Friday Flick – When Harry Met Sally

What:  When Harry Met Sally when-harry-met-sally-movie-poster-1989-1020470291

When:  1989

Who:  Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby

What’s the story:  In 1977, Harry Burns and Sally Albright meet right after graduation from college and share a car ride, moving from Chicago to New York, where they argue about whether men and women can just be friends. 10 years later in New York, Harry and Sally meet again and develop a close friendship and still ask this same question about how men and women can be platonic.

Where:  New York City

Why it’s amazing:  Due to its amazing plot writing, non-stop laughing comedy, and witty banter, When Harry Met Sally is deemed “one of Hollywood’s very best in romantic comedies.” The intelligent script, combined with talented actors, makes for a rom-com that keeps you engaged and laughing throughout the duration of the film.

What is bad about it:  The rarity of two sets of best friends finding love. It is bad because how often does that actually happen? It is a little too perfect.

Wonderful scene in the movie:  The iconic scene that everyone refers too when they talk about When Harry Met Sally… the one where Harry and Sally are taking about men and women being intimate and Sally faking…(just watch, you will get it!)

Fun Fact: The segments of married couples telling the stories of how they met are real stories that Rob Reiner collected for the film. Actors relate the stories.

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Friday Flick – The Blind Side

What:  The Blind Side The Blind Side movie poster

When:  2009

Who:  Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, and Kathy Bates.

What’s the story:  This movie depicts the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman, Leigh Anne Tuohy, her husband Sean Tuohy  and their family.

Where:  Memphis, Tennessee

Why it’s amazing:  This movie is an incredible true story about how a talented athlete gets a second chance when he meets a giving and determined woman who uses her motherly, caring nature to invite and integrate him into her family and help him succeed. It is a story like this that reminds viewers that compassionate humans do exist in this world and people are constantly giving to others in powerful, impactful ways.

What is bad about it:  In the beginning of the film, I had trouble taking Sandra Bullock seriously with her southern accent and blonde hair, but as I got more and more into the movie, I became more interested in her character and her relationship with Michael.

Wonderful scene in the movie:  When Michael tells the investigator that his college of choice to attend was based on the fact that it was his famiy’s alma mater and it is where they always attended. By family, he meant the Tuohys.

Fun Fact:  The first time a movie marketed with a sole actress’s name above the title grossed over $200 million.

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Favourite Holiday Flicks

With Christmas only four days away, Chanukah in full swing, the Holiday break officially hitting this coming week and New Year’s Eve around the corner, one of my favourite activities is getting cozy on my couch with some of my favourite holiday-themed flicks. Turning the fireplace on, making some hot chocolate, and settling under a warm blanket in front of the television is a great way to wind down in between the holiday shopping, gatherings, eating, partying and more.

Here are just a few of my holiday favourite films…

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – This movie is the third installment in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series and in my opinion, probably the funniest. Clark Griswold, who dreams of hosting the ultimate family Christmas and in the process, has a lot of funny mishaps and many things go wrong.

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Love Actually (2003) – A wonderful holiday tale that focuses on 10 separate stories involving beautiful British people and how all of them experience love during the holiday season in a unique and special way.

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Home Alone (1990) – The night before a family holiday trip to Paris, Kevin McCallister acts up, gets in trouble and wishes for his family to disappear. When he awakes the next morning, his family is gone. Apparently they left him home alone during the holidays by accident, leaving him to fend for himself and fight off a couple of hysterical robbers.

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The Holiday (2006) – Two brokenhearted women decide to swap homes over Christmas time, where each of them step into each other’s lifestyle and surprisingly, both women find romance in the process.

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Friday Flick – Garden State

What:  Garden State Garden State

When:  2004

Who:  Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Method Man and Peter Sarsgaard.

What’s the story:  After being a decade away from home and his hometown of New Jersey, Andrew Largemen – part successful actor, part waiter – returns to the Garden State from Los Angeles to attend his mother’s funeral. During his time at home, he lays off prescribed drugs that his controlling psychiatrist father and doctor claimed he needed, and begins to see life for what it truly is. In these days of self-realization, Andrew reconnects with his closest friends from Jersey and begins a genuine relationship with a girl who shares some of the problems he has.

Where:  New Jersey

Why it’s amazing:  This movie is a simple yet complex story, which stems off Zach Braff’s childhood and personal experiences. Braff truly puts it together in a story run by unique characters that appear simple on the outside, but offer a lot of depth to the plot. Also, the music selected for this movie rocks!

What is bad about it:  The occasional watcher of this film may find some parts slower than others, but overall, it isn’t bad in terms of its speed.

Wonderful scene in the movie:  When Andrew (Braff) and Sam (Portman) are sitting by the fire, warming up and talking about their lives, which is concluded by this amazing tap dance performed by Sam.

Fun Fact:  Zach Braff played triple duty for this film. Garden State was written by Braff, he held the starring role in the film, and it was his directorial debut.

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