Mad for Movies!


I LOVE watching movies!  I enjoy them whether we watch them at home or in the theater, but I especially enjoy seeing them in the theater: the big screen, stadium seating – the works.  Thankfully, my husband is a movie buff too.  I do see some movies with other people, and some on my own, but José and I usually see movies together and I’m so glad he’s as crazy about movies as I am.

Given that I’m a total movie junkie, I thought I’d share some of my favorites.  Perhaps you’ll watch some of the ones you haven’t already seen and will enjoy them, too.  Here are some of my favorites:

The Princess Bride

When Harry Met Sally

The Sound of Music

Moulin Rouge

The Shawshank Redemption

Big Fish


Whale Rider

Slumdog Millionaire

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Snatch (and no, it’s not x-rated!)

Lars and the Real Girl


Life is Beautiful

Have you seen any of these movies?  Do you love them too?  Please leave a comment!  And please let me know if you watch one of these for the first time after reading this post.  I’d like to hear what you think.

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted August 24, 2010 at 6:50 am by Eric Graf | Permalink

    Wow, that’s amazing – I’ve seen six of them! (Well, seven, but When Harry Met Sally doesn’t count because I had to switch that one when I worked at the TV station, so I sort of just half watched it.) I will further investigate titles on your list that don’t ring a bell. (Overboard? Snatch? Lars and the Real Girl?)

    I tend to be pretty nonconformist, but even I must confess that The Princess Bride is one of the greatest things since sliced bread.

    And if you ever get the opportunity to see Sound of Music in 70 MM projection, GO. They ran Do Re Mi in 70 MM at an Academy thing I went to, and I was flabbergasted. It looked AMAZING.

    PS … What? No Xanadu?

  2. Posted August 24, 2010 at 7:53 am by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Eric – nice to see you here! Six is a good number for you to have seen already, especially since you prefer animation over live action. The Princess Bride really is fantastic – you’d have to be dead or without a sense of humor to not enjoy that one! 😮 Overboard is a silly movie that I love anyway. Snatch is much grittier, but is great – especially the editing. Lars and the Real Girl highlights a really different kind of situation, but is both funny and touching.

    Thank you for the tip on The Sound of Music. I’d love to see it in 70 MM!

  3. Posted August 24, 2010 at 9:02 am by David Zwirn | Permalink

    Princess Bride: check
    When Harry met Sally: check
    Sound of Music: check
    Moulin Rouge: cheque 😉
    Shawshank: check
    Big Fish: check
    Lars and the Real Girl: check
    Overboard: check
    Amelie: most of it (we have it on DVR)
    *the rest*: not so much

    On a related note: we’ve seen Inception three times already, and it’s STILL a major mind job!

  4. Posted August 24, 2010 at 9:21 am by Michelle | Permalink

    That does it. I’ve watched almost all those films and agree with you that they are great. I STILL haven’t seen Fantastic Mr. Fox though. I must remedy that ASAP.

    I’m dying to know what lens you’re using for your delicious close-ups!

  5. Posted August 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi David – thank you for commenting! Please let me know if you watch any of the other movies. I have a feeling you’d like The Fantastic Mr. Fox. It’s funny, and the stop-motion animation is to die for!
    (Nicely done on Moulin Rouge!)

    Regarding Inception, I’ve seen it once and it was mind boggling. All the the layers, possibilities, and debates about what really happened are enough to drive a girl crazy. And it’s obviously gotten your attention and has gotten you thinking. The movie was a treat for the eyes, too!

  6. Posted August 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Michelle – thanks for commenting! The Fantastic Mr. Fox is definitely worth watching – ASAP would be good! By watching it on DVD you’ll get to see the incredible “behind the scenes” bits that show just how complicated, detailed and insanely labor-intensive the film was. So fascinating! Let me know what you think of it, okay?

    I just took a peek at the lens, and it’s a Sigma 50 mm 1:2:8 DG macro lens. I’m glad you’re enjoying the close-up photos!

  7. Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm by ASY | Permalink

    I’ve seen most of your picks and they are good. I just saw “Woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown”, and it was funny”.. Here are some of my faves:

    Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightly)
    Dangerous Liasons
    The Hurricane
    The Secret Garden
    The Little Princess
    Mystic Pizza
    16 Candles
    Old Man and the Sea
    House of Flying Daggers
    The Color Purple
    Places in the Heart
    Old Man and the Sea
    The Duchess

  8. Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi ASY – thank you for commenting. Your list is precisely why I said my list included SOME of my favorites. There are so many great movies out there! (It’s simply beyond my control!) You’ve listed The Secret Garden and The Little Princess. Do you prefer the originals, or the more modern versions?

    16 Candles has SO many great lines, and you can’t go wrong with Jake Ryan! I often think of The Color Purple – what an incredible movie. I’ll have to put some of the movies you posted on my “to see” list – thank you for sharing!

  9. Posted August 27, 2010 at 7:36 am by Terry | Permalink

    Fantastic Mr Fox was 100% pure joy. Loved, loved, loved it! And now I have a way of swearing in front of my kids without actually using profanity: “What the cuss?” Brilliant!

  10. Posted August 27, 2010 at 7:58 am by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Terry – thanks for chiming in. I loved their “swearing” too. “Cuss you!” Hee hee! :o)

  11. Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:04 am by Sherry Winchester | Permalink

    I’ve seen all but four..similar tastes it seems. Have you seen Somewhere In Time or The Lake House…or back even further, how about the French language version of A Man And A Woman? Add them to you list of pics to see! ….Great idea, by the way.:^)

  12. Posted April 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for commenting, I’m glad you liked the post. Yes, we do seem to have similar tastes! I have seen both Somewhere In Time and The Lake House, though it’s been many years since I’ve seen Somewhere In Time. What a sweet movie…