My secret subject is: Do you have an all-time favorite movie? One that you love no matter how many times you see it?
It was submitted by: Karen @ Baking In a Tornado. Her link and swap post can be found below my answer.
I like quantifying things. I do it with music, television, and books. I have fun making these lists, categorizing stories in this way. It adds a bit of depth to reflect on one particular aspect and how it affects the overall story good or bad, what it says about humanity in general or just the characters in the tale.
With films, I find it difficult to step away and disconnect from the emotions on screen, so most of my favorites aren’t tearjerkers. I want to feel those emotions, I do, but if a movie makes me sob, chances are, I’m only going to watch it the once at most. Life is tragic enough for me without falling in love with characters that will be ripped from me over and over and over again. And I’m not at all a fan of romances either. Love doesn’t work out the way it does in the movies, and I think it skews people’s expectations of how relationships are supposed to go. I know what I like and what I don’t like pretty well. I quantify those loves and hates based on whatever reasons I feel like at the time.
But do I have a Greatest Of All Time selection, a goat, if you will—a film that transcends everything that calls to me every time it’s on, whenever I’m in a dark place and need a pick me up?
You bet your ass I do.
|from my living room|
I don’t know that it’s the first movie that ever made me really understand what a film could be or mean, but it’s one of the first that fed the weirdest little part of me and become something obsession-worth. Pulp Fiction, Dazed and Confused, Where the Buffalo Roam/Fear and Loathing, Snatch, Pan’s Labyrinth, THE Labyrinth, A Life Aquatic, High Fidelity, No Country for Old Men… they feed my inner weirdo with an artistic flair that can’t be matched, but it’s The Dude who hits just the right spot every time. It doesn't matter where or when I see it playing, I always want to watch it through and recite the lines along with the actors. And sometimes if I just need to get my Lebowski fix, I'll pop in the DVD because of course I own it.
I’ll leave off with a few top 5 lists though. The Dude may be a kindred spirit, but his is certainly not the only story I love.
Top 5 Favorite Directors
--the Coens, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Guy Ritchie, Tim Burton
Top 5 Favorite Sick Day movies
Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Home Alone, Elf, Scooby Doo on Zombie Island
Top 5 Will Ferrell Movies
Stepbrothers, Land of the Lost, Everything Must Go, Stranger Than Fiction, Elf (Superstar gets an honorable mention
Top 5 Bill Murray films
Rushmore, Ghostbusters, Kingpin, Broken Flowers, Groundhog Day
Top 5 dark and quirky
Beetlejuice, Addams Family, Rocky Horror, Young Frankenstein, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Top 5 80s Guilty Pleasures
Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Uncle Buck
And here is evidence of my film obsessions from my living room
Here are the links to the rest of this week's submissions:
Baking In A Tornado http://www.bakinginatornado.com/2017/09/film-this-secret-subject-swap.html
Cognitive Script https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-old-lady-shuffle.html
The Blogging 911 http://theblogging911.com/blog
The Lieber Family Blog http://www.thelieberfamily.com/2017/09/my-nobel-prize.html
The Bergham Chronicles http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Southern Belle Charm http://www.southernbellecharm.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/
Never Ever Give Up Hope http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Part-time Working Hockey Mom https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/2017/09/secret-subject-swap-big-spender.html
I'm totally with you on the tearjerkers, not my thing. Don't need to get involved in fantasy if I want to cry, and don't want to start crying and not be able to walk away from whatever has touched my heart. I do like your choice, I laugh remembering when my oldest son discovered that movie too.ReplyDelete
I like your segmentation into different genres. I don't know most of the movies you're talking about, and I have actually seen The Breakfast Club. It made your list twice, what do you like about it so much? I remember thinking it was kind of abstract? I did like the movie soundtrack though. Simple Minds, don't you forget about me!ReplyDelete
I used to love to sit down and watch a good movie but my attention span is gone anymore. I do like to read a lot and I read a variety of different genres. Everything from cookbooks to murder mysteries. I like interesting biographies too. Hell, I've been known to read the back of a shampoo bottle in desperate times!ReplyDelete
I've never seen The Big Lebowski. That's not terribly surprising, considering I'm not really a movie buff though.ReplyDelete