Meathead March – The Magic of Belle Island (2012) – Tranquil Dreams

Check out my second (and last) post to the Meathead March blogathon over at MovieRob’s. If you haven’t heard of it before, its a blogathon dedicated to Rob Reiner’s movies. This time around, I reviewed a much newer movie that I’ve never heard of until I did this blogathon called The Magic of Belle Isle with the ever so talented Morgan Freeman who finds himself again as a lost writer.
While you’re there, remember to take a look at the awesome posts for the other movies for the this blogathon. Rob Reiner has directed some really impressive movies.

Happy Thursday! 🙂


meathead march blogathonFor today’s first review of The Magic of Belle Isle (2012), here’s a review by Kim of Tranquil Dreams

Thanks Kim!

the magic of belle isle posterThe Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Emma Fuhrmann, Madeline Carroll, Nicolette Pierini

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Monte Wildhorn (Morgan Freeman), an old Western novelist who has turned into an alcoholic after losing his creative touch for many years is brought by his nephew to Belle Isle to stay for the summer.  Fully accomodated in this home, his one task is to drink and watch over the owner’s dog.  When the next door neighbor, Charlotte O’Neill (Virginia Madsen) and her three daughters, Willow (Madeline Carroll), Finnegan (Emma Fuhrmann) and Flora (Nicolette Pierini) start to approach him, they each help me to find his creative passion and himself again.

The Magic of Belle Isle is a feel-good charming little movie.  There are a few factors that you…

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Meathead March – The Princess Bride (1987) -Tranquil Dreams

Check out my review over at MovieRob’s Meathead March Blogathon. In case that confuses you, it is a blogathon based on Rob Reiner directed films. My first entry is for the simply beautiful and exciting Princess Bride.

It started this week, so if you missed any, remember to head over and check it out.


meathead march blogathonFor today’s first review of The Princess Bride for the Meathead March Blogathon, here’s a review by Kim of Tranquil Dreams.

Thanks Kim!

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The Princess Bride (1987)

Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Peter Falk

While a young boy (Fred Savage) is home sick in bed, his grandfather (Peter Falk) comes over to tell him a story thats been in their family for a long time called The Princess Bride.  It takes them into the country of Florin where Buttercup (Robin Wright) falls unexpectedly in love with the farm boy called Westley (Cary Elwes).  Eventually, he goes across the sea in hopes of seeking fortune where news is eventually sent back to Buttercup that he lost his life on the ship held captive by Dread Pirate Roberts .  A few years later, Buttercup still in love with Westley, is…

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When Harry Met Sally…(1989)

Back midyear in 2013, I wanted to do a Meg Ryan marathon so I bought a bunch of Meg Ryan movies as they went on special, but it turns out, Meg has a bunch of movies and buying them all would be murderous to my wallet.  So, they sat there waiting for this marathon to swing around and as I searched for New Year’s movies, When Harry Met Sally popped up and I decided it was time to ignore the marathon and just watch it!

when harry met sally posterDirector: Rob Reiner

Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) have known each other under circumstances of moving to New York City at the same time.  However, they didn’t hit it off right away.  As the years went on, their friendship grew as their life situations and relationships changed.  However, no matter their connection, they both believed that sex would get in the way of their friendship and fear to proceed further and decides to ignore any romantic feelings.  Will they be able to push it away or will they eventually give in to it?

Its my first time watching this.  I know, I know, where have I been, right? I’m sure most of you already know the synopsis of When Harry Met Sally.  For starters, this movie is supposed to be pretty successful seeing as Rob Reiner is also the mastermind behind The Princess Bride and that one is an absolute classic as well.  Of course, this doesn’t reach that level, but I’d say that When Harry Met Sally has a really nice charm to it.  And that ending scene is just awesome.  I never thought I’d say this, but I think Billy Crystal just got categorized as dreamy, but I’ll only say it for this movie and that particular scene.

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When Harry Met Sally is a pretty intelligent romantic comedy that is full of wit.  Its fun to watch and although I’m not totally on board with Billy  Crystal in romantic comedies (except for the ending dialogue), I’d say that Meg Ryan really does fantastic.  Its not because I love her that I say that.  She just is a pretty lovable and at times, hilariously nit-picky person as Sally Albright.  Plus, the vibe and the friendship that they have is pretty awesome.  The most hilarious and outrageous scene is the restaurant scene when she’s trying to prove a point that women can fake orgasms.  I never imagined her to do that.  That part was worth the movie (among so many parts), haha! Awkward but I was toppling over in laughter 🙂

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For a movie that held just two people in 80% of the entire flick, I have to say that its was a pretty good movie since I held my attention the whole way.  I loved the story and just how its about old friends and developing relationships.  Its about people who grow and learn and then fall in love.  Plus, they insert these little stories from older couples unrelated to the story but maybe a bit related to the segment and part in Harry and Sally’s life that happens.

