Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 7: My Favorite Movies

This movie makes the list for a very special reason: It's my nap movie. A skill I inherited from my mother, I can sit down to a certain old-time Disney movie, and without fail, I will sleep between two very specific parts of the plot. I'm out like a light starting right before they wind up in jail, and I groggily come to during the fight at the casino. My mother's nap movie is That Darn Cat!. I also love Blackbeard's Ghost because Peter Ustinov is a riot. I'm rather fond of Dean Jones, too, now that you mention it.

This is the movie I turn to when I want to watch a movie, but I'm not in the mood for any movies. I'm always in the mood for School of Rock.

Shakespeare plus an all-star cast, including the incomparable Kenneth Branagh/Emma Thompson dynamic? Make mine a double.

There's just something endearing about a movie wherein Marlon Brando winds up with a girl who is more than a little like me. And he sings while he's doing it. And Frank Sinatra croons in.

For about ten years, The Princess Bride reigned as my favorite movie of all time. Like so many other lovers of this cult classic, I can quote most of it, though I pride myself on paying particular attention to accents and inflection. The only part I've never been able to get down is Buttercup's dream.

I can name all seven brothers in order with their brides. Try to find someone else who took the time to figure out the girls' names and which guys they went with. I dare you. I can also name all of the musical numbers. In order.

It was a close race, but I think The Philadelphia Story has finally edged out Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for the top spot. You know how sometimes you wake up with a song stuck in your head? Sometimes I wake up with dialogue from this film stuck in my head. They don't write scripts like they used to. Cary Grant + Katherine Hepburn + Jimmy Stewart = <3

Reading: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

1 comment:

  1. Princess Bride! I can do the dream scene :) complete with gravelly voice. And Much Ado is simply divine.