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Posted on Jan 31, 2012 in Dear Diary | 43 comments

Favorites: Part I

Over the weekend, I saw The Artist. As it came out at the end of last year (in limited release), I know I may be a little bit late to catch on here, but it was an absolutely breathtaking movie. Engrossing story, captivating actors, and a unique presentation? Win-win-win. (For those of you who are unaware, it’s a silent movie done in black & white.)

The plot of this movie in particular, set in the 20s around the debut of talking films, reminded me a lot of my favorite movie of all time (can you already guess what it is?). So, taking into account how incredibly narcissistic I am, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorites — and hear all about yours too, of course! Today I’ll keep it simple and just stick to movies though. It was hard to narrow them down to my top five, but these, as of this point, my favorite movies. Try not to judge me too harshly. ;)

Favorite Movies


#5. Sky High

This might be bordering on guilty pleasure territory, but hey, I like what I like! And being the huge, total, all-encompassing nerd that I am, I love a good superhero story. Sky High is a bright, funny take on your typical high school story… with a superheroic twist. The movie gives you plenty of clever nods to comic books and the superheroes of old, and as a bonus stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (aka Ramona Flowers) in one of her first major roles!


#4. Pride & Prejudice

I’m sure I will get a lot of flack both from men and Colin Firth fanatics alike for listing this, but I lovelovelove the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice staring Keira Knightley. It is simply a breathtakingly beautiful film. The cinematography, the music… I just love it. Once, during my freshman year of college, I watched this movie from start to finish, let credits roll until the DVD menu came back up, pressed play, and watched it again. True story.


#3. The Little Mermaid

What, you don’t have a classic Disney movie listed as one of your favorites? The Little Mermaid beats out all the others for me: Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, and yes, even Mulan. Though I did have a pretty serious Cinderella addiction when I was in elementary school, you just can’t beat this sassy little redhead. I love the romance, the music, and the total throwback to my childhood that comes with this particular movie. “Part of Your World” is pretty much my go-to shower song, too.


#2. Garden State

Ahhh, Garden State. Maybe it’s cliche to list this as one of my favorites, but oh well. It’s a fantastic movie. Moving, subtle, has a bangin’ soundtrack… and oh yeah. It was written by, directed by, and stars my boyfriend Zach Braff. Done and done.


#1. Singin’ in the Rain

Yep, Singin’ in the Rain is my favorite movie of all time (thus far, at least!) The plot follows Gene Kelly (swoon!) as a famous silent film actor who finds himself thrust rapidly into the onset of “Talkies” (you can see why I found the plot of The Artist similar!) and is peppered with wit, charm, and of course, tons of musical numbers! If you haven’t seen the movie, you need to. And if you need convincing, just watch Donald O’Connor do his amazing thing in the video below… and thank me later.


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So yes, I realize that these may not all be movies that will go down in history as the greatest films of their time. But I gave it some though, and while I fully acknowledge that there are many “better” films that exist out there, these are my sick-in-bed-on-a-rainy-day, what-I-would-bring-to-a-desert-island-that-has-a-TV, never-gonna-get-old favorites. So there.

What’s your favorite movie of all time? Or a few of your favorites?

43 Comments

  1. I was not a nice little kid when it came to The Little Mermaid. When listening to the tape in the car, only I was allowed to sing Ariel’s parts. Apparently, I threw beautiful temper tantrums if someone else tried. I also liked to pull myself up on the side of the bath tub and make the water splash around me when that particular part of the scene came up. Im sure you know which part Im speaking of. :)

    These days, my favorite films are still, in no particular order, The Chumscrubber, Fight Club, Amercan History X, and Memento.

    Disney and cartoon films go into their own category and Hercules tops that list. Follwed by Anastasia which is a WB feature.

    • PS: Super fun post. I love movies.

      • I liked Hercules very much.

    • American History X! I just saw that recently and was totally blown away.

  2. I like Garden State a lot too. I’m trying to think of some of my favorites: (500) Days of Summer, Dazed and Confused, Dead Poet’s Society, Steel Magnolias, etc.

    • Mmmm, Joseph Gordon-Levitt I love you.

