13 Movies

Autumn’s Mom had a conversation the other night that triggered this meme in my mind.  Her post included the following film preference tidbits:

Jaws – #1 movie of all time
You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle – #1 (tied) Chick Flicks
Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility – #1 (tied) Period Movie
Halloween  – #1 Horror flick
16 Candles – #1 80’s flick

From which, I decided to make a Thursday 13 of my favorite films in 13 genres.  Are there 13 genres?  Let’s find out!

  1. Period Movie
    Out of Africa.  LOVED this film.  Loved the gorgeous scenery, the music, the story, the acting, everything.  Loved it.
  2. Romantic Comedy
    Before Sunset.  Is that a romantic comedy?  It’s not screwball argue type romantic comedy, it’s more just romance.  But it’s a great movie.
  3. War Film
    The Thin Red Line
    .  I thought this film kicked Saving Private Ryan‘s ass.  SPR was all glory and over the top in your face action, and yes, it was a great film.  But it didn’t let you forget that it was a great film.  The Thin Red Line was internal and quiet and gave you a real sense of the horrors of war.  Kinda reminded me of The Red Badge of Courage, which I’ve only read, not seen any film adaptations.  If you haven’t seen The Thin Red Line, I highly recommend it.
  4. Indie
    I like this genre a lot.  I could probably do another Thursday 13 with my favorite Indie films.  Hmmm.  This IS NaBloPoMo, which means a girl is always looking for blog fodder.  Perhaps next Thursday.  Anyway, for right this minute, I’m going to say my favorite Indie film is Sex, Lies, and Videotape.
  5. 80s Flick that’s not John Hughes
    Princess Bride.  Inconceivable?  I do not think you know what that word means.
  6. John Hughes flick
    He kind of became synonymous with the 80s teen thing, so I thought he could have his own genre here on my list.  My favorite is Pretty In Pink, even though Ducky was pathetic and annoying.
  7. Action Movie
    The Terminator
  8. Animated Feature
    Spirited Away.  I was totally blown away by this film.  LOVED it.  More than anything else he put out, better than any Disney film ever, best best best.
  9. Horror Movie
    The Blair Witch Project.  It was either this or The Fly.  I was devastated when Gina Davis had to blow Jeff Goldblum’s head off at the end of The Fly, and it’s probably more re-watchable than Blair Witch.  But Blair Witch creeped me out way more than any other film ever has in that first viewing.
  10. Foreign Film
    .  I cried so hard I thought I might barf, but it was a great movie.  It truly broke my heart.  Wonderful.
  11. Sci-Fi
    Bladerunner.  Ted will be shocked to read this, because he’s dragged me to see this film so many dang times, and I’ve never really understood what the hell was going on, or appreciated it, and I always fall asleep, which contributes to the not understanding or appreciating of it.  But we went to see the real Director’s Cut this year, and you know what?  It was great!  I totally loved it.
  12. Old Film
    It’s a Wonderful Life.  I wasn’t sure how to categorize this, but gosh, I loved the hell out of this movie.  I saw it for the first time on a very early date with Ted, and we’ve seen it every year since.  It never fails to get to me.  A tie would be The Philadelphia Story.  Awesome.
  13. Blockbuster
    The Fugitive.  My mom used to go on and on about the TV Series, about how good it was and how much she loved it.  Whatever, yawn, before my time, all of that.  But this was a really, really good movie.  Everyone in it was excellent, plenty of eye-popping action, suspense, drama, and overall good fun.

~DoSoEvAyMo – Today is Thursday, which means Yoga after work.  Other than that, no big plans.

11 thoughts on “13 Movies

  1. Ooooooooooh! I LOVE this post, J! I may have to borrow this idea if I get stuck during NaBloPoMo!

    The Princess Bride! What a classic! Oh, and Spirited Away was FANTASTIC! Gotta love Japanese animated movies!

    P.S. I left a reply to your Big Love comment on my blog. That show is addictive! You’re right about the sex scenes though! There’s so much sex! Not that it’s a big deal or anything. I was just surprised!

