fish friendThe fishing industry is one of those that serve as a livelihood and leisure activity at the same time. People all around the world are drawn to it, not just because it’s enjoyable, but also because of how useful it is in actually providing food to the table. It’s an activity that can both be entertaining and relaxing at the same time (especially if you’ve got a great SONAR fishing device!). So really, it should come as no surprise that even in popular media like movies, fishing is still held in high regard. Here are some examples of movies that involve fishing that will surely draw you in.

A River Runs Through It (1992)

The story centers on the two sons of a minister, Norman and Paul, in Montana. The Maclean sons were as opposite as they come. One was serious and centered while the other was a wild spirit that lived for adventure and a bit of trouble. The movie is a story of how they grew up. While Norman was more ambitious, it was harder for him to follow his father’s precise instructions about fly fishing, and inevitably, life. Paul, on the other hand was someone who just wanted the happy-go-lucky life, but in contrast, he was well versed in the craft if fishing that their father taught. It may not be the most exciting fishing film out there, but it did effectively deliver the moral of the whole thing by relating the teachings of their father about life to the patience and grace needed in order to successfully fish in any river. Fishing, in this story, plays a central role in bringing the family together.

Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Fifty years may be a long time to continue a rivalry, but in this movie, Max Goldman and John Gustafson will not fail to entertain their audience with their silly antics. Their feud may have started decades ago during high school because of a girl; it has not stopped them from battling each other. Much like how rivals are situated, these two have a love-hate relationship. They may compete for different things, but fishing plays a big role in bringing them together. They strive to beat the other in catching ‘the big one’, though neither uses the high quality Humminbird 898c ;). They become so engrossed in the activity; it’s as if they forget everything else. It’s a hilarious film that will surely take make you think twice about all the silly things that can be done while fishing.

The Perfect Storm (2000)

A lot of people have probably seen this movie at one point. Based on a true story about Andrea Gail’s sinking in 1991, this film showcases a more exciting, albeit devastating take on fishing. Sure, the film is exciting in its own way, but the sinking of their boat and the death of fishermen is a reality that every person in business understands. There are inherent risks when fishing, especially when it’s for your livelihood. Some don’t make it back to their loved ones while others have to brave storms in the water in order to survive. Either way, this movie will not disappoint in sharing that perspective with the audience.

Dogs have always been a staple part in the lives of humans. This is why it should come as no surprise that these furry creatures are also adored on the big screen. Movies that feature dogs are highly acclaimed and here are some examples of classic dog stories that have left an imprint on a lot of people all over the world.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Hachi, an Akita breed from Japan, was adopted by a university professor as a pup. The dog was so happy to be with his owner that day after day, he would go to the train station with him to see him off when he leaves for work and stay there until his owner returns in the afternoon so they can walk home together. When the professor suddenly died and was unable to return to the train station, Hachi continued to wait. He went back to the same place day after day for the next ten years to come, still expecting his owner so they can walk home together. This movie was based on a true story from Japan and really places an importance on the loyalty of a pet to its master.

Marley & Me

Marley is a yellow Golden Retriever that was also adopted as a puppy by John and Jenny Grogan in an attempt to see if they were ready for parenthood. This movie is a story of how dogs can touch the lives of their owners. At first, Marley was as unmanageable as ever and could not really be trained in conventional ways, even being unable to use no-wire electric pet fences (by the way, if you’re in the market, we recommend the Pet Smart Model over at K9 Fence Reviews). He wreaked havoc in the house and was a constant frustration for his owners. Nevertheless, he became part of the family. Marley & Me is a classic movie that showcases owner’s love for their pets. When Marley was diagnosed with gastric dilatation volvulus and it was found that surgery cannot remedy it, John was with him every step of the way up until Marley took his last breath.

101 Dalmatians

Now who could forget this classic Dalmatian tale? The owners fell in love, and the dogs fell in love, too. It was a fairy tale in the making when Roger and Anita were forced together by their Dalmatian pets, Pongo and Perdy while they were taking a walk in the park. It was smooth sailing all the way, except when Cruella De Vil appeared and wanted the puppies for herself since she intended to make them as coats. As the puppies were kidnapped, the owners and the dogs go on an adventure to rescue them from the villainous designer. Upon rescue though, Roger and Anita found that they rescued not just their 15 puppies, but also others which totaled to a 101. And at last, they decided to just move to the countryside with their newly rescued family, the 101 Dalmatians. This one had a happy ending. It showed how pets can pave the way for a new change in life, just like when Roger met Anita and when they were able to transfer in the country side for their newly adopted dogs.

If you have read anything about Richard Gere and his work, or lived to see his impressive career unfurl, you know that he was one of the most successful sex symbols of the 1980-90s era of film. Fans love him for his looks, certainly, but the versatility of his acting talent is what has kept his followers, well, following him from movie to movie. Some may argue that his looks are what pushed him from just another character actor to a full blown idealised symbol of over a decade, and they might be right. But that doesn’t me we still can’t look back and enjoy a career as substantial and fulfilling as Richard Gere’s.

Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

Directed by Richard Brooks and starring Richard Gere alongside Diane Keaton and Tuesday Weld, Looking for Mr. Goodbar was packed with talent. Some would say it was Richard Gere’s first work to get him ‘known’ in the industry by a large audience. The movie is a sexual drama around Theresa, a young teacher of deaf children in the 1970s. She goes clubbing to pick up guys for one night stands. Her sexcapades turn to a whole new level of stimulation with Richard Gere’s character Tony. They have a brief relationship of increasingly dangerous sex, culminating in a switchblade in the bedroom. When Theresa breaks up with Tony, he stalks her and harasses her outside of school. The older brother of one of her students ends up beating Tony up.

Richard Gere in Looking for Mr. Goodbar does not play the good guy or the hero. He shows acting talent beyond a good face to accurately play a sexual deviant and over aggressive male. Considering his adoring female fans only increased after this movie came out is even more impressive.

American Gigolo (1980)

In American Gigolo, Richard Gere plays Julian Kay, another wealthy man. But the stereotypes are flipped with Gere playing the escort. Decades later Rob Schneider would play in a similar title, but without the beauty and acting finesse of Gere, the film is a comedy. But not American Gigolo! Suave and professional, even when being passed between female pimps, Richard Gere brings a certain charisma to an otherwise strange and misunderstood career.

Pretty Woman (1990)

In Pretty Woman Richard Gere stars alongside Julia Roberts. Gere’s character, Edward Lewis, hires Roberts character, Vivian Ward, to be his escort for several business and social parties. The movie spans a week’s time. The message initially was supposed to a cautionary one, but Richard Gere’s charm and pull on the viewer changed it from a dark movie on prostitution to the best Romantic Comedies of the 1990s. Actually, it’s one of the biggest earners in the whole rom com category, regardless of decade, grossing over four hundred million dollars. Richard Gere’s career is on a different level when he can take a Romantic Comedy and turn it into a widely loved best seller of both men and women.

Wow, it’s been awhile…what started as a noble project has quickly become side tracked.

To ease into this again, here’s the newest trailer from the new Mark Wahlberg film. Let me know what you think below – looks a bit different!

movie cameraIt all started with one man with enough money to buy a large tract of land, H. J. Whitley, the “Father of Hollywood.” As is evident in the Hollywood we know today, Whitley had more than just a deep pocket, but also a vision. To create a thriving new area ten miles west of L.A., he started to curate business in his newly purchased bit of land. By 1900, Hollywood had a post office, newspaper, hotel, and two markets – the building blocks of any great society. And speaking of building, in 1902 Whitley built the Hollywood Hotel to attract land buyers. He created quite a stir by spending a lot of money for electric lighting to the first residential area, Ocean View Tract. He even built a bank and road for the area. 1910, in the middle of prohibition, Hollywood merged with Los Angeles to secure an adequate water supply.

This connection to the city of Los Angeles provided more than just water, as major motion-picture companies began to set up in or near L.A. . Interesting enough, Hollywood had a ban on movie theaters, but not on production. The first major film shot in Hollywood was inside Whitley’s home and property. This lead to other companies setting up in Hollywood, including Paramount, Warner Bros., RKO and Columbia pictures. These companies fled to Hollywood to escape strict rules imposed by Thomas Edison’s Motion Picture Patents Company in New Jersey. Basically, they did it to dodge the patent monopoly that existed in the East. Because of the influx of such businesses, commercial and retail success polarized to a specific niche, movies. Nicknames like Tinseltown and Movie Biz City started circulating the nation, adding to Hollywood’s image as the film mecha of the United States.

The 1950s provided an explosion of infrastructure in Hollywood – the Hollywood Freeway, Capitol Records Building, and Walk of Fame where all erected during this period. The ‘50s created many of the landmarks that create Hollywood’s image today.

Mainly, movies are made in Hollywood because of the big shift in film production companies to the west coast in the early twentieth century in order to dodge strict patent laws. The large distance provided excess time for advanced warning that the Eastern Edison company was coming to investigate and see if their patents were being violated, and a quick trip to Mexico was an easy option for hiding. What survived the ages was a film industry that wasn’t just producing content, but also infrastructure that branded Hollywood as an American hallmark. What shouldn’t be ignored is Whitley’s ability to judge the buyers of land and facilitate the building of a community of filmmakers, and to contribute with his own content too. It really was perfect timing, as the beginning of the twentieth century welcomed moving pictures and Hollywood’s existence; and the late ‘50s brought in television to a Hollywood that already had the industry cornered.

Today, Hollywood is still the mecca for large film production agencies, but you can also find producers of film and television in any major city, such as New York City and Atlanta.