  3. I love Garden State! I have probably seen it a zillion times and listened to the soundtrack just as much. My favorite moment of the movie is when Zach Braff and Natalie Portman finally kiss in the pouring down rain (while wearing trashbags) and “The Only Living Boy in New York” is playing and crescendos… Ahhhhhhh… I’ve got chills.

    My faves are: Sideways, High Fidelity, The entire LOTR trilogy, Reality Bites, Singles and ALL of the movies that Lee listed (shocker!)

    and for comedy, nothing makes me laugh like Billy Madison and Role Models. :)

    • Role Models is SUCH a funny movie. Totally underrated.

  4. What a fun post! My favorite movies are a little different: Kill Bill (Part 1!), Sleepy Hollow (J.Depp!), Constantine (K.Reeves!), Inception (best visual effects!), Inglourious Basterds (most bad-ass!), Pan’s Labyrinth (shiver!), My Neighbor Totoro (best animated kids’ movie!), Princess Mononoke (great music!).
    Oh my, what a mixture! But those are the movies I can watch again and again and again.

    • Totoro is on heavy rotation in our house as a movie and pretend game. I can’t tell you how many times I have found my 8 year old in the clothing racks calling out “Mei! Mei!” Love it!

      • Pan’s Labyrinth. So very amazing.

  5. If you enjoy movies that reflect on the history of movie making you must see Hugo (in 3D if possible because it’s the best 3D I’ve ever seen). This movie may be a kids movie but it is outstanding and is an homage to black and white (and hand colored) films.

    • I did see Hugo in 3D, and I agree, it was phenomenal on both counts: as a movie, and I thought the 3D was exceptional.

  6. This is a fun post! I have to admit that I am a reluctant movie fan. I can’t say why, because once I sit down and watch I love them. My top 5…this is hard. I just saw Midnight in Paris and am still in love with it. As a writer I love it, as a Woody Allen fan I love it, as a Francophile I love it – it had me at Bonjour. But all time favs? The Big Lebowski, obvi. The dude will always abide. Some like it Hot is a favorite classic, as is Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (But you are Blanche! You are!). Favorite kids movies would have to be Up, Curious George (Jack Johnson soundtrack? Hello Nurse!) and The Neverending Story. I watched that every day at least once the summer of 87. It’s a miracle that the tape (beta?) did not snap. Right now I really want to see The Artist and Albert Nobbs.

    • Mmmm, Some Like it Hot is number 6 for me. I do love me some Marilyn, but Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon? Perfection!

      “Osgood, I’m a man.”
      “Well, nobody’s perfect!”

      • Ha! Hysterical. What a fun and funny film.

  7. Twister (ask my sister, I’ve seen it more times than should be humanly allowed), Three Musketeers (the Disney one with Charlie Sheen), Man with an Iron Mask (love Leo and oh my Jeremy Irons, he’s the best.), The Cutting Edge (best skating movie EVAR) oh, and Ice Princess (another great skating flick.)

    Those are just the first five that come to mind. I loved the Artist too, was thrilled when it came to Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. I think I’ve missed my chance to see Hugo on the big screen.

    xo,
    Suzi

  8. AWWW!!!!!! I like your picks! My all time favorite is What Dreams May Come (horribly sad, but so well done) and of course Beauty and the Beast :)

  9. I have an extremely hard time picking a favorite movie. Even my top 5 changes all the time… but here we go.

    1. Little Women
    2. Tommy Boy
    3. Shawshank Redemption
    4. Dirty Dancing
    5. Rio Brave

    • Oh my gosh… Little Women, how could I forget. This movie was a HUGE part of my growing up. Oh Teddy… TEDDY.

    • Ahhh …. these are great movies Ashley. Little Women films are all fantastic. Not sure how many versions …. at least 3. Not remembering Rio Brave though.

  10. 1)The Sting
    2) All the President’s Men
    3) To Kill a Mockingbird
    4) Charlie Wilson’s War
    5) Juno

    • Love these too! I’ve seen them soooo many times. Juno is so great for lots of laughs …. but also sends valuable lessons.

  11. Asking me what my favourite movie of all time is, is pretty much impossible.

    So I will say this instead. My favourite Oscar nominated movie this year is Hugo. If you haven’t seen it, call in sick for work and go see it. It’s also worth it in 3D.

