From time to time, think of lists of my favorite thing. Food, animals, activities and to day it is Movies. While I only have one of Gio’s discussions of his first favorite film, I will try to get more.
For me it was actually very difficult to actually place each favorite in a list by preference. Fortunately, I made it.
#5 Deuce Bigalow – Now, to many, this movie is annoying or at least overly silly. I can accept hat many nearly detest this bit of Hollywood. For Me though, I adore this movie. I suppose its the underdog story coupled with message that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and caring, regardless of appearance or disability. In addition it shows us that there can be friendship rewards of friendship for doing just that. I saw this movie 17 times in the theater. 12 of those times were over the summer every Friday with a different coworker endeavoring to share my love for this gem. Before you freak all but one viewing were at the Cheapy Theater. I say the movie so often that the staff stopped asking which movie for my ticket and they once pointed out that there were other movies available.
#4 Avatar – Now this one caught me off guard. I thought it was that kung fu kids TV show come movie. Instead I got this astounding collection of visual fact, fast paced plot, and spectacular characters. I first saw this on my computer so the effects were often stunted but I still loved it. I watched it 6 times in the first to weeks. When I finally saw it in the theater, it was in3D. WOW! My only complaint was that I wish I could watch 3D withut the glasses.
#3 Lord Of The Rings – This trilogy (and yes I am counting this as a single movie as the story is a single story.) is a favorite for much the same reasons that I like Avatar, The story though, is a piece of my own reading history as a “tween.” One of my original forays into Fantasy, and one of my favorites. I think the casting was phenomenal and the director and writers did an excellent job of following the original story. This one easily makes my tip five. I have more than once pulled a dvd viewing marathon in one day and have more often watched one a day for 3 days.
#2 Radio – I am not truly sure what one thing about this movie makes it hold so tight to the #2 spot. Cuba Gooding Jr. makes a showing that should have won him 12 Oscars himself (not sure how that would work). I know the that the movie is so deep and sweet but I also found it to be fun at times and tragic am others. Being based on a true story, it made me want to meet the real Radio.
#1 Book of Mormon Movie – This one transcends merely being my favorite. Being the first of a series of 10 that may never occur due to budget issues, this movie was also spectacular especially given a that it is a “church” movie. I don’t care if you are LDS or not, I think you should see this movie. It is much from the same ilk as Charleton Heston, only if is far more accurate. This also made Nephi to be my favorite scriptural characters. My only regret is that there May be no more.
Honorable Mentions(In no particular order)
Darby O’Gill and the Little People – I know this one is an old one but when I first saw it as a child the magic within enchanted me. It still does too. My on children love to watch it with me. It is entertaining, very funny, and most importantly stars Sean Connery at his most Handsome along with Janet Munroe looking positively lovely. The Irish setting and Leprechauns serve to add an additional level of interest.
The Scarlet Pimpernel – A second movie from my child, this offing is set as an adventurer film during the French revolution. The main character, THe Scarlet Pimpernel a dashing Hero is a very super hero-esqure character with his very sill, prissy, foppy alter ego Percy. A very fun and entertaining offering indeed.
The Quiet Man – Another fine Irish movie from years far past. It is also a fun movie that serves as one of my childhood favorites that has held true to today. Again, my little guys love to watch it with me to this very day. My only and biggest question about this movie is why haven’t the feminazis tried to have it banned yet. I mean, as in many John Wayne movies he turns his new wife over his knee and gives her a right good spanking for her impudence. In another Scene and elder woman offers him a stick with witch to beat his wife (Maureen O’hara). I can only say that I am glad I already have my own own copy before one of them takes a notion to go after this gem.
A side note: the original Star Wars trilogy(episode 4,5, and 6) would have made the top five list were it not for the existance of the more recent trilogy (episodes 1,2, and 3). I detest those three with a passion and see them as a blight on the original series.
Now I am certain that there are many more that could make the honorable menttion list but these are the ones I thought of and found worth writing about. A couple of others would be anything from the 1950’s Japanese Godzilla movies (note a trend in older movies), Tron (the original), Conan (the original with Arnold), Jumpers, The Full Monty, Army of Darkness, Land of the lost.