Special guest reviewer: Mr. Smiley!
Mr. Smiley's rating:
If I had a third thumb, it'd be up too!
Even though it's a short, one of my favorite films of all time is a 1962 French film called "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." I recommend it to all my friends and when they listen to me and watch it, I'm like the happiest little girl in Happy Town. The best thing in the world is introducing people to something that makes them happy.
Lots of movies have been made that are homages to "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." So, you can easily see that seeing another movie that makes me think of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" makes me think of all the movies that were inspired by "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and I can't help but sit through the whole movie with a smile on my face that's so big it could swallow the sun. And because I want everyone to be as happy as me, I'll tell you that one of those movies is the Tim Robbins Vietnam film called "Jacob's Ladder." See? Doesn't that make you instantly flushed with joy?
There's a huge mystery in "Stay" that appears to emanate from a car crash involving Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling). The film starts with Henry sitting in the middle of the road, his truck on fire. Traumatized from the accident, Henry goes to see Dr. Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor) for help. Unfortunately, Dr. Foster has a hard time helping Henry and is quickly confused by the many questions that surface. For instance, Dr. Foster is playing chess with his mentor, Dr. Leon Patterson (Bob Hoskins). When Henry meets Dr. Patterson, Henry claims that Dr. Patterson is his dead father. Eventually, Dr. Foster meets with Mrs. Letham (Kate Burton), who Henry claims is also dead.
I just want to say that there are two actresses in this film that I just love so much it hurts. The first is Naomi Watts, who plays Lila Culpepper. She's Sam's girlfriend and former patient and a wonderful, wonderful artist, though that's not really an important part of the movie. Naomi is just so beautiful and talented and I get so excited to think that God blessed somebody with so much that I watch Naomi and I just know that someday there will no more hunger in Africa because God must care so much about us to give us Naomi Watts. The other actress in this film that I love is Janeane Garofalo. She plays one of Sam's colleagues, Dr. Beth Levy. If you want to see just how great an actress Janeane is, watch this film. She has her head dyed blond and you can't even tell it's her. She is so amazing! I just wanted to cry with joy.
"Stay" is so wonderful you'll want to stay and see it again.
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