Message In a Bottle
This movie is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. Anyone who follows Sparks will know that in his stories there are plenty of twists and turns. This movie is no exception. It is the story of a divorced journalist name Theresa (Robin Wright Penn), from Chicago, who happens upon a message in a bottle while running on the beach. She is intrigued and swept away by the letter inside and decides to track down the man who wrote it. Garrett Blake, who is played by Kevin Costner, is who she discovers in her search and travels to the Outer Banks. They do fall in love, but there are obstacles. The scenery and cast make this movie a complete joy to watch, but beware, it is a tear jerker.
Nicholas Sparks is also the writer responsible for The Notebook. It, once again, does not disappoint with it’s twists and turns in the plot. It is the love story of Allie Nelson and Noah Calhoun. Allie is from money and is vacationing with her family in their summer home when she falls for Noah. Noah is working class and doesn’t have much to offer Allie, but they fall deeply in love anyway. The story really gets going when Allie leaves to return home from her summer getaway and due to her mother’s interference, loses all contact with Noah. You don’t notice much, but this story is told in a flashback form as well. It isn’t until the end, however, that you learn who the people are that are telling the story. It will make the movie make complete sense. Viewers get to follow these characters through their lives separately until they are finally reunited.
For Love of The Game
Kevin Costner (Billy Chapel) and Kelly Preston (Jane Aubrey) have great chemistry in this flick. Costner plays a professional baseball pitcher who is at the end of his career. Preston plays his love interest, single mother and Costner’s greatest fan. Much of the story is told as a flashback, with Costner re-evaluating his life while pitching the game of his life. This movie builds to a very climatic moment and does not disappoint. Although it did not become very well known when it was released in 1999, it is truly a must see movie in the romance genre. It has something for the men too!
PS I Love You
While this movie should come with its own box of tissues, it is a fantastic film. It is the story of Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank). She is a young widow who has just lost her husband, Gerry (Gerard Butler), when the movie begins. We get a quick peek at their relationship in the opening of the movie, but it soon cuts to his funeral. The plot of the story is based on Holly getting through this difficult time and figuring out how to move on. The twist is that Gerry had planned ahead for this and has left her messages and directions, in various ways, to help get her though the year following his death. It is a touching story, with laughs along the way. An award winning cast helps pull you in. Kathy Bates, Lisa Kudrow and Harry Connick, Jr. are just a few of the stars that grace the screen. If for nothing else, get this movie for the scenery of Ireland, it is truly beautiful. A true “must see”.
Who has not seen Titanic at this point? Probably no one, as it has been out since 1997. Now is the time to watch it again. This movie has so much to offer, watching it several times is a must. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are magical together as Rose and Jack. Rose coming from the upper class and Jack from Steerage, makes them an unlikely couple. Although this is another cry fest, dig out Titanic for another watch this summer, you’ll be happy you did!