Many of my regular readers know that I’ve been writing Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday posts for quite a few years now.
That being said, I am in need of suggestions for upcoming Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday posts. I am open to both television shows (both fiction and reality shows) and movies. The criteria is as follows:
- The movie must have premiered in theaters at least five years ago.
- In regards to any suggestions for television shows, the pilot must have aired at least five years ago. I am fine with shows that are both still on the air and/or no longer on the air.
- I avoid horror movies like the plague, so please do not recommend any horror movies.
I look forward to your suggestions. Thank you for reading and have a good weekend.
History has an interesting way of intersecting with our personal lives.
In the 1992 television miniseries Jewels, (based on the novel of the same name by Danielle Steele), Sarah Thompson (Annette O’Toole) is an American woman who marries William Whitfield (Anthony Andrews), a British Duke at the beginning of World War II. They settle in France, not knowing that war is coming. The war throws a chink (as it did for everyone in that period) into their lives. After the war is over, the family opens a Jewelry store that is a success, but conflict arises, as it often does. Will the family and the store survive or will both cave into the pressure that is building within and without?
Danielle Steele, as a writer, is known for a certain type of narrative. I rarely if ever read her novels, so this review is strictly based on the television adaptation and not the novel. What I like about the story and the character that exist within this story is that it is a very human story. I also appreciate that real historical events have a hand in shaping the lives of the characters.
Do I recommend it? Probably.
*On an unrelated note, this will be my last Throwback Thursday/Flashback Friday post for 2017. Look for my new reviews coming in 2018.
Hello and good morning to my fellow bloggers and entertainment buffs.
This post has been written to ask you for a favor. Those of you that follow me know that I write weekly Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday posts reviewing movies and television shows.
The favor I am asking is for recommendations as the list I have compiled for these posts is becoming short.
The guidelines are simple:
- Any movies suggested must be at least five years old.
- In the same vein, any suggested television shows must have had their premiere at least five years ago. Whether or not the show is still on the air or it is off the air makes no difference to me.
- While I enjoy most movies and most genres, I generally don’t like horror movies, unless they are the classics: (i.e. Frankenstein or Dracula), especially if they are gory.
I thank you in advance for the suggestions and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Sometimes it takes one person to change history.
Colonel Robert Gould Shaw is remembered as being a hero for the North in The Civil War. He is also remembered for leading the first all black regiment.
In 1989, his story was brought to big screen in the movie Glory. Pvt Trip, one of the soldiers under his command, was played by Denzel Washington. The men in the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry not fought on the battlefield for freedom, they also fought against the racism and prejudice from their fellow citizens.
What makes this movie stand out from the plethora of Civil War era movies is how timely it still feels. Prejudice and racism still exist in this country. Colonel Shaw and his men fought and died for the same freedoms that we are still fighting and dying for today. This movie and the true story that inspired it remind the audience that there are people like Colonel Shaw in the world, willing to step up and do what is right, even if that means going against convention.
I recommend it.
It’s no secret that the success of many movies is often linked to a successful marketing campaign. But what happens when a movie is released to drive the success of a dance?
In the 1990 movie, The Forbidden Dance, Nisa (Laura Harring) is the daughter of an Amazonian chieftain. To prevent the Amazon forest from being destroyed by white men whose only eye is on the bottom line, Nisa travels to Los Angeles. There she meets Jason (Jeff James), the son of an upper class family who convinces Nisa that the only way to save her people’s ancestral land and the Amazon forest is to win a televised dance contest.
This movie tries in vain to be another version of Dirty Dancing. It’s not, in fact it’s far from it. Yes, the topics of multiculturalism and respecting the environment are thrown in for good measure, but this movie is just plain awful. The narrative is predictable at best and the clothes are so early 1990’s that they are hideous. It’s clear that the sole aim of this film was to convince audience members that the Lambada was the dance they should all be doing.
Do I recommend it? No.
Sometimes the best movies are the simplest ones. A camera, an intriguing narrative and fully formed characters are all that is needed for a film to be labelled a success.
In 1994, soon to be famous (and respected) director Kevin Smith released his feature film debut, Clerks. Dante (Brian O’Halloran) works at a convenience store and is not happy about working on his day off. He feels like his life is going nowhere fast. His ex is getting married and his current girlfriend has more experience in the bedroom than he does. His friend Randal (Jeff Anderson) works next door at the local video store. They spend the film commiserating about their lives and finding ways to make the day go faster.
