Not Just For Chicks Flicks

September 20, 2008

I saw this movie meme over at LA’s place, and thought I’d do it, too.  Like LA, I don’t do tags.  The other requirement I can’t satisfy is “List when you saw it for the first time.”   Sadly, my memory isn’t what it used to be…

The rules of the road are:

You must post ten, yes, TEN favorite films, and don’t include any that are sequels we’ll just assume you liked those as well.

List when you saw it the first time.

You must post the list in your diary, not my comments and no tag backs.

Don’t include anything older than your birth year. (Everyone has great older movies that they enjoy, and honestly there are a number of fantastic older movies, but every smart person in the world can see those for the brilliance that they are… share something different).

They don’t have to be in any particular order. Some come and go, or become less important over time, so your list can be fluid, #1 doesn’t have to be your most favorite.

Then, you get to tag five people!

For the record, this list of mine is subject to change.  Like my favorite songs, my favorite movies change according to my mood.  Anywhere, here goes.

1. Fiddler on the Roof – I have loved this movie ever since I first saw it at the age of 16 or 17.  My sisters and I used to sing songs from this musical while we washed the dishes after dinner.  In later years, I was very pleased when my daughter, Leigh, became a fan of this movie.  She and I would jump to our feet, raise our arms high, and do the “Tevye stomp” as we sang along to “If I Were a Rich Man.” Good times!

Perchik: Money is the world’s curse.
Tevye: May the Lord smite me with it. And may I never recover.

2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – I first saw this movie when it came out in 1975, and have since watched it at least 20 times.  My cousin, my sister, Michele, and I went to a drive-in theater to see the film. The occasion was so momentous I commemorated it by snapping a photo of my movie mates standing in front of the marquee.  Now I am tickled pink that my daughters share my adoration for this flick.

King Arthur: I am your king.
Woman: Well I didn’t vote for you.
King Arthur: You don’t vote for kings.
Woman: Well how’d you become king then?
King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
Dennis: Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

3. Rocky Horror Picture Show – I don’t remember when I first saw this movie, but I do remember going to the midnight show week after week for a while there back in the day.  It was so much fun, even though I must admit to being a bit envious of  how good Tim Curry looked in a corset.   It makes me happy that this, too, is a movie my daughters are crazy about.   Be forewarned that it is my intention to someday dress up as Riff Raff.  I already have the wig.

Frankenfurter:  I see you shiver with antici………………………………………….pation.

4. Bye Bye Birdie – I was 9 years old when I first saw this movie, and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since.  Bobby Rydell (as Hugo Peabody) was my very first celebrity crush.  It was a great source of delight in later years when my daughters fell in love with the movie (and Bobby Rydell).  I can still picture them singing  “You Gotta Be Sincere” and pretending to swoon with the ladies of Sweet Apple, Ohio.

Hugo Peabody: This town is awfully square for a cat like me.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird – I don’t know when I first saw this movie (I was 8 years old when it was released), but I do know that I love it as much as I love the book, which is a whole lot.  Atticus Finch and Boo Radley are two of my favorite characters ever.

Atticus Finch:  “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions,” said Atticus, “but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.  The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

6. My Dinner With Andre – This movie is based on actual conversations between Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn as they dine in a restaurant in NYC.  At first, I wondered how I could stand to sit and watch two men do nothing more than talk (and eat) for 110 minutes.  I was afraid I’d be bored to tears.  Instead, I was enthralled.

Andre: Remember that moment when Marlon Brando sent the Indian woman to accept the Oscar, and everything went haywire? Things just very rarely go haywire now. If you’re just operating by habit, then you’re not really living.

7. The Godfather – I have a particular fascination for mobster movies – A Bronx Tale,  Goodfellas, Casino, etc.  Perhaps my Italian heritage has something to do with that… The Godfather is the cream of that crop.

Peter Clemenza: Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

8. The Way We Were – This movie breaks my heart every time I watch it.  And Robert Redford sure was easy to look at.

Hubbell Gardner: People are more important than their principles.
Katie Morosky Gardner: People ARE their principles.

