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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Today I'm leaving for the Zoe conference in Nashville. Working with this team is one of my favorite things to do. Today as Chris left for school (not my carpool day), my last words were, "I'll miss you, bud." His last words were, "Do I have lipstick on my neck?" His mother doesn't get it!! She could ruin his whole middle school career with lipstick on the side of the neck. I reassured him that he was clean, he hugged me, and scampered off. Don't know if I'll have the opportunity to blog the next few days. Most of the time I no longer carry my laptop with me. But maybe I can sneak into the Zoe/Wineskins office. So I'll leave you with something to chew on a bit. Here are my Top 10 movies. Please note this admission: my list is pretty light on classics. No "Casablanca"; no "Citizen Kane"; no "African Queen." Just trying to be honest here. I'm not a critic. Just like to go with my wife to a movie. So, here we go . . . 10. "The Emperor's New Groove." Actually, some of these are "representative selections." This one represents all the wonderful movies I've watched with my boys when they were young: "Shrek," "Finding Nemo," "Ice Age," "Monsters, Inc.," "Antz," "But's Life," "Lion King," etc. As the Emperor (David Slade) would say, "Bring it on!" 9. "Peter Pan." This one is here to remember all the wonderful old Disney animations that Megan and I watched. To be honest, she mostly liked the Disney Sing-a-longs. And the great thing was, she didn't (in her 10 years) grow out of them! Every niece and nephew has had to endure Uncle Mike singing, "Never smile at a crocodile." 8. "Chariots of Fire." Again, a representative movie. I work under the assumption that a bad sports movie is better than a good love story. Catch me on another day, and I might plug in "Hoosiers" or "Remember the Titans" or "Field of Dreams" or "The Natural." But besides a cool theme song, "Chariots" inspires me to listen first to God. 7. "Rain Man." Maybe you have to be the parent of a "special child" to get it. 6. "The Apostle." Of course there had to be a movie about a preacher in here. But this one is better every time I see it. The scenes of sorrow, of remorse, of bold faith. Duvall launching his new church with the words of Psalm 150. Then bringing an opponent (Billy Bob Thornton) to his knees in repentance by refusing to back down. God accomplishes his work despite the disappointing inconsistencies of his servants. 5. "City Slickers." A short, dark-haired-and-balding, middle-aged guy who is obsessed with death. Hmmm . . . why could this one be on my list? Go ahead, call me shallow. I like the movie! 4. "Fellowship of the Rings." This, of course, is also representative of the whole trilogy. We've watched the first two extended versions to get ready to watch the third film. But we haven't yet had the opportunity to watch all three extended versions in one day. That moment will come, though. We won't know what to do this holiday season without a new installment of LOTR coming out. 3. "Godfather 2." 2. "Godfather 1." I don't even know where to begin. 1. "Princess Bride." It's all about wuv, baby. Wuv, twu wuv. See, I did have a love story in the list. What do you think? What did I leave off? Anyone else have a list?

41 Comments:

  • Mike,

    Funny you should mention The Princess Bride. I happen to be doing my first wedding this weekend. The bride is scared that my homily will start off with, "Mwaarige is wut bwings us togwether todway." :-) The groom, of course, thinks this is hysterically funny (but he's Irish Catholic). Now there's a good love story for you - an Irish Catholic boy meets a CoC girl and they both grow closer to God through their relationship.

    Wish I could be at Zoe this week! Keep up the good blogging.

    Peace,
    Chad

    By Blogger Chad, at 9/29/2004 07:11:00 AM  

  • Given your obsession with baseball (WHAT IS IT ABOUT MEN AND BASEBALL?), I'm surprised that "The Natural" wasn't #1! Nice list, though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2004 07:24:00 AM  

  • Wow - no Coen brothers flicks? I can understand leaving off "Barton Fink", but no "Raising Arizona"?

    Sometimes it's like I don't even KNOW YOU anymore...

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 9/29/2004 07:25:00 AM  

  • "I work under the assumption that a bad sports movie is better than a good love story."

    This is not an assumption. This is fact. Though "Blue Chips" and its ilk certainly damages the argument.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2004 07:28:00 AM  

  • No Groundhog Day? There's a movie that gets better every time you see it. I could watch that every day for years.

    That movie is near the top of my list, but so is Casablanca. Classic Bogart there.

    Jonathan

    By Blogger jds, at 9/29/2004 07:34:00 AM  

  • they are in the works for making The Chronicle of Narnia films over in New Zealand. hmmmm, wasn't this the site for another successful trilogy about good vs evil?

