The Postman – 1997

MV5BMTAzNzg0OTE5NjheQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDc1MDEwMjE@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_[1]The Postman – 1997 – Post-apocalyptic – Dystopian Futuristic Drama

The Postman movie , starring Kevin Costner, was loosely based on the post-apocalyptic novel written in 1985 by scientist, public speaker and world-known author, David Brin.  Interestingly enough, Brin first published The Postman in 1982 as a novella in the still very popular Sci-Fi magazine, Asimov’s.

Eric Roth, known for writing and producing Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Forrest Gump (1994), and writer and director Brian Helgeland are both credited for writing The Postman screenplay.   It went through many writes and rewrites with Roth at the helm before finally falling into place after a newly hired Helgeland teamed up with director Kevin Costner.  Together they restored some of the original scenes, which pleased author Brin.  See more at: http://www.davidbrin.com/postmanmovie.html#sthash.tLJ2HXRo.dpuf

As the movies goes, America was virtually destroyed by what could have been an EMP or maybe a nuclear war.  Personally, I was never clear on the cause but whatever it was, it caused strange weather patterns, food shortages, panic, and fighting.  There were no more modern conveniences.  People organized themselves the best they could into small independent communities.  There was no way to contact people outside the community so many were left to wonder if their distant relatives survived the catastrophe.  The American spirit suffered.   Oddly enough there were some people that chose to travel about and never join an organized community.  They were called stragglers and vagabonds.  Our main character known as Shakespeare a/k/a the Postman was one of those people.

A crazed man who called himself General Bethlehem led a group of hooligans that called themselves the Holnists Army.  They considered themselves the law of the land and were feared by all.  Basically, they were the bullies and they pillaged and terrorized all the good people.   The good people felt they couldn’t fight alone for their freedom so they conformed to living in fear and sought out what little happiness they could, when they could.  When the Postman arrived on the scene, he was able to deliver more than the mail, but not by choice.  You will have to watch it to see how the story unfolds and I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.

Bethlehem’s character was brilliantly played by Will Patton, which by the way was a great choice.  He played a crazed man with ease in another Costner movie, No Way Out.

Unfortunately, this film didn’t get much acclaim which I thought was unfortunate because I loved it.  It made me feel patriotic.   The American people rose to the occasion when given a little hope.  In my opinion, the reason it didn’t receive much notice was because it came out same year as the movie, Titanic – it didn’t have a chance although it was just as good.

I found several things interesting in this movie outside the story itself.  It was interesting that Tom Petty played a future version of himself.  He was the BridgeCity mayor.  When the Postman met him he said, “I know you.  You’re famous.”  Later, Tom Petty repeats that line to Costner when he discovers that he is “The Postman.”  This scene showed how society changed.  Fame from the old days meant nothing in New America.  The Postman was the hero, not a rock star.    I also got a chuckle when the character Ford Lincoln Mercury was introduced.   How more American can you get with a name like that … unless you throw in some baseball and apple pie!

When someone tells you a story and it’s passed on and the next person passes it on and so on and so forth, the story grows until it’s not even the same story anymore.  It may have remnants of the original story but it changes along the way.    That is the story of The Postman.  And there you have it!

On a side note, watch for the young boy that hands his letter to the Postman riding by on his horse.  It’s Costner’s real life son.

http://www.amazon.com/David-Brin/e/B000APAXV6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

https://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0701/editorial.shtml

http://www.davidbrin.com/postmanmovie.html

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The Polar Express -2004

220px-Polar_express[1]All Aboard for a spectacular, unforgettable ride!  Can you say, “Hot Chocolate?”  The movie The Polar Express was released in 2004 and quickly became one of my all time favorite holiday movies.  It was adapted from the picture book by the same name written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg.   The Polar Express book was a 1986 Caldecott Medal Winner, a prestigious annual medal given “to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”   Often, books don’t make equally good movies but in this case Robert Zemeckis who wrote, produced and directed the film did an excellent job with the movie version.  You’re going to love them both!

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Field of Dreams – 1989

Field of Dreams – 1989 – Sports – Fantasy – Drama

It’s Kevin Costner month and Kevin Costner is a avid baseball fan, so with the World Series in motion, and everyone in the baseball mood, why not keep the ball rolling and watch a fun baseball movie starring our featured actor.  Field of Dreams is a movie the whole family can enjoy.

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No Way Out – 1987

No Way OutNo Way Out – 1987 – Drama – Suspense – Thriller

No Way Out is one of several great suspense thrillers released in 1987.  It makes the Ditto Review Top 3 List for that year, sharing the stage with Black Widow staring Debra Winger and Theresa Russell and Fatal Attraction starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.  It was directed by New Zealand Film Director/Producer/Writer Roger Donaldson who also directed the movie Thirteen Days which also starred Kevin Costner. Continue reading

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

Finally!  There’s No Way Out.  It’s time to review Kevin Costner movies.  It could take months to run through all the movies he’s made that are down right entertaining starting with the first movie I ever saw him in … No Way Out1987 … so I say let’s do it.  Why not, right!

Kevin Costner is a down right, dyed in the wool, nice guy or at least that’s what I’ve heard first hand from a couple of my friends who’ve had the pleasure of meeting him at one of his music gigs this summer.  Yes, he is a musician, as well as, an actor.  His band is called Modern West.

It seems, no matter how hard he tries, Mr. Costner’s Mr. Nice Guy attitude bleeds through in most of the characters he portrays, with exception of maybe Mr. Brooks – 2007.  Creepy!  He’s not such a nice guy in that one.  But Bull Durham – 1988, Field of Dreams – 1989, Dances with Wolves- 1990, Waterworld 1995, Tin Cup – 1996, and The Postman – 1997 the nice guy shines through.  The late 1980’s and 1990’s, in my opinion, are his best acting years.   Having said that, our list is made so let’s get started.

Tin Cup – 1996

MV5BMTQ4Mjk4OTg0NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTIwMDcyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR8,0,214,317_[1]Tin Cup – 1996 – Comedy – Romance

Tin Cup is a comedy, romance movie about a golfer and a girl.  It was written by John Norville and Ron Shelton.  Ron Shelton, known for writing and directing movies about sports, was also the director.   His most famous sports film was the baseball hit, Bull Durham – 1988, which also starred Kevin Costner.

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The Thomas Crown Affair – 1999

Thomascrownposter1999[1]The Thomas Crown Affair – 1999 –                                         Heist – Romance – Thriller – Crime

The Thomas Crown Affair was written by Alan Trustman and first released in 1968.  Steve McQueen played the original role of Thomas Crown.  In an interview with Daily News, Staff Writer Mike Jaccarino asked Mr. Trustman what he thought about that cast selection.  He said he originally wrote the part of Thomas Crown for Sean Connery.  When Steve McQueen was cast he was not happy.  He ended up rewriting the Continue reading