5 Movies to Watch to Get You in the Mood for Summer

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jun 16, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Summer

The summer season means different things for different individuals and the first day of the summer depends greatly on the summer solstice. The first day of this years summer season will fall on July 21st and if movies are your thing, here are a few great movies to bring in the new summer season.

The Sandlot

Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) is the new kid in town who wants nothing more than to join in on the baseball fun at the nearby sandlot. The only problem is that Scotty knows absolutely nothing about the game. Lucky for Scotty, he is in the right place at the right time, and gets on the team simply because they are short one player. Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar) is the best player on the team and he helps Scotty learn to play like a pro which is great for Scotty, but not so good for the rest of the team when he accidentally hits the ball so hard that it literally explodes. When Scotty finds out that the ball that he ruined was the only ball that the team had to play with, he runs home to borrow his stepfather’s (Dennis Leary) baseball, and removes it from its glass case on the shelf. The problem seems to be solved until Scotty hits his first home run and lands his stepfather’s ball in the yard of old Mr. Mertle (James Earl Jones) and Mr. Mertle’s junk yard dog “the Beast”. Things quickly go from bad to worse when Scotty lets the team know that he should really get the ball back since it was signed by a female friend of his stepfather’s named Babe Ruth. Watch “The Sandlot” and follow Scotty and his friends as they go through one idea after another in an attempt to get back his stepfather’s most valuable possession.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is the animated blockbuster film that put Disney back on the map where animated films are concerned. It tells the story of Ariel, the teenage daughter of Triton King of the sea, and her adventure to the world that exists beyond her father’s undersea kingdom. It also tells a story of a love that wasn’t meant to be, and of just how powerful true love can be. Ariel’s journey takes her to the surface world (after she makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula and becomes human) where she meets the handsome Prince Eric, and falls in love for the very first time. The only problem is that Ursula has a more permanent and evil plan of her own, and it will take King Triton’s intervention to bring about the happy ending that Ariel so badly desires.

Teen Beach Movie

Teen Beach Movie takes the movie musical “West Side Story” and gives it an interesting twist. Brady and McKenzie are a couple of teenage surfers who are in love which, in and of itself, should not be a problem. What is a problem is that they wind up in the middle of their very own twisted version of the “West side Story” after crashing beneath a wave one day. Now, the once romantic story has turned into an all out battle between surfers and bikers, and the prize will be total control of the local area hangout. Watch as the love between Brady and McKenzie is tested, and see if true love will prevail in the end.

Life of Pi

Life of Pi is an epic tale of survival at sea, and the adventure that one young man finds himself smack dab in the middle of after surviving a very unfortunate event. Pi is left alone at sea, with an angry Bengal tiger, after surviving an accident aboard a ship that he and his family were on. Now the unlikely pair must learn to work together if they are to ever make it through this adventure alive.

Journey 2

Journey 2 is the sequel to the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth, and stars Josh Hutcherson as Sean Anderson and Dwayne Johnson as Sean’s new stepfather Hank. When Sean receives a distress signal from an island that doesn’t even exist, he convinces his stepfather Hank to let him come along on a quest loaded with more mystery and adventure than any single quest should contain. In this 3D family adventure, Sean and Hank find themselves teaming up with their helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful daughter (Vanessa Hudgens) in order to rescue the islands sole inhabitant before the island is destroyed. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island brings back all of the excitement that its prequel contained, and more.

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Smokey and the Bandit Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Jun 12, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Over the past few years, people all across the country suffered with problems like unemployment and declining home values. Small towns are often hit particularly hard when it comes to unemployment and other economic issues. Clayton County Georgia is one of these small towns. Recently, however, Clayton County has experienced some economic relief as a result of the steady stream of movies and television shows that are being filmed there. Films include “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”, “Scary Movie 5” and the highly anticipated “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.

The impact of recent tax incentives for film makers on the Georgia film industry, as well as the economic influence filming is having on Georgia towns is drawing a lot of attention to filming in Georgia right now, but filming in Georgia, particularly in and around Atlanta, is not new. Historic landmarks, beautiful scenery and other factors have drawn filmmakers to Georgia for many years. One example is “Smokey and the Bandit”. This movie, which was released back in 1977, was filmed right in Jonesboro, located in Clayton County, in addition to other areas in Georgia as well as locations in Florida, Alabama and California.

In “Smokey and the Bandit”, two truck drivers attempt to win a dare by transporting beer in a specified amount of time, without getting caught by police for transporting Coors where it was illegal at the time. The two run into various complications along the way and keep us entertained with exciting high-speed chases and interesting banter.

Jonesboro, GA become Texarkana in the movie and was home to several scenes. Jonesboro
was home to the Welcome to Texarkana sign, the Coors Warehouse and Snowman’s house
during filming. The scene where the mailboxes are knocked down and the scene where
Bandit picks up the runaway bride were filmed in Jonesboro, along with several other scenes.

The look of Jonesboro attracted “Smokey and the Bandit” filmmakers, and the area continues to draw in movie and television show makers to this day. Clayton County is close to Atlanta and a major airport and features a unique and beautiful landscape that is appropriate for many different types of scenes.

Clayton County is a great example of the long-term, positive relationship an area and its residents can have with the film industry. Areas in Clayton County provided the perfect scenery back in 1977, when “Smokey and the Bandit” was released, and the area remains a relevant and popular location currently. Next time you watch “Smokey and the Bandit” see if you can pick out some familiar locations.

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Father’s Day: 5 Movies to Watch with Dad

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jun 9, 2014 Under Movie Articles

5 Best Movies about Dads

Father’s Day falls on June 15th each year and is a day that is used to celebrate fathers everywhere. It is the one day out of an entire year that a father can be recognized for all of his accomplishments and appreciated for being the father that he is. Here are a few of the movie favorites perfect for watching on Father’s Day.

