Movies… they are one of America’s favorite pass-times. I still remember the very first movie I saw in the theatre, I was 8 years old and it was Christmas time, the movie was “All I Want for Christmas” and I loved it! Matter of fact, I still love that movie, every year my Mom and I sit down and watch it during the holidays and it never gets old. It’s your typical sappy Christmas love story set in the city I love most, New York. Throw in a couple of cute kids with a mischievous plan to reunite their parents and the glamorous Lauren Bacall and you’ve got yourself a classic my friends. If you’ve never seen it I highly recommend you add it to your list of must see Christmas movies, along with Home Alone and Home Alone 2. But of course movies aren’t just for Christmas now are they? No they are not! Movies are a year round source of entertainment and much like travel and fashion they hold their own unique beauty. The art of motion pictures provides endless hours of laughs, tears and sometimes even scares. A movie at it’s best can change your perspective on the subject at hand or even life as we know it.

One of my favorite movies of all time is “Sleepless in Seattle”, yes it is a cheesy romantic chick flick but it speaks volumes about the powers of destiny and love. For those who haven’t seen it: this poor man loses his wife, moves to the other side of the country with his child to recover and begin anew, said child rats him out to a radio therapist which the father then tells his story to on live radio, all the way across the country a woman hears this mans story while traveling behind her fiance to their Christmas destination, said woman then realizes she is missing one important thing in her life, that being “magic”. This woman cannot get the man’s story out of her head and writes him a letter, meanwhile across the country the mans child picks her letter as his favorite out of thousands, all the while the man resisting because she could be a “crazy psycho killer”. Long story short, lots of small considerably insignificant things happen, falling like dominos one onto another to create “magic” in the end. I think I love this movie so much because it demonstrates beautifully just how so many things work together throughout the universe to get us to the right place at the right time. If God and destiny have a plan for us then maybe, just maybe even when we think everything has gone terribly wrong, perhaps in actuality it’s all going perfectly right, we just can’t recognize it at the time because we are all just human. The movie also shows you what kind of amazing things can happen if you just take a chance, or have your friend played by Rosie O’Donnell take a chance for you. If that letter had never been mailed then chances are poor Annie would have had a satisfactory life with Walter and his humidifier, but she would have missed out on “magic”. I believe I can speak for Annie when I say, I’m sure glad I didn’t miss out on magic!  Although I have yet to find that kind of magic with another person, I have found my own magic within myself and I thank God every day for what I thought was so terribly wrong that turned out to be so perfectly right. If I could offer one piece of advice to any man, woman or child it would be this, find your own magic within yourself and don’t expect someone else to create it for you. Then, when you meet that special someone who has their own special brand of magic you’ll have twice as much just like Sam and Annie, and lets face it this world could use a little more magic!

Some of my other favorite movies include “The Wizard of Oz”, “Crash”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “The Color Purple”, “The Divinci Code” and “A Time to Kill”….. Some of my favorite movies from this year were “Easy A” and “The Lincoln Lawyer”. “Easy A” was hilarious and I love Emma Stone in the modern day role of Hester Prynne from the classic literary work “The Scarlett Letter”. Also, “The Lincoln Lawyer” was full of shocking twists and turns as any legal thriller should be, it was also smart in a way that many dramas are not these days which made it one of the best I have seen in quite a while. Did I mention Matthew McConaughey is the leading man? Did I mention he’s hot? Well he is and you should check it out.

Now for the daily business of winner winner chicken dinner… the winner of todays drawing, to receive a brand spanking new copy of “Sleepless in Seattle” is…. Jordan Meacham! Congratulations Jordan!!! I hope you enjoy this movie as much as I do, hopefully it will become a favorite of yours as well:) Check back tomorrow for more prizes and winners!