Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Five

I love movies. I always have. I used to spend endless afternoons lying on the faded red carpet of our living room, watching whatever movie they showed on channel 44 out of San Francisco.

But when anyone asks me what my favorite movie is, my answer depends on what mood I'm in, what I've seen recently, and what I want to see next. Sometimes it's tied up in my writing, and what I think my favorite movie is would be a perfect foil to the character am writing at the moment.

So if you asked me what my favorite movies are today, this would be an answer. But if you ask me next week, answers may be different. So be warned.

1.  A Room with a View. Not Oscar worthy material perhaps, and not deeply emotive performances, but such a rich and tender romance.  Not to mention, it's set in Florence, one of my favorite cities in the world.

2.  Gone with the Wind. From first glimpse to closing scene, Vivien Leigh lives and breathes Scarlett O'Hara. And Clark Gable? Yes, please.

3.  Apollo 13. One of the few movies I actually own. And every single time I watch it, I cheer when Ed Harris says “not on my watch.” And I cry when those 3 astronauts touchdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

4.  Silence of the Lambs. Brilliant, masterful, and oh so deeply frightening. Anthony Hopkins outdoes himself. I saw this film when it came out, and I will probably never watch it again. Because now it would scare me too much.

5.  The King’s Speech. I had to put a new movie in this list. Colin Firth is eminently believable, and I honestly believe that Geoffrey Rush can do no wrong.

I know there are hundreds more that I love – Roman Holiday, To Kill a Mockingbird, Doubt, the list goes on and on.  What about you?


  1. I'm not a big movie person, but I like The Name of the Rose and The Lion in Winter.

  2. Oooh, some great choices here, particularly A Room with a View and Silence of the Lambs, although they couldn't be more different! I know what you mean about your favorites changing with your mood or your writing project. Right now I'd say Amelie, It's a Wonderful Life, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Before Sunrise, and Moonstruck. I'm obviously in a romantic, sentimental mood.

  3. You know, Jillian, I've never seen The Name of the Rose! Need to put that on my list. Love Lion in Winter.

    And Eve, those would all make my top 100 list, too! Time to watch It's a Wonderful Life again, certainly.

  4. Princess Bride (My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, Prepare to die!), When Harry Met Sally (classic restaurant scene!!), Gorillas In the Mist, Despicable Me (love the Minions!)

  5. Oh, yes, Kristin! Princess Bride, both book and movie. And I definitely need to re-watch Gorillas in the Mist....