Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I Reely, Reely Love You

I love movies. I love watching 'em, being in 'em, helping to make 'em, and now, writing 'em. So I thought I would take a moment to write down just a few of the movies with which I am enamored. I think I'll break it into two lists.

First, the movies that have engaged me on some deeper level and have contributed (I think) to my development as a person. In a sense, every movie I've ever seen could go on this list, but I wanted to pick out a few that I think are especially worthy of your time. In random order...


1. Lars and the Real Girl, 2. Half Nelson, 3. Reign Over Me, 4. Dancer in the Dark, 5. Off the Map, 6. Les Miserables (Bille Auguste version), 7. Doubt, 8. Simon Birch, 9. Grand Torino, 10. I Heart Huckabees, 11. The Big Kahuna, 12. To End All Wars, 13. The Power of One, 14. Run, Lola, Run, 15. Return to Paradise, 16. The Million Dollar Hotel, 17. The Motorcycle Diaries, 18. In America, 19. Memento, 20. Adaptation, 21. Revolutionary Road, 22. Everything is Illuminated, 23. John Q. 24. As It Is in Heaven, 25. The Straight Story

Second, these are movies that I've loved that are just plain fun, beautiful films. Yeah, they've got meaning and purpose, too... but that's not why I love them.

1. The Princess Bride, 2. The Black Stallion, 3. Mary Poppins, 4. Romeo & Juliet (Baz Luhrmann version), 5. Amelie, 6. Duma, 7. Inception, 8. Nine Queens (by Fabian Bielinsky), 9. Up, 10. The Incredibles, 11. The Lord of the Rings (series), 12. Star Wars (Episodes IV-VI), 13. Wall-E, 14. It's a Wonderful Life, 15. The Court Jester, 16. Juno, 17. Bottle Rocket, 18. Shanghai Noon,  

To quote myself from a recent email, " I am convinced that the greatest truths aren't propositions we accept, but realities we intuit through stories (and live, as well, through our own stories)."

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