Posts tagged "Film"

What if the movie "Say Anything" were made today?

What if the movie "Say Anything" were made today?
In the movie Say Anything Lloyd Dobler (played by John Cusack) decribes his career aspirations like this: I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair... Read more »

An Oscars drinking game but with exercise

Hammervision posted a 2014 Academy Awards Drinking Game. It was fun to read, but I don’t plan to play along. I’m a bit too old to have a Hollywood awards show dictate my alcohol consumption particularly on a Sunday night. Couldn’t there be a healthier way than an Oscars drinking game to make the Academy... Read more »

Dirty Dancing: 3 reasons everybody should put Baby in the corner

This has bothered me for a long time (decades), so it’s about time I blogged it out. First, SPOILER ALERT! This has to do with a detail near the end of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. If you don’t know how that movie ends and don’t want to know... Read more »
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5 more fascinating true stories

5 more fascinating true stories
I previously made a list of 40 fascinating true stories, great documentaries uncovering the details of interesting lives and activities. Below are 5 more documentaries I recommend. Many films from both lists are available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon Prime, which is particularly good news for those who will trapped inside avoiding a “polar... Read more »

Are best actress awards sexist? Could a chick beat Tom Hanks?

Are best actress awards sexist? Could a chick beat Tom Hanks?
Are best actress awards sexist? I never thought about that until I wrote my post about Cyndi Lauper’s chances of becoming the first solo woman to win the Tony Award for best original score. In referencing which awards have not been won by women I used this phrase: “Other than the male acting awards…” That... Read more »

Worst Mother's Day movies: 7 really bad movie moms

Sorry, Gwyneth. Although people debate your real life parenting skills (Apple? You named a child Apple?) you don't take the on screen prize yet.
Bad movie moms? There are a lot of them, which makes these some of the worst Mother’s Day movies. Or maybe they are the best Mother’s Day movies? After all, these are all great movies, and your mother is bound to look wonderful by comparison to the bad moms portraying in these films. Would you... Read more »
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Best foreign films for people who don't like foreign films

The Red Riding Trilogy (UK)<br><iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Nx5rqw9tXB8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>My first three foreign film recommendations are a trilogy from three different directors. They follow the investigation of a serial killer over the course of a decade.
Foreign films have a reputation for being slow, artsy and introspective, but the truth is the styles and subjects of foreign films vary as widely as the styles and subjects of American films. This gallery highlights some of the best foreign films I know for people who don’t like foreign films. Some of them are... Read more »

List 16: Guilty Pleasure Movies

List 16: Guilty Pleasure Movies
My posts about great documentaries and how to enjoy theatre may have given people the idea that I have highfalutin tastes in entertainment. That’s far from the truth. My taste in entertainment is as eclectic as my blog topics. That is, I like some trashy, fluffy and silly stuff too. Here are some of my... Read more »

List 9: Things That Make Me Cry

List 9: Things That Make Me Cry
When I dropped my son off for his first ever day of preschool last week I cried a bit, but as my husband is quick to point out, I cry at pretty much anything. Below are 40 examples of things that make me cry. Some are common tearjerkers, while others are a bit quirky.  I’ve... Read more »
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More (Potentially) Fascinating True Stories!

My list of 40 recommended documentary films may seem long, but it is incomplete. First, I did skew it toward lesser known films, which means it is lacking many highly acclaimed documentaries. Second, I couldn’t remember all the films I’ve seen and enjoyed. A commenter recommended In the Realms of the Unreal, which I have... Read more »