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1989

When Harry Met Sally...

I became a fan of rom-coms because of “When Harry Met Sally.”  For once, the guy was a smart alec who didn’t look like a Ken doll.  One of those “He could be me” situations.

And Meg Ryan was everybody’s high-maintenance but sweet girl next door.

In fact, I think that without this movie, Billy Crystal doesn’t host the Oscars.  Nope.  Not even a presenter without this film.

Steel Magnolias

Some films are meant to be read.  “Steel Magnolias” is one of those films where the dialogue is the lifeblood of the films.  The plot isn’t really interesting and doesn’t go many places.  The spine of the story is this group of close-knit friends and the drama of the good times and bad that bind them.

The drama involves a diabetic daughter and her health issues which drive the story forward.  It’s a true story written by her brother and became a hit broadway play and two film versions.

Parenthood

Ron Howard was best known as a television actor in “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days” but his resume as a director is second to no one.  In 2018, he was called in to helm the Star Wars movie “Solo.”  He directed the “Da Vinci Code” trilogy along with some other favorites of mine:  “Apollo 13”, “Far and Away”, “Ransom”, “Frost/Nixon” and “A Beautiful Mind”.

My favorite will probably always be “Parenthood.”