Sometimes I list movies

2009 July 2
by Hedon

Rassles over at Sometimes I Make Lists had a really good post to her sisters concerning (in part) a person’s top ten favorite movies list. I won’t really spend much time touching on the get-the-stick-out-of-your-ass-and-lighten-up-for-god’s-sake angle of her post because I think we all know that particular sentiment goes without saying around here so it stands to reason that I agree with her completely.

I was just thinking that she is right in that your top ten favorite movies list does say a lot about you. If one of your top ten is Police Academy 5… well huh. I’m not saying we’re not gonna be friends anymore, but clearly our senses of humor are going to have difficulty meeting on common ground. I’m just saying.

I thought a lot about it and put together my top ten favorite movie list. At least it’s my list for today. Ask me next month and I may have an entirely different list. Here’s mine:

1. The BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Yes, I know it’s actually a six hour mini-series but I don’t care it’s my favorite and it’s my list.

2. Bound  – Jennifer Tilley, that other chick, and that guy from all the mob movies in a brilliant debut piece of work from the Wachowski Brothers. Film Noir. Beautiful plotting. Beautiful filming. Expert pacing. Tension. Drama. Jennifer Tilley in a slinky little black dress. Brilliant movie.

3. G I Jane –   Demi Moore goes off to be the first female to attempt Navy SEALS training. Who can forget a ragged, bloody Demi yelling, “Suck my dick” at the top of her lungs? Stace says this is my version of a man’s Top Gun by which she means that I sit around in my boxers watching it and secretly thinking, “I could do that” while eating nachos on the couch. I probably could do it too… if I had the time that is… and maybe a few weeks to work out before hand. :)

4. Fried Green Tomatoes –   Kathy Bates just kicks ass  —  I love her in anything. And Jessica Tandy… seriously?! I love that movie right there. I’ve read the book and they did an excellent job of adapting it to the screen.

5. Cold Comfort Farm –   This is one deuced funny movie. It’s one of my favorite comedies of all time. “I know you did, but did it see you?” Good stuff.

6. The Usual Suspects –   One of my very favorite movies. Obviously. This one makes you wish you could delete memories so you would be able to watch it again and again as if it were the first time you ever saw it.

7. The Color Purple –   Well… what can I say? Seen it a million times and yet the next time I watch it when that Shug starts singing “God is trying to tell you something” and marching toward that church I am still probably going to get choked up and have a sudden attack of “allergy eyes” or something.

8. Dangerous Liaisons –   Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoozie Kurtz, and Uma Thurman. Seriously. Wonderful movie in all respects. If you’ve ever seen the movie and understand the time period at all you will never forget that scene with Glenn Close sitting at her dressing table. That shot of her is truly haunting.

9. The Lion in Winter –   I just love Katherine Hepburn. I was torn on this spot between this and Philadelphia Story cause she kicks ass in just about anything but especially those two films. But I ended up giving the nod to The Lion in Winter in part because once you add in Peter O’Toole and Anthony Hopkins you’ve got a winner on your hands. The story is great and the mood and setting and cinematography of the piece is pretty damned cool, too.

10. The Piano –   Truly stunning visuals. Superb cast including Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, and Sam Neill. Won virtually every award offered somewhere or another. I could watch this movie a hundred times and still not feel like I had completely absorbed all the symbolism in the cinematography. I know that sounds a little fancy-pants arty-farty and all but it really is a stunning visual movie. As for the plot, I’m not sure many men get this one. I know Roger Ebert loved the film but at one point he called it a great love story. I mean honestly… a love story?! It is a spectacular film… it is not a love story.

Honorable Mentions: Silence of the Lambs, Boys on the Side, Philadelphia Story, Big, Young Frankenstein, Tea with Mussolini, Misery, Requiem for a Dream, The Hours, Notes on a Scandal, Armageddon, Belle Époque, All of Me, Enchanted April, A Room with a View, Amadeaus, The Mission, and The Matrix trilogy.

So in no particular order (and if you read Rassles post you’ll know that’s not true :) ) what are your top ten favorite movies of all time?

15 Responses
  1. 2009 July 2

    I have to think about the top ten today. I did want to suggest watching “Milk”. We watched it last night and Sean Penn did some of the best acting I have ever seen on film. He was absolutely incredible.

  2. 2009 July 2

    Ohhh, I can’t wait to see Milk.

