How do you pick a favorite movie?
I've long proclaimed that asking me to pick a favorite is much like unto asking someone to pick their favorite child. Alas, a couple of my friends (1,2) have recently blogged about their favorite movies and it really got the wheels in my head turning: "Perhaps I should finally at least narrow down my list?"
So what is my determining qualification? Any movie that will make me absolutely excited anytime anyone says, "Let's watch..."
I believe some of my decisions will knock your socks off...with shock, not impression. I maybe sorta kinda watch movies to escape. My list of ten is a friendly list kinda number thanks to David Letterman. But me? I'm like Winnie the Pooh, I, "Think, think, think," and I definitely have my favorites that are above the others and then this garbled endless list* of, "but I love this one and this one and this one too..." The point is, I'm not certain these are the top ten, but at the time of pressing "publish," they are.
There is a certain amount of nostalgia involved in my choices. I've spent a lot of time thinking about why. As an adult, there is a lot required to make me feel a sense of awe and wonderment or that feeling that what I am experiencing is changing my life. As a child/adolescent, every new experience is embraced with the hungry vigor of youthful innocence. In a strange way, I long for the days when I was so innocent and impressionable, each experience intense and eye-widening. These movies bring those feelings to me again - every time I watch them I feel what I felt then. And that, my friends, is a treasure hard to come by.
A League of Their Own
You've Got Mail
A Christmas Story
Lord of The Rings Trilogy - Return of the King
Indiana Jones Trilogy - The Last Crusade
Back to the Future Trilogy - Part 1
What are your favorites?
Sharktopus (don't judge), The Burbs, Elf, Gremlins, Princess Bride, Heart and Souls, Return to Me, Dances with Wolves, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Ten Things I Hate About You, Labyrinth, While You Were Sleeping...