Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest!


After seeing several of you fellow bloggers doing this blogfest hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, I just couldn't resist joining in.  I love movies almost as much as I love books.  My generation was the first to grow up with a VCR and thus able to watch movies over and over and over.  My mom jumped right on this bandwagon when we got our first VCR in 1980 and started taping movies off of tv for us.  Thus began my love for movies and my ability to quote them.

 1. The Empire Strikes Back is my all time favorite movie.  It's so dark and twisty, yet funny. I love the whole trilogy but especially that one.  We're not going to talk about episodes 1-3.  Let's just pretend they never happened, ok?

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2. Indiana Jones. I honestly thought I was going to marry Indiana Jones when I was younger.  Is there anything hotter than Harrison Ford in a fedora?  I think not. And same rule for Star Wars Eps 1-3 applies here to Indiana Jones #4.  Never happened.  *shudder*
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3. Back to the Future (Pt 1). While you may have noticed that I like trilogies, this one is not one of those.  The second movies is just plain awful.  However, #1 is so incredibly amazing that I forgive #2.  A little.
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4. The Princess Bride. "As you wish." 'Nuff said.  *sigh* Ah Wesley.  You were my #2 choice for husbands as a kid. And I still believe that Robin Wright Penn is stunningly gorgeous.

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5. Starman.  I was mildly obsessed with this movie.  So much so that I watched the TV series religiously and then taped it when it was on re-runs on the SciFi channel(before it was SyFy).
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6. Somewhere In Time.  Need a good cry?  Watch this.  It's romantic and beautiful and Christopher Reeves is at his dreamiest (RIP).
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7. A Real Genius. Val Kilmer was husband #3.  I had really high standards.  Funny and quirky, you cannot believe how disappointed I was to find out that college would not be like this.  Damn you 80s films!
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8. Clue. I can recite this one word for word - and often do.  Hilariously funny, a little spooky, it's a cult classic that my best friend and I watched every day after school in 4th grade. Just remember: Communism is a red herring.  And Mr. Green didn't do it.
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9. Forrest Gump. It was released while I was in Germany.  I came home and my mother asked me if I wanted to see it, to which I responded "What's a Forrest Gump?" I quickly found out - I watched it twice in a row and still am known to shed a tear for Bubba, Momma and Jenny.
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10. The Harry Potter Series.  Ok, so the movies aren't as good as the books, but it's a lot easier to marathon these movies than to read all the books.  Sometimes I just have to take the easy way out.  I love seeing Ron, Hermione and Harry grow up and mature in the bad-ass Voldemort defeaters that they turn out to be.

I have about a million movies that I love, but those are my top 10.  Honorable mentions go to: Some Like It Hot, Easy A, The Holiday, Love Actually, Die Hard, the BBC Pride & Prejudice, American Pie and The Hangover.

What are your favorite movies?

34 comments:

  1. I concur, Star Wars 1-3 never happened. (;
    Loved Princess Bride, and I don't remember if I saw Starman or not and it's driving me nuts. I'm going to have to track it down and watch it again.

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    1. It's kind of bad now - very 80s - but it's sweet and always makes me shed a little tear at the end. :)

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  2. What you said about 80's films is so right! You made me giggle. And oh, how delish was Val Kilmer back then? :P

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    1. Val Kilmer was awesome! I just watched Top Secret! last weekend and was amazed that I still remembered all the songs he sings in that.

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    2. Also, I'm disappointed that high school wasn't like Sixteen Candles. Or Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Damn, now there are two more movies I should have added!

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  3. I agree about Star Wars. ;)

    I haven't seen some of these movies, but they look fun! And Harry Potter books were, as you said, better, but the films were fun! :D

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    1. Episode 3 makes me want to stick forks in my eyes it's so bad. Q: How can you make Natalie Portman a bad actress? A: Let George Lucas direct her.

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  4. Following from the Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest.

    So many great movies on your list. I completely forgot about Starman. Yikes! I watched the series as well.

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    1. Thanks. :) Starman fell off my radar in the 90s, but then I picked it back up in the 2000s and remembered why I'd loved it so much back in the 80s.

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  5. Great list, enjoyed them all, even Harry Potter haha so much faster to watch them. Only one I haven't seen is somewhere in time.

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    1. Somewhere In Time is a time-travel romance. Very sweet, but definitely not everyone's cup of tea.

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  6. Somewhere in time is one of the first movies my wife and I watched together. That is a classic and also filmed in Michigan (a biggie for people from Michigan like me).

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    1. Mackinac Island looks just amazing! I worked with a woman who was from there originally and she just loved the movie because of it.

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  7. So many people picked Princess Bride. I wish I would have remembered that one. Loved it. Great list.

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    1. You didn't remember it? Inconceivable! ;)

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  8. Really liked the H. Potter series, although I resisted for a while.

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    1. I think that, like the books, the movies started out rather childish but then turned darker and more mature.

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  9. I totally agree on Stars Wars 1-3. And Starman - I'd forgotten about that one. Yes, I loved it.

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    1. Starman is so great. A bit campy now, but I love it.

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  10. Yes, Empire is the best and we will just wipe the last three from our minds!
    Can't go wrong with Indiana Jones. Raiders is the perfect film.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. It's an awesome blogfest - thanks for doing it!

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  11. Oh my goodness.. it has been so long since I've watched Forrest Gump (that one makes me ugly cry, lol)

    Yeah, Armageddon just always stuck with me. The father daughter dynamic is ssooo touching and heart wrenching.

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    1. I can't watch Armegeddon anymore - it's too upsetting. LOL

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  12. Yay for Back to the Future! What a great list!

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    1. Back to the Future is the best! Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Real Genius - I must have watched that 30 times as a teenager. Still quote from it. "It's a moral imperative!"

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    1. I didn't think anyone would even know that movie. Yay!

      "I was pondering the immortal words of Socrates who said, 'I drank what?'"

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  14. #1-4 are the same for me. Go figure. :-) But I have to put LOTR up at #5. Harry Potter #6. The Wedding Singer #7 (Julia Gulia - what kind of name is Julia Gulia?). #8 The Goonies (How is that not on your list? Seriously.) #9 and #10 - I'm not sure. My brain hurts too much to think!

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    1. I love Wedding Singer and The Goonies almost made the list. It's in honorable mention. :) And these aren't in any order, really. Clue is much higher up on my list. As Is Princess Bride. These are just the movies I will watch over and over and over...

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  15. Harry Potter made my list, too. And Back to the Future is one of my all time faves.
    Nutschell
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  16. Oh my, so many that I forgot, but the list is only ten. Still, such a great list! Loved the Wedding Singer, Indiana Jones, and especially Real Science! AWESOME!

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  17. LOVE these choices. So many of them take me back (and The Princess Bride was on mine!). I remember sitting glued to my chair at the end of the ESB thinking they couldn't leave my precious Han Solo in such a predicament. Then it was FOREVER until Return of the Jedi. Just cruel. But I had Raiders of the Lost Ark to further appreciate Harrison Ford. ;-)

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  18. Love Real Genius! Just watched Clue the other day with my daughter, so much fun!

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  19. Just dropping by from the blog hop (late I know!) to say you've got some interesting picks even though our lists don't overlap. :3

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