Beauty and the Beast

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As delightful now as it was the first time I saw it! (and the many times since)

As delightful now as it was the first time I saw it! (and the many times since)

From IMDb’s Top 250 list, Beauty and the Beast (1991) is # 247.

As a mom of four who was born in 1990 (eek!), I had the pleasure of reapeatedly watching most of Disney’s big 90’s hits. This is a movie that I am more that familiar with… what a delight to see it again!

I drifted away to this delightful story with the intelligent, beautiful heroine of the story Belle (Paige O;Hara) singing through a peasant town in rural France that is home to her and her beloved father.. There is something so touching in this movie that I have not found the same degree in most other Disney movies. Belle’s vulnerability and pain coupled with her courage is well-matched to the Beast’s (Robby Benson) metamorphosis of raging bull to hopeful suitor.

Gaston (Richard White) is the perfect jug-head villain with his outrageous vanity, narcissism and bullying persona. He is just so easy to dislike and his song (about himself of course) is such a clever combination of rude jock and mirror-loving town beau wannabe that I still laughed out loud to the witty verbiage.

The story weaves you through action, love, great animated scenes, delightful songs and a do-or-die fight at the end. My favourite part is the singing of the dishes (Be Our Guest) sung by the lovely Misses Posts (Angela Lansbury), her in-a-hurry-to-grow-up son Chip (Bradley Pierce), ever-enthusiastic Lumiere (Jerry Orbach)  and the always-anxious Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers).

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Star Trek (2009)

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Great Action, Great story line!

Great Action, Great story line!

 

From IMDb’s Top 250 list, Star Trek (2009) is # 248.

I have to admit it.. I had a sigh of reluctance when I sat down to watch this. Although I had loved the original Star Trek TV Series as I grew up; watching the same reruns over and over, I had not liked some of the later more sci-fi shows where you had to follow along closely to know who was who and what they were, where they were from, etc…

This movie completely blew my notion of “OK.. I made a commitment of having to watch this, so.. ” away! The story had me hooked within a very short time. I was thrilled to see that it was actually based on the original series’ characters!

This movie has it all, action, fun, a taste of love, wit, and originality, while sticking closely to the original theme. With a great cast (even boasting the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy), the action flows, the battles mount and the fun personalities give us a great two hours.

Girls, don’t hesitate to watch this with your guys, you won’t be disappointed!

Prisoners (2013)

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Movie of high emotion and shifting currents of intrigue.

Movie of high emotion and shifting currents of intrigue.

From IMDb’s Top 250 list, Prisoners is # 249.

The movie opens with a father and son hunting as the father prays before shooting the deer. With his daughter’s immediate abduction, there is a continued undertone of a father’s faith challenged by his desperation to find his daughter and how far his human nature.

The storyline was well-woven as I was lead from one suspicion to another and surprised by the choices that were made by a few of the movie’s characters.

The pain and rage of the parents was tangible as  Hugh Jackman portrayed the determined, yet frantic father who will go to any measures to find his daughter and Terrance Howard, the second father who is less rash, yet his grieving touches your soul as you watch him struggle with his own choices.

The detective assigned to the case (Jake Gyllenhaal) gives us a rarely-seen frustration with the system and his captain as he wields his way through the media-hyped, time-sensitive case with the world hoping to find the girls.

The movie offered many turns and shows deep contrast in character as we watch the sinister truth of humanity wage against faith.

A great suspense that will even give you chills in a few places.

Before Sunset

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A romance of reuniting after nine years of separation

A romance of reuniting after nine years of separation

 

From IMDb’s Top 250 list, Before Sunset is # 250.

I was intrigued by the movie’s theme and sat down in hope of a good love-lost, now-found-again movie.

The opening conversation quickly grabbed my attention and I found that I was delightedly drifting into the lives of Jessie (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Deply) as they re-unite. Having not seen the prequel, I hesitated to watch this movie without seeing the first of the series, Before Sunrise. There was enough background given that there was no need.

I found myself walking along the Parisian streets with them and loved the romantic architecture and narrow, cobble-stoned lanes that surrounded the couple as they wandered, lost in awkward but hopeful conversation. The lovely ambiance of the City of Romance compliments the couple’s quiet, yet understandably uncomfortable glow in finding each other again.

The story kept me intrigued. As Celine so perfectly says “Everone wants to believe in love, it sells”, I would say that this is the epitome of the movie.

The characters are lkeable, feel real and easily show their vulnerabilities while not appearing weak.

A wonderful movie for a quiet night with a glass of wine and a spirit of hope of love being true and lasting through the years.