    10. Twelve Angry Men - here's my classic flick
    9. Road to Perdition - great theme of father/son
    8. Awakenings - gets me every time *single tear*
    7. Braveheart - "I am William Wallace"
    6. Truman Show - well done pet detective
    5. O Brother Where Art Thou - Coen brothers do it again
    4. Bottle Rockets - also Rushmore is up there too.
    *the top three might be a tie*
    3. Magnolia - wow! over 3 hours but great
    2. Royal Tenenbaums - great cast and soundtrack
    1. Shawshank Redemption - hope is a dangerous thing

    By Blogger c, at 9/29/2004 07:53:00 AM  

  • Nothing by Monty Python?

    For shame!

    Any movie involving "The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" HAS to be in a preacher's top ten.

    "three shall be the number of the counting..."

    classic.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2004 08:00:00 AM  

  • Great List! Although I can't say that ANY Peter Pan movie can hold its own with Shawshank Redemption, I do like the The Emperor's New Groove reference. What about Shadowlands, Patch Adams, Simon Birch, Braveheart, or the original Star Wars trilogy? (And yes, I too would have included Raising Arizona!!)

    But the best part of your list is number 1...a movie that you have to watch three or four times before you REALLY love it, but a great movie nonetheless! Have fun in Nasville!

    By Blogger ourgreenroom, at 9/29/2004 08:24:00 AM  

  • Loved your list, here are a few more

    1. A League of Their Own - the feminist's baseball movie
    2. Overboard - who needs a yacht when you have a good
    man and kids?
    3. Tender Mercies - a quiet tale of a man's
    transformation
    4. Parenthood - how can a man(Steve Martin)with no kids
    have so much insight?
    5. Rear Window - Hitchcock's best
    6. Down in the Delta - discovering your own family's
    wonderful legacy
    7. To Kill a Mockingbird - 'nuf said
    8. Regarding Henry - more transformation
    9. Ditto on Princess Bride - history's most quoted
    movie "inconceivable - you keep saying that word.
    I don't think it means what you think it means"
    10.Anything that transports me back to the years when
    my children were small, Disney, Wizard of Oz, Hook...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2004 08:51:00 AM  

  • I love your movies. Particularly The Apostle for a couple of reasons beyond those you listed. I love the way it parallels the life of Paul in so many ways. And, too, the protagonist reminds me in some (positive) ways of my dad.

    Um, something shiny caught my attention and I have no clue where I was going with that.

    But I'll ratify several from your list including Rain Man, The Princess Bride and The Emperor's New Groove. I'd also have to add, though, ... well, nevermind. My taste in movies is likely to provoke waves of ridicule and contempt in my general direction. I'll just sit quietly and watch my M*A*S*H reruns on tape.

    By Blogger Q, at 9/29/2004 09:14:00 AM  

  • Come on, Q. Give us the list and let us ridicule you. For goodness' sakes, I listed PETER PAN! And yes, in a longer list "Holy Grail," "Braveheart," "Shawshank," and "O Brother" would have to be there.

    By Blogger Mike, at 9/29/2004 09:25:00 AM  

  • My favorites are 10)Dumbo or Pete's Dragon--watched both so many times, I can repeat most of it 15 years later 9)Shakespeare in Love--Gwyneth Paltrow 8)Pirates of the Caribbean--Johnny Depp(have you guessed by now that I'm a girl?!) 7)Godfather1--amazing 6)GoodFellas--more amazing 5)Father of the Bride--adore Steve Martin! 4)Planes,Trains,Automobiles--FUNNY,again Steve Martin and John Candy great together! 3)Shrek--both of them 2)Forrest Gump--whole family quotes this one all the time; so precious 1)Chocolat--look at 8 I will miss not getting to go to Zoe this year. Know it will be great and uplifting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2004 10:11:00 AM  

  • My favorites are 10)Dumbo or Pete's Dragon--watched both so many times, I can repeat most of it 15 years later 9)Shakespeare in Love--Gwyneth Paltrow 8)Pirates of the Caribbean--Johnny Depp(have you guessed by now that I'm a girl?!) 7)Godfather1--amazing 6)GoodFellas--more amazing 5)Father of the Bride--adore Steve Martin! 4)Planes,Trains,Automobiles--FUNNY,again Steve Martin and John Candy great together! 3)Shrek--both of them 2)Forrest Gump--whole family quotes this one all the time; so precious 1)Chocolat--look at 8 I will miss not getting to go to Zoe this year. Know it will be great and uplifting. Annie

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2004 10:11:00 AM  

  • Who wants to bet that Mike lost his lap top? ;)

    What is it with men and the Godfather? (To quote one of my favorite movies.. You've Got Mail) I did not "get" the Godfather movies. I guess testosterone accounts for the lacking "Steel Magnolias" and "Big Fat Greek Wedding" references.

