I participated and rattled off my #Fav7Films, published the tweet, then thought "wait, but, what about........" and felt I needed to list seven more. So, I did. Really, do I need to follow any "rules" when it comes to twitter hashtags? No. So, I rattled off seven more.
I started thinking about these movies and this exercise. What I liked about it is that I didn't put much thought into it. I spilled out fourteen movies that I think of as my "favorites", and in that quick, fun tweet(s), I think I came up with a pretty solid list (for me). So, I thought I'd share them with you.
Plus, it's a good time to talk about movies because jenn's "fall film challenge" begins next week.
Love Actually - It makes me laugh, and it makes me cry. It makes me enjoy a different storyline or actor or character almost every time I watch it. I always end with a full heart after watching it, and there's not much better a feeling than a full heart.
The Outsiders - The only piece of poetry that I can recite from memory is the Robert Frost poem that Pony Boy recites in this movie. My heart loves this movie so much. Patrick Swayze is so wonderful in so many films, but his supporting role in this one is my fave. And, I love Cherry Valance (Diane Lane). And, Matt Dillon as Dallas Winston. And, Soda Pop and Two Bit. And, of course, Johnny and Pony Boy. Oh, and did I mention Tom Cruise is in it (before an agent got a hold of him and made him fix his teeth)?
Urban Cowboy - Stereotypes exist for a reason, because sometimes there is some truth to them. I have a friend in Texas. Her parents met at Gilley's. Her father was a bullrider in his 20s. Her mother was an underage teen that snuck into the bar. They married after knowing each other for only 2 weeks. They are still together with two children and three grandchildren. This movie is a slice of Texas life and culture that I cherish. No, the domestic violence and adultery aren't pretty, but they are real.
|Notice John Travolta's white boots with brown tips on the toes. Yep, I had some.|
Grease 2 - Stephanie Zinone is so much cooler than Sandy. I wanted to be Stephanie Zinone. In the first Grease, Sandy had to change to snag her guy finally. In Grease 2, a guy had to change to get a girl. I like that. Plus, I like the songs better. And, Maxwell Caulfield is dreamier than John Travolta.
Almost Famous - For someone like myself who feels like some music really speaks to them...or that some of their favorite musicians are "friends", this movie is wonderful and poignant.
Good Will Hunting - Another movie that makes me laugh and makes me cry and is filled with life lessons. Robin Williams at his finest. And, hey, that Matt Damon guy and Ben Affleck dude are pretty good too.
The Fox and the Hound - I've mentioned before that this is my all-time favorite Disney movie. My love of animals and the story of friendship makes me continue to love it, even as an adult.
Moulin Rouge - The music. The colors. The costumes. The story. Satine & Christian. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. I love all of this movie.
Sleepers - This story stuck with me. The cast and performances are fantastic. The question of right and wrong...who are the "bad" guys and who are the "good" ones in this particular story is one that is thought-provoking.
A Time to Kill - This movie punches me in the gut every time I see it. Who won Oscars and Golden Globes that year? I don't know. What I do know is Samuel L. Jackson should have.
Pretty in Pink - I adore John Hughes movies with Molly Ringwald as his muse, but this one is my favorite. James Spader is particularly slimy. And, really, who doesn't love Duckie?
Brian's Song - I can not watch this movie without sobbing like a baby. Based on the true story of the life and friendship of Chicago Bears players Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers.
Less Than Zero - I don't really know if I thought much about acting skills until I saw this movie and Robert Downey Jr.'s performance. Oh, and slimy James Spader makes another appearance. It's a cautionary tale that "drugs are real bad".
She's the One - I'm a fan of Edward Burns. There is something miserable, yet comical about this movie. The familial relationships and love interests are dysfunctional and authentic.
I've got some honorable mentions...but, like I said, for a quick off-the-cuff response, I think this is pretty great reflection of my #Fav7Films.
What do you think?
Quick. Don't think too hard. Tell me your #Fav7Films.