As you can see from this list, we like romance, comedy, inspirational, “one person can make a difference”, adventure, morals/values, following your life purpose and passions, based on true stories, good-over-bad with no violence. We also like metaphysical movies and movies that focus on alternative methods of healing (of course!) We don’t do anger, violence, and lots of profanity–we just turn those off and walk out of the theatre or return them.
18 Again: George Burns switches places with his 18-year old grandson. Only George could pull off something like this. I love George Burns.
A Christmas Story (5* Movie): Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsly, Melinda Dillon. Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the ’40’s, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good ‘ol Santa Claus himself. Sure reminds me of my first experience with Santa! One of the best Christmas movie’s I’ve seen. My favorite part was when Raphie’s little brother wouldn’t eat so on Christmas eve his mom piled some mashed potatoes on his plate saying, “Show us how the piggies eat.” I also remember being bundled up like a tick in winter. Good scene on that as well. Rated G. © 1983.
Aerobic Prayer Series: Dancing a Miracle. To order call: 1-800-DANCE-61. I love this series. I was in an aerobic prayer class that Dr. Irene Lamberti taught in the basement of the Methodist church for about a year before she made this video. The music just really connected with me (see music links for examples of this kind of music). I wrote a story about being in this video which will be out November of 2005.
Aerobic Prayer Series: Native Spirit by Dr. Irene Lamberti. To order call: 1-800-DANCE-61. The cost is about $15 last time I checked.
Almost and Angel: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski. Paul stars as a talented thief who thinks he is an Angel after being hit by a car when saving the life of a little girl. Possible Near Death Experience. A “one person CAN make a difference” kind of movie. Hilarious impersonations of Willie Nelson and Rod Stewart. Joy-filled comedy. Rated PG © 1990.
Always: (After Death Communication). Holly Hunter, Richard Dreyfuss and John Goodman. A romantic adventure of a legendary pilot with a passion for daredevil firefighting. After sacrificing himself to save Al, the ace pilot faces his most challenging mission: helping Holly move on with her life. Great cinematography. I love this movie because an old flame of mine and I used to fly his plane over to Libby, Montana every once in a while as they were filming this movie to see how things were progressing. On the way back from taking my Montana State board exams we almost ran out of gas and had to make an emergency landing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. When he asked me if I was scared, I told him no because I knew he didn’t want to die and that he would do his best. He never seemed to fill that tank of his to the top. It was really annoying. He died six months later of colon cancer. So, I think in some way this movie was meant for me as his way of helping me to let go of his memory and to help me move on with my life. I know now that he knew he was dying. Rated PG. © 1997.
As Good As It Gets: (Pets as Healers/ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Greg Kinnear. “A comedy that comes from the heart that goes for the throat.” Nicholson plays Melfin, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan’s meanest mough. But when his neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon’ dog. And that unexpected act of kindness—along with waitress Carol Connelly—helps put Melvin back in the human race.
Awakenings: Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams based on a true story of a maverick doctor and the patients whose lives he changes. Robin plays a shy research physician who uses an experimental drug to “awaken” the catatonic victims of a rare disease. This movie came at a time when I was working with a coma patient and was looking for answers and techniques on how to wake her up. It gave me hope (even though she chose to pass over 13 months later.) Rated PG © 1990.
Babe: (Animal Communication) The story of an unprejudiced heart and how it changed a valley forever. In the world of Hoggett’s farm, every creature has a preordained purpose until the orphaned piglet Babe arrives and turns everything upside down. Cared for by Fly, he soon thinks he, too, is a dog. Farmer Hoggett senses something special in Babe and, though everyone thinks he’s crazy, enters him in the national Sheepdog Championships. Just when the crowd is laughing loudest, the tall farmer and the short pig step into the arena to compete and everyone is in for a giant surprise. In the movie there is a mean cat who tried to get Babe into trouble. I had never seen the movie until recently. Dagney (my cat) was sleeping below the TV screen. When the cat in the movie really stepped over the line and caused one of the animals to get a death sentence, I turned to Michael and said, “Now, that is a MEAN cat!” At which point, Dagney got up, stretched up to the TV screen and patted Babe on the nose with her paw! You can’t tell me that animals don’t know what we’re talking about! Rated G. © 1995
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is an eccentric New York City playgirl with a next-door neighbor, an aspiring writer named Paul Varjak (George Peppard). He is “sponsored” by a wealthy older woman (Patricia Neal) in 2-E. Guessing who’s the right man for Holly is easy. Seeing just how that romance blossoms is one of the enduring delights of this comedy. Complications arise, however, when Holly’s former husband Doc (Buddy Epsen) arrives on the scene and remembers her as Lula Mae Barnes. Directed by Blake Edwards. Starring Audrey Hepburn & George Peppard. Based on the book Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Story of St. Francis of Assisi and how one person CAN make a difference.
