My Favorite Things – Movies – Part II

I am an avid movie fan, as you could probably tell by Part I of the series.  My taste in movies is very eclectic, and my favorites are classic and foreign films.  I can be caught watching TCM any day as I love the glimpse into the past and vibe on the depth and substance of the films.  I believe that classic film is typically better than current films because they didn’t rely so heavily on special effects.  Hence, the script, dialogue and acting are far superior current cinema.  I dig foreign films because I enjoy seeing cultural influences at work which often spawns different perspectives. 

TCM Moguls and Movie Stars was a series which aired last year. It was a wonderful depiction of the birth of American cinema. One of the guest speakers theorized that movies are loved because they serve as an escape from reality, while satisfying the voyeur in us. Brilliant!! I’m saving comedy for another post 🙂

What are your favorite movies?

 Unforgettable Movies

1.  Lolita, 1997

2.  The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, 1989

3.  Pink Floyd – The Wall, 1982

4. Guess Who’s coming to dinner? 1967


Movies to make you think

1. Jerry Maguire, 1996

2. Jurassic Park, 1993

Quote – “I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility… for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now…”

3. Bulworth, 1998

Movies about the human condition

1.  Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf? 1966

2.  Dangerous Liaisons, 1988

Quote – “It’s beyond my control.” “You’ll find the shame is like the pain, you only feel it once.” 

3. The Breakfast Club, 1985

4.  A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951

5.  All About Eve, 1950

6. Vertigo, 1958


Movies to inspire you

1.  Braveheart, 1995

2.  Malcolm X, 1992 

3.  The Hurricane, 1999

4.  The Shawshank Redemption, 1994


Movies for the Romance Addict

1.  A Place in the Sun, 1951

2.  Snow Falling on Cedars, 1999

3.  Like Water for Chocolate, 1992


Movies for your Inner Child

1.  Lord of the Rings Trilogy, 2001

2.  Harry Potter, 2001

3.  Wall-E, 2008


Movies for Sci-Fi & Horror Addicts

1.  The Shining, 1980

2.  Aliens, 1986

3.  The Matrix, 1999

4.  Bram Stoker’s Dracula

5.  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 1994

6.  Silence of the Lambs, 1994 

7. Cape Fear, 1991

African American Arias

1.  Beloved, 1998 

2.  Diary of a Mad Black Woman, 2005

3.  For Colored Girls when the Rainbow is not enuf, 2010

4. The Color Purple, 1985

5. Do the Right Thing, 1989



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