When Movies Say It Best: “Swimming With Sharks”

Another week, another movie. This movie has a special place in my heart because the person who recommended it to me is no longer with us. This guy was quite a character to say the least, but I will get into that more below. This movie is a dark comedy and you really have to find humor in the dry, awfulness of life to truly enjoy this movie. There are so many great quotes it is hard to choose just one.

This is the only way that you can hope to survive. Because life… is not a movie. Everyone lies. Good guys lose. And love… does not conquer all.

Possible spoilers below too. If you haven’t seen it go watch and also don’t stay on the menu screen too long, it has some of the best one liners there and you need to hear them in the context of the movie.

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When Movies Say It Best: “The Usual Suspects”

Welcome to another week and another post. This has been a fun series to relive my favorite movies and movie quotes and moments. I used to be a bit of a “nerd” about this. I would go and print the quotes from my favorite movies on IMDB and put them in a 3 ring binder. Well, I found that binder and I’m going to be using it as I go through this series.

Anyway, the movie today is one of my favorite movies but it also has my favorite actor, Kevin Spacey. He is the best!! Come on Tony awards!!! (He will be hosting if you didn’t know.) I heard a lot about this movie and once I saw it, it blew my mind, just like the quote.

(Last Line)

After that my guess is that you will never hear from him again. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that… he is gone.

(Possible spoilers below, if you haven’t seen this movie or The Sixth Sense please stop reading now. Watch both of these great movies then come enjoy)

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When Movies Say It Best: Gone With the Wind

This is my favorite movie, despite the length, I’ve seen this movie so many times that I can practically quote it line for line. I still remember the first time I saw this movie, it was life changing. I was like 8 years old and seeing this grand movie on screen was breathtaking. Even just writing the title here, I can see the opening credits and the title “blowing” across the screen. Everything about this movie seems big and grand. Scarlett, played by Vivian Leigh, is just the star this movie deserved. This really is her movie and though there are many, this quote seems to be something we can all relate to.

  I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.

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When Movies Say It Best: “The Shawshank Redemption”

Welcome to week one, blog post one for my newest category “When Movies Say It Best”. I have always been an avid movie watcher and movies have been my main means of escaping. They have brought me joy and pain throughout the years, often times the most memorable quotes for me come from the saddest of movies. Every Friday I will be posting a single quote from a movie and explaining just why it means so much to me. Please come with me on this journey as I remember all the movies that have shaped my life and the quotes that still inspire, invoke thought or simply provide pleasure for me.

My favorite quote to date comes from the ever famous and beloved movie “The Shawshank Redemption” from the lead character Andy.

Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

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The Pursuit: Being Creative

Life just moves so quickly and it seems like I just can’t keep up. I have really been getting into writing for my Examiner pages. I currently have two:

1. Houston Movies Examiner

2. Houston Performing Arts Examiner

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I’ve Got Something to Say About This…

So last night was the biggest night in Hollywood for motion pictures, it was the handing out of the Oscars. This is the night where all the celebrities come together and pat themselves on the back and act like children, from time to time. I honestly enjoy the Oscars, it is fun and over the years it has gotten quite a bit more entertaining. Last night was not exception, but regardless of if you think movies are deserving of this awards or not, there is another award show that happens around this time every year too.

After reading more about “The Razzies”, which I have been aware of for many years now, it has quite an interesting history and each year it serves up the “worst” that movies has to offer. This year was no different but just like with the Oscars, I have no doubt there will be people who don’t agree with their choices either.
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The American Dream at Its Worst..In Life and the Movies

Last night, I finally watched the movie “Pain and Gain” and boy was it a crazy ride. I honestly didn’t want to see it when it originally came out because it looked silly. Base it on my young age or my lack of being interested in watching the news religiously but I had no idea that it was based on a true story or just how closely based on the true story it was. After watching the movie, searched around and found a YouTube video of the “48 Hours” episode that explained about what happened. I thought about writing a review for the movie, but not sure how I would do it exactly and just sort of wanted to talk about how crazy it all was that happened.
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I’ve Got Something to Say About This…Globes Edition!

Another week and I have been feeling neglectful of my blogging duties. I feel like I need more hours in the day to do all that I want and need to do. With my new Examiner page, I have been focused on coming up with more entertainment centered posts and commentary. Ever since I was little, I remember gathering around the TV to watch whatever entertainment award show I could find. I have loved watching the Globes and the Oscars every year and this year was no different. So let’s see what all can be said about this years 71st annual Golden Globes.
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The Cameo

There are certain directors/writers that make cameos in their films like Stephan King, Peter Jackson and Quentin Tarantino, just to name few. These are the ones you can normally spot or count on to appear somewhere on screen. Also certain lower budget films might use this to get a brief appearance by someone. The film or the actor, or both might benefit from the appearance. So what is the appeal of the cameo? Shouldn’t they just stay behind screen is this just a trick or ploy?
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