Sunday, September 11, 2011

As you all know I watch a lot of movie and from time to time as I watch them I see a scene that has the Twin Tower from the World Trade Center in it. Everytime I see them I can help but be moved by the sight of them standing tall and proud.  I thought I would honor the memories of the poeple from that terrible day by sharing some of my favorite movies that showed the twin towers in all their slender.  

The first movie I can remember seeing the towers in was the 1976 version of King Kong.  I was just little kid, but the scene at the end of the movie when Kong climbed to the top of the  towers and later falls off and was kill made me cry so much.  I really loved that movie and I still like it better then the more recent version.

I am sucker for futuristic post-apocolypic movie and Escape from New York (1981) is one of my all time favorites.  Early in the movie Snake Plissken (played by Kurt Russell) has to land a glider on top of one of the Twin Towers and of course he just makes it.    I realize that the towers do not look very slended in this movie but they do have a memorable moment in the film.

Even though the towers are not features in Trading Places (1983) with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, they do show up near the end of the movie.  You get to see the towers at ground level.  They show the now iconic metal supports called "tridents".  They were such a prominate feature of the build that once you seen them you knew excatly what building you were looking at.

In 2008 a documentary called Man on Wire was released.  It was about a man who walked a high wire that was stung between the two towers from roof to roof.  I would not even walk close to the edge let alone on a cable 110 stories up.  If you have not watch this please take the time to check it out.  It is wonderful story and the footage of the Twin Towers are breathtaking.

I would also like to hornor the memories of the people who were killed at the Pentagon and on United Flight 93. 

One of the best movie that takes place at the Pentagon is  No Way Out (1987) with Kevin Costner.  A large percentage of the movie takes place inside the Pentagon.  It really gives you a sense of how big the Pentagon really is.

Of course the only movie I can mention for Flight 93 is United 93 (2006).  It was a very powerful and moving depiction of what occured on the plane and heroic sacrific they made.

Its hard to believe it has been a dacade since that tragic day and I know all of us still remember where we were and what we were doing.  I was working at CompUSA at the time and I remember watching the coverage on the TV's at work and I noticed that we only got 1 or 2 customers in that whole day.  I for one can not wait to see the new World Trade Center.  It will be a beautiful and fitting tribute to the people who lost their lives that day.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

True Story Tuesday!

I am going to make this short and sweet today.  One of my all time favorite true story movies is The Great Escape (1963).  Set in WWII in a prisoner of war camp, English and American allies try to escape from the camp by tunneling under the fence.  Their plan was to get 250 out.  They got 75.  There are some really great actors that give great performances.  Please check it out.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Matinée Monday!!

When it comes to movies about submarines I can't think of a better matinée movie then Down Periscope (1996).   Kelsey Grammer plays Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge who takes command of a WWII era sub to take part in simulated wargames.  He has to lead a crew of misfits on a mission to invade US harbors.  This movie is so funny and has a good message in the end.  If you have seen it please tell me what you think of it.  If you haven't I suggest finding a free afternoon and check it out.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Movie Challenge!!

Who can name the most movies with only numbers in their title?

See it or Skip it Sunday.

Today is Easter and for most people it means colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, and easter egg hunts.  But Easter is really about the sacrifice that Jesus made for all mankind.  So the movie I pick today for See it or Skip it is The Passion of the Christ (2004).   Mel Gibson directed this controversial film and was criticized for how violent it was and for the depiction of the Jewish role in the death of Jesus.  The depiction of the torture and crucifixion of Jesus was brutal and at times difficult to watch but necessary for people to understand when this man went through.  I was also impressed by the use of ancient languages like Aramaic and Latin in the film.  It bring a sense of historic authenticity to the movie.  If you have not seen this film I recommend you see it once and judge it for  yourself.           

Saturday, April 23, 2011

From the Vault Friday and Sci-fi Saturday Spectacular!!!!

I did not post a Friday movie yesterday, because I was playing Portal 2 for 8 hours, fantastic game by the way, I have decided to combine the Friday and Saturday feature topics.  Forbidden Planet (1956)  is considered the grandfather of all sci-fi movie.  Staring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen.  

Nielsen plays a captain of a spaceship sent to rescue survivors on a harsh planet.  On their arrival they discover that there is only 2 people areleft, a scientist (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter (Anne Francis).  While investigating what happened to the other people they so discover a horrible secret about the planet.  For 1956 the special effect were incredible. and this movie was the introduction of Robbie the Robot.  The animation in the movie was done my animators from Disney.  If you are a sci-fi fan and have never seen Forbidden Planet I think you might be pleasantly surprised how much you like this film.  If there are other classic sci-fi movies that you think have great influence on the genre please let us know.       

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Six Degrees of Separation!!!

I am sure most of you have heard of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.  My version uses any actor.  
For this one connect Sean Connery with Ricky Gervais in 6 movies or less then. Lets see who can get the fewest links.