My Top Ten Movies

19 Nov

I had a toss and turn sort of night and if I got three hours of sleep, it was a miracle.  Consequently, I have an excuse for reposting this from two years ago.   

Be warned: the colour-coded asterisks are back.  Forgive mezzzzzzzzzz………

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Okay, I’d better start by admitting that there are actually fifteen films on the list.  I did manage to rate them but I couldn’t leave out the last four; I can’t hurt their feelings, I’m afraid.  And yes, I know celluloid/digital things don’t have feelings…I suppose my anthropomorphism* of them comes from the same logic that led me to never say in my mind the code of the padlock to the outside bin cupboard in case identity thieves or secret government agencies read my mind** and accessed my shredded documents and potato peelings.  I only stopped doing it when it occurred to me that if the government has the power to read minds then they could probably get past a three-for-a-pound padlock without too much difficulty.  It was about that time I also decided to stop wearing the foil hat.

The List:

  • Terminator & Terminator 2 – T1 because it’s the greatest love story ever told and T2 because it’s the story of a mother’s love and redemption.  The fact that there’s loads of violence is simply a fortunate coincidence.  I never watched a violent movie until I saw T1: we were newlyweds living in a flat in Jo’burg and my brother and his girlfriend came to stay, bringing movies that had blood and guts but no romance, I thought, including Mad Max (if ever there was a prescient name for Mr Gibson, that’s it) and The Terminator.  I didn’t want to watch any of them but I was a new hostess and soppy in love with the Hub back then, and allowed myself to be persuaded.  I’m so glad I did.  I was glued to the screen (my brother’s a great practical joker) and I have loved T1 ever since.
  • Love Actually – what’s not to love, actually?  Great ensemble cast, interwoven characters, humour, pathos, the best wedding scene in the history of film, and Hugh Grant calling Margaret Thatcher ‘a saucy minx’.
  • It’s A Wonderful Life – the best Christmas film ever made.  We made the boys watch it with us one Christmas Day.  Tory Boy protested loudly right up to the first five minutes in (particularly that it was in black & white), and then became engrossed in the film and outraged at George Bailey’s rotten luck and unfair shake at the world.  I’ve only ever seen him that indignant over a scratched dvd, so it was quite a conversion.
  • Forrest Gump Field Of Dreams – I’ve read both of the books on which the films were based and much prefer the movies.  Forrest, Forrest Gump is an ‘idiot savant’*** and gets to hump a lot and Shoeless Joe Jackson is no Ray Liotta.  Mind you, neither is Ray Liotta these days: have you seen his face?  Euggh.  Why people have plastic surgery thinking it will fix growing old is beyond me.   
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol – the best Christmas film ever made: ‘Light the lamp, not the rat!  Light the lamp, not the rat!’  Brilliant!
  • Signs – M. Night Shyamalammmmm is a genius and I hope one day to be able to shake his hand and ask him, ‘How do you pronounce your surname?’  This film is the most scared I like to be, and it terrifies me every time I watch it even though I know the ending.  Which makes me about as bright as a dog who attacks his own leg.
  • The Last of the Mohicans – the one with Daniel Day Lewis.  It’s the only film in which I ever thought he was attractive; I guess I must like my men with long hair and wearing smelly moccasins.  We drove 100kms to watch this on our tenth wedding anniversary.  Mum babysat Tory Boy and we went for a meal and a movie.  I didn’t want to see it but the Hub was desperate, it was on its last week in cinemas, and I was still somewhat in love.  Of course, it was Terminator 1 all over again, but without the annoying sibling.  I once watched it on M-Net three times in one week.
  • You’ve Got Mail – the best three little words ever (I’ve been married a long time).  Although, here in Britain it is, ‘You have mail, sir,’ from our butler.  We Brits tend to be more formal.
  • The Sound of Music – singing nuns and singing Nazis?  You’d have to be daft not to love it.
  • Moulin Rouge – any film that contains an Elephant Love Medley and an unconscious Argentinian gets my vote.
  • The Santa Clause – the best Christmas film ever made.  I love it.  Are you sensing a pattern?  All of these Christmas movies bang on about the spirit of Christmas and the true meaning of Christmas without once mentioning the story of Christmas.  But hey, that’s Christmas for you.
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – Donny Osmond.  Sigh.
  • The Untouchables – Kevin Costner in a mac and Sean Connery in the worst Irish accent ever, plus a fabulous soundtrack.  I love it.

And there you have it.**** 

Now, what does my list say about me? 

It says that I have an obsession with Christmas, I love musicals and violence is fun.  It says I like Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rizzo the Rat i.e. I don’t have a type.  Therefore, my favourite all-time film would be a violent musical about Christmas, starring the thinking woman’s beefcake rodent.

*A word used deliberately to dispel the scurrilous rumour that my readers are all better read than I am.

