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

Movie Review #14: “Brother Bear”

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If you’re ever in the mood to learn a life lesson, this movie might be your ticket. A touching film that teaches you to look at life through the eyes of a bear. Who are the monsters in this movie, the bears or the humans?

I was moved by some of the scenes, especially when Koda finds out the truth about his mom. I also thought Phil Collins did a beautiful job with the songwriting. The comedic parts featuring the moose Rutt and Tuke were hilarious! All in all, the film made for enjoyable viewing and I warmly recommend it.

The following excerpt is from a review by Stephen Holden “To a Grizzly, Humans are the Hairy Monsters” (Published: October 24, 2003 http://www.nytimes.com/)

The potpourri of myth and fantasy is swirled into a vague, all-purpose pop sermon whose message of restraint and empathy with all creatures great and small evokes everything from practicing the golden rule and following the Ten Commandments to supporting animal rights. 

Sounds like Holden wasn’t to enthusiastic about this film. What do you think? Do you agree? ~~LMMolina