  12. So many movies, so little time! My all time favorite has to be Casablanca. Love, love that movie! More recently, I saw RED with Bruce Willis and I just loved the tone of the movie. Also with Bruce Willis, Unbreakable. Or anything by M. Night Syamalan. I have to be the only person who liked The Happening. Oh! Then there’s Stranger than Fiction with Will Ferrell, great movie. One to skip: The Expendables with Sylvester Stallone. Worst. Movie. Ever. I swear.

  13. Love Pride & Prejudice. My number one is Casablanca. I don’t think I have ever seen singing in the rain from start to finish. Just always catch pieces of it.

  14. Great post! I love so many movies that it’s hard to pick a favorite, but here are some that make the list:
    The Big Lebowski
    Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    Euro Trip
    Labyrinth (oh David Bowie, I love you)
    The Big Blue
    Pane e tulipani

  15. Omggg you are my type of friend! Singin’ in the Rain is one of my all-time favorites too. Really, anything with Gene Kelly. Have you seen For Me and My Gal with Gene and Judy Garland. AMAZING. Garden State of awesome, The Little Mermaid is awesome, Pride & Prejudice is awesome (though I prefer the Colin Firth one).

    • Great minds think alike, I’m telling you! :D

  16. I just saw The Artist too and thought the same thing re Singing in the Rain! It’s like a slightly darker version of it. I loved it. Crazy that a film with no spoken dialogue can hold your attention in this day and age. It was beautifully done!

  17. Singin In The Rain is my favorite movie of all time too! That movie never fails to cheer me up and boy, could Gene Kelly really light up a room with his smile. I’ve been known to burst out into a ‘make em laugh’ rendition every now and again, haha.

    Second and third favorite movies, respectively, are Breakfast at Tiffanys and The Big Lebowski.

  18. Way too many films for me to pick a #1 favorite.

    I will always watch a Jane Eyre classic. There are at least 2 versions. Did I spell that correctly? Ooops.

    Then, there’s the wonderful Thin Man oldies. Also, anything with Joan Crawford. She was a brilliant actress.

    What about Shirley Temple films? Any fans? Me! They all make me cry.

    The other day I watched happythankyoumoreplease. Great stuff! The film’s message was applaudable. No violence or anyone being murdered. About time.

    I could go on and on about films. Love em. Going to watch TCM in a bit.

  19. I saw The Artist over winter break and it was seriously such an amazing movie. I was basically crying for the whole second half. SO GOOD.

  20. LOL, I sing Part of your World in the shower all the time!

    I was majorly disappointed when there were no characters from the Little Mermaid lining the marathon trail at the Disney World Marathon earlier this month.

  21. I love movies! The #1 thing I enjoy to do is scoping out upcoming releases and looking forward to them :)

    It’s depressing when we go months without any amazing release. Award seasons always gets me hyped up (not to mention enthralled with what people are wearing).

    We’re slowly exposing my 11 y/o brother to “classics” that he has never seen before since he was too young. Great list for my consideration btw.

  22. So I’m that girl who’s never seen like any movies…i.e. most of those everyone listed lol

    My favorite movies are Almost Famous, Sweet Home Alabama, Fried Green Tomatoes, Walk The Line, 27 Dresses.

  23. I absolutely love Once, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise and Little Shop of Horrors!

    • Our high school did a production of Little Shop of Horrors and it was fantastic. Ive never seen a high school musical done so well. I mean, unless youre talking Glee or High School Musical. But Hollywood totally cheats.

  24. I think it’s probably Gladiator for me. Something about that film gets me every time. But The Negotiator and the The Fugitive are right up there honestly. It’s so hard to pick just one.

    • Ah, The Fugitive.

      I didnt kill my wife!!
      I dont care. (in that Tommy accent).

      So brilliant.

  25. So I’ve never seen Singin in the Rain and that clip really makes me want to!! They seriously do not make talent like that anymore…I wonder how many bruises he got from falling on the ground that much during rehearsals. And I really did laugh :)
    Little mermaid is my all time favorite Disney princess, and my long-time bf’s name is Eric which is amazing in my own little world, lol.

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