Here are my Top 10 Robert Zemeckis Films

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Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American filmmaker and screenwriter. Zemeckis is credited as one of the greatest “visual storytellers” in filmmaking and is a pioneer of visual effects. His latest film is the Walk Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Phillipe Patit.

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The Walk: As a boy, Philippe Petit dreams of performing daring feats for dazzled crowds. As an adult (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his life’s ambition comes true when he becomes a high-wire artist who stares death in the face with every step. Under the guidance of mentor Papa Rudy, the daredevil devises a plan to walk on a tightrope attached to the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. With help from his team and against all odds, Petit attempts the seemingly impossible stunt on Aug. 7, 1974.

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#10:Death Becomes Her;When a novelist loses her man to a movie star and former friend, she winds up in a psychiatric hospital. Years later, she returns home to confront the now-married couple, looking radiant. Her ex-husband’s new wife wants to know her secret, and discovers that she has been taking a mysterious drug which grants eternal life to the person who drinks it. The actress follows suit, but discovers that immortality has a price.

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#9:What Lies Beneath: It had been a year since Dr. Norman Spencer (Harrison Ford) betrayed his beautiful wife Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer). But with Claire oblivious to the truth, Norman’s life and marriage seem so perfect that when Claire tells him of hearing mysterious voices and seeing a young woman’s image in their home, he dismisses her terror as delusion. Claire moves closer to the truth and it becomes clear that this apparition will not be dismissed, and has come back for Dr. Spencer and his beautiful wife.

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#8:The Polar Express: Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

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#7:Romancing the Stone:A dowdy romantic-adventure writer is hurled into a real-life adventure in the Colombian jungle in order to save her sister, who will be killed if a treasure map is not delivered to her captors. She is helped out by a brash mercenary, and together they search for the priceless gem located in the map.

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#6:In this Zemeckis-directed adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel, Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) races to interpret a possible message originating from the Vega star system. Once first contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway contends with restrictive National Security Advisor Kitz (James Woods) and religious fanatics bent on containing the implications of such an event. An incredible message is found hidden in the signal, but will Arroway be the one to answer its call?

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#5:Who Framed Roger Rabbit:Down-on-his-luck private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) gets hired by cartoon producer R.K. Maroon (Alan Tilvern) to investigate an adultery scandal involving Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner), the sultry wife of Maroon’s biggest star, Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). But when Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye), Jessica’s alleged paramour and the owner of Toontown, is found murdered, the villainous Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) vows to catch and destroy Roger.

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#4:Flight:Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he’s managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober — but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.

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#3:Castaway:Obsessively punctual FedEx executive Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is en route to an assignment in Malaysia when his plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean during a storm. The sole survivor of the flight, Chuck washes ashore on a deserted island. When his efforts to sail away and contact help fail, Chuck learns how to survive on the island, where he remains for years, accompanied by only his handmade volleyball friend, Wilson. Will Chuck ever return to civilization and reunite with his loved ones?

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#2:Back to the Future Trilogy:In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

In this zany sequel, time-traveling duo Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) return from saving Marty’s future son from disaster, only to discover their own time transformed. In this nightmarish version of Hill Valley, Marty’s father has been murdered and Biff Tannen, Marty’s nemesis, has profited. After uncovering the secret to Biff’s success — a sports almanac from the future — Marty and the Doc embark on a quest to repair the space-time continuum.

In this final chapter, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) obtains a 70-year-old message from the time-traveling Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), in which he informs Marty that he has retired to a small town in the Old West. Marty then finds out that the Doc was murdered shortly after sending the letter. In order to save his friend, Marty will have to travel back in time, disentangle a lovestruck Doc from a local schoolmarm, and repair the DeLorean — all while avoiding a posse of gunslingers.

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#1:Forrest Gump:Slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save — his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).

Dan Skip Allen

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Ant-Man Review

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Ant Man is Marvel’s latest stand alone film. It stars Paul Rudd as the titular Avenger. The film starts out with him getting out of prison trying to make things right with his estranged wife played by Judy Greer so he can see his daughter. Her husband played by Bobby Cannavale doesn’t want him to have anything to do with the little girl. Scott sets out to try to make things right in  his life. By getting a job at a Baskin Robbins ice cream shop.Scott has buddy Louis,played by, Michael Pena, who tries to convince him that he should get back into a life of crime. He’s got this one job he thinks would be perfect for Scott and his crew. After getting fired from Baskin Robbins Scott decides he needs money and he needs something to show his ex wife so he decides to do this one job. He ends up robbing the house of Hank Pym played by Michael Douglas and finds a suit in a vault and ends up taking the suit. He takes the suit back to his apartment and tries it on and realizes he has shrunk down to the size of an ant.  Normal tub water turns into a like a tidal wave and so he’s fighting for his life. Scott tries to bring the suit back but, Hank Pym gets in his ear because he had nanotechnology built into the suit so he could contact him. He says to him that he is the right man for the job and he wants him to be the Ant Man. With the help of his daughter Hope Van Dine  played by, Evengeline Lilly, and Hank puts Scott  through a rigorous training schedule so he can use the suit to break into Hanks company called Pym Technology. Corey Stoll, portrays Darren Cross, the head of Pym Technology and he has got his own suit called the Yellow Jacket.  He tries to use The Yellow Jacket to sell to the military and make a bunch of tiny warriors for the American government. That’s not exactly what Hank envisioned his company for so Scott and his crew Michael Pena, Louis,TI, and David Dastmalchian they all get together with Hank Pym and Hop Van Dine to try to rob Pym Technologies so they can get the suit out of the hands of Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross character.

Ant Man is a unbelievable, funny, action packed thrill ride but it has a heart. Where a lot of  Marvel films don’t have the heart that Ant-man has. This is a film about a father trying to find redemption and try to show his daughter that he’s a good father and he cares about her. There is so much comedy but the micro for photography really takes over. It’s just breathtaking to watch some of the scenes, fighting in and around a carpet or up on a little toy train set. I absolutely think that Ant-man is one of the Top Five of all the Marvel Cinematic movies.Guardians of the Galaxy,Avengers,Avengers:Age of Ultron and Captain America the Winter Soldier are the best and then Ant-man is after those in my opinion. It’s a heist movie and a shrinking movie all combined into one. Peyten Reed has really captured the essence of the character and the world he lives in with Ant-man. This is a movie for the entire family, parents, kids anybody that has a family and has struggled and specially separated families. You know you can really feel for what Scott Lang is going through so I give Ant-man a huge See-it.
Dan Skip Allen