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The “Muppets”… And Thanksgiving

October 20th, 2011

 

 

I can’t help myself. I love these guys (The Muppets). All of our little buddies are coming out with a new movie around Thanksgiving time.

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“Field Of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout”…

July 7th, 2011

 

 

We all remember Field Of Dreams with Kevin Costner and Ray Liota, right? Terrific movie. Did you know that a sequel has just been released with Costner and Liota that goes a step further and wanders into the world of professional football?

Check out this movie trailer and then go to your local theater… now!

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“Young Frankenstein”… Abby Normal Brain Movie Clip

March 7th, 2011

 

 

In 1974 we saw the release of the movie “Young Frankenstein” starring Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, and Marty Feldman. The show was hilarious and had several terrific comedic moments but none funnier than the scene between Wilder (Dr. Frankenstein) and Feldman (Igor) who had been sent to get a brain for the monster.

Igor brings back the brain of an abnormal human instead of the brain he was sent to get. All hell brakes loose when the Doctor finds out about the mistake. Check out this movie clip…

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Cool Hand Luke… “A Failure To Communicate”

February 4th, 2011

Cool Hand Luke [Original Soundtrack Recording]

Strother Martin delivers one of the classic lines from “Cool Hand Luke”.

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“Unstoppable”… Go See This Exciting Movie

November 19th, 2010

My wife Kathy and I went to the exciting true story film of a runaway train titled “Unstoppable”. This movie is well worth seeing. I’m sure most of you remember the actual incident that made national news several years ago when a train loaded with dangerous chemicals broke lose from a train yard in Ohio with no engineer on board.

As the train moved on down the tracks it actually picked up speed in a nightmare situation for railroad officials as they scurried to find a way to stop this moving missile. Two company engineers (played by Denzel Washington and Chris Pine) become the unlikely heroes who are thrust into the position of being the only people that have a chance of capturing the runaway train.

These two engineers understand the danger of what is happening as the train speeds toward a populated area. If they force a derailment the chemicals will spread dangerously over a wide path. They realize that if they can stop the train they may save several lives in the process.

Both of these men put their lives on the line for the sake of many others. Even though we know the ending, like many of you I had no idea what caused this to happen in the first place. More importantly, I had no idea what these two engineers had to go through to pull off this miracle. Once again, we see good people have a very positive effect on a bad situation for the sake of others.

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“Secretariat”… Inspiring Story

October 18th, 2010

The movie “Secretariat” is well worth your time, baby Boomers. A very inspiring, very heart warming film about a group of people who risk everything for a horse that refuses to lose. Like most of you, I remember this beautifully gifted horse as the Triple Crown winner of the 70’s who stamped his hoof in the record books.

Like most human interests stories, it’s what lead up to the Triple Crown that captures the attention of audience members. A series of controversial decisions by Penny Chenery Tweedy, the daughter of an aging horse trainer, sets this story in motion. A coin flip leads down a path that brings her “Big Red”… a good sized, bright red chestnut colored colt that is eventually named “Secretariat”.

Just as this gifted horse starts to win big horse races, vindicating the decisions she made earlier, Penny Chenery Tweedy loses her father which forces a difficult decision. Estate taxes must be paid on her parents property and the only asset she has is her prize horse, Secretariat. She refuses to sell her dream. So, she decides to syndicate (sell shares in) her winning property.

It becomes obvious to the owner, trainer, and potential investors that Secretariat must win the Triple Crown to make any investment pay off. The rest, as they say, is history. To see how amazing this horse was is almost a religious experience. Diane Lane (Penny Cheseny Tweedy) and John Malkovich (the trainer) are brilliant.

I would put this terrific film in the same category as “Seabiscuit” (one of my all time favorite movies). I would encourage everyone to see it.

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“Naked Gun”… Great Comedy

October 12th, 2010

These “Naked Gun” movies were absolutely stupid… and hilarious. Check out this film clip.

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A Classic Christmas Movie… “It’s A Wonderful Life”

December 24th, 2009

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Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed were both outstanding in this film. Nice guys do finish first when they do the right things. George Bailey, played by Stewart, lived his life honestly based on what he learned from his parents.

He was the friendly banker that everyone loved. He never passed up a chance to be helpful to a friend or a bank customer.

Honest people, of course, have problems like everyone else. But poor George just got dumped on during this phase of his life. Things get so bad he even thinks about cashing in his own chips. He feels the world would be better off without him.

The rest of the movie is a look at how things would be in his home town if George Bailey had never been born. What he soon realizes is that his contributions to society over the years made life far superior to how life would have been if he never even existed.

When the town comes to grips with George’s problems, they end up coming to his aid as everyone chips in some money to keep the bank from closing. They all show up at George and Mary’s home to give him moral support, sing holiday songs, and eat some cookies.

Well, OK… they don’t eat cookies. But with support and the love of friends and family George Bailey now understands that he’s a truly a blessed man.

This may be the greatest “feel good” movie of all time. Take a look at these movie clips.

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Classic Christmas Movie… “A Christmas Carole” (with George C. Scott)

December 23rd, 2009

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There are several versions of this classic that have been made for the big screen and all of them are worth watching. George C. Scott’s performance was my personal favorite.

As an actor, he had that ability to be tough and look tough (eg. George Patton). But his smile and that terrific laugh of his could all of a sudden make him your loving uncle that you loved to see during family get togethers.

When he lamented his life as he talked to the Ghost of Christmas future you could actually feel his pain. A wonderful actor he was.

Look at these movie scenes and appreciate his talent.

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Classic Christmas Movie… “A Christmas Story”

December 22nd, 2009

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The story of Ralphie and his BB gun. “A Christmas Story” is a hilarious look at Christmas through the eyes of a young boy. All of us have had similar experiences in our own childhood days during the Christmas holiday.

I never did stick my tongue to a street light pole, but I once had my lips freeze on a frozen fudge bar in the middle of winter. Believe me, it was not a pretty site prying my lips away. In fact, one layer of my poor lips is still stuck on that fudge bar. Really.

So many scenes were amusing in this film. The Big Bullie that ended up folding like a cheap suit; the scary visit to see Santa with your little brother; feeling like you got ripped off by the decoder contest… these are big happenings in a young boys life.

Darren McGavin is excellent as Ralphie’s dad. This veteran actor plays a loving husband and father who tries to act tough at times around his sons. Melinda Dillon plays Ralphie’s compassionate mother and keeps the family on an even keel.

In the end, like all good movies, the family enjoys Christmas together and all is well with the world.

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