Today 5171 Miles Book Blog and I are talking about our favorite movies. I’m pumped. A little background on my relationship with movies: growing up, I watched the same ones over and over and over again. And again. And then again. I know all of the lines to a few including two different versions of Annie, Grease, The Princess Diaries and A Walk to Remember. You are already seeing a theme here, but bare with me. I promise I’ve grown since 5th grade. Slightly, anyway.
“If you build it, he will come.” With these words, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is inspired by a voice he can’t ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife Annie (Amy Madigan), Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams can come true. Along the way he meets reclusive activist Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), the mysterious “Doc” Graham (Burt Lancaster) and even the legendary “Shoeless Joe” Jackson (Ray Liotta). A heartwarming experience that has moved critics and audiences like no other film of this generation, Field of Dreams is a glowing tribute to all who dare to dream.
I adore Field of Dreams. Every single time I watch this movie I am brought back to the simple joys of my childhood. I grew up in a small town in Illinois, surrounded by cornfields. I played softball every summer and was a big believer in magic. This movie takes me back to that wide-eyed believer girl. I love Kevin Costner because of this movie. He hears a voice and runs with it. Kind of crazy, but totally endearing. I also just love this time period. A simpler time, it seems. And everything is so green and bright and fresh and pretty. This is definitely one of my most favorite movies.
Steve Carell (THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, TV’s THE OFFICE), Hollywood’s leading funnyman, stars in the hilarious comedy that’s bursting with charm — a movie you’ll watch again and again. Advice columnist Dan Burns (Carell) is an expert on relationships, but somehow struggles to succeed as a brother, a son and a single parent to three precocious daughters. Things get even more complicated when Dan finds out that the woman he falls in love with is actually his brother’s new girlfriend. Carell is joined by a brilliant all-star supporting cast, including Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney and Dianne Wiest, for a heartfelt, fun-filled comedy that’s “laugh-out-loud funny” — Steve Oldfield, FOX.
I might not be able to accurately describe why I love Dan in Real Life so much, maybe because I don’t really know. It feels homey. It makes me ache yet it delights me so much. Steve Carell playing a single dad to three daughters is something I believe everyone needs to witness. It’s real. The familial relationships portrayed here feel absolutely real. There are pancakes. There is stunning scenery. There are complex characters and there is witty dialogue. It’s a heart and a hug wrapped up into the sweetest 98 minutes. Call me cheesy. Go ahead. I don’t care. I love this dang thing.
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s (Domhnall Gleeson) father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life – so he decides to make his world a better place…by getting a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams). But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. From filmmaker Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral), About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.
You guys. About Time is soooooooooo much more than a romance. It is a story about the decisions we make every single day and how those decisions can negatively or positively effect ourselves and the people around us. It is moving, thought-provoking and forever a movie I will watch over and over again. Not only is the story great, but the scenery is absolutely beautiful. London and the British countryside? It doesn’t get much better. If you are so led to watch any of the movies I’ve mentioned today, let it be this one.
The ’80s movie classic, The Goonies, is the story of Mikey Walsh and Brandon Walsh, brothers whose family is preparing to move because developers want to build a golf course in the place of their neighborhood — unless enough money is raised to stop the construction of the golf course, and that’s quite doubtful. But when Mikey stumbles upon a treasure map of the famed One-Eyed Willy’s hidden fortune, Mikey, Brandon, and their friends Lawrence ‘Chunk’ Cohen, Clark ‘Mouth’ Devereaux, Andrea ‘Andy’ Carmichael, Stefanie ‘Stef’ Steinbrenner, and Richard ‘Data’ Wang, calling themselves The Goonies, set out on a quest to find the treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood. The treasure is in a cavern, but the entrance to the cavern is under the house of evil thief Mama Fratelli and her sons Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli, and the severely disfigured Lotney Sloth Fratelli. This ’80s family favorite was written by Stephen Spielberg and stars Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen and Corey Feldman.
I LOVE The Goonies. Everything about this movie is great. The time period. The clothes. The humor. The adventure. When I watch this movie, I feel like I’m 10 again. I’m kind of impressed that I like such a classic? Usually I like such weird stuff, but I’m hitting the nail on the head with Spielberg here. If you haven’t seen this movie, you are missing out. Go watch it with your kids right now. It is the BEST.
In the vein of classic coming-of-age films like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, The Edge of Seventeen is a poignant and hilarious look at what it’s like to be a teenager today. Growing up is hard, and life is no easier for Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld, Pitch Perfect 2), who is already at peak awkwardness when her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson, Ravenswood) begins dating her all-star brother Darian (Blake Jenner, Glee). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever. With the help of her reluctant sounding-board (Woody Harrelson, True Detective), she soon discovers that what feels like the end of the world may just be the beginning of growing up.
If you have ever wondered what high school Kacy was like internally (because all she had going on externally was RBF) you will find her in Nadine. The first time I saw this movie, I was almost a little uncomfortable due to how much this character reminded me of myself. You know why if you’ve watched it. She’s dramatic, full of angst, and somehow still manages to think she’s above everyone. She doesn’t get along with hardly any of her peers, because, why try? And her fashion sense is that of another era entirely. I immensely enjoy this movie.
That’s it, guys! Some of my most favorite movies. What are yours? Do we have any of the same? Be sure to head on over to 5171 Miles Book Blog and check out theirs! I will add links to Amazon below for all of the movies I mentioned today. Xoxo
Field of Dreams
Dan In Real Life
The Edge of Seventeen