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Como agua para chocolate (1992)
Subtitled movie, but True Love in old Mexico is something to behold.
Yes this is a romance movie, but it is a fantastic fantasy fairy tale quality love story. Pedro and Tita fall in love but Tita's mother objects. Tita is the youngest in the family and she must stay home and take care of her mother until she dies. Her mother even arranges a marriage between Pedro and Tita's older sister Rosaura so Tita and Pedro can never become as one.
As I said this is a fantasy, and once you get past all of the initial story buildup for all of the characters the fun begins.
Tita was born in the kitchen and befriended by Nacha the hired cook. Nacha raises Tita as her own teaching her how to cook and enjoy life. Once Tita's mother sets down the law of how things will be, Tita changes. Tita's cooking becomes magic. Whatever Tita is feeling when she cooks, it comes to truth in the final product. If Tita is sad and lonely, anyone who eats her cooking feels those emotions.
I have watched this film several times since it was made in 1992, and it always leaves me feeling full of loves emotions. You have to watch this movie to understand the fullness of these emotions. I have gotten use to the subtitles over the years and prefer them to the English dubbed version of the movie. I love it.
Stuart Little (1999)
Little is more than a mouse.
This film is for the whole family to enjoy with several great actors adding to it. Stuart Little (voice by Michal J. Fox)is our main character who is adopted so the Little Family can have another son. The son George (Jonathan Lipnicki) has hopes of another little boy like himself but he is disappointed by the adoption of a little white mouse. George turns around and really likes Stuart after Stuart helps George beat out the snotty little boy who always wins the annual boat race. Stuart steers the boat to victor and brotherhood with little George Little.
The family cat named Snowbell (voice by Nathan Lane) has substantial parts in this movie, beginning by putting a hit on Stuart with the help of some bad cats, who send out fake mouse parents to abduct Stuart. But in the end Snowbell turns around to assist Stewart help defeat the cats. Stuart Little is simple movie but very enjoyable to watch. This film is suitable for all ages and the special effects are amusing.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Boy meets girl, again, again, again, and again over many years. A true romance that is well filmed.
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan set the standards for Romance Movies with this feature. A young couple take a trip from Chicago to New York and then separate but meet several times over the ensuing years. Billy's character (Harry) has to have sex with all women because he cannot commit to any relationships. Meg Ryan plays Sally, a good republican midwest girl who thinks she knows what she wants for her life, but is dumped many times and deeply hurt from her relationships.
We all have relationships that suffer from some of these trials and tribulations, but do we offer the truth to each other in order to make things right. Harry explains at the end of the movie everything that he loves about Sally which is a revelation to not only him, but Sally too.
This is one of my favorite romantic movies to watch year after year. After being married for 27 now, this movie is now part of our lives and always will be. So I hope that you will enjoy this movie as well as we have over the last twenty years.
Short smart mouthed alien moves in with an All American family.
This TV series that lasted for five years was one of my favorites. The average All-American family enjoys(?) the company of a hairy alien. Alf's lines throughout these shows generally will make you laugh. Not to mention roll your eyes now and again.
Alf is played by Paul Fusco, with Max Wright as Willie Tanner and Anne Schedeen as Kate Tanner makeup the majority of the shows programs. The kids are played by Andrea Elson and Benji Gregory as Lyn & Brian tanner.
Chaos is the main ingredient for most of these episodes. Simple humor, quick shows, a canned laughter will make you laugh. Enjoy my fellow earthlings.
Airplane crashes (?) on island where nothing is as it seems. Modern day Twilight Zone.
My first thoughts were correct, but I still watched it over all these years. I bought these episodes on DVD so I would not have to watch any of the commercials. I can say that it wasn't easy but I prevailed along with Calvin K. until the end.
Jack is such a great name for a story character, but I guess I am just prejudice being a Jack. Kate, Hugo, Sayid, Sawyer, Charlie, Claire, Ben, Desmond and Daniel. These characters will be forever in my mind as I grew older with them as they explored the Island and tried desperately to get off of it.
