AWAKENINGS (Penny Marshall, 1990)

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“What we do know is that, as the chemical window closed, another awakening took place; that the human spirit is more powerful than any drug – and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter. This is what we’d forgotten – the simplest things.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published October 7, 2019.)

MISERY (Rob Reiner, 1990)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

I would have wanted to see a more menacing Annie Wilkes chopping off the feet of Paul Sheldon or running over Sheriff Buster with a lawnmower, but this was still a really good adaptation of one of my favorite Stephen King novels.

Even better, it had Kathy Bates delivering a phenomenal Oscar-worthy performance. Inasmuch as I was rooting for Paul to finally escape, I still felt bad when he hit her over the head with a typewriter. Made me feel bad for a villain? I’m your number one fan, Ms. Bates!!

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published September 4, 2018.)