Thursday, August 23, 2007

I've Got a Question, You've Got an Answer

Today's post is inspired by yesterday's post and some of the comments that I received in regards to Moulin Rouge. It's definitely one of those movies that you are either really like or really dislike and I can certainly understand that as Baz Luhrmann's movies seem to be that way; anyone who's seen his version of Romeo & Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio would probably agree with me!

So, of course, I had to wonder what movies have made other people sit up and take notice or leave the theater with a slight case of the sniffles - movies that left you thinking about them long after the final credits rolled or that were so good you've actually gone out and bought the DVD so you can watch it over and over.

A few of mine are What Dreams May Come, For Love of the Game, Message in a Bottle, and Ladyhawke. If anyone notices a theme in there just nod your head and move on, I have already professed to be an incurable romantic so of course I'm going to like movies along those lines! Now enough about me, what I really want to know from you is:

What's your favorite movie(s)??

Oh, and before I forget, Jamie gets bragging rights to yesterday's question about the Elephant Love Medley by correctly identifying almost all of the love songs it is compiled from. Those songs in order are:
  • "Love Is Like Oxygen" - Sweet
  • "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" - Frank Sinatra
  • "Up Where We Belong" - Buffy Sainte-Marie, Will Jennings and Jack Nitzsche for An Officer and a Gentleman (later a hit for Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes)
  • "All You Need Is Love" - The Beatles
  • "Lover's Game" - Chris Isaak
  • "I Was Made For Lovin' You" - Kiss
  • "One More Night" - Phil Collins
  • "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" - U2
  • "Don't Leave Me This Way" - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (later Thelma Houston, The Communards, among others)
  • "Silly Love Songs" - Paul McCartney and Wings
  • (Repeated) "Up Where We Belong"
  • "Heroes" - David Bowie (and later by The Wallflowers)
  • "I Will Always Love You" - Dolly Parton (and later by Whitney Houston)
  • "Your Song" - Elton John
There was never any doubt in my mind that Jamie would be the one to get the answer right, she's a woman after my own heart and as she says, we appear to have been separated at birth! That's cool by me, I've always wanted a sister!


  1. Anonymous10:55 PM EDT

    I love A Knight's Tale. That's another one of those crazy "like 'em or not movies"! :)

  2. My favorite movie is Hoosiers.

  3. Favorite movies huh? My top two faves - both are very old and I think they both came out in 1939 too - these would be:
    "Gone With The Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz" I could watch either of these two time and time again!

  4. A Civil Action, the Verdict, Erin Brokovich, To Kill a Mockingbird . . . any themes jump out at you? :-)

  5. My absolute favorite movie ever is Ever After with Drew Barrymore. I saw it four times in the theater, the most I've seen any movie since high school and the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie.

    I cry at a lot of movies, but I have to say the worst by far are Steel Magnolias and Crossroads.

  6. Shirley Valentine is my favourite all time film, I so identify with Shirley. The first time we went abroad to Greece (aged 35)I so wanted to stay, even to the extent that I told MWM to take the boys and go home if he didn't want to stay with me! I didn't meet anyone there you understand I just wanted to stay where the sun shone every day. I was in a deep despression for 6 months after we got home.

  7. My favorite movies-like yours-seem to have a theme. Let's see if you can guess from the following: "The Memphis Belle", "Fly Boys", "The Flying Leathernecks", "Twelve O'Clock High", and "Forrest Gump". Ok, the last one doesn't fit w/the first 4, but it still ranks on my top 5 list...because I identify whole-heartedly with Tom Hank's Character!!

  8. Anonymous10:07 AM EDT

    My favorite movie song is "Guns & Roses - Sympathy For The Devil" :-)

  9. Why thank you maam. You might want to change your mind when you see what Bart Simpson is doing to Shakespeare's balding dome.

  10. Akelamalu,

    You are one of the first people I've met who have even heard of "Shirley Valentine" much less make it a favorite movie. I love Shirley. There are so many favorites, but I have to admit to having a split personality. It's either the big musical such as Singing In the Rain, or the small character driven movies such as Mockingbird, Same Time Next Year, Torch Song Trilogy, Shirley Valentine, The Full Monty etc.

  11. I have a lot of favorite movies.. and there is no way I could choose just one...

    Songs... let's see... I think right now my favorite song it

    1. My Wish by Rascal Flatts... as I have dedicated it to my son


    2. In My Daughters Eye by Martina McBride for my daughter

    My all time favorite bands are, of course, The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd...

