Friday, March 2, 2007

Movie in a Minute

Before I run out the door for another fun-filled day of 911, ambulances, and wheelchair vans I thought I 'd throw out a quick question to my faithful readers who actually take the time to post a comment every once in awhile (and for those of you who read but never comment - now would be a great time to jump in here!).

Now that the Oscars are over and Hollywood is once again done patting themselves on the back for another year, I want to know - what's your very favorite movie and why? When flipping through channels on TV what movie is going to make you stop, sit down, and forget that you were going to do or watch something else? What movie did you just have to have for yourcollection regardless of the cost?

These thoughts occured to me last night while Amanda was clicking through channels while were getting ready to watch the elimination show of American Idol (which I just haven't been following all that closely this year) and she came across Moulin Rouge on IFC. That was it, the clicking stopped right there, and we both dropped what we were doing to watch a movie that we've both seen at least a dozen times and could watch anytime we wanted to do because I own it on DVD.

For those not familiar with Moulin Rouge, it's a story about love...

Christian [Ewan McGregor], a young writer with a magical gift for poetry, defies his bourgeois father by moving to the bohemian underworld of Montmartre, Paris. He is taken in by the absinthe-soaked artist Toulouse-Lautrec, whose party-hard life centres around the Moulin Rouge, a world of sex, drugs, electricity & the shocking Can-Can. Christian falls into a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with Satine, the Sparkling Diamond [Nicole Kidman], the most beautiful courtesan in Paris & star of the Moulin Rouge.

My favorite quote from the movie is "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return" while Amanda has been prone to quoting, "Thank you for curing me of my ridiculous obsession with love!" (especially after the past few days!).

Written by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce, Moulin Rouge won 2 Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design as well as legions of fans after it was released in June 2001. I never saw it when it was on the big screen but came across it after it had been released on DVD and after the first watching I was hooked. In the grand tradition of like mother - like daughter, Amanda has always put it on the top of her list of favorite movies.

So, what about you, constant reader? What movie is your favorite and why?

Satine and Chrisian from Moulin Rouge


  1. I thought Moulin Rouge was such an odd movie. I had a hard time making myself watch it.

    I like the movie Titanic and I also love A Knight's Tale. Leo is superb in Titanic and I love Heath in A Knight's Tale! ;)

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  3. Moulin Rouge was a great movie, Mrs Dub and I also have the soundtrack and sing the duets together. However, for your question to me. Most John Wayne westerns will stop me in my tracks. I have a habit (back home) of running through the channels before going to bed. I find a John Wayne movie, it's over. I've seen most of them, so I can judge how much longer I'm going to be up. One night was bad, I finished the movie, near midnight, then a second one came on afterwards, I was tired the next morning. Big Jake and Mclintock are two of my favorites.

  4. Mine are older movies (as is everything in life including me) so there are a number of them that are stop in your tracks such as classics like To Kill A mockingbird, but the one that shanghais me away from reality if I'm clicking channels or on a rainy day when nothing else from my shelf looks good is one that few people know: 84 Charing Cross Road. Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, and Judy Dench (how's that for a cast).

    It covers from just after WWII to the 1960s and you need to watch it with a pad and pencil to write down all the books mentioned, because it is a long distance love affair with the printed page in two cultures.

    If you love books and good acting and have never seen it, try to get a copy.

  5. Sgt dub, i am disturbed!
    Hmmm i could watch pretty in pink forever, cry watching last of the mohicans, never leave the house and watch Lord of the rings in one go.
    Also Arsenic and old lace, anything with Alistair Sim. Ok i guess it depends on what mood i am in! I also love Vampire/Werewolf films!

  6. It is Driving Miss Daisy. I love the feel of the movie. It always makes me feel Comfortable. I adore Jessica Tandy, She is wonderful. I don't know why exactly but I love this movie. MY Favorite Quote " Get Ready to Turn". Ha Ha Ha. So funny.

  7. Oh gosh! I made a list of my favorite 100 movies and the criteria that had to be met to be on that list was that if I was flipping channels, I would stop to watch it.

    Do I have to name just one? (Looking for rules..)

    A Knight's Tale, Breakfast Club, To Kill A Mockingbird, Funny Girl, Grease, Field Of Dreams... and on and on and on :)

  8. Moulin Rouge didn't appeal to me, although it did have my favourite actress Nicole Kidman in it.

    My favourite movie happens to be another Kidman movie, 'The Hours'. It gets better every time I watch it.

  9. Anonymous3:41 PM EST

    My all time favorite movie would have to be Tommy Boy. I love anything Chris Farley was in. My mom and I fought over who was going to get the copy of the movie we had when she moved to Maryland, she won. Most people remember where they were when Elvis died. My mom and I remember where we were when we heard Chris Farley died. We quote the movie constantly to each other.

  10. If you asked me this question 10 times you'd probably get at least five different answers, but right now I'd have to say Almost Famous .. that movie just never fails to inspire me

  11. I'm a fairly new reader here ...but I wanted to not lurk and answer your question...My all time favortie? It's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape", hands down! Leo Dicapro is OUTSTANDING...and I always cry...between that movie and the Hallmark Channel..I'm good for NOTHING when TV is on! lol..come visit my blog when you can!

  12. You'll think I'm ridiculous but Lord of the Rings hands down.

    Two Towers was the best of the three movies too, for the record.

  13. Anonymous7:44 AM EST

    I can tell you two favorite movies right off the bat. I love "Ordinary People" because I love the male actors especially--Timothy Hutton, Judd Hirsch, and Donald Sutherland are wonderful in this film.

    I also will watch "Say Anything" with John Cusack anytime it is on the screen. The tenderness of their young love rips me up every time.

  14. Anonymous9:07 AM EST

    Great question. My movie is "The Sound of Music"

  15. Well, here I go bein' predictable again, Linda, and I'm sure you know this already, so here favorite movie is "Memphis Belle". I thought they put together a great cast - Harry Connick Jr., Sean Astin, Mathew Modine, and John Lithgow to name a few. The venerable B-17 Flying Fortress has been, is, and always will be my most favorite aircraft in the world. Though the movie gets a little cliched, and corny in some spots, it tells a great story, and tries to pay homage to the great heroes who sacrificed so much in a time of desperate need. To achieve what the crew of the "Memphis Belle" did against overwhelming odds is the ultimate triumph.

    BTW, the REAL "Memphis Belle" flew her last mission in either April or May of 1943 over France - NOT Germany, and it was considered a "Milk Run" - an uneventful, "routine" mission. The movie portrays a collage of different events that actually DID happen to real crews during the war - not neccessarily to the "Memphis Belle", but to make the story, an artistic license had to be taken. Still a wonderful tribute to all those who flew.

  16. It would be hard to name one movie that was my all time favorite but Titanic was my first thought. Nothing salty this week! :)

  17. Notting Hill and Casablanca.

  18. My all time favourite is "Beaches". Maybe because I love Bet Midler, maybe because I always dreamt of sharing a shitty flat with a good friend & making the most of it but mainly because I cry at the end & it reminds me of being told my aunt had eventually lost her fight against cancer. Her daughter was only 11 years old, similar to the child in the film. & I could cry just thinking about that movie x x


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