5 Movies to Watch About Traveling on Columbus Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 13, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Traveling

Columbus Day typically falls on the second Monday of October and is a day commemorating Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the New World. There are several fantastic movies perfect for watching on Columbus Day and here are just a few of them.

Rio

Blu is one of the rarest birds alive that can’t fly. In fact, he is the last of his kind. At least that’s what Blu’s owner Linda thinks until she finds out otherwise. It seems as though Blu really isn’t the last of his breed of rare Macaws and there is actually a female counterpart to Blu living in Rio de Janeiro. Linda and Blu pack up and jump on a flight to look for the female Macaw only to get kidnapped by animal smugglers soon after arriving in Rio. Blu is able to escape the kidnappers but only after being helped by his new friend Jewel, and a few extravagant city birds. Blu is forced to do the one thing that he has never been able to do, fly. This is the only way that he will be able to get completely away from the smugglers, and is the only way back to the best friend he has ever had, Linda.

The Bucket List

The Bucket List is the story of a bond that is forged between a couple of cancer patients living in the final stages of their disease. Morgan Freeman is Carter Chambers, a nobody mechanic who has yet to truly live life to its fullest and Jack Nicholson is Edward Cole, a corporate billionaire who has always had his eyes set on the wrong prize. The unlikely pair is now sharing a hospital room, suffering through what could very well be their very last days, when they begin talking about all of the things that they never had a chance to do. Carter and Edward put together what they call their “bucket list”, or list of out-of-this-world things that they would love to do if they had the chance to do them. And then they realize, what better time then the present which is the exact moment that they grab their things, break out of the hospital and begin eliminating items from their list. What begins as a long list of wild and crazy events turns out to be the beginning of a short, yet meaningful friendship between the two.

Mamma Mia

Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is finally getting married and would like nothing more than to have her father walk her down the aisle and hand her off to her new husband. The only problem is that Sophie doesn’t know who her real father is. Sophie’s mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), put everything she had into raising her daughter alone, while still running a successful hotel on a little Greek island. Now Donna is losing her little girl and has no idea just what Sophie will go through to get her wish. While mom is busy inviting a couple of old friends to the wedding (Julie Walters and Christine Baranski), Sophie is busy narrowing mom’s male friends down to the 3 final, would-be father, candidates who will be invited as well. Watch as Sophie comes to terms with the possibility of never meeting her true father while Donna relives a series of romances that have been all but dead for 20 years.

Into the Wild

Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) has just graduated from Emory University in Atlanta when he decides that the time has come to become one with nature. He disconnects himself from everyone and everything, and sends his entire life savings to Oxfam International just before leaving for Alaska. While the plan is to end up in Alaska, the journey there takes several unexpected turns. Chris begins by heading west in his rundown car, and drives until it dies at which time he begins hitchhiking his way to his final destination. Not having the cash he started out with proves to prolong Chris’ quest, but it is the determination of a man with a plan that puts Chris on the right path, and in Alaska in the end.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Brad Pitt takes the leading role in this film following the life of Benjamin Button, a man born an 80 year old living his life in reverse. Benjamin is born in New Orleans immediately following World War I, and he is unlike anyone else alive. He is literally born an old man growing younger with each passing birthday. Watch as Benjamin faces challenges that no other individual has ever been forced to face in life.

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5 Movies to Watch While Getting Ready for the World Series

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Sep 29, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Baseball

The World Series is the championship series of the North American – Major League Baseball (MLB) Association, played annually between the best of the American League and the best of the National League. There are quite a few great movies perfect to watch when getting ready for the World Series and here are 5 favorites.

Field of Dreams

Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is the owner of a cornfield in Iowa, who finds himself building a baseball diamond smack dab in the middle of it. “If you build it, he will come.” seems to be something that Ray is hearing quite often these days, which is what leads him to build the baseball diamond in the first place. Once the diamond is completed, Ray is visited by the ghost of former ballplayer Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta), who graciously plays a few games with Ray on his new field. Ray first believes that the “he” in that all too familiar phrase is Joe, but he soon realizes that there is more to it than that. Ray begins hearing an additional phrase being “Ease his pain.” which is what leads him to the conclusion that the new baseball diamond, in the middle of his cornfield, is there as a second chance for ballplayers who have had to make sacrifices throughout their lifetime. Players who gave up their passion for the game, in order to take on careers that would serve those around them, are approached by Ray and brought to the field to have another chance at enjoying the one thing that truly made them happy, baseball. Ray also realizes that the final individual needing a second chance is more a part of his life than he expected.