Bull Durham (1988) A classic American romantic comedy about a very minor minor-league team and three of its current constituents: an aging baseball groupie Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) that beds one player each season, a cocky foolish new pitcher Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins), and the older, weary Minor Leaguer catcher named Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) brought in to wise up the rookie playing for the Durham Bulls. Directed by Ron Shelton. Starring Kevin Costner & Susan Sarandon.
Calendar Girls: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton. They dropped everything for a good cause.” When twelve ordinary members of the Women’s Institute, a prim and proper local ladies’ club, decide they need to find a more compelling way to raise money for a cancer ward they step out of the ordinary and decide to go naked (artfully done behind the usual baked goods featured on the calendar.) Good story for those wanting to help others after experiencing the loss of someone through cancer. I also liked the Tai chi exercise class the women attended. Good introduction to this exercise. Rated PG. © ?
Camilla: Jessica Tandy wastes her life by not following her passion to become a professional violinist. Story evolves to the enticing line that it is never too late to be happy in life.
Christmas in the Clouds: Timothy Vahle, Sam Vlahos, Mariana Tosca, Gram Greene. (5* Movie) A classic comedy of mistaken identity and romance set during the holiday season at a ski resort that is owned and operated by a Native American Nation. Shot on location at The Sundance Resort (owned by Robert Redford) in Utah, this is the first contemporary romantic comedy to feature an almost entirely American Indian cast. The film was featured at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Loved the vegetarian scenes. Rated PG. © 2006.
City of Angels: (Angels on Earth) Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. “She didn’t believe in angels until she fell in love with one.” Spellbinding romance of the biggest romance under the heavens. Cage is Seth, and angel who must decide if he’ll forsake his immortality and become human—on the chance that the woman of his dreams might love him. That woman is Maggie (Meg Ryan), a pragmatic heart surgeon who doesn’t believe in angels. . .until she meets Seth. Rated PG-13. © 1998.
City Slickers and City Slickers II (two separate movies): Comedy/Adventure. Dude ranch adventures and the call of the west entice Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Jon Lovitz and Jack Palance to interact. Great family movie. Norman the cow becomes a pet. Nice story about how friends support each other through crazy ideas and situations. Rated PG © 1993/1994.
Cold Comfort: If you have heard of the book, The Tipping Point and liked that you will like this movie of how one person connects others to further their life paths.
Contact: Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey A message from deep space. Who wil be the first to go? A journey to the heart of the universe. Rated PH ©1997
Crocodile Dundee: Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski. Romantic comedy about a free spirited Australian who hunts crocodiles with his bare hands, stares down giant water buffaloes, and drinks mere mortals under the table. But he’s about to face the ultimate torture test—a trip to New York City to help a reporter finish her story about the “wonder from Down Under.” Good one-liners. Rated PG © 1986
Dance with Me: In the dance of life, love can happen in a heartbeat. A story of hearts in motion. Vanessa L. Williams and Chayanne Rated PG © 1998 Love story.
Dave: Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. President gets sick and Dave is the stand-in. Someone you’d really LIKE to see run our country! 5* in our book! Rated PG-13 ©1993
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) An impish comedy about a bored suburban housewife Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) who follows a series of personal ads in a New York paper and ends up in the orbit of a true wild woman named Susan (Madonna). Pop diva Madonna makes her celebrated screen debut in this smash hit as the elusive and oddly engaging renegade on the lam from a host of enemies and admirers. Directed by Susan Seidelman. Starring Rosanna Arquette & Madonna.
