Your three favorite movies of all time, and why? It might be a cliche “conversation starter” when you’re coming up in your world and meeting new people all the time. It’s also an artful glimpse into our inner selves, and what moves us. And when have we had more time at home to watch exceptional movies, since we aren’t hitting the discos during the pandemic? 😊
I bet I’ve seen thousands of movies since about 1962, and I am no doubt forgetting some of the very best. I’m going to have to choose the ones that float to the top of my brain, when I let it expand. Movies that changed me, or changed the world. The ones that, when I see a clip of them as I scan channels, I have to sit and watch. I have to. Here’s my current top three:
Schindler’s List. 1993. One of the few movies after which I had to stay in my seat. Brilliantly directed and acted, it was a technically perfect movie, but the true punch comes from the emotional force. It is terrifying, uplifting, intense and personal. There’s an undertone of hopefulness about human nature amid the most devastating events in known history.
2001: A Space Odyssey. 1968. A stunning space opera, a deep dive into human consciousness, visually stirring and, for me, an unforgettable finale. A sympathetic hero and convoluted “villain”, in a sublime presentation.
Failsafe. 1964. A fictional account of a very-real “accidental” nuclear tragedy, filmed during the Cold War. It’s stark and grim, and still a must-see, IMHO. It gives me goosebumps and every time I watch it, I contemplate how fragile is our existence.
It’s impossible to stop at three, so here are a few honorable mention favorite movies. I wouldn’t want to live in a world where there had never been the Princess Bride (so quotable!), Rear Window, and Casablanca. Or:
Clerks. 1994. An unexpected treasure, this low-low budget film follows the (mis) adventures of quirky yet surprisingly realistic young people. Another rich source of movie quotes (look up the “happy scrappy puppy” scene). Weird and bare-bones and laugh-out loud funny, it’s an authentic snapshot of “stalled” twenty-somethings.
Witness. 1985. When worlds collide, and love is not enough. The star-crossed love story between Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis is poignant, and when they dance in the garage to “What A Wonderful World,” I melt away.
Singin’ In The Rain. 1952. If this movie doesn’t make you smile, you are missing the smile muscles. I can’t resist sparkling Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly at his swoony-est, and my favorite funny-sad character, Lina Lamont. “I caaaahhhn’t staaaaand him.”
So, what are your favorite movies – of all time! – and why do you love them? Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash, xo
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