Thursday, January 19, 2006

Movies I Love

Spurred on by Joe In Vegas, I now hang my lily-white-ass out in the breeze and expose myself for what I am: Someone with, at times, appalling taste in films. All my credibility will now fall and you can now gather in groups and laugh at what I will watch slack-jawed and unblinking, over and over again. Especially #s 19, 27-29 and 38-41.

But please laugh quietly, I hate it when people make noise during a film.

In absolutely no order except as they hit me, well, except for the first one:


  1. Pride and Prejudice (1995). The.Best.Thing.Ever.Sigh.
  2. The Lion in Winter
  3. Grosse Point Blank
  4. Every single thing done by Monty Python
  5. The extended versions of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
  6. The Hobbit. By Peter Jackson. (Nope, not done yet. Not written, as far as I know. Not cast. But he has publicly said, somewhere, that he's interested, by gum.)
  7. Bridget Jones's Diary
  8. Raising Arizona
  9. Sabrina (1954). Hepburn, Bogart, Holden. Bliss.
  10. Philadelphia Story
  11. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  12. Oklahoma
  13. Rear Window
  14. North By Northwest
  15. Casablanca
  16. Silence of the Lambs
  17. My Fair Lady
  18. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  19. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
  20. Arsenic and Old Lace
  21. Vertigo
  22. What the Bleep Do We Know?
  23. Harold and Maude
  24. Bend it Like Beckham
  25. Matchmaker
  26. Bubba Ho-Tep
  27. 4 Weddings and a Funeral
  28. Notting Hill
  29. Love Actually
  30. Hope and Glory
  31. Gosford Park
  32. The Commitments
  33. Say Anything
  34. Roger and Me
  35. Lilo and Stitch
  36. The Harry Potters
  37. Fame
  38. Pirates of the Caribbean
  39. Tremors
  40. Lake Placid
  41. Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness
  42. Excalibur
  43. The Big Easy
  44. Fargo
  45. Breakfast at Tiffany's
  46. Dangerous Liasons
  47. Singles
  48. While You Were Sleeping

Oh, god, that's enough, already. Aren't you sorry you asked, Joe?

{Edited to add-

Apparently not enough:

49. Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (thanks, Stace)

50. Impromptu (thanks Colleen)}

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, no Harry Potter? For next Christmas, just make mine any from your list. The older the better; black and white rule. We are loving the Alfred Hickock bundle from last time, it makes recuperation much easier.

The ole RF-er

Really, Pete Jackson is going to do The Hobbit? Way cool!!!

2:35 PM  
Blogger brooksba said...

I love it! I have to agree, whole-heartedly with #'s 3, 15, 16, 24, 27, 29, and 44. Awesome movies!

5:08 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Dad- Um. #36. I knew you never listened to me...

Glad the Hitchcocks are helping. Glad your leg is recouping. Glad you have not been in the hospital in over 2 weeks, now.

So very glad.

Beth- You said it, baby!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Rozanne said...

I don't think there's anything really that appalling/embarrassing on that list. I'd happily watch most of those movies with you (except LOTR).

I can't believe you've seen Bubba Ho-tep! B and I went to see that when it first came out and Bruce Campbell was personally carrying it around with him in a briefcase to each theater. It was being shown at the Hollywood and the line stretched all the way down and around to that A-Boy place.* I've never seen a line like that at the Hollywood before or since.

Glad to see a comment from the ole RFer. I've been wondering how he's doing.

*I'm assuming you can conjure up a mental picure of the Hollywood and environs.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Kate W. said...

What?! No 9 1/2 weeks?? heeheehee
I have this horrible problem of NEVER remembering movies I have seen or books I have read. It is really kind of embarrassing. John is always having to remind me- "You know, we saw that with so and so..."
SO happy RF-er is back! His witty comments were missed!

9:56 PM  
Blogger moegirl said...

I love your list. Your list and my list would be quite similar. If you haven't seen "Mr. Blanding's Builds His Dream House" with Cary Grant, you should, it might end up on your list.

Glad your Dad is back typing!

10:00 PM  
Blogger listmaker said...

Great list! #1 is definitely #1 on my list, too. It seems as if Bend It Like Beckham and Love Actually are always on when I decide to iron, so I've seen them both a zillion times. (And I love 7 Brides for 7 Brothers when I was a kid.)

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

You seem to be a Hugh Grant fan. Ever see "About a Boy"? Good flick--not your typical role for Mr. Grant. I like him a lot, but many of his roles are similar (frazzled, funny guy, embarrassing situations, etc.), but at the same time, many good movies(4 Weddings is awesome!). The ole RF-er seems to have a fan club--maybe he needs his own blog? Welcome back, Father O' Piffle!

1:57 AM  
Blogger Babs said...

There's nothing to be ashamed about in #'s 19, 27-29 and 38-41!!

And it's SO nice to see I'm not the only one who loved 'While You Were Sleeping'

As for Philadelphia Story, it is one of my ABSO-FRIGGIN-LUTE favorites. Most on your list match my own.

(Though I've yet to see the infamous Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice)

However I must admit that I'm a bit troubled that I see not one Mel Brooks film on this list.