First Do No Harm: (5* movie) Meryl Streep plays a mom who’s son has “incurable” epilepsy. When the hospital and doctors want him to try experimental drugs, Meryl researches alternative therapies on her own and decides to go elsewhere. Based on a true story. Very important for anyone who knows someone with epilepsy to watch. Introduction to the Ketogenic diet. I’ve used this type of dietary change and lots of cases with great success.
First Do No Harm: This is a movie about a boy with epilepsy. As the seizures got more intense, he became a living guinea pig for the medical profession. When his mother said, “No more!!”, they threatened to take her child away and slap her with an “unfit mother” suit. This is a story about their journey and how they found the Mayo Clinic and the ketogenic diet. I have used this information numerous times in my practice and have helps lots of animals and people with their epilepsy by just recommending the correct fats and cleansing their livers of heavy metals. The best part of the entire movie is the credits at the end. They had several actors in the film who, at one time, were plagued with epilepsy but had no more seizures since going on this diet–many had no seizures for several years. It’s a 5-Star movie in my book! Heal the world! Right on!
Flatliners (1990) What if you could stop your heart to simulate a temporary death, and then be revived so you could describe your near-death experience to others? The mysteries of life -and the afterlife- compel five medical students to experiment with their own mortality, and what they discover has unsettling psychological implications. That’s the intriguing premise of this neo-Gothic horror thriller. The movie borders on silliness at times, and the near-death recollection of memories results in some repetitious scenes, but the dynamic young cast takes it all quite seriously, which is what keeps this gaudy thriller on the edge.
For Richer or Poorer: Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley are married and living in the best neighborhood in New York City. They are ripped of by their personal accountant and suddenly find themselves owing three million dollars in back taxes to the IRS. They decide to flee and post as long lost cousins of a local Amish farming family. Forced to adopt a simpler life of the Amish, the couple find that there are more important things in life than money. If you like this movie, you’ll like the book, Better Off—Flipping the Switch on Technology. Rated PG-13. © 1998.
Forrest Gump: (Overcoming Limited IQ) Tom Hanks and Sally Field. “Life is like a box of chocolates. You just never know what kind you’re gonna get.” Inspirational movie that has touched the hearts of people all over the world. Through three turbulent decades, Forrest rides a tide of events that whisks him from physical disability to football stardom, from Vietnam hero to shrimp tycoon, from White House honors to the arms of his one true love. Rated PG-13. © 1995.
French Kiss: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline. Romantic comedy about life, love and larceny. When her fiancé is smitten by a beautiful Frenchwoman, Meg flies to Paris determined to win him back. However, nothing prepares her for Luc (Kline), a cunning, sexy Frenchman with a gift for gab and a fondness for thievery. A self-proclaimed expert on affairs of the heart, Luc promises to help Kate win back her man. But one star-crossed misadventure after another sweeps them across France, ultimately changing them in ways they never dreamed possible. Rated PG-13. © 1995.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun: (5* Movie) Shannen Doherty, Sarrah Jessica Parker, and Helen Hunt play Catholic girls who want to try out for Dance USA (which is kind of like Solid Gold if you remember that show). The girls sneak out of the house, change clothes as school and dance, dance, dance. Upbeat comedy, colorful characters and a great ending. One of my favorite movies. Rated (none) © 1998.
God’s Army: (2000) I liked this movie of what life as a Mormon missionary was like. God’s Army showed what it was like for a group of committed individuals to go out and do good, converting the unsaved to the saved and making a difference in our world. Within every organization and every religious ministry lie the stories of life with all their life lessons. This movie was no different. It’s good to live the life of a servant for our Higher Power. Rated PG.
Greenfingers: (5* Movie) Loved this one. Based on a true story, a group of prisoners engage in an experiment where they learn how to garden. They end up at a prestigious show in England and change the whole prison system for the better.
Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men (two different Movies): Jack Lemmon, Walter Mathhau, Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak and Burgess Meredith. Great comedies about feuding friends in Wabasha Minesota. The uncatchable fish named Catfish Hunter grows fatter. The wisecracks, zingers and put downs pile up like freshly raked leaves. Delightful, heartwarming comedy. Rated PG (contains “Salty” language and innuendo) © 1995/1996.
