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Friday Fun! March Movies…

This month’s movie picks were definitely influenced by my March Madness and cabin fever. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

What About Bob? I haven’t felt this sorry for Richard Dreyfuss since he left the shark cage in Jaws.

The Dream Team  Ahhhh…always good to hang out with Michael Keaton! Christopher Lloyd steals the show, though.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Jack Nicholson’s best character ever. Look for Christopher Lloyd in this one, too.

Shawshank Redemption Yep, we’re going from the nut house to the big house.

Last Castle There’s few that are cooler than Robert Redford.

The Longest Yard I’m talking about the original with Burt Reynolds. Eddie Albert was a fabulous creep!



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Friday Fun: Time for some giggles!

Whew! What a week. It started out at a mad dash, and just continued the same pace. Just when I thought I was going to lose my mind, this little gem started popping up on my TV:

I think the “secret freckle” kid saved what’s left of my sanity.

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Friday Fun! Movie Picks for February

Don’t you just love February? The grey skies are ignored for a bit as our thoughts turn to love. I think, though, with Valentine’s Day looming, we hyper focus on romantic love, and forget about the many other forms of love that are just as strong, and (at times) more enduring.

Like the love a boy has for his car, as demonstrated in Christine. Or a boy’s love for his mother, like in Psycho. And don’t forget a mother’s love for her son, so shown in Friday the 13th. Then there’s the love of a favorite author, as played out in Misery.

Ok, so obviously romantic comedies aren’t my cup of Kool-Aid. I do, however, have a few love stories that I just, well, love. I hope you enjoy them too!

Let’s start with my two favorite movies displaying a mother’s love that don’t involve an abandoned summer camp. Mildred Pierce, starring Joan Crawford, is a fabulous movie that shows how far a mother’s love can extend, and as a result  taken advantage of.  My other favorite is  Steel Magnolias, a movie that shows worrying about your children doesn’t necessarily end at their high school graduation.

Next up on my list is a movie in which the lead character is the most unlikely love interest in recent movie history. As Good as it Gets, starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, and Greg Kinnear. What woman wouldn’t want to hear “You make me want to be a better man”?

Ok, I do have to finish off with a movie about a man’s love for his car, and subsequently his neighbors. Gran Torino, in which Clint Eastwood starts out as one of the most unlikeable characters. If you’re expecting this to be another Dirty Harry type of movie, you’re in for a surprise.

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Friday Fun: Movie Time!

Yikes! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of January, and I haven’t  mentioned movies. I’ve found myself drawn towards “follow your dreams” and “living the life you want” movies this month, and thought I’d share my top picks with you.

Let’s start with Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah and LL Cool J.  One of the things I loved about this movie is Queen Latifah’s character knew what she wanted in her life, and kept a Dream Book to list them. The only thing that held her back was her lack of self-confidence. It wasn’t until she thought she had nothing to lose that she actually started to follow her dreams.

And then there’s UP. Yep, it’s an animated kids movie that has a house moving through the air via bunches of balloons, and a talking dog. What I wasn’t expecting was our unlikely hero’s realization that his “uneventful” life had been filled with adventures all along.  

I love Secondhand Lions with Robert Duvall and Michael Caine. I love the idea that life’s adventures don’t end just because you’ve reached a certain age. And I love that the characters did is as their own quirky selves, without apology or conformity to others’ expectations.

My last pick is along the “reinventing one’s self” theme. Now, Voyager, starring Bette Davis.  A woman who was bullied and put down her entire life changes her self-image. She wasn’t rescued by someone else. Little by little, she rescued herself.

Those are my January movie picks. I hope you enjoy them!

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