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?

6 thoughts on “Top 10 Favorite Movies

  1. Penelope says:

    Mia, I did some of the stuff on my bucket list already! Got a clean bill of health about my heart, ran (a little bit, but it still counts!), lost 35 lb.s so far, and this weekend I#39;m planting my daffodil bulbs. I love the bucket list!

  2. MiaMarlowe says:

    Oh, yes! Loved Strictly Ballroom. That passo double was hot. br /br /Snap out of it! Moonstruck was awesome and how could I forget Singing in the Rain? My oldest daughter had such a crush on Gene Kelly. I couldn#39;t bear to tell her he was the same age as her great grandfather. br /br /I#39;m sorry for the loss of your father, Penny. Glad you have some happy memories of him.

  3. Saranna DeWylde says:

    The Crow was originally a graphic novel by James O#39;Barr. He#39;s an anti-superhero, in a way. It#39;s kind of violent and gritty, but its a good juxtaposition with the light because when redemption comes, its all the more beautiful. br /br /I love period horror, if done well. I think there should be more. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton do good period horror. From Hell and Sleepy Hollow were both fantastic. I#39;m looking forward to what they do with Dark Shadows. br /br /The new Wolfman was definitely worth it. It had all of the same elements that I loved about Francis Ford Coppola#39;s Dracula. The amazing sets, costuming and really a rich texture to the whole thing. Not to mention Rick Baker did the makeup and I#39;m so his fangirl. br /br /Funny, Anthony Hopkins was in both as well. :)br /br /He#39;s one of my favorite actors who isn#39;t given the credit I think he deserves. Gary Oldman is on that list for me too… so versatile. br /br /Something else I liked about The Wolfman? It wasn#39;t oversexed and it was packed with tension.

  4. Penelope says:

    I love The Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce….there are some sexy scenes in that movie! br /br /Have you ever seen Strictly Ballroom? So, so, so good…you must see it! br /br /Moonstruck is also on my list…that is perfection! And Singing in the Rain…my father, who passed away last month, loved that movie. It is joyful!

  5. MiaMarlowe says:

    Thanks, Saranna. Those are all new to me except Cleopatra. Since you obviously love horror flicks, what did you think of the new Wolfman with Anthony Hopkins? He really is an amazing actor with such a wide range. br /br /I#39;m going to look for The Crow, because anything with both darkness and redemption has to be worthy of my time.

  6. Saranna DeWylde says:

    There are so many. I#39;m a movie hound and my favorites change on my mood. I#39;m an unconstant lover. *g*br /br /But, I#39;ll give it a /br /True Romance-My husband and I don#39;t just have a song. We have a movie. So much great snark, true love, and imperfect heroes. You#39;re so cool, he says to me. Sigh. br /br /The Ninth Gate- All of the books in this movie give me serious literary lust. It#39;s an understated film, but you start out hating the main character and the more you hate him, the more you want him to succeed. I loved the book too. It was kind of an academic horror. br /br /The Howling-First movie to ever scare the beejesus out of me. I still love it. br /br /Cleopatra- The one with Elizabeth Taylor. Of course, you could show me anything with Liz and I#39;m /br /The Crow- How could I not? It#39;s a beautiful story of darkness and redemption. br /br /Dracula- The one with Gary Oldman. Beautiful sets, costuming, amazing cast and again, there#39;s the theme of darkness and redemption. br /br /The Expendables-Because I get to watch Dolph Lundgren run around and blow stuff up with a Russian accent.

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