most romantic weekend of her life with him. But then, she becomes torn between following her heart and doing the right thing.

**Spoiler alert**Allie ultimately follows her heart and ends up with Noah where they remain happily married into old age. However, sadly, Allie develops dementia and cannot remember Noah or their love story except for very brief moments. Noah reads from a journal that they wrote together of their love to help her remember, even though it breaks his heart every day.He will not leave her side as he loves her so much, even is she does not always remember him for he hangs onto to the precious times that she does.

This one is a real tearjerker11 Be sure you have some tissues.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Rescue Me-Johnny Dies

This episode revolves around the death of Tommy's brother, Johnny, who is a New York City police officer who is shot in the line of duty. This clip shows the reactions of everyone in the family as they found out that Johnny has been killed.

Once again, a powerful episode that shows why this is one of the best shows on television today.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


This is a Baz Luhrmahm film starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. I really was not sure what to expect because most of the review had not been good. I was very pleasantly surprised. The story revolves around Nicole Kidman who is an English Lady who comes to Australia to convince her husband to sell their farm land in Australia because it is losing them money. She is met by Hugh Jackman "the Drover" to take her to her land. Upon her arrival, she finds out that her husband has been murdered.

It is set up to appear the her husband has been murdered by King George, the leader of the persecuted group of people called the Aboriginals. The lead worker(who actually killed the husband) on the farm tried to convince Nicole to sell her farm and animals to her main competitor (in fact only competitor). She almost agrees but sees through him for the immoral,shady businessman man that he is. She also discovers that he raped a woman on the farm,an Aboriginal who bore a him a son named Nullah, She demands that he get off her property and never return. He vows revenge. She convinces The Drover wtih the assistance of all the workers on the farm, including Nullah, that they can drive tha cows to their destination and win the contract so desperately needed from the army.

Before they leave, the police show up to take Nullah away to the mission which is what they do with the half white, half Aboriginal children whom they call creamys. Nullah and his mother hide in a well but his mother ends up drowning to death. The Drover tells Nicole that she must become a mother figure to Nullah which at first she is quite awkward at doing but then she grows to love him as if she is her own. They successfully drive the cattle across the plains and win the government contract much to the entire community's shock. Nicole and the Drover share a night of passion.

They go back to the farm and settle into life. During the rainy season they live together as a family with Nullah. During the dry season, the Drover drives cattle across the plains and then returns. The army then asks the Drover to participate in a drive for them and the Drover agrees to participate. The police come and take Nullah. Nicole sells her farm and moves to the city to try and find a way to get Nullah back. The city and the island where Nullah is is bombed. The Drover goes back to the city and is told that Nicole is dead. He gets a boat and goes back to the island to see if any of the children survived. Nullah is alive as well as some other children. The Drover brings them back to the city. Nicole, who is alive and well, is about to leave on a transport truck evacuating the city when she hears Nullah singing on the boat. She jumps off the truck and runs to the dock. Nullah sees her and jumps of the boat. They reunite. He tells her the Drover saved him. The whole family reunites and decides to go back to the farm.

Sorry this is such a long narrative but the movie is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. It is worth seeing just for the beautiful scenery all along.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

ER-Gallant dies

I have watched ER for the entire 15 seasons. I know that it dates me, but what can I say, I loved the show (and was a mere babe when I started watching it). With the series finale and retrospective airing last week, it made me think of all the old characters that I loved and some that I lost. One such character was Gallant. He came on as an intern. He was a soldier before coming to the ER. He fell in love with Neela. They eventually got married. However, he felt the strong pull to go back an serve his country and eventually wound up serving as a doctor in Iraq.

Unfortunately, things did not end on a happy note for the couple. Gallant was killed in a roadside bomb. The following clips show Neela finding out about Gallant's death, her dealing wtih it (by really not dealing with it), the military funeral, and flashbacks as to how their relationship progressed and how they fell in love. I must warn you, it brings a tear to the eye.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

An Officer and A Gentleman

This 1982 movie stars Richard Gere, Debra Winger, and Louis Gossett, Jr., who won an best supporting Oscar for his role as a tough drill Sergeant. Richard Gere plays a man who enlists in the Navy to become an aviator. While attending school, he meets and falls in love with Debra Winger. He also becomes best friends in a role played by actor David Keith.

