Guilty Pleasures Film Festival 2013

“While You Were Sleeping”

Sandra Bullock, Peter Gallagher and Bill Pullman in "While You Were Sleeping" (Hollywood Pictures, 1995)

Sandra Bullock, Peter Gallagher and Bill Pullman in “While You Were Sleeping” (Hollywood Pictures, 1995)

The chick flicks continue with this week’s guilty pleasure, the fun romantic comedy “While You Were Sleeping” (Hollywood Pictures, 1995). Sandra Bullock plays Lucy, a lonely girl who works in a train station ticket booth in Chicago. Lucy has a crush on Peter (played by Peter Gallagher), a guy who catches the train everyday where she works and who doesn’t even know she’s alive. When Peter gets mugged and pushed onto the train tracks, Lucy heroically saves him and gets him to the hospital; however, his injuries have led him to fall into a coma. At the hospital, Lucy gets mistakenly introduced as Peter’s fiancée to his family, including his brother Jack (played by Bill Pullman), and thus begins a charming story of mistaken identities, restored family relationships and finding love where you least expect it. Also stars the great Peter Boyle, Jack Warden and Glynis Johns. Written by Daniel G. Sullivan and Fredric LeBow. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. “These potatoes are so creamy.”

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Thoughts on Movies

See “Monsters University” Early!

© Disney/Pixar

© Disney/Pixar

If you live in the metro Phoenix, AZ area, you are lucky. Animation Fascination (the website for which I’m a contributing writer) along with Olson Communications are sponsoring a very cool contest with the winners getting a ticket to a special advanced screening on June 17 of the highly anticipated film “Monsters University” from Pixar Animation Studios.

Check out the contest details here. Good luck and let me know if you win!

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Guilty Pleasures Film Festival 2013

“Defending Your Life”

Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks in "Defending Your Life" (Warner Bros./Geffen Pictures, 1991)

Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks in “Defending Your Life” (Warner Bros./Geffen Pictures, 1991)

It was a blast re-watching “Defending Your Life” (Warner Bros./Geffen Pictures, 1991) after not seeing this film for many years. The movie has a very interesting premise about what happens after you die–all human spirits end up in a place called Judgement City where it’s determined in a courtroom-type setting if each person was courageous enough to conquer their fears or not. In the courtroom, each person must watch movies of episodes of their own life and where they go next is determined by how they dealt with their fears while on earth. Albert Brooks plays Daniel Miller, an overall nice guy who is having a difficult time in his courtroom defending that he was actually courageous in life. In Judgement City, Daniel meets and falls in love with Julia, played by Meryl Streep, who is having a very different experience in her courtroom (she actually was a brave person). While this film is a great romantic comedy, the themes of overcoming your fears and going for something you love make it something more. Also stars Rip Torn and Lee Grant. Written and directed by Albert Brooks. “Actually, there is no Hell. Although I hear Los Angeles is getting pretty close.”

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