I meant to do it. I really did. I forgot.
Alex Cavanaugh’s, The Movie Dirty Dozen Blogfest. Why? It’s simple, I love watching movies as much as I love reading.
Don’t judge me, it’s the truth. Books are good. Movies (and plays) are good too. What’s my favorite part of a movie? Not the stars. Not the ending. Nope. It has to do with writing. I love to dissect the story and see how the writer(s) writes.
I was supposed to sign up for the blogfest, but waited too long because I have commitment issues. I am a day or two late, but here I am participating in Alex’s blogfest. A.L.O.N.E.
Don’t feel sorry for me, I deserve the loneliness.
You need to know I am picky about my movies and few make it to my "list". Most of my movies are old movies. Here we go and not in any particular order. Look for a theme, there may be a quiz at the end or not. I own all of the movies listed except for one and watch them at least once or twice a year.
Something’s Gotta Give – (Nancy Meyers, wrote screenplay) The main character is a successful writer, a playwright. She is a woman who has given up on love. She owns the most beautiful summer home overlooking the beach that I want to live in when I grow up. She ends up falling for her daughter’s boyfriend.
The Holiday –(Nancy Meyers) The characters are all writers of some sort. Cameron Diaz writes movie trailers. Jude Law is an editor. Kate Winslet is a journalist. And Jack Black writes scores for movies. They all want to be loved.
Father of the Bride (1991), (Nancy Meyers) We took our kiddos to see this movie. I laughed so hard that I went into the ugly cry. The movie is about a father who can’t accept his little girl is now grown up and getting married.
Hope Floats (1998) Sandra Bullock plays a humiliated, depressed divorced woman who goes home to her mother. This one is about relationships. It's kind of a tearjerker. Don’t worry she finds love again. I think I related to her story somewhat.
Grapes of Wrath (1940)- Henry Fonda plays the main character of this John Steinbeck novel. (Yes, I’m a Steinbeck fan.) After economic ruin, the Joad family travel from Oklahoma to the promise land (California) in search of a new life. They are a family of hardship, let me tell you. It's rough, but it's good.
The Long Trailer (1954) Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz marry buy a camper trailer and take it across country. I love me some Lucy often. She keeps me human.
Murphys Romance (1986) This is my favorite Sally Field movie. I want to be the strong woman she is in this movie. Hardship, hard work, accomplishment, and love is what this movie is about.
Two Weeks Notice - Sandra Bullock made me do the belly laugh in the theater and I topped it off with an ugly hysterical laugh. She is an activist/lawyer who somehow agrees to work for a self serving firm/man. Of course they fall in love.
It’s Complicated (Nancy Meyers) Although crude in places, this one is very funny. So funny, I watched it twice to see if I would laugh as hard the second time. I did. I don't want to own it, but it made me laugh and think about my own divorced self.
The Omega Man (1971) A biological oops has left Charlton Heston as the last man alive- well except for killer zombies. This was the first I am Legend movie. I watch it at least once a year (and Soylent Green).
Barefoot in the Park (1967) is a movie about newlyweds (Jane Fonda and Robert Redford). This movie was bold for its time. It's sweet and I love it.
The Birds (1963) is an Alfred Hitchcock movie with Tippi Hedren. I watch it because Tippi is so talented and beautiful and her character is so classy. Her clothes are wonderful. It's a wonderful love story, even if it has killer birds who want to peck her eyes out.
With great movies like these to watch, I am inspired to write.
Questions for you: What do my choices say about me? Do you have a favorite movie?
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