*For Love of the Game– staring Kevin Cosner and Kelly Prestin (1999)- a movie about a baseball player, but mostly about Love, his love for the game, his love for a woman, his life and how it progresses through the years, and the journey he takes to find what really matters in life. It seems to be a very long movie while you are watching it, and some of the acting is kind of corny but you finish the movie feeling like you’ve learned a very deep life lesson and learned from some mistakes and grown up with the characters a bit. You chase a dream to find that what you wanted for so long was hollow, and why and how to make it alright again… such a good movie.
*Last Holiday- staring Queen Latifa, and LL cool J (2006)- this movie is about a woman who thinks she dying and so she lets loose and does all the things she’s always wanted to do. She lives like there’s no tomorrow, cause she thinks there isn’t. it’s a fun movie about being true to yourself and holding nothing back and of course there’s a little romance thrown in on the side- it’s one that leaves you with a mind full of questions and a smile on your face!
*Ever After– Drew Barrymore (1998)- the ultimate chick flick, mixed in with a good dose of fairy tale- the classic Cinderella story. A true tale of love conjuring all. The acting is stellar, the set and costumes are phenomenal and the music and filming is epic, you’ll laugh you’ll cry and then you’ll buy the movie so you can watch it again and again.
*Facing the Giants– (2006) staring nobody famous, Alex Kendrick (who also directed the film with his brother) it’s a church made Christian film and therefore has it’s expected corny moments, and low budget feel but it is such a good movie, it speaks truth, unashamed and loudly and is an encouragement to anyone of faith- you can’t walk away from this movie with anything but a determination to live better.
*How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days– staring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey (2003)-
This is a clever witty and funny movie about getting caught unexpectedly by love. Andy Anderson (played by Kate) and Benjamin Berry (played by Matthew) have brilliant chemistry – as they both set out to fulfill opposing agendas- to win two separate bets and in the mix end up where neither of them expected- in love.
*Matrix-Staring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Ann Moss (1999)- this movie is great for so many reasons, it was outside the box of anything that had been made before, and has layers and layers of depth beyond her surface, the acting was great, and perplex, the action was unrealistically believable within the text of the movie and it was unpredictable in ways that few movies are these days- I did see matrix 2 and 3 and while I appreciated the continuation of such a great story I add matrix to my fav list as a stand alone title, better by itself than in the trilogy.
*Star Wars (the new ones)(1999-2005) staring Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman. The story is so epic, the costumes and set are so overwhelmingly amazing, the acting and plot are flawless. Heck the hair design in these movies alone earn them a spot on this list. I really don’t know what more to say, the movies, the music the culture of star wars that existed long before these movies were dreamed up- amazing.
*Where the Heart Is– staring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd (2000)- this is a story of overcoming the odds. Of taking the cards that life deals you and winning with them, no matter how bad. Sad moments, frustrating moments, moments when you’re on the edge of your seat cheering on for the outcome you want, it’s a movie about life, and love and the little things that make Home- home.
*The Count of Monte Cristo– Staring James Caviezel, Guy Pearce, and Richard Harris (2002) this is an odd one for my list cause it’s so much about revenge and getting even, but deeper down it’s about using adversity to your advantage, being the better man and holding on to love. It’s complex and has twists and turns that you don’t see coming and the costumes and set are great.
*Anastasia– staring (the voices of) Meg Ryan, John Cusack and Kelsy Grammer (1997) cause no movie list is complete with out at least one animated film. This one is so great, the songs are my favorites of any animated, it’s got a mix of evil and good, some mystery, love. And it’s based upon the circulation of rumors of the real Anastasias survival of her families massacre in Russian back in 1918. It has a happy ending – it’s a Cinderella story in it’s own right.