Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

What the Beck???

I spent this week in Kentucky, so I am
sorry that I missed posting a few days.
KY updates coming soon.

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

1951     Quo Vadis                          
starring:  Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov       plot –    Taylor plays a military leader who discovers Christianity in                  Rome. He falls for Kerr, but she doubts it will work out.                Emperor Nero blames the Christians for his own failings                and choices.         
I had never even heard of this movie, but after watching it, I feel like I knew a lot about it from snippets of other movies. It was long but okay.

1966     The Russians are Coming…the Russians are Coming       starring:  Alan Arkin, Carl Reiner, Brian Keith, Eva Marie Saint,                          Jonathan Winters, Theodore Bikel, John Philip Law      plot –     A Soviet sub is grounded off the New England coast. The                     crew pretended to be Norwegians to get local help.      
I am so surprised that this silliness was nominated for an Academy Award. I loved all of the familiar characters, but it is so unbelievable, which is where the comedy comes in. Of course, it lost out to A Man for all Seasons.

1971     Fiddler on the Roof                          
starring:  Haim Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul                   Mann, Paul Michael Glaser
plot –      A poor Jewish man works on marrying off his three                     daughters. Many of the townspeople are beginning to have              anti-Sematic feelings.        
This is such a wonderful musical. I only saw the play, but never the original movie. I sang and danced through the movie and loved every minute of it.  If you haven’t seen this movie in awhile, it is worth a quick trip to the library to check it out!!!

1986     Children of a Lesser God                 
starring:  William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco,                       Allison Gompf
plot –     Hurt plays a speech teacher at a private school. He falls for                   Matlin, an angry graduate who now cleans the school. 
                Hurt teaches deaf children to speak. She wants nothing                 to do with it, but she ends of falling for him,        
I really liked this movie. Matlin is an amazing actress. I truly felt her anger and loved Hurt’s incredible patience. This is a wonderful film to help people learn about and accept people’s difference.

1992     Unforgiven                          
starring:  Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and                         Richard Harris.        
plot –     Eastwood plays Mundy, who was once a gunfighter. He comes                 out of “retirement” to compete against Harris. The                       winner will receive a reward for committing a                             murder.        
I loved this movie!  First of all, I love most movies that star Morgan Freeman. Eastwood and Hackman were also fabulous in this movie.

1953     Julius Caesar                 
starring:  John Gielgud, Louis Colhern, Greer Garson, Marlon Brando,                   James Mason, Deborah Kerr
plot –     The Shakespearean story of the eventual death of Caesar              after his greed becomes greater than his love for his              country.        
Lord help me. Once again, another Shakespeare movie. This one had terrible casting. Who ever thought that Marlon Brando should star in this one was just not even thinking!  Yikes!!!

2005     Munich                          
starring:  Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Claran Hinds, Mathieu Kassoritz
plot –     The story of the revenge killings for the Olympic deaths                      of Black September in Germany.        
I was glad to learn the whole story of what happened at the Olympics, but it was pretty rough for me. I really don’t like to watch extreme violence, and I have such a hard time understanding how and why Middle Eastern countries are always at war, and never can figure out a peace that they can all live with in the future.

2007     Juno                          
starring:  Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman,                     Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons
plot – A pregnant teen has to make a difficult decision as to what to do             with her unborn baby.        
I loved this movie. The acting was wonderful and unfortunately, the problem is real for two many teenagers. I love J.K. Simmons who played the laid back Dad of the pregnant teen.

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