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Throwback Thursday- The Mighty Ducks (1992)

Quack! Quack! Quack!

For a certain generation, this call means only one thing: The Mighty Ducks (1992).

Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) had a bright future in hockey as a young man. After missing the goal during the championship, Gordon lost interest in the sport he loved. Decades later, after being arrested for drunk driving, Gordon’s punishment is to coach a pee wee hockey team. The team has the worst record in the league and Gordon is not so eager to take on the responsibility of coaching.  But it turns out that the team and Gordon are exactly what each other needs to turn their lives around.

For me at least, there is something nostalgic about this movie. The fact that this movie is 23 years old, well, it makes me feel old. But it has a good heart, a solid message about believing in yourself and it is quality family entertainment.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday-Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead (1991)

When your a kid and your parents go away on vacation without you, you think that it will be heaven. No parents, no rules and all fun.

In Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead (1991), the kids learn what real life is like. And it’s not pretty.

Sue Ellen’s (Christina Applegate) mother is going away on vacation, leaving her five kids with just an elderly babysitter. When the babysitter bites the dust, Sue Ellen has to find a creative way to make ends meet until her mother returns from vacation. Taking a job at a fashion company, Sue Ellen has to adapt to the reality of being an adult and the challenges she didn’t expect to experience.

This movie is vintage early 90’s. The fashion, the music, it’s all there. But underneath that facade is the learning curve that Sue Ellen and her siblings experience, the challenges of adulthood that one does not expect as a child.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday- The Matrix (1999)

Science fiction has an odd way of predicting the future. Whether it is Frankenstein or 1984, in hindsight, some of these stories can be prophetic.

The Matrix (1999) can be added to this list. By day, Thomas A Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is an computer programmer working the daily grind. After work, he uses the nom de plume of Neo, spending him time as a hacker. When the police target Neo, Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) introduces Neo to the real world and the fight to save humanity from annihilation by machines.

At the time of it’s release, this movie was ground breaking in more ways than one. It still is 16 years later. And after nearly 20 years, it still holds up as enjoyable entertainment.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday- Sandra Bullock Triple Feature- Practical Magic (1998), Miss Congeniality (2000) & Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Every generation in Hollywood has the girl next door actress. She is actress who plays mostly rom coms and dramedy’s, but every once in a while, she will jump to a completely different genre that may surprise audiences.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, that actress was Sandra Bullock.

In 1998, she starred with Nicole Kidman in Practical Magic.

Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman) are not average women. They come from a long line of witches. After the death of their parents, they were raised by their very eccentric aunts, Frances (Stockard Channing) and Jet (Dianne Wiest). But in their small town, where everyone knows that the Owens women are witches, their lives are not as easy as the other women in town.

A centuries old curse states that the men who love the Owens women are pre-destined to die young. Trouble really starts when Gillian is trying to escape from an abusive relationship and her boyfriend dies, forcing the sisters to use magic to keep their secret. But the secret backfires and the sisters must find a way to fix the problem.

I like this movie. I like the themes of acceptance, self love and being open about who you are. It also carries a nice pro-women message.

Two years later, Bullock walked into the law enforcement/Pygmalion comedy hybrid of Miss Congeniality. FBI agent Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) can be described as anything but lady like.  But when she is forced to go undercover as a contestant in the Miss United States pageant, she and her colleague Eric (Benjamin Bratt), turn to Victor Melling (Michael Caine) to ensure that Gracie’s cover will not be blown.

I like this movie. It’s funny, charming and overall, very enjoyable.

Finally, another two years after that, she starred in Two Weeks Notice. Lucy (Sandra Bullock) is a lawyer. She takes on the job of being legal counsel for playboy and sometimes business man George Wade (Hugh Grant).  George needs a babysitter more than he needs legal counsel. Lucy takes the job, receiving a promise from George that a local community center will not be torn down and replaced by a development. But when George becomes too needy, Lucy decides that it’s time to go.

Again, I like this movie. It is charming and just very well done.

I recommend all three.

 

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