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What do David Bowie, Britney Spears, and Barack Obama all have in common?

Changes, of course!

Bowie sang to us (however oddly) about them; Britney Spears made a mockery of herself (several times) in her desperation to make some; and, obviously most importantly, our new President-Elect Barack Obama has promised to make plenty of them in the name of progress.

Changes come in many forms and are taking place every day. Some of them, like aging, happen naturally, regardless of how we feel about them. Others, like a change in job or a place of residence, are more dependent on us and the steps we take to have what we want. We even face changes on a global level, the results of group efforts.

In honor of changes, past, present and future, this weekend’s movie recommendations all revolve around drastic changes people have undergone—both at their own hand, and at the hands of others.  

Some may make you laugh while others are bound to make you cry. I hope though, that they will all make you think about your own life, and the changes you’ve survived, or perhaps still face.

Transamerica A man who is on a journey to become the woman of his dreams discovers that his one heterosexual experience in college seventeen years ago resulted in a son. Now he must come to terms with not only being the best father a woman could be, but with the changes this young man will bring. The Academy Award-nominated leading role of Bree is played brilliantly by Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman. Rated R

Adaptation "One story... Four Lives... A million ways it can end." Screenwriter Charlie Kauffman is desperate for some changes, both personally and professionally. When he is hired to adapt a book about orchids into a feature film, he resists sensationalizing a very simple story. In his desperation to get the job done, however, he must make some changes and the lines between fiction and reality become treacherously crossed. Nicholas Cage (as twin brothers), Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper were all nominated for Academy Awards, and Cooper won for Best Supporting Actor. Rated R

Phenomenon George Malley (played by John Travolta) is just an ordinary guy living an ordinary life in an ordinary town. The only change he's even considered making lately is bringing pretty newcomer Lace (Kyra Sedgwick) into his heart. Before he can convince her of his sincere desires, though, a bright light in the sky forever alters both of their destinies. Forrest Whitaker is perfect as George's best friend. Rated PG

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day Guinevere Pettigrew is having a rough life. She's chosen to be a governess and is unfortunately very bad at it. In a highly accidental fashion, she finds herself as the Social Secretary to an American actress living in London. The entire story takes place in the course of a single day, and Miss Pettigrew will never be the same. Starring the hilarious Frances MacDormand and the adorable Amy Adams. Rated PG-13

Crash With an Academy Award-winning ensemble cast, this films depicts with startling clarity the changes we all encounter when our lives overlap in violence and trauma. Starring Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and more. Rated R

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      Daphne wrote Nov 6, 2008
    • Heather...you are very good at this!  I like your delivery and your reading is very interesting.

      BTW...the only movie on your list that i have seen is Phenomenon...LOVED it.  Don’t forget the tissues.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 6, 2008
    • Thanks, Linda! Phenomenon is one of my all-time favorites!

      If you and the fam happen to check any of the others out, be sure and let me know what you think!



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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 6, 2008
    • I need to catch up, I too only saw one movie on this list.

      Thanks Heather



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      Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 6, 2008
    • the only one I saw was Crash...lol..It gets harder and harder to get out to the movies these days...They have to come to us..lol



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      Merlot63 wrote Nov 7, 2008
    • Great post Heather!  I just saw  “Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day” a few weeks ago and loved it.



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      Linni wrote Nov 7, 2008
    • i too have only seen one.. Phenomenon.. awsome movie!



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      Ellen O'Connor wrote Nov 7, 2008
    • I too, have only seen one on the list Phenomenon...I LOVED it! Thanks for the suggestions. I now have great ideas for our next snowy weekend.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 7, 2008
    • Yana, you‘re welcome! Thanks again for this forum... I am totally in my element and love it!

      soul, these are all far from the theaters by now, so you can find them at any rental place, or walmart if you‘re into buying them!  

      merlot, wasn’t Frances just fantastic as Miss Pettigrew? Has to be one of my favorites of hers.

      Susie, I love that you do movie nights with your family. I promise to soon do a list that are all family-friendly!

      linni, did you just cry like a baby when you watched it? I put it back in last night, after thinking so much about it, and cried again, lol!

      PrincessEllen, great idea, saving ‘em for a snowy weekend (I’d want to stay inside, too, lol)! Be sure and let me know how I did!

      joyfull, Adaptation (and all of Charlie Kauffman’s movies, honestly) are somewhat of an acquired taste. I tend to lean toward the obscure sometimes, but I recognize it’s not for everyone. If you do choose to give it another shot, be sure and let me know how the 2nd time around goes!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 8, 2008
    • pie, did you enjoy Adaptation? And have you seen any of Charlie Kauffman’s (the screenwriter) other films (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malcovich)?



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • One of the things I found most entertaining about Adaptation is that not only to the lines between the movies’ reality and fiction get cloudy, but the lines between fiction and ACTUAL reality get cloudy.

      The character, Susan Orlean, is real! Her book, The Orchid Thief, is real! But beyond those two facts, you just don’t know if what your seeing is the truth, or a product of Kauffman’s twisted mind.

      I may have to do a piece just on him. Hmmm...

      Thanks for the conversation, joyfull!



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • L-U, that spells loser! I haven’t seen any of them, but Miss Pettigrew intrigued me.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 9, 2008
    • Lu, I think you’d love Miss Pettigrew.

      empower, I think you’ve seen more from the list than any of the other responders. Well, except me, of course, lol.

      mrslorid, if you wanna get all weepy but warm and fuzzy while he’s gone, I recommend Phenomenon. Miss Pettigrew is also a great feel-good film.



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 10, 2008
    • Loved them all.  And David Bowie is sooooo extra Cool.



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      Almostfive0 wrote Nov 11, 2008
    • Been so caught up lately I’m just seeing this thread. You are good at this feather...you should be our movie critic from now on.

      Like Mslorid—-Loved crash and hated it at the same time like.

      Phenomenon was good too from what I remember...it’s been a long time. I’ll have to rent it again.

      Mrs. Pettigrew, Adaptation and Transamerica are all ones that I have wanted to see. I’ll have to look for them all and catch up.
      Thanks feathergirl



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 11, 2008
    • Hey there Carol!

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! This is something I’ll be doing every Friday under the name Feather_Films. Yana was nice enough to set me up for it!

      So every week there’ll be a “Friday Five” which will have rental/purchase recommendations, based on a different theme each week.

      I’ll also do some trivia stuff, and other related articles every now and then.

      There’s even a monthly contest currently under development.

      Stay tuned!



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • I love it! We are huge movie freaks. Can’t wait for todays.



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