Head over Heels: Monica Potter, Freddie Prinze, Jr. fall in love in the world of high fashion of Manhatten. Romance/mystery/comedy. Fun movie. Rated PG. © 2001. Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) is in Public Relations. She’s darn good at what she does, until she gets fired for taking 4 bottles of vodka (which she had replaced) which her upper crusty male coworkers claimed she stole — a sneaky, low-down, dirty way of getting her out of the company because she was a woman who was too successful and her male counterparts were jealous. The first story is set. Helen catches the train by the skin of her teeth, meets a nice fellow by the name of James (John Hannah) who appears to have acquired a fancy for her, but Helen clearly makes it known she is involved with another man. The second story line develops as she goes home, and finds her partner, Gerry (John Lynch), in bed with his ex-girlfriend, Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn). The story goes on from there with two endings. Very interesting movie, and quite the education on the metaphysical concept of parallel lives.
Hitch: Kevin James, Amber Valletta, Eva Mendes with Will Smith as New York City’s greatest matchmaker. Love is his job and he’ll get you the girl of your dreams in just three easy dates, guaranteed! Romance/Comedy. Tabloid columnist decides to uncover the secret behind the matchmaker’s success and falls in love with him. Rated PG. © 2005.
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen. Michael really likes this one. It’s a bit too adrenalin-charged for me, but I do like the romance/comedy/Knight in shining armor type stuff. Rated PG © 1999.
IQ: Tom Robbins and Meg Ryan. Romance/Comedy about Einstein’s friends and how they conspire as matchmakers.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash: Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Lovitz and Jim Belushi. Whoopi’s screen comedy debut. A computer operator (Goldberg) at a bank is plunged into an exciting world of international intrigue, danger and romance when her terminal gets and S.O.S. from “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” a British spy stranded in Eastern Europe. She is soon matching wits with the deadliest members of the espionage community from the DIA to the KGB.
Just Like Heaven: (Out of Body Experience and Coma) Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder. Reese Witherspoon stars in the spirited romantic comedy. When David (Ruffalo) rents his new apartment, the last thing he wants is company. Then Elizabeth (Witherspoon) show up, insisting the apartment is hers. . .until she disappears right before his eyes. He’s convinced she’s a spirit. She’s convinced she’s still alive. As they search for the truth of Elizabeth’s past, their relationship changes from resentment to romance. The penthouse garden is a must-see at the end of the movie. I want one. Rated PG-13. © 2005.
Just Visiting: Jean Reno, Christina Applegate,Christian Clavier. “They came, they saw, they wanna go back!” Romance/comedy about one girl’s lineage involving time travel. Two men request the help of a local wizard to right a wrong and find themselves in the 21st century. Good morals/values movie and of course the Knight in Shining Armor! Rated PG © ?
Laws of Attraction: Nora Dunn, Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore. Romance/comedy about two feuding lawyers who fall in love while gathering evidence for a rock star couple’s divorce case. A movie about Fate throwing two people together. “Love always has the last word.” Rated PG ©?
Life or Something Like it: Angelina Jolie and Ed Burns. Romantic Comedy about making choices, making friends and making a mess. You’ve got to love Angelina in this one. Female reporter turned renegade when a psychic tells her she has one week to live. Rated PG © 2002
Little Women (1994) With her husband off at war from Civil War-era New England, Marmee March (Susan Sarandon) is left alone to raise her four daughters – her ” little women” – the spirited Jo (Winona Ryder), who longs for a career as a writer; beautiful, conventional and conservative older sister Meg (Trini Alvarado); fragile and innocent Beth (Claire Danes); and the precocious romantic Amy (Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Mathis). As the years pass, the sisters share some of their most cherished – and painful – moments of self-discovery as they become women and are guided through issues of independence, romance and virtue. Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Starring Winona Ryder. Based on the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Love in the Afternoon (5*) Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper.
