Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Favorite Movies

Movies are so expensive these days.. So I don't really go to the theater much. If I go to one then I must REALLY like it! I do enjoy going to midnight showings at theaters. It's fun to see the "super fans" all dressed up and waiting in line for hours with me. Most of my favorite movies are either chick flicks or fantasy. Although there's one major exception to that.. I'm sure you'll notice when you read it. :)

In no particular order:


How To  Deal
-I remember seeing this in the theater a couple of times in high school. It really portrays everything life can throw at you (marriage, divorce, break ups, friendships, pregnancy, death, etc) but in simple terms so as not to make the movie feel too serious. I love the music in it as well.


The Departed
-This is my curve ball I mentioned earlier. It's definitely not a chick flick.. and no way near fantasy. It's more of a drug lord movie (lol) .. So I'm not sure why I love it so much. Maybe Leonardo Di Caprio has something to do with it? Or the use of the Dropkick Murphy's songs? :P


Empire Records
-This move is just all around COOL. Each character is so different and interesting. They all have great qualities and then major problems at the same time. One of my favorite things to do as a kid was go to a CD store. We had one called Hastings back home, and it's still a place I like just hanging out in. This movie also has one of my favorite quotes - "Damn the man!"


Tangled
-Probably the newest movie on my list (besides Hunger Games). I am a big big big Disney girl. I love all the princesses. And until Tangled my favorite Disney movies were Aladdin and Hercules. Tangled was beautifully animated. And Mandy Moore as the voice of Rapunzel is such a joy! Her songs really touch me. I'm a just a sappy romantic I guess.


Sweet November
-In this film the main character is very odd. She knows she's a little out there.. and she uses it to help random strangers that are trapped in a business-focused world find their inner freedom. I relate to Charlize Theron's character.. I live in my own world, too. I cry every time I watch it. And I just love the song "Only Time" by Enya.


Scott Pilgrim vs The World
-Based off the comics by Bryan Lee O'Malley, this adaptation is humorous, game-like, and greatly casted! As seen in my Comic Con post, I am a big fan of Ramona Flowers. I laugh out loud at certain scenes and also enjoyed the movie's soundtrack. Check out "Black Sheep" by Metric.


The Goonies
-There really is nothing better than a good 80's movie. There are so many good quotes from this. I actually have "Slick Shoes" tattooed on my ankles. The cast totally rocked and the plot is interesting throughout. I enjoy watching this when I'm in need of something simple but adventurous. No need for crazy CGI.. just good a ole pirate treasure hunt.


Stardust
-When I rented Stardust I wasn't sure if it was going to be any good. I had read a cool quote from the movie online, but also read bad reviews. So I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. It's a beautiful fantasy kingdom, and the cast was very funny at times (Robert De Niro in drag!)  I just wish they played up the love story a little more. Here's the quote I liked, "A philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?" Pointless, really... "Do the stars gaze back?" Now *that's* a question."


Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, Twilight & The Hunger Games
-I grouped these together because they are all a series. Although I haven't read LoTR, the others were all favorite books of mine. So naturally I love the movies! Any time LoTR is on tv you bet I am watching it. Although it's long, I can't help but be mesmerized by the enchanting story. I'll agree that Twilight has some bad acting in it. But I'm still a Twi-hard. :P I also have loved Harry Potter since the first book was released. So following it for all these years has given me some magical memories. I am new to The Hunger Games.. but I was instantly hooked after reading the 3 books in 2 days. The movie was great in my opinion. The cast did a wonderful job, and I am looking forward to the next movies.

Honorable mentions:
The Princess Bride, Enchanted, 27 Dresses, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Labyrinth, Ever After, Underworld, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, & Dirty Dancing

After typing this I realized I like quite a few movies! I really really want to watch The Princess Bride and Tangled now. I'm sure I left out some good ones, too. 

What is your all time favorite movie? Can you recommend any movies I need to see?