    So far I’ve only got 7 movies and two mini-series. They are:

    Casino – I grew up partly in Las Vegas during this era when the mob ran the casinos. As Ace Rothstein says: “Vegas is a morality car wash. It does for sinners what Lourdes does for hunchbacks and cripples.”

    Space Balls – Mel Brooks never fails to crack me up with this one. “Not that sir – that’s the Mr. Coffee, not the Mr. Radar”

    LA Story – and Steve Martin nails LA in this one. I’ve spent a lifetime driving the LA freeways – and when he asks the date and pulls a gun out of the glovebox I die laughing every time. Also when he runs out of his house, jumps in his car and drives four houses down the street to visit his girlfriend.

    The Devil Wears Prada – I had several friends in the rag business in NYC and this movie has it cold. When Ms Streep looks up and says “That’s all” I love it.

    And then there are two mini series I watch over and over: Sopranos – since I was raised by Italians and Deadwood because I’ve always loved the old west and cowboys. Found out late in life that my birth-father was a real cowboy and that his father was one of the founders of Dodge City KS. For real.

    Harry Potter: any of them. Pure escapism and I watch to see the scenes of the great hall where they dine and watch the scene with the shrunken head and the bus blasting through London. The head says “Hang on it’s going to be a bumpy ride!!!” I always replay that scene several times. Magic.

    The Last Picture Show: I dearly love Larry McMurtry’s early novels. This one really did something for me because I when I was a little girl my dad owned some theaters in N AZ and I grew up in them. Also, there was an italian film about a theater, whose name escapes me, it ends up burning down. Wonderful.

    It Is A Beautiful Life: It is a beautiful film and I watch it over and over.

    Sooo, looks like escapism is my thing. The husband and I also watch 1940′s movies, especially musicals and the Marx Brothers. Sure I’m a Marxist!

  3. 2009 July 2
    Chaos permalink

    What about Smokey and the Bandit and Convoy Mom??

    1. Underworld
    2. Resident Evil
    3. G.I. Jane (yay!)
    4. Smokey and the Bandit (the first one)
    5. The Shawshank Redemption
    6. Stephen King’s The Stand (mini series?)
    7. Angels and Demons
    8. The Da Vinci Code
    9. Horton Hears a Who (really cute!)
    10. Interview With a Vampire/Fried Green Tomatoes

    Btw, Kiddo and I watched Smokey and the Bandit the other night. It was her first time and boy did she love it. She also loved G.I. Jane. Yay!!!

    Lotsa love from me and Kiddo. xoxo

  4. 2009 July 3
    Miss Monky permalink

    All of Me..hahaha “Put Edwina back in the bowl. Back in the bowl.” Seriously one of the funniest movies ever.

  5. 2009 July 3

    Thanks for turning me on to Sometimes I Make Lists…really enjoyed the post you mentioned and think I might tweak it up and send it to some of MY family members! LOL

    As for YOUR movie list…pretty good. I liked Bound, GI Jane, Fried Green Tomatoes…didn’t see some of the others.

    As for Dangerous Liasons – one of my favorites! And The Piano?? OMG, I just watched that one again about a month ago. There is just something I love about that movie SO much.

    In your honorable mentions…Requiem For A Dream…no judgement here, but please tell me why you like it. I saw it and HATED it. It was a little psychotic to me and I couldn’t really pin down something about that I could actually find likeable. Maybe I need to hear what someone else thought because Ed was the only other person I know who saw it and his opinion on movies does not count. If he says he likes a movie, I know it’s an automatic “no” for me.

    For my list, I will post ten here, but I am actually going to also do it on my blog….although I really fear all it’s going to say about me is that I’m a hopeless romantic. Ugh.

