Sunday, November 30, 2008

Most Inspirational Movies of All Time

The 25 Most Inspirational Movies of All Time by Moviefone

#25 Forest Gump

Tom Hanks won his second Oscar for this affecting portrayal of an unassuming man with a low IQ who wins a Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam , becomes a multimillionaire, meets presidents and rock stars, and unwittingly influences popular culture. 'Gump,' at its core, is a fable that posits life as a wondrous gift, precious and brimming with hidden value.

#24 Stand and Deliver (1988)

An East L.A. math teacher, Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos), battles to instill an appreciation of learning and academic excellence in inner city students who view high school as little more than a daily six-hour holding pen. Against all odds, Escalante succeeds in transforming his kids into calculus whizzes who ace their senior year exams. Think 'Rocky' for the pocket protector crowd.

#23 In The Heat of the Night (1967)

An East L.A. math teacher, Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos), battles to instill an appreciation of learning and academic excellence in inner city students who view high school as little more than a daily six-hour holding pen. Against all odds, Escalante succeeds in transforming his kids into calculus whizzes who ace their senior year exams. Think 'Rocky' for the pocket protector crowd.

#22 Rudy (1993)

Sean Astin (years before he hit the big time as a hobbit) is the titular football tackling dummy who gains entrance to the college of his dreams, Notre Dame, in this true story that'll have you rootin' and weepin' at the finale. A doughy Jon Favreau (years before he became Vince Vaughn's tackling dummy) plays Rudy's buddy who helps him ace the entrance boards that finally get him into school. The movie thrillingly underscores the old saw "Winners never quit, and quitters never win."

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

In an era of flip-flopping politicians who seem to act for political expediency, it's only in the annals of history (and movies) that we find leadership that really measures up. And no one's done it better on the big screen than Jimmy Stewart as junior Senator Jefferson Smith; a trusting soul who travels to D.C. only to see his idealistic hopes crushed by the graft of special interest money men. Smith's one-man filibuster ranks among director Frank Capra's greatest movie moments.

Chariots of Fire (1981)

This true story of two British track stars, a determined Jew (Ben Cross) and a devout Christian (Ian Charleson), who compete for king and country in the 1924 Olympics won the 1982 Best Picture and Best Screenplay Oscars (against a field that included 'On Golden Pond'). Naysayers believe the flick -- and Vangelis' dulling score -- belongs in the "What Were We Thinking?" category populated by Academy duds like 'Gandhi' and 'The English Patient.' But for fans, 'Chariots' is a film with, well, legs.

Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

The diary that teenager Anne Frank kept while hiding with her family and other Jews in a secret room in Amsterdam during WWII, chronicling Anne's hopes, dreams and budding sexuality, made a powerful transition to the screen in 1959. 'Diary' underscores the implacable optimism of the human spirit best embodied in the voiceover we hear as the secret annex is discovered by the Gestapo. "I still believe, in spite of everything, that all people are basically good at heart," Anne says.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

In 1947, after taking the fall for two murders he didn't commit, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sent for life to Shawshank State Prison. What follows is nearly two decades of life lessons that speak to how a decent man cannot only endure unjust conviction, but really matter in others' lives. Although the film centers on Dufresne's redemptive story, attention must be paid to Morgan Freeman as Red, Andy's pal and Man Friday. Freeman's spellbinding narration alone is worth the price of admission.

A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

'Raisin' tells of the trials and tribulations of an African-American family (headed by Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee) who move into a predominantly white Chicago neighborhood. The title comes from the opening lines of Langston Hughes' poem ' Harlem ': "What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun?" In this film, the family's "dream" of living a desegregated existence ultimately triumphs.


After being unjustly fired from his law firm, AIDS-infected Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), sues his employers for discrimination. His unlikely ally: a homophobic personal-injury lawyer (Denzel Washington). ' Philadelphia ' heralded a seismic shift in how Hollywood depicted homosexuals in movies. To that end, Hanks' Oscar-winning performance found a coda in his heartfelt acceptance speech, when he remarked (referring to the AIDS scourge) that "the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels."

A Field of Dreams (1989)

Kevin Costner is an Iowa farmer who begins to hear voices imploring him to "go the distance" -- plow under his corn and build a baseball field in the middle of his prime acreage. So begins an elegiac odyssey filled with cross-country motor trips, symbolism about getting a second chance to reconnect with our fathers and our nostalgia-fueled need to find one true thing in an ever-changing world. And that thing is America 's longstanding love affair with its national pastime.

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Julia Roberts in a padded pushup bra makes an unlikely heroine. She's the titular file clerk who crusades for compensation on behalf of the residents of a town whose water supply has been polluted by Goliath corporation Pacific Gas & Electric. Roberts won a Best Actress Oscar as the blunt, blue-collar single mother of three who sees justice done for the little guy in this based-on-a-true story.

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

'Hotel' is set in 1994, during the Rwandan genocide, in which more than 800,000 people, mainly Tutsi, were killed by extremist Hutu militias. Thanks to the courage of one man, hotelier Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), nearly 1,000 besieged refugees (including Paul's own family) were saved. Think: African version of 'Schindler's List.'