Mask: This is the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a personable young man suffering from “lionitis,” a fatal disease which causes hideous facial disfigurement. The son of freewheeling biker Rusty Dennis (Cher), Rocky is accepted without question by his mom’s boyfriends and cycle buddies, but treated with pity, condescension, and disgust by much of the outside world. The local high school principal tries to get Rocky classified as brain-damaged so he won’t have to enroll the boy in his school, but Rusty fights for her son’s rights with the ferocity of a mother lioness. Rocky makes friends easily both at school and at summer camp. He also falls in love with Diana (Laura Dern), a blind girl who cannot see his deformed countenance and is entranced by the boy’s kindness and compassion. Now that he’s got his own life in order, Rocky sets about to wean his chronically depressed mother from her drug habit. Mask is the sort of story that might have ending up wallowing in its own pathos had the acting, direction and scriptwriting (by Anna Hamilton Phelan) been anything less than very good. The film proved a much-needed financial success for director Peter Bogdanovich, though unfortunately it didn’t come soon enough to stave off his declaring personal bankruptcy. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Michael: (Angels on Earth) (5* Movie) Andie MacDowell, William Hurt and John Travolta. “He’s an angel, not a saint.” A tabloid magazine called The National Mirror interviews a woman who says she is living with an angel. Michael is grubby, magnetic and a babe magnet I this romantic comedy. While trying to get an exclusive interview with Michael they didn’t bargain for the joyous, life-affirming plan in mind for them. Miracle abound in this wonderful gem. I love it when Andie sings, “I Love Pie” in the restaurant. Rated PG. © 1996.
Mozart the Whale: © 2004 Romance about an Asperger’s support group and two of the participants falling in love.
Mrs. Winterbourne: Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake,Brendan Fraser. Romance/comedy about a girl caught between true love and mistaken identity (Pregnant bag lady trading places with a rich woman theme). Rated PG © 1996.
Music From Another Room: Jude Law, Jennifer Tilly, Gretchen Mol, Martha Plimpton, Brenda Blethyn, Jon Tenney, Jeremy Piven, Jane Adams. “Their romance began the day she was born.” Romance/Comedy. Danny found his true love when he was only five years old when he delivered the girl he was going to marry. Flash forward 25 years as fate take shape. Rated PG © 1997.
Off the Map: (About depression) Sam Elliott plays Charley, a man who has fallen into a deep depression in a small town in New Mexico. Valentina d’Angelis plays Bo Groden, his 11-year old eccentric girl who is living in the now and learning to work the systems of poverty as she satisfies her sweet tooth by writing candy companies claiming to have had problems with their products, which usually results in a box of fresh goodies. Her mother, Arlene (Joan Allen) holds the household together and exemplifies “for better or for worse” of her marriage vows. The Grodens get by through living within simple means, one day an Internal Revenue Agent appears at their door, wanting to know why the family hasn’t paid income tax for several years — and not believing there has been no appreciable income for so many years. Great ending. Nude gardening scene. Good sub plots, too. © 2003.
Patch Adams (1997): Based on a true story, Robin Williams plays a doctor who doesn’t look, act or think like any other doctor you’ve met before (kind of like myself!) He is willing to do just about anything (even using alternative medicine) to make his patients laugh. Yucky ending for kids. Makes a lasting impression. Loved the woman who got to fulfill her dream before she died with bathing in noodles. The ending is not appropriate for the faint of heart. I didn’t like it. Rated PG. © 1997.
Pay it Forward (2000): (Random Acts of Kindness and One Person CAN make a difference theme) Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment. “Is it possible for one idea to change the world?” We think so. Just imagine. You do a favor that really helps someone and tell him other not to pay it back, but to pay it forward to three other people who, in turn, each pay it forward to three more, etc. Junior high student Trevor McKinney (Haley) comes up with this chain reaction project of goodness for his social studies project. One of my favorite movies but the little boy dies in the end so you may want to have parental discretion. This is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen on doing Random Acts of Kindness. It started a whole movement, actually. Michael and I once gave a trailer away to a fellow because he saw the movie and said that he would give the trailer to the next person when he was done with it AND do two other “pay it forward” activities. Rated PG-13 © 2000.
Pollyanna: Jayne Wyman, Richard Egan, Karl Malden and Hayley Mills perform in this timeless Walt Disney tapestry of a small-town Americana. She brings sunshine into the lives of everyone she meets. When her missionary mom and dad die, she is shipped off to her Aunt Polly’s house to be raised in upper-crust society. I absolutely adore this movie (maybe it was because my dad always called me a Pollyanna while I was growing up). I still am a Pollyanna to this day. Love the Glad Game and have made a rough draft of the Glad Passages the movie talks about. A must see if you are learning about the Law of Attraction. Rated G. © 1960.
