Favorite things about… Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The favorite film: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a 1977 sci-fi/drama directed and written by Stephen Spielberg The synopsis: Roy is on the job investigating a power outage in small-town Indiana when he suddenly has an odd encounter with what he believes is a UFO. After the incident, he begins hearing strange noises and having visions. Much to his wife’s dismay, Roy becomes obsessed … Continue reading Favorite things about… Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Summer in ‘cember: Favorite things about… Gidget

The favorite film: Gidget, a 1959 beach flick from Columbia. The synopsis: Francie Lawrence is a young girl who reluctantly heads off to the beach on a “man hunt” with her friends. Her friends have the eyes for a group of totally groovy surfer dudes, but Francie would rather swim than scope out the hot-tays (much to the dismay of her fellow manhunters). After surfer … Continue reading Summer in ‘cember: Favorite things about… Gidget

Favorite things about… Riding in Cars with Boys

The favorite film: Riding in Cars with Boys, a 2001 comedy/drama from Columbia Pictures. The synopsis: Bev was born in 1950 and grew up in a working-class family. She’s bright, talented and full of ambition. She dreams of going to college in New York and getting published. But Bev also likes to have her fun. The time comes when she develops an interest in romantic … Continue reading Favorite things about… Riding in Cars with Boys

Favorite things about… The Grapes of Wrath

The favorite film: The Grapes of Wrath, a 1940 drama based on the novel by John Steinbeck (adapted for the screen by Nunnally Johnson) and directed by John Ford The synopsis: Tom Joad is fresh off of a prison sentence for homicide when he returns to his family’s home to find that they’ve been kicked off of their land. Like many Oklahoma sharecroppers, they’ve been … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Grapes of Wrath

Favorite things about… Midnight in Paris

The favorite film: Midnight in Paris (2011), a time-hopping romantic comedy directed and written by Woody Allen The synopsis: Gil, a Hollywood screenwriter working on a novel, and his fiance Inez have decided to tag along on her parents’ business trip and spend a little vacation in Paris. Inez doesn’t exactly buy into Gil’s romantic perspective of the city, or his infatuation with Paris in … Continue reading Favorite things about… Midnight in Paris

Favorite things about… Legally Blonde

The favorite film: Legally Blonde, a 2001 MGM romantic comedy that spawned a sequel (2003’s Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde), a straight-to-DVD spin-off that shall not be named and a hit Broadway adaptation. The film was directed by Robert Luketic, and adapted from Amanda Brown’s novel by screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kristen Smith. The synopsis: Elle Woods is a beautiful, blonde California … Continue reading Favorite things about… Legally Blonde