And the Movie Fav goes to. . .

December 5, 2007 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Bria, movies, writing | 6 Comments

Rain Drops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens. . . Jessica kicked us off on “December, A Month of Favorites” and this is from a movie that USED to be a favorite, but got destroyed in college by a boy who kept sneak-attacking dates on me. We had the Just Friends talk 14 times. By 12 I’d gotten it down to “Listen buddy. . . .”

So, continuing on “December, A Month of Favorites,” here are some of my favorites movies by Highly Creative Category, at least this morning. I’m always looking for great recomenations. Let me know what some of yours are:

Favorite Ugly Duckling Movie:
Strictly Ballroom – Suffer through the first 20 mins, it’s worth it. I honestly think they wanted to make a mock-umentary, realized it wasn’t working, didn’t have the money to start over and just changed into a fabulous movie. 

Favorite Mindless Teenie-Bopper Movie:
Ah, the teen flick. Boy meets girl, ridiculousness ensues. Guaranteed to dull the ache in your brain for 90 mins. While I loved all the 80’s movies, there was just too much angst in them to veg out to, so I’m giving this category to, well, a couple:
Bring It on (cute and clever), Chasing Liberty (remember, I said mindless – AND Matthew Goode finally comes to America), 10 Things I Hate About You (tried to pick only one Shakespeare reference)

Let’s all take a moment to mourn Freddie Prince Jr. becoming too old to play a high school student. 

Favorite Movie Since I was 7:
Moonspinners. When I was seven, I wanted to go to Greece and have a fabulous adventure like Haley Mills. It’s also the movie that turned me on to one of my favorite authors of all time, Mary Stewart (see, how bright I am sneaking two categories into one?) 

Favorite Chauvinistic Line in a Movie:
Ok, weird category, but I was talking about it earlier. I love the line at the end of The Man From Snowy River, when Jim Craig looks at Jessica’s father and says: “There are a dozen good brood mares in that mob. I’ll be back for them… and for whatever else is mine.”  

Favorite Book to Movie Jump:
13th Warrior. Great action. Great visuals. And they didn’t tick me off with the loose Beowulf interpretation – thank you Mr.
Crichton. (side note: I’m a sucker for a great action movie with a good plot -although I hate blood and gore – the teen boys I worked with years back called me Action Flick Chick b/c they couldn’t remember my name and I’d seen every one they came up with – they knew they’d lose when I started pulling out the foreign film titles, like Brotherhood of the Wolf)

Favorite Christmas Movie:
OK, I’ll admit it, I force my friends to watch It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas every year. I mean really, that scene with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye singing “Sisters” – classic!

Favorite Broadway to Screen:
Into the Woods with Bernadette Peters. Please, just say Bernadette Peters and the category gets closed right then. Add all your favorite fairy tales colliding in one forest, and the best AND funniest scene of men being egotistical idiots ever – and you have a hit. It’s Prince Charming and his brother, ah, Prince Charming. 

So let’s hear what makes some of your Fav’s.
Then, Go Write



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  1. Some of my favorite ugly duckling movies are teeny-bopper movies, too: She’s All That and Never Been Kissed (perhaps not-so-teeny-bopperish, but poor Josie Grossy!) are two of my fav’s. Does Molly Ringwald count as an ugly duckling in Sixteen Candles or Pretty in Pink? I just love John Hughes!

  2. We were separated at birth right? I LOVE some of these movies.
    Although my favorite Christmas movie is “A Christmas Story”.

  3. Jen – It’s very possible. Are you a tall nerdy blonde with too many freckles and out of control hair?

    Jess- Movies are too hard to narrow down – I considered giving John Hughes and John Cusack each their own category 🙂

  4. This is scary. You asked for it tho 😉

    Strictly Ballroom — We enjoyed this one. We’re suckers for dance movies — Center Stage, Save the Last Dance, Take the Lead, Shall We Dance, White Nights, Billy Elliot, The Full Monty… hmm.. I’m drifting…

    Bring It On — Eliza Dushku is awesome. DH loves this movie. He’s even voluntarily watched Bring It On II.

    Chasing Liberty — This was cute. I caught it on cable one day.

    10 Things I Hate About You — I’m so there. It’s hard to believe that David Krumholtz the Numb3rs math geek is that same little boy. I could watch or listen to Heath Ledger _all_ day. A Knight’s Tale is just for me.

    Moonspinners — I haven’t seen this in ages, but I always loved The Parent Trap with Haley Mills.

    The Man From Snowy River — Wow. I haven’t seen this since Christmas 1983. That’s when my mom bought our first VCR.

    13th Warrior — it was fun, and lots of Antonio to watch.

    Favorite Christmas Movie — sorry i’m a Christmas Cartoon kinda gal. It’s always the Heat Miser and Cold Miser for me!

    Into the Woods — we own this one on both VHS and DVD. Even DD liked it when we introduced her to it. Try explaining the wolf’s costume to a 9 year old. Love it, especially after intermission!

  5. I love The Moonspinners, White Christmas and Into the Woods, too! Have seen several fine stage productions of Woods.

    Other favs? What’s Up, Doc? Zorro (Antonio, oh, yeah!) Blazing Saddles. Young Frankenstein. All the Shrek series. Old Yeller. South Pacific. Dances with Wolves.

    Okay, the list is longer, but how fun to think about the films that are dear to my heart. And, yep, I still want to go to Greece and have an adventure!

    Light ~ Nancy

  6. Nancy! I’m so happy to see you here at the Purple Hearts. Thank you so much for joining us!

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