Sunday, April 25, 2010

ON MOVIES ~ Look Who's Talking...

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MONDAY MOVIE MEME

Molly looked around for a weekly meme about movies and did not have any luck. So therefore she decided to start her own! Andy will play along as well - hopefully you will too. Go to your blog and create your own post on the topic, linking back to us in your post, then come back and leave a link to your post here in our Comments section. If you don’t have a blog, just share your response in the Comments section.

This week's movie topic is all about Narrators...

As a big reader, I follow lots of book bloggers and have noticed how many of them listen to audio books. Sometimes it is to help them get through the books they need to review more quickly. But a lot of the time it is because the narrators are so incredible in bringing the stories alive. If Morgan Freeman does audio books I need to know about it. He is a gifted actor, beloved for his many roles on film. But now he has also taken over the role of "go-to guy" when you need someone to narrate a movie. That's because he has that wonderful voice. Here are some of our favorite narrated films - including one by Mr. Freeman, of course. Share on your blog your favorite Freeman narrated film, in addition to others that speak to you (haha), linking back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

  • MORGAN FREEMAN PICK = March of the Penguins (2005) - Wonderful documentary about the societal behavior of Emperor penguins.  Freeman's kind voice lends itself to those heart-string moments, of which there are many


  • Little Children (2006) - Will Lyman is the uncredited narrator with the perfectly pitched performance in this quirky, entertaining but sometimes troubling movie about adultery, acceptance and demons


  • A Christmas Story (1983) - Author of the books this favorite holiday movie was based upon, Jean Sheperd provides all the narration of his character Ralphie's quest for a Red Rider BB Gun


  • Stand By Me (1986) - Richard Dreyfuss is credited as "The Writer" and provides the narrative moments in this awesome coming of age movie based on Stephen King's short story, "The Body"



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    15 comments:

    The Gal Herself said...

    Little Children was such a disturbing film. Very well done and thought provoking, but "troubling" is the perfect word for it.

    I hear Jean Shepherd's voice so often every Christmas it's as familiar as an old friend's. Great choice.

    jehara said...

    March of the Penguins is a great movie! MF really does have a great voice for narration.

    Chris said...

    I love Morgan Freeman too! :D

    Chris said...

    http://www.chrischronicles.com/monday-movie-meme-narrators/ is my post for today!

    Susan said...

    I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts on Morgan Freeman. Was there a voice ever more suited for narration? And Jean Shepherd as narrator gave 'A Christmas Story' such authenticity.

    My first thought was Robert Redford in 'A River Runs Through It'. That movie is near and dear our hearts as it reminds us of our boys and their relationship. We can't watch it without sobbing. The best quote is at the end when the older Norman is fishing.

    "Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.

    Sandy Nawrot said...

    Morgan Freeman is THE MAN. I had to bring up Shawshank Redemption (AGAIN) because he just rocks in that role. Here is my list:

    http://sandynawrot.blogspot.com/2010/04/monday-movie-meme-look-whos-talking.html

    Ashley Ladd said...

    I can't think of any films that were narrated. Typically I don't like films like that so avoid them.

    kaye said...

    the Christmas story is probably the best narrated film ever--

    Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

    boliyou said...

    Love Morgan Freeman's voice as much as his acting talents. Tell me he wouldn't make the ultimate Jedi.

    My collection of voiceovers is up: http://www.endomental.com/2010/04/monday-movie-meme_26.html

    Lulu said...

    I guess most of us love Morgan Freeman... I often commented on his looks too.. he seems not to age...

    anyway, here's mine...http://lulu-bitz-and-pieces.blogspot.com/2010/04/monday-movie-meme-narrators.html

    Julie said...

    I am so with you on Christmas Story (I love Jean Shepard's voice...he also narrates the Carousel of Progress at Disney World!) and Stand By Me. I'd have to add Charlotte's Web (Rex Allen) and whoever narrates Babe to my list.

    ds said...

    It has been officially declared in this house that Morgan Freeman has the best Voice since James Earl Jones. And The Shawshank Redemption is the Best Movie (so I second Sandy).

    hmsgofita said...

    Ditto to March of the Penguins and Shawshank Redemption, I think he also did the narration on War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise.

    Janet said...

    I liked Jude Law narrating Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events!

    ღ pinaymama ღ said...

    mine's up!