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...