Wednesday, August 27, 2008

October Sky

Dir: Joe Johnston, 1999 (9.8*)

Sometimes the simplest of stories can be among the best. October Sky, based on a true story, is not only that, but has timeless values and what could be called "perennial wisdom". Perfect performances by Jake Gyllenhaal as the high school kid interested in rockets, Chris Cooper as his coal-mining and disapproving father, and Laura Dern as his teacher, who inspired him to reach for his goals and not settle for the past or someone else's expectations (his ancestors were all coal miners). A film everyone can enjoy and be uplifted by as well. NOT to be missed, an American Classic in the Capra tradition!


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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