2010 PG-13 100 minutes
The Chosen One
When beaten-down car salesman Paul (Rob Schneider) decides that his life is meaningless, fate intervenes to put a new spin on things: A mysterious band of strangers appears at his door to tell him he's got it all wrong. In fact, the entire world has been thrown out of balance, and they're there seeking the Chosen One -- the one soul who can set the universe right. With no better plan, Paul begins keeping an eye out for his moment of destiny.
This movie is listed as a comedy, but I'd call it a light-hearted drama. And Rob Schneider was great in it! Written and directed by Rob Schneider as well. I think it's unfortunate that there are only a handful of us fans that remember that Rob Schneider was funny on his own before he teamed up with Adam Sandler...and this movie shows that he can still hold his own ground. This is a very sweet movie, with a great storyline. :)
2010 TV-14 3 episodes
Masterpiece Mystery!: Sherlock: Series 1
This modern-day refresh of Sherlock Holmes has Arthur Conan Doyle's deductive genius (Benedict Cumberbatch) moving through London as a Web-adept consultant to Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves), and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) as an Afghan War vet who shares his Baker Street digs. Shedding the Victorian trappings but retaining the dark humor and clever wordplay, the opening season plunges Holmes into "A Study in Pink" and two other cases.
I was pleasantly surprised at this one as well. I've always been a Sherlock Holmes fan, so I watched the first episode waiting to be disappointed...but, thankfully I was not!! Excellent show and highly recommend!
2009 R 103 minutes
After.Life(After Life; Afterlife)
As the life of young Anna Taylor (Christina Ricci) hangs precariously in the balance, funeral director Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson), who has a mysterious ability to help the dead transition to the afterlife, has complete control over her fate. Though it's possible she isn't dead after all, it's equally possible that she's already in hell. Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo directs and co-writes this macabre thriller; Justin Long co-stars.
If you're in the mood for something creepy that keeps you guessing til the end - this one's for you. Liam Neeson is excellent in roles like this.
2002-2007 TV-PG Seasons 1-6
The Dead Zone(Stephen King's Dead Zone)
In this sci-fi TV series inspired by Stephen King's novel, former teen star Anthony Michael Hall reemerges as Johnny Smith, a seemingly ordinary man who awakens from a six-year coma to find he has the ability to see into other people's futures. At first, the local sheriff (Chris Bruno) -- who's now married to Johnny's onetime fiancée (Nicole de Boer) -- sees Johnny's gift as a liability. But his powers ultimately prove to be invaluable.
2006-2010 TV-PG Seasons 1-5
Having honed his powers of deduction by observing his police officer dad, Shawn Spencer (James Roday) appears to possess a nearly supernatural gift for crime-solving -- so much so that the police begin employing his services as a psychic. After opening up a detective agency with his best friend (Dulé Hill), Spencer finds that his sleuthing skills, though advanced, don't exactly keep him out of trouble in this comedic mystery series.
You might be used to seeing Dule' Hill in dramatic roles, but he can do comedy too. One of the cleverest plot ideas and funniest shows.
2002 PG-13 116 minutes
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Ellen Burstyn, James Garner and Maggie Smith star in this Southern-fried comedy, based on Rebecca Wells's best-selling novels, which follows a group of lifelong friends over decades of ups and downs. Forced to resort to intervention to help their friend's daughter, Siddalee (Bullock), cope and forgive her eccentric mother (Burstyn) for inflicting years of pain and embarrassment, the Ya-Yas don't hold anything back.
An oldie, but still goodie. ;)
2006 R 113 minutes
Although he's initially favored by royalty, Spanish painter Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgård) is targeted by the Spanish Inquisition when he paints young Inés (Natalie Portman), whom the church views as a heretic, in this epic true story from Oscar-winning director Milos Forman. Years later, Inés is released from the dungeon and requests Goya's help in finding the daughter she bore while imprisoned. Javier Bardem and Randy Quaid co-star.
Beautifully done. From the horrors and injustice of the Spanish Inquisition to the French Revolution and finally the liberation of Spain...this true story of how 3 lives were effected by it all is a must watch. I was also very intrigued by the scenes depicting how Goya set his sketches to print.