Saturday, December 1, 2007

Some movies we watched this week:

1. If you're a member of Generation Y, you've probably never seen Driving Miss Daisy. Well, you'd better rectify that because there's probably some things about it you don't know:

a.It won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989. Other Oscars were Best Actress (Jessica Tandy), Best Makeup, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
b.It is the last PG rated film to win this award, and Jessica Tandy is the oldest actress to win her award. It was nominated for a bunch of other awards.
c.It's funny and touching. You're hard pressed to find a film so well carried by such a small core of relatively unknown actors at the time: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Akroyd (not so unknown, but he's not funny in this one), and Esther Rolle.

2. Millions, an indie film directed by Danny Boyle. It's the best film about charity I've ever seen. The message is overt, but the way it's presented is so fresh and interesting, that one cannot help but enjoy it. Ebert rated it as one of the best films of 2005. It's charming and delightful, and the two boys in it deliver performances just as good, if not better, than the adults. Forget Feature Films For Families which shove messages down your throat, try Millions.

3. Third is Ghost Rider. The one good thing I say about it is that it never takes itself too seriously because the script is so campy. Unfortunately, the script is so campy that the movies never takes itself seriously. YAWWNNN! A guy who sells his soul to the devil for the life of his father is forced to wander the streets at night avenging innocents and damning criminals while battling evil demons bent on destroying earth. Pretty funny, right?

4. The last is Remember the Titans. Before you decide to skip this because you already know how much you love it, there's something you may want to consider. Originally, it was supposed to be an R rated film, but the director wanted to cut out the unnecessary language. For the first time in the five or so times I've watched this film, I realized that it endorses homosexuality in a very sneaky way. How's that, you ask? Watch the film for yourself one more time, and you figure it out. But mark my words, it does. And the football scenes? For the most part... phoney. Try Friday Night Lights or Rudy for a superior football film, Glory Road or Driving Miss Daisy for a superior film about race.

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