335. Born on the Fourth of July

Movie: Born on the Fourth of July Release Date: December 20, 1989 Director: Oliver Stone Starring: Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Jerry Levine, Frank Whaley, Willem Dafoe. Tag Lines: “A story of innocence lost and courage found.” Relevance: Tom Cruise was already a big star and household name by the time ‘Born on…

336. Back to School

Movie: Back to School Release Date: June 13, 1986 Director: Alan Metter Starring: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Keith Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Kinison, Ned Beatty. Tag Lines: “Registration starts Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere.” Relevance: I know that I didn’t see ‘Back to School’ in theaters. I’m not a…

337. Driving Miss Daisy

Movie: Driving Miss Daisy Release Date: December 15, 1989 Director: Bruce Beresford Starring: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle. Tag Lines: “The comedy that won a Pulitzer Prize.” “The funny, touching and totally irresistible story of a working relationship that became a 25-year friendship.” Relevance: The 62nd Academy Awards happened to…

338. Total Recall

Movie: Total Recall Release Date: June 1, 1990 Director: Paul Verhoeven Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox. Tag Lines: “How would you know if someone stole your mind?” “How would you know after memory implantation if your mind is yours?” “They stole his mind, now he wants it back.” “Get…

339. Taxi Driver

Movie: Taxi Driver Release Date: February 8, 1976 Director: Martin Scorsese Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, Cybill Shepherd. Tag Lines: “On every street in every city in this country, there’s a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.” “On every street in every city, there’s a…

340. Million Dollar Baby

Movie: Million Dollar Baby Release Date: December 15, 2004 Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman. Tag Lines: “Beyond his silence, there is a past. Beyond her dreams, there is a feeling. Beyond hope, there is a memory. Beyond their journey, there is a love.” Relevance: A movie about boxing? Directed by…

341. Murder on the Orient Express

Movie: Murder on the Orient Express Release Date: November 21, 1974 Director: Sidney Lumet Starring: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Richard Widmark, Michael York. Tag Lines: “The greatest cast of suspicious characters ever involved in murder.”…

342. Traffic

Movie: Traffic Release Date: December 27, 2000 Director: Steven Soderbergh Starring: Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Luis Guzm├ín, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Tag Lines: “It’s a dirty, dirty war! And no one comes away clean.” “No One Gets Away Clean.” Relevance: I didn’t watch ‘Traffic’ until well after it won four of the…

343. Sideways

Movie: Sideways Release Date: October 22, 2004 Director: Alexander Payne Starring: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh. Tag Lines: “In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves.” Relevance: When ‘Sideways’ was released in theaters I wasn’t a huge wine consumer. Don’t get me wrong, I drank wine, but…

344. The Help

Movie: The Help Release Date: August 10, 2011 Director: Tate Taylor Starring: Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone. Tag Lines: “Change begins with a whisper.” Relevance: I first watched ‘The Help’ in December of 2011 when it became available on DVD. It was a good thing I was…