    Other than the three fore mentioned flicks, Hunt for Red October, Meet the Parents, Top Gun, Legal Eagles, 16 Candles, Pearl Harbor, Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, Sound of Music, The Little Princess, Little Mermaid & Shrek 2 would make my list, not in that order though. I still love Disney which is good since that is all we seem to watch around here!

    By Blogger SG, at 9/29/2004 10:11:00 AM  

  • This is where I sigh deeply and expose my deepest, darkest movie preferences...

    I definitely had a string of "teacher movie" favorites: Mr. Holland's Opus, Renaissance Man, Dangerous Minds, Dead Poets Society, that sort of thing. And yes, I realize they're all the same movie with a slight change of cast and/or setting. I just like them.

    Then there are the "somewhat weird but should be listed anyway" movies: Pi, Sliding Doors, American History X, Fight Club (yes, Fight Club), Arlington Road, Falling Down, The Fisher King, the Matrix (only the first), Prophecy (I-III), etc. If the "teacher movies" were optimistic, these are the other end of my bi-polar viewing preferences.

    Then there's the obligatory schtick: Monty Python's Flying Circus (technically not a movie, but I have several episodes on a variety of media and they happen to be stored with my movies), Holy Grail, Princess Bride, O Brother, Naked Gun, Dogma, Saved, (nearly) anything by Mel Brooks, anything featured on MST:3K, etc.

    Technically, though, O Brother ought to go in the same category as Ten Things I Hate About You -- which is "new" old stuff. Except that Roman Holiday and all the other sappy sorts go there, too, because otherwise I have too many categories. Well, and the semi-historics like Braveheart and The Messenger and Luther and Elizabeth can go here, too.

    Lethal Weapons 1 - 4 get their own spot.

    Then there's the animated block: Nemo, Shrek, nearly every Disney movie ever Monsters, Inc., etc. This block is pretty much anything animated that has come out in the last 25 years. (My brother and I actually tried to bribe our nephew into coming to the movies with us when Nemo came out so we wouldn't look like a couple of twenty-somethings entranced by a fish movie).

    And then there are the Harry Potter movies, which aren't as good as the books, but I like anyway. The Lord of the Rings movies... well...

    I think that the movies I didn't like get me into more trouble. I wasn't a huge fan of the LOTR movies and (here's where I usually get pummelled) I hated Star Wars. And the prequels aren't redeeming them any in my mind. And this comment is now insanely long.

    By Blogger Q, at 9/29/2004 10:32:00 AM  

  • I'm stuck on Little Women, Second Hand Lions, Home Alone, Moonstruck, and George of the Jungle. I also like the Grisham movies, but the books are always better. How about a favorite Jesus movie? Mine is Jesus, starring Jeremy Sisto as Jesus and Debra Messing as Mary Magdoline.

    By Blogger Cindy, at 9/29/2004 10:35:00 AM  

  • Hey Mike:

    The Coen Brothers' "The Big Lebowski" has bowling in it. Bowling is a sport.

    I'm still lobbying for a Coen film here...

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 9/29/2004 11:08:00 AM  

  • "Antoine Fisher" for anyone who works with people who don't believe in themselves, have been beaten down, who are trying to live down their past or who live in the shadow of their past.

    By Blogger MarkS, at 9/29/2004 11:15:00 AM  

  • I can't believe that not one single person has listed the two best pre-teen movies of all time that came out fo the 80's ~ The Goonies and Lucas. HELLO!??!!

    Also: Steel Magnolias (thank you SG!), Annie (are we coutning muscials?), Ditto on The Princess Bride, You've Got Mail (and the Godfather thoughts), When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Desperado 1 - 14,975, Lonesome Dove and the Return, Original Star Wars trilogy(I was Princess Leia (sp?) for at least two Halloweens), Tombstone (I'll be your Huckleberry), Top Gun, An Officer & A Gentleman, Pretty Woman...

    Ok, I'm stopping now b/c I have to be a good student and get some work done. Dang it.

    By Blogger Mae, at 9/29/2004 11:16:00 AM  

  • Oh, and "Remains of the Day," "Camelot (Richard Harris)," "Song of the South."

