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Lolita (1962)

Humbert Humbert is middle-aged college professor of French poetry who arrives in Ramsdale, New Hampshire looking for a place to stay for the summer until he starts his teaching in the fall. He agrees to stay at the house of Charlotte Haze, a lonely widow but only so he can be around her fourteen-year-old flirtatious daughter, Lolita, whom he is entranced by at first sight.
When Charlotte tells him that she’s going to send Lolita to an all girl’s camp for the summer, he decides that the only way to be around Lolita permanently is to marry Charlotte. But when a tragic accident occurs one rainy day, for Humbert it is heaven sent because he can have Lolita all to himself. They travel together to Beardsley College where he has a teaching position but their lives are interrupted by a scheming con artist named Clare Quilty.
Mason is amazing, Sellers is fantastic and Lyon is terrific in her film debut.
Starring James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Peter Sellers 9/10

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Jim Stark is a rebellious young man who is the new kid in town. He got in trouble in his previous town when he got into a fight with a kid who called him chicken, which was the reason why his family had to move.
On his first day in a new school, he meets Judy and John (nicknamed Plato). Judy has issues at home as well, with a father who doesn’t give her love and affection, and Plato because his mother is never around and his father is dead. Jim’s first day isn’t easy when Buzz, the leader of a gang takes the air out of Jim’s car tires and forces him to a knife fight to test him. He challenges him to race cars known as a “chickie run” at the bluff. After the race ends in a tragic accident, Judy, Jim and Plato go to an abandoned mansion to escape their tough home lives, finding friendship and belonging that they so desperately want.
One of the greatest movies ever made, James Dean gives a powerful and emotional performance in his most famous role.
Starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Corey Allen, Edward Platt, Dennis Hopper 10/10

Airplane! (1980)

Ted Striker is an ex-Navy pilot, still traumatized after an incident during the war while trying to quit his drinking problem. He follows his long-time girlfriend Elaine onto a plane that she is the flight attendant for, as he tries to get her back. But while in the air, the passengers start getting sick, even the pilot and co-pilot because of a deadly virus. They try to find someone who can fly the plane and the only person who can do it is Ted. Despite his fear of flying because of his bad memories, he realizes that the fate of the passengers depends on him to land the plane safely.
The best spoof of the airport disaster movies. Starring Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Julie Hagerty, Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 8/10

Just Friends (2005)

Chris Brander is an awkward, overweight young man who has a crush on the beautiful and fun Jamie Palamino. He wants to take their friendship to the next level, so he writes his feelings in her yearbook. But unfortunately the jock Brett who also likes Jamie reads the note to their class at the graduation party at her house and Chris is humiliated. Even more so when Jamie tells him that she thinks of him as “just friends”. Chris rides off on his bike, vowing to everyone that he’s going to be someone important someday.
Ten years later, Chris is a fit, lean and successful record producer in Hollywood. It’s Christmastime and he’s on his way to Paris with an up and coming performer named Samantha James, who has a creepy psychotic crush on Chris. When an accident occurs on the jet on the way to Paris, Chris is forced to return home with her. He sees his mother and his brother, who has a thing for the pop star diva. He also reunites with his friends and Jamie, and plans to be more than “just friends” with her this time around, despite Samantha’s manipulative and jealous behavior and a competitive rival suitor.
One of my favorite Ryan Reynolds films, a hysterically funny and cute romantic comedy.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein, Chris Marquette, Julie Hagerty 7/10

Uncle Buck (1989)

Buck Russell is a sloppy person and not a reliable one. He’s a bachelor who likes to smoke cigars and gamble. But when his brother Bob Russell and his wife Cindy (Buck’s sister in law) use him as a last resort to babysit their children Miles, Maizy and Tia. Buck agrees to fill in while they go to Indianapolis to visit Cindy’s father, who just had a heart attack. So he comes over to watch the kids, while dealing with commitment problems with his girlfriend Chanice Kobolowski, who he’s been seeing for eight years. Miles and Maizy get along with UB (as Miles affectionately calls him) while Tia, the rebellious teenager, hates him with a passion as he tries to protect her from her boyfriend Bug who only wants to use her for sex. My favorite of John Candy’s comedic roles, this film never gets old.
Starring John Candy, Jena Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann, Macauley Culkin, Amy Madigan, Laurie Metcalf 7/10

When two struggling musicians; a saxophone player and a bass violin player witness a mob hit on the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Prohibition-Era Chicago, they think it’s wise to leave the city immediately and find another job somewhere else. But the only gig they can get is in an all-girl band. So they dress up as two women; Jerry (Lemmon) as Daphne, and Joe (Curtis) as Josephine. On the train to Miami, they meet Sugar Kane (originally Sugar Kane Kowalczyk) the lovable, bubbly vocalist/ukulele player for the band. Joe and Jerry become instant friends with Sugar. Joe tries to romance Sugar by pretending to be Junior, a stuffy, frigid millionaire with a yacht and founder of Shell Oil, while Jerry is courted by Osgood Fielding, an older millionaire.
One of the funniest films I’ve ever seen; Lemmon and Curtis are a perfect pair, one of Marilyn’s best roles. Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown 10/10

The story of Christine, a young and aspiring chorus singer who dances at the Paris Opera House. When the opera house’s leading diva Carlotta resigns, Christine is chosen to replace her. She sings one night and catches the attention of The Phantom of the Opera also known as the Opera Ghost. But he’s hardly a ghost; it is a disfigured musical genius whom has been hiding in the Opera House for years because of his facial disfigurement. With the Phantom’s help, Christine becomes his leading lady. But he doesn’t realize that she’s in love with the handsome, noble Viscount Raoul De Chagny, whom they were once childhood sweethearts. He proposes marriage, she accepts and the Phantom feeling betrayed makes plans to get Christine back even if that means forcing to make the ultimate decision; be with him or sending Raoul to his death.
With an astonishing cast and an outstanding soundtrack, this film will take your breath away.
Starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Minnie Driver 9/10