Pretty Woman (1990) When successful corporate mogul Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) meets independent and carefree hooker Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) in Beverly Hills, their two lives are worlds apart. But Vivian’s energetic spirit challenges Edward’s no-nonsense, business-minded approach to life, sparking an immediate attraction. A modern-day fairy tale. Directed by Garry Marshall. Starring Richard Gere & Julia Roberts.
Question of Faith: It’s a scary thing trying to heal your cancer with alternative therapies when your family is telling you that you will die without chemotherapy. This is a true story of a woman who healed her breast cancer with alternative medicine. I require this movie to be seen by all my clients who are using alternative cancer treatments.
Romancing the Stone: Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner chase a priceless jewel and each other in this hit romantic adventure. Danny DiVito as well. Rated PG © 1984
Runaway Bride: Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Romantic Comedy. Julia plays a small-town girl who gets cold feet each time she walks down the isle disappearing in a variety of ways. Richard plays a cynical, big-city newspaper columnist eager to write a tell-all story about Julia’s character and falls in love with her. I love the fact that Julia’s character, Maggie, works at a hardware store and is an artist on the side. Great chick flick. Rated PG. © ?
School of Rock: Teacher makes a difference when he allows his students to follow their passions and they compete in a music contest.
Serendipity: John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. “A Matchless Romantic Comedy.” Romantic comedy. If you don’t know what the word means and believe in destiny and love at first sight and the process of synchronicity, you need to watch this one. Love conquers all and is inevitable. We think it’s a 5* movie and watch it once a year around Christmas. Rated PG. ©
Simon Birch (1998) A young boy with stunted growth is convinced that God has a great purpose for him.
Sirius Puppy Training by Dr. Ian Dunbar, D.V.M. Now most of us veterinarians don’t get a lot of dog training during our vet school years. It’s quite pathetic, actually, because you all think we know so much about that. This was my first introduction to “cookie training” way back in 1992. I used to thing that you just overpowered the dog by choking them when you wanted them to do something (that was what I had always been taught in obedience school when I trained my dogs.) I am SO happy there is this type of alternative. I tell my clients that training people is a lot like training dogs. We respond better with kindness and redirection. This is a must-see for any dog owner.
Sister Act 1 and Sister Act 2 (Two separate movies): Whoopi Goldberg. What can I say. I love Catholic comedies and rocking music in church. Whoopi is an ex show girl that keeps getting involved with this particular convent and really helps the choir out with their music and building their congregation numbers. And they affect her in positive ways as well. Action packed. Good family fun. Rated PG © ?
Sleepless in Seattle: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Sam (Hanks) is a recent widower who is seeking someone new. Sam’s son Jonah, is also looking for a new mother, so when Jonah puts his father on national radio, hundreds of women write to him. One of the women is Annie. She’s engaged to Walter, but he’s a bit strange. Annie goes to great lengths to meet Sam. Rated PG. © 1993.
Sliding Doors: This is a movie depicting the concept of parallel lives. It is a movie depicting two stories of what would happen with just one choice in our lives. Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) plays out one woman’s destiny to “catch” and “not catch” the London commuter rail.
Something’s Gotta Give (2003): Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a perennial, 50’s something playboy with the libido of a much younger man. During what was to be a romantic weekend with his current infatuation, young Marin Barry (Amanda Peet), at her Broadway playwright mother Erica’s (Diane Keaton) Hampton beach house, Harry develops chest pains. He winds up being reluctantly nursed by Erica. When Harry hesitates to act on his feelings for Erica, Harry’s thirtysomething doctor Julian Mercer (Keanu Reeves) pursues a romance with Erica. Harry finds his life unraveling as he falls in love with Erica during his recovery. Directed by Nancy Meyers. Starring Jack Nicholson & Diane Keaton
Somewhere in Time: (Time Travel) Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. “He sacrificed life in the present. . .to find love in the past.” The story of a young writer who is approached by an elderly woman who gives him an antique gold watch and who pleads with him to return in time with her. Christopher returns to1912 and the beautiful young woman who awaits him there. I love how they talk to each other through letters passed in the roll-top desk. Always wanted a roll-top desk after seeing this movie! Rated PG. © 2000.
Space Cowboys: Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner. They trained body and mind for America’s leap into space, but when the moment came, they were replaced by a chimpanzee! Four decades later their time has come again, but they’ve aged. Love this movie (5* keeper) and it’s packed with heart, humor and heroics. Rated PG. © 2001.
