Top 10 Favorite Movies
With the passing of Tony Curtis this week, I started thinking about some of my favorite movies–and of course, his Some Like It Hot makes the cut. It was comedic genius and is still great entertainment. Then I thought it might be fun to share a few others that have stuck with me over the years. Some you’ll recognize. Some are more obscure. I can’t really place them in a ranked order because my absolute favorite depends on my mood.
Some Like It Hot–for the gender-bending gags and for casting a size 14 heroine as the love interest! When was the last time that happened?
The Mission–This heartbreaking film with powerhouses Jeremy Irons and Robert DeNiro traces the dividing up of South America between Spain and Portugal in the 17th century. The haunting Morricone score played in my head for weeks.
The Thomas Crown Affair–the one with Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo. What middle aged joy! What steamy, classy love scenes! Smart and sexy, Brosnan is the perfect example of a “trickster” hero who keeps everyone guessing till the end.
Shine!–The true quixotic story of piano wunderkind, David Helfgott. Fabulous score, brilliant acting by Geoffrey Rush. Makes me weep every time.
Oscar–This delightful little movie stars Sly Stallone as a mobster trying to honor his dying father’s request that he go straight. It’s a tongue-in-cheek tale of misdirection and mishap reminiscent of Oscar Wilde. Be sure you’re in the mood for silliness first.
Lord of the Rings–All of them. Who wouldn’t list this monumental recreation of Middle Earth?
Avatar–For pure worldbuilding and faithful adherence to the principles of the “hero’s journey,” this story strikes all the right chords. Add the amazing technology used to create it, and you have a total game-changer. Plus, I have GOT to get me one of those flying lizards!
Amadeus–The story of Mozart, as told by his musical rival Salieri. I adore the operatic elements and the relationship between Wolfgang and his domineering father. Brilliantly conceived and gorgeously costumed.
The Matrix–(Only the first one. The second and third movies seemed to lose their way.) Given the music in my other choices, this may come as a surprise. I’m not generally a heavy metal/guns ablazing type, but I chose to overlook the score for this film. What fascinated me about the story was how it questioned the nature of reality and the tension between fate and free will–pretty heavy philosophical issues which you don’t often see dealt with in popular entertainment.
Shakespeare in Love–Terrific score. Brilliant cast. One of the best screenplays ever. Witty and heart-wrenching, this tale has it all. The scene where Will brainstorms his WIP with his rival Christopher Marlowe is a writer’s dream.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have a favorite movie to share?