5.27.2012

makes you laugh out loud

It's been too many days without a Redford movie, so here's a Redford/Newman classic. The screenwriter of this movie, William Goldman, also penned The Princess Bride. In the introduction to that book (which is wonderful, by the way), he states that when he wrote the scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where they jump off the cliff, he was picturing the Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride. I'm not sure if I'm remembering the order of that right, but I know I read that the two were connected in his mind.

The picture today is inspired by the scenes in the movie where Butch and Sundance rob the loyal bank employee Woodcock on the Union Pacific train car more than once. 

5.25.2012

you play projectionist

This movie is one that you want to rewatch again right after you see it the first time so you can see if you can make heads or tails of it all. Greatness.

5.24.2012

he was great in it

Russell Crowe is outstanding in this movie. When John Forbes Nash first realizes certain things are not real, I was just as bewildered as he seemed to be. I think if Crowe had not just won the Oscar the year before for Gladiator, he would have won for this role and I think he should have won anyway. (Not that I saw the movie with 2001's winning performance or anything. I'm just biased like that.)

5.23.2012

makes you cry

Sometimes I just need a good cry and boy did this movie deliver. I seriously think I cried through an hour and half of the two hours. As soon as I figured out what Will Smith's character was up to, the water works started and never stopped. And, I loved it.

5.22.2012

fantasy world

This is my favorite Harry Potter movie. It has a time travel aspect to it, which always sells me on a movie. In the picture, Maury is channelling Sirius Black with an actual Sirius Black wand from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where we visited last spring break.

5.21.2012

in theaters now


All I can say is this: run to the theaters to catch this one while it's on the big screen. Robert Downey, Jr. is funny and sharp, Chris Hemsworth is worth watching (if you know what I mean), and the whole movie is entertaining from start to finish. Don't worry about whether or not you've seen any of the other movies leading up to this one, either. Just go see it.

5.20.2012

film noir

Took me a bit to come up with an appropriate movie for this theme. This is a good one, though. Cusack. Huston. Bening. Yes. A good one.

5.19.2012

true story

Based on Cherie Currie's book Neon Angel, The Runaways is a movie that will stick with you for a few days as you think about how extremely young these girls were when they were living so wild and unchained. Some criticized Dakota Fanning for being in a movie portraying such behavior, but she was older when making the movie than the character she played was when living it. Kristen Stewart becomes Joan Jett here, beyond just wearing the mullet haircut.

5.18.2012

best costumes

Last year's spring dance recital was inspired by this movie with its elaborate costumes, fantastic sets and outlandish characters. I'm not much for costume dramas, so this was a more natural pick for me in the costume category.

5.17.2012

end of the world

This is a definite case of a sequel being better than a first movie (and Terminator was pretty stinkin' good). Linda Hamilton was just so awesomely bad a$# in this one. Plus, there's the twist with the good guy looking like the bad guy from the first movie plus all of the great time travel themes I love. Yeah. Love this one.

5.16.2012

kids rule

If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it. The language is a little colorful at parts, so not to be watched with the youngest of children, but still...these kids rule.

5.15.2012

so quotable

Yes, this movie is quotable. (Although, most of the movies that I've been sharing here I find quotable.) But, anyway, this one just has some real classics, not the least of which is a great line about a box of chocolates.

5.14.2012

animated

This movie is one of our family's favorites. It was the first movie Maury saw at the movie theatre. On Lizzie's second Halloween, she went dressed as Boo, Maury as Mike and Steve as Sully. That's the Sully costume above which we can't seem to part with.

5.13.2012

memorable mother

The picture today was just an easy way to picture the name of the movie, but as for the theme today, it's all about Dianne Wiest's character, Helen Buckman, in the movie. So many things she says in the course of playing a single mom dealing with a moody soon and a crazy teenage daughter...plus her daughter's boyfriend...are just classics in my mind. At the end of the movie, you just want to stand up and cheer for her.

Happy Mother's Day!

5.10.2012

great music

I mentioned during musicmarch that this movie had great music, so it was naturally the one I would choose for today's theme. My picture for today is a take off on the poster for the movie.

5.09.2012

watch it over and over


I don't know what to say about this movie that the fact that it's my choice for "watch it over and over" doesn't already say. 

You haven't seen it, you say? 

Inconceivable.

5.07.2012

see it on the big screen


Some movies just need to be seen in a theater where everything is big enough to capture the depth, width, height and volume of the creators' vision. I remember my uncle taking me to the original Star Wars back in the '70s and then seeing them again 20 years later when rereleased in theaters. Great big screen viewing both times.

5.06.2012

love story


Redford flick #2 for moviemay. One of my favorite scenes ever in a movie is in this one when Hubbell reacts to Katie's news that she is having a baby. I don't know what it is about it, but it just feels so real and loving. A bittersweet love story for sure, but at least for a while the girl who isn't classicly beautiful wins the man who is...and it is believable.

5.05.2012

foodie flick




I really loved how Remy's love for good food was visualized in this movie. He would be surrounded by fireworks and sparkles whenever he ate or created fantastic tasting food. Creative and effective.

5.04.2012

a long time ago





I realize I may be interpreting today's theme differently than was intended, but when I saw it, I just thought to the older movies in my list of favorites and came up with this one which was released in 1967. (It's older than me, for goodness sake!)

I grew up watching ALOT of Robert Redford movies. Thank you, Mom. And Dad, I guess. (But I think mainly Mom.) This won't be the last one of his movies on my list this month.  But, it's not Redford that I love so much about this movie...although he's pretty darned adorable here.

First of all, this is a Neil Simon play brought to the screen. (I also watched a lot of Neil Simon growing up. Thanks again, Mom and Dad.) Neil Simon is brilliant.

Second, Corrie Bratter, played by Jane Fonda, is one of my all time favorite movie characters. Such zest for life. Wow. 

Shama shama elma commama!

5.03.2012

nightmares guaranteed

I don't know what it is about this movie that makes it so scary, but my gosh it is creepy. And, the ending? Shiver.

5.02.2012

she was great in it

Rooney Mara was amazing as Lisbeth Salander in the English version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I can't wait to see her in the next two movies in the series. Such a fantastic series of books and truly a wonderful casting job all around. (And, how about Lizzie channelling Lisbeth there?)

5.01.2012

last watched



If I end up with a night to myself, which I did last Friday, I almost always pop in a Twilight movie. And, it's usually the first one. It's terribly directed. The fx are horrible. But it's my favorite still. 

(I'm doing a new challenge on Instagram by the same people who put together musicmarch. It's moviemay. I'm not going to post the list here, just wait and see what is coming.)