Giant

Image result for Giant (1956)James Dean was too young when he passed away on September 30, 1955. Just as he was rising to fame as a teen idol he was killed in a car accident. Today, many people remember him and his art. Several people call him an inspiration to the art of acting. In the 1956 film Giant, his last film, he proves why he deserves his place in history.

In the 1920’s, Bick Benedict, a wealthy Texas ranching family marries Leslie Lynton. The two are followed throughout the film as they start to head up another family ranch. However, Leslie is disliked by Bick’s sister who has a handyman by the name of Jett. One day Jett is able to strike it big with oil. Leaving behind the ranch, he embarks on his own journey after buying the ranch from the Benedict family. There are several struggles with friends dying in wars with the rivalry between Bick and Jett. Yet, Jett ends up becoming a drunk who ends up dying leaving Bick and Leslie to live the life they know. However, when Bick’s son marries a Hispanic woman they find themselves facing racism. Although, Bick is able to maintain a good reputation, he ends up losing some respect for standing up for his family. Gaining the respect of those around him, he finds that the family legacy was able to continue on with the family legacy.

Giant is one of those films that is over three┬áhours long and can be summed up in a short paragraph. However, Giant is one of the most beloved films of all time. Jett Rink would be the last role of James Dean. On September 30, 1955, James Dean’s life was cut short in a car accident. Today, he is still remembered for his acting lfie and style.

A Bug’s Life

A Bug's Life.jpgMadeline Kahn brought to life many characters in her time as an actress. Yet, one of her favorite roles of mine is when she portrayed a gypsy moth. In the 1998 movie A Bug’s Life, she provided the voice for one of the many lovable bugs in this movie.

When an ant by the name of Flik accidentally ruins the ants harvest for the grasshoppers he is sent by the queen to find heroes to save the colony. Flik does find the heroes, however, he learns that they are a circus act. Knowing the truth, Flik decides to hide the truth to gain the trust of the Queen and Princess Atta. However, Flik and the troupe are founded out when the ringmaster shows up exposing them. After being sent to live with the troupe, Flik convinces them that they have to go back and fight. Flik and them return to bring the grasshoppers down once and for all. After they manage to do so, the circus act lives with the ants as heroes, while Flik and Atta fall in love.

A Bug’s Life featured the voice of Madeline Kahn as Gypsy, a gypsy moth as part of the circus troupe. On September 29, 1942, Madeline Kahn was born with the life of entertainment ahead of her.

The Secret of Roan Inish

Image result for the secret of roan inishOn September 28, 1950 director John Sayles was born. Many of his films have been acclaimed and loved by many. For me, the 1994 film The Secret of Roan Inish is one that I loved the most.

A young girl, Fiona, is sent to a fishing village to live with her grandparents. Upon arrival her grandfather tells her the story of her family fleeing from the island of Roan Inish. While she wanders the village many people tell her about her ancestors that left the beloved island, including her own baby brother. She learns learns that he is believed to have been swallowed by the sea. But, while she is out on the island, she meets her brother Jamie and brings him home to be with his family.

The Secret of Roan Inish is a movie that is not well known. In 1994, John Sayles directed this movie about a little girl who learns about the world around her. On September 28, 1950, John Sayles was born with directing in his future.