I have just been taken to task for my apparently too trite movie list.
First I have to say this: The challenge was “list your Top Twenty Movies.” Not “important” movies, or “directorial tours de force.” There was no criterion specified at all. So here was mine: It is a list of movies that I can happily watch over and over and over again.
Half the movies on my list I’ve seen at least five times. Most are movies that, once finished, I have reached over, pressed play and watched the whole thing again.
Yes, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was a great movie. But I don’t ever need to see it again.
Maybe it’s a girl thing. (Most of the lists I got back were from men.) In general, I like movies with lovable, quirky characters that are unpredictable and intriguing. It’s not too far off from how I choose my friends.
I am always surprised when Ferris takes the car; always surprised when he gets away with his “day off.” It’s movie magic. If that makes me lowbrow, so be it.
That said, should everyone want to spend the evening with Sissy Spacek watching her put her house in order before she blows her brains out? Probably not.
I love that people have posted their own lists. (Although, if I may say so, if you add honorable mentions or “if there were a 21…” that’s a little like cheating. The reason it’s hard is because you have to leave some movies out.)
One day I might have to switch out Raising Arizona for Good Will Hunting. But not today.