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Friday, October 26, 2007

What's your favorite movie of ALL time?

I love asking people this question...

So I'll start - the rest of you chime in and share your favorite movie and why.

Mine is The English Patient. Putting aside my emotional reasons for loving this movie, the acting, cinematography, setting, storyline, music - this movie is the complete package for me. My heart aches watching it; I cry everytime. I play the soundtrack on my ipod when I need to really think or just indulge my melancholy side. I love love love this movie.

But...the real reason I love it? I was visiting NYC (a full year before I moved there) with a school group in March of '97. I had been dating my now husband for about 6 months. Me and some friends went to see English Patient in Times Square. I knew nothing about the story, just heard all of the Oscar buzz. For the next 2 hours I was swept away in this epic love story with a heartbreaking ending and realized, sitting there in the dark theater, that I was in love with my boyfriend. Like, really really in love with him. And I needed to tell him (because I felt if I didn't I was going to perish in the desert somewhere or in a plane crash or fall off a cliff - this movie does introduce some major fatalistic themes). I remember sobbing as I walked through Times Square after the movie and a few days later when I got home pouring my heart out to my now husband and telling him that I loved him. Poor guy, I dragged him to the next showing of The English Patient I could find. And if you ask him, he'll tell you it's one of his favorite movies too.

So this movie...well, I love this movie.

But up until English Patient my favorite movie was The Sound of Music. Can't get much more opposite than that, folks!

So what is your favorite movie? Or if favorite movie of all time is too intimidating, what is ONE of your faves? Spill it...


  • this is not a deep or thought-provoking movie, but i can watch it over and over again because of all of the classic lines in it. i just love it. what movie is it? THE ITALIAN JOB.
    posted by Blogger merathon at 10/26/2007 06:23:00 AM  

  • One of my favorites is Strictly Ballroom. I try not to watch it too often (so I don't grow tired of it) but every time I watch it I can't believe how much I love it and I just want to live my life to the fullest and bestest and most beautifullest! It's funny and moving, simple and complex at the same time. "A life lived in fear is a life half lived!!"

    Also, my other favorite would have to be "It's a Wonderful Life." I just love it.

    What I love about these movies is they are simple stories about simple people.
    posted by Blogger miggy at 10/26/2007 07:39:00 AM  

  • I love your English Patient Story. Very cool.

    There aren't very many movies I like to watch more than once. Even if I really like them, I don't really every have the urge to watch it again.

    Except for Tommy Boy (for the one liners), Madagascar (by far the best animated movie ever made with the best lines and fun NYC connection) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (a childhood connection I guess). Not too deep. Just entertaining. That's what I love movies for.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 10/26/2007 07:42:00 AM  

  • I have two favs. The first and overall pick is Enchanted April. Not many people know this movie but it is magical and romantic (but overly)and beautiful and set in Italy.
    My second fav is So I Married an Axe Murderer. Half our family jokes originate with this movie.(Head! Move! Now!) Mike Meyers at his best before he got all nasty with Austin Powers.
    posted by Anonymous jendoop at 10/26/2007 07:51:00 AM  

  • I guess I'm just not as fluffy as those who answered so far. :-) My favorite movie really has to be The Matrix Trilogy (okay, so that's technically three movies). I love the densely-packed symbolism, the reexamination of reality, and the ultimate message of the story. It was actually one of those "life altering" films, for me. Another favorite would be "Brokeback Mountain," but it's never had the same effect on me that it did the first time I saw it.
    posted by Blogger Nick Literski at 10/26/2007 08:13:00 AM  

  • Amadeus. I cry everytime, and it's what introduced me, and a young teen without a family that appreciated classical music, to the excellence that is WAM.

