Dear Movie Lovers,

We try to watch one movie a week as a family. However, we have different interest and different ages. Lucas is 8 and Gabriel is 13. I love dogs, but there are only so many dog movies that I can watch.

So I selected some of my own, kindly guiding them into some true and faithful ones.

Lucas was invited to a sleepover. It was time to watch Out of Africa with Gabriel (11). Well, we all loved it. But Gabriel clapped at the end. He said, “That was incredible. But I didn’t understand the love story. One moment they (played by Meryl Streep and Robert Redford) love each, and another moment they don’t love each other. That doesn’t make any sense.” Pierre shared, “Relationships are complicated.” Gabriel sat with that for a moment.

Time for Forrest Gump. I saw Forrest Gump when it first came out in 1994, but I haven’t seen it since. It was truly mesmerized, being more conscious the second go round . . . appreciating the screenwriting, the directing, the acting, the cinematography, the whole shebang. But this is where it gets really interesting. Pierre, Gabriel and Lucas were enamored and verbally praised it throughout movie night. Gabriel shouted, “This is the best movie I’ve ever seen.” Lucas chimed in, “Mom, this is so good.” Pierre expounded, “Why don’t you write a screenplay like this? Now this is a movie.” Gabriel agreed, “Yeah mom. Write something like this.” Lucas sweetly spoke, “You can do it mom.” Three votes of confidence that I can write a screenplay as well as Forrest Gump. Now that is some power of belief, encouragement, and love in me and in my ability to write. I guess I need to call Eric Roth, the screenwriter of Forrest Gump. Or just write it!

Time for The Notebook. Both boys were glued to the screen. I asked, “Which guy do you think she should be with?” They both agreed – Ryan Gosling. Gabriel revealed, “It’s obvious mom.” I was just checking in with them. The movie ended and the boys were shocked how it ended. Gabriel was beside himself. He commented, “That is the saddest ending. Why did it have to end like that?” I added, “It was love that drew them.” Gabriel shared, “I need to go watch a comedy now. I need to process this one.” Lucas handled it better than Gabriel.

I am opening my boys to inspirational movies, Oscar winners, incredible stories that make you believe, think, and feel.

How about you?

What are you watching?

What are you enjoying?

Remember, the 73rd Golden Globes (January 10, 2016) and 88th Academy Awards (February 28, 2016) are around the corner! Get ready!

Movie lover,