Saturday, January 31, 2009

Flick-Pick January 2009

I thought I'd start a new ritual, a monthly flick-pick. I'm highly recommending the following: JANUARY 2009: (updated 1/31/09) {Denotes award contender}

VALKYRIE OK, OK, so if you know your history, you know they don't succeed with their plan. However, it still keeps you captivated, right until the end. The entire cast is fantastic. You don't even notice that they have several different accents. The one stand out for me, Bill Nigh, he plays the character willfully and it's a beautiful thing to watch him in action.

MARLEY AND ME is a very cute movie that would make a dog lover out of anyone one. I didn't buy into the Aniston/Wilson coupling at the beginning of the film, but by the end they were totally believable.


Wonderfully done by the director, Danny Boyle. Each layer of the "who wants to be a millionaire" contestant's life is brilliantly played, with a standout performance by Dev Patel.
This one's definitely picking up some awards this award season.


Yes a Gran Torino was a ford vehicle but this is definatly not about a car. This is a surprise, even to me. Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino made this list! It's well written and executed by Mr. Eastwood. His character is a cross between Dirty Harry and Archie Bunker. It's violent, but not as violent as the trailer indicates. It's filled with many laugh-out-loud moments. The ending is touching. I think this one should have received at least a nomination.

NOTORIOUS BIG (Biggie Smalls) - I have to admit I stumbled across this one as it was not on my list! It's a surprisingly warm story about the life of deceased rapper, "Notorious B.I.G/Biggie Smalls", Christopher Wallace. It's a story of love, friendship, growth and a talented young man, who I suspect died before he could make some significant changes to his life and the music business. Leave the kiddos at home. There are too many "F" bombs and too many "adult situations", but it's still worth the price of the movie ticket.

BEDTIME STORIES is a very cute and imaginative kid-flick.

BRIDE WARS is good for a few laughs.

MALL COP is a cute kid flick with a few chuckles for the adults.


Fascinating recount of the famous interview between David Frost and Richard Nixon.


Fascinating performances draw you into this tale of Benjamin as he ages in reverse. The special effects, makeup and direction are outstanding. The film is a little long but engaging none the less.

Be sure to catch the 81st Annual Academy Award will air from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on ABC, on 2/22/09.

Until next time, when we can chit-chat again!

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