This film made the career of Kevin Smith. It proves that over the top special effects, a contrived narrative and 2D characters are not always a guarantee of a film’s success. It is a story that pulls the audience in and characters that are human and normal that speak to an audience and fill in seats at the theater.
I recommend it.
Climbing up the corporate ladder is not always easy. Sometimes we have to find creative methods to get up the ladder.
In the 1992 film Ladybugs, Chester Lee (Rodney Dangerfield) is eager to move up the company ladder. But instead of doing it the old-fashioned way, Chester comes up with a unique idea. His company is sponsoring a girls soccer team. The parents sitting on the bleachers during the games work with Chester. Not only will he coach the girls, but he will bring onto the team his secret weapon: Matthew (the late Jonathan Brandis), his soon to be stepson. Dressing Matthew as a girl, Chester hopes that this will bring about the professional success he is hoping for.
This movie is very early 90’s. It’s also aimed at a certain age group. While it is not the best tween/early teen movie from the era, it’s not the worst either.
Do I recommend the film? Maybe.
There is an old joke: a Rabbi and a Priest walk into a bar…..
Let’s tweak that scenario a little. Two boys who are best friends, decide as adults to join the religious leadership of their respective religions, one Jewish and one Christian. What happens when the girl next door who left town 20 years ago comes back and causes the men to think that they have made the wrong career choice?
This is Keeping The Faith.
Jake (Ben Stiller) and Brian (Edward Norton) have been friends since childhood. Anna (Jenna Elfman) was the third musketeer in their childhood adventures. But she moved away years ago. Jake’s chosen profession is that of Rabbi, Brian is a Priest. Anna comes back to New York for work and is not the young girl Jake and Brian remember.
Celibacy is one of the requirement’s Brian’s profession. Marrying a Jewish woman is a requirement for Jake’s profession. While they begin to question their career choices in favor of a possible romance with Anna, both men are simultaneously try to shake the dust off their faiths.
I like this movie. It’s a New York City kind of movie, which is never a bad thing in my eyes. It’s also not a typical rom-com. It’s funny and enjoyable without hitting the moviegoer over the head.
I recommend it.
There is something about a long time friendship. After decades of being around each other, there is a short hand that exists between the two friends. Nothing can tear them apart….until someone new and attractive moves into the neighborhood.
In Grumpy Old Men (1993), John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) have been frienemies since boyhood. Their relationship alters when a new female neighbor, Ariel Truax (Ann-Margaret) moves to town.
This movie is incredibly funny. The decades long relationship and chemistry that Lemmon and Matthau have is tangible on screen. Revisiting her screen idol goddess past, Ann-Margaret is funny, charming and age appropriate for her two leading men.
Two years later in 1995, Grumpier Old Men revisited John and Max. John and Ariel are married. The town bait shop has been closed. A new owner, Maria Ragetti (Sophia Loren) buys the bait shop and plans to turn into an Italian restaurant. But John and Max will do anything to keep the bait shop as is. While John is happy to play along with Max’s plan, Max finds that he is attracted to Maria.
The addition of Sophia Loren to this cast is the icing on the cake. The antagonistic love/hate relationship between Loren and Matthau is incredibly funny.
I recommend both movies.
To a certain generation of women, Patrick Swayze is the movie heartthrob they will never forget. Masculine, charming, but also sexy and sensitive.
While Mr. Swayze is no longer with us, his movies will remain with us.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
In the early 1960’s, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is on vacation with her family in the Catskills. She falls in with Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), a dance teacher at the hotel from the wrong side of the tracks. When Johnny’s regular dance partner is unable to work, Baby takes her place.
Dirty Dancing is a classic. Baby’s coming of age story set to the music of the early 1960’s is perfection. There is something about this movie that no matter how many times I’ve seen it, I have to see it one more time.
Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) are perfectly happy together. After Sam is murdered, his spirit remains on Earth to look after Molly and avenge his death.
This is one of the most romantic movies ever made. Only the coldest heart would refuse to melt at the idea of Sam’s devotion to Molly.There is also the scene with the clay that is just way too hot.
I recommend this movie.