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Flashback Friday-Rumor Has It… (2005)

Family history is a curious thing, especially when it inspires a well-known story.

In the 2005 film, Rumor Has It…, Sarah (Jennifer Aniston) and Jeff (Mark Ruffalo) are a newly engaged coupled. Sarah introduces Jeff to her family when they go to California for her sister’s wedding. During the visit to California, Jeff infers that Sarah’s father, Earl (Richard Jenkins) is not her biological father. Enter Beau (Kevin Costner), a successful author who may have had affairs concurrently with Sarah’s late mother and grandmother Katherine (Shirley MacLaine) back in the day. This leads Sarah to believe that the 1967 film, The Graduate is more than fiction. Like her mother and grandmother, Sarah falls for Beau’s charms, but she may end up losing Jeff in the process.

This film is an interesting one. It’s not exactly the typical romantic comedy, but it also does not use it’s source material as much as it could have.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Thoughts On The 25th Anniversary Of The Bodyguard

Saturday will be the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

Rachel Marron (the late Whitney Houston) is a pop singer who is being stalked and harassed. Her management team hires Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner), a former secret service agent to protect her. While Frank’s past haunts him, he insists on security measures that don’t sit well with Rachel and her entourage.  Then things take a turn when Rachel and Frank’s relationship becomes more than star and bodyguard and the stalker gets a little too close for comfort.

This movie is nothing if a modern classic. Not only for the soundtrack and the immortal song “I Will Always Love You”, but for the story of a relationship, both personal and professional that changes the lives of both main characters.

Did anyone else see the American Music Awards last night? Christina Aguilera was beautiful.

Here is to the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard. May future generations of film and music fans come to know and love this film as we have.

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Throwback Thursday-Field Of Dreams (1989)

Sometimes, when we think our lives are ordinary, they become extraordinary.

In Field Of Dreams (1989), Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) think that his life is ordinary. It’s about to become extraordinary.

He starts to hear whispers all around him. More specifically, he hears “If you build it, he will come”. He tries to ignore the whispers, but they persist.

When he finally listens to the whispers, Ray levels a portion of his field to build a baseball field. His friends and neighbors think he is crazy. But when the field is filled by baseball players, Ray’s life is no longer ordinary.

What I like about this movie is that is dramatic and entertaining without becoming too schmaltzy. At the end of the day, Ray listened to his gut and not to the chatter of others. It’s a lesson we all should partake of every now and then.

I recommend it.

 

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Something Super About Superman- Man Of Steel Review

What can I say about Man Of Steel? Other than its brillant and every comic super hero film from now on should have Christopher Nolan invovled with the production.

Man Of Steel completely reboots the Superman myth, starting with the last days of Krypton and the confrontation between Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and General Zod (Michael Shannon). The film then takes the audience to Earth with Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill) having flash backs of his childhood while attempting anonimity. Daily Planet reporter, Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is investigating a series of UFO related incidents and the myth that this mysterious man has been helping people in their hour of need.

The movie is very good. Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent is a breath of fresh air, revitalizing the Superman mythos with renewed energy. Adams as Lois Lane is both traditional and modern in her portrayl of Superman’s other half. Rounding out the cast is Laurence Fisbourne as Perry White with Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent, Clark’s human adopted parents.

My only critique is that the fight scenes could have been cut down by a few minutes. Other than that, the movie was incredible and I hope to see a sequel in the next few years.

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