Angels in the Outfield

When Roger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is left at an orphanage by his father, and told that he will only return if the baseball team that Roger loves the most, the California Angels, is able to win the pennant, Roger is forced to take desperate measures. You see, the Angels are currently in last place and only a miracle will get them into a winning position. Roger prays for help and help arrives as a real angel named Al (Christopher Lloyd). Al lets Roger know that his prayers were heard, and that he and his Angel associates are there to get the losing team to the playoffs. Al also tells Roger that he cannot tell anyone about their assistance, but only after Roger slips the information to the always angry manager of the team (Danny Glover). Watch as the presence of real live angels not only gets a losing team into a position to win the pennant, but gives Roger a new outlook on what having a father in his life really means.

The Rookie

The Rookie is the story of Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid), a pitcher in the great state of Texas whose dreams are crushed after he suffers a very bad shoulder injury. Jim has since settled for working an average job teaching science to high school kids, coaching the high school baseball team and has married Lorri (Rachel Griffiths), his long time sweetheart. After going through corrective surgery, Jim comes to realize that he can now pitch the ball faster than he has ever been able to pitch it before. The high school baseball team goes through a fairly bad losing streak which is what leads them to the deal that they make with coach Morris. The deal states that Jim will give pro baseball one more try if the team is able to make it to the district championships. When the team miraculously gets to the championships, Jim is forced to keep up his end of the deal and shows up for tryouts. Nobody takes his being there seriously, but after throwing a number of fastballs clocked at almost 100 mph, Jim gets everyone’s attention and begins living his dream once again.

Bad News Bears

Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) is an experienced pool cleaner, but not so experienced baseball player, who finds himself with the responsibility of coaching a little league team. What Morris soon realizes is that this group of miniature misfits is going to be the biggest challenge of his life. Since catching a break, and being able to play a team equal in talentless abilities, doesn’t seem to be in their future, Morris is forced to pull out the big guns. He brings two new players to the team who have the ability to change the outcome of the games that they play for the remainder of the season. Amanda (Tatum O’Neal) is a tomboy and the daughter of his ex-girlfriend, and Kelly (Jackie Earle Haley) is a talented athlete with a bad habit of smoking cigarettes and getting into trouble. With the teams two new additions, the Bears are able to break their terrible losing streak and make it to the championships where they meet up with the Yankees, the one team that they had hoped never to have to meet again.

The Natural

Robert Redford stars as Roy Hobbs, a young country boy with a talent for the game of baseball. Roy decides to take a chance on himself and grabs his baseball bat with the intent on making it to the city and in turn, to the big leagues. He draws the attention of certain individuals and is distracted from his goal when he meets Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey) on his way to the city. Harriet invites Roy to a hotel room where he survives being shot in cold blood by the mysterious woman. Now fast forward 16 years to a much older and wiser Roy Hobbs. Roy is now 35 years old and still loves the game. He is also just as good at it and once again, Roy attracts the attention of a few individuals important to the game of baseball. He manages to make it to the starting lineup of the New York Knights, and quickly becomes the best player on the entire team. Roy is given the second chance that many others never see, and takes the opportunity to make up for his list of bad mistakes in life.

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5 Movies to Watch on the First Day of Fall

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Sep 22, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Autumn

The fall season is brought in by the autumnal equinox and in 2014, this will occur late in the evening on September 22nd making September 23, 2014 the first full day of fall. There are a number of great movies to bring in the fall season and here are just a few of them.

Charlotte’s Web

Fern Arable (Dakota Fanning) is a farmer’s daughter who spends most of her free time with the animals on the family farm. She loves animals and when one of the sows on the farm gives birth to a bunch of little piglets, she is given the opportunity to raise the runt of the litter and she names him Wilbur (it’s either raise the homely little pig or allow it to be disposed of). However, as Wilbur begins to get bigger, Fern’s father (Kevin Anderson) decides to place him in the care of a neighboring farmer by the name of Homer Zuckerman (Gary Basaraba). Wilbur quickly makes friends with the rest of the animals on Zuckerman’s farm who come to realize that unless they come up with a plan, Wilbur will end up being the next meal on someone’s dinner table. A friendly spider on the farm, named Charlotte, comes up with a plan that includes weaving messages into her webs that include cute little words about Wilbur (the first word being “terrific”). As the rest of the farm animals join in on the plan, Wilbur becomes a celebrity in town, which is exactly what he needs if he is going to stay alive.

Babe

Babe is the story of a pig turned sheep dog (or if you prefer, sheep pig) who made the decision to learn how to herd sheep in order to stay off of the dinner table. You see, babe is separated from his family soon after he is born, and ends up on a nearby sheep farm. He is taken in by a friendly dog on the farm and it doesn’t take Babe long to learn the ultimate fate of pigs. This is when Babe puts together his plan to become more useful on the farm, and what better way to make use of oneself on a sheep farm than to learn how to herd sheep. Despite doubts from the rest of the animals on the farm, Babe soon becomes one of the best sheep dogs (or sheep pigs) in town.

