Sep 13 2014

Reflections on Forrest Gump: Forrest knows what love is


Forrest Gump says “I’m not a smart man but I know what love is.” And he does. He loves his Momma, Bubba, Lt. Dan, and, most of all, Jenny.

Forrest shows his love for his mother by remembering and respecting what she teaches him. Mrs. Gump equips Forrest with an outlook that marks the way he processes the things that happen to him throughout his life. It is Forrest’s acceptance of whatever comes out of the “box of chocolates” that allows him to become a participant in historic events without questioning whether he belongs there. He accepts himself and believes he has something to offer because His mother instilled worth and confidence in him. He values other people in the way Mrs. Gump teaches him to value himself.

Forrest rushes into the Vietnam jungle to save his friend Bubba and ends up saving four other men. Forrest honors Bubba by following through with the plans they made to go into the shrimping business even though Bubba is dead. So deep is Forrest’s connection to his friend that he shares his fortune with Bubba’s family even though he doesn’t know them well and they think he’s stupid. Continue reading

Feb 14 2011

Top 10 Favorite Romantic Comedies


My husband knows how lucky he is. I’d rather watch a mountain blow up than watch a relationship blow up. I’ll admit it. I haven’t seen Blue Valentine, Black Swan, or any of the Twilight Movies. Once in awhile a dramatic love story comes along that actually captivates me. Once in awhile a film captures a truth that makes me nod my head, maybe nudge my husband, and seriously examine my sense of romance. Most of the time, though, if I’m going to watch a love story I’d rather watch a romantic comedy. Continue reading

Mar 19 2010

Love, Lust, and Traveling Light in Up In the Air



Ryan Bingham has an empty backpack. In fact, when he’s not doing his day job as a traveling employment separation specialist (he fires people for hire), he’s an aspiring motivational speaker.  He asks his audience, “What’s In Your Backpack?” Ryan believes that not only do our material possessions weigh us down, but our relationships as well. He urges others to free themselves from all life’s baggage, including human baggage. Ryan lives in a converted hotel room, owns what fits in his suitcase, and spends most of his life flying from place to place. His immediate life’s goal is to reach 10 million airline miles.

In a hotel bar he meets Alex, who also travels for her job. They trade road warrior stories and get turned on by comparing traveler’s perks. They enter an uncommitted, casual relationship in which they meet when it’s convenient. They are unashamedly in lust and find one another’s detachment incredibly sexy. Continue reading

Feb 12 2009

My Top 10 Most Romantic Movie Lines


1. “You… complete me.”-Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise), Jerry Maguire (1996)

2. “As you wish” – Westley (Carey Elwes) in The Princess Bride (1987)

3. “Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn’t know this either, love don’t make things nice–it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren’t here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die…” – Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage), Moonstruck (1987)

4. “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” – Arwen  (Liv Tyler) in The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

5. ”I used to live like Robinson Crusoe — I mean, shipwrecked among eight million people. And then one day I saw a footprint in the sand and there you were. It’s a wonderful thing, dinner for two.” – C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon)  The Apartment’ (1960)

6. ”You make me want to be a better man.” Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) in ‘As Good as It Gets’ (1997)

7. ”You want the moon? Just say the word, and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey, that’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon.” – George Bailey (James Stewart) It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946)

8.  “It’s my favorite time of day, driving you.”
“It is the saddest part of my day, leaving you.” – Jamie and Aurelia (Colin Firth and Lucia Moniz) in Love Actually (2003)

9. “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. – Harry (Billy Crystal) When Harry Met Sally(1989)

10. “I am no one special. Just a common man with common thoughts. I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but in one respect I’ve succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and for me that has always been enough.” – Duke (James Garner) in The Notebook (2004)

What are your favorites?