Saturday, April 17, 2010

CafféLatté Magazine's Favourite Movies

Do you ever watch movies and you tell yourself, "I have to see that again...and again?" So here are a list of our favourite movies and their (lead actors) not in any particular order:

The Aviator
Leonardo Di Caprio
This movie is based on Howard Hughes' life and his struggle in early Hollywood and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. There was also talk that he was bipolar as well. However, Di Caprio was so into his role as Hughes, that at one point we forgot that we were looking at Di Caprio. Great Movie! The entire cast was perfect! Martin Scorsese was the director.

Jamie Fox
We were really excited to see this movie about Ray Charles, who although blind, made sure the world never forgot him, our favorite part: Him refusing to play to a segregated crowd in Georgia. A very bold stance. Jamie Fox, played Ray Charles with a near perfect symatery that is unparalleled in auto-biographies. Also starring Regina King. Oscar Win for sure! Directed by Taylor Hackford.

The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock
We do not know why Julia Roberts was considered America's Sweetheart, as far as we know, Sandra Bullock is that sweetheart. There can only be one. In her Oscar winning performance, she played the ballsy Leigh Ann Tuohy. Quinton Aaron played Michael Oher, and we feel he should get recognition for his part because without him Sandra would be looking crazy. Just saying. We barely recognized Tim McGraw, but when we realized it was him, standing ovation was due. Directed by John Lee Hancock.

Deliver Us From Eva
Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J
Cheesy to some people, but not to us. It was kind of low key and, we guess low-budget, but as an A.A movie, we were glad not to see, gang-bangers, baggy-pants basket ball in a ghetto setting and lots of baby-mamas. What we liked were a very classic setting (that some men can probably relate to). A story about four sisters, all married except one (Union), the eldest and most protective over the other three. Her three brother-in-laws are terrified of her, so they decide to set her up with a romantic interest (LL Cool J), so that they can be left alone, with their "women folk". Not going to spoil the plot. Have a look, and let us know. Directed by Gary Hardwick.

The Color Purple
Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover
Surprise Director is Steven Spielberg! Can you believe it? This movie was well written, well directed, a solid acting cast: Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong and Dana Ivey. Everything was gold in this movie. 11 Oscar nods, 11 wins and 8 further nominations later, this is our most watched, favorite movie of all time. However, we wonder if Danny Glover as Albert was a good thing, he played the character to a "T", but we honestly feel that his later character in other movies were tainted by this movie. Sad. This also applies to actress Dana Ivey who played Miss Millie, the mayor's wife who 'forces' Oprah's character, Sophia, to be her cook.

Corrina Corrina
Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta
You all must think we love Whoopi Goldberg...and we do. She is a fantastic actress. There is so much warmth and chemistry in this movie, we fell in love and believed it too. CafféLatté Magazine fully recommend this movie, as we are all about interracial couples. While you are probably itching for us to tell you the plot, we will not, you have to see it yourself. If you like Something New with Saana Lathan and Simon Baker, you will absolutely love this movie. The stunning, now grown, Tina Majorino, plays Molly Singer. Directed and Written by Jessie Nelson.

What's Love Got To Do With It
Angela Bassett, Lawrence Fishburne
Ike and Tina Turner: The story of why men who beat women will always look like douche-bags, no matter what they say or how much talent they have. We don't think, we need to explain this movie, but we do need to say that karate lessons is in order. Directed by Brian Gibson.

Multiple Cast
Highly controversial is this movie/t.v. series. What is the big deal? A very valid reason as to why racism needs to be flushed down the toilet. We may recommend this one, but the Big "C" word stopped us, Controversial. Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman, David Greene and Gilbert Moses.

Tobey Macguire.
The first and only. Lisa Marie, even took her grandparents to see it at Movietowne. Her grandmother liked it. The grandfather said, "You took me to see a man in a tight outfit swinging on a rope in public?" Dont' worry he loved it, but will stick to his Westerns. Directed by Sam Raimi. Written for all these decades by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Imitation of LifeLouise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Colette Colburn
Directed by John M. Stahl. This movie must always be watched with a handkerchief, ... and an asprin. Tears flowed like water throughout this movie. We loved Louise Beavers. Alas, she was only allowed to play "mammy" throughout most of her movies, given the time period, however, we will not excuse Hollywood for this. And Fredi Washington, one of the most beautiful, but maligned actresses to grace our screens, for real. She was bi-racial with green eyes and black hair. Many believed that Peola and Fredi were one and the same, but this is not true. Again, another gifted actress swallowed by the dank cloud of racism.

Cartoon Animation:

The Iron Giant.
Directed by Brad Bird. Part two, where is it?

Directors: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg. Mel Gibson's voice in John Smith's 2D body, Hhhhheaven!

The Treasure Planet.
Directors: Ron Clemments, John Musker. A true swash-buckling adventure way before Pirates of the Caribbean.

3D Animation:

The Incredibles.
"Monsieur Incroyable!"- Bomb Voyage. Directed and Written by Brad Bird. This guy is good! See The Iron Giant.

Surf's Up.
Directed by Ash Brannon, Chris Buck. Chicken Joe is voiced by Napoleon Dynamite. The water graphics were the first thing that drew us to this movie. Exceptional.

Directed by Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha. "You can shine no matter what you are made of."-Bigweld. We like Aunt Fanny and Fender (Robin Williams).

Meet The Robinsons.
Directed by Stephen J. Anderson. It was a real tear-jerker for us. The graphics was so-so, but the storyline was priceless: Keep Moving Forward.

Ratatouille.Directed by Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava. Unwittingly, we are big fans of Brad Bird, it seems. So, Mr. Bird what next animation do you have for us? We are ready.

Directed by John Lasseter, Joe Ranft. I could not conclude without this special mention.

All the Directors and Actors info were gathered by IMDB at

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