  12. My girls and I decided we tend to enjoy movies where the woman seems to be an incredible bitch and the guy totally loves her anyway. (Notting Hill, Quiet Man, The Cutting Edge, Kate& Leopold, get the idea). My boy likes the movies that either involve blood and guts or the stupid and silly display of bodily functions...

  13. Movies I can watch over & over:
    The Dark Crystal
    Princess Bride
    Lord of the Rings trilogy

    and now: Stardust
    If you like romantic fantasy (like Ladyhawke or Princess Bride) you owe it to yourself to go see Stardust!
    It's loved by critics, but not a 'popular' movie for some reason -- in this season of blockbusters, it's gotten lost. See it soon, because I think it will fall off the radar screen soon. But I predict that like Princess Bride, it will have a long, beloved life as a DVD.

  14. ps: I do like the Baz Luhrman Romeo & Juliet, too, as well as Moulin Rouge.
    Oh, Ever After, as listed by Asara - that's another one that I could watch over & over. And Lee likes that one, too!

  15. I've mentioned in other places that my favourite movie is The Hours, followed by Pleasantville and the Godfather trilogy.

  16. I gave up televison and movies a few years back, but I remember a lot of great movies...Gone With The Wind and Titanic. That's all that popped into my head. Have a great day Linda. :)

  17. My movie favs are..

    First Wives Club... I love a movie in which some slug of a man gets what he deserves. Plus, I love Goldie Hawn.

    Something To Talk About... again... slug! I love all the actors in this movie and there are many lines that just crack me up...over and over again.

    I love both the Grumpy Old Men movies... those two just crack me up!

    Cousins... I hate Ted Danson.. but this movie is such a sappy chick flick I have to love it.

    Did I hear somebody say they gave up movies and tv.... OMG I would die without my daily mindless sitcom reruns....geez.... I'm so addicted...LOL!

  18. Hmmm, favorite movies...

    The Sound of Music
    The Lion King
    City of Angels

  19. Linda, you're the only other person I know who liked "What Dreams May Come!" I went out and bought that one and I never do that! Also, "The Sawdust Grill," "Ben Hur," "To Kill a Mockingbird," - book, too! "Somewhere in Time," "Mystic River," and lots more. These come to mind right off...
    Songs - I love music so much it would be impossible to choose. A lot of it has to do with the emotion of the moment and the film.

  20. Like I noted recently, 'Casablanca' is about the best. I liked 'Big Night' because of the tension between the brothers (the businessman vs. the purist chef), not to mention that sensually presented tri-color risotto. I love the characters in 'Diner', and Barry Levinson's loving nostalgic view of being young in Baltimore...Any of the DreamWorks animated movies are great ('Chicken Run', the 'Shrek' series)

  21. I've seen Moulin Rouge many many times and love it too.

    But my favs are the Cohen Bros movies....most especially Raizing Arizona...I laugh just typing the title.

    "Well it ain't Ozzy and Harriet..."

  22. ha ha, shirley valentine! what a great movie. i heard it is around once in awhile as a local play and i would love to see that. "fuck is fuck", what a great line!!

    my favorite all time movie is dirty dancing. yup. i'm that shallow. i also loved the blues brothers and my cousin vinnie.

    smiles, bee

  23. Anonymous12:10 PM EDT

    I am soooo behind.

    Anyway - 'Little Miss Sunshine' where I actually laughed out loud [a once a decade occurrence]

    Also - we had a night out for the first time in 9 months [whoop de do] and went to see Death and a Funeral - yes I know I'm biased towards the British stuff, but that is my new favourite [= my version of hilarious]

    Now it could be that I'm just ragged after 9 months but I think, most of the audience was American and they were laughing and they did that silly thing at the end where they clap, which I think was a gesture of approval, but maybe someone can translate that for me.

    We will be 'enduring' MrBean's Holiday at the weekend with all the children [sat] so that would be a good night for you all to stay home.

  24. Odd choice for a bloke I know but "City of Angels" not so much that it's a great movie but the premise that someone could love another so much that they would give up heaven to be with that person. Where's my hankie.

  25. Anonymous8:47 AM EDT

    Hmm. I have a couple favorite movies: Say Anything, Ordinary People, The Big Chill, The Princess Bride. Good question.


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