Remember the Titans (2000)

It's ebony and ivory playing together in perfect disharmony when Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) takes over as head football coach of a small desegregated Virginia high school in the early '70s. But in a watershed moment that conjures Knute Rockne's "win one for the Gipper," the team bridges the racial divide and becomes AAA state champions, turning their initial dissension into strength on the gridiron.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

The colonel (Alec Guinness) of a contingent of British POWs helps the Japanese build a railroad supply bridge in Burma . But as the Herculean construction project begins to consume him, he forgets that his prime directive is not to aid the enemy. A buff William Holden co-stars in this David Lean epic as an American Navy Commander charged with dynamiting the bridge, thus exposing the colonel's passion as the ultimate cross-purpose pipe dream. The movie won a clutch of Oscars including Best Picture, Director and Actor (Guinness).

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

John Steinbeck's literary masterpiece of disenfranchised Okies traveling to California and a new beginning during the Great Depression gets fine treatment on the screen with Henry Fonda brilliant as down-trodden everyman Tom Joad. As he witnesses inequities firsthand, Tom gives voice to his burgeoning social conscience with a stirring soliloquy: "I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look, wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there."

Hoosiers (1986)

In this redemptive tale, Coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman), a man with a few skeletons in his closet, and his nebbish assistant (Dennis Hopper) train a small-town Indiana high school basketball team to become a top contender for the state championship. The movie -- based on the true story of tiny Milan High School 's improbable 1954 victory -- is a corker. And Hopper gives a standout performance as the alcoholic father of one of the players and a faded high school hoops star himself.

Norma Rae (1979)

Minimum-wage slave in a cotton mill with Dickensian working conditions, Norma Rae Webster (Sally Field) unionizes her shop against almost unbearable pressure brought on by management. For her performance as a modern-day Emma Goldman, Field won Best Actress awards at the Oscars and at Cannes , proving undeniably that "We like her, we really like her!"

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

One of the most important "prestige pictures" ever put out by a major studio (RKO), 'Lives' follows three WWII soldiers returning stateside. The transition to civilian life for Dana Andrews, Fredric March and real-life vet and double amputee Harold Russell is far from easy in this empathic look at the struggles of millions of returning servicemen and their families as the boys tried to put horrific memories behind them. The film won seven Oscars, including an unparalleled two for Russell (an honorary statuette and a Best Supporting Actor Award).

Schindler's List (1993)

As the Holocaust rages across Europe , Nazi businessman- turned-humanitar ian Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) tries to protect his Jewish factory workers from certain annihilation. Through charm and bluster, and aided by his resourceful accountant (Ben Kingsley), Schindler ultimately saves more than 1,000 Polish Jews -- nearly the only Polish Jews left alive at war's end. The winner of Best Picture and Director (Steven Spielberg) Oscars, the film is a practical -- if disquieting -- illustration of the Talmudic proverb: "He who saves one life, saves the world entire."

Rocky (1976)

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets the chance of a lifetime when heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) recruits the Italian Stallion as his next challenger, thinking the palooka will be little more than a stationary speed bag. Yeah right! Although too many sequels have weakened its force, Rocky's title bout still packs a visceral emotional wallop. Winner of Best Picture and Best Director (John G. Avildsen) Oscars, the film also marks the beginning of Stallone's superstar trajectory after years of bit parts.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

The heartfelt Yule perennial is director Frank Capra at his apex with a brilliant conceit that prompts then answers the question of what would happen if a whole life was erased as if it had never been lived. James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Donna Reed, Henry Travers (as Stewart's guardian angel Clarence), the whole Capra stock company of characters, are spot-on in this enduring classic.

The Miracle Worker (1962)

This fact-based film based on the life of Helen Keller (Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Patty Duke) recounts her work with teacher and mentor Annie Sullivan (Best Actress Oscar winner Anne Bancroft). Helen, deaf and blind since infancy, experiences an epiphany that unlocks the world when, at a water pump, she makes the connection between the water spilling out and the word Annie spells in her hand. The scene still stands as one of the most satisfying emotional payoffs in cinema history.

Glory (1989)

This stirring biographical film of one of the first black regiments (the 54th Massachusetts ) to be mustered in the Civil War is anchored by Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning performance as a conflicted runaway-slave enlistee. It builds to the final doomed assault against a rebel fortress as the colonel (Matthew Broderick) exhorts his brave men to weather a firestorm. You can almost hear Fredrick Douglass' declaration: "... let a black man get a uniform and there is not power on this earth that can deny he has earned his citizenship."

My Left Foot (1989)

Daniel Day-Lewis won a Best Actor Oscar -- and achieved an emotional career capstone -- for his role as Christy Brown, an Irishman afflicted with cerebral palsy who could only move his left foot. Brown goes on to become an accomplished author (the movie is based on his autobiography) , painter and poet, proving that the human spirit can triumph over even the direst adversity.

Friday, November 28, 2008

What Roselyn Means?

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Together

I remember that romantic day,
down the aisle you bo
th were walking,
you've been together so long now
I'm surprised that you're still talking!