    After that, I'd have to go for the Godfather movies. Then for my chick flick, "You've Got Mail"- I don't know why, but I'm like a moth to a freakin flame with that movie- the whole bookstore thing, Tom Hanks, Meg's appartment (oh love!) her wardrobe, the romance, I just love the whole thing.
    posted by Blogger tracy m at 10/26/2007 08:29:00 AM  

  • Oh Tracy M, Amadeus is one of my favorite movies too! I can't even tell you how many times I watched it as a teenager. I still love listening to the soundtrack.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 10/26/2007 08:41:00 AM  

  • Childhood faves:
    What About Bob?
    Funny Girl

    My new faves:
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy (which you, chloe introduced me to the first one....I am still a wimp when I watch them)

    My opp: Fave Christmas movie should be a whole diff. category.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 10/26/2007 09:14:00 AM  

  • Tracy and Carrie, I totally forgot about Amadeus - I need to watch that again...

    Kage, I agree - Christmas movies should be a separate category. I really love love love Elf. Ahhh, Christmas is coming...

    And Funny Girl was a girlhood fave as well...
    posted by Blogger Chloe at 10/26/2007 09:48:00 AM  

  • Oh this is a fun post! I have several!

    Overall, The Princess Bride- I never get sick of that movie! Funny one liners, romance, good-looking lead romance characters(a must for me), and light.

    For serious movies, The movie version of Les Miserables with Claire Danes. It touches my heart so much.

    I like Dance With Me with Vanessa Williams A LOT. There is a dance scene in the rain that Cheyenne does that remimds me of a classic old movie scene. I love all the dancing though!

    For funny movies, I love Best In Show. SOOOO freakin hilarious!!I just die it is so funny!

    Christmas movies- White Christmas, for the beautiful scenes, people, costuming, and unforgettable music.
    posted by Blogger Rachel H at 10/26/2007 10:55:00 AM  

  • My favorite seems to change every couple of years. Currently, it's My Neighbor Totoro. It's so cute, it always makes me giggle, so it's what I watch when I am very sick (even though I usually fall asleep during it).
    posted by Blogger kadusey at 10/26/2007 12:00:00 PM  

  • I never grow tired of Shrek, it has so many layers, like an onion ;)
    posted by Blogger Monique at 10/26/2007 01:11:00 PM  

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    posted by Blogger Sexy Housewife at 10/26/2007 05:33:00 PM  

  • "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" I don't know why. I just love it. I laugh hysterically every time.
    posted by Blogger Sexy Housewife at 10/26/2007 05:40:00 PM  

  • The Indiana Jones movies--Harrison Ford at his finest!

    So I Married An Ax Murderer for the one-liners.

    White Christmas for everything (I'm only allowed to watch it in July and December).

    The American President--I love how it ties humor and romance in with simple politics and reminds you that there are always two-sides to every issue.

    That's just a few.
    posted by Blogger colds1 at 10/26/2007 08:21:00 PM  

  • Rachel H, LOVE Best in Show - thanks for reminding me.

    And Colds1, totally agree about the Indiana Jones flicks.

    We saw Wes Andersons new pic tonight, The Darjeering Limited - I love his work and this film was fantastic.
    posted by Blogger Chloe at 10/26/2007 10:04:00 PM  

  • eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

    it's about love and memories. so beautiful! & so overlooked.
    posted by Anonymous tina at 10/27/2007 07:14:00 AM  

  • oooh, & forgot about...

    50 first dates

    i always cry. i know, adam sandler, but just give it a chance. if you can get past the silliness (which i actually enjoy) a beautiful love story.
    posted by Anonymous tina at 10/27/2007 07:16:00 AM  

  • Sweet Home Alabama, simply because I can totally relate to the Reese Witherspoon character, and well, because the actor who plays Jake is gorgeous.
    posted by Anonymous married to a cowboy at 10/27/2007 10:41:00 AM  

  • Girly: Pride and Prejudice...the A&E version. Action: the Bourne movies. Serious: Les Miserables. Documentary: Baraka.
    posted by Blogger A. at 10/27/2007 12:52:00 PM  

  • I love anything by Wes Anderson, especially his early stuff. Though truthfully the first time around they seem really dumb to me. After waiting a few days, though, the stories really grow on me and I become a total addict.

