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Father's Day and Movies!
By Rose Quintiliano and Kelly Olszuk
Jun 16, 2012 - 3:37:14 PM

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Father’s Day goes back to the year 1909, when Sonoro Louise Smart Dodd brought up the idea to honor her single father when her mother passed away giving birth to her sixth child. William Smart was left to raise the newborn child plus five other children. The day which is always celebrated on the third Sunday honors dads, grandfathers, step-dads and all men who act as a father figure. There are so many gifts to choose from; customized ties, grills, cologne and for the movie buff, a popcorn maker.

Taking dad to the movies is a great way for him to relax and kick back. The global recession has people going to the movies to find escapism. Let’s take “Men in Black,” after 15 years from the original, it is back. The 1997 original  starred Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as Agents K and J. Will Smith was magnetic, Jones was blunt, and the director Barry Sonnenfield was precise in his angles of his camera. He zoomed in all the right places, which resulted in a polished product blending sci-fi and comedy.


In 2002, “Men in Black II,” was released on July 3, bringing all three together again. Definitely, step-up from the sequel which didn’t impress. In this movie, “Men in Black,” which cost an estimated $350 million to make is the movie to see, which brings the original two players back together along with Josh Brolin. Brolin is worth the price of the admission alone. The movie is set back in 1969, thanks to time-traveling, Smith is zapped back in an attempt to prevent the murder of Jones. If you’re a sci-fi and comedy fan , then this is the movie for you.


Another out-of-this-world movie is “Prometheus,” with a $50 million opening, starring Michael Fassbender as android David. In the film a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, which leads them to the darkest corners of the universe. There goal is to save the future of the human race. The movie also stars Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron.


For the musical dad,  based on the ht Broadway musical “Rock of Ages,” you’ll hear music from Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Journey, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar and more. The film stars Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise and Paul Giamatti as the manager.


Perhaps the most appropriate movie for Father’s Day based on the honor bestowed on William Smart is “That’s My Boy,” starring Adam Sandler. In the film Adam Sandler fathers a son in his teens and raises him as a single parent. This comedy stars Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Leighton Meester and Vanilla Ice.


Rose’s Scoop:  Want some ideas for a DVD?  “Cinderella Man,” is a powerful and emotional  movie starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger. “The Green Hornet,” starring Seth Rogen is another good choice.


Wishing everyone a great Father’s Day!




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