    How about worst movies ever produced? No. 1 in my book is "Intolerable Cruelty." Totally intolerable!

    By Blogger MarkS, at 9/29/2004 11:22:00 AM  

  • I forgot to mention The Usual Suspects and The Italian Job.

    By Blogger Q, at 9/29/2004 11:27:00 AM  

  • My movie choices are weird. I love manly movies, but there are some pretty "girly" ones on my list of faves.

    I love "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon." Pretty much anything with Bogart, because he's THE MAN. I think sometimes I was supposed to have been born decades earlier, back when men wore suits and fedoras and spats. I also love pretty much every James Bond movie ever made. My dad watched them with me when I was growing up, and I now own every one of them on DVD (including the stupid ones with George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton.)

    I also like most of Tom Hank's "serious" movies: Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Band of Brothers, Road to Perdition, et al. But, for comedy gold you can't go wrong with The 'Burbs or Joe vs. The Volcano.

    And for some reason, I love Hugh Grant's movies like "About a Boy," "Notting Hill," and "Love Actually."

    Also, High Fidelity is top notch.

    Okay, mine isn't a list, but it just shows you how modern you guys all are, and how PoMo I am!

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 9/29/2004 11:34:00 AM  

  • I forgot Gone With the Wind and Man In the Moon.This time I'm really hitting the books... unless I can think of more good ones.

    On the bad list: any movie w/ Jean Claud Van Damm or Steven Segal and most w/ the Govenator (except Kindergarten Cop), LOTR, Star Wars pre-quals, or anything that has been or may ever be on Sci-Fi.

    Now I am studying... hopefully.

    By Blogger Mae, at 9/29/2004 11:37:00 AM  

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy is high on my list, as is the first Rocky film (won the Oscar for Best Picture). Hoosiers, Field of Dreams and Miracle for sports films. Regarding Henry -- a movie that preaches the gospel. A Christmas Story is one of my favorite holiday films.

    One of the best scenes in a movie is the end of "Return of the Jedi." Luke is trying to get his father -- Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) off of the Death Star before it is destroyed. Luke says, "I'm going to save you!" Anakin says, "You already have." Wow! Big time chills.

    Having said all that, I'm not a big fan of movies. It has to be something great (like Lord of the Rings) for me to go see a movie at the theater.

    Jeff

    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 9/29/2004 12:08:00 PM  

  • 10. Ishtar

    9. Gigli

    8. Friday the 13th Part Infinity

    7. American Beauty (went right over my head)

    6. That Harrison Ford movie where he finds out his recently deceased wife was having an affair (just for fun, rent it and count how many times you see a mic or other movie-making equipment onscreen)

    5. Waterworld

    4. That western with Sharon Stone in it

    3. Soul Man

    2. Any Baldwin brothers movie (Alec excluded, but barely)

    1. Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot

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    Q: The "Lethal Weapon" series but no love for "Star Wars"? I find your lack of faith disturbing. :)

    By Blogger Terry Austin, at 9/29/2004 12:15:00 PM  

  • This is pretty much going to be a "Hoyt" for all of you in the know.......but here in no particular order are some of my favs.

    The Sting
    Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
    Heaven Can Wait
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Lion King
    The Green Mile
    The Hiding Place
    Lonesome Dove ( I know it wasn't a movie, but it should have been)
    Second Hand Lions
    The Passion
    The God's Must Be Crazy
    Out of Africa
    And the #1 movie of all time.....FORREST GUMP!!!

    By Blogger David U, at 9/29/2004 12:25:00 PM  

  • Terry: what can I say? We are but fallen creatures in a falling world...

    Besides, you've got American Beauty on your list and Dave over here has a flick based on a Balzac story ... isn't this a little bit pot and kettle? ^_~

    By Blogger Q, at 9/29/2004 12:54:00 PM  

  • You callin' me a pot?

    Girl, it's about to be on like a box of neckbones! (Learned that one on a mission trip this summer.)

    :)

    By Blogger Terry Austin, at 9/29/2004 01:01:00 PM  

  • I'm with you, Greg, on "About a Boy." Surprisingly smart comedy!

    I'm also with Matt on any Coen Bros. flick. Just as long as he didn't intend to say the Farrely Brothers. Those guys are wacked out...

    My top movie of all time was a rough one to watch:
    American History X, starring Ed Norton. It is a poignant film about an ex-skinhead leader who befriends a black man in prison and returns home upon release to try to change the minds of his family and friends back home. This one is rough, guys...but such an amazing portrayal of the evils of racism, the opportunity everyone has for change, and the consequences we all must face for past sins. I'd recommend this movie with discretion.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 9/29/2004 03:14:00 PM  

  • O.K. worst first---The Thin Red Line (most boring movie ever made.