Richard Gere intends to date and only have fun with Debra Winger while he is struggling to get through the tough program. She works at a paper mill and is looking for an officer as a ticket to her way out. Richard Gere's friend ultimately DOR (drops out on request) and he ultimately ends up taking his own life when things don't turn out like he planned. Richard Gere leans on Debra Winger to get through the death of his friend. Louis Gossett Jr., comes down on Richard Gere and helps him to find out what he is really made of. He ultimately successfully completes the program becoming an "Officer and a Gentleman."

In the end scene he goes to the paper mill and literally sweeps Debra Winger off of her feet and takes her out of the paper mill to begin life with the two of them together.

This movie slide show is played to the song "Love lifts us up where we belong" which ultimately won an Oscar for best song.

Following is the clip that Richard Gere is probably most remembered for in this movie

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ladder 49

This movie about firefighters in Baltimore came out in 2004. It stars John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix (before he went off the deep end). Joaquin is a probie under John who teaches him everything that he knows. Joaquin goes on to excel even after John moves on to a higher position with the department.

Joaquin finds a woman he loves, marries her, and has two kids with her. He sees several of his firefighter brothers seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Even with all that and a wife that wants him to quit, he continues to do the work.

**Spoiler-the interesting thing about this movie is that it does not have the happy ending that we all come to expect. I admire that they actually killed off Joaquin's character, showing what firefighters face in real life on a daily basis. The ending scene is a real tearjerker so be prepared with the hankies.

Monday, March 9, 2009

He Said She Said

This 1991 films stars Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins. They start off as reporters working at the same newspaper. They are then asked to write an article about a controversial piece of modern dance and surprisingly they have opposing views on it. This starts a column where they write about current events with their opposing views. In the meantime, they fall in love which is surprising considering that Kevin Bacon is a commitment phobe. The success of the column leads to a tv spot which almost tears them apart. But, there is a happy ending for all involved.

This movie is great because it presents both sides of the sexes and how they view the same incidents. I must admit that it is one of my husband and my favorite movies. If you get the chance to watch, it do....

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Terms of Endearment

This 1983 movie won Oscars for Shirley McClaine and Jack Nicholson and a best actress nomination for Debra Winger. This movie is about a relationship between a mother and daughter. The daughter feels that she is constantly disappointing her mother with her life choices such as marrying young, having three children, and staying married to a man that cheats on her. The daughter constantly fights to make her mother understand that she is happy with the choices that she has made.

The mother has not experienced love since her husband dies when her daughter was a young child. Jack Nicholson, a has been astronaut moves in next store. After flirting over five years, they finally hook up. However, he is not ready for love.

The event that pulls everything together is when the daughter gets breast cancer and has exhausted all treatments. Her mother moves into the hospital to help take care of her. Jack shows up to help take card of the mother and admits that he loves her. Ultimately she dies, pulling all the family together.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pay It Forward

This 2000 movie stars Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment. Haley is a boy who turns 12 and is living with his recently separated mother. Kevin Spacey plays his social studies teacher. The class is given the assignment "to go out and do something to change the world."

Haley comes up with a plan that later becomes a movement. It is called pay it forward. The idea is that one person helps three people and then each of them helps three people and so on and so on. The movie takes you through various people's transformations as they pay it forward.

**Spoiler**Unfortunately, all does not end well for Haley. In trying to help out a friend being bullied (and complete his pay it forward), he is stabbed and does not survive. The end shows all the people that were touched by the movement showing up for a candlelight vigil at his house where his mother and teacher are able to see just how far this is going.

Do yourself a favor and pay it forward. It will feel good!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Martian Child

This 2007 movie stars John Cusack as a recently widowed man who is a science fiction writer. He and his wife, before she died, had made the decision to adopt a child. A social worker comes up with what she feels is the perfect match, a six year old boy who believes that he is from Mars.

John Cusack seems to be the only person who can draw the boy out to live a more normal human life. They have some rough roads but through it found a love for one another.

This is a truly touching movie about trying to find your place in life and just be loved.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Last of the Mohicans

This 1992 movie stars Daniel Day Lewis and Madeline Stowe. She is an English person brought over to join her sister and her father. Daniel Day Lewis is the last of the tribe of the Mohican's. The two characters could not appear to be more different in why they live their lives. The girls live a life of luxury and are not prepared for life in the wilderness. The Mohican's take on the duty of protecting them.

