Recover from the
—Unwind with Great Films from the
by The Blonde and The
Since The Blonde and The Maven are away, we
thought you might be interested in knowing some of our
favorite movies. Now that everyone’s pooped from the
holidays, it’s the perfect time to rent some of these
wonderful films and enjoy them with the whole family. If
you do have the energy to go out and see a movie, see
Phantom of the Opera and Meet the Fockers. Make some
popcorn, get YOUR favorite candy and be cozy!
us wonder what goes on in the afterlife and the movie
Defending Your Life, starring Albert Brooks
and Meryl Streep, did an amazing job with its take
on that very sensitive subject. This film will have you
thinking and wondering about how to live your
As Barbra Streisand fanatics, we could not
ignore her greatest achievement in film. Yentl, starring
Barbra, Mandy Patinkin and Amy Irving was a beautiful
love story, highlighting the love between a father and
daughter, the love a young woman can have for her
religion and the love a woman carries for a man.
The music, acting, directing and writing were
unbelievably fantastic. “MAVEN, CAN YOU HEAR
Romantic movies are favorites of ours, and
Somewhere in Time is one of the best. It stars Jane
Seymour and Christopher Reeve as fated lovers, even
though they live in different centuries. See the film
and all will be clear!
Another CLASSIC favorite
romantic film is Stanley and Iris, starring Robert
DeNiro and Jane Fonda. Not only does this movie feature
the two main characters falling in love, but it also
has a socially conscious undertone to it.
Staying in the romance theme, we have to recommend
Sleepless in Seattle. The movie stars Meg Ryan and Tom
Hanks and though they don't actually meet until the last
scene, it nevertheless IS a love story!
that took everyone by surprise with its inventiveness
was Forrest Gump. In the starring role was Tom Hanks as
a kind, generous, loving and slow-witted guy with
an amazing knack for being in the right place at the
Movies with musical themes aren't so popular
nowadays, but Chicago changed all of that. Starring is
this masterpiece film were Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée
Zellweger and Richard Gere. The singing, dancing and
acting were top notch. You will find yourself humming
the tunes long after you see this film.
number one Brad Pitt film is Meet Joe Black, which also
stars Anthony Hopkins, Marcia Gay Harden and Claire
Forlani. Brad portrays Death, who has decided to stay
for a while to see why we hang on to life so strongly.
If Brad was with me, WE would certainly hang on to him!
He is to die for, though!
For a beautiful and
romantic take on a true story, Titanic was fantastic.
Starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, this
film had everything. There was action, romance,
betrayal, deceit, class struggles and
destruction (sounds like marriage to
Even though you probably saw the first
Godfather film, watch it again and check out the
others too. Marlon Brando created a character that has
been copied hundreds of times, (even by himself in The
Freshman). Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall
We are die-hard Robin Williams fans
and when we learned he was in Good Will Hunting, we
couldn't wait to see the movie. We weren't
disappointed! In the lead role was Matt Damon
and real-life best friend Ben Affleck portrayed his best
friend in the film. Genius never looked so well before.
By the way, Robin won his Oscar for his shining
performance in this film.
Staying in the comedy
zone, try the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks film, You've Got
Mail. This is a very sweet and romantic film that leaves
you feeling good at the end.
There is nothing
like The Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce Brosnan and
Rene Russo to get your juices flowing. Not only is this
a sexy flick, but there's suspense as well.
about a little witchcraft with some great actresses?
Practical Magic starred Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock
with supporting actresses Stockard Channing and Diane
Weist. A multi-generational family of witches deal with
assimilating (or not) into the modern world. It's a fun,
“chick flick” film that men will enjoy too.
order to keep the men happy, (well we won't go there),
but you should check out the movie Speed with Keanu
Reeves and Sandra Bullock. You will be on the edge of
your seat the entire time and may think twice about
riding the bus after you see it. At least Speed is a fun
We suppose you might want a movie with a
Christmas theme, being that the holiday just ended. How
about something that deals with a very dysfunctional
family that is like all of family get-togethers? Try
Home for the Holidays starring Holly Hunter, Anne
Bancroft, Robert Downey, Jr, and Charles Durning. It's
funny, sad, topical and quite endearing. For just plain
Christmas fun and a lot of laughs, watch The Grinch
starring Jim Carrey.