    This may change, but right now I’m listing my ten as:

    1. Dirty Dancing (I grew up in the very area this movie took place and it’s almost like living my teen years all over again. I think it’s probably my all time favorite movie. I’m going to list within this entry, “A Walk On The Moon” – same setting in the Catskills and I love Viggo Mortensen and Diane Lane in it.)
    2. Dangerous Liasons (The diaologue is spectacular.)
    3. Stealing Heaven (The story of Abelard and Heloise. Can’t have a stronger bond of love than them….and what they do to be together.)
    4. The Piano (for all the reasons you loved it)
    5. Life As A House
    6. Primal Fear (Love Ed Norton in this.)
    7. The Shawshank Redemption
    8. The Notebook (I am a total sap and I LOVED this movie….and unfortunately, I can’t reveal why.)
    9. Milk (I’m adding this only because it was mentioned here and I just saw it. I love it. I love Sean Penn and I love this quote from Harvey Milk: “If a bullet should enter my brain, let the bullet destroy every closet door.” Sad outcome. Fabulous man (Milk). Brilliant performance.)
    10. Amelie (just charming)

    And since you had some honorable mentions, I want to add some of my others too: If Lucy Fell, Le Violon Rouge, Malena, Shall We Dance? (The original Japanese version), Sing, Spitfire Grill, Alfie, Babycakes (TV movie with Ricki Lake – in it, the fat chick gets the hot guy.), Billy Elliott, The Holiday, Shine…and since Decorina listed a mini-series, I’m also going to say North and South (with Patrick Swayze and Lesley-Anne Down).

    Oh, what fun this is. And just so you see how different our tastes are, I asked Eddie what his top ten were and this is his list:

    1. The Big Lebowski (I can’t even comment…and it is his ACTUAL number 1)
    2. Cool Hand Luke
    3. Titanic
    4. Aliens
    5. Blazing Saddles
    6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    7. Taxi Driver
    8. Full Metal Jacket
    9. The Neverending Story
    10. The Shawshank Redemption

    And after a little discussion, he also admitted that he would add The Notebook to his list too…he liked it that much. :)

    So there you have it! Hooray for Hollywood.

  6. 2009 July 3

    I also liked Requiem for a Dream. The husband liked it too – and we were both interested because he has a brother that is an addict. I felt that he retained so much humanity; so many times addicts are just cartoon characters. Not him.

  7. 2009 July 3
    Anonymous permalink

    2.girl interrupted
    3.times square( with tim curry)
    4the whole 9 yards
    5.duel( i read it 1st as a short story in playboy when i was about 12)
    6.sundown the vampire in retreat
    7.the sixth sense
    8.priscilla, queen of the desert
    9.shawshank redemption

  8. 2009 July 3
    punxxi permalink

    that’s me, not anonymous

  9. 2009 July 4

    I posted my list over at Rassles, so I won’t do it here. But I had to comment on your love of the movie Silence of the Lambs. I’ve loved that movie for years, ever since I saw it with my wife back in our dating days and had to hold her through the whole thing. Absolutely wonderful movie that slipped my mind when I made my list. I could talk about movies for hours . . .

  10. 2009 July 4

    Here’s the top 10 which occur to me right now. I have probably left off some important one’s, but the old gal’s memory sure ain’t what it used to be, so this will have to do. It’s pretty heavy on comedy, what with that being my favorite type of movie. I find it hard to find movies these days that really make me laugh. Anyway, here’s the list.

    1. “Pride and Prejudice.” Same as Hedon’s pick.

    2. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (with a nod to “Life of Brian” and “The Meaning of Life”). The Knights who say nee, killer rabbit, vestal virgins into light BDSM, eating Spam a lot, knights who lose an appendage then claim it’s just a flesh wound … what’s not to love. Funniest when stoned.

    3. “Amadeus.” Will always love everything about this movie. Key point that hangs with me … Salieri’s ability to recognize genius and bitterness at not being one himself.

    4. “Requiem for a Dream.” How to explain this, Selena. I found it to be the most powerful depiction of addiction I have ever seen. One thing in particular which struck me is the masterful use of the music in the movie. It drives the pace in a remarkable way. A haunting movie which hangs with me, though it is emotionally difficult to watch. All the performances are spectacular, but Ellen Burstyn just blew me away.

    5. “Young Frankenstein.” I pick this particular Mel Brooke’s movie because it’s my favorite of his, but I love many others, like “Blazing Saddles” and “History of the World: Part One” (that Madeline Kahn going down the line of beefcake doing that “yes, yes, no, no, no, yes” business. Still makes me laugh).

    6. “Cold Comfort Farm.” Makes me laugh. Brit humor.

    7. “Tatie Danielle.” Also makes me laugh. French humor. And because the old gal was shockingly like my grandmother.

    8. “Dangerous Liaisons.” Same reasons as Hedon’s.

    9. “The Matrix.” Love the first one best.

