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08:59 AM - 09/18/2006
We found 3 pennies on our walk this morning

The topic: Movies


Here’s something that sounded like it would be fun, but it’s harder than I thought.  On a forum I frequent, someone asked about your favorite movies. 

I asked Brian last night, what his are.  We both kept shouting out faves.  Then he said “what if you could only have ten movies?  Which ten would you have?”  I figured that since some of his favorites are mine, I could pick some different ones.  You know, like I could have twenty favorites.  Nope.  I can only choose ten.

I start looking through our collection.  Trimming it down to just ten would be very, very hard.  One for sure would be “Bridges of Madison County”.  Not because I watch it all that often, but because, when you’re in the right mood, it’s a great movie for the release of a good cry.  I know one person who hated that film because she felt it glamorized an affair, but for me, it had the opposite effect.  I mean, who’d want to go through their life knowing there was something better?  Something more deep and more passionate?  I’d rather remain ignorant, thank you very much. Ignorance is bliss. There was so much longing in that movie, it was almost tangible.  Huh uh.  Not something I’d want to be a part of.  But I like the movie.

But I really don’t know what the other nine would be.  Tin Cup?  I love that movie.  Thunderheart?  I’ve watched it over and over.  The Incredibles? Another one of those movies we never get tired of.  Pirates of the Caribbean; the Black Pearl?  Leave behind Captain Jack Sparrow? Are you nuts?  I just don’t know.  I suck at choosing where to eat dinner, I’d have a really hard time narrowing down my list of ten most desired movies.

What about you? What would your choices be? And why would they be your choices?

Oh one of mine would have to be Breakfast at Tiffanys, that movie is another one of those catch you at the right moment and you can have a great cry.  But I think it also shows how beautiful, crazy, sweet and wonderful friendship and love can be.  Also how we need to be true to ourselves…......I never get tired of that one and lord do I wish I could throw something on and look half as good as she did….oh what about The Princess Bride??? that one is just too funny and cheesey all at the same time…...

Posted by DonnaB @ Monday, September 18, 2006 - 9:18:32 AM


1) Braveheart 2) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (old version) 
3) Harry Potter (don’t ask which one) 4)  The Stand  
5) The Godfather (oooh, James Caan in suspenders!) 
6) Man In The Iron Mask (new version, gotta love Gabriel Byrne and Jeremy Irons) 7) Shawshank Redemption   8) A Christmas Carol (any of the old ones)  9) History of the World, Part II and 10) Young Frankenstein.

Oh, and Ever After.  And Someone Like You.  Oh yeah, Dodgeball. And… oh never mind…

Posted by Chance's Mom @ Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 7:03:38 PM


I’m a SF-fan, so at the top of my list would be

1) Blade Runner—not just because of Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer but because the film is so starkly beautiful and asks questions about what makes us human, what gives us souls.

2) The Thirteenth Floor—because it asks some of the same questions as above, and is a visual homage to Blade Runner, and because I love Vincent D’Onofrio and in this film, I get to see him play two totally opposite characters.

3) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (aka the second film)  This is Star Wars but darker and less innocent.  The texture of the plot is richer and more morally complicated.  I like that.  I must have seen this film a hundred times.

4) Serenity—because I would list the whole Firefly television series if I could.  But I can’t. So I’ll list the film sequel.

5) Dune—I prefer the mini-series but the film is excellent in its own right.

Moving away from SF…

6) Spirit of the Wind—a small film made by an Alaskan Native corporation about George Attla, a noted dog-musher.  But it is more.  It is lovingly filmed in Interior Alaska and gives quiet insights into the life of indigenous people living in their world and in a world not of their own making.  It is a love story about a man and his dog, and about not giving up.  I wish I could find it on DVD or even VHS because my copy is getting very worn.

7) Shrek II—because real love stories get more interesting *after* marriage.

8)  The Last of the Mohicans—Daniel Day Lewis—need I say more?

9)  The Lord of the Rings (the whole trilogy—damn it!) Because it is a masterpiece and maybe they are right when they say it is a tale about how to face the end of life.  We are all going West.

10)  V for Vendetta—because I love Alan Moore’s graphic novels (when are they going to make “Watchmen” into a film?) And because none of Neil Gaiman’s works have been made into films yet.  When they do, the chronicles of the Sandman will be at the top of my list of favorites.

Posted by laura (alaska) @ Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 10:06:21 PM

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