14 comments:

  1. What? You didn't mention The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

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    1. Oh man!! That WAS a favorite of mine! Is it on DVD yet? That's one I'd like to own for sure!

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  2. I love the Mummy movies with Brendan Fraser, and Rachel Weisz.

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    1. Those were really well filmed! Love that even sequels were good! Brendan Fraser is so cute :P

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  3. The following is just a preliminary draft of films which have relevance to my gratification: Apollo 13, The Awakening, Shine, Schindler's List, The Pianist, Amadeus, Steel Magnolias, Photographing Fairies, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, An American Tail (Fievel), Girl Interrupted, The Family Stone, Christmas Vacation, Planes/Trains and Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, Interview with the Vampire, Doctor Zhivago, original Romeo and Juliet, A River Runs Through It, Legends of the Fall, Fight Club, Se7en, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Capricorn One, Beaches, For the Boys, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poet's Society, A.I., One Hour Photo, It, all Saw movies, Wrong Turn movies, The Red Shoes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Young Guns, Love Actually, To Kill A Mockingbird, When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, Sleepless In Seattle, Catch Me If You Can, Titanic (mainly because he should not have died), Meet Joe Black, City of Angels (he should not have fallen).......to name a few.

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  4. Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink.

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    1. Amazing list!! A few that stood out for me were Romeo and Juliet, One Hour Photo, Saw, Love Actually, Catch Me If You Can, and The Breakfast Club ... Those would definitely be on my list, too! Except I would have the new R&J cause I love Leo sooo much :) And you're right - he shouldn't have died in Titanic. MythBusters even said so!!!

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  5. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is really high on my list too! Good pick.

    I wouldn't count it as one of my favorite movies, but I enjoyed Stardust a lot. Way more than I expected to. I only recently realized that it was based on a book (which I haven't read) written by Neil Gaiman. He writes some really great stories.

    I'm not very good at making favorites lists. I'd definitely include Lord of the Rings. The Kill Bill movies are on the list. Fight Club is a favorite (I'll give a shoutout to another great modern author here, Chuck Palahniuk).

    Tree of Life is a movie that I saw recently, not really knowing what to expect from it. I was mesmerized and ultimately blown away by it. I think I'm obligated to include it on my list of favorite movies just because I've never had a movie experience like it before. It's really hard to explain, but I loved it.

    The Breakfast Club is my favorite 80s movie, so it earns a spot on the list.

    And finally, The Big Lebowski.

    I'm sure I'm overlooking plenty of other great movies that I love, but these are the ones that readily come to mind.

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  6. Worst movie of all time?

    The Room.

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    1. Worst movie: Howard the Duck. More favorites, A Few Good Men, As Good As It Gets, Predator, Alien, War Games, Glory, The Devil Wears Prada (clothes are nice), Shallow Grave is just plain strange.

      I will have to check out Tree of Life.

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  7. I have never watched How To Deal, it looks awesome. I love myself some Mandy Moore.

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  8. What are your feelings for The Matrix and then in turn the whole trilogy?

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  9. There was a band called Slick Shoes too which was a late 90's early 00's punk(ish) band. They were big Goonies fans (Check out the album "Wake Up Screaming").
    My FAVES: The Goonies, Empire Records (we watched this like once a week in college), Bridget Jones' Diary (my weirdly placed chick flick), The Boondock Saints, and, The Dark Knight and more recently Wreck it Ralph (I was actually quite miffed at how good this was), Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, Howl's Moving Castle, The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi(original theatrical release...none of the touch ups from Lucas on both of these); Heavyweights; South Pacific; Sound of Music; Amelie; Casper; Ghost World; Hello Dolly; Kill Bill Volume 1; Love Actually; Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; The Great Muppet Caper; Newsies;Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist; Rushmore; Serenity; SLC Punk; Tokyo Godfathers; Snatch...
    Ok...I think that's a safe list to end with...

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    1. Great list!! And I actually LOVE SLICK SHOES!! They were my fav band growing up .. I even have their name tattooed on my ankles! :D

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