Top Ten Movies to watch for Valentine’s Day

Here are my top ten movies to watch on Valentine’s Day:

10.  Along Came Polly (2004) – starring Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Debra Messing
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9.  Boomerang (1992) starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry
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8.  The Break-Up (2006)- starring Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn
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7.  The Goodbye Girl (1977)- starring Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason

6.  Pretty Woman (1990)- starring Richard Gere, Julia Roberts

5.  Just Go with It (2011) – starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker
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4.  Singles (1992)- starring Matt Dillon, Bridget Fonda
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3.  When Harry Met Sally… (1989)- starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
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2.  Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) – starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
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1.  Casablanca (1942)- starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
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Glen’s Favorite Halloween Songs and Movies

Glen’s Halloween Holiday Mix

Glen’s Favorite Halloween Movies

Flatliners (1990)

Halloween (1978)

Scream (1996)

Ghostbusters (1984)

Beetlejuice (1988)

The Addams Family (1991)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Pet Semetary (1989)

Christine (1983)

Psycho (1960)

The Shining (1980)

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

My Favorite Academy Award for Best Picture Winners

Rocky (1976)

Here is a list of my favorite Best Picture Winners of the Academy Awards and my opinions on the nominations and winners of years past.

1973 – The Sting
Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

1975 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Jack Nicholson’s performance is “insanely” good.  It questioned psychiatric hospitals and how almost anybody can be “insane.”

1976 – Rocky

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Rocky (1976)

Still the best sports movie of all-time.  Period.  The great thing about it is that Rocky actually doesn’t win the fight at the end.
Also, Robert DeNiro should have won Best Actor for Taxi Driver, instead of Peter Finch in Network.

1977 – Star Wars
should have won instead of Annie Hall.

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Star Wars (1977)

1982 – I think E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial should have won over Gandhi.  Which film do you remember more?

1986 – Platoon

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Platoon

Still the best movie about the Vietnam war ever made.

1988 – Rain Main
I actually thought Tom Cruise’s performance was better than Dustin Hoffman’s.

1990 – I still think Goodfellas should have won Best Picture instead of Dancing With Wolves and I think Robert DeNiro should have won Best Actor for his role in Awakenings, instead of Jeremy Irons in Reversal of Fortune.

1992 – Unforgiven

Unforgiven
Unforgiven

A great western, although I personally think The Outlaw Josey Wales was better.

1994 – Forrest Gump won Best Picture but The Shawshank Redemption should have won along with Morgan Freeman as Best Actor for his role in that film.

1996 – The English Patient won Best Picture but Fargo was the better movie by far.  Also, Elisabeth Shue’s performance in Leaving Las Vegas was outstanding and she deserved the Best Actress award over Susan Sarandon.

1998 – How could Saving Private Ryan

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Saving Private Ryan

possibly lose to Shakespeare in Love for Best Picture?

1999 – I still think The Green Mile should have won instead of American Beauty.

2000 – I thought Tom Hanks should have won Best Actor for his role in Cast Away instead of Russell Crowe for Gladiator.

2002 – Daniel Day-Lewis should have won Best Actor for Gangs of New York; Diane Lane should have won Best Actress for Unfaithful.

2003 – The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King won best picture, but I liked Lost in Translation and Mystic River better.

2004 – I would have chosen Sideways for best picture over Million Dollar Baby.

2005 – Crash

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Crash

2006 – The Departed

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The Departed

It made up for Martin Scorcese’s snub in previous award nominations.  I thought the Best Actor award should have gone to either Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond or Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness.

2007 – No Country for Old Men
Michael Clayton is a good second choice from that year.

But then again, what the heck do I know…

My Top 10 Christmas Songs and Christmas Movies

Have a Nice Christmas.

Here is a list of my top 10 Christmas Songs:

  1. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
  2. “Christmas in Hollis” – Run D.M.C.
  3. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” – Alvin & The Chipmunks/David Seville
  4. “Father Christmas” – The Kinks
  5. “(It Must Have Been Ol’) Santa Claus” – Harry Connick, Jr.
  6. “Merry Christmas Darling” – The Carpenters
  7. “Happy XMas (War is Over)” – John Lennon
  8. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
  9. “Christmas Song” – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
  10. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” – Burl Ives

Here is a list of my top 10 Christmas Movies/Shows:

  1. Elf
  2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  3. It’s A Wonderful Life
  4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
  5. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  6. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  7. Scrooged
  8. A Christmas Carol (1984 Film)
  9. Home Alone
  10. Die Hard

Have a Nice Christmas.

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The world ain’t…

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!

from the movie Rocky Balboa

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As James Bond turns 50 this year, the spy still can hit his target

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As James Bond turns 50 this year, the spy still can hit his target – USATODAY.com.

