|Welcome to the area
of the site dedicated to what I like to Watch. This will mostly
consist of movies since I am not a big television watcher.
Initially I am going to start off by having this organized as a
top ten list, with a featured movie included as well. The featured
movie may or may not be on the top ten list, but is the movie that is
listed under the Watch button on the home page.
If you have any suggestions, comments, or feedback. Please send me an e-mail.
|Encino Man (1992)
|This is one
of those movies I never managed to see all in one sitting before I
purchased the DVD. This is one that will probably never make the top ten
list. There is a little art in this, but mostly it's just a fun way to
waste a little bit of time. Brendon Fraser and Pauly Shore make an
interesting pair. You can already see Brendan's acting ability just
waiting to come out. If you have a single funny bone in your body, well
you will probably hate this. But if you laugh at someone stubbing their
toe. By all means, pick it up and watch it. You do know you have to
watch movies. Right?!?
Spector30's Top Ten Movies
|My Life (1993)
|This has been
my favorite movie since I first saw it a number of years ago now.
Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman play a married couple that is
expecting their first child. He's an overachiever and she's the
kind sensitive type. The twist to all of this is that he is dying
of cancer and isn't expected to live to see the birth of their baby.
There are some touching scenes where the imminent death is
discussed openly and sincerely, while at other times it is a slow
unsettling poison lurking just below surface. While this movie may
produce a few tears, it is a truthful, meaningful look at the process of
life and death.
|Pay It Forward (2000)
|So you want
to change the world. Well, if you need a good idea this is it.
As a concept Pay It Forward
is unique and refreshing, requiring a belief that all people are
basically good. In its implementation it is a refreshing look at
the world through the eyes of a child. The acting in this movie is
superb. Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey show sides of themselves
rarely seen in today's Hollywood. Haley Joel Osment ties it all
together with a near-perfect portrayal of a child caught up in the storm
of the realizing just how bad the real world can be. And how
beautiful it can be as well.
|I Am Sam (2001)
|Sean Penn, as
Sam, and Michelle Pfeiffer, as Rita Harrison, bring this tale of a
mentally retarded man's struggle to maintain custody of his normal
daughter to life. The characters are well drawn, with depth and
feeling. Caught up in the daily routine of a high powered legal
office, Rita at first is indifferent to the plight of Sam, but when
confronted by her own lie to co-workers and their mocking she agrees to
represent him. She sticks by him when he has given up on his goal
and his life. Another tear-jerker, but well worth the cost in
|Office Space (1999)
lighter than most of the others on this list, Office Space is a great exploration
of life in a cubicle. For anyone who has ever worked in a
corporate office environment you will be able to spot the people you
know, love, and hate. Peter Gibbons, played by Ron Livingston,
lives a miserable life where every day is worst than the last.
When he finally gives it all up he finds happiness and love in the
most unusual place. Jennifer Aniston, as Joana, is funny and kind.
She lends a sensible performance as the waittress at the local
food factory where Peter and his co-workers go every morning for coffee.
If you haven't seen this yet, get your hands on it today!
|Star Wars (1977)
space opera brought to the silver screen. This movie was
responsible for forever changing Science Fiction from a slum scene to a
well thought of and respectable field for movie-makers. The
action, along with state-of-the-art special effects brought to life the
eternal struggle of good versus evil. No subtlety here, just in
your face, black and white portrayals. The soundscape of this
movie was another marvel of its day. Because of the nature of the
movie no one could know what a lightsaber or a landspeeder would really
sound like so Lucas and his team had to invent many of the sounds from
scratch. If you like science fiction this movie is for you.
as the reclusive William Forrester, author of the most well thought of
novel of the twentieth century, is no stretch at all. Connery
reaches into himself and shows us an eccentric that is both believable
and loveable in his stodginess. When a young man accidentally
intrudes in his life, a young man with a great talent for writing, the
world tips slightly and knocks Forrester back on his feet. He has
to deal with people again after closing himself off from all but a few
for many years. This enlightening tale of coming of age in the
city is a good morality lesson for us all.
|A movie made
from a Stephen King novel. Who would have believed it could be
this good. After The Shining, it would have seemed impossible for
there to have been a movie as scary. I was wrong. This movie
has a dark side bigger than the moon's. A skinny young kid, a
nerd, buys himself a piece of junk car that miraculously "heals" itself.
Though horrific in nature, the story is a simple one. Be
careful what you wish for because you may get it. Hell hath no
fury like a woman scorned, and Christine is definitely the jealous type.
and James Spader play the soldier and the geek. The story unfolds
as the geek is slowly given information about an artifact that was found
on the Giza Plateau in the 1940's. It is a huge ring of stone with
numerous hieroglyphs around the rim. This is the Stargate of the
movie's title. After figuring out how it works a team of military
men and the geek travel to another world, half the galaxy away only to
find humans living there speaking an ancient Egyptian dialect from the
time of the Pharoahs. This is a wonderful example of the best that
science fiction can be.
slimed!" Bill Murray exclaims after a semi-transparent green ghost
attacks him. Covered in slime his cohorts from Ghostbusters
collect samples and get excited about the prospect of actually capturing
a real ghost. The plot leads us through the City of New York in an
ambulance that looks more like a hearse (nice touch). All the
while Bill Murray is trying to hook up with Sigourney Weaver. Who
can blame him. She looks great in this movie. Nothing too
serious here, just some laughs and cool special effects. Even more
impressive for the age of the film.
|South Park: Bigger,
Longer, & Uncut (1999)
and Matt Stone bring the potty mouth to the big screen. Their
weekly animated series from comedy central is tame in comparison to
this. The language is offensive in parts, sick in others, and
downright disgusting. This is what makes this movie such a hoot.
Third graders running around saving their parents from themselves
and the Hordes of Hell. Satan and Saddam have never been so
hilariously portrayed. Kenny even gets to come back from the dead
if only for a short appearance. If you enjoy the series you will
probably enjoy this movie. If you are easily offended I'd
recommend staying away from this one.
All content (C)2003 S M
Alexander, except for the stuff he didn't come up with.