21 Apr 2012
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Tags: 1800s, adventure, affections, australian, Australian Films, best friend, big city, career, child, concert, death, deceit, dreams, duke, engaged, farmer, father, films, four, handsome, Hero, Lantana, life, list, love, love triangle, man, marriage, marriages, men, mistaken identities, Moulin Rouge, movies, Muriel's wedding, mute, new zealand, ourtesan, pianist, piano, poet, queen, Saturday Cinema, sex, shine, small town, sports, story, The Piano, travel, web of love, What to Watch, woman, writer, young, young man
Lantana (2001) Rated R
A woman disappears and four marriages are drawn into a tangled web of love, deceit, sex and death.
Moulin Rouge (2001) Rated PG-13
Christian is an idealistic and impoverished young writer who, newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young Bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections.
Muriel’s Wedding (1994) Rated R
No one ever paid much attention to Muriel and her humdrum small town life, so she and her best friend Rhonda decide to leave it behind and head for the big city… where they end up having the exciting adventure of their lives! What’s more, soon everyone takes notice when Muriel becomes engaged to a handsome and popular sports hero!
The Piano (1992) Rated R
A young mute woman and her child travel to New Zealand in the 1800s for an arranged marriage to a farmer. After the marriage she meets another man, and the competition for her love begins. Just one of the men realizes that her affections can only be won through her beloved piano.
Shine (1996) Rated PG-13
The story of Australian pianist David Helfgott. He suffers as a child under his father’s ambitions and as a young man defies his father’s wishes in order to pursue his dreams. At the beginning of a great concert career, he experiences a nervous breakdown and is hospitalized, but later returns to the concert hall. Tells the story of rebellion and of individuality through the eyes of a pianist whose major form of self-expression is found in the keys of his instrument.
21 Mar 2012
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Tags: adventure, al gore, an inconvenient truth, antarctic, attorney, based on a true story, bat, cockroach, company, continent, corporation, courtship, Earth, Earth Day Films, erin brockovich, family, ferngully, friend, global warming, human life, journey, law case, law firm, life, magic, march, march of the penguins, mate, mother, rainforest, robot, small town, true love, vice president, wall-e, waters, world, years
Erin Brockovich (1999) Rated R
Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a momumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees. Based on a true story.
FernGully (1992) Rated G
Magic and adventure await in FernGully, a spectacular rainforest where a bat named Batty, whose radar has gone haywire, joins together with Crysta, Pips, and the Beetle Boys to save their marvelous world from the evil Hexxus.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006) Rated PG
A passionate and inspiring look at former Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to expose the myths and misconceptions of global warming, and to create public awareness on the subject.
March of the Penguins (2005) Rated G
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey–a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, one by one in a single file. They will endure freezing temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.
Wall-E (2008) Rated G
After hundreds of lonely years, a waste management robot finds a new purpose in life. With only a cockroach for a friend, he finds true love in another robot sent on a mission to Earth to see if it is safe for human life.
07 Jul 2011
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Tags: 18th century, acceptance, adventure, An angel for may, Anna Massey, anxiety, apartment, big city, books on cd, books on tape, boy, British actress, cancer, co-worker, concerts, confusion, cousin, cryptic, daphne du maurier, dog, england, evacuee, family fortune, farmhouse, fatigue, films, friends, genteel widow, grandson, guilt, hallucinations, injury, innocent, journey, kinship, lectures, list, london, machine shop, mad, Mansfield park, mental health, movies, mrs. palfrey at the claremont, nightmare, paranoia, physical health, plot, poverty, prostitute, quality, reason, Rebecca, Saturday Cinema, scotland, terror, Tess of the D'urbervilles, The Machinist, uncle, wealth, wealthy, What to Watch, world war II
Anna Massey was a british actress that passed away on July 5th from Cancer. Here’s a list of films to remember her by:
An Angel For May (2002) Rated NR
While playing in a deserted farmhouse, a boy named Tom is whisked back in time to World War II. Tom is guided by a dog, and becomes friends with a young evacuee named May. The three set off on an adventure with consequences they won’t forget.
The Machinist (2005) Rated R
Trevor Reznik hasn’t slept in a year. The shocking deteroration of his physical and mental health has made his every waking moment an unrelenting state of confusion, paranoia, guilt, anxiety and terror. His only solace from this living nightmare comes from an affectionate prostitute. When cryptic notes turn up mysteriously in his apartment and hallucinations of a co-worker that no one else sees causes a gruesome machine shop injury, he embarks on a journey to find out whether there is an elaborate plot to drive him mad or his fatigue has simply robbed him of reason.
Mansfield Park (1986) Rated NR
True virtue triumph’s over superficiality in 18th century England. Young, impoverished Fanny Price arrives at the elegant estate of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram. Snubbed by everyone except her cousin Edmund, she begins her long struggle for accceptance by her shallow relatives who believe wealth automatically means quality.
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005) Rated NR
Mrs. Palfrey, an elegant, genteel widow, has come from Scotland to London to take up residency at the Claremont Hotel. Though she had high hopes for the cosmopolitan pleasures of living in a big city, such as attending lectures and concerts, as well as making a wider assortment of acquaintances, she is soon filled with a sense of uneasiness and slight gloom as she surveys her drab surroundings at the Claremont. The only bright spot in her decision to come to London is the fact that she will be closer to her only grandson, Desmond.
Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008) Rated NR
When the beautiful and innocent Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting the manipulative Alec proves to be her downfall.
Anna also read books for audio: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
18 Jun 2011
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Tags: 1919 chicago black sox, adventure, advertising executive, baseball, baseball field, Big Fish, Car, Castles, chicago, children, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Daughter, father, father of the bride, Father's day films, Father's Day Movies, Field of Dreams, films, folklore, in-laws, Inventor, job, kevin costner, legends, life, list, memories, movies, Mr. Mom, Pirates, shoeless Joe, shoeless joe jackson, tall tales, toymaker, vision, voice, wedding
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) Rated G
Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives, it also flies and floats as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious, into a magical world of pirates, castles and adventure. There, the group encounter a host of unforgettable characters, including Baron Bomburst of Vulgaria, his persnickety wife, a lovable village toymaker and an evil child catcher.
Father of the Bride (1950/1991) Rated NR/PG
Chaos reigns when the beautiful daughter of a family casually announces her plans to marry. What follows is a warmly humorous story, with wedding preparations, ruffled egos and the unavoidable meeting with the prospective in-laws.
Mr. Mom (1983) Rated PG
When Jack Butler loses his job, his wife Caroline is hired as an advertising executive and he stays home to raise their children.
Field of Dreams (1989) Rated PG
Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a voice, followed by a brief vision of a baseball field. He believes that if he builds a baseball diamond in his cornfield, Shoeless Joe Jackson from the infamous 1919 Chicago “Black” Sox will return to play baseball. By being willing to take a chance, Ray gets a second time up at bat in life.
Big Fish (2003) Rated PG-13
William Bloom, is a young man who never really knew his now dying father, Edward–outside of the tall tales his dad told him about growing up. During Edward’s last days William and his wife Josephine hold a bedside vigil next to the old man as he recollects elaborate memories of his youth. Still doubting the legends and folklore, William makes a journey to meet a mysterious woman from whom Edward had bought property.