**Not as nutty as it sounds; there’s not much in there.

***I use inverted commas because I’m quoting from the book.  I’m not sure in this pc world of ours if this term is still in use; though I have to say this is one time I’m in favour of political correctness because it’s a horrible way to describe someone.  If anyone knows another term, I’d appreciate you leaving a comment letting me know, and I’ll change it.

****Not quite: I desperately wanted to include Scrooged but a Top Ten stretched to sixteen and starring four Christmas films was a step too far, I’m afraid.  Carol Kane’s kicking fairy will have to go on another list: Mythical Film Creatures or, Why I Don’t Have Any Friends.

Now tell me about your favourite movies, please.  I’d love to know, in case I missed a good ‘un.  And what do you think your list says about you?

41 Responses to “My Top Ten Movies”

  1. mairedubhtx November 19, 2012 at 13:17 #

    What can I say except that you have extremely good taste in films? Good choices all.


  2. laurieanichols November 19, 2012 at 13:51 #

    One of my favorite romantic lines ever “I will find you no matter how long or how far” I swoon whoever I think of Daniel Day Lewis saying that to Madeleine Stowe. I agree with the list and Scrooged is a great movie.


  3. vivinfrance November 19, 2012 at 14:08 #

    Wot no Sleepless in Seattle? I don’t see that many films, but did love Ladies in Lavender and Calendar Girls. Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday is hilarious and another lovely French film is A Good Year (with Russell Crowe) But I couldn’t think of ten!


    • theonlycin November 19, 2012 at 18:23 #

      I’m on a BBC series-watching jag at the moment. have seen all the Downton, Lark Rise to Candleford and Beautiful People. Incorrigible Anglophile, I am 🙂


  4. JulesPaige November 19, 2012 at 14:44 #

    Just wanted to thank you for your Mandala link. Be well – cheers.
    Oh, While it may never end up in the Top Ten of movies, I just saw “Flight” and well if you get a chance for the matinee (Full price movies are just too much), anyway this adult movie is a different type of thriller.


  5. Rorybore November 19, 2012 at 15:07 #

    Complete agree with It’s a Wonderful Life and Forrest Gump. and mine would definitely have to include Scrooged…..because oh my goodness Cane and Murray are brilliant.

    I don’t know if I can do 10 here, but some of the highlights: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, The Princess Bride (“inconceivable!” so many quotes…..). If I want violence, I go with Gladiator, and if I want a side of awkward sexual tension it is definitely The Professional. And finally, Charlie Chaplin: always. (especially City Lights)


  6. judithatwood November 19, 2012 at 16:13 #

    We hit a lot of the same movies in our lists — T1 IS the greatest love story ever told, and T2 the best sci-fi film ever made. I would add Get Shorty — John Travolta walking down a sidewalk looks just as good in 2012 as he did in 1978, plus, the story is hilarious. The followup to that movie doesn’t get my vote of approval. All-time favorite movie? Independence Day. Will Smith — mmmmmmmmmmmmm.


  7. Pseu November 19, 2012 at 17:02 #

    IN no particular order and off the top of my head,
    American Beauty,
    Shawshrank Redemption
    One Flew over the cuckoo’s nest
    Goodnight Mr Tom
    The Truman Show
    Groundhog Day
    Private Function
    A fish called Wanda


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 20, 2012 at 08:16 #

      Goodnight Mr Tom – isn’t that a TV drama? They don’t count but it is such a good one that I’ll let you keep it.

      I like all of your yours but only Groundhog Day would be in my Top Fifty.

      Apart from Private Function; I don’t know that one.


      • Pseu November 20, 2012 at 09:09 #

        No it was a TV film….
        Goodnight Mister Tom is a 1998 film adaptation by Carlton Television of the book of the same name by Michelle Magorian; the cast featured the veteran British actor John Thaw and was directed by Jack Gold.
        We watched it on DVD, and it was very well done.


  8. Elaine - I used to be indecisive November 19, 2012 at 17:26 #

    Ooh, I’ll have to think about my top 10. I feel a post coming on!

    I was going to say which ones of yours I agree with, but it will be easier to say which ones I don’t! I’ve never seen the Terminator films, so I have no idea about them, or Signs, or The Last of the Mohicans. Am I missing something?


  9. Hattie November 19, 2012 at 18:43 #

    I am a weird person and like weird foreign movies, especially weird Japanese and Korean movies.
    Kurosawa is my favorite.


  10. kateshrewsday November 19, 2012 at 21:39 #

    Could not agree more with this list, Tilly. Mine would have been almost identical. It’s spooky. Right down to the Sound of Music.


  11. sarsm November 20, 2012 at 01:12 #

    Mine would include a few of yours: Love Actually, You’ve Got Mail, The Sound of Music, Last of the Mohicans. I also love: The Kings Speech, A Fish Called Wanda, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Crash, Hotel Rwanda and In Bruges.

