Spring break is over but it still takes a while to come back to reality. So I decided to write a post about my favorite movies and hopefully you will be inspired to watch one of them and be entertained this weekend. I will try to not give away any spoilers while explaining why I like these movies but be warned there still might be a few.
I LOVE movies! Seriously, I can talk about any one of these for hours and still not get tired. Now my actual list of favorite movies goes way beyond the ones I have mentioned in this blog. I picked a few to mention because many people don’t know about most of these master pieces and they are definitely worth the watch. And because I love movies so much, I could not list them in order of preference so I decided to alphabetize them.
Across The Universe (2007)
Across The Universe is a musical drama which features many great Beatles hits perfectly incorporated into the story. It stars many great actors but my two favorite are Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess. This movie gives a great idea about the political and social situation from the mid – late 60s. There are many great scenes in this movie and below is a link to my favorite part….it gives me the goosebumps every time!
Benny and Joon (1993)
Although this movie came out when I was only three, I am glad I found out about it later on when I was able to understand it. This movie is a classic 90s movie. From the music to the scenes and dialogues. Of course it showcases the awesomeness that is Johnny Depp but it also addresses the important issue of mental health and caring for a loved one who might have such health problems. Silver Linings Playbook got nothing on this treasure. Here is a sneak peak and its a SPOILER !!!
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
If you want to have a great laugh while watching a film and then I would highly recommend this film. This movies features many great actors, including the late Britney Murphy. The movie is a mockumentary style dark comedy showing the true colors of small town beauty pageants. I have recommended this movie to many of my close friends and viewers either love it or hate it. So here is a clip to help you decide if you’d want to give it a try.
Finding Neverland (2004)
Being a Johnny Depp fan, it is difficult to pick which one of his movies I like best but this one is an absolute treat for the entire family to watch. If you love Peter Pan, Johnny Depp or Kate Winslet, then this movie is definitely for you. There are four child actors in this movie and they have all performed so incredibly well! Here is an example of how well the kids in this movie have acted….SPOILER!!!!
The Green Mile (1999)
This movie is an absolute masterpiece! I cannot express how much this movie got to me. I personally think that any information about the plot would take away from experiencing the movie on your own. Although Tom Hanks stars in this movie, Michael Clarke Duncan is the clear superstar. His acting was so brilliant and I don’t think any performance made ever made me cry like his did. In one part of the movie, a song from Top Hat (another one of my favorites) is featured. The name of the song is Cheek To Cheek. My goodness, its a beautiful scene! Please do yourself a favor and watch it.
Life Before Her Eyes (2007)
I have watched this movie over and over again and am glad that its on Netflix. Many people do not understand this movie nor appreciate how beautifully it was made. The acting is great, wonderful story and most of all…it makes you think. I do not want to share any clip from this movie because it will spoil the plot but here is a quote I read almost everyday and it is something to really think about:
“Our deepest guide in our beginning to be is imagination, our ability to project and mold our future selves from the myriad possibilities before us. And to Imagine takes courage and effort but it gives us hope too. Hope that we can author our own destinies, hope that the rightness of the decisions we make now will be born out in the future.
As much as we can be overwhelmed by the world, we can also draw hope from it…from beauty, from promise, from the simple fact that we have the talent to imagine our future selves from all the possible lives that pass before our eyes. We must imagine our lives well. We must engage our conscience. Conscience is the voice of God in the nature and heart of man.”
“Mrs. D, Mrs. I, Mrs.FFI, Mrs.C , Mrs.U, Mrs.LTY. That spells Difficulty.”
“Why are all these women married ???”
Roald Dahl is a pure genius when it comes to writing children’s books. This movie is a wonderful adaptation of his novel. Mara Wilson (who plays Matilda) became the iconic 90s child star. Also if you love to Danny DeVito in a enjoyably comedic role, then I would highly recommend this movie. Here is a scene that makes me wish I could make breakfast like this everyday.
The Painted Veil (2006)
Is a Chinese-American drama film based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. The story is about the difficulties faced within a marriage and what it takes it overcome them. This movie had me in tears and I will let you decide if you want to give it a try just by saying one name….Edward Norton!
The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)
This movie is based on a novel of the same title written by Stephen Chbosky. Luckily, he also wrote the script and directed the movie. It features actors such as Emma Watson, Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman. This movie is so brilliant and with its budget, the outcome is incredible. What really annoyed me is that not many people knew about it until a while after its release. Instead millions of people went to go see the final twilight movie.
Here is a clip with one the famous dialogues from the film.
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Are you an Anne Hathaway fan like me? Do you think Fantine or Cat-woman were the first of her daring roles? Well think again. This one was overlooked by the mass and again it makes me wonder why so many people don’t know about it. This is my favorite Anne Hathaway film. Just like The Life Before Her Eyes, I have seen this movie so many time and it’s just as good as the first time I saw it. My favorite line is “We are one, all of us and this is how it is in heaven. Just like this.” To put it shortly….I LOVE it!
This is 40 (2012)
I really enjoyed this movie although I am not a parent nor am I 40. It hardly got any of the attention it deserved. I really like this movie because it shows the reality of how a family is….not perfect. We always see these hollywood movies of “the perfect family” sipping eggnog around a chimney, getting along and hugging each other in equally lame sweaters. Well that’s not true for many families. In short, it is the movie version of Modern Family but a little more realistic.
White Chicks (2004)
This movie NEVER fails to make me laugh. It is definitely one of the best comedy movies out there. The Wayne Brothers are so incredibly talented and fun to watch. After watching this movie, you will never think of Vanessa Carlton’s song “A Thousand Miles” in the same way. Here is a scene that’ll make you laugh.
Do let me know which one of these makes it on your personal list. Hope you enjoyed the post