SEVENTY-EIGHT

THE TIME HAS come for us to talk about something really serious; movies.  As I explained in a previous post, I am a bit of a movie snob.  I've got strong opinions about good movies.  Actually, the Husband says I've got strong opinions about nearly everything.  He is probably right.

So here are a few that I really adore.  

1.  To Kill A Mockingbird
This movie breaks my, The-Book-Is-Always-Better rule.  Both the movie and the book are good.  They are different but good.  You cannot go wrong with Gregory Peck, and Mary Badham is the perfect Scout.  The scene when the finally figure out who Boo is -- man - that gets me EVERY SINGLE TIME!

2.  Meet Me in St. Louis
First of all, this is a musical.  You should know that right up front, and it is no modern take on a musical - it is old school where people bust out singing for no apparent reason.  I grew up watching it - usually in October.  I love so many scenes but when Margaret O'Brien shouts out, "I'm the most horrible!"  during the halloween scene -- man that is pretty adorable.  Of course, there is the gorgeous "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" which is the most melancholy of all th melancholy Christmas songs.  It is so bittersweet that it can make an eight year old long for their childhood Christmas.

3.  Star Wars
This is the very first movie I ever saw in a theater.  I remember that we had to stand in line outside the theater.  My father, who isn't a big movie-goer, kept saying, "I can't believe I'm standing in line for a movie!"  I loved the movie and wanted so badly to be Princess Leia.  I thought she was the coolest EVER, and may or may not have worn my hair in ridiculous side buns.

4.  Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Despite the fact that realizing that what Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Band Theory said is true -- Indiana Jones has no impact whatsoever on the outcome of the plot, I still love this movie.  My Han Solo crush extended to Indiana Jones, and the creepy face-melt scene was just scary enough to give you shivers, but not so terrifying as to give you bad dreams.

5.  Empire Strikes Back
This is acutally my favorite Star Wars and the one our family calls "The Kissing Star Wars" .  Like most girls my age, the I love you, I know scene is the end all be all.  For the record, I have always been a Han Solo girl and never liked Luke who seemed kind of whiny.  I mean while he was complaining and fussing, Princess Leia was knee-deep in battle.  Dude, get it together.  

6.  An Affair to Remember
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr -- I saw this movie on a rainy afternoon when I was 12.  My Mom came home to find me sniffling.  "What are you watching?"  She asked, concerned.  "This is the best movie I ever saw!"  I told her. She nodded in agreement when I told her the title.  I recently showed the movie to my eleven year old daughter who said, "This is a really good movie."  

7.  Everyone Says I Love You
I despise Woody Allen, but I saw this movie and really, really loved it.  It is also a musical which is rather unexpected.  I have deep resepct for you if you refuse to watch it on principal.  I can't really watch it with the same enthusiasum I did the first time I saw it.  Seeing Woody Allen makes me a little sick.

8.  Far Away, So Close
Wim Winders.  I love this movie SO MUCH!  It is subtitled and Gorbechev has a brief cameo.  It is such an amazing movie, and if you see it -- we have to talk.  It has so much going on and I would love to hear what you think.  There is also a partner movie, "Wings of Desire" but this one is my favorite.

9.  Arsenic and Old Lace
Cary Grant again, and this one's a little bit broad, but I grew up watching it.  Two sweet little Aunts who turn out to be serial killers.  It is an unexpected plot for a black and white film, and the two actresses who play Cary Grant's aunts are so adorable.  They are really great.

10.  A River Runs Through It
Brad Pitt, very young, but not too young.  All of the scenery is beautiful too, not just Brad.  It is a beautiful movie.  I love the book, too.  I always appreciate a well-written script. Some of the words in this movie are pretty amazing and profound.

So there you have it.  Some of my favorites.  What about you?  What is your favorite movie?

--Jen