I’ll admit that I usually reserve my 5 things posts for Fridays. And usually when I’m feeling a bit lazy. But who doesn’t love a quick and easy list to read? Especially when it’s about entertainment. And movies you should see.
First, I thought I’d give you my criteria. Here it is:
It’s a movie I like.
So if you don’t have my taste in movies, you probably should ignore this list. I’ll clue you in by telling you the kind of movies I can’t stand. Extremely predictable, highly unrealistic, super corny, full of machismo type movies. Like Armageddon. If you loved that movie, just move along. If you also thought that was a really stupid move, then read on. This list just might work for you.
1. The Shawshank Redemption
It’s probably #13 on my rules of etiquette that got me thinking about this movie again. I love it for lots of reasons. First of all, it’s written by Stephen King, one of my very favorite fiction writers. Secondly, it has Morgan Freeman in it. Is there ever a movie with Morgan Freeman in it that you don’t like? And lastly, everything else. The humor, the irony, the angst, the joy, the freedom. It’s about as perfect as a movie can get in my book. And someday I’d like to visit Zihuatanejo.
I like quirky comedies. I also like anything with Bill Murray in it. This one fits both bills. It’s directed by Wes Anderson who tends to be good at creating these oddball characters that somehow we get emotionally attached to. It’s the kind of story that warms my heart while making me laugh. And did you know that Max’s father’s occupation was actually an ode to Charles Schulz and his father? If you’ve seen this movie and loved it, tell me what comes after this line: “These are my OR scrubs.”
3. Sliding Doors
I’d be impressed if you saw this movie. It was Gwyneth Paltrow’s brief foray into independent artsy films. I’m not a big fan of hers and I’m not a big fan of her doing English accents. Actually, I’d rather English people stick to English accents. And for that matter, let’s leave the American accents to Americans. Anyway, the story is all about how a few fragile moments can change our lives. The difference between catching the train and missing the train changes everything in this split story with two endings that both leave you breathless and satisfied. Big thumbs up.
I do like sci-fi movies. I always have. Not in a nerdy-Star-Wars-obsessed kind of way. Just in a this-is-a-really-cool-storyline-that-challenges-my-brain sort of way. This movie is based on the book by Carl Sagan (good ol’ Carl) about the possibility of extraterrestrial life making contact with us. The acting is terrific and the special effects were beautiful. Could it happen? Surely it could. Could it happen in this way? I hope so.
I’ve been a big fan of the Coen brothers ever since I watch Raising Arizona. I love that movie and it you want to see Holly Hunter and Nicholas Cage at the un-celebrity finest, you have to watch it. But I think Fargo is one of my favorites. It’s a dark movie overshadowed by ridiculous Minnesota-type accents (no offense, MN readers). When you have a triple homicide punctuated by lines like “Oh ya. It’s a real shame,” it leaves you wondering if you should laugh or cry. William H. Macy is amazing but my favorite part is Frances McDormand as the police chief lecturing a murderer in exactly the way a mother would talk to her child. That part spoke to me. Really terrific acting but not for the faint of heart.
Okay. That was a tough list because I started thinking of all of my other favorite movies that didn’t make the list. I’d love to come up with an honorable mention list but maybe I’ll just save them for another post. Plus I’d love to hear some of your favorites that aren’t on my list.
I may have to disagree with Contact but I totally agree with the rest!
I remember my boss telling me years ago that her husband actually walked out on it in the theater. I never understood why. Love to hear what you didn’t like about it!
Here goes – LOVE Sliding Doors and really like Shawshank Redemption. Not a sci fi fan and have not seen Rushmore, but it sounds like a movie I would like. As for the Coen Brothers, I have not really enjoyed their movies except for Raising Arizona. I can’t stay awake through Fargo or O Brother Where Art Thou, but I am determined to try again. Someone suggested the Big Lebowski and I must say, I did like that one and was literally laughing out loud, which doesn’t happen much for me when watching a movie alone. Now, have you seen A Serious Man? It was so awful that the theater booed when it was over. And it was a theater of movie lovers – it was during the AMC’s Best Picture Show when they show all the Best Movies nominated for Academies, so these people know their movies. Watch it and let me know what you think. I can’t find anyone who has seen that movie except those with me that day.
And as for the AMC Best Picture Show, if you have an AMC Theater in Raleigh that hosts this, you should go. There are ten pictures nominated again this year, so the ten movies will be shown in two days of five movies – on Feb. 19 and the 26th. It’s a blast – at least our theather makes it a blast. Some areas doe a 24 hour movie marathon instead of two separate days.
Yay for the 2 movies you have seen and liked! Rushmore – definitely not everyone’s taste but I loved it. I have never seem O Brother Where Art Thou because it looked boring and I honestly have never heard of A Serious Man. Did you hate it too? Now I have to watch it. As for The Big Lebowski, people loved that movie but it never did anything for me.
Okay. so i have never seen Rushmore, but the others I would any day of the week. BUT Sliding Doors is one of my favorite movies ever! Adore Gwyneth and Love John Hannah! We first saw him in Four Weddings and a Funeral….hilarious.
I think I may be falling in love you more and more lady:)
I love that you love Sliding Doors! Movie tastes are always a good indicator of whether or not I’ll *really* get along with someone.
I agree with most of your list, but “Contact” and “Sliding Doors” for me are meh. However, good list.
I’m still dying to hear why someone didn’t like Contact!
Interesting. Sliding Doors, huh? I remember that movie and I kind of remember thinking it was sort of quirky and really bizarre. Like it had potential but just didn’t work with Gwenyth. I don’t know. But hey – you might not pick my top 5, either, right? It’s all about learning and growing together. 😛
So give me some of your tops? I’d love to know!
I LOVED sliding doors. Glad to see it included on this list. Probably the only thing I’ve ever seen Gwyneth in that didn’t annoy the crap out of me. Great movie.
Contact blew me away too. Great picks
Yes. I’m with you. Not a big Gwyneth fan but I loved the movie for the movie’s sake. And yes! Someone else who likes Contact!
I’ve seen all of them except fargo, and yeah didn’t like Contact at all. I’m glad you saw Sliding doors, so few i know have actually seen it. I liked it but didn’t love it and i wanted to love it. Rushmore i saw only because Bill Murray was in it. I’m glad i saw it though it was funny!
I have a 5 favorite movies list so i think maybe i should do this post too.
I loved Fargo and would love to hear why you didn’t like Contact. But I’d love to see your top 5 list!
I saw Sliding Doors….in fact, I’ve seen all of these, and a couple of them more than once!
I love Sliding Doors – not only for the brilliant journaling session that movie always brings about, but also – SCOTTISH accents! Hello John Hannah!
I can never hear the name Gary Glitter in any accent other than Scottish.
I LOVE Sliding Doors! “She’s kind of pretty. In a British, horsey sort of way.” Great flick. Contact? eh… Shawshank? Awesome! Didn’t see Fargo or Rushmore.
You must see the other two and then report back!!
My husband made me watch Fargo not to long along and I really liked it.
Quirky, funny, and violent. Great combo, right?
Sliding Doors is one of my absolute favorite movies! In fact, I just watched it on my flight to NY the other day.