FIVE MOVIES ABOUT
Run Forrest, Run!
All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Stick ’em up!
Millions of kids that participate in high school sports each year, but there are less than 5,000 players on the rosters of all the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams combined.
Princes and paupers and princesses and pauperesses…
If this is “reality”….
Pick your poison.
The truth? Could we handle the truth?
Being a college student is easy. Getting in is the hard part.
When you’re watching a movie about a con, there’s always a nervousness and unease in the back of your mind that maybe you’re getting conned too.
The moon is lots of things. A target of conquest, something scary, and even a symbol of isolation.
Like war, prison is the setting for a LOT of movies.
There’s perhaps no real life subject so ready-made for the screen as war.
It’s kinda like soccer. But with ice skates. And it’s actually fun to watch.
There are movies that sound like they’re about submarines, but then you watch them and find out they’re not.
As one of the only three real sports – the other two being bull fighting and mountaineering of course, at least according to Ernest Hemingway (or Ken Purdy or Barnaby Conrad, depending on whom you believe) – motor sports attracts some dynamic and colorful characters.
I assume that just about everyone who grew up in the 1980’s is familiar with the video for the A-ha song “Take on Me.”
A lot of movies owe a conceptual debt to Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, and its most famous line “Hell is other people.” Nothing can get under your skin like someone who makes it impossible for you to ignore your own flaws and shortcomings.
War is hell, and there are plenty of movies showing that to us. Platoon, Paths of Glory, Saving Private Ryan, The Hurt Locker, The Bridge Over the River Kwai, The Longest Day, Apocalypse Now are all great movies. The drama inherent in war makes it a prime subject for movies, of course, and the scope of battle lends itself particularly well to the visual medium. But what happens when the war is over, and the soldiers return home? What about movies that deal with the “after”?
There are a few movies out there that are widely liked, but which I simply can’t stand. Pretty Woman is one of those movies. While part of my dislike for Pretty Woman is simply a consequence of me generally not being a fan of fairy tales, there’s something else about it that always bothered me.
About This Website
I am neither a film critic nor a film reviewer – I’m just a fan of movies. But I’m a big fan.
Once you’ve seen enough of them, your mind starts making links and connections. You see similarities between different types of movies, or movies from different eras. You note that certain themes seem to appear over and over, sometimes with slight differences, and other times with significant ones. I like exploring these similarities across different movies, and I’m curious to learn what other people think.
These aren’t meant to be the “best” five, by any means. In fact, I think sometimes it’s worth watching a really bad movie or two, just to keep the context of the ratings spectrum in mind.