Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My Favorite Movies

I totally stole this from S, but who cares? At least you have something new to read. These are the movies that I could think of off the top of my head. I know I have missed some really good movies but I don't have a DVD library that I can go to and prompt my memory. And we all know what kind of a memory I am dealing with!

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"It's better to use your head than break your back, I always say." Ernest Robinson

This movie is not really one of my favorites but it is the first movie I ever saw. We went to a drive-in somewhere in Clare to watch this. I bet you young'uns don't remember the first movie you went to.

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"Just because some kid smacks into your wife on the turnpike doesn't make it a crime to be 17 years old." Lieutenant Dave

No, this is not another favorite either. I saw this one afternoon at O'Laughlins. I was traumatized when I saw it then and to this day can not stand to watch scary movies.

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"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid." Han Solo

I would also include E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial with this movie. I saw Star Wars for the first time In Fisher Hall at Michigan Tech with a bunch of drunk college boys which in my opinion is the best way to see a movie like this. They read the opening lines of the movie, whistled when Princess Leia appeared, and hissed everytime Darth Vadar was on screen. Too much fun!

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"Well, yes, ma'am, I do... I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's gonna happen or, who I'm gonna meet, where I'm gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count." Jack

What can I say, I think I have seen this movie at least 10 times. The ship sinks everytime but maybe one of these days there will be a happy ending.

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"Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...
...and an athlete...
...and a basket case...
...a princess...
...and a criminal...
Does that answer your question? ...Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club."

I love, love this movie. It speaks to me on so many levels. I can't tell you how many times I have watched this on TV. I think everytime I happen to run across it, I stop and watch. I would also include St. Elmo's Fire with this movie. I don't like it quite as much nor have I seen it as many times as The Breakfast Club but it still makes my movie list.

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"It will come to you, this love of the land. There's no gettin' away from it if you're Irish." Gerald O'Hara

One of the few instances where the movie lived up to the book. I have read the book too many times to count. Love her or hate her, Scarlett had spunk. I really admire that in her. And Rhett? What a scoundrel! :)

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"I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." Harry

When Harry Met Sally. Also included with this movie would be Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and My Best Friend's Wedding. Yup, chick flicks. I love'em.

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"Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here." Jenny

I think it is the music I love the most about this movie. From beginning to end the music defines this movie. I would also include The Big Chill in this category.It also has a fantastic soundtrack. And add Apollo 13 to this list. I have seen all of these movies more than a few times and never tire of watching them over and over.

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"I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this." McMurphy

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I would also add Saving Private Ryan and Million Dollar Baby. These three movies were excellent. The funny thing is I have seen them only once and will probably never watch them again. Even though they are probably some of the best movies I have ever seen and for that matter have ever been filmed they are difficult to watch. When Saving Private Ryan ended the theater was silent and I don't think anyone said a word as they left. If you have never seen it, you should. It just won't be with me.

Well, there you have it, some of my favorite movies. Predictable? Surprised at some of my choices? I can't wait to see your list.

4 comments....porters always have something to say!:

Shae W said...

I love Gone With the Wind and the Breakfast Club. Two very, very good movies.

Jock said...

Swiss Family Robinson - First movie I ever saw.

I too had only watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest once until a couple of weeks ago. Great movie. Jack is great in The Shining too. Don't ever watch the remake you will be disappointed.

The first 15-20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan gives me goose bumps everytime I watch it. I couldn't imagine going through something like that.

carriegel said...

that opening scene is why i will never watch that movie again. it was too real.

Jock said...

I forgot to mention but I did see the play One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in Denver years ago with DaMart. It was a small cozy theater that only sat around 50-100 people. The play was real good if I remember.

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