Odd Movie Picks

This one is suggested by TSgt Steve Simon, USAF:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Stars Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood and Kirsten Dunst, and deals with erasing specific memories, and changing your mind halfway through the procedure. My wife couldn’t follow the story line from the beginning! Remember how Pulp Fiction was told backwards? Well, Eternal Sunshine is like that on LSD: told backwards and inside out. The special effects were very good, and both Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet were both creepy-weird in a likeable sort of way. I whole-heartedly recommend it!

Thank you, Steve, I’ll definitely add that to the “must watch” list. I appreciate the tip; normally I avoid anything with Jim Carrey in it.

Here are two more that spring to mind:

Frequency, starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. A rip in time allows a father and son to communicate across 30 years over the same short-wave radio. Caviezel plays a cop who tries to prevent his father’s murder, which occurred when he was a young boy. He succeeds, but then he has to deal with the fallout from changing history. Intelligently written with a neat, stand-up-and-cheer twist at the end.

The Mighty, a 1998 movie with a great cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Gena Rowlands, Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, James Gandolfini, Kieran Culkin (Macauley’s brother), Meat Loaf, and Elden Henson. Culkin and Henson play two boys, next door neighbors, who don’t fit in. Culkin’s character is brilliant, but suffers from a crippling degenerative disease; Henson’s character is a big, strong kid crippled by emotional baggage from his abusive father. One is weak of body, the other weak of spirit. They team up to seek adventure as a modern day knight, self-named “Freak the Mighty”, defending the weak and righting wrongs. This is a wonderful movie that’s right at the top of my personal all-time favorites. Make sure a box of Kleenex is close by.

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