Once upon a time I made a list of all the DVD’s I owned. And I decided to just go with it and make a list of my top 5 favorite movies. This was a difficult task for me, seeing as I am probably one of the most indecisive people walking this planet. So here we go.
5. Love Actually/ A Lot Like Love
Hmm. Remember that time I said I was “one of the most indecisive people walking this planet?” Well, with my favorite number five movie I must say that it is a tie between my two favorite “chick flicks.” Lets talk Love Actually first. I love each of the story lines and how they all connect to each other. Even though this movie revolves around Christmas there isn’t too much holiday cheer, which is good because I am usually in the mood to watch this movie any time of the year. If you have ever spent more than ten minutes talking to me you will know I quote movies A LOT in my conversations, so another reason I love this movie so much is the fact that I quote it almost every day. Seriously.
Now for A Lot Like Love. This movie is just an all around feel good chick flick. I love, love, love me some Ashton Kutcher and this is one of my favorite roles he has played. Every single time I watch it I never fail to laugh at the jokes, or cringe at the AWFUL wigs they put on Amanda Peet’s head. I just basically love this movie all around. And can I just say, speaking as a girl who knows her chick flicks, that that New Years kiss was HOT. Just saying.
4. Remember the Titans
“We will be perfect in every aspect of the game. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football, and I will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let’s go to work. “
“Water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform and you don’t get no blood on my uniform, boy you must be outside your mind! We are going to do up-downs, until Blue is no longer tired, and thirsty.”
“You take a look at her. Cause once you step on that bus you aint got your mama no more. You got your brothers on the team and you got your daddy. You know who your daddy is, doncha? Gary, if you want to play on this football team, you answer me when I ask you who is your daddy? Who’s your daddy, Gary? Who’s your daddy?”
I mean, where do I even begin? This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I surprisingly enjoy “sports movies” (Bagger Vance, The Rookie, etc.) and this is by far my favorite. I remember watching this with one of my friends in high school and the first few times we watched it we kept the subtitles on so we could learn the lines. After about the tenth time we watched it, we could quote about 90% of the movie (with out subtitles of course). Now it has sort of become mine and my dad’s movie. He also knows a vast majority of the lines so when we watch it we force my mother out of the room because we usually say the lines about a minute before the characters say them. But I mean, this stuff is gold. Sometimes we just dive right into the quotes in the middle of a conversation. Internet, if you have never seen this movie I am commanding you to go watch it. You will thank me.
3. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Oh holy cheerios this movie is utterly fantastic. First of all, let me say this movie is Southern as Southern gets. And I think that is a large part of why I love it. The other part? Ashley Judd. Ashley is one of my favorite actresses and I dare to say this is her best role to date. Although she is one of three actresses to portray the character Vivi Abbott- Walker (she plays the “younger” version- teenage to mid 30’s or so), she steals the movie. I mean, you could say her role is the most important in that it shows why the characters are the way they are, and why the mother/daughter relationship is so messed up. The emotions she brings out are simply amazing. I cry every single time I watch this, especially when she has her breakdown. The relationship between the ya-ya shows a real friendship off screen, which helps convince you they have been friends since they were little kids. Overall this is just a brilliant movie.
2. Walk the Line
Oh Johnny Cash. Thank you for living such a crazy life that Hollywood would one day turn it into a movie that I would watch all the time and just completely fall in love with. Seriously Internet, this movie is more than amazing. Once, and I am not kidding you, I watched this four times in a row, on the same day, back to back to back to back. I mean, I was cleaning and such during the third and fourth viewing, but still. I cannot grow tired of it. The acting is phenomenal and who knew Reese could belt it out? I love her accent and the fact that both she and Joaquin relatively sound like June and Johnny- enough to convince me they couldn’t have hired two better actors. Oh and how can I forget Jennifer Goodwin as the original Mrs. Cash! I mean, I know you have to do what is right for your family and all, but that girl needed to pull the stick out and relaaaax. (It’s what Frankie says to do.) Anywhore, this movie is very much an emotional roller coaster and I love every second of it. I actually just finished watching it. I can seriously watch this movie almost any time of the day. Please watch it if you haven’t and if you have, go watch it again.
1. Sleeping Beauty
Ah, yes. Sleeping Beauty. Of course this is going to be my favorite movie silly! I have only been watching it since I was… three or so. I wanted to be her; “hair of sunshine gold and lips as red as the rose.” Lets put it this way- I loved this movie so much that as a youngster I absolutely hated the Cinderella. According to my mother: every night I would put in my book on tape thing (you know, where they read it out on tape and the magical wand sound means you turn the page, so it makes you feel as though you are reading it but in actuality you are not) and listen to it over and over until my mother simply said “no more” and I would have to go to bed. We have a video of me reading this book to my mom, and you know how much I listened to this tape because 1- I can’t read yet, and 2- I make the sound of the magical wand when I finish to turn the page. At the risk of sounding completely vain, it is adorable. Once, when I was young, my brother put the tape of Sleeping Beauty in the toilet and flushed it, ruining the tape. I’m pretty sure I thought my life was over. Back in high school I would sometimes fall asleep to this movie. I have seen it so many times that I can put it on, close my eyes, and imagine line by line what is happening. The other week I watched it for the first time in a loooong time and to my surprise I still remember 98% of the lines. What can I say? It’s a classic.