Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon

Rated PG, 2010 - This is an exceptional animated movie by Dreamworks where a hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself. Astrid Hofferson (America Ferrera) plays a striking energetic and tough female teenage Viking with whom Hiccup cannot help being smitten. The movie has a winning mixture of adventure, comedy and friendship. Hiccup (voice by Jay Baruchel) is a failure as a Viking, and his father, chief Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), has pretty much given up on his teenage son and apprenticed him to blacksmith Gobber (Craig Ferguson).

When one of Hiccup's inventions actually works, he hasn't the heart to kill the young dragon he's brought down. He names it Toothless and befriends it, although he's been taught to fear and loathe dragons.

This an entertaining film for anyone over 8 years old (Kids love this movie). It has some violence and scary dragons. The movie will be released on DVD and Blue Ray on October 15, 2010.

Letters to Juliet

Rated PG, 2010 - Heartwarming, romantic comedy about love lost and love found. The movie is filmed against the beautiful backdrop of Verona, Italy where Romeo first met Juliet. The movie tells the story of how heartbroken, young women seek advice from Shakespeare's Juliet by leaving letters tacked to a wall. The letters are are carefully answered by Juliet's self-appointed "secretaries." Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a young American woman yearns to become a writer give a heartfelt answer to a 50-year old letter to its author, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave). Her pragmatic, downright cynical grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan) grudgingly accompanies his grandmother on her insane quest to Verona to find her long-lost love, Lorenzo (Franco Nero). Each Lorenzo they encounter shows a unique personality and adds humor and tenderness to the plot.

As usual, Vanessa Redgrave adds style to the film as a beautiful aging presence, and with her husband Franco Nero, they add genuine chemistry to their long-awaited reunion.

As Sophia, Claire and Charlie sets off on a romantic journey of the heart, all three discover that sometimes the greatest love story ever told is in their own life.

Willow

Rated PG, 1988 - This timeless epic Lucasfilm fantasy follows the exploits of the little farmer Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis), an aspiring sorcerer appointed to deliver an abandoned baby from evil Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) to whom the child is a threat. According to an ancient prophecy, the sacred child is destined to end her evil reign. Val Kilmer plays the warrior who joins Willow's campaign with the evil queen's daughter (Joanne Whalley). Elves, fairies and trolls help weave this story as Madmartigan (Val Kilmer) protects the baby and battles evil. 
The production was filmed in stunning locations (England, Wales, and New Zealand). Its dazzling special effects energize a plot of action and sentiment. This film by Ron Howard of the battle between good and evil has violent sword play and is not suitable for young children.

Windwalker

Rated PG, 1980 - Windwalker has the distinction of being named the #1 anthropological film of all time in an early 1990s poll of the American Anthropological Association. This authentic Native American tale is told with exciting vitality and careful attention to details of culture, language, costuming, and age-old traditions. Trevor Howard plays an aged and dying Cheyenne warrior who, as a young husband and father (played by James Remar), watched helplessly as his wife was killed and one twin son kidnapped by Crow invaders. On his deathbed, he is spiritually revived to solve the mystery of his missing son. The movie is filmed in the natural beauty of the mountains of Utah where American Indian life is depicted with careful attention paid to authenticity and detail. Independently distributed in 1980 by the Christian family-film company Pacific International Enterprises.

While You Were Sleeping

Rated PG, 1995 -  In a role that nicely emphasizes her easygoing appeal, Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Eleanor Moderatz, a young Chicago Transit tollbooth clerk who's smitten with a daily commuter whom she admires from afar, Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher). After he's mugged and falls onto the train tracks she saves him from certain death. While Peter is in a coma, she lets his family believe that she is his fiancée, but surprisingly finds herself drawn to his brother (Bill Pullman), for whom the attraction is definitely mutual. Lucy continues to go along with the deception, enjoying a warm family relationship missing in her own life. Matters become increasingly complicated when Peter regains consciousness and becomes convinced that Lucy is his fiancée.

Under the Tuscan Sun

Rated PG 13, 2003. After a brutal divorce, Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) a 35-year-old San Francisco writer is persuaded by her friend Patti (Sandra Oh) to take a 10-day tour of Tuscany-where she hopes to rescue her from her desperate unhappiness. Once there, she is captivated by its beauty and warmth, and impulsively buys an aging, but very charming, villa named Bramasole-literally, "something that yearns for the sun" and sets out to renovate it. In the process, she finds new friends, helps an old one, discovers she is emotionally alive, brings lovers together, becomes an adept Italian cook and learns valuable lessons. As she stumbles forward on her uncertain journey to restore her charming villa and rebuild her shattered life, one thing becomes clear; there are second chances.

Starman

Rated PG, 1984. An alien (Jeff Bridges) whose ship crashes in Wisconsin is found by a distraught widow (Karen Allen) and assumes the form of her dead husband. She first responds with fear, then sympathy, and finally love. He convinces her to drive him to Arizona where his mothership must pick him up in three days or he will die. Things get's complicated when the two fall in love and the alien is pursued by government agents attempting to capture him.