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness is a true story starring Will Smith playing the role of Chris Gardner, a down on his luck single father faced with the reality of raising his son during financially difficult times. The movie is set back in the ’80s and Chris manages to get his foot in the door as an unpaid intern with one of the biggest brokerage firms in the city, Dean Witter. It is only through sheer determination that Chris works his way into a permanent paid position with the firm and eventually into owning his very own brokerage firm. Follow Chris and his son as they go from rags to riches in the inspirational true story, The Pursuit of Happiness. Playing the role of the son of Chris is the real life son of Will Smith, Jaden Smith.

-Big Daddy

Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) is a carefree 30 year old single guy with no responsibilities, and a $200,000.00 auto accident settlement to live off of. He works one day a week as a tollbooth attendant and spends the rest of the week goofing off, doing anything, or nothing, depending on how he feels on any given day. Sonny is fine with the entire situation until his friends start leaving him one by one, getting married and starting families of their own. When sonny’s girlfriend Vanessa (Kristy Swanson) tells him that she is tired of him acting like an irresponsible child and leaves him, Sonny decides that it is time to change his ways. Coincidentally, a little boy named Julian (Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse) arrives at Sonny’s doorstep claiming to be the son of his ex-roommate and friend from back in law school, Kevin (Jon Stewart). After Julian tells Sonny a story that he knows to be untrue, Sonny decides to take advantage of the situation and use Julian to prove to Vanessa that he can be a responsible adult. He takes Julian in for the weekend pretending to be his father, and one thing leads to another creating a future for Sonny that he would never have expected to possible.

Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride is the story of a father forced to deal with the reality of losing his precious little girl to another through marriage. George Banks (Steve Martin) is a fairly happy man who is married to a wonderful woman and who has a good job as an executive. Everything seems to be going great until daughter Annie (Kimberly Williams) comes home engaged after studying in Europe for a semester. George finds it difficult enough dealing with the reality of his daughter leaving home for good as a married young woman. Things get even harder to handle when George realizes just how much the wedding is going to cost him. As things come together for the wedding, George spends the majority of his time thinking about how quickly his little girl has grown up, and how much he is really going to miss her.

-Finding Nemo

Marlin (voice by Albert Brooks) is a clown fish and father who finds himself in the middle of a desperate search for his son Nemo (voice by Alexander Gould) who he becomes separated from while swimming through the Great Barrier Reef one day. Finding Nemo is an animated underwater adventure surrounding the situation that Nemo finds himself in when he is dumped into the fish tank in the middle of a dentist office, and the determination of his father Marlin who goes through dangerous waters to get to his son. Things seem to go from bad to worse for both father and son, but this story shows just how much is possible when we put our hearts and souls into accomplishing a task.

-The Lion King

Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and then by Matthew Broderick) is a lion cub prince destined to become King when his father King Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) finally offers him the throne. His childhood experience is a happy one right up until the moment that his evil uncle Scar (voiced by Jeremy Irons) murders his father and forces Simba to leave the kingdom. Things seem hopeless for Simba until he finds the most unlikely pair of would-be friends possible, Pumbaa the warthog (voiced by Ernie Sabella) and Timon the meerkat (voiced by Nathan Lane), and it is this pair of true friends who helps Simba survive childhood peacefully in the jungle. The spirit of Simba’s father visits him before he reaches adulthood telling Simba that he must defeat Scar and take back the throne that is rightfully his. In a visually stimulating, action packed climax, Simba does what he must do to become the Lion King that he was truly meant to be.

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Filmed in Georgia: The Blind Side

Released in 2009, ‘The Blind Side’ stars Oscar-winning actress, Sandra Bullock. The movie is based on the true story of Baltimore Ravens offensive left tackle, Michael Oher. Oher, who was from a broken home and is basically homeless at the beginning of the film, ends up becoming an All American football player and an NFL first draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family, who take him in. Bullock won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the woman who takes Oher in, Leigh Anne Tuohy. The film is written and directed by John Lee Hancock and is based on the book by Michael Lewis, “The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game”. Though the film is set in Tennessee, filming took place in Georgia.

Doubling for Memphis, Tennessee, Atlanta was the main filming location for ‘The Blind Side’. The Tuohy’s home in the film was actually a private residence in the upscale Buckhead area of Atlanta. The home was sought after due in large part to fitting the real Leigh Anne Tuohly’s decorating tastes and what her actual home looks like. The restaurant, The Shed at Glenwood located at 475 Bill Kennedy Way in Southeast Atlanta, was featured in one of the scenes in the film as well.

Most of the school scenes of the film were shot at two different Atlanta schools. Both the Westminster Schools and the Atlanta International School were used in the film to represent the fictional school of Wingate Christian. (The real school that the Tuohlys and Oher went to was Briarcrest Christian, but that name was not used in the film.) The Westminster Schools is located at 1424 Paces Ferry Road in northwest Atlanta and was founded in 1951. The Atlanta International School was founded in 1984 and resides at 2890 N Fulton Drive in the Buckhead area of the city.

Another school that can be seen in the film, is Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Agnes Scott College is located at 141 E College Avenue and was founded in 1889. It is a liberal arts college for women. For the movie, the college is doubling as the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where Michael Oher goes to college and becomes and All-American football player. Many of the school’s students were featured as extras in the movie.

‘The Blind Side’ earned several prestigious award nominations including Best picture from the Academy Awards, and Sandra Bullock won several awards for her performance in the film. In addition to the Academy Award she received, she also won a Golden Globe and a SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) award.

‘The Blind Side’ is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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