There's a little-known
romantic comedy that is fun to watch called Best
Friends. It stars Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn (hard to
picture, but it works) as successful screenwriters in
love whodecide to tie the knot after years of living
together. Of course they now have to meet each other’s
families as newlyweds and the comedy that ensues will
have you elbowing your mate throughout the film.
keeping with the theme of light, fun movies, try the
Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro film Analyze This. When
you put a Jewish shrink together with an emotionally
conflicted mob boss, you have to figure there may be
some funny situations as a result. The sequel, Analyze
That, was good too!
One of The Maven's all-time
favorites is Tootsie, starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica
Lange. Charles Durning and Terri Garr. Long before Oprah
made the act of cross-dressing known to the public,
Dustin showed us how to make a living from it. He
was also wonderful in Kramer Versus Kramer and Hero.
Here are some more films you will most certainly
Pretty Woman; As Good as it Gets; When Harry
Met Sally; Micki and Maude; My Best Friends’ Wedding;
Forget Paris; Something About Mary; My Big Fat Greek
Wedding; Best in Show;
Bridget Jones’ Diary;
Serendipity; Something’s Gotta Give; The Money Pit;
French Kiss; One Fine Day;
What Women Want; Notting
Hill; Only You; Meet the Parents; The Muse; Splash; Big;
Arthur (the first); Sliding Doors; Under the Tuscan Sun;
Dragonfly; Life is Beautiful; Falling in Love; Life is a
House; Music of the Heart; Mr. Holland's Opus; Patch
Adams; What Lies Beneath; The Mirror has Two Faces;
What's Up Doc; The Way We Were; and Funny Girl.
Blonde and The Maven wish all our readers the best year
of your lives!
Film Series of Art Deco
Weekend to Include
Screenings Under the Stars, Right
on the Sand
screenings taking place as part of Art Deco Weekend
2005—presented by the Miami Design Preservation
League—have been expanded in scope from previous years,
and include a number of outdoor screenings that will
take place outdoors, under the stars. From directors
Charlie Chaplin to Tim Robbins, the film series is the
biggest lineup ever screened on the beach. The only
thing brighter is the ticket price—it’s all
The film series and its outdoor under-the-stars
theatrical screening component were created by the Miami
Design Preservation League with assistance from the Fort
Lauderdale International Film Festival and its director,
Gregory Von Hausch.
The indoor screenings take
place Friday, January 14 through Sunday, January 16 at
the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive on Miami
Beach. The screenings under the stars take place Friday,
January 14 and Saturday, January 15 at Lummus Park, East
of Ocean Drive between 13th and 14th streets.
Admission to all of the film screenings is
The films all fit this year’s theme of Art
Deco Weekend—Art Deco and the New Deal. The Art Deco
Weekend Film Series schedule is as follows:
1:30pm. Riding the Rails (1997),
documentary by Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell. Location:
Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive.
Our Daily Bread (1934), directed by King Vidor.
Location: Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean
4pm. Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (1975),
documentary by Philippe Mora. Location: Art Deco Welcome
Center, 1001 Ocean Drive.
6pm. 42nd Street (1933),
directed by Lloyd Bacon, musical numbers by Busby
Berkeley. Location: Outdoor Screening, Lummus Park
between 13th and 14th Street.
8pm. The Cradle Will
Rock (1999), directed by Tim Robbins. Location: Outdoor
Screening, Lummus Park between 13th & 14th
Saturday, January 15
10am. King of the
Hill (1993), directed by Steven Soderbergh (PG).
Location: Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean
4pm. Bound for Glory (1976), directed by Hal
Ashby. Location: Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean
6pm. Gold Diggers of 1933, directed by Mervyn
LeRoy and Busby Berkeley. Location: Outdoor Screening,
Lummus Park between 13th & 14th Street.
Sullivan’s Travels (1941), directed by Preston Sturges.
Location: Outdoor Screening, Lummus Park between 13th
& 14th Street.
Sunday, January 16
Times (1936), directed by Charlie Chaplin. Location: Art
Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive.
Building of the Hoover Dam (1998), an ABC News
production. Location: Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001
4pm. My Man Godfrey (1936), directed by
Gregory La Cava. Location: Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001
For more about Art Deco
Weekend 2005, turn to page 1. A complete schedule of
events can be found online at www.ArtDecoWeekend.com or
by calling 305-672-2014.
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