Trailer for The Monuments Men (2013)
The Monuments Men (2013)
The Monuments Men is based on a true story about a team of art historians and museum curators that are brought together during World War II to save priceless works of art before Hitler has them destroyed.
The film is directed by George Clooney and the noteworthy cast includes George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Jean Dujardin.
The all-star cast would be enough to make me want to see the film, but this is an intriguing story that I know nothing about.
I would bet money that it gets nominated for an Academy Award for something, and it will likely deserve it.
The film is set to release on 12/18/13.
Happy Birthday to Kevin Bacon
Happy Birthday to Kevin Bacon! He celebrates his 55th year in this world today.
When I think of Kevin Bacon, the first thing that comes to mind is the game “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” This guy has acted alongside so many of the greats in so many excellent films that they named a game after him.
So how do you play “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” you ask? Well, great question, thanks for asking. The object of the game is to link any given actor to Kevin Bacon in 6 steps or less. The less steps the better. For example I’ll use Angelica Huston as the other actor because she shares birthdays with Kevin Bacon, except today she turns 62. Now let’s try to link Huston with Bacon in the least amount of steps. Huston was in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) with Bill Murray, that’s the first step; Murray was in Wild Things (1998) with Bacon, and that’s the second and last step. There you go. I successfully linked Angelica Huston to Kevin Bacon in 2 steps. Obviously the only thing better than 2 steps is 1 step. The only way that you could link the two actors together in 1 step is to find a movie that they were both in together. That example was pretty easy. Sometimes the game can get pretty intricate and difficult.
I used to play a variation of “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” The version that I would play was to link any 2 random actors together, rather than always Kevin Bacon and 1 other.
Not everyone can play those games. You almost have to have a real movie obsession to be any good at them.
You know than an actor is pretty awesome when they name a game like that after him.
Click on the links below to read my Kevin Bacon movie reviews:
Staycation All I Ever Wanted…
To reference the classic Bill Murray movie What About Bob? (1991), I have recently taken a vacation from my problems. I did not actually take a vacation, but I have done a whole lot of nothing recently every chance that I have gotten. I’ve continued to work and do the standard necessary chores, but I have basically done the bare minimum and just tried to relax and recharge my batteries.
In the process of taking my mini “staycation” I have watched a number of movies and TV shows. I obviously have not written anything about them, but I plan to remedy that soon.
I have been very lazy, but I will get back on track soon and have some more reviews for you to read in the near future. If only I could get a job that would allow me more time to write. Baby steps…
Thank you all for your continued support. You have been a great motivator and have kept this fun for me. Hopefully I can give you something fun to read soon.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Groundhog Day (1993)
In honor of Groundhog Day today, I decided to review the 1993 film of the same name.
Phil: “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?”
Phil (Bill Murray) is a weather reporter who is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Groundhog Day to cover the Groundhog Day festivities. Although he is unhappy with his assignment, he follows orders and soon finds himself stuck living the same day over and over again.
Groundhog Day is easily Bill Murray’s best performance and greatest movie.
Although I saw the movie in the theatre when I was a kid, I did not truly appreciate the humor in it until I was an adult. The more Phil is forced to repeat the same day, the harder and harder you will laugh.
The film is a comedy classic and this is mostly attributed to the pairing of Harold Ramis directing and Bill Murray starring. The two men were good friends at the time of filming and Ramis had previously directed Murray in Caddyshack. They both also had starred together in Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), and Stripes (1981). Ramis wrote the screenplay for all of those films including Groundhog Day. His writing of Groundhog Day is superb and he also has a cameo appearance in the film.
The comedy is very tastefully written and the film is eventually quite touching.
Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot, and Steven Tobolowsky are all excellent additions to the film. Bill Murray’s brother Brian Doyle-Murray even has a bit part in the movie.
If you have not seen Groundhog Day, I strongly recommend that you do so immediately. Go out and rent it, buy it, download it, or borrow it. Steal it if you have to. You will not be disappointed, and it may become a holiday tradition for you and your family just as it has for me. I have watched it over and over and over again.
I rate this movie a 10 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? BUY!