    No one mentioned Six Days and Seven Nights!
    Or any other Harrison Ford Action Flicks. The Indiana Jones series were all good, as well as his Jack Ryan movies.

    But I like many others LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Princess Bride. Most quoted movie ever at our house.

    By Blogger DJG, at 9/29/2004 03:43:00 PM  

  • I'll jump on the Princess Bride bandwagon too....

    Other faves:
    ~Ten Things I Hate About You
    ~You've Got Mail
    ~Shrek
    ~Finding Nemo
    ~Pillow Talk
    ~Sweet Home Alabama
    ~Dead Poets Society
    ~Bed of Roses
    ~Newsies
    ~A Knight's Tale
    ~8 Seconds
    ~Top Gun

    shall I keep going on.....???

    By Blogger Jenni, at 9/29/2004 03:57:00 PM  

  • What! Have none of you seen Silverado?!? A good-guy wins all (Kevin Kline) that has some of the best humor a western can claim!! Not to mention Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Brian Deheney, and Scott Glenn. Try to find "Wilson" the neighbor with his face showing for extra fun. Please, give it a view!!

    (Other great Kevin Kline movies: Life as a House, The Big Chill, Dave and the Emperor's Club) Sigh....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2004 05:05:00 PM  

  • In mostly random order:

    -Shawshank Redemption
    -Braveheart
    -Pride and Prejudice (repr. of al good Jane Austen movies)
    -One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (speaks for itself)
    -Zoolander (there has to be some truly stupid movie in this list)
    -What About Bob? (repr. of Murray's best stuff)
    -LOTR
    -Rabbitproof Fence
    -Life is Beautiful

    But #1 is and has always been...

    THE PRINCESS BRIDE

    By Blogger TKP, at 9/29/2004 09:46:00 PM  

  • Out of 33 comments, there was no "Schindler's List"

    The little red coat, the survivors coming over the hill to the graveside, "So my factory is a HAVEN". "I didn't do enough."

    Whoa, I could turn into a fountain again thinking about it.

    By Blogger mchristophoros, at 9/29/2004 10:16:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    How about doing the same type of blog using favorite books as a theme. It may have already been done and I missed it.

    What about Rocky I?

    By Blogger David Michael, at 9/30/2004 10:55:00 AM  

  • Love Actually
    "I'm the lobster".
    "The lobster?"
    "Yeah."
    "In the nativity play?"
    "Yeah, *first* lobster."
    "There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?"
    "Duh."

    Pride and Prejudice
    "What do we live for but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn..."The Emperor's New Groove
    "Beware of the groove..."Life of Brian
    "Why's he blessen' the cheesemakers?The Princess Bride"A book?"
    "That's right. When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I'm gonna read it to you."
    "Has it got any sports in it?"
    "Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles..."
    "Doesn't sound too bad. I'll try to stay awake."
    "Oh, well, thank you very much, very nice of you. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/30/2004 02:55:00 PM  

  • How about VeggieTales?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/01/2004 07:35:00 AM  

  • Based on your list of movies I am listing films you might like but may or may not have seen. I will follow up that list with my favorites:

    10.Cats Don't Dance -kind of an obscure film, but a whole lotta fun. doesn't try to be the next big budget thing. i like it. a fun animated film.

    9.An American Tail -not an obscure film, but one that gets passed over for Disney stuff. I think it is one of the best animated films ever made.

    8.Without Limits -the story of Prefontaine...often overlooked and an excellent film.

    7.My Left Foot -not at all obscure (might have won Best Pic) and yet i am amazed at how few people seem to have seen it. excellent film.

    6.Magnolia -biggest risk on here. it isn't about a preacher and it is a whole lot more raw than the apostle. that said, it is one of the most redemptive films i have ever seen. nice to see God get involved with such a group of losers.

    5.Garden State -most recent film to make the list (you can still see it in theatres). maybe this guy is to me what billy is for you. where we each might be without Christ. great story of discovery.

    4.I have no Fellowship equivalent, which says something about those films. if i were in the mood to watch fellowship, i can't imagine popping anything else in.

