Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest
List your top ten favorite movies!
My kind of blogfest! I love movies. My taste in movies is as eclectic as my taste in books. I am all over the board, with the exception of horror. Not a scary-movie kind of gal.
So, don't expect any kind of rhyme or reason to these movies, other than...
1) They stayed with me long after the credits.
2) They had characters I couldn't shake.
Without further ado (and in no particular order)...
I was so shocked to find out this was based on a Stephen King novella, especially since I grew up with King movies such as Salem's Lot, Pet Sematary, Cujo, Carrie, and Christine. Who could ever forget the look on the warden's face when the rock went through the Raquel Welch poster?
Bill Murray, need I say more? Not only is he endearing, but he's damned funny. (Groundhog Day is another great Bill Murray example.) Plus, Chevy Chase. Back in the day, he was quite handsome... and a great straight man. (Christmas Vacation is a part of my family's Christmas tradition.)
Okay, I'm a creature of the 80s. But I was singing those songs and wishing I was rolling around on the floor with Patrick Swayze for years. (Patrick sealed the heartthrob deal with Ghost.)
My mom was a huge movie buff and loved to share favorites from her day. I loved Gypsy, West Side Story, Casablanca, and Gone With the Wind. And that's just to name a few. But nobody did sweet and sassy like Rock Hudson and Doris Day.
The Usual Suspects
Rarely has a film surprised me as much as this one. When Keyser Soze was revealed in the last scenes, I sat there with my mouth wide open--unable to move. Brilliant.
The Lion King
I'm sure this pick has something to do with my now 13-year-old daughter's former obsession with it, but it truly is one of the best Disney movies. Family, heartbreak, survival, romance... it's all there. Plus, great music!
A Few Good Men
I could watch the Jack Nicholson/Tom Cruise courtroom scene over and over again. Intense and compelling... Nicholson nailed it. (And I have to admit I have a crush on Kevin Bacon... bet you thought I was going to say Tom Cruise!)
I'm a Southern woman, and this movie felt like attending one of my family reunions. But it was more than that. It broke my heart... and what an amazing cast of female characters: Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, and Shirley MacLaine. Best line: If you don't have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me.
The Princess Bride
Part grand adventure, part grand romance. As you wish echoed in my brain for years. So many amazing and memorable characters. This was one of those movies I couldn't wait to share with my kids, just like my mom shared movies with me.
Please consider... I haven't watched many non-kid movies in the last thirteen years, I have never been a Woody Allen fan (so I tend not to agree with critics and all their acclaiming), and I don't like drama for drama's sake.
I'm looking forward to making the rounds. If you'd like to check out other top movies, please visit the participants here.