Encouragement: Movies For You

Hello everyone

Okay, so I know I’m running a little behind this week. Work and some personal issues have kept my attention. But instead of leaving you hanging, I have decided to do things a little differently. Below is a list of inspirational and disability related and faith movies that I thought it you may enjoy. For some of them, I have borrowed summaries from different websites. These are in no particular order.

The List

1. Joni- If you have been with me long enough, you may remember that I have referred to her in many of my previous posts. This is the courageous story on Joni Erickson Tada, who at that tender age of 16 is paralyzed from the neck down. This devastating accident changes her life as well as the lives of many others.

2. The Horse Whisperer- This movie stars Robert Redford, Scarlett Johansson and Kristin Scott Thomas. “Robert Redford directs this compelling story of 14-year-old Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson), who is emotionally and physically scarred after suffering a terrible accident while riding her prized horse, Pilgrim. Desperate to help her daughter, Grace’s mother, Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas), a high-powered magazine editor, launches an all-out campaign to find a horse whisperer, someone with a unique gift for curing troubled horses. She learns of Tom Booker (Redford), who works to rebuild all the lives shattered by the accident. Love blossoms between the horseman and the uprooted sophisticate, resulting in unexpected consequences. The film was based on the popular novel by Nicholas Evans. ” (Taken from ask.com)

3. Rain Man- This movie stars Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. “After an autistic savant inherits three million dollars from his deceased father, his younger brother, in an attempt to trick him out of the money, learns some valuable lessons of life. “(Taken from Yahoo movies.com)

4. The Preacher’s Wife- This movie stars award-winning Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington. “This tedious remake of the classic Christmas movie The Bishop’s Wife falls on its face by significantly altering the careful design of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert E. Sherwood’s story for the original film. In Sherwood’s version, a rather wooden, inept bishop and his lonely wife unknowingly take into their lives a heaven-sent angel who aids the former and ends up falling in love with the latter. In this unnecessary update, an inner-city preacher (Courtney B. Vance) and his estranged spouse (Whitney Houston) are visited by a celestial goof (Denzel Washington), whose unsolicited offer of help is enough to galvanize Vance’s character to fix his own problems. What that means is this: by the second act, there’s no reason to have Washington’s angel in the story. Even his infatuation with the missus isn’t enough to warrant his hanging around this movie; the change is a colossal blunder by director Penny Marshall. Vance ends up stealing the film from Washington, but it’s a Pyrrhic victory; for the most part this movie just seems like a series of random scenes between opportunities for Houston to belt out songs. “(Taken from Amazon.com

5. The Other Sister- This movie stars Juliette Lewis and Giovani Ribisi. Gets. The Other Sister is another addition to the genre, a well- acted comedy-drama centering on the romance of Carla (Juliette Lewis) and Daniel (Giovani Ribisi) and throwing in some general family angst as a secondary story line. The acting is tremendous–Lewis and Ribisi both give convincing performances without condescending to their characters. Diane Keaton plays yet another charming scatterbrain, this time as Elizabeth Tate, the uptight, rich mother who wants a picture-perfect life. But good acting isn’t enough here. These fine actors drown in a sea of mediocre writing, and we’re left with a film with no real conflict or tension. Will Carla and Daniel make it work? Well, of course. Will mother Elizabeth loosen up about her “gay workaholic” daughter and let Carla live her own life? Do you really need to ask? There are a few cringe-worthy moments that have a sense of truthfulness, such as when Daniel stands up at Carla’s sister’s wedding to announce his feelings. But otherwise, these characters live in a pampered, fairy-tale world where the worst thing that happens to them is that the meanies at school put chewing gum in Daniel’s bike helmet. Ultimately, this is a sweet, albeit occasionally saccharine, tale that will move those who are looking for cheerful fare ” (Taken from Amazon.com)

6. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants- This movie stars Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively, Bradley Whitford, Nancy Travis, Rachel Ticotin and Jenna Boyd. “This tale of lifelong friendship uses a pair of magical jeans as a metaphor for the moral support and shared happiness which forms the glue between four teenage girls. The quartet purchase the pants while shopping together before going separate ways for summer vacation. Shy, self-conscious Lena (Alexis Bledel) takes the jeans to Greece where she is visiting her grandparents. They hardly seem lucky when she falls into the sea while wearing the pants and almost drowns, only to be rescued by a local fisherman. Before recognizing that the pants helped her find love, Lena sends them along to rebellious Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) with the hope that the jeans will prove luckier for her. Tibby has stayed home in Bethesda, Maryland for the summer to make a documentary film. With a nagging job at a superstore, Tibby finds humanity and sensitivity while the jeans are in her possession. Next the pants travel to Carmen (America Ferrera), a talented writer living with her father for the summer. The jeans make her face the anger she feels toward him for leaving her and her mother, and help her find forgiveness. Finally, the jeans end up at soccer camp in Mexico with Bridget (Blake Lively), a beautiful, athletic wild child dealing with the loss of her mother. Through the jeans, Bridget discovers that ignoring the truth doesn’t make it disappear. ” (Taken from ask.com)

7. Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken-“”Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” is the stuff of many a young horsewoman’s daydreams. Based on the life story of diving equestrienne Sonora Webster, this Disney love story follows the determined young heroine’s climb from obscurity in rural Georgia to what passes for stardom at Atlantic City’s Steel Pier. Directed by Steve Miner from a screenplay written with Webster, the movie celebrates her courage, drive and persistence. (Taken from Washington Post.com)

8. Touched By An Angel 100th episode, “Psalms 151 “- This show stars Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dye. “. In “Psalm 151,” Wynonna Judd and Celine Dion contribute songs to a special musical tale.

9. Touched By An Angel “At Risk.” – This show stars Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dye. In this episode, an unlikely pair of strangers is given a second chance.

10. Touched By An Angel, “Great Expectations “- This show stars Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dye. In this episode, a couple deals with the unexpected diagnosis of down syndrome in their first child.

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