This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My Favorite Movies

Several weeks ago, a friend of mine "tagged" me to list my 10 favorite movies.  She implied at the time that it would probably be impossible for me to limit the list to ten, and she was absolutely right.  I did try!  
The best I could come up with was 25.  (Actually, it's 26, because I lumped 2 similar flicks together.)  Then, to add to the complication, Lyn and I saw IRON MAN over the weekend.  I'm thinking it might make its way into one of my all-time favs...time will tell.  (It was a great movie, if you haven't seen it yet!  I've always liked Robert Downey, Jr., in spite of his issues. Which reminds me--his HEART AND SOUL was another of my favs that didn't make my list.  hmmmmm . .  Then there's STAR WARS and STAR TREK: THE VOYAGE HOME....oh my!!!)  

I'm sure next week, the list would be different if I were to post it.

Anyway, here's my top 25 broken down into some very generic categories.  (I DID award a "blue ribbon" to my all-time favorite, and 10 "red ribbons" to the next level of favorites. 

DISCLAIMER:  I probably should have included LOVE STORY because of the role it played in the "courtship" of Lyn and me.  It would be on the list for sentimental reasons, but not for any real enjoyment or long-term appreciation of the film on its own merit.  Even at the time, the line "Love means you never have to say you're sorry," seemed like one of the stupidest sentences ever uttered.  So LOVE STORY is nixed from the favs list.

Schindler's List

2001: A Space Odyssey (This was the "you either love it or hate it"                                           movie of all time!  I loved it!)

Sleepless in Seattle (when Rosie was her most lovable self! ..."like a little clue!")
While You Were Sleeping
Notting Hill
P.S. I Love You

Dances With Wolves
Immortal Beloved

Dead Poets Society
The Pianist
The Lake House (hmmm....perhaps more chick flick???)
Kramer vs. Kramer  
There Will Be Blood

Tootsie/Mrs. Doubtfire
Back To The Future I
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Field of Dreams
The Sound of Music - best musical of all time
add-on 1:  Big Business (great farce!  Sorry I went to 26/27 on this                                                                                                one!)
add-on 2:  The Princess Bride (how could I have forgotten this one?!)


Roni said...

Oh, Don! My very favorite of all time didn't even make your list, and you, the Civil War buff! Gone With the Wind!!!!!!

johnsonandjohnson said...

Big Business?????

Don said...

Roni, GWTW was a great film, but it never really seemed real to me for some reason. My favorite characters were the supporting ones. (Especially the African-American house servants!) The whole Brett-Scarlett relationship was neat in a Hollywood way. It wasn't until their daughter died in the accident that it seemed real. So, I'm sorry, but GWTW didn't ring my special bell. I know I'm weird in that respect.

BUT, Big Business was definitely an oversight--big time. I really, really do count that as one of my all time laugh-out-loud favorites. Thanks for reminding me, Jennifer. I'll add it to the list! (If any readers/lurkers haven't seen it, I strongly recommend it--if you can find it. Bette Midler and Lili Tomlin as "twins." Hilarious!)

Don said...

HaHa - Not that Big Business was any more "real" than Gone With The Wind . . . I just enjoyed it more.

AbiSomeone said...

Thanks for playing along, Don! It is a difficult thing to do -- chosing favorites. ;^)

LOVED Big Business! Just like I loved 9 to 5 and Trading Places...

Don't get me started, or I'll have another whole list!

Heidi said...

Ummm..... one glaring omission: The Princess Bride.

Perhaps the best movie of all time...

Don said...

Oh, Heidi...You're so right! How dumb was that!!! Oh well...I'll just go for 30.

Diane Davis said...

so funny... i have a feeling this list will continue to grow. :)

Diane Davis said...

I agree with so many of your picks. I need to see Space Odyssey because I loved Momento and Fargo. And I have never seen Big Business. So glad to see Field of Dreams on your list... that is probably my all time favorite movie. I cry everytime I watch it.

YES, I know this is YOUR posting, not MY blog, but here are my additions to your list. Humor me.

The Departed
Primal Fear
The Life of David Gale
The Constant Gardner (probably because it was filmed in Kenya and I felt connected to the topic and the environment).

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Station Agent

Little Miss Sunshine
A League of Their Own
Dodge Ball
50 First Dates
Karate Kid

I'm sure I'll think of more but if you haven't seen any of these on my list, you should check them out!