Sunday, November 30, 2008


Okay, I grew up pre-VCR. When I was older, I didn't have time for movies, much. I generally worked in the evenings. Then I married Tim, and with five children, neither one of us had time for movies. Now I'm slowed down, and by necessity, Tim has slowed down too. One of the things that we've been doing a bit more of is watching movies. The problem is that Tim and I are so out of the loop, we can't even pick a good movie. I got this idea over at Bush Babe's. She was talking about a piece of her childhood, hearing her dad recite the poem 'The Man from Snowy River', which sparked a great deal of comment chatter about what an excellent movie that was. Right away, I put it on our short list of movies to rent, our short list containing exactly one movie...
Here's your challenge.
What are some 'must see' movies?
There are none which are too old to be listed.
I'm pretty behind in this area.
Do not assume I've seen anything.


Alison said...

Oh my gosh the comment box has changed!
The loops really do change, don't they?

I like Radio (with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Ed Harris) and also, The Notebook (no idea who's in it, but it's fairly easy to find).

Alison said...

PS... Remember the Titans is a goodie, too.

Debby said...

Alison: YOU'RE BACK! Oh, welcome, welcome, welcome. I missed you. Hugs and kisses to your whole family!

Alison said...

Thank you darling Debby :-) Hugs and kisses back to you guys, too.
(And I thought of another one - An Aussie flick called Lantana, with Anthony LaPaglia)

Bush Babe said...

Hmmmm. Looking in my hola-enormous library of DVDs here... you want oldies or newies??

SSB recommends Lethal Weapon 1,2,3,4!!

My all time faves: When Harry Met Sally (easy to love), Love Actually (lovely complex little intertwined stories), Silence of the Lambs (bit gory tho, my macabre side coming out), Pulp Fiction (also gory and surreal but wierdly funny too!)...

Where do you want me to stop??

Mary Paddock said...

Princess Bride
While You were Sleeping
Close Encounters
Dirty Dancing (sigh . . . )
The Net
Classic Star Wars (not so much the new ones)
All the Indiana Jones movies
Grosse Point Blank
Martian Child
Must Love Dogs
Runaway Jury
The Star Trek Movies
Indiana Jones
The Witness
The Terminator Movies
Kindergarten Cop
Fire Down Below
The Postman (Costner movie-well worth seeing if you haven't already)
Runaway Jury
The Cradle Will Rock
The Green Mile
Renaissance Man (Danny Devito)
Frisco Kid
Blazing Saddles
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

There's a really long list of science fiction movies (some hilariously bad), but I'm not sure how into that you are. What I can't name, I'm sure Scotty can. :)

Ummm . . . I guess you can tell we like movies

Anonymous said...

HI Deb We don't see a lot of movies but a few feel good ones that come to mind are -

Sleepless in Seattle
As Good as it Gets - Jack Nicholson
Music and Lyrics - Hugh Grant Drew Barrymore

I'm enjoying the list that others put in and will also 'borrow' a few titles there to sample.

Enjoy! Love Barb

Fastfingers said...

Oooh, oooh, my area! Definitely As Good as it Gets, definitely The Postman and Close Encounters (my all time favourite film). I'm a Britcom fan, so I'd suggest:

Four Weddings and a Funeral (FABulous)
Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War
Notting Hill (just a girl, looking at a boy, asking him to love her SNIFF)
Kinky Boots (luuuurve Kinky Boots)
Absolutely Fabulous (tho not actually a film)
Shaun of the Dead (zombies, but funny)
Keeping Mum (brilliant)
Gosford Park (oh so British)
About a Boy
Mamma Mia (big hit over here cos its the first time we've actually seen glorious sunlight in the UK for two years, albeit on screen!)

Honestly, there's loads of websites listing categories of The Best Films of All Time. And if you can get hold of any of the Black Books series, you're sorted, though obviously I'm Brit-biased :-)

If you need any sending over, y'just let me know, y'hear?

Heather said...

It looks like people have hit most of my favorites. I second Princess Bride and Shaun of the Dead. I'll add some old old ones - Roman Holiday, It Happened One Night

Mikey said...

Man From Snowy River is a staple at this house. Along with Lonesome Dove, which is a staple in any cowboy's house west of the Mississippi.
I also recommend Hope Floats. The Notebook. The Pursuit of Happyness (that IS how they spell it, totally worth seeing)
I love movie day :)

Bob said...

Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio -- both the book and the movie. I don't think the movie ever made it to big screen but it's great. Woody Harrelson is in it. The book it just as good.

Both Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II.

White Squall.

steviewren said...

Lars and the Real Girl made me fall over giggling. Love Actually is actually one of my faves. The Mirror Has Two Faces. Fiddler on the Roof got me through lots of down days after my divorce. Beware it is a musical...speaking of about Moulin Rouge and Chicago? In the foreign film category there's Life is Beautiful and Amelie. Shakespeare in Love is very good. Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13, The Green Mile and You've Got Mail are some of my Tom Hanks favorites. A Prayer for Owen Meany and My Big Fat Greek Wedding will make you happy you saw both of them.

Give me time and I'll think of more. Looks like you have a lot to catch up on. Let us know what you like as you watch them.

steviewren said...

