I just found this list in my drafts and I’m lazy and it’s Friday so here, take it.
1. Godfather Parts I and II. I think I read a blog on here whose author said she had never seen The Godfather and was never going to see it. She said it was too violent. Wha???? Well yes it’s violent but it’s good old fashioned mob violence. Who doesn’t want Vito and Sonny and the gang to win? How can you not appreciate the idea of New York City back in the bad old days, before Bloomberg was monitoring how much soda you drink? Sure I have to close my eyes when Sonny is biting Carlos’ hand trying to get him to release his grip on the railing but screw Carlos, he just beat the shit out of Connie! God, don’t piss off Sonny! My parents loved the end of The Godfather when everyone is getting killed interspersed with shots of the baptism of Connie’s baby. Take that Moe Green! And there’s something for you Philip Tataglia!
Sometimes USA Network combines The Godfather and The Godfather II into chronological order and when that’s on, I’m done for the next six hours. And I own the DVDs.
2. Parent Trap The Original with Hayley Mills (also love That Darn Cat with Hayley Mills.) These are definite comfort movies for me. Simpler times, lovely rich people with servants, I love the early 60s clothes and furnishings. In That Darn Cat, Hayley lives in a small town and is out and about investigating the lost cat and the found watch and the kidnapping. Very exciting. I wrote about this movie in a journal way back when. I longed to go to camp for the summer but then when I actually went away for a week before 3rd grade, I cried all week. Loser.
3. Philadelphia Story. Again lovely rich people, beautiful clothes and home. Charming men who wear hats and drink cocktails. The scene where Mike (Jimmy Stewart) shows up at C.K. Dexter Haven’s (Cary Grant) house drunk and they chat is one of the best drunk scenes ever. Jimmy Stewart is genius.
4. The Sound of Music. This movie is a given for chicks. I have also been to the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. And they had a beautiful home in the Austrian countryside and servants. Are we seeing a theme here? And my favorite song is “I Have Confidence”.
5. Fletch. Fletch is a beauty. Fletch is full of some of the best movie quotes ever. Chevy Chase is at his best in Fletch, before he became so bitterly crazy. The joy of Fletch is just finding it on, not popping in the dvd but a happy accident. Ack! Fletch is on! Nothing of a sexual nature, I assure you.
6. Gone with the Wind. Love this movie and I’ve seen it on the big screen twice, the last time with my mom. I’m glad we got to do that together since we both adore the movie and have seen it countless times. More wealth and pretty clothes and servants. I used to get hysterical at the end when Melanie dies (if you don’t know that by now, that’s not my problem). And because I was raised in such an emotionally-open atmosphere, my dad would come down the hall and snap at me “If you can’t handle watching the movie, turn it off and go to bed.” Ahhhh, warm and fuzzy.
7. You’ve Got Mail. Lovely New York’s Upper West Side, which I love in real life. I also love the apartments in this movie. Sure Tom Hanks (F-O-X) is wealthy so of course he has a beautiful place but Meg Ryan has the little bookstore and her apartment is beautiful, with a big full size bedroom and a fairly realistic kitchen, huge windows….ahh to be single and not rich in NYC in the movies.
8. Rear Window or To Catch a Thief – I love Hitchcock movies except for Psycho and The Birds. The sets are so intriguing. Rear Window is claustrophobic. I first saw this on the big screen and even then the crowded dark apartment and the view of the other buildings felt tight and threatening. The beauty of Monte Carlo in To Catch a Thief is captivating. And as you may have guessed I have a thing for Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. She was so beautiful and kind of a slut so that’s cool.
9. To Kill a Mockingbird — I didn’t read this book until I was in my 20s. I have no idea why not. I was never assigned it in high school or college. TKAM is arguably the great American novel. The movie is perfect. Watch it, if you haven’t. Watch it again, if you have.
10. Tombstone — I’m coming and hell’s comin’ with me! There are times in my life that I should have had that as my rallying cry. There are still times I should have that as my rallying cry. And Val Kilmer before he went all Marlon Brando (at the end Marlon Brando, not in On the Waterfront)…. Hottay! Val Kilmer is the only man I know who could make TB look good. I. Am. Your. Huckleberry.
It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Vacation, Caddyshack, L.A. Confidential, The Odd Couple, The Grass is Greener, Saving Private Ryan, The Longest Day, Something’s Gotta Give, Baby Boom, On Golden Pond
I adore movies, any that I have missed?