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The Bodyguard (1992)
Sweet and Electrifying, Much Better Than Its Perceived To Be
Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) a clean cut, methodical ex-secret service guard whose drink of choice is orange juice is hired to protect Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) a pop star diva whose unaware of her stalker situation. The young and feisty vocalist frequently taunts Farmer making his job slightly more challenging until she decides to get to know the man behind the suit. Then as her situation gets more precarious an unexpected enemy reveals itself whose envious eye has long been on Rachel. Eventually the dedicated and down to earth Farmer wins Rachel over as he attempts to avert disaster and save her from destruction. Whereby Rachel ostentatiously displays her magnetic vocals in the "I Will Always Love You" number which remains one of the most popular and recognizable songs of all time.
The Accidental Tourist (1988)
So Good You'll Have to Rewind it Into the Night
This film begins with an aloof travel writer named Macon Leary being left by his schoolteacher wife played by Kathleen Turner. The Learys recently lost a member of their nuclear family and are mourning in different ways. As the film proceeds William Hurt's character becomes involved with a kooky dog trainer portrayed by Geena Davis who inadvertently transforms his life. What makes this picture special is that it follows an ordinary couple not a yuppie Hollywood one trying to save their marriage and at the same time trying to make sense of an unexpected tragedy.
I recommend this movie because of its poignancy and light humour but mostly because its contemplative and mature enough for serious adult viewers. All the actors stepped into their roles in a realistic way and played their respective roles intensely.
School Ties (1992)
When Jewish Eyes Are Crying
Scranton High school senior David Greene (Fraser) is accepted at St. Matthews an elite prep school in New England circa 1955. Diligent and hard working Greene strives to succeed in athletics and academia while at the same time keeping a low profile of his Jewish heritage. His dream of going to an ivy league school is jeopardized when a classmate with a grudge exposes Greene's alleged secret.
Exceptionally fine acting by Fraser and supporting actor Matt Damon make this film enjoyable however the depiction of one dimensional prep school boys is not only stereotypical but it has been done before. This film in a nutshell deals with religious acceptance and belonging in an era where being Jewish was taboo, I guess it's why my title is appropriately called "when Jewish eyes are crying." Although they may cry today from hatefulness and fear they will rejoice tomorrow when all is well.
The Man in the Moon (1991)
A peek at preteen naivety and summer romance
This film holds a special memory for me, watching this movie over a decade ago was not my choice, however it was able to remain clear in my mind until I viewed it this past April. I was grateful for the imagery that returned me to my aunt's house and to the tender age of 11. It was my aunt who told me to give it a chance as it probably had a moral rather than spending time watching a tall tale feature with no significance and for this I am truly grateful. So I'm calling out all those young cats, bloods, bieliebers, and supervisors give a film like this a chance! It will calm you down and transport you to a simpler era where romance was an art and children obeyed their parents.
Water for Elephants (2011)
I went to see this picture because I love animals, travelling circuses and that period in history. I also had some background on the treatment of animals in the circus that I acquired from reading and television. My maternal grandpa was a veterinarian and it was always nice to hear from my mother of his devotion to animals. Water for Elephants is about a young man who was dragged away from academia and a ordinary life because of extenuating circumstances. The boss's wife becomes attracted to him because he is the opposite of her brutal spouse. I recommend this to viewers who are daring and love to accomplish the impossible. At the same time it is the true immigrant story that led Jacob (Pattinson) to experience the life that he did and hopefully it can encourage people to accomplish all they can. After all people throughout history had to make do with what they had and some good can come out of despair.
Kudos to Sara Gruen and those who helped bring it to the big screen.
'I Want my son back!'
The line above is what dragged me to the movies on a rainy night on Halloween (i mean the 3:50pm show, almost night-time eh, had to be home for supper). I found it extremely absurd for a corporation like the widely known LAPD to return a wrong child and insist on his upbringing. One can't help but laugh and think is this for real or what? But when I learned of the true events behind this picture my heart just shrank. The humor just flew out the window...
This is not a laughing matter not when the disappearance of a child and his possible homicide are feared. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a child in similar circumstances to that of Christine Collins.
I was very impressed with the film's cinematography which made me delve in the late 1920's era. Also with Jolie's performance as been very alive on screen as the victimized mother of the missing child. You feel for her after all all she wanted was her son returned. Not a big story that would be made into a picture more than half a century later so people can see it nominated for an academy award. However, your alter-ego prefers the movie not to end with a safe story.
I mean I really loved the fact that Eastwood made the choice to make it an open ending. After all how can you fabricate the fates of historical characters just for the sake of it.
Silent Hill (2006)
Silent Hill is based on a story of a little girl Sharon who frequently sleep walks and mentions the town Silent Hill in her sleep. A desperate mother Rose Da Silva flees town and heads for silent hill to retrieve some answers. But when a car wreck separates her from her only child, the history of silent hill slowly unfolds...
A good convert from game to movie, I saw this movie opening night and it was almost like the video game; except the movie was much more graphic while the video game was rather mysterious and a bit terrifying. The special effects were awesome but the plot was seemingly ordinary. I recommend this movie to anyone who loves a good chill. Enjoy!