In the meanwhile, Danie Day Lewis and Madeline Stowe fall in love. The movie has Daniel Day Lewis follow Madeline Store as she is captured. They ultimltely end up together, but not before losing family memebers and frends.

It it is a film both men and women will enjoy...

Saturday, February 7, 2009

ER-Dr. Morgernstern returns

I have watched the show ER from the beginning. It is in it's 15th and final season. As a result, they are bringing back characters that we have loved over the years. Last Thursday, they brought back William H. Macy as Dr. Morgerstern. Unlike the episode that they brought back Dr. Greene, I loved this episode.

The old chief of medicine who is now senile and very fragile, ends up in the ER. The staff finally figures out who he is. Dr. Morgernstern shows up as he is the man's proxy. He explains to the staff all that has happened with the ER is because of this man. There is a final touching scene where the ER gathers to pay respect to the man.

Click on the folllowing link to watch the show:

The following is a link to a you tube video which shows the final scene:

Saturday, January 31, 2009

My Dog Skip

This 2000 movie is about a little boy who is given a dog for his birthday and the resulting changes in his life by having a lifetime friend. Willie is a shy, only child who does not have many friends. Being given a puppy whom he names Skip, changes and enriches his whole life. He becomes more outgoing, makes friends, falls in love for the first time, and becomes closer to his family, all with the help of Skip.

This film touches all of us who currently have pets or who were able to grow up with one. Just goes to show how they become a trusted and loved member of the family.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Notting Hill

This 1999 film stars Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Hugh owns a small bookstore and Julia is a world renowned movie star. She steps into his store one day and they strike up a conversation. He accidentally spills orange juice on her shirt and offers to let her change at his place right around the corner. When she goes to leave, to his surprise, she kisses him good bye.

They start to try and date, with her meeting his friends and him trying to dodge the trappings of fame. They have a wonderful time together until his room mate betrays that she is staying with him and the paparazzi show up on the door step. She behaves badly and runs away.

He catches up with her again when she is in England filming a movie he suggested that he would like to see her in someday. He overhears a conversation between her and her co-star which leads him to believe that she is not interested in him. She comes to his book store and tells him that "after all...I'm just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." He rejects her because he doesn't feel that he can handle the fame issue.

His friends help him to see the error pf his ways and he quickly gets to her press conference and ask her if she could see herself dating him to which she responds yes. They end up married and have a baby on the way by the end. He still struggles with her fame but puts up with it out of love for her.

This is just a fun and enjoyable movie to watch. It is set to "When you say nothing at all" by Ronan Keating and can be found on the soundtrack.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Great Expectations

This 1998 film starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke, and an interesting role for Robert DeNiro. Gwyneth is a spoiled rich little girl who stays with her crazy Aunt(played by Anne Bancroft) during the summers. Ethan plays a poor little boy who ends up being hired as a playmate for Gwyneth over the summers as she visits. To make a long story short, as a child Ethan falls for his first and what ends up remaining to be his only true love.

Robert DeNiro plays an escaped convict, who upon stumbling across Ethan as a child, forces Ethan to help him obtain food and water as he lives life on the run from the law. The movie fast forwards several years to the characters now being adults. Gwyneth is living in New York City and engaged. Ethan, a fisherman in Florida, is hired by a gallery to put on his own art show in New York City. Ethan agrees to the show thinking it is a good way to reconnect with Gwyneth. The two reconnect and sparks fly, however, ultimately nothing Ethan does seems to persuade Gwyneth to give up everything to be with him. He ends up heartbroken and leaves New York City.

**Spoiler-Ethan always thought that Gwyneth's crazy Aunt was behind giving him a life in New York City but finds out that it was actually Robert DeNiro who is his benefactor as a payback from when he helped Robert to live life on the run. Gwyneth runs from her love for Ethan and has a quickie wedding with her fiancee, but is apparently not happy. She ultimately divorces him and goes back to the house she spent her summers in. Ethan ends up showing back up at the house and the movie ends with the beginning of a what appears to be a relationship between the two.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Private Practice

I watch this show and am really trying to give it a chance. This last episode may have just pushed it over for me, as I have been wavering on it. Several story lines are going on. A single father with two children all suffer from cystic fibrosis and the oldest daughter has contracted a virus that will kill her. This same virus will kill both father and son as well. She is isolated in a hospital room with no family around.

