Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Movie Dirty Dozen

My blogging buddy Alex challenged us to post about the twelve movies we can't live without. I don't understand why he refers to the challenge as the "Dirty Dozen" but I've really enjoyed this challenge just the same. So without further interruptions, here's my movie dirty dozen in no particular order....
1. Gone With The Wind 

What Southern girl doesn't love GWTW! It's full of action, romance and drama. When I was younger I wanted to be Scarlett. She's so beautiful and she had such a way with men. However, I definitely prefer Melanie to Scarlett. Melanie is so loving, caring and peaceful. She sees the good in everyone. I strive to be like Melanie but I have yet to attain that much goodness. My favorite quote from the movie is, "I'll think about that tomorrow." 

2. Harry Potter Movies
I love the Harry Potter books so its only natural that I like the movies as well. If I had to choose only one of the Harry Potter movies I would choose Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire. This movie starts to take the Potter movies to a darker more sinister tone. I love the dragon fighting sequence. Also, the movie yet again underlines the importance of comradeship and friendship. 
3. Anne of Green Gables Trilogy

Ladies if you have never seen these movies or read the books you must! They will transport you back in time to a simpler age where a young orphan girl struggles to find herself and the adventures she has along the way. Of the three movies, Anne of Green Gables the sequel is my favorite. There she struggles with choosing a life that others expect her to live or creating a life all her own. You will laugh, you will cry but ultimately these movies will warm your heart.

4. Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Okay this is one of the few movies (if any) that I actually like the movies better than the book. Don't stone me Tolkien fans please! My favorite episode is Return of the King. It's the ultimate showdown of good versus evil and it doesn't disappoint. You will be hanging on to the edge of your seat until the very end. I recommend the extended version of the trilogy otherwise you will miss some wonderful scenes.

5. Singin' in the Rain

This is the finest movie musical of all time in my opinion. It's filled with drama, comedy, and romance. You can't help but smile, laugh and sing when you watch this movie.  My favorite song is "Good Morning," sung by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Conner, and Debbie Reynolds. The movie is a guaranteed pick me up.

6.Star Wars Trilogy

This is the movie that started it all. This movie showed me that my imagination could take me anywhere I wanted to go. I remember watching this movie with my big sister when I was about 8 years old. I never knew that anyone could imagine such a fantastic place. Luke Skywalker was the first boy I ever had a crush on. My older siblings still tease me about it. Return of the Jedi is my favorite. Good triumphs over evil.

7. The Wizard Of Oz

What can I say about this movie. It's a timeless classic. What's not to love. Okay there is one part of the movie that gets on my nerves. It's where the Lion sings "If I were King of the Forest." The way he sings it is just awful. Thank goodness for the fast forward button. I love this movie and all the characters in it. Well all long to escape sometimes and the Wizard of Oz can help us do just that. The Wicked Witch is my favorite character hands down. I know crazy huh? 
8. Up

This movie stole my heart the first time I saw it. I love dogs and there are tons of dogs in this movie. I especially love Doug. He's so cute and lovable. I also can identify with the main character Carl Friedrickson and his loneliness and need for a new adventure. I love the moral of the story-when one adventure is done start another one and look up in life! :)

9. The Women

This is without a doubt the funniest chick flick I have ever seen! A movie about women starring only women. The 2008 version is so much better than the 1939 original. This movie is an accurate portrait of how women act with their girlfriends. At the heart of the hectic story is Mary’s discovery that her husband is having an affair with Crystal,  a gold-digging vixen who works at the perfume counter at Saks Fifth Avenue and how her girlfriends react. 

10. His Gal Friday

This is a hilarious war between the sexes comedy starting Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
A newspaper editor played by Cary Grant meets his ex-wife/ex-star reporter's fiancee the day before they are set to be married. She says she will be happy to live a life where she will be treated like a real woman, not a newsman. Grant spends the rest of the movie, trying to lure Hildy back into the life they shared. A fast paced comedy, this movie will keep you laughing. 
11. The King and I

The King and I is based on the book -Anna and the King of Siam, the story has been filmed at least three times. This time is the best of all with a great mixture of drama, romance and music.My favorite "serious" musical.

12. North By NorthWest

The epitome of a Alfred Hitchcock movie. It's a tale of mistaken identity and the cross country mishaps that follow. This movie is often refereed to as "the first James Bond movie." It's non stop action will keep you on the edge of your seat. 
I hope you've enjoyed my movie dirty dozen. What are some of your favorite movies? 

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At June 20, 2010 at 11:59 PM , Blogger Trudy said...

I love your list Carol! I am working on mine right now as a matter of fact and you will find we have one in common! I see we share a love for classic films as well. Anne of Green Gables is an absolute favorite of mine, just love it!

God bless you dear!

At June 21, 2010 at 1:23 AM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

Loved your list, you had a few I was going to have like Cary Grant and the King and I, also The Wizard Of Oz but I knew many people would have those,
Cary Grant was born at Bristol UK
The city I was brought up, There is a plaque on the wall of the house he was born.

Have a good day.

At June 21, 2010 at 5:42 AM , Blogger Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good choices, Carol! I think LOTR is on many lists today.
And the Dirty Dozen refers to the movie of the same name. That title came to me and just stuck!

At June 21, 2010 at 9:16 AM , Blogger arlee bird said...

You have some really great picks here. I really wanted to put GWTW on my list but the others won out regarding influence in my movie viewing. Also Singing In The Rain and The King and I are two big favorites for me. Can you believe I still haven't seen any Harry Potter movies?

Tossing It Out

At June 21, 2010 at 10:11 AM , Blogger Southpaw said...

I haven't seen The Women. I'll have to check it out.

At June 21, 2010 at 2:10 PM , Blogger Gregg said...

What an incredible list. You chose well. Now I have never seen any of the Harry Potter movies.

At June 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM , Blogger Watery Tart said...

I actually love the Harry Potter ones too (you have several I listed, but this is a set I actually didn't LIST but do love)--I am much MORE a book fan, but it is hard to watch these brilliant actors performing my favorite books in existence and not mostly love them (even when they leave out big parts). VERY glad you've got a Hitchcock! Every list needs one!

At June 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Diana said...

Great list. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers.

At June 21, 2010 at 7:02 PM , Blogger Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Ooh, Carol! "North By Northwest" - one of Hitchcock's very best! Excellent choice!

~ "Lonesome Dogg" McD-Fens

At June 22, 2010 at 2:23 AM , Blogger Rayna M. Iyer said...

Your list reminds me why making such lists are so difficult- you end up having to leave so many movies you really like.
If I had to list 20 movies, we woudl have ended up sharing more movies!

At June 22, 2010 at 3:30 AM , Blogger The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Interesting choices. What made you choose 'Women' amongst all these classics?

At June 22, 2010 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Just Add Walter said...

Anne of Green Gables!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

At June 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM , Blogger Nf1andprek-whisper said...

i like your list... I can't say about UP it was so sad and depressing at some points... but the idea and the colors was a good thing.

At June 22, 2010 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Inside Out said...

A great list, some classics here! We love North By Northwest too, but I love most Hitchcock. I've got none on my top 12 but some make honourable mention today, though I haven't posted it yet...


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