The black smoke, Richard and Jacob always kept us in suspense. Good acting made each of these characters very believable and realistic to me.
I am sorry that the journey is over, but I know something else will step up to simulate this adventure, but as the original I am sure nothing will come close to this series.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Predudice in the South back in the Sixties
I am disgusted to be white every time I watch this movie. White is Right? Might is Right? Heck no! But, I watch this movie at least once a year to remember what Martin Luther King fought and marched for.
I spent 6 months in Florida in 1962 at my older sisters home recovering from my leg surgery. I spent most of that time on the "other side" of the wall separating the whites and blacks. I would go over fishing with them for fresh water Mullet, and listening to their stories. There were a few times they told me to leave before something bad might happen, but I was only 9-yrs old at the time. I just didn't know or understand. Granted Florida was not the same as Mississippi, but the KKK were everywhere down south.
Growing up over the next few years I remember the episode of the 3 civil rights workers as well as the churches always being burned to the ground. This movie takes everyone back to another one of our dark days as a nation when most everyone turned their backs on what a few were doing.
All students should watch this movie, as it is part of our heritage, not the best part, but still this is America of the Free and Brave.
Cripple excels as an Avatar changes allegiance for what is good.
I saw this movie 5 times in the theater, and when it comes around in IMAX next time, I will be there.
CGI has once again provided us with a fantastic vision of the future. If the next two films turn out as great as this one, James Cameron will not have to worry about working again.
Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana give outstanding voice characterizations to their CGI characters. I also love how they created a whole new world including the fauna and animals.
This movie should be watched only on a wide screen TV so that you can enjoy the benefit of all of the action. I love to turn off all of the lights but a few candles and sit back and watch the full version of this movie with friends and family (my dogs because my wife doesn't enjoy SciFi).
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
This movie will sweep you off your feet, and then get you sitting on the edge of your seat. French-British War for the North America 1757.
To start out with, the acting was superb from Daniel Day-Lewis, Wes Studi, Russel Means, Eric Schweig and Madeline Stowe. The intensity of the Mohawks, the passion of the frontier settlers, the arrogance of the British soldiers. The time period shows how the daughters of the British General are not very wise to the world and just what truly happens.
Costumes and the re-enactment was very realistic. War is hell, and this movie shows it from the scalping of the British soldiers to the cannon fight at Fort William Henry.
This movie has a lot in common with the old Alfred Hitchcock films, in that the music is subtly infused when needed. The ending of the movie with the build up of the "Main Title" music during the race to retrieve the two daughters will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Long-haired girl finds adventure and love in the real world.
What a wonderful movie to watch and enjoy. I have enjoyed animated features for the last forty+years from Rocky & Bullwinkle to Wall-E. Tangled was so good I saw it in the theaters twice, and I now have it as part of my private collection of movies (1500+/-).
It is a refreshing tale of Rapunzel that brings out the laughs and happiness in life. I truly hope that Hollywood brings forth more movies like this one. Every girl will love to relate to this movie.
This movie is back on track for Walt Disney Studios and what they need to produce. CGI has opened up animation to the splendors of the 21st Century and what can now be produced. Hollywood has an excess of great actors who can share their voices with these creations. I'm looking forward to the next few years, Tangled = well worth your time.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
If you can talk faster on your feet, you can excel at anything.
Aaron Eckhart (Nick Naylor) gives a very strong performance as a professional "B.S." spokesman for the cigarette industry. The cast was rounded with J.K. Simmons, Adam Brody, Maria Bello (I loved her in Coyote Ugly), David Koecher, Robert Duvall, Katie Holmes, Wm Macy, Sam Elliot, and Cameron Bright as Aaron's son(Joey Naylor).
I grew up amongst smokers and smoking. I tried it but, I just couldn't start it. I am very happy for that point. This movie gets your juices rolling on whether or not you are a smoker or an non-smoker. You will make your own decisions if you like or dislike this movie, but please take the time to watch it.