Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday Movie Madness

Pilfered from last week's Give Me 5 Monday:

Give Me Five movies you'd choose to have along if you were stranded on a desert island (that happened to have electricity, a tv and dvd player):

1. Love Actually
I could watch this movie over and over - and now, thanks to a sweet SP match, I can. I love all the different vignettes and it reminds me of when Hugh Grant just made me sigh...

2. Sweet Home Alabama
This movie just makes me want to be from the South. And Jake Perry's character (played by Josh Lucas) was enough for me to want to bonk Reese Witherspoon's Melanie Smooter character over the head and say, "You bleeding idiot!"

3. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
This movie brings me back to my childhood - it was probably my first introduction to Hollywood musicals. Why not The Wizard of Oz or The Sound of Music? I think I didn't see The Wizard of Oz until I was a pre-teen because there were some seriously scary things in there for a kid. And as for The Sound of Music? Well. We can thank Auntie Daryth for that one. Apparently she loved it so much as a child that she played the soundtrack record incessantly and it drove my Dad (her brother) batty - so that one was never really played in our house. To this day I am not sure if I have seen the whole movie.

4. The Harry Potter Boxed Set
I realize the definitive boxed set has not been created yet because not all the movies have been released or even filmed yet - but I am going to argue that if you pay for them all at once and they come in a cellophaned box, it is one selection. I love the Harry Potter universe and the different nuances that are present with each different director's take on that universe. Plus it is amazing to see these kids grow up in the course of the films.

5. The Matrix
Now, this selection comes with a condition. Someone has to wipe my mind of this movie after each time I watch it. Andrew and I were lucky enough to see this movie the first day it opened way back in 1999 - and we were blown away by it. I remember us walking back to the car in silence and just sitting there, still trying to take it all in. The problem is that the movie doesn't have that same effect in subsequent viewings - you can only be shock and awed once by it - but that was still enough for me to add it to this list.

Honourable Mentions:
A Christmas Story
X-Men boxed set
The Sixth Sense
Four Weddings and a Funeral
A&E's Pride and Prejudice

It's serendipitous that we are talking about movies this morning - Andrew and I are finally off to see Iron Man this afternoon. I received movie tickets from my company for my birthday last year - but you have to wait until 10 days after the movie has been in the theatres to use them.


Oh - and the "Me Me On The Beach" title? Okay, maybe you had to be a Canadian to get this one. It was paraphrased from Jane Siberry's song Mimi on the Beach.


Shan said...

Good choices. I haven't seen Sweet Home Alabama but I can get behind the others.

The Matrix - you're right, it loses a bit of punch after you've seen it. Kind of like "memento".

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Substitute Pride and Prejudice for the Matrix and with those other movies we would be perfect on stranded on that beach together!! Smart move putting the HP box set together :)

tara said...

I was thinking you were refering to a song but couldnt place it. Now it is stuck in my head. I am going to have to think about my 5 movies.

Nell said...

Good list! Love Actually is one of my all time favorites.

I would have to put Indiana Jones boxed set on my list.

Tell us how Iron Man is. I'm very curious about that one.

Life's a Stitch said...

One of my favourite funny movies recently has been Death at a Funeral. Have you seen it?