BTW, if you think you will be renting a lot it will be to your advantage to sign up with an online service like Netflix or Blockbuster. I Netflix two movies at a time. You pick them out online. The advantage to this is that you can browse and read the synopsis and choose at your leisure. They have a larger stock of film than any rental store is able to keep on hand. The price is also cheaper than rentals. They mail you your choices and provide the envelope and postage for you to mail it back when you are finished watching. You can keep the movie for as long as you need. No extra fees for forgetting to return the movie on time. Just thought you might like to check it out.

Mikey said...

GAH! How could I forget? SECONDHAND LIONS!!! It's on TBS right now, and there is not a better feel good movie.... Dang I love this movie madly...

steviewren said...

I thought of more: Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride and Prejudice, Elf, It's a Wonderful Life, Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, Miracle on 34th Street, The Best Years of Our Lives, Anne of Green Gables, Amazing Grace, Bridget Jones Diary, Driving Miss Daisy, Forest Gump, Emma, The Goonies, Moon Struck, To Kill a Mocking Bird......

Reddunappylitivensfe said...

Dances with wolves, Kevin Costner
On Golden Pond, Catherin Hepburn-Henry Fonda
Spirit, stallion of the cimmaron-Cartoon good!
Alvin and the Chipmunks- Funny
Madagascar- also very funny
Lord of the rings trilogy, the new one, loved it

these are just a few of my favorites, have fun watching movies, it is good to slow down. I also am going through cancer. I had a brain tumor and radiation treatment, have follow up MRI this week. Take care of yourself.

jeanie said...

Aaaargh - blogger is messing with me this morning.

I second Princess Bride - also Housekeeping; Proof (Aussie film AND Hal Hartley file); anything Hal Hartley; Victor Victoria; Big Fish; Chocolat... oh, and if you have missed the Pixar phenomenon that has intrigued children and parents alike for the last few years, try Monsters Inc.

MuseSwings said...

Lots of good choices in comments! Here are a few I've watched several times:
Only You
Secondhand Lions
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Pieces of April
Rules Of Engagement
The Holiday
The Station Agent
Fried Green Tomatoes

Scotty said...

Autumn In New York (Richard Gere and Winona Ryder)
What Women Want (Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt)
Pay It Forward (Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt)
Wall-E (Pixar animated)
The Abyss (extended version if you can get it)
Zathura (like Jumanji but with a space theme)
Alien 1 and 2
The Machinist (it's a dark movie with an incredibly thin Christian Bale in it)
The Fountain (Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weiss)

PaintedPromise said...

Lots of those are good... and I don't have time to go slowly through the list... but I don't think I saw the one we just got this weekend and watched, it is called August Rush, it was awesome :)

Fried Green Tomatoes (sp? yikes!) and Thelma and Louise are my alltime favorites, and of course anything with a horse in it...

Fastfingers said...

I think you're going to have to do a poll, Deb, to whittle them all down :-) You're certainly not short on film choices now are you! Enjoy.

Debby said...

Thanks everyone. I've made a list of the movies I haven't seen, or haven't seen in such a long time that I'd like to see again.

A Novel Woman said...

Hi Debby, I'm new to your blog and found you via Bush Babe. I love your honesty and humour and your writing style. I'm also in your debt because I've sat here all morning going through your old blog posts instead of cleaning up the house (which I desperately need to do unless the Christmas decorations I'm supposed to haul out of storage are going to be draped over all boxes and discarded socks and stacks of books everywhere.)

I second most of the movie suggestions above, especially PRINCESS BRIDE and WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, but one standout for me, one I watch over and over when I need a boost of comfort, is ENCHANTED APRIL. (Can you see my kids rolling their eyes from where you sit? Phht. They know nothing.) It's about a small group of British women circa 1920 who rent a villa in Italy for the month of April. It's wonderful and as cosy as curling up with hot tea and a grumpy cat.

I also love FINDING NEMO (animated) and NATIONAL VELVET with a young Elizabeth Taylor. It's surprisingly witty and sly, considering when it was made. I adore the mom in that movie.

Nice to "meet" you! I'll be adding you to my blog roll, and my prayers.


Pencil Writer said...

I'm a little slow to get to this, but I was out of town. So, in addition to many of the suggestions from those before me (I second a huge number of their choises) I'd add:
The Four Feathers
Hidalgo (horse lovers why haven't you mentioned this one???)
Ever After
Ice Age
The Incredibles
Sabrina--Harrison Ford version

There are probably more if I stopped to think deeper, but you've got quite a lot to sift through already. And the Netflix deal is the way we go! I second that choice for sure!

Pencil Writer said...

PS the Four Feathers has Heath Ledger as the main character. It's a GREAT movie.

Pencil Writer said...

Oh! I forgot to mention this one: Steel Magnolias. I got to watch as filming was taking place. Have two kids who got to be extras, one who was almost the stand-in for the baby, and had friends who you actually see in the movie. It was an interesting experience I never planned on participating in. As a result I have a greater understanding of how movies are made. It is work! (Who woulda thunk it?!!)

Aside from all that: the movie is a good one. I think you'd like it and relate. You might not be a Southern Belle (magnolia), but honey, you got some steel!

Stuart Peel said...

Let's go classic. It's a Wonderful Life, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Meet Me In St. Louis, Miracle on 34th Street (original version), A Night At The Opera, The Big Sleep (1941 version), High Society, North By Northwest, Vertigo, Rear Window and The Odd Couple. If you like any or all of these it'll open up a whole new set of stuff to recommend.

Debby said...

Someone sent a movie in for us. If you've never seen 'Shall we Dance', I recommend it. It was beautifully done, and I'm not a fan of ballroom dancing!