Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A to Z Challenge - G

Top 10 Favorite "G" Movies

Adult Movies

Grease (1978)

A summer fling is complicated when new student Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) arrives unexpectedly to her fling Danny (John Travolta) school. Sandy is a good-girl and Danny is a greaser. They struggle against social stereo-types to fight for their love. This movie has everything, just about; drama, comedy, some action, and music - great music. You'll be tapping your toes and singing the tunes or years to come. Grease is still popular among the younger generation today.

Gladiator (2000)

This movie was just on AMC the other night. My boyfriend and I watched it and rekindled just how good of a movie it is. Joaquin Phoenix portrays the vicious and hated Commodus. Russell Crowe breathes live into Maximus, a Roman general. When Commodus betrays Maximus and his family is brutally murdered and his land taken away from him, Maximus enters the life of a gladiator to seek his revenge against Commodus.

Goya's Ghosts (2006)

My mom is the one that introduced me to this dramatic depiction of Ines (Natalie Portman) as she is arrested on charges of heresy. This is during the time when they really tortured people to try to get the answers that their governments wanted to hear. Portman performs masterfully, so much so that you can feel her pain as she's going through the hell of the Spanish Inquisition. It's a movie that will stay with you forever.

Ghost (1990)

Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) are a couple renevating their apartment, they are in-love and have a close friend that is helping them along the way. Sam and their friend Carl work together at a bank and all seems wonderful until Sam and Molly are mugged, costing Sam his life. In his quest to bring his murderer to justice, he finds Oda Mae (Whoopi Goldberg) and he convinces her to help him. This movie defined the controlled tear-drop, heart string pulling, story that  love continues even after death.

Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins is a classic creature comedic-horror. Billy receives a gift from his inventor father, who acquired the pet/gift from a questionable gentleman. However, there are 3 rules that Billy must follow. 1) Don't feed the Mogwai after midnight. 2) Don't ever get him wet. 3) And keep him away from sunlight. However, Billy inadvertently breaks the rules and unleashes chaos upon the sleepy town when the mischievous monsters wreak havoc.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Three unconventional scientists, after the loss of their grant, they set out on their own to start a brave new world in capturing entities. Starring the brilliant cast of Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman (Peter), the late great Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler (Egon), Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond Stantz (Ray), and the SciFi Queen herself Signourney Weaver as the tortured Dana Barrett. This is a favorite and I know for some time they considered making a new installment, but this might have been demolished after the passing of Ramis this past February.

Glory (1989)

This depiction of the dramatic history during the Civil War, when Officer Shaw (Matthew Broderick) of the Federal Army volunteers to lead an all-black company into battle; they're fighting prejudices and have targets on their backs. The talented cast includes Denzel Washington as Private Trip and Morgan Freeman as Sergeant Major John Rawlins.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (2009)

A friend of mine introduced me to this saga, the foreign films were all available on Netflix. During a work-night I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring the wonderful Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, intelligent computer hacker. This movie grabbed me from the get go and wouldn't let go until I had finished all of the movies. It's intense and not for the faint of heart.

Godfather, The (1972)

The Godfather introduces us within the lives of an organized family. As the patriarch is getting up there in age (Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone) he begins the process to transfer the family business of organized crime to his son (Al Pacino as Michael Corleone). This is a classic movie that people love to quote from. This saga taught me (even though I already knew) not to mess with crime families (a.k.a the mob) or else you might wake up with a severed horse head in your bed!

Gone with the Wind is a masterpiece depicting the south during the American Civil War. It follows the O'Hara family, especially Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh). She is a tenacious southern belle who will manipulate what she can to get what she wants. However, when the war leaves her home and land near desolated, her tenacity gets her through along with her turbulent love affair with Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).

Kids Section

Game Plan, The (2007)
 Garfield (2004)

Goofy Movie, A (1995)

Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

Goonies, The (1985)