All the team tries an alternative approach to eradicate the virus but have no success. At this point, the father decides to go be with his daughter who is dying, certain to bring death to himself. Arrangements need to be made for the care of the 2year old so by the staff who he ends up abandoning.

Violet is sleeping with two men, Pete and Sheldon, but neither knows about the other. Pete walks out while Sheldon says he would still like to get to know her better.

An elderly woman is visited by her son and he wants her to move to Florida with him. She doesn't want to because she has fallen in love...with a woman. After time he comes back and tells her that it is "her turn to be happy."

Charlotte's father is dying so she goes "down to Dixie" to assist in the decision to end her father's life, She is unable to do it, so Cooper steps in and does it. On the flight ride home, Charlotte finally loses control of her grief and lets it out.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Catch and Release

This film came out in 2007 and starred Jennifer Garner, Kevin Smith, and Timothy Olypheant. It is the story of a woman struggling to accept the death of her fiancee and the secrets he kept from her as she tries to rebuild her life.

She moves into his old room in the house with all of his friends. One of the friends comes from LA for the funereal and stays for awhile. She discovers that her fiancee had a child while they were together as a couple. With the help of all of his friends, she tries to welcome both the mother and the son into her life. She also falls in love with the friend from LA.

After the entire group makes some life changing decisions, they all move their separate ways,yet are all still connected by their dead friend/fiancee. Jenifer fellows her heart to LA to try love with Timothy Olypheant.

The clip is set to "What if you" by Joshua Radison which is on the soundtrack

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Outsiders

This 1983 film is based on the book of the same title "The Outsiders" written by SE Hinton. It is a book that many of us had to read at some point high school. A group of high school students got together and sent the book to director Francis Ford Coppola and told him that he was the director that they would most like to see direct this in a movie version. He read the book and was so touched by the story that he decided to make a movie out of it.

This movie was EVERY teenage girl's dream as every known and soon to be known teen heartthrob/brat packer was in this movie. Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevaz, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Ralph Macchio, and C Thomas Howell were all in the movie as Greasers and Diane Lane and Leif Garrett rounded out the Soc's.

This movie shows how the two groups of boys fought one another because of social class. One fight gets out of hand and a Soc ends up killed. C Thomas Howell and Ralph Macchio take it on the run to avoid the law, with the help of Matt Dillon. They ultimately redeem themselves by saving a church full of burning children.

**Spoiler alert**Ralph Macchio ends up severely burned from the church fire and dies as a result. This causes Matt Dillon to go over the edge and commit a robbery he is killed by the police for. C Thomas Howell realizes he needs to go back and mend fences with his brothers, Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze and does. There is a final fight between the two groups and the Greasers win but there is a moment after losing Ralph Macchio and Matt Dillon that they realize that they did not really win.

The first scene are various outtakes from the movie set to the song "Fields of Gold" sung by Eva Cassidy

The second scene is C Thomas Howell reciting Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost...
Stay Golden PonyBoy!!

Fried Green Tomtoes-1991

This films revolves around four women's lives; Idgie (Mary Stuart Masteron), Ruth (Mary Louise Parker), Evelyn/Towanda (Kathy Bates), and Ninny (Jessica Tandy). Evelyn and Ninny met up at on old folks home where Ninny tells Evelyn all about her life growing up. Evelyn is so unhappy with her life she is thrilled to be making a friend and lives for the days that she gets to see Ninny,

Ninny talks about getting the best fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe which was run by Idgie and Ruth. Idgie rescued Ruth from an abusive marriage and they build a life together running the cafe. They were very progressive for their time and even served African Americans when it was against the law to do so. This caused trouble but they never backed done.**SPOILER**There is a sad ending in which Ruth gets sick and does not make it. Idgie raises Ruth's son as her own.**

**SPOILER Ninny's friend at the home dies so she tries too go back to her old home which was by the Old Whistle Stop Cafe but they have all demolished. Evelyn meets her there and takes her into their home.

