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Is he or isn't he an alien? Until the end of the movie you will not know. So my advice is to watch and listen carefully to all of the dialogue.
This is one of my "Go To" movies when I want to be drawn into it and forget my daily troubles. Kevin Spacey in the lead role plays "Prot" a gentle intelligent man who claims to be from the world called K-Pax. Jeff Bridges plays the intellectual psychiatrist "Dr. Mark Powell". Dr. Powell is a realist who has an answer for most cases that come to him, but Prot presents something that he cannot quite put his finger on it. Dr. Powell takes Prot to his home to interact with his family and the movie makes a twist here showing Prot in a different light. Prot makes friends with everyone, staff and patients at the mental hospital that he was placed into. K-Pax brings this whole experience to a head in the last 20 minutes of the movie entangling the audience in everything that was explained and understood to what was left unbelievable in the movie.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
50 years of enjoyment and still thrilling audiences at any age!
How many movies in your lifetime can you really say left a mark on you? I was 9 years old when my father took me to the Michigan Theater downtown Lansing in January of 1963. I was amazed by the size of the theater let alone the opening scene of this movie with the desert sunrise. There were huge speakers in the back of the theater which enhanced the music perfectly. Peter O'Toole was the perfect choice to play the main character T.E. Lawrence. Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Claude Rains, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quinn and Jose Ferrer were perfectly cast for their parts throughout the movie as well as other movies that they would play in. World War I was a horrible war with so many new ways to kill each other readily available. The battle scene in the second half of the movie brings out some of those horrors. Lawrence was a visionary at the right place at the right time in history even though as time passed his vision was more skewed until he finally left Arabia. Jack Hawkins and Claude Rains played their parts perfectly as the General and diplomat who would use whomever they could to get what they wanted in the end. I have enjoyed watching this film for over 50 years and it still ranks a 10 out of 10 because of the depth of characters, scenery, script and music. I cannot say enough to advance this film as it does it on it's own.
Meet Joe Black (1998)
A drama that should be reconsidered as a love story
I have watched this movie so many times I do not have to watch the screen to understand what is taking place. Yes, it is a drama featuring Anthony Hopkins as the top notch business executive who has everything you could want, but death steps in. He begins to suffer painful heart attacks, but for some reason the voice he hears in his head works out a plan for the two of them. The initial dialogue is very well set so with the entrance of Brad Pitt your interest is peaked. But, even though this is listed as a good drama with interactions between death and the main character; it is the side story of death learning what life is all about, including love. Claire Forlani is excellent as the quiet daughter who becomes very fond of the reincarnated young man she met in a restaurant. Their interaction is a classic love story. I will not explain how the story ends because, folks you just have to watch this movie!
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
If you enjoyed Star Wars, you will simply love this movie!
Okay, okay I have to admit that Rocket is the coolest character to come to the big screen since WALL-E. Rocket and his muscle(wooded)friend still the scenes many times throughout this movie. Just as in The Big Chill, the music will blow you away if you like classic Rock n Roll. The best movies have sound tracks that stick with you long after the movie ends. Bingo! Chris Pratt's character is so real that you can immerse yourself into him as you watch the movie. His actions are so realistic you can imagine yourself acting the same way. His costar Zoe Saldana continues her significant strong feminine profile with a character almost equal to her Avatar persona. Guardians of the Galaxy pulls you right into the movie with the opening scenes. Science Fiction fans will flock to this film, and its sequels in the future. There are so many different types of characters that pop up in this film, more realistic than Star Wars (not a slam either, just better CGI) and will make you look differently at how you judge others. I have very few films that I will give a 10 out of 10, but Guardians is a very strong 9.5 out of 10. Please take the time to watch this film and just enjoy the action and drama, laugh out loud, and cheer on the gang as they go from one situation to another.
Don't listen to the critics, experience this film for yourself and decide.
The beginning of this film will be a classic start for many films to come. Lucy's character develops and she states that she has 24 hours. I watched this film 7 times in the theater because it caught me off guard just as the original Star Wars film did (I saw that one 16 times the first week it came out). Certain films will entice you, if you really enjoy action films and how they are shown you should really dig this one! It also helps that you can relate to a strong lead woman instead of the traditional male character. Scarlett continues her strong character presence in Lucy and there is so much going on that you need to watch it again just to pick up all that takes place. I prefer to completely watch a film first and experience it for what the director wants you to feel. Then I will watch it for again for everything else. Lucy and Guardians of the Galaxy are two fantastic Sci-Fi movies for all of us to enjoy for years.
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.