The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer helps to explain the connection between people and their pets even if that pet is a full grown horse. Grace Maclean (Scarlett Johansson) decides to go horseback riding with her best friend Judith one morning, and her life is changed forever. While enjoying the ride on this particular winter morning, the girl’s horses slip on some ice and end up on the road where a tractor trailer jackknifes and kills Judith and her horse. Grace and her horse are not left unharmed as Grace loses her right leg and her horse, Pilgrim, remains traumatized from the incident. Grace’s mother Annie Maclean (Kristin Scott Thomas) is a successful magazine editor who feels it necessary to take time off of work to focus on helping her daughter, and Pilgrim, to move on. She packs the family up and moves everyone to Montana for a change of scenery, and to seek help from horse whisperer Tom Booker (Robert Redford). Annie hears about Tom, and his gift, and decides that he just might be able to help his daughter and Pilgrim to move past the accident. This is where recovery begins not only for Pilgrim, but for a 14 year old girl who experiences how strong the connection can be between a girl and her best friend, even if that friend is a horse.

American Harvest

Wayne Rogers and Earl Holliman are neighboring farmers, in Kansas, living through a family feud that began a very long time ago. The two families haven’t had a problem staying angry with each other, and avoiding one another, since the feud began, but things are about to change. You see, Wayne is in danger of losing his entire wheat farm, and the only way to avoid the situation is to patch things up with neighboring farmer Earl. The two men do a great job avoiding each other until the silliness begins to affect their lives in a very real way.

Old Yeller

Old Yeller is the story of a family in 1869 Texas, during a time when cattle were a very important part of the livelihood of ranchers in the area. 15 year old Travis Coates (Tommy Kirk) is left to handle managing things on the family farm while dad (Fess Parker) is away on a cattle drive. Travis’s younger brother, Arliss (Kevin Corcoran), is placed under his care and decides to bring in a stray dog while dad is away. Travis doesn’t like the idea at first, but quickly falls in love with Yeller. The fact that the dog is a great watchdog helps make it easier for dad to accept him when he gets back from his cattle drive. An unfortunate accident, with a bite from a mad wolf, leaves Yeller with rabies and although everything looks to be fine at first, the dog soon begins to become dangerous. Everyone knows that Yeller must be put down and what would be a very sad ending to a great movie is saved when Dad has a heart-to-heart talk with Travis and the family adopts a new puppy.

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5 Movies to watch on National Read a Book Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Sep 1, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Books

September 6 is National Read a Book Day and this is one day that is truly about relaxing. Whether it be to a good book or to a great movie, this day should be spent focusing on you. Here are a few amazing movies perfect for celebrating the day with.

Nims Island

Nims Island tells the story of a young girl separated from her father and left alone on the island that they have been living on for quite some time now. When she finds a group of tour companies on the island with plans to destroy her paradise home, Nim is left to take matters into her own hands. She begins communicating with the author of one of her favorite books through emails, and comes up with a way to save her island home once and for all.

Inkheart

Inkheart is the story of a bookbinder with unimaginable skills the likes of which surprise even his own daughter. You see whenever he tells a story, the characters in the story are amazingly transported into the real world. One night while telling his daughter a bedtime story, he is kidnapped by the villain in the story, and it is up to his daughter and her adventurous friends to save dad. Watch Inkheart to see if the book is closed on this story once and for all.

The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story is a tale that brings fantasy and reality together for one young boy named Bastian (Barret Oliver). After his mother suddenly dies, Bastian is left to deal with things alone with his father (Gerald McRaney). If that weren’t bad enough, Bastian is also forced to deal with the school bullies who want to jump him in the schoolyard. He decides to cut school one day and ducks into a nearby bookstore. It is in the attic of the bookstore that Bastian finds a book called “The Neverending Story” and this is where his adventure begins. The book tells the story of the child-like empress (Tami Stronach) of Fantasia, who is very sick, and who needs help if she is to survive. The empress dispatches a young warrior named Atreju (Noah Hathaway) who searches the land looking for a cure for the empress. What Atreju finds is that Fantasia is just as sick as the empress and is being consumed by a plague that will destroy the land if help isn’t found soon. Bastian gets so engrossed in his reading that he somehow finds himself literally drawn into the story. He is found by Atreju and the two begin a quest to save both Fantasia and the empress while putting Bastian’s life together in the process.