Marvin and I still happy together with our daughter......... I'm so blessed that i have marvin....

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What is a Friend ?

A Friend is someone
who makes a wonderful difference
in your life...

A friend is that someone whose cheerful 'Hello'

Always brings a bright Smile
to your Face,

Whose thoughtfulness

makes you feel really at home,

Whatever the time or the place...

A Friend is someone

who'll share in a secret,

And always Supports

what you do ,

Who helps you make plans

and is Happy to hear

When something nice happens to you...

And whatever you're neighbours

or miles apart, A word from

A friend gives a Lift

And helps you to See,

with a warmhearted

A friend is Life's

Most precious Gift!

Thanks to ate rodina for wonderful birthday card.....................

Monday, November 24, 2008

Words of Wisdom

The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.

Solomon Ibn Gabriol

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is the 2008 sequel to the 2005 film, Madagascar. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and was released last November 7, 2008. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The movie starts in the past as Zuba (the alpha Lion of the Africa wildlife reserve), teaching his son Alakay (Alex) to fight. Then Makunga (the other Lion that is trying to snatch the title of Zuba) came and chanllenges Zuba. As the two Lions fight Alex was drawn out of the fence of the reserve and was catched by the Hunters. Zuba found out and tried to rescue Alex. But unfortunately, the crate where Alex was trapped fall on the cliff into a river which carries it to the sea. His crate eventually drifts to New York City where he is put on display in the Central Park Zoo. The movie cuts to the present, picking up where Madagascar left off. Alex, (lLiom) Marty,(Zebra) Melman (Giraff), and Gloria (Hipo) are boarding an airplane that will be catapulted with a gigantic slingshot. King Julian and Maurice go with them. Midway through the trip, the penguins discover they are out of fuel, but manage a gentle crash landing in an African wildlife reserve. They all meet their species, while the penguins stay at the crash site and repair the plane....

Alex reunites with his dad Zuba, and mom Florrie. Zuba's rival Makunga questions Alex and told that Alex should passed the right-of-passage trial for a for membership in the pride. But Makungas intention is to use Alex so he can steal the throne for himself. Makunga tricked Alex into choosing an exceedingly large and muscular lion as an opponent and he mistakenly thought that the test is a dance-off and was easily been defeated. Zuba, despite his disappointment, refuses to banish Alex from the pride and throw the throne. Makunga assumes the throne and ihimself banished Zuba and Alex along with Florrie. While Marty joins a herd of zebras, and discovers that each of the zebras is exactly like him, which makes him question how unique he is. Gloria meets Moto Moto as a potential mate. Melman becomes the giraffe herd's new witch doctor and helps animals with diseases and wounds. His new friends convince him he has "Witch Doctor's Disease" and has only two more days to live. As Alex and Melman talk over their problems with a zebra they think is Marty. Marty arrives and was offended to Alex that he cannot tell him from one of his "clones". Melman, was so sad and he burried himselp in hole with his head only on the top. He meets Julian and talk him that he should make the best of his last hours by facing and telling Gloria what he feels since he has nothing to loose. Melman found Gloria and Moto Moto on a secluded pool as Gloria tries to warm up to Moto Moto, facing Moto Moto and telling him to take care of Gloria for all the great qualities he himself sees in her, which moves Gloria.

As another conflicts arrives as the water waterhole dries up, all the animals panic. The animals asking Makunga what to do since he is now the King, and he replies that this should be settle in a fight. The other animals refuses since others are small and dont stand a chance versus the Lions. Alex came and volunteered to fix things up. As Alex and Marty trails the river, they found out that the New York vacationers build a Dam to support themselves off the reserve after getting lost in the jungle, led by Nana the Old Lady. Alex was caught by the humans, but Zuba rushes in in the nick of time. Alex intimidates the humans by performing as he had done in the zoo, and the humans recognize him as the same Alex the Lion from the zoo. Zuba realizes the importance of Alex's gift and joins in with him. Julian proposes the animals make a sacrifice to the volcano Gods to bring the water back, and Melman volunteers. Right before he jumps into the volcano, Gloria receives the news about Alex stops Melman from jumping the Volcano. They head off the reserve using the repaired airplane by the Penguins and the chimpz to rescue Alex and his dad Zuba. Nana was trying to defend the dam, but the penguins destroy it, and the water is brought back to the waterhole. Simultaneously, Julian and Maurice are horrified to find that Mort had followed them all the way to Africa, and they inadvertently sacrifice the pursuing shark (who had begun pursuing Mort earlier when Mort washed up on the shore) into the volcano instead, leading them to believe that they had brought the water back themselves.

Zuba recovered the throne and was given to Alex as an apology. The previous witch doctor returned and was just only lost and not dead, So the Giraffes and Melman was releaved that he will not die. The four friends decide to stay in Africa with Alex's family, as do Julian and Maurice, while the penguins take off in the plane for Skipper's honeymoon Skipper married a bobblehead doll found on the plane). The lions and their friends dance off into the sunset. The END...

Lessons Learned:
The lesson I have learned from the story was about our unique talents and the proper use of it. Another is friendship and Love.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tinker Bell (2008) Snapshots