Movie Review #18: “Beauty and the Beast”

I must admit I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard that a new version of Beauty and the Beast was coming out in March of 2017. When I told my students that we were going to the theater to view the movie, I got mixed reactions, especially from the males! However, we were all pleasantly surprised! Overall, both of my Movies and Films sections enjoyed this latest edition.

This version exceeded my expectations. I thought the film was colorful, moving and had more action than I expected. The singing and acting were a delight!

This film will definitely be added to my video library and be a part of my course for next year. It is one I highly recommend for all ages. ~~LMMolina

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Movie Review #17: “Walking with Dinosaurs”

Telepathic dinosaurs? That’s one person’s view. The images and sounds (apart from the talking) I thought were unique.  It was definitely an educational film. I learned facts that I was not familiar with. It’s been classified as a family film but there were some parts that might not be appropriate for little ones. But who knows? Maybe they’re used to seeing scary creatures from the past. ~~LMMolina

Movie Review #16: “Casablanca”

A story of two people who fall in love and are torn apart by a war. Sound familiar? Maybe. But these lovers are a bit different. Our hero Rick is somewhat bitter and cynical but when he sees his former lover, Ilsa, his world changes and he along with it. Ilsa struggles with her emotions as she tries to convince Rick that her feelings towards him have not changed even though she is married. We are kept in suspense throughout the film and are surprised by the turn of events at the end.

Both actors give a superb performance and we understand why this film won best picture for 1943. It will always remain a true classic! ~~LMMolina

Movie Review #15: “Driving Miss Daisy”

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I’ve always been a fan of both Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. Their work is exceptional and in this film their performance is outstanding. I never tire of watching it and as I grow older, I feel more emotionally involved with the characters. I suppose anyone can relate to the issues in some way or another. That’s a good director’s purpose, to get the audience to feel the character’s emotions.  This film was directed by Bruce Beresford who, in my opinion, was able to get these two wonderful actors to outdo themselves. Dan Aykroyd’s performance as Miss Daisy’s son was also top-notch!

With so  many films focusing on action, it’s nice to watch a film in which we get the “action” from just watching the main characters interact with one another through eye-contact and body gestures. Don’t you agree? ~~LMMolina

Movie Quote #15: “The Lord of the Rings” (“A cage…”)

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“A cage,” [Éowyn] said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003 Best Picture Oscar)

This sounds a bit dreary but I can relate to it. I suppose sooner or later anyone and everyone will relate to the message it holds. Both men and women will get to the point where they will lose their desire to do great things. Do you agree? ~~LMMolina