Spiritual Cinema Circle Movies with Heart, Movies with Soul. We are members of this subscription service. Michael and I look forward to the new DVD each month. We love most of the movies on the disc. Occasionally there is one that is not suitable for family viewing. The Spiritual Cinema Circle is a monthly subscription that brings you award-winning movies you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. The founder of the circle, Stephen Simon has produced movies such as Indigo, Somewhere in Time and What Dreams May Come and is the author of The Force is With You. The movies and shorts are family-oriented. Feel free to share the movies with singles, groups, or as fund-raising projects. The monthly fee is around $27. Each CD has 2-4 shorts, or clips and at least one full-feature film. www.SpiritualCinemaCircle.com 402 West Ojai Avenue, Suite 101-413 Ojai, California 93023. Customer Service 1-800-280-8290.
St. Ralph (5*) Catholic story of life and the circle of life. Some nudity.
Stepmom: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris. Touching story of unlikely friendship between two remarkable women raising the same children. Looks and feels like a true account of what being a step-parent is really about. And, really? It’s just a blessing to have someone else with high morals and values helping you to raise your children anyway in a situation where everyone is challenged by change. Rated PG-13. © 1998.
Strangers in Good Company: A busload of elderly people get stranded on a road trip and have to spend a couple days out in the wilderness foraging for food. A Catholic nun sets out on her own to get help. Great lines. Wonderful movie of strangers joining together and helping each other.
Sweet Home Alabama: Josh Lucas, Candice Bergen, Reese Witherspoon plays a rising New York clothing designer who suddenly finds herself engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. Story about a woman who has a past and finally faces it. Of course there’s a good ending! It wouldn’t be on this list if there weren’t as I prefer to live in the land of Disney! Rated PG © ?
Tellington Touch www.tteam-ttouch.com . I had a cat once who didn’t like to be on my lap. Forty minutes of this technique done by someone who knew how to use it, changed her whole personality. It was incredible. Great technique for fearful dogs and anxiety problems.
The Adventures of Robin Hood: Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. A classic and winner of 3 academy awards. Not rated. © 1938.
The Associate: Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Dianne Wiest and Whoopi Goldberg “Behind every great man is a woman. . .wishing he’d get the hell out of her way!” Whoopi is a corporate stock broker who does things her own way. When she finds herself as a go-fer to the young man she has mentored she decides to quit her job and open her own business. As a small business owner I loved how Whoopi made it happen and how she and Dianne created win-win situations for everyone involved (and how the dishonest people paid for their actions). Rated PG. © 1986. Dianne Wiest is really good in this one.
The A-Team (Season one): I just love George Peppard.
The Butcher’s Wife (1991) Marina , a blonde Southern belle with a clairvoyant streak, sees signs – a shooting star with two tails, a snowglobe that washes up on the beach, a wedding band inside of a fish – telling her that her true love is about to come ashore. And soon enough, a boat lands on the beach in front of her home; only the guy inside is a stout butcher from New York City named Leo. Still, portents are portents, and the next thing you know she’s married and running barefoot around a butcher’s shop in Greenwich Village, where she inspires various residents with her predictions. Leo, however, is creeped out by his wife’s abilities, and encourages her to see Alex, a psychiatrist who works across the street. To placate him, she does – and soon begins to suspect that she’s misread her signs and married the wrong man.
The Color Purple (1985) Covers the years 1909-1949 in the life of uneducated Celie (Whoopi Goldberg) living in the rural American south. She was raped by her father, deprived of the children she bore him and forced to marry a brutal sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover) who she calls “Mister.” Ultimately, she is transformed by the friendship of two remarkable women, Sofia (Oprah Winfrey) and Albert’s mistress Shug (Margaret Avery), acquiring self-worth and the strength to forgive. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, & Oprah Winfrey. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
The Gods Must Be Crazy I and II (two separate movies): Rather unique movies, but I liked them. Xixo the Bushman who lives deep in the African desert, following the path of his ancestors crosses paths with a New York lawyer and a handsome zoologist. When two very different cultures collide type of movies. Makes you think about what we’re doing to our planet actually. Rated PG © 1980.