Happy 50th 007!  Today is the day Dr. No premiered in the movie theatres in 1962.  Below is a list of my top ten favorite James Bond films.


My Top 10  favorite James Bond films:

Dr. No (1962)

From Russia With Love (1963)

Goldfinger (1964)

Thunderball (1965)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

The Living Daylights (1987)

Casino Royale (2006)

Skyfall (2012)

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James Bond — The books vs. the movies

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I just got done reading Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.  Most of them are very different from the movies that followed.  Even the order of the books is vastly different from the order of the movies.

So here is a list of James Bond books vs. their movies:

  1. Casino Royale (written in 1953) — It welcomes James Bond as a double-O agent for the first time.  Introduces Bond’s drink of choice too.  The movie made in 2006 starring Daniel Craig is the best adaptation and a good movie.
  2. Live and Let Die (written in 1954) — The movie was made in 1973 starring Roger Moore.  The book is much better and is where CIA agent Felix Leiter has his arm bitten off by a shark.  The book is much better than the film.
  3. Moonraker (written in 1955) — Again, the book is better.  The movie, made in 1979, starring Roger Moore as 007, is one of the worst Bond movies as it takes place in outer space.  Some elements are contained from the book, bust mostly is science fiction as opposed to mystery and suspense.  Read the book instead.
  4. Diamonds are Forever (written in 1956) — Movie made in 1971 with Sean Connery.  The character of Tiffany Case is much more appealing and detailed in the book, as compared to the movie.  The movie is a disappointment compared to the book.
  5. From Russia With Love (written in 1957) — Both the book and movie in 1963 are excellent.  Some minor details are different in the book than the movie.  Also, there is no boat chase scene in the book but I do like it in the movie.  One of the best!
  6. Dr. No (written in 1958) — It is the first James Bond movie ever made in 1962 starring Sean Connery.  The film stays true to most of the book, except the book deals with Dr. No and contaminated manure on an island as compared to controlling rocket missiles.  The book is an interesting read since the plot is different from the movie.  Both movie and book are good.  Although I give a slight edge to the book.
  7. Goldfinger (written in 1959) — Both a good book and a good movie.  The book has more details on Pussy Galore and such, but both the book and movie are very good.
  8. For Your Eyes Only (written in 1960) — The movie coincides both plots from the short stories of “For Your Eyes Only” and “Risico,” and is a pretty good installment to the Bond movies.  The short stories are excellent and the film from 1981 starring Roger Moore does the stories proud.
  9. Thunderball (written in 1961) — The movie was made in 1965 starring Sean Connery.  Another good film as well, and pretty close to the book.  Although the character seem more fascinating in the book.  I recommend both.
  10. The Spy Who Loved Me (written in 1962) — Used the title only for the 1977 film.  The book is quite interesting and entertaining and is written from the victim’s point of view instead of focusing on the character of Bond.  I recommend both.  The book and movie are completely different but are both enjoyable.
  11. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (written in 1963) — Bond vs. Blofeld, head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., in Switzerland.  This is the story where Bond gets married at the end.  The movie made in 1969 stars George Lazenby as 007.  The movie is ok, if only Sean Connery would have stayed on as Bond, this might have been one of his best.  As it is, the movie adaptation is not bad, although the book is more exciting and has a wild bob sled chase as the climax.  I prefer the book.
  12. You Only Live Twice (written in 1964) — An excellent book, not a good movie.  The conclusion of the book involves Bond living on an island in Japan, with amnesia, which I found interesting and extraordinary.  Too bad they left that out of the movie, as with most of the plot from the book.  The film does take place in Japan, much like the book, but the book offers much more into the characters and involves a final showdown with Blofeld, which in the movie sequence, does not, since the movie came before On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  In the films, Blofeld isn’t destroyed until 1971’s Diamonds are Forever.  Just read the book.
  13. The Man With The Golden Gun (written in 1965) — Just read the book as it is masterful compared to the extremely disappointing film adaptation in 1974.  The film is in my opinion, one of the worst Bond films.  Found it confusing and stupid.  The character of Mary Goodknight is so much better in the book and is just a clumsy fool in the movie.  I really wish they took the time to make a decent movie from the book but failed miserably.  Don’t bother with the movie, just enjoy the book!
  14. Octopussy and The Living Daylights (written posthumously in 1966) and were made into movies.  The movie version of “Octopussy” from 1983 starring Roger Moore is a little silly and resembles part of the plot from the short story “The Property of a Lady.”  Overall, the short stories are better than either of the films.  The film version of “The Living Daylights” stars Timothy Dalton as 007 and the movie, at least the beginning, resembles the short story.  Again, I recommend the books compared to the movies, but both are not bad.