    Can we do series now and see what else we have in common? Can we?

    OK, I’ll go first: Spooks, Cold Feet, Homeland, Friends, The Paradise, Getting On, Nighty Night, Sherlock, The Royal Family, The Office.

    10’s not enough is it?

    I’ve never watched Downton Abbey. Shame on me or for me?


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 20, 2012 at 08:24 #

      Oo, excellent choices of films.

      If we did series, mine would go on forever. But I can tell you what would be the top of my list: The West Wing.

      Check out Cin, higher up; she did series as well.


  12. klrs09 November 20, 2012 at 05:19 #

    Great post (re-post)! Loved how you loved everything!
    Here’s my list (off the top of my head and in no particular order)
    – Camelot — with Richard Harris — I’ve seen it a gazillion times and I begin crying the minute it starts.
    – The Postman — Kevin Costner as a cowardly postman in an apocolyptic future — it’s wonderful
    – Big Fish — Ewan MacGregor — this is an absolutely lovely movie — again a big tear-jerker
    – The Nightmare Before Christmas — I am dying for this to be made into a stage play
    – Love Actually — because really? who doesn’t love Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson
    – Singing in the Rain — the dancing, the singing and Gene Kelly!
    – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — a family tradition in our home
    – It’s a Wonderful Life — Jimmy Stewart is the best and I still always get mad at Mr. Gower hits him in the sore ear
    – Lawrence of Arabia — Peter O’Toole — need I say more?
    – The Black Stallion — the one from the 70’s — such a gorgeous horse, beautiful cinematography, a lovely, classic story
    – Casino Royale — Daniel Craig is to die for as Bond

    These are just a few of my favorites — guess I’m a little obsessed with stories.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 20, 2012 at 08:25 #

      I like a few of your favourite things: The Postman/Singing in the Rain/Casino Royale; but I don’t know The Black Stallion and Big Fish…shudder 😀


  13. bevchen November 20, 2012 at 09:37 #

    My mum LOVES The Sound of Music. Interestingly, nobody in Austria’s ever heard of it (as I learned when I lived there).

    My all time favourite film is A League of Their Own. Not sure what that says about me…
    I also love The Crow, Edward Scissorhands and Nightmare Before Christmas. Oh, and all the Kevin Smith films, especially Dogma.


  14. viveka November 20, 2012 at 16:40 #

    There is a couple of films that I like very much too – no very keen on Christmas films, because I’m not into Christmas as such.
    My favorite films are – My life as a Dog, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, Pretty Woman, Primal Fair, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version), Black Rain and Untouchable, as you.


  15. Janie Jones November 21, 2012 at 02:33 #

    You already know mine: Joe vs the Volcano. But, I am also partial to Legally Blonde. I think my favorites say never underestimate the underdog, take responsibility for your self, and don’t be afraid of life.


  16. Perfecting Motherhood November 21, 2012 at 03:32 #

    – Elf: best Christmas film ever made!
    – The Shawshank Redemption: I love, love, love that movie and love the Stephen King novella just as much.
    – Cast Away: the future is unwritten and for us to decide
    – Big Fish: LOVE that Tim Burton movie. Great story about a son and his father.
    – Edward Scissorhands: LOVE that Tim Burton movie. It’s magical.
    – Dead Poets Society: carpe diem.

    Many more, too many to list here.


  17. bluebee December 1, 2012 at 06:39 #

    I also ended up watching a Terminator movie against my will and became hooked 🙂

    My list of favourite movies includes

    Crash (the one with Thandie Newton and Sandra Bullock, not the other one which is very weird)
    The Piano (never judge a man by his face – a nude Harvey Keitel is quite delicious 🙂 Wonderful cinematography and an uplifting ending)
    Look Both Ways (loved the way the main female character’s worst-case scenario thoughts were depicted in animation)
    The Sweet Hereafter (a haunting human drama)
    The Painted Veil (Beautifully filmed – loved the story, and Ed Norton in this role)
    Analyze This
    Primal Fear (brilliant thriller – and it stars Ed Norton :))
    Breach (another brilliant thriller, based on a true story)
    Little Miss Sunshine (I found this utterly hilarious, and that probably says more about me than I want to acknowledge)
    Singing in the Rain (Cyd and Gene dancing in the nightclub is my favourite dancing scene of all time – Cyd Charisse was such an incredible dancer and beauty)

    oh, dear, is that 10 already?

    Love the Indiana Jones, (recent) Sherlock Holmes and Batman movies as well

    (Thx – this was fun! Am off to see ‘Skyfall’ in an hour :))


  18. epicduda May 28, 2013 at 20:11 #

    Can’t make a list, but some of my favourites are Avengers Assemble, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Skyfall, Pan’s Labyrinth, Nightmare before Christmas and Coraline.


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