  2. Fun!
    1.) A Room with a View(before Julian Sand became so skeezy)
    2.)When Harry Met Sally( I still love this)
    3.)Apocalyse Now Redux(it’s just my fave)
    4.)Juno(Ellen is just such an excellent little actress, truly talented)
    5.)Purple Rain(saw this like 3x in the theater…it’s corny now, but oh how I loved it then!)
    6.)Weird Science(how’s about a geazy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray? and Mr. Big Love as a pile of poo is priceless)
    7.)Good pick…but what about Predator? “If it bleeds, we can keel it…”
    8.)I adore Spirited Away.
    9.)Dead Ringers- Jeremy Irons all whacked out with psycho gyno tools. ICK!
    10.) Women On the Verge of Nervous Breakdown(a young banderas, a pitcher of spiked gazpacho…what more can you ask for) If you’ve never seen “Santa Sangre” check it out. Excellent, unusual flick. One of my other faves.
    11.) E.T. The first time I saw this I bawled for hours afterward because I didn’t want him to return to outer space. Jeez.
    12.)Ooooo… I like your pick, but I’ll say Gone With The Wind…it’s extravagant and epic.
    13.)Okay, I’ll say it: Titanic no commet, puh-lease!

  3. Ms. Mamma, thanks for playing! I loved SOME of your choices. LOVED Room with a View, and I will admit to liking When Harry Met Sally, though Billy Cristal as a leading man is a stretch. Juno rocked. Loved it. Gone With The Wind, again, awesome. I’m biting my tongue on 13. It hurts. 😉

  4. OMG…Princess Bride is one of my favs too. My name is Inigo Montoya, you keeled my father, prepare to DIE! I had the biggest crush on his leather clad self! If I didn’t have so many favorites, I’d play along — too difficult to choose!

  5. Great Meme! I may copy it one day!

    Did you ever see “Life is Beautiful”? That movie really touched me. I just had to go sit and debrief with a friend after seeing it. Definitely my favorite foreign film, although, there are so many good ones to choose from!

  6. ooh so Fun!

    1)Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson was great both in and writing screenplay)
    2)How about the Philadelphia Story for Romatic comedy and Old film!
    3)War films are just not my thing
    4)Juno, Best in Show
    5)Top Secret!
    6)ALL OF THEM ( I LIKED DUCKY. May I admire you later today?)
    7)Raiders of the Lost Ark (the whole series)
    8)hmmmm Nightmare Before Christmas
    9)Halloween (can’t change this answer!) Amityville Horror also is SCARY!
    10)Light the Red Lantern (was prolly first foreign film I ever saw)
    11)Close Encounters (Blade Runner is AWESOME)
    12)Philadelphia Story!
    13)Jaws (I was wondering where I could put him 😉

    Love your pics!

  7. I’ve never actually watched ‘The Fly’ all the way through, and I probably won’t now that I know Jeff Goldblum has his head blown off. Ew. That’s quite a movie.

    For horror, I immediately thought ‘the ring’. That one stayed with me for a long time. It was psychological… a creeping horror.

    Jeff Goldblum made me think of Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park made me think of Micheal Crighton, and I just can’t believe he isn’t gonna write any more stories.

  8. Eww… the fly always grossed me out, but totally agree about the Blair Witch Project. FREAKED ME OUT! still does. But hey, Jurassic Park also left me with nightmares and thinking I heard something in the bushes.

    Aww – Water. I must thank you for telling me about this movie and its director. So sad. So beautiful.

  9. I’m with you on Thin Red Line and Spirited Away (although it’s a close run thing with his earlier film “My Neighbour Totoro”, which is my daughters’ all-time favourite).

  10. I am SHOCKED you like Blade Runner! Since it’s initial release in 1982, I’ve been mesmerized by this film — but you already know that. 🙂

  11. Out of the top ones in each category, I have only seen three — Thin Red Line, Blair Witch and the Fugitive. I enjoyed two of them, though only one to the point of seeing again, and one I found very disappointing.

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