Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Seven Most Favorite Movies

My friend, Kim, did a blog that I'm totally stealing for mine. It was really hard for me to pick just seven but here goes!

Y'all all know I love my Forrest. The first time I saw this movie was on VHS with Ami and Brian at Mama and Daddy's house, I guess it was 1995 or 1996. I've seen it a hundred times since then. I love it, love it, love it. In my humble opinion, Forrest Gump is THE greatest movie ever made. It has everything. Drama, comedy, heart-wrenching sadness, a lot of history and some really great music. It's perfect! I could watch it every day. It's almost impossible for me to pick my favorite quote because there are so many that I love but I think I'll say it's Forrest saying, "My mama always said you gotta put the past behind you before you can move on and I think that's what my running was all about."

I dare anybody to get through Steel Magnolias without squalling. I dare ya!! Who can get through Shelby's funeral at all?? Not me. M'Lynn's grief-stricken "I can jog all the way to Texas and back but my daughter can't! She never could!" just kills me. Again, so many favorite quotes but my very favorite is Shelby, bless her heart, saying, "I'd rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." Yeah, me, too, Shelby. Me, too.

Oh, this little movie right here. Fried Green Tomatoes. Idgie with her wild little self and Ruth, sweet gentle little thing she was, along with Evelyn and Mrs. Threadgoode (who I swore for years was Idgie!), tell the perfect story of love, friendship and tragedy. I love to go to Juliette to the Whistlestop Cafe where this movie was filmed and get a plate of yummy tomatoes and a barbecue sammich (the secret's in the sauce!) and just walk around and feel the presence of these girls and their story. I'm telling you, Idgie and Ruth are there.

I accidentally stumbled upon Almost Famous. I rented it one weekend at Blockbuster and I was hooked from the very first scene! Now it is one of my very favorites. It's about a teenage boy who goes on the road with a 70's rock band called Stillwater (great name!) to do a story for Rolling Stone magazine. Kate Hudson absolutely steals this movie (more about that in my #5 movie choice! Ha!) as Penny Lane, a band groupie, or Band-Aid, as they call her. She is incredible in this movie. My favorite part is the plane scene. There's nothing like bad turbulance to make you tell everything you know. Super cool movie!

Steal This Movie is the story of 60's activist Abbie Hoffman. The movie begins in 1977, after Abbie had gone underground to avoid jail for a drug arrest that he was totally framed for. He contacts a reporter to get the true story out hoping he'll be vindicated and as the interview between him and the reporter progresses, we see his life in flashbacks, from his early, early civil rights days through the trial of the Chicago Eight. We meet his wife, Anita, and baby son, america, who were struggling to survive during Abbie's absence, living on welfare in a cheap apartment in New York and we meet Johanna, Abbie's "wife" from his underground life. This is the part that really got me. Anita and america go to visit Abbie and Johanna and they all sleep under the same roof together. I don't think I'd be wanting to sleep on a sofa with my husband in the next room with another woman. I'm just sayin'. This is a great movie if you love Abbie Hoffman and what he stood for. And I do!

The Stand. Stephen King's greatest work as far as this girl is concerned. Ooooo woooo, this is an awesome movie!! It'll take you all of one Sunday to watch it but it is so worth it. A superflu kills off millions of people, leaving only a handful alive. And cute li'l Gary Sinise be one of them! :) The few survivors are pulled between strong forces of good and evil, all of them driven by dreams to a central location. The good ones go to Mother Abagail out in Nebraska, the bad ones, to Randall Flagg (the dang DEBIL!!), out in Las Vegas. This movie is so incredible, I can't even begin to describe it here. You just have to see it if you haven't. My most favorite part is at the very end when Flagg's about to kill Ralph and Larry and the hand of God comes down and wraps around that nuclear missile. Man, I LOVE that!!! Mother Abagail says from heaven, "You done good, boys. Come on home."

This mess right here. Raising Arizona. It is hilarious!! I watch this movie when I've had a bad day or just feel bad. I'll put this movie on and it always, always, always makes me feel better and laugh my butt off. It's about a couple who can't have a baby and, well, you know the rest. My favorite part is when H. I. goes into the store to get some Huggies and "whatever cash you got" and Ed's out in the car with baby Nathan, sees him in there robbing the place, gets out of the car, calls him a few choice SOBs and then leaves his butt there! LOVE this movie!!!

So there are seven of mine. Your turn!!


  1. Love it! Thanks for playing! So hard to pick just 7, right?! =D

  2. YES, it was!!! It was so much fun, though. I think I'm gonna do 7 Favorite Christmas Movies next month!!