Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

What the Beck???

Happy Baptism Day, Shane!!!

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

1984     A Soldier’s Story
starring: Howard Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Art Evans, David Alan                    Greer, David Harris, Dennis Lipscomb, Larry Riley,                        Denzel Washington
plot –    According to IMDb: An African American officer                       investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in                   World War II.
This was a really great movie. The racially charged story line was wonderful, and gave me food for thought. Howard Rollins is a wonderful actor, and even though Denzel’s part is small, he is always great.

1985     Kiss of the Spider Woman
starring:  William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, Jose Lewgoy, Milton                   Goncalves, Miriam Pires
plot –     According to IMBd:  A gay and a political prisoner are                       together in a prison. The gay narrates the stories of two                  fake movies and his own life.
This was a really dumb movie. I hated how it was directed and the storyline. I had a terrible time not fast forwarding it, but I suffered through until the end of the film.

1986     Platoon
starring:  Tom Berebger, Keith David, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker,                   Francesco Quinn, Kevin Dillon
plot –     A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when dealing                 with war.
This was a gory, violent movie. I totally understand that war is awful, but I guess I just can’t stand to watch violence any more. It was a great movie, but I am glad that it is over.

1987     The Last Emperor
starring:  John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole, Ruochong Ying
plot –    The story of the last emperor of China.
I thought that I wouldn’t like this movie, but I was wrong. It made me realize how little I know about the world. I remember so much American history and things like the Holocaust, but I can’t remember much study about the rest of the world.  How sad!!

1987     Hope and Glory
starring:  Sebastian Rice-Edwards, Geraldine Muir, Sarah Miles, David                   Hayman, Sammi Davis, Derrick O’Connor
plot –     The story of Bill, who grows up in World War II London.
This was a really good story!  It was a realistic child’s view of what happened to those that remained in the big cities that were bombed by the Germans during WWII.

1988     Dangerous Liaisons
starring:  Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie                       Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, Mildred Natwick, Uma Thurman
plot –     Two people make a bet about a recently married woman.
Glenn Close played such a wicked person in this movie. John Malkovich has always “creeped me out” and did so in this movie of plotting, greed, and ruined lives.

1989     Born on the Fourth of July
starring:  Tom Cruise, Raymond Barry, Caroline Kava, Josh Evans
plot –     The story of Ron Kovic who is a Vietnam paralyzed Vet. He                   becomes an activist when he feels the U.S. government                   let him down.
This was a really hard movie to watch. The Vietnam War was so badly handled. Our poor Vets who returned to shame and scorn which was not their fault. I felt stress watching this one.

1989     My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
starring:  Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten                     Sheridan
plot –     Christy Brown learns to use his left foot to write and paint.                   He had cerebral palsy.
Wow!  What a great movie!  Daniel Day-Lewis is amazing as Christy Brown. The story is so good. This one is a must see.

1990     The Godfather, Part 3                 
starring:  Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach,                 Joe Montegna
plot –     Michael is trying to “go straight” in business and make                       things right with God.
This was a typical Godfather movie. Pacino continues the role of Michael Corlione. This movie has its gruesome moments, but it is a very good movie.

1992     Scent of a Woman
starring:  Al Pacino, Chis O’Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar,                 Philip Seymous Hoffman
plot –     A blind man needs a caregiver, so he hires a prep school                      boy.
This was a GREAT movie. I had heard of it, but never viewed it. Al Pacino is amazing as the blind man. He never blinked. How can an actor film an entire movie and never blink his eyelashes?? I even tried it and couldn’t go longer than 13 minutes.  My eyes dried out so fast.  Chris O’Donnell was fabulous as the caregiver. The story was extremely well done, and I couldn’t and didn’t look away the entire time. 

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