    3.Bronx Tale -the other side of the mob. and a great DeNiro flick

    2.Goodfellas -not an obscure film at all, but if the Godfather made it cool to be in the mob, this acts as a corrective. neither bronx tale or goodfellas come close to the brilliance of the godfather films

    1.nothing touches the princess bride either. what a great flick. however, i did find that pirates of the carribean captured some of that same fun and adventure. a poor man's princess bride, to be sure, but that's still saying something.

    My list:
    10.O Brother, Where Art Thou? -the music had a lot to do with it. the story was incredible. the characters were hilarious. i love the coen bros almost anytime, but the outdid themselves with this one.

    9.The Princess Bride -one of the most quotable films ever, every character is great, and all ages can enjoy it. i have never met someone who didn't like this film.

    8.Planes, Trains, and Automobiles -this film has heart in a way that few others do. it has humanity. not what you'd necessarily expect from guys who did stripes (john candy) and the jerk (steve martin). funny and warm and sad and true.

    7.Cool Hand Luke -he just keeps getting up. it's awesome and inspiring and tragic. prison films hold a special place in my heart, and this is one of the best.

    6.The Shawshank Redemption -speaking of prison films...hope is a dangerous thing indeed. what a great story. well acted, well done.

    5.High Fidelity -i see myself in this movie's main character in the best and worst ways. any ways in which i escape his faults are through knowing Christ.

    4.The Godfather -what can i say...very quotable, excellent story, characters, acting, writing, everything.

    3.Magnolia -what a harsh film. not for the faint hearted or easily offended. still, if you want to see some of the world's worst come face to face with grace, this is the film for you. after the first hour i thought "why am i watching this?" and i ended up loving it.

    2.The Natural -the music, the story, the characters again. anything that gets me loving baseball must be a great work. and it is. by the way, if you're looking for a depressing "what could have been" read the book.

    1.Dead Man Walking -never seen the scandal of grace so well captured on film. an incredible true story. say what you want about robbins' anti-death penalty agenda (maybe i don't mind it because i support it...his agenda, i mean) the story is about how grace isn't easy on anybody. it's fantastic.

    By Blogger chrismith, at 10/01/2004 07:41:00 AM  

  • I can't believe I didn't see "Blazing Saddles" or "This Is Spinal Tap" anywhere up there. Come on...you know you wanna!

    Here are mine, in no particular order:

    --The Philadelphia Story ("I promise to be yar this time")
    --It's a Wonderful Life ("Here's to George Bailey-- the richest man in town")
    --Sixteen Candles
    --Princess Bride
    --Steel Magnolias
    --O Brother, Where Art Thou
    --Just about anything with Jimmy Stewart, Katherine Hepburn, or Cary Grant
    and, of course:
    --Blazing Saddles ("You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons.")
    --Spinal Tap ("Well...these go up to eleven")


    P.S. Q: after reading your list, I think we might have been separated at birth, movie-taste wise.

    By Blogger Jo, at 10/01/2004 05:08:00 PM  

  • I've been reluctant to post my list - my reason for viewing a movie [the few times a year I do] is to be totally transported out of my day-to-day life by the craft of acting in and of itself, which to me, makes the story told believable. Rarely have I felt a deep moral story being shown since a high percentage of movies are neatly tied up, one way or another, to finish the tale being presented. Movies are rarely a life-impacting event for me. But here goes anyway and in no particular order of preference. Each is special to me on its own.

    1-Prince of Players - probably the first US movie made by Richard Burton. An unusal presentation of John Wilkes Booth's brother - a Shakespearian actor.

    2-A Song To Remember - The music of Chopin did it for me.

    3-Ammadeus - This time it was the music of Mozart that did it.

    4-Cyrano - Jose Ferrer IS Cyrano.

    5-A Beautiful Mind - Beautiful! The transition from first half to second stunned me and completely surprised me.

    6-Bambi - One of my first Disney movies. I was entranced and heartbroken.

    7-LOTR (I count the trilogy as one)- Too much to narrow down to one comment.

    8-Sleepless in Seattle - Single parents' tales really get to me.

    9-Blazing Saddles - I split my sides laughing every time I see it. Genius!!

    10-The Passion - No comment required.

    There are others I've enjoyed, but this is the list of those that I've enjoyed seeing more than once.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/02/2004 06:50:00 PM  

  • Okay... no lie -- I just posted my blog 10 minutes ago re: my top 10 favorite movies. I thought, I'll check out Mike's blog and now this! I wasn't copying --really! Check out my top 10 list at my blog... and remember that my dad has a lot to do with that my upbringing! Sheesh! :)

    By Blogger Mandy, at 10/04/2004 12:23:00 PM  

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