Alex Cavanaugh’s Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest is today. Be sure to visit him. This has been a difficult task for me because I like movies in general even though I'm not easy to impress. It's just that I have many favorites.
Here’s my top ten, in reverse.
10. Star Wars- 1977 and all sequels (mostly) (Fantasy, Sci Fi) – This is the traditional evil vs. good plot. Favorite characters are Hans Solo, Princess Leia and Yoda. (Crushed on Hans Solo.)
9. Premonition –2007 (Drama, Mystery) A woman learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day before, but the next day wakes up and finds he’s alive. Her days go back and forth – he’s dead, he’s alive. She decides to keep track of each day thinking she might be able to save him. Twist at the end. (Kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing.)
8. Hope Floats – 1998 (Drama, Romance) A woman’s husband (on TV show) confesses he’s loves someone else. Birdee (the character) moves her daughter back to live with her mom in her hometown. Birdee is severely depressed and has to heal and tries to help her daughter heal. (Don’t watch this if you’re depressed, but it is a great movie. Just got it for my birthday!)
7. Enough –2002 (Drama, Thriller) An abused woman takes her young daughter and runs from her husband the abuser. She knows she must keep them safe and trains to defend herself. Her husband tries to find her but…he shouldn’t have, if you know what I mean. (You feel like you’re right there with her and helping her do what she needs to do.)
6. Sleeping with the Enemy 1991 (Thriller) Another abused woman must get away from the abuser. She fakes her death and starts a new life, but she is found. (What’s up with me and domestic abuse movies? This movie kept me on guard.)
5. Star Trek (2009) (Action, Fantasy, Sci fi) – This movie takes us back to the beginning to see how the young and out of control James Kirk gets started with the Federation. He and the young Mr. Spock clash, but in the end their loyalty to the Federation helps them work together to triumph over the enemy. (LOVE this movie)
4. Two Weeks Notice – 2002 (Comedy, Romance) A nonprofit lawyer goes to work for the man, but the (ditsy) wealthy man treats her like his 24/7 servant. She leaves, but it’s too late. They’ve fallen in love. (Sandra Bullock is a funny actress. I saw this twice in the theaters with two separate people. Prepare to laugh.)
3. The Holiday – 2006 (Comedy, Romance) Two women suffering from broken hearts trade houses for the holiday season. One is in England and the other is in California. They’ve decided true love will never be theirs. Or will it? (A feel good movie!)
2. Hide and Seek – 2005 (Psychological Thriller) After his wife commits suicide, a widower moves with his young daughter to a remote area and uses his field of psychology to try and help her with her imaginary friend. Nothing is what it seems to be. (Warning: there is a dead cat scene – just remember it’s not real. This movie is one of my favorites. Talk about tense and confusing.)
1. Da Ta Da Daaaaaaaa My number one love of movies is a Nancy Meyers’ film
Something’s Gotta Give 2003 (Comedy, Romance). Two older single people treat their quest for love differently. They get together and then break up. The experience of a broken heart gives the female character, a playwright, material for a play. (This is my favorite movie. I watch it often. I love that the main female character is a writer and knows who she is. I love the house too. The cast of characters is phenomenal. (A warning: There is brief nudity and some expletives.)
YOU DIDN’T THINK I’D STOP THERE DID YOU? If you’re not ready to move on here’s my list of old movies, too. I suggest you rent each one. They are great movies. In reverse are:
10. The Egg and I – 1947 B/W (Comedy, Romance) A newlywed couple buy a rundown chicken farm. All kinds of things go wrong including their marriage. (Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray)
9. Max Dugan Returns – 1983 (Neil Simon Comedy/Drama) A down on her luck English teacher and single mother’s life is interupts when her criminal father comes back into her life. (Marsha Mason, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland, Matthew Broderick)
8. Murphy’s Romance – 1985 (Drama, Romance) A divorced single mom moves to a small town and starts a horse ranch. She falls for an older man and then her worthless ex-husband comes back in the picture. (Sally Fields, James Garner, Corey Haim)
7. The Omega Man – 1971 (Sci Fi Thriller) An scientist doctor who has been working on a cure for a plague that is wiping out the human race finds himself alone on Earth except for a group of killer nocturnal mutants. (Charlton Heston)
6. Soylent Green - 1973 (Futuristic, mystery, drama) The Earth is over populated. A NY police detective gets too close to the truth of the source for their food rations and is marked for murder by the government. (Another awesome Charlton Heston movie. Also, starring in the movie is Edward G. Robinson and Leigh Taylor Young)
5. The Odd Couple – 1968 (Comedy) Two friends who have opposite life styles and characters share an apartment. Neat versus slob. (Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau)
4. Yours Mine and Ours - 1968 (Comedy, Drama) A widower and widow find each other on a Navy base. They give into getting married and combining his ten children and her eight as a family. All kinds of problems arise. (Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda)
3. Please don’t eat the daisies – 1960 (Comedy) A new drama critic and his wife try to raise four sons in a small apartment. They have to find another place to live and move to a rundown house in the country where the husband must now commute to and from NY for his job. Problems arise that involve ego and another woman. (Doris Day and David Niven)
2. The Apartment – 1960 (Comedy, Romance) A man lets executives use his apartment for affairs and in turn they promise he will move up in the company. But, he falls in love with one of the women and jeopardizes everything. (Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray)
1. Miracle on 34th Street – 1947 (Drama, Family) A woman in charge of Santa and the Macy’s Parade doesn’t believe in anything fantasy and is raising her daughter that way. Then a man claiming to be Santa challenges her belief system. She falls in love with the attorney proving Santa’s identity. (Maureen O’Hara, Edmond Gwenn, John Payne, Natalie Wood)
There you have it, my choice of top
ten movies. You should have seen my first list.
Do you have a favorite movie? Or twenty?