30-Day Blog Challenge: Day 2–Let’s Go To the Movies!


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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 Princess Bride.  It will always be one of my favorites.  I can quote it and tell you fun facts and I find it inconceivable that anyone would not adore this movie.

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.”

The Lost Boys.  Ah, the Corey’s.  And hot Jason Patric.  And creepy vampires before creepy vampires were really cool.

Fletch.  Just because it’s funny and goofy and my boys seriously love this movie.  Probably because they have the kind of sense of humor Chevy Chase does.  It will make you feel like a hundred dollars.

Favorite Musicals:

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.

Singin’ In the Rain.  It’s Gene Kelley.  He sings in the rain.  And he dances.  That is all you need.

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!

Cats.  Technically, this is a video recording of a Broadway play.  I’m counting it though.  It’s wonderful and amazing and makes me wish cats were really like that.

My Fair Lady.  Audrey Hepburn and music and fabulous costumes and the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.

Mary Poppins.  If you don’t know about this movie, you have been deprived your whole entire life.  Also, I love you Julie Andrews.

The Sound of Music.  Again with the Julie Andrews.  She’s amazing.  The entire cast was amazing.  The songs were amazing.  They can re-do it as many times as they like…they will never top that!

Grease.  Because…Hey.  Yo.  Sandy… (I’ll always love you Danny Zucko.)

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:

White Christmas.  There is not one single thing I dislike about this movie.  The music, the dances, the characters, the story, the costumes, the set, and the actors…all sublime.

Elf.  Definitely the best role I’ve ever seen Will Ferrell in.  It’s a super cute, feel good movie with so many things that I love.  Things like smiling, singing, and Christmas decorating!!

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!

Arsenic and Old Lace.  Very old movie.  Watch it if you can find it.  It’s really cute, plus Cary Grant is in it.  Did I mention Cary Grant?

Meet Me In St. Louis.  Judy Garland is always stellar, but it’s Margaret O’Brien who plays Tootie that really steals the show.  I just looked her up and she’s still acting!

The Jerk.  Steve Martin.  Enough said.

The Blues Brothers.  John Belushi and Dan Akryod were always funny together, but I’m not going to lie…my favorite thing about this movie is the cast.  Plus, Aretha Franklin sings.

Favorite Adventure/Fantasy/Action Movies:

Harry Potter and the…All of them!  I love Harry Potter movies.  (I love the books more.)  There is just so much detail, not to mention such an amazingly written storyline–how could you not love them?!?

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.

The Avengers.  Super heroes who are all attractive and funny and work together to defeat a common enemy.  It’s a win-win.  I can’t wait for the new one to come out!

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.

Captain America 1 & 2.  I like both of these movies a lot, but I think the second one had a lot of twists and turns that made it more enjoyable for me.

Iron Man…all of them.  I love a hero who doesn’t really mean to be a hero…and a bad boy who’s really good deep down inside.

National Treasure 1 & 2.  C’mon, admit it.  Everyone likes a treasure hunt and everyone likes a conspiracy theory.  Plus, there is just enough history in these movies to make you curious about history!

Jack the Giant Slayer.  Sometimes the fairy tales are a little off.  This movie has plenty of adventure, but it’s the last few minutes that really made me say, “what if?”!!

Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2.  I think it’s brilliant to explain why you are going to do something or why you did something and still leave little parts for people to “puzzle” together.

Men In Black 1, 2, & 3.  J., K., and aliens.  Fun times in the city!

Hidalgo.  I want a horse like that.

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.

The Losers.  A shoot-em-up adventure similar to the Expendables.  With hot guys.

Taken.  It’s Liam Neeson.  And he has a certain set of skills.

Favorite Animated Movies:

Beauty and the Beast.  It’s Belle.  She has brown hair and brown eyes and loves books.  I can relate to her.

The Little Mermaid.  Probably my favorite Disney movie.  I still cry at the end when she says, “I love you Daddy.”  *sniff*

Tiny Toons:  How I Spent My Vacation.  Funniest. Cartoon. Ever.  Seriously, just watch it.

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:

Grown Ups 1 & 2.  I liked the first one–loved the second one!  It is one of those funny stupid movies.  Then there is the 80’s costume party.  Love it!

Secondhand Lions.  This is an absolutely fabulous movie.  There are stories within stories and some of the best actors around.

Nanny McPhee.  I love Emma Thompson and I love the idea that when you change yourself, you effect change in others.

O Brother Where Art Thou.  This movie has a lot of lines that are appropriate to quote in various situations.  I’ll leave you to figure them out.

Sweet Home Alabama.  I love the spunky Southern girl angle.  And I love that there is a character named Jake Perry.  It’s not the same Jake Perry I know though… : /

Hook.  Peter Pan grows up.  Hook gets old, bald, and bitter.  Tink gets tall.  The good guy wins and Tootles finds his marbles.

She’s the Man.  Back when Amanda Bynes wasn’t crazy or addicted or whatever is going on with her.  You know, when she was still funny?

The Pursuit of Happyness.  Based on a true rags-to-riches story, stars Will Smith, and makes me cry.

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.

What a Girl Wants.  Another Amanda Bynes movie.  But Colin Firth makes this one!

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.  : (

30-Day Blog Challenge:  Day 2--Let's Go To the Movies!


I told you mine, now you tell me yours…what are your favorite movies?


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  1. You have a lot of great classic on there. I love anything with John Cusack

    • John Cusack is great. Do you remember One Crazy Summer and Better Off Dead?? I loved those movies! We used to rent them over and over (on VHS, just to show my age!).