Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
Sometimes one dream is enough to light up the whole sky.
Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
A nice true drama about how four kids in West Virginia doomed for the coal mines escape into the world of rocket building in the late 1950s. Another quality movie from Jake Gyllenhaal, that failed to ignite the box office. Chris Cooper plays his dad...who of course final sees the light at the end of the movie.
October Sky is one of the most inspiring and well done biopics I've had the privilege to witness. The film tells the true story of Homer Hickam, a teenager with nothing special going for him until one night he witnesses a rocket soar through the sky. This ignites a passion for rocket science in him and he sets out to follow his dream and escape his home town, which is basically a poverty-ridden coal mining settlement (not a fun place at all).
Like I said before, this is one of the most inspiring films that has been made in my opinion. The acting is something that could either make or break the film, and it certainly made it. Gyllenhaal is…
"October Sky" is a heartwarming, inspiring tale that is gorgeously directed and acted.
Jake Gyllenhaal, in his breakout film, plays Homer Hickham, the son of a miner from a small town where life is already mapped out for him. In this affecting and beautiful true story, we watch young Homer convince his town and stubborn father (who does stubborn better than Chris Cooper?) that he can break out of the mold and enter the exciting world of rocketry.
And by the way, I called it. When I left the theater after seeing "October Sky," I said to my friends: Jake Gyllenhaal is gonna be a star.
They played this movie in every class, at least once, in my high school. Especially on days when they couldn't find their community copy of Remember the Titans.
October Sky is sweet, intelligent and inspirational. The film is also well crafted thanks to its smart direction and a well chosen cast.
I wonder what people thought of Jake Gyllenhaal back when this movie first came out. Very good acting and an inspiring story.
This has always been one of my favorite movies. I was having a bad day, so I figured I'd watch this and I ended up crying because of this.
We screened this movie as part of our ongoing personal film festival of Roger Ebert's "33 Movies to Restore Your Faith in Humanity." Thanks for this one, Mr. Ebert. It got very dusty.
A nice story if overly romanticized.
A quiet, heartfelt story of discovery and personal accomplishment. Can't say anything bad about this movie. You just can't.
A heart-warming family drama that truly warmed MY heart.
It was kinda weird that Hannah kept telling me that she wanted the main character and his teacher to end up together, but i was able to get past that and truly enjoy the perseverance and dedication of this amazing strapping young lad. Also, it was a nice touch to see that his hair parted on the left side typified his true leading nature.
Seriously though, i did thoroughly enjoy this film and would recommend to ANYONE who is looking for a solid family drama.
Oh I love a Laura Dern movie. She's one of my favorite actresses around and this film doesn't disappoint.
One of those heart warming family friendly bio picks.
Well worth a look.
If not to marvel at how young Jake Gyllenhaal looked.
Almost gave it another 1/2 star for Chris Cooper's performance alone. No one does roles like this better than him, he is just excellent. Jake Gyllenhaal is also really great in his breakout role, and the father-son relationship is what drives the movie forward in my opinion. It's a little glossy though, as many biopics are, but that's my only complaint.
- Miller's Crossing
- Army of Shadows
- Boudu Saved from Drowning
- Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
- An Angel at My Table
- Pastoral: To Die in the Country
- American Splendor
- Secret Honor
- One Night the Moon
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Only God Forgives
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…