Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This is my first week participating in the TTT meme and I must admit, I’m a little out of my comfort zone. I enjoy going to the movies but I’m not what you’d call a movie buff. I’ve never seen most of the classics on all “Best Movies of All Time” lists. While most of the movies are on my top ten list are consistent with my bookish interests, and some are based on books, there are a couple that might surprise even my close friends.
A Christmas Story
There is nothing about this movie that I don’t love. I’ve watched it more times than I could possible count. I’m the reason they play it for 24 hours straight on Christmas Day. Favorite scenes include Bumpus’ dogs, the tire changing swearing incident, and Ralphie’s day dream about soap poisoning.
The Green Mile
I love Tom Hanks and, in my opinion, this is one of his best movies. Based on the book by Stephen King, it’s a heartbreaking reminder of the terrible harm that is done when when we choose fear and hate over love and acceptance.
The Blind Side
I’m not even a football fan and I loved this movie. Sandra Bullock was perfectly cast in her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy. I loved the way she handled
those uppety bitches her friends during the “ladies who lunch” scene.
The Wizard of Oz
What kid doesn’t love The Wizard of Oz? Despite the fact that I had an unnatural fear of flying monkeys till I was about ten, I certainly did. My favorite things were the Horse of a Different Color and the notion that my eyes could be dyed to match my dress.
This movie has been making me ugly cry since 1989. This movie is a funny,classic, heartwarming, and heartbreaking story of family, friendships, and the choices women must make.
This is the first and only movie I’ve seen at the theater more than once. In fact, I think it was four or five times. My favorite scene was older Rose looking back at the drawing Jack had done of younger Rose and asking, “Wasn’t I dish?”
I can’t really say why I love this movie as much as I do. Maybe it’s the knowledge that this movie’s creator anthropomorphizes animals as much as I do. My favorite character? Ferdinand the duck!
The Shawshank Redeption
Morgan Freeman is another of my favorite actors and this may have been his best role. This movie on nearly all the top movie lists. I’m going to maintain that the fact that it’s also on mine balances out the effect the movies immediately preceding and following this one have on the overall credibility of this list.
Sometimes you just need a stupid-funny movie to take your mind off the seriousness of life. This movie didn’t change my life but it did make me laugh. And I will never, ever look at a parsnip, or even hear the word parsnip, without thinking of this movie.
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
I remember my aunt reading this book aloud to me before I was old enough to read it for myself. I loved the movie as much as the book. Charlie is a kid you can really root for. My favorite scene? When the eggdicator determines that Veruca is a bad egg.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my top ten favorite movies. If you have an “unconventional” favorite movie, I’d love to hear about it.