Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A to Z Challenge - M

Top 10 "M" Movies

Here is another letter that is nearly impossible to create a single top 10 list.
There could definitely be a top 10 for each genre and even that would be difficult.
But, here is what I have compiled. Enjoy!

Adult Section

Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) wants to purpose to his girlfriend, Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo). Just one problem, her dad (Robert De Niro) is suspicious of Greg, and is every boyfriends worst nightmare. This movie is full of awkward circumstances that will leave you wiggling in your chair from the awkwardness. It is hilarious and Meet the Parents has many memorable one-liners; there is also a sequel, Meet the Fockers (2004).

Milk Money (1994)

Melanie Griffith plays V, an escort working for hard-nosed Waltzer (Malcolm McDowell). Frank Wheeler (Michael Patrick Carter) and his friends decide to have some excitement and pull their money together, ride their bikes from their suburban homes into the big city, and hire V to strip for them. Things don't work out quite how they plan, but V gives them a ride home. She has some engine issues and then is forced to stay in the Wheeler home with Frank and his widowed father (Ed Harris), unbeknownst to him. All seems to be going well for Frank, until Waltzer comes looking for V.

Man in the Moon stars a young Reese Witherspoon as Dani Trant, she's full of life and chomping at the bit to live it. Her family is busy with their lives, her older sister is getting ready to leave for college in the fall, her mother is pregnant, and her dad expects her to help out around their rural Louisiana home more. All Dani is interested is in the swimming hole, or rather who she's met at the swimming hole - newcomer Court Foster (Jason Landon). Things get more complicated when her older sister and Court have feelings for each other. This movie is full of heart, tragedy, and the inner workings of life.

I'm such a sucker for Cinderella movies - Maid in Manhattan is about Hotel maid Marisa (Jennifer Lopez) who usually keeps her nose down and is striving to become manager one day. However, all of this gets turned upside down when her son Ty (Tyler Posey) meets Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes). When Marisa and Christopher meet, it is under false pretenses (as he thinks she is actually someone of a different stature). Chaos ensues when the political candidate Christopher Marshall is found to have been seeing a maid. Will love triumph all boundaries in this Cinderella satire? 

Sandra Bullock is unkempt Gracie Hart, an F.B.I agent. When there is a threat against the Miss United States Pageant, she must go under cover and learn the ways of the pageant world, which is foreign to her. Luckily she has excellent help in Michael Caine who plays Victor Melling, her go-to guy for all things pageant. Miss Congeniality also has the gorgeous Benjamin Bratt as her handsome co-worker, F.B.I agent.

Janeane Garofalo portrays Marcie, a hard working right-hand woman in politics. During a campaign year she is sent to Ireland to locate her delegate's long lost family. However, things take a turn when they are not found and Marcie finds herself getting further and further involved within the towns Matchmaking Festival. I love this movie because it's a romantic comedy that will leave you feeling like there is faith in love.

Man of Steel (2013)

Henry Cavill lends his gorgeous chiseled chin and portrays Clark Kent, or as we also know him as, Superman. When this first came out I was a little shocked that they were doing another 'Superman' movie, especially since the last attempt didn't hit-it-off so well (I believe) with mainstream fans. However, this adaption was amazing and it had some all-star power behind it as well. Russell Crowe as Superman's real father, Kevin Costner as his earth bound dad, Diane Lane as his mother... not only is there a superb cast, the story goes deeper into Kal-El (Superman) and where he came from.

Mamma Mia (2008)

I remember my friend proclaiming how much she loved this play, when she saw it on Broadway. So, when the rumors started that there was going to be a movie adaption, I was thrilled... and it didn't let us down. This movie is full of the good-times and great music that was also on the stage and brought the experience into our homes. Mamma Mia! is about Sophie (Amanda Sefried) who is getting married and having her wedding and reception at her mother's (Meryl Streep) hotel. What her mother doesn't know is that she invited a couple men from her mom's past... one of which could be her father.

Matrix, The (1999)

Computer hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) is about to be awaken by rebels that begin his journey and lead him toward his legacy. Also starring Laurence Fishburne as the matriarch Morpheus, who is determined that they have chosen the correct hacker to fulfill the prophecy. This movie will stimulate both mentally and visually.

I watched Meet Me in St. Louis for the first time as a child and it became an instant favorite. During the Christmas holiday's I love catching it on T.V. as Judy Garland is singing her iconic rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and one of my favorite scenes is when Esther (Judy Garland) is dancing, or being led around the Christmas tree at the dance. This movie is full of great music and memorable characters. If you haven't seen it, it is a must see.

Kids Section

Marley & Me (2006)

Marmaduke (2010)

Matilda (1996)

Madagascar (2005)

Monster House (2006)

Mary Poppins (1964)

Mulan (1998)