Thursday, April 17, 2014

A to Z Challenge - O

Top 10 "O" Movies

I thought that O was going to be a difficult challenge, especially trying to come up with a Top 10 for both sections. However, I ended up cutting a lot of good movies out. Did your favorite make the list?

Adult Section

Over the Top (1987)

Sylvester Stallone is Lincoln Hawk, a truck-driving widower and father, trying to rebuild his life. He has a turbulent relationship with his son and they seem to struggle until he enters an arm wrestling competition in Las Vegas. Their adventure together begins their solid foundation of a loving father and son relationship.

Overboard (1987)

Goldie Hawn portrays Joanna Stayton, a spoiled heiress, that goes overboard on her yacht and now suffers amnesia. Handiman, Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell) had been working upon her yacht and is there for her accident. When he learns of her condition, he jumps at the chance to help and takes her home with him. He tells her that her name is Annie Potts and that they're married.

Only You (1994)

This was the first movie that I watched when I really fell in love with Robert Downey, Jr. Only You stars Marisa Tomei as Faith, who's been looking for the love of her life - which she was given his name when she was young on a game board, Damon Bradley. This also has the lovely and talented Bonnie Hunt as Faith's friend who travels half-way around the world with her in pursuit of love.

Old School (2003)

This comedy is about a group of mature men that find themselves partying and trying to live their glory days again from when they were in college. When they open a fraternity, the party becomes a lifestyle and the chaos ensues. The only problem is that they're not the young men that they once were and have to face that reality.

Old Dogs (2009)

John Travolta and Robin Williams are two friends who are hard working business partners getting ready to give a presentation of a lifetime. Until they now have to care for young twins; which, for never-before-dad's have a heck of a time finding some normalcy with the kids around. But, they make due and work together to reach their goals, even if they have changed now.

Based on John Steinbeck's 1937 novel about two traveling companions, George (Gary Sinise) and Lennie (John Malkovich). The film follows the novel pretty closely and explores all the complexities of Steinbeck's novel onto the screen. It's about the two drifters trying to reach their dreams during the Depression.

One Fine Day (1996)

Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney portray two single parents trying to care for both their children and their busy careers. Melanie Parker (Pfeiffer) is an architect and mom to Sammy; Jack Taylor (Clooney) is a hard-nosed journalist and father to Maggie. Sammy and Maggie are in the same class and play the same sports, so naturally the two frazzled parents meet and try to help each other out with their demanding schedules. Out of chaos, they form a possibility, and together they seem more complete.

At first glance this movie didn't interest me very much, I didn't want to watch something about the White House being taken over. I don't know why {enter sarcasm} politics is so frustrating. However, I finally caved to my mom's plea's of how wonderful this movie was. I knew if she had watched a movie more than once, it was definitely worth the look. Now I consider this movie one of those hidden gems on Netflix. It's wonderful and answers that question of - what if?

Jack Nicholson portrays R.P. McMurphy, a rebel that rallies psychiatric patients together against an oppressive head nurse. The first time I watched this movie was only about a year or two ago, thanks to my boyfriend who insisted that I check this movie out. I'm so glad that I did, I love this movie. It also was the winner of 5 Academy Awards.

Richard Gere plays Zack Mayo, a new Navy Flight school recruit. With the help of a tough gunnery sergeant, Sgt. Foley (Louis Gossett, Jr.), he is challenged enough to complete his training. His friend Sid (David Keith) ended the program in a devastating fashion. However, Zack meets the love of his life, Paula (Debra Winger) and through it all they remain together.

Kids Section

Outsiders, The PG-13 (1983)

October Sky (1999)

Old Yeller (1957)

Oklahoma! (1955)