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I am a HUGE movie buff, as any of my friends can tell you, so picking my favorite movies is going to be quite difficult. Honestly, I just find the whole process fascinating. It seems hard enough to craft the story, but then you have to decide how to make it come to life. The sets, the lighting, the sounds, the wardrobe–not to mention finding the right actors–it’s all enough to make my head spin. I’m so glad that someone else has that vision. I just wish they would envision me working with them sometime!
So back to my favorite movies…I think my list is probably too long, but here goes nothing! (Please note: That One Mom is an Amazon Affiliate and clicking on any of these links will take you to their website. Any purchases via Amazon Affiliate links provide commission to us at no additional cost to you.)
I made up groups for these, but they are in no particular order.
Favorite 80’s Movies:
The Goonies. I watched it multiple times in the theater when it came out. I know my Mom probably got sick of it. Still, I wanted to go on an adventure like that and I was so torn between my love for Mikey and my love for Brand…
Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles. Molly Ringwald is in all of them. In Pretty In Pink you have those amazing “homemade” outfits that I could never duplicate at home and that little pink car. In the Breakfast Club, you had a smorgasbord of 80’s talent. In Sixteen Candles, you had Long Duc Dong and the Geek for comic relief, but we mustn’t forget the absolute best part of the whole movie–Jake Ryan. He had the hair, the flannel shirt, and that sweet red car!!!
Dirty Dancing. My own personal description of Dirty Dancing…”One of the best movies ever made with some of the worst dialogue ever written.” Still, I love it and I’ve watched it so many times I’ve lost count. It was one of the very first VHS tapes I actually owned (Christmas present) and I can still sing every song on the soundtrack. “So you just put your pickle on everybody’s plate college boy and leave the hard stuff to me.”
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. I love musicals. I rented this one the other day so my daughter could watch it with me. She loved it. My husband thought it was cheesy. He just doesn’t get quality entertainment.
Pitch Perfect. I’m counting this as a musical because there is a lot of singing going on! This movie combines my love of snarky dialogue and choral music. Throw in a little Fat Amy and I don’t know how that could ever be wrong.
Phantom of the Opera. So Gerard Butler isn’t Michael Crawford. His voice is not quite as good, but he’s Gerard Butler. Emmy Rossum has a fabulous voice and the costumes and set design make this movie worth the watching!
Favorite Dance Movies:
Take the Lead. I like to watch people dance. I like ballroom dancing. And I particularly love the Tango. I also like to listen to Antonio Banderas talk and if you have ever watched the movie “Hook,” you will be cheering “Rufio, Rufio”!! The dance competition scene is a must-see.
Step Up 1-4. These aren’t the best stories ever written, but the dancing is through the roof!! I like them all and I have been known to hit fast forward or rewind just to watch them dance. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Channing Tatum was the star of the first one. I think Adam Sevani who played Moose in all the other ones is the real star now!
Favorite Christmas Movies:
The Santa Clause 1, 2, and 3. It’s the normal side of Santa. The side where he has to deal with family and work issues and still be magical for everyone else. Tim Allen is funny and the “elves” are always cute.
Favorite Older Movies That You May Not Remember:
Summer Magic. This one may be a little obscure for some people. It’s an old Disney movie from the 1960’s starring Hayley Mills and Burl Ives. He sings the Ugly Bug Ball song–one of the best songs ever!
Favorite Adventure/Fantasy/Action Movies:
Lord of the Rings…The Trilogy. I love the scenery and the costumes and the Hot Elf Boy. The story is good and then there’s that whole Mikey-from-Goonies-is-playing-Samwise-Gamgee-and-going-on-another-adventure thing going on!!
Pirates of the Caribbean…any and all!! The stories are great, the characters are fun, and the scenery is divine! I particularly like it when people get stranded on deserted islands. My Hot Elf Boy is in this movie too. Only, he’s not an elf and despite being sweet and adorable, he just can’t compete with the piratey-ness that is Jack Sparrow. Who knew that being dirty and unkempt and having weird teeth could be so oddly attractive? I’m sure some man somewhere thanks you Jack.
Narnia 1, 2, & 3. These are kind of like the Harry Potter movies in that I love everything about them and can’t think of any complaints. There is plenty of adventure and they are kid and adult friendly. The first three were wonderful and I’ve read that there are at least a couple of more in production.
Thor 1 & 2. It’s not so much the story line as it is the actors who star in it. I’m not sure anyone could play more convincing roles than Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Thor takes his shirt off.
The Expendables 1 & 2. I just can’t help myself. It wouldn’t matter how incredibly stupid they got, I would still watch these movies. I think it’s mostly because of the iconic 80’s action heroes…and partly because of Jason Statham.
Favorite Animated Movies:
Brave. I have this whole love affair thing with Scotland anyway. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like and if you pay close attention when the men are climbing down the wall, you might see more than you bargained for!!
Favorite Funny, Sweet, or Romantic Movies:
Warm Bodies. This is a Zombie movie. It’s not the best movie ever made, but it is the only Zombie movie that I will willingly watch. (I saw Dawn of the Dead when I was a kid…scarred me for life.) Listen closely to the things they say or you might miss the really funny stuff.
Well that’s about it! It’s safe to say that I have varied taste when it comes to what I watch. You won’t find too many thrillers and absolutely no, what I would consider, horror movies. My heart just can’t take it! Other than that, I love to watch just about any kind of movie and it’s also pretty obvious that I have a thing for sequels. I guess I just don’t like the stories to end. : (
I told you mine, now you tell me yours…what are your favorite movies?
*I am not affiliated in any way, form, or fashion with the actual movies, actors, or characters described above. I am, however, an Amazon affiliate. So if you order through one of those links, I’m supposed to get a percentage. I’m new to this and don’t know how well it actually works though, so don’t hold it against me. And if you can find the movie at a less expensive price, by all means, buy it!!!!