So the challenge:
1. List your top ten favorite films in no particular order.
2. If you’re tagged, post your list and tag 3-5 other people.
3. Link back to the person who tagged you.
4. Give a hat tip (HT) to Dan.
I happen to adore movies. Watching them as I do craft projects or having movie marathons is one of my favorite ways to relax and chill out. I think I’m the opposite of Bethany. I’ll have trouble choosing ten. Bethany already chose several of my favorites (Princess Bride, In Good Company, Sound of Music, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), so that will give me a chance to include other ones.
Confessions before we begin: Though these facts might not be apparent in the list they remain true:
- I secretly adore those sappy, cliche “teen flicks.”
- I love “Barbie” cartoons. Love. Them.
- I also love Olsen-Twin movies. Don’t tell…
My “choosing right now, but is ever changing list”:
- 10 Things I Hate About You~ I had already fallen in love with Heath Ledger in the TV series Roar, so when I heard he was starring opposite Julia Stiles (an actress I love) in a modern day adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, I was stoked. I love Kiss Me Kate (a musical adaptation starring Howard Keel in Ledger’s role… see next entry)… And they don’t disappoint. The dialogue is witty and the young actors pull it off well. I can watch this over and over, which is actually the criteria I used for making this list.
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, starring Howard Keel. (little known trivia? Keel was from Gillespie, IL… small town about 50 miles south of Springfield…). I Love this musical. It’s probably my favorite musical of all time. I know it’s goofy and totally anti-feminine, but I love it.
- LOTR Trilogy ~(I’m counting that as one… so there) Classic. I don’t know why anyone would disagree.
- White Christmas~ Truth be told, I can watch just about any Christmas movie (even the sappy Hallmark made-for-TV movies) any time of the year. But White Christmas is definately my favorite. Holiday Inn comes in a close second, but I like Danny Kaye better than I like Fred Astaire. I think he works better with Bing. White Christmas was my family’s “holiday classic.” I really don’t like a Christmas Story or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I used to say that I just don’t like the slap-stick way of treating Christmas, but I love Elf, so I can’t really use that excuse. I guess it just comes with what you grow up with in regards to Christmas movies. I hated White Christmas when I was younger. It was black and white and it didn’t really appeal to the kid in me. But now, as an adult, it reminds me of the kid in me, if that makes any sense at all. Besides, singing and dancing about Christmas? Hello. Who couldn’t love that?
- The Lion King~ Hated it as a youth. Much darker than I was used to with Princess movies. Love it as an adult. Besides the amazing music, it has some amazing basic life lessons about family, community, shirking responsibilities, living up to potential, etc.
- McLintock~ I’m not the biggest Western fan in the world, but in my family you kinda have to have some sort of like for them. This hilarious John Wayne flick co-staring Maureen O’Hare makes me smile and laugh every time I see it. Classic John Wayne, but with the humor to help me love it.
- Under the Tuscan Sun~ I’m choosing this as my “chick flick” for the list (though I debated between a lot including Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama, Miss Congeniality…). I’m enjoying these chick flicks that involve older heroines who’ve gone through some hurdles in love more and more as I approach 30. Not really because I can relate all that well, but because they seem so much more realistic than the love stories of the “teen-pop” generation. Trust me, though I ADORE Twilight, I’m sure the relationships in this movie are MUCH more realistic 🙂
- Mean Girls~ Another “teen-flick” but one that’s not so bubble-gummy pop, like so many are. It really has great meaning behind it and it’s always interestign getting in conversations with teenage girls about the message.
- Pretty Woman~ I couldn’t exclude it. Typical “Cinderella” type story and what girl doesn’t love that. But what I really love about this one (besides the super cute suga-daddy made my Richard Gere) is the last line. She could have responded that “they live happily ever after” but instead shows the balance of that kind of love… how good they are for each other… “she saves him right back.”
- Live Free, Die Hard~ Again, one I debated about. Action/Adventure is my favorite category of movie (Romancing the Stone, Indiana Jones Series, Lethal Weapon Series, Star Wars (even though that’s cross-genre), Die Hard Series, Speed, True Lies etc…). But I really like Bruce Willis as the protagonist and I especially liked the pairing of him and Justin Long (The Mac Guy). I also liked the “fire sale” aspect of the story line.
Wow. That was hard. I wish I could of include a ton more! (And do you like how I sneaked a ton more in anyway?)