9. Once – This Irish film about struggling musicians enchanted me, and I was so bewitched by the music, I had to buy the soundtrack.

Girl: How come you don’t play during daytime? I see you here everyday.
Guy: During the daytime people would want to hear songs that they know, just songs that they recognize. I play these song at night or I wouldn’t make any money. People wouldn’t listen.
Girl: I listen.

10. Shirley Valentine – I adore this movie about a middle aged housewife who talks to the wall.

Shirley Valentine: Hiya Wall.
[to the camera]
Shirley Valentine: Well what’s wrong with that? There’s a woman three doors down talks to her microwave. Talking to a microwave! Wall, what’s the world coming to ?

In other news, yesterday was “Dress up as a literary character” day.  Some of you will remember that I dressed up as Harry Potter’s Hagrid last year.   This year, in honor of The Big Read and The Great Gatsby, I wore a flapper costume.  (There were no prizes this year, darn it.)

Thank goodness that’s over with.

I’d also like to mention that my foot is still causing me pain.  I saw a podiatrist on Thursday, and he said it would have been better if the toe was broken.  Soft tissue damage takes a lot longer to heal.  I am so looking forward to being able to wear a shoe on that foot again.

By the way, I’m not the person who is faced with an inequitable situation on the job.  I am a salaried employee, and get paid according to the terms of my contract.  Still, I am grateful for your input.  Thanks for all the terrific responses.

Song of the Day:  That’s Why God Made the Movies by Paul Simon


18 Responses to “Not Just For Chicks Flicks”

  1. Rick Boyer said

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  2. jimsmuse said

    What a great post about favorite movies! Since the first 8 are all movies that I love as much as you do, I’m going to have to check out the 2 I haven’t seen yet on your recommendation.

    Great blog!

  3. Sasha said

    I love My Dinner With Andre, too! You make a perfect flapper. What a great costume!

  4. Jim said

    I’ve wanted to do that meme but I’m also not sure when and where I saw some of them.

  5. Alvin said

    Don’t know much a bout Fiddler on the Roof, but I do know HOT!

    Nice shot.


  6. yaketyyak said

    *Blush* Thanks, Alvin. You made my day!

  7. Carol said

    I love the photo! You look great.

  8. Great List…and as always…you look fantastic! You always come up with the BEST costumes!!!

  9. LA said

    Excellent choices! And seriously sex-ay costume! ~LA

  10. Bex said

    I have that movie, “Once” and just loved it. I heard the male and female leads interviewed on public radio one Saturday and had to go out and buy it (or rather “click” and buy it). It was fabulous.

  11. LeAnn said

    You make a great flapper. I wonder why you didn’t win a prize???!!! I call my dog Frank Frankenfurter but I didn’t know it was a movie. I thought I made it up.

  12. Nice pictures.
    I will tell my campaign team to hire you.

  13. terri t. said

    You looked great as a flapper! Wonderful costume.
    Thanks for all the movie mentions….I have seen some of them.
    and I am really, really relieved that the subject of the previous blog was not you….I am sorry for whoever it was about but very glad you don’t have to deal with that situation yourself.

  14. terri t. said

    i think that should have been “whomever”….LOL

  15. Stefani said

    I’ve always been curious about My Dinner with Andre. I’d forgotten about it until you mentioned. Might have to put that in my Netflix queue.

    Nice costume!

  16. Bev said

    I’d do this, but I write about movies so often, nobody would be interested. That said, however, your “dress like a literary character” was great–at first I thought it was “Auntie Mame”!!

  17. jimsmuse said

    @Bev: I’m going to have to start reading your blog. “Auntie Mame” is in my top ten, and I always have two copies on hand: one to watch, and one to give away when people see it and say “I have to own this movie!” Cheers!

  18. What great choices for favorite movies you have seen. Three of my all time favorite movies is: Gone With the Wind, Out of Africa and The 13th Warrior. You look great as a flapper.

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