    10. I’m thinking to myself, isn’t there some movie that’s been made in the last 15-20 years that might make this list? I’m betting there is one, but I can’t think of it right now. Whatever it might be, it goes here.

    Finally, I’d like to add my shout out to Decorina’s mention of “The Sopranos.” To me, it’s the finest television series ever made. And it ended with perfection. Not many series can claim this distinction.

    Would like to see “Deadwood” too. Missed it when it first aired because I didn’t have the TiVO back then. Will someday pick it up on DVD. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, “Oz” is another favorite HBO series.

  11. 2009 July 4
    chaos permalink

    Ok, so I’ve decided I missed one. I just watched The Perfect Storm again, and realized that it also belongs on my top 10 list. Brings me to tears every time. Also, for anyone who likes that sort of movie, you might try watching Deadliest Catch. I love that show! (It also brings me to tears sometimes. Lol.) Anyway, *sniff* back to the movie watching. : )

  12. 2009 July 5

    well, like Salena, i’m afraid my list makes it evident that i’m a hopeless romantic….and, like Stace, i had a hard time coming up with any movies from recent years….i have certain movies that we always carry on the truck….that i can recite by heart….that can comfort me into sleep if i’m having a restless night….so here goes…
    1. Out of Africa
    2. Sleepless In Seattle
    3. When Harry Met Sally
    4. An American President
    5. Dave
    6. The Big Chill
    7. Erin Brockovich
    8. Roxanne
    9. Hope Floats
    10.The Notebook
    and my “honorable mentions” are Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, The Pelican Brief, StepMom, Same Time Next Year and THe Four Seasons.

    i asked brad about his list…..(kinda typical “man” stuff….lol…
    1. 1941
    2. Animal House
    3. Grosse Point Blank
    4. Monty Python’s Holy Grail
    5. High and Mighty
    6. Pearl Harbor
    7. The Jerk
    8. Apocolypse Now
    9. Vanishing Point
    10. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    his honorable mentions included all the Die Hards, Lethal Weapons, and Miss Congenialitys…

  13. 2009 July 6

    Oh, what fun! Had to think on this a couple of days to narrow it down. In no particular order
    1. Amelie–quirky and such rich saturated colors
    2. Smilla’s Sense of Snow-gorgeous colors again and the oh so beautiful Gabriel Byrne
    3. The Commitments-Awesome music
    4. The Perfect Storm-like Chaos, I bawl like a baby every time I watch it
    5. Brotherhood of the Wolf–horror done right
    6. Shaun of the Dead–Well, pretty much anything with Simon Pegg
    7. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
    8. Wallace and Gromit anything–animation does count, doesn’t it? :)
    9. Immortal and The Fifth Element–I will watch anything sci-fi but these are among my faves
    10. Blade and Dusk til Dawn– among the best vampire movies IMO

    Kind of cheated on #9 and 10 :)

  14. 2009 July 6

    I’m glad you enjoy listing things. I really, really, truly feel that you can just tell so much about a person based on their top ten. Top ten anything, really. Half the fun is talking about it in person and watching people think. It’s like the best conversation starter ever.

    Nice list, by the way.

    So I’m going to give you guys my top ten, even though I feel like I’ve been posting it everywhere lately, and I don’t care, because I love these movies. More than all the other movies ever. Ever. Except…no, no. Fuck it. I have to remind myself that the list is subject to change, but it means I have to take one off, and I just can’t bear to do it.

    Die Hard
    Princess Bride
    Big Lebowski (Salena: do you not love it? Crazy?)
    Paper Moon
    Philadelphia Story
    Star Wars (I’m picking Empire, because I think I watch that one the most.)
    LA Confidential
    The Good the Bad and the Ugly

    pssst: What the hell is wrong with Police Academy 5?

  15. 2009 July 6

    Stace….I agree about Ellen Burstyn’s performace. And I can see your point. The movie was just a little too manic for me.

    Gabby…ooooh! I loved Amelie. It’s on my list of “favorite movies” and if I hadn’t put Milk on this list, Amelie would have probably taken its place (charming).

    Rassles…I might have seen the whole thing, but honestly I can’t remember….that’s how horrible I think The Big Lebowski is. Actually, I hate all Coen brother’s movies…they just aren’t my type of flick. And if my boyfriend says “Dude” one more time, I think I might push him out of the truck.

    To each his own and all that….

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