Thursday, July 1, 2010
A Few Movies I Watch Over and Over
My favorite movie of all time: "Harold and Maude". The soundtrack by Cat Stevens is worth getting the movie. When I grow up I want to be just like Ruth Gordon's free-spirited, bohemian character and live in a house made from a railroad boxcar.
Every time I watch this movie, I cry my eyes out. What an awesome story of love, sin, hypocrisy and redemption! It has no equal. If you've never seen this movie, then add it to your MUST-SEE list.
I take back what I said about the previous movie. "Babette's Feast" is a moving, beautiful redemption story and a classic, also. It was written by the amazing Isak Dinesen and will take your breath away.
Being a lover of all things Anais Nin, I got this movie when it first came out. It's fabulous and follows the first diary perfectly. Uma Thurman became June Miller, Henry's first wife. And Maria de Medeiros was truly Anais Nin. I've never seen a movie that cast characters so perfectly matched to their real life counterparts. It's also pretty hot and steamy. If you love Nin's diaries, then you'll love this movie.
I have a huge crush on James Spader. And this movie is absolutely wild. Ray brought it home from the library and after we watched it we both said, "Do ya think they even know what goes on in this movie downtown at the main library?" LOL! I also adore Maggie Gyllenhaal who steals the movie from Spader.
"Northern Exposure" has no equal. I bought it one season at a time and have watched them all until I have entire passages memorized. My favorite character? Chris in the Morning played so handsomely by the illustrious John Corbett. I am madly in love with him as the literature loving, motorcycle-riding, Freud-quoting DJ in Cicely, Alaska. Seldom has a televison show been filled with so much poetry, philosophy and just plain fun. On of my favorite lines is "It's not the thing you fling, it's the fling itself," spoken by Chris when he flings a piano with a catapult. He was going to fling a cow originally. (Someone had already done a cow to his dismay, but from thence comes the quote.) If you've never seen this series, put it on your list, too.
And last, fittingly, is "Six Feet Under". This is my 2nd favorite TV series after "Northern Exposure". It's about the dysfunctional (i.e. normal) Fisher family who owns and runs a funeral home and that's like saying "Gone With the Wind" is about the South. I can't do it justice with mere words. Frances Conroy as the uptight mother, Ruth, is amazing and fun to watch. Before Michale C. Hall became famous as the serial killing blood spatter expert in "Dexter", he played the part of David Fisher in this show. I only wish they'd gone on for a few more years.
On that note, I hope you all have a happy & safe 4th of July weekend. It's raining here, so I'll be hunkered down reading. I'm into Bram Stoker's "Dracula" at the moment.
What are a few of your favorite movies?
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