Catching Up - At the Movies

My daughter told me about an event where there were a series of questions posed to both mother and daughter seeing how well they knew each other. (She was 'working' the event in order to raise funds for her mission trip.)

She said in her head she played the game with me and wondered how we did so on the way home we played. When we got to the question "what is her favorite movie?" I asked her what she thought it was. You know what she told me?

"Mom, that is such an unfair question."

"Exactly." I said.

How can you pick one? You can't even pick one genre much less one movie. Action, disaster, romance, drama, chick-flick, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, scary. There's the classics, the comedies, the musicals.

Noticeably missing, westerns (any kind, but especially spaghetti westerns) and war movies. Not a fan.

This past week I've had a chance to watch a LOT of movies from most of the genres. In between American Idol, sipping, napping and sipping here are a few that I've watched:

A Hitchcock classic. I love me some Jimmy Stewart but I was very creeped out by his character's obsession with this woman. Eh. It has like 9 1/2 stars on IMDB...but I wouldn't give it so many.

The Holiday
For me the Sophie, Olivia, Arthur and Miles totally made this movie watchable. Jude Law and his lovely little accent didn't hurt it much...
Favorite lines:
Arthur: Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason you are behaving like the best friend.
Iris: You're so right. You're supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for God's sake! Arthur, I've been going to a therapist for three years, and she's never explained things to me that well. That was brilliant. Brutal, but brilliant.

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
I know, crude, sexist and tasteless. And I LOVE it. I had forgotten just how danged funny Mike Meyers is. I was laughing so hard it hurt. Well, I guess considering there are 6 incisions on my belly, it wouldn't take much effort to make me hurt....
Favorite lines:
Scott: How could you do this to me? On national television!
Dr. Evil: Well throw me a freakin' bone here, Scott.
Scott: Why did you run out on me?
Dr. Evil: Because you're not quite evil enough.
[audience boos]
Dr. Evil: Well it's true! It's true! You're semi-evil. You're quasi-evil. You're the margarine of evil. You're the Diet Coke of evil. Just one calorie, not evil enough.
My Fair Lady
Just a very wonderful movie. I know every song, every line and love, love, lurve this loverly movie. Audrey Hepburn is one of the most beautiful women in the world and an even more beautiful actress.
Favorite lines:
Come on, Dover, move yer bloomin' arse!
The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.

Roman Holiday
Another Hepburn movie, actually her first major role and this time with the amazing Gregory Peck. Sweet and funny, simple and romantic. I love it.

His Girl Friday
Fast and funny you have to really pay attention. You won't be disappointed either... Rosalind Russell is one funny and beautiful woman and with Cary Grant as your leading man, you gotta be.

Your turn. Tell me, what movies, good or bad, have you watched lately? Favorite lines?


  1. Audrey is my absolute favorite. She's an amazing person and absolutely beautiful.

  2. One of my new favs is The Jane Austen Book Club. It's doesn't just end happily ever after, but it also ends RIGHT. And I like that. Also, Enchanted is def up there. Comes out on video tomorrow and I will be buying it. Fav lines are everywhere, but I quite enjoy these:
    "Where will you sleep?"
    "Perhaps a meadow, or a hollow log..."
    (Disney making fun of themselves is great)
    And the songs... they're fabulous.

  3. Karie,
    Isn't she? She has an ethereal quality that goes beyond elegant...I am just that enthralled with her.

    I saw the Book Club movie at the rental place the other day. Now I want to rent it...

    My daughter really wants to see enchanted...well, so do I.

  4. omg, I use imdb too, love it. you're right, of course, it is really hard to pick a favorite movie with so many great ones but it's hard not to say Gross Pointe Blank. It's utterly quotable and totally brilliant in every way -- the BEST dark comedy. You can't beat Minnie Driver, John Cusack, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd and Joan Cusack together. One of the many great quotes:
    Debi: So, is there a Mrs. Mysterio?
    Martin Q. Blank: No, but I do have a very nice cat?
    Debi: Not the same.
    Martin Q. Blank: Well, you don't know my cat, it's very demanding.
    Debi: It? You don't know if it's a boy or girl?
    Martin Q. Blank: I respect its privacy.
    ...I could go on and on. But it seemed appropriate to keep with the cat theme = ]
    There are so many movies that I can watch over and over and love to quote. The first was Labyrinth, which my sister and I know word-for-word. Others since: Trading Places, Finding Nemo, Bugs Life and the undeniable Office Space. All extremely quotable and unlimitedly watchable.
    So if you haven't seen Gross Pointe Blank just keep in mind that it's violently dark, hilarious and filled with bad words. If you're ok with that then there's no better movie. If not then Office Space is a better choice.
    ok, can you tell I LIKE movies? yeah, I'm going on my fourth or fifth year of Netflix subscription... Now I can watch movies instantly on my computer. Wow. Maybe there'll be a new term soon: computer chair potato... yikes. = ]

  5. Citlali,
    Are you kidding? I do truly love a good dark comedy. Two of my favorites are Throw Momma From the Train and Fargo. I cannot see them that sick or what? Yes!!!

    Gross Pointe Blank is actually one of those movies I really loved but have not seen is so long...I will have to go out and get it again. My hubby and I only watched it because we lived in Detroit and he worked in Gross Pointe for several years, but it ended up being a favorite...

    "So if you haven't seen Gross Pointe Blank just keep in mind that it's violently dark, hilarious and filled with bad words." Sounds like our house. :)

    Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life & Monster's Inc., all great movies to quote. Oh yeah. We love our movies too....

    We haven't done NetFlix yet, but it probably won't be long... :)

  6. How cool!! Now that I know you love dark comedy as much as we do I have to recommend "Just a Kiss" 2002, with a huge cast that includes Kyra Sedgewick and Marisa Tomei. It's a wonderfully morbid comedy that we just loved.

    I noticed in one of your latest posts you quoted the Princess Bride. Now that's one I neglected to mention originally. It's truly one of our quotable/watchable faves -- obviously yours too!

    We could talk about movies forever, right? Until next time = ]


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