Flashback Friday Feature: Movie Days Gone By


The Dawn of a New Movie Day in Wildwood, NJ

Oh, what an autumn we’re having in our storytelling world! Happily, there’s always time for reminiscing, this week back to the year 2009, when Couples Retreated from the humid to the heavenly temperatures and Love was Happening everywhere! Adventurous Amelia was around, Coco was as stylish as ever, a Serious Man was making serious business and Fame was found on every sandy corner. The skies may have been a bit cloudy, but the sun was somehow shining and the stars were never brighter.

Hope our latest Trip Back in Movie Time Tour brightens your bountiful autumnal days…

Originally Published in the Sun by the Sea…September/October 2009 edition

Meg the Movie Buff Goes to Hollywood

With summer slowly making way for a fantastic fall along our Fameous coast, the bright forecast shows little sign of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs as the prospect of sunny days and boardwalk fare remains the seaside rage. During a Couples Retreat at the beach, our love-seeking cast of characters strengthens their relationships over sandcastles and sailing, lovingly inspired by a sun-drenched setting. Flying high on their romantic nights is daredevil Amelia Earhart, who creates a dream-like atmosphere by sprinkling the night sky with hundreds of stars. They all soon happily learn that Love Happens for everyone, real, imagined, or animated, in the sunniest, sandiest place on Earth!

Before learning what happens next at the movies, please check your local listings for release date changes.

Things go horribly wrong for a scientist (voice of Bill Hader) who tries to solve world hunger in an animated town, only to have the weather strangely turn Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (opens Sept. 18th) as food falls from the sky. The local weather girl (voice of Anna Faris), finding no time for a suntan beneath such overcast skies, is hot on the story. From the popular children’s book of the same name.

Love Happens (opens Sept. 18th) between a self-help guru (Aaron Eckhart) still coming to terms with his wife’s death and a woman (Jennifer Aniston) attending one of his seminars. The new couple help themselves by making wishes only on stars hovering over the ocean.

A group of gifted students, fresh off a talent-inspiring shore break, finds Fame (opens Sept. 25th) at the prominent New York City High School of Performing Arts. Stars Kelsey Grammar, Bebe Neuwirth and Megan Mullaly.

We learn what life was like for Coco (Audrey Tautou) Before Chanel (opens Sept. 25tth) as she rises among the fashionable ranks, when flip-flops were all the fashion frenzy.

In a wonderfully honest world, where things like endless summers really do exist, a writer (Ricky Gervais) discovers The Invention of Lying (opens Sept. 25th) with the intention of using it to his advantage.

In his 1967 Midwestern world, A Serious Man (Michael Stuhlbarg, opens Oct. 2nd) is in desperate need of a little shore simplicity after his wife (Sari Lannick) moves out and his incompetent brother (Richard Kind) moves in, leaving him no choice but to book a long, therapeutic weekend by the sea (sans relatives).

Four couples (including Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Joh Favreau and Kristin Davis) go on a tropical-island Couples Retreat (opens Oct. 9th) and are forced to participate in the resort’s therapy sessions, leaving them wishing they’d chosen to bond over Boardwalk cuisine and Carousel rides.

An unhappy, indie-rock loving loner (Ellen Page), temporarily bored with arcade-hopping afternoons, learns how to Whip It! (opens Oct. 9th) at a roller derby in Austin, Texas. Co-stars director Drew Barrymore and Kristen Wiig.

As punishment for misbehaving, young Max (Max Records) is sent to his room without dinner and finds his own Adventure Pier escapade on a creative voyage Where the Wild Things Are (opens Oct. 16th). Also features the voices of Catherine O’Hara and Forest Whitaker.

American pilot Amelia (Hilary Swank, opens Oct. 23rd) Earhart disappears during a flight over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 while on her history-making flight around the world, sadly never learning what makes the SkyCoaster fly.

Following an intense day of surfing, a Serious Man decides to Whip It! all and beats a hasty retreat to the local movie theater. He chills out over a concession stand chat with stylish Coco Before Chanel (but after intermission). After exchanging fall fashion tips, the well-dressed duo discovers The Invention of Lying was clearly formed at the movies. As our shore-worshiping cast enjoys another imaginative flick, they realize the truth; that Where the Wild Things Are is far beyond this warm, wonderful town. By the film’s end, our crew of make-believers is convinced that movie stars shine their brightest by the sea, softly spotlighted by an awesome autumn glow!🎬🥤🍿

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