This movie leaves us the question (having an open mind)as to whether Ninny is really Idgie by the fact that she leaves the can of bees on Ruth's grave. What are you thoughts? Please post....

The first clip is of Evelyn/Towanda/Ninny and their relationship...

The second clip shows the realtionshiop between Idgie and Ruth, right up to the end

Friday, January 16, 2009

Rescue Me-Connor Gavin Dies/Justice

This is a very difficult scene to watch from season two of Rescue Me. Tommy Gavin and his wife have actually gotten back together and are living together as a family. Then a tragedy ensues that seems to tear them apart forever.

To gain revenge for a death in the Gavin family, the Father and Uncle feel that as the eldest living members of the Gavin family, the responsibility of seeking out revenge falls to them.

The first scene is the tragedy that befalls Tommy and his wife (notice the presence of his cousin Jimmy as a ghost right at the beginning)

The second scene is shows all the members of the firehouse dealing with their own individual grief's pertaining to the Gavin family and themselves. The Chief has to put his wife in a home because of her Alzheimer's, Mike is dealing with the death of his mother, Franco lost his little girl,Lou has to give up on a girl that turned out to take all of his money, and lastly but most importantly the Father and the Uncle seeking revenge and Tommy trying to stop it

Thursday, January 8, 2009

About Last Night

This movie was released in 1986 and stars Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. The two stars meet, fall in love, move in together, and don't know what to do with themselves after all these major life decisions. Because they have never experienced love or living with someone else, they don't make it and ultimately break up with one another. It does not help that their two best friends, Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins are doing everything in their power to break them up as well.

As the tag line says "Making love was easy...being in love was difficult." They ultimately work through their problems and the movie ends with it looking like they are on their way getting back together.

This is a really enjoyable movie. The scenes of Chicago are great and the scenes involving Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins almost steal the show.

The first clip show the lovers in the beginning of their relationship. They are dealing with friends and co-workers who are not liking being pushed aside for new love. The song playing is from the soundtrack and is called "So far, so good" and it is by Sheena Easton

The second clip is set to a song on the soundtrack "Living inside my heart" by Bob Seger. It contains some racy scenes so view at your own risk.

The last clip shows the couple headed down the road toward getting back together. The friends step side and let the two become a couple. The song that is hears as they are riding/jogging off together is called "If everyone had a heart" by John Waite and is found on the sound track.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Jerry Maguire

This is a 1996 romantic dramedy starring Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger as a sports agent who falls for his assistant and her adorable son.

Tom Cruise plays a sports agent who has a crisis of conscience after dealing with a boy who is worried about his injured sports playing father. This crisis leads to a whole new way for Tom Cruise to conduct business, causing him to get fired from his old job and scrambling to keep his roster of clients. He loses all of them except for Cuba Gooding, Jr. Renee Zellweger leaves her old job to follow Tom in his new dream and new way of doing business as his personal assistant.

At first, Tom falls for Renee's adorable son. He ends up marrying Renee so that he can be with her son but ultimately finds out that he loves Renee as well. He also realizes that his client is like family to him as well. By the end he finds family, true love, and happiness doing a job that he loves.

"Show me the money and You had me at hello" are both listed in the 100 greatest movie quotes of all time.

The first clip is set to Secret Garden by Bruce Springsteen which is included in the movie soundtrack

The second scene is is Tom going back to get his wife and telling her that"You complete me and her responding "you had me at hello" **interesting side note Kenny Chesney so loved this scene in the movie, he wrote a song about it called "You had me at hello" Kenny and Renee ended up married for four month before they got the marriage annulled for unknown reasons**

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sex and the City- I Heart NY

This episode of Sex and the City is one of my favorite ones. The series involves the lives of four women living their lives in new York City, their trials and tribulation, loves, and loss. However, there is a fifth character in this show and that is the city of New York. This show let us into the inside world that is known as New York City. We got to see all the hot spots as well as the spots no one but the natives knew about.

In this episode, the love of Carrie's life, Mr. Big, leaves New York City to go live in Napa Valley. Carrie has a hard time not only because is leaving her, but he is leaving the city that they both love so much. This episode pulls on the heartstrings with the nostalgia and memories touched upon but leaves the door open to a future between the two.

Happy New Year and enjoy...