Let’s Go Out to the Movies

by Ginger on July 31, 2013

in Entertain Me

I love movies. Going to the movies used to be one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend night, and even now, I will gladly watch all or a part of a movie given I’m in the right frame of mind. Similar to books, there’s something about disappearing into another world for a while. Also, much like books, my favorites tend to shift and morph based on any number of factors: how high my nostalgia is on a given day, what’s going on in my life, how silly or how deep or how happy or how introspective (etc) I’m feeling…any number of things. So trying to pick my top 10 is pretty tough, and I’m not even going to try (hey, I said you can use the prompts as INSPIRATION!). But I am going to give you some of my top favorites in some different categories.

Movies I will pretty much always stop and watch:

  1. Shawshank Redemption
  2. The Usual Suspects
  3. The Sting
  4. The Goonies
  5. Any of the Harry Potter movies
  6. Apollo 13

Movies I pull out when I need a good cry:

  1. Steel Magnolias (though really, I can just watch the cemetary scene if I really just need the waterworks to go)
  2. Stepmom (the scene where she & Julia Roberts sit in the bar? And the Christmas scene at the end? Basically I end up dehydrated).
  3. The first 20 minutes of Up, or the end of Fox & the Hound, or those couple of scenes in Toy Story 3.

Bonus Tidbit: My Girl, back in the day, would make me cry so hard that I basically refuse to watch it now.

Movies I love for how they make my brain work:

  1. Memento
  2. The Prestige
  3. Inception
  4. Looper
  5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Movies I think are just straight up fun:

  1. Pitch Perfect (minus the barf scenes.)
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. Monty Python & the Holy Grail
  4. Singin In the Rain
  5. 9 to 5

Cartoons I still enjoy even after repeated viewings courtesy of my kid:

  1. Wall-E
  2. Monsters, Inc.
  3. How to Train Your Dragon
  4. The Incredibles
  5. Megamind

Movies from my childhood that maybe don’t hold up (but some do), but man did I love them:

  1. Labyrinth
  2. The Hobbit (the Rankin/Bass version)
  3. Aladdin
  4. Sword in the Stone
  5. Heathers
  6. The Legend of Billie Jean
  7. Batman
  8. The Fugitive
  9. Hook

Trilogies I love:

  1. Lord of the Rings
  2. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight
  3. Daniel Craig’s James Bond (Ok, I know these aren’t technically a trilogy, especially as Craig is supposed to come back as Bond, but I think of them that way, and it’s my blog).
  4. The Bourne movies
  5. Toy Story
  6. Indiana Jones (ok, look. I refuse to acknowledge whatever that fourth mess is. My WORD was that a terrible movies. But the other 3 are solidly favs).

Wow, I could totally just keep going–and I can totally tell I’m going to want to add things to this as soon as I press publish. What can I say, I really like movies! So what are some of your favorites? Either join the link up, or let me know in the comments!

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Prompt from Bring Back the Words, Week 7

Tara July 31, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I haven’t seen a great many of the movies on your list. But now I’m going to bookmark it and try a few. 🙂 Apollo 13. Oh, I LOVE that movie. Tom Hanks, man. He’s just the best.

AJ July 31, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Girl, we have the same taste.

Andrea August 1, 2013 at 6:57 am

Labyrinth. Amen. My best friend and I watched that SOOO often, we used to do a back-and-forth with each other
You remind me of the babe
What babe?
The babe with the power
What power?
The power of voo-doo
Who do?
You do
Do what?
Remind me of the babe

🙂 I totally want to watch that again, although I imagine you’re right and it won’t hold up quite as well.

Other series I love is Anne of Green Gables. You wait SOOO long to get to that final bridge kiss. Again, there’s a follow-up movie that’s not nearly as good, but the original three? Awesome.

Melinda August 1, 2013 at 10:08 am

Great list! I love this idea, I might copy in a future blog post. Besides reading (my number one favorite thing to do) I adore going to movies. So many of your favorites are also mine. Great taste! 😉

Lisa August 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I was 19 when I first saw the Fox and the Hound and I was SCARRED for life, I think.

One sure to make me cry? Edward Scissorhands.

A weird one that I’m not even sure I like, but watch over and over? Eyes Wide Shut. Of all things…

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