Redford and his writer, Richard Friedenberg, understand that most of the events in any life are accidential or arbitrary, especially the crucial ones, and we can exercise little conscious control over our destinies.
Will always bring me peace This movie has been one of my favorites since I was about 12 years old. The struggle Norman and Paul go through is one that I believe most will be able to relate to. Do we have the unconditional love we need to care for those who refuse our helping hand? In my opinion it's Brad Pitt's best movie. The scenery is wonderful. This movie and the music with it brings me peace and is one I consider to be a classic.
My Favorite. Each time I'm "drawn into" this story I can't help but "feel" nostalgic for moments in time that; though I was never part off, I wish I could "return" to. For the hour and 23 mins. acted out in this excellent filming of a great life story re-told, I escape into that "cinematic" wonderland that has and will continue to capture so many. Well any-whey, to those that enjoy a good story Isn't that what a great story is all about? Like fishing it's self. It's "never" really about the fish. Well done. A keeper.
Favorite film of all time This story of two brothers is a man-flick. It does for guys what Thelma & Louise did for women. Definitely an amazingly evocative film, which won awards for cinematography. This single film instilled in me a love for Montana, until I finally visited in May 2012. This film is slow moving and worth every moment, every line, every scenic shot, and every unsaid expression. Beautiful.
Academy Award(R)-winner Robert Redford stars with Kristin Scott Thomas in this landmark epic adapted from one of the most acclaimed novels of our time! After a devastating riding accident, a young girl and her beloved horse are both left with serious physical and emotional scars. Determined to help, the girl's desperate mother (Thomas) puts her busy, big-city life on hold and travels west to seek out the "Horse Whisperer." When she meets this rugged, down-to-earth rancher (Redford), she discovers his extraordinary gift with animals also touches the lives of the people around him!
The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.
It's 1955 and industries are booming as America undergoes a postwar metamorphosis. However, in the small town of Northfork, the townspeople are being evacuated because of the construction of a dam that will wash away their homes. A group of trench-coat-wearing government employees, hired to get rid of the proud few who remain, go about the business of destroying lives with efficiency. Meanwhile, a young orphan boy lies sick in bed, being cared for by a devoted priest. The boy's fever dreams include fantastic beings that might be angels... but are they simply in his head?
Sara and Brian are living an idyllic life with their young son and daughter, Jesse and Kate, when they receive heartbreaking news that leads them to make an unorthodox choice in order to save Kate's life. Their decision eventually raises both ethical and moral questions, ultimately setting off a court case that reveals surprising truths and challenges everyone's perceptions of love and loyalty, giving new meaning to the definition of healing.
"I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop ti
River Phoenix rose to stardom -- and an Academy Award-nomination -- in this poignant drama from director Sidney Lumet ("The Verdict ," "Dog Day Afternoon"). Ex-radicals Judd Hirsch ("Independence Day," "Taxi") and Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Christine Lahti (TV's "Chicago Hope," "Swing Shift") have raised their family in hiding, constantly moving and changing aliases to flee facing charges from an inadvertent crime they committed as war protestors 15 years earlier. As their eldest son (Phoenix) comes of age, he is torn between running with his beloved fugitive parents, or developing his musical talents and pursuing his own life, which includes new girlfriend (Martha Plimpton, "The Mosquito Coast," "Goonies"). Nominated for two Oscars and 4 Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture, Actress and Director, Siskel & Ebert call this "...one of Lumet's best films...one of the best movies of the year...the acting in this film is wonderful."
The Stone Boy is a beautiful and tragic film centering around a twelve year-old boy, Arnold, who lives on a farm in Montana with his brother, Eugene, sister, Nora, and parents, Joe and Ruth. A freak hunting accident results in Arnold taking Eugene's life. The fractured family must now deal with their grief and their lingering resentment towards Arnold. Just a boy, Arnold is unable to handle the unspoken disappointment, so he moves in with his more forgiving grandfather.
A grass-roots movement catches on when a junior high pitcher decides to quit playing baseball until all nuclear weapons are disarmed and a pro basketball star joins him. 1987 TriStar Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Director John Cassavetes tells the story of a middle-aged brother and sister who find themselves caring for one another after the other loves in their lives abandon them. Sarah Lawson (Gena Rowlands) is struggling with depression while undergoing a messy divorce. Sarah simultaneously tries to curb the nihilistic, self-destructive behavior of her alcoholic brother, Robert’s (John Cassevetes.) Meanwhile Robert struggles between his intense desire to protect his sister, and the challenge of accepting her freedom as the necessary cost of love.
Roy gets cut from his high school football team just days after his estranged father dies. For him, football is more than a proving ground; it is a promised escape from his lonely rural existence and salvation from the paralyzing passivity that dominates his life. Enter Gideon, a loner living on the roughneck fringe who is looking for kids to play on his six-man football squad. Roy joins the Renegades, and he and Gideon enter into tenuous friendship that pushes the limits of male bonding.
Academy Award-winner Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather trilogy) directs this unforgettable story of a young man's struggle to live up to his adored brother's reputation in an impoverished industrial town. Matt Dillon (Wild Things) and Mickey Rourke (Barfly) are Rusty James and The Motorcycle Boy, and lead an all-star cast including Nicolas Cage (Adaptation), Dennis Hopper (Speed) and Diane Lane (Under the Tuscan Sun). This extraordinary adaptation of the best-seller by S.E. Hinton features a Golden Globe-winning score by Stewart Copeland of The Police, and reminds us that if you're going to lead people, you have to have somewhere to go.
Make yourself at home with the Carmichael family as they experience one very special summer in their Brooklyn neighborhood that they've affectionately nicknamed 'Crooklyn'. Renowned director Spike Lee fashions a bold, flavorful picture of family life that People Magazine calls his 'most affectionate work.' Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard stars as Carolyn, a loving, but fiercely independent mother who along with her musician husband (Delroy Lindo) struggles to raise her family in difficult but often wonderful circumstances. Complemented by an energizing, vintage R&B soundtrack, this tender, colorful film is a fitting tribute to an American family.
Ex-Golden Gloves fighter Danny Kenny has it all worked out. He'll turn pro to bankroll his brother's dream of writing a symphonic paean to the teeming city where they both live: New York. But life pulls the sidewalk out from under Danny when he's blinded during a brutal 15-round welterweight title bout. James Cagney plays Danny in this heart-tugging melodrama co-starring Ann Sheridan, Anthony Quinn, film-debuting Arthur Kennedy and in a rare acting turn before becoming a director, Elia Kazan. Among familiar studio players, there's an unbilled one: a vivid backlot and rear-screen Manhattan. "Sometimes we wonder," The New York Times' Bosley Crowther wrote, "whether it wasn't really the Warner brothers who got New York from the Indians, so diligent and devoted have they been in feeling the great city's pulse."