    Orange County: so many great actors, such great one-liners, Jack Black in his undies. Can you go wrong?

    Big Daddy: greatest court-room scene of all time.

    When Harry Met Sally: could one movie explain my friendship/relationship with my dh better?

    Crash: one of the only movies I've ever finished only to re-watch it immediately.

    Meet me in St. Louis: my vote for the best Christmas movie, (at least Christmas scene), of ALL time.

    The Sound of Music: come on. Captain V.T. in a uniform. My ultimate fantasy.

    Clue: The best actors of all-time congregated in one place with an excellent script. The entertainment world is definitely lacking something without Madeline Kahn.

    And that's just a few. I looooove movies and could go on and on.
    posted by Anonymous Tally Girl at 10/27/2007 12:57:00 PM  

  • We love movies in our house, so I have favorites for different occasions:
    Comedy- Strictly Ballroom (love Baz Luhrman) and That Thing You'll Do with Tom Hanks

    Just for the spectacle of it- Moulin Rouge, I still haven't seen anything else like it.

    Action- anything by Jackie Chan-particularly his Hong Kong made movies, although Shanghi Noon always makes me laugh. I also have a soft spot for Indiana Jones.

    Drama- BBC Pride and Prejudice- I know it has a happy ending, but there is lots of drama on the way.
    I also loved Stranger Than Fiction with Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson- that one got me thinking...

    Musical- OOOH, hard one for me, but I'd have to say Funny Face. It combines two of my favorites- Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire

    Mystery/Suspense- not my favorite genre, but I love, love, love Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

    Animation- I still love Beauty and Beast-it's visually stunning. Computer animation- Finding Nemo will always catch my attention if my kids are watching it.

    I could go on and on...you shouldn't have started this Chloe!
    posted by Blogger normal mom at 10/27/2007 01:41:00 PM  

  • Oh YES, how could I have forgotten about the BBC Pride and Prejudice. I have a MAJOR thing for Colin Firth in that movie; Whoa baby.

    Also love Empire of the Sun and The Piano
    posted by Blogger Chloe at 10/27/2007 04:14:00 PM  

  • All the Jane Austen movies (P&P, S&S, Emma). No way can I pick just one.

    I'm such a girl.
    posted by Blogger Sue at 10/27/2007 06:30:00 PM  

  • The Life Aquatic. I think I'm going to have to add Darjeeling Limited. But really, his films I think are the best ever made. Definitely the best writing. And Life Aquatic is his best.

    I love his recurring theme of coming to terms with your family.
    posted by Anonymous Veritas at 10/28/2007 02:02:00 PM  

  • "Grave of the Fireflies" - two young orphaned children trying to survive the firebombing of their city during WWII in Japan. I can not watch this moving film without breaking down and sobbing. Best anti-war movie ever made. Did I mention it is an animated movie? yes a cartoon.
    posted by Blogger Me and Julio down by the school yard at 10/28/2007 02:38:00 PM  

  • Me and Julio, I cannot believe that you brought up this AMAZING movie. We own it and I can't bring myself to watch it again because I was bawling last time. What a beautiful movie, right?
    posted by Blogger Chloe at 10/28/2007 03:16:00 PM  

  • okay, i could also go on and on....i love, love, LOVE movies...but i'm a real sucker for good foreign films...some of my favs:
    Amelie (watch on any day that i'm sad), The Lives of Others, Life is beautiful, Cinema Paradiso, Central Station, Volver (all you ladies should see this!), Como agua para chocolate.

    Some non-foreign favs:
    Chariots of Fire, Room with a View, Amadeus(watched this daily for a yr. when i decided to become a singer - uh, freak!), Finding Neverland, Love Actually, American Beauty, Dead Again, Shawshank Redemption, Moonstruck, Crash, Gone with the Wind, Big Night.
    Anything Ingrid Bergman, Vivian Leigh or Audrey Hepburn... I LOVE old movies!
    i could go on and on....

    thanks, chloe!
    posted by Blogger saxeliz at 10/30/2007 06:06:00 PM  

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