The Tale of Despareaux

Despareaux Tilling is a tiny mouse with a tremendously big heart and a destiny to match. Dor is a kingdom that is experiencing a string of bad luck in that it suffers a terrible accident that leaves the king heartbroken and the the townspeople in complete despair. This once bright and colorful kingdom is now a world darkened by misfortune, and this world is the world that Despareaux is born into. This brave little mouse learns all too quickly just how important it is follow the rules of the land as Despareaux is banished from Dor after breaking one of the kingdom’s many rules. It is while exploring the outer realms that Despareaux meets a kindhearted rat named Roscuro, who was also banished from his kingdom, and the two become traveling buddies immediately. Despareaux finds himself embarking on a quest to save Princess Pea, Roscuro finds himself in the middle of a self destructive phase in his life, and the unlikely pair find themselves in the middle of a battle against the vicious leader of the sewer rats. Watch The Tale of Despareaux and follow Despareaux and Roscuro as they come to terms with their extraordinary destinies and the part that they play in saving the land.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is a young boy who finds out, on his 11th birthday, that he is the orphaned son a two very powerful wizards. He receives the message from Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), a giant sent to rescue Harry from the uncle and aunt who have no interest in keeping him around. Harry is given an opportunity to attend Hogwarts, a school for the children of wizards, located in a magical realm just beyond the sight of normal humans. It is at Hogwarts that Harry learns the real reason behind his parent’s deaths. It is also at Hogwarts that Harry makes several amazing friends for life.

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5 Movies to Watch With Your Dog on National Dog Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Aug 25, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Dogs

National Dog Day falls on August 26th each year and is used to recognize the many dogs that need rescuing as well as those dogs that are making a difference in people’s lives each and every day. There are a number of great movies out that are perfect for celebrating National Dog Day and here a few great options to enjoy with your dog this year.

Firehouse Dog

Rex is living every dog’s dream. He is one of the most wanted acting dogs in Hollywood and every kid in America loves him. Everything is going wonderfully for Rex until he is separated from his master and lost in the middle of nowhere. Assumed dead after a sky diving stunt goes terribly wrong, Rex is left to roam the streets in search of help. After a close call with animal control, Rex decides to hide out in a run down building that soon goes up in flames. He is rescued by Connor Fahey(Bruce Greenwood), father and former fire chief in a small-town firehouse. Shane Fahey (Josh Hutcherson) is the rebellious son of Connor and is given the responsibility of finding out who Rex belongs to. Over time, Rex and Shane develop a bond that soon becomes unbreakable, and Rex becomes the saving grace for both father and son, as well as for a firehouse that was in need of saving.

Marley and Me

Marley and Me stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as the proud new owners of an adorable lab puppy. At least that’s how the story begins. What the couple soon finds out is that their adorable little lab puppy is on his way to an astonishing 100 pounds of mischievous trouble who will eat anything he can get his teethe on. They learn all too quickly that life with Marley will be a challenge, but one that is worth every bit of the trouble that seems to come with him. This is a story of the bonds that develop between master and dog, and of how wonderful the friendship between the two can be.

Marmaduke

Owen Wilson is the voice of Marmaduke, a Great Dane on his way to California to enjoy more sun and surfing than he will know what to do with. Phil Winslow (Lee Pace) is an advertising executive who receives the job offer of a lifetime. He is tasked with the job of taking over the account of a California based dog food company and his wife, 3 children, and Marmaduke are coming along for the ride. After arriving in sunny California, Marmaduke makes friends with a group of mutts at the dog park and quickly learns how to surf. In fact, he learns to surf well enough to win the local area surfing competition. The only problem is that all of the fame goes to Marmaduke’s head and he forgets who his real friends are. Watch as Marmaduke comes to terms with the true meaning of friendship and just how important his new friends are going to be in the hit movie Marmaduke.

Hotel For Dogs

16 year old Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother Bruce (Jake T. Austin) are a couple of kids on a mission to provide a home for dozens of stray dogs in the area. When they find out that their own dog Friday no longer has a home to live in, they search for new living arrangements for him and stumble onto an abandoned nearby hotel that Bruce transforms it into a four-star getaway. The strays in town quickly move into the new doggy hotel and everything is going great until the neighbors begin to get suspicious. Andi and Bruce are forced to break out every trick they can think of to keep the neighbors away and keep the new doggy hotel open for business for good.

Air Bud

Air Bud is the story of Buddy, a talented dog, and a boy in desperate need of a friend. Snively (Michael Jeter) is a no talent clown who abandons his biggest asset Buddy after being upstaged by the dog one too many times. Buddy is a talented dog who can play basketball quite well. Josh (Kevin Zegers) is a young boy whose father has just died and who finds himself in a new town after his mother Jackie (Wendy Makkena) decides to move them to Washington. Josh and Buddy find each other one day and Josh takes Buddy in which is how the story behind Air Bud begins. Josh loves to play basketball but is too shy to try out for the team so he decides to help manage it instead. He decides to stay late one day to shoot some hoops and finds out that Buddy has a knack for the game. In fact, Buddy is better than anyone else on the team. After the coach finds out about Buddy’s talent, he adds Buddy to the team roster and the excitement begins. Snively soon finds out about his old friend’s talent and shows up in town to take Buddy back but quickly finds out that separating Josh and Buddy won’t be an easy task.

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