The Green Mile: (Miracles, Hands On Healing, African Shamanism)Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan. Miracles happen in unexpected places, even in the death-row cellblock at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. There John Coffey (Duncan), a gentle giant of a prisoner with supernatural powers, brings a sense of spirit and humanity to his guards and fellow inmates. In African culture Shaman suck out the bad stuff, it transforms into flies, and they blow them out. This movie did an excellent job of showing this metaphysical healing practice. Parental Guidance (Coffey dies in the end). Great movie though. Rated R. © 1999 (and it’s 188 minutes long).
The Mask of Zorro: Antonio Banderas Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Great photography and a wonderful movie. Rated: PG-13. © 1998.
The Other Sister: Diane Keaton. Movie about a mentally challenged girl falling in love.
The Prince and Me: Julia Stiles, Luke Mably. An enchanting modern-day Cinderella story that everyone will love. If you like Princess Diana, you’ll love this movie. Rated PG © 2004
The Princess Diaries: Romance/Comedy (5*) Rated PG
The Quiet Room: Weird movie but I liked it. A little girl doesn’t like the fact that her parents are fighting all the time so she decides she no longer wants to take part and stops talking—but now she doesn’t know how to start talking again and it’s been over a year!
The Ron Clark Story (5* movie) Based on a true story. One white teacher makes a difference when he is hired to teach the toughest students in a black neighborhood. I did a media review on this one and his book “The Essential 55” Every teacher should watch it.
The Sixth Sense: (After Death Communication) Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. “Not Every Gift is a Blessing.” Bruce plays a distinguished child psychologist who meets a frightened, confused 8-year-old boy who is haunted by ghosts which are really people who have passed over and just want to get information back to the living. Rated PG-13. © 1999.
The Third Miracle (4*) Metaphysical story of Catholic priest who investigates a story about a bleeding Mother Mary statue.
Thelma & Louise (1991) As friends who take an impulsive break from the men in their lives, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis embrace the fierce American motto “Live free or die” and kick women’s movies up to a whole new level. Two friends, one an unhappy housewife named Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis), the other a wise-cracking waitress named Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon), decide to take a vacation from their lives, but things soon get out of control after an attempted rape incident at a roadside café. Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis.
Uncorked: This family has Popped its cork. Rufus Sewell, Minnie Driver, Nigel Hawthorne. A delightful celebration of dreams and the unyielding spirit of individuality. Love the guitar solo. Life purpose video. Rated PG ©2001
View from the Top: Gwyneth Paltrow, Christine Applegate, Candice Bergen, Kelly Preston, Rob Lowe. Hilarious comedy about a small-town girl who’s about to get a taste of the big time world. Good morals/values movie. Rated PG © ?
Whale Rider (2002, NZ) A family drama about the Whangara people who believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. Since then, the tribal group granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes, nominated for Best Actress), is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possesses a natural leadership ability. Directed by Niki Caro. Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes. Based on the book by Witi Ihimaera.
What a Girl Wants: Amanda Bynes. A girl-power fairy tale with the charm of the Princess Diaries. Great parent/daughter movie. Rated PG © 2003
What Dreams May Come: (After Death Communication). Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Annabella Sciorra. One of the most common ways people contact you after they have passed over is through dreams. The story of a supernatural journey beyond the realm of mortality in this visually stunning and unforgettable epic of how you are greeted on the other side by people and situations that you are mentally prepared for until you can accomplish the process of waking up and letting go. This one is a quest for everlasting love that takes Robin to hell and back. Some people actually experience hell-like adventures when they have a near-death experience, but these are rare so I didn’t think this was totally accurate, but a good movie anyway. Rated PG-13. © 1999.
What the Bleep Do We Know? “Did you see that new movie, What the Bleep?” I heard that from my clients from the East Coast for weeks when this movie came out. “It’s all about what you do.” So, when it came to town, I told Michael that we needed to go (we don’t go out to movies that often.) I noticed it was at the theatre on Weds., we saw it on Thursday. There were 6 people in the whole theatre. Before the show started, I felt the room rustle with about 150 people, only there were not visible people there! My guides and a bunch of their friends from the other side decided to watch the movie with us, I guess. Oh, and my clients are right. Same concepts. I actually recognized one of the doctors in the movie! Fun. It is very deep and a stretch if you’ve never experienced energy work. Go rent it.