Overall, I really enjoyed it.  Its not one of my favorite romantic comedies but I’d definitely watch this when I need a pick me up.  Its fun, romantic and witty.  The chemistry between Billy Crystal’s Harry and Meg Ryan’s Sally is fantastic.  Its done really well.  A nice way to start off my 2013 and definitely one I’d probably watch for next year’s New Year’s Eve.

By the way, thinking about it? Where did Billy Crystal go? Hmm…I do like him especially when he used to host the Oscars eons ago (he did, right? I’m not confusing him for someone else?). Did you like When Harry Met Sally?

Flipped (2010)

Have you heard of this one beforeÉ There was one of those deals for VideoHub on my tablet again so I saw this little movie called Flipped.  I was for $9.99 and it looked cute.  I always like these little young romances.  They always have this innocence that can make me smile from my heart.  Although Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB seemed to differ in their ratings a bit, I still decided to go ahead with it and see how I felt about it.

flipped posterDirector: Rob Reiner

Cast: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, John Mahoney, Aidan Quinn

Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe) moves into a new neighborhood when he was in second grade.  It was a day he would never forget because it marked the start of a strange little girl across the street, Julianna Baker (Madeline Carroll), who befriended him and from that day on had a big crush on him and his dazzling blue eyes.  She made him become the biggest embarrassment on the first day (and following year) at school.  All he ever wanted was for her to leave him alone so he tried every way possible to avoid her. Juli didn’t only follow him around but to him, she had strange ideas.  She wouldn’t climb out of a big old sycamore tree when it was going to be cut down and she grew chickens in her backyard for starters.  However, it seemed to get his grandfather’s (John Mahoney) attention, something that he couldn’t even get from him. This made him want to see Julie in another light to understand why his grandfather thought so highly of her.

flipped grandpa and julie

This is an adaptation from a novel apparently.  I’ve never even heard of it so I don’t really know how to review this as an adaptation. As a stand alone movie, I really enjoyed it. I was in all ways a feel good movie from beginning to end.  It was young, cute and innocent.  I think its the fact that they did this in an original way, where we get the typical schoolyard crush but as we see Bryce’s side of the story, we also swap around after something happens and we get to see Juli’s side of the story in her narration as well.  For some, maybe it can be repetitive.  However, I’m just assuming because like I said, I found that very fun to watch.

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Although it is a little fun young romance as the package, as we see both sides of the story, we also see how they grow up as individuals.  We see how their choices affect who they are.  What I really liked was the supporting actors. I think they were the ones that pushed me over to actually get this movie.  In the trailer, we saw Bryce’s grandfather was the inspiring figure in his household and he does a fantastic job at bridging the understanding between the two kids.  On Juli’s side, we have her father (played by Aidan Quinn) who really helps her and makes her understand new ideas and encourage her.  I’m starting to really like Aidan Quinn.  He has done some outstanding jobs in movies.  This one was probably the best that I’ve seen him at.  Maybe I’m alone but I stand by that.

flipped juli and father

I really connected the movie for personal reasons.  Some times, our situations and the people around us make us learn lessons and analyze the people and environment around us as well.  It doesn’t make them any less innocent, just makes them more insightful.  All simply, this movie brings out a reality of growing up in two different family situations. It shows us how our family, our friends and others that we associate with influence how we see and react to different things in life.  Sometimes, when we are young, we don’t really see it until we gain better perspective.

flipped bryce julianna

As for the young actors, Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe, they both do a really awesome job in this flick.  They do narration mostly but in the context of conversations and reactions, they embody their roles very well.  It pulled me right into the movie and I was a nice fun ride to see them grow up during the movie.


Flipped is a recommendable story for those who like these sorts of movies. You might guess a good part of it but the process of the movie and the originality in the script from both points of views is refreshing and fun.  Its supported by both great young and older actors and they really bring out the essence of this movie.  As much as its cute and funny, its heartwarming and meaningful.  A lot of adjectives I like to give to movies.  This is going straight to my feel-good movie pile and I almost want to play it again right now.