I pray this was a simple matter of forgetfulness.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Rozanne- How could you not love Bubba Ho-Tep? Old Elvis, in a nursing home, with a cancer on his penis, teams up with old wheelchair-bound JFK, to battle the soul-sucking mummy who is killing the other residents, who look like they die in their sleep. This is truly one of the most original, brilliant movies ever. Nobody should die without seeing it and the "making of" extra on the DVD.

(Yup, can see the Hollywood, at least as it was 5 years ago...)

Kate- Actually, never seen 9+1/2 weeks. Heard about it, though... I'm that way with movies, books, etc. Works well with books as I have a large collection of mysteries and can read them over and over. Bliss!

RF is very happy to be back, I assure you, although the old coot is off for a bit of Hawaii shortly. Poor, poor man.

Stace- Mr Blandings absolutely rocks and must be added to the list. Told you I'd forget some vital films.

Listmaker- (together) Sigh...

Charles taunts me mercilessly for 7 Bs for 7 Bs, especially that line the brothers are singing in the snow that goes something like "A man can't sleep, who sleeps with sheep."

Colleen- You know, I am a Hugh Grant movie fan, but not necessarily a Hugh Grant fan. I think it's because of that playing the same character all the time. His first movie, "Impromptu" also belongs on the list. I think it's his best acting that I've seen, done before he was a star. The movie is a period piece about the real-life wooing of the scandalous novelist, George Sand (females had to take male names at that time as women should not do things like write books) and the composer Chopin.

Babs- Ah, you make me feel better. Loving chick-flicks is so uncool and we all know what a hip, cool middle aged mid-westerner I am.

(cough, cough)

Now, toots, WTF do you mean you've never seen the Firth version of P+P???????? I am completely shocked and command thee to get thee to the library or vid shop or whatever it takes and see that whole thing before the sun sets. Here I had you recouping from the tooth business with this playing over and over. Well no wonder you have had such woe. I strip you of any pretense of "Firth fandom" and hold this up as evidence of being unworthy of being the next Mrs F. (Gee, was that strong enough?) You will be fully redeemed as soon as you have completed the 25th viewing.

Now is the point in our relationship that I hold up my placard showing my love of things Monty and mumble that I just don't enjoy Brooks.

Don't hate me.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

methinks it's a pretty good list. Especially no. 11, which my husband subjected me to over lots of objects and which I then loved.

Oh, and lets not forget all things Monty...

11:49 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

So.... are you planning on seeing Brokeback Mountain?

My hubby thinks it's a chickflick and doesn't want to go.

Karen

1:11 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

I really ought to read what I type before I hit publish. I'm in typo-ville today.

That's "objections" not "objects" in my last comment there... sheesh!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Babs said...

B...b...but I've not been able to find it in the library. I've looked!! REALLY!!

Nor have I been able to find 'Fever Pitch' (and I mean the Firth version, not that tacky Jimmy Fallon/Drew Barrymore knock-off) but alas, it's not in the library.

Now you know I'm THRILLED that you love Monty Python (as I do myself), but seriously, you didn't even like Blazing Saddles??

Wahhhhhhhhhh!!

4:46 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

I am sick and cannot make witty comments today but must tell you that I adore you.

I never saw Mr. Blandings but I do love The Money Pit. And I want to see/own Bubba Ho-Tep. Keem loves the Army of Darkness movies but scary movies scare me (see! See what I mean about witty comments? Argh).

Must go guzzle some more juice.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Teri- I think the movie probably does not make much sense if you aren't much into Hamlet. (Which doesn't pertain to you, mon twin.) I inflicted it on my step-mom, who was polite and watched it, poor her. It does get better and better with subsequent viewings as you get more and more of the jokes. I love the Question Game. I love that the ambiguity of who is which is maintained. I love Roth and Oldman. I love your C for inflicting it on you.

(Your comment works well with "objects", too)

Karen- Ach! Definitely seeing it, as soon as it hits the DVD stage. Haven't seen a movie in a theater since sometime around the turn of the millennium.

Babs- *GASP* (reels back and clutches chest)

What kind of a city do you live in, I ask you! OK, all of the above rant taken back, you poor, poor deprived thing! Not even on inter-library loan? This is a travesty! (Fever Pitch is also quite good.) Get me Bloomberg on the phone! STAT!

I just checked. $19.95 for the DVD on Amazon. Would make a nice Arbor Day gift for someone to get you. Start passing around hints.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Dana- Mr Blandings is Cary Grant at his finest, makes recouping with juice better. Please tell me that you will see Bubba Ho-Tep before the month is out. Please...Although if you hate it, don't tell me. I don't think I could stand it. Army of Darkness is not terribly scary, but the first 2 in the series are, at least for me. All are campy.

OH! And read Bruce Campbell's book "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor" It was marvelous. You, too Rozanne!

5:27 PM  
Blogger Babs said...

Ha!! I finally found the Colin Firth P & P at one of the libraries!! And it's being sent to MY library!!

I am, however, on a 3 month waiting list.

Phooey I say.

8:39 AM  

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