Friday Favorites: Movies

Friday, February 15, 2013

Admit it, we all have them. A repertoire of favorite movies — collections that previously existed in VHS format and slowly migrated over to DVD. Movies that you have watched so often you know not only every line, but every facial expression, musical undertone, and sweeping vista. Films we reach for when we have other things to do or nothing in particular to do. Old friends that swaddle us when we are sick or delight us when we need a hearty laugh. 

Some of my favorite movies I have loved for over two decades. Many of them are influence by my cousin, Deece, who introduced several of these films to me; his good taste never failing. These movies are part of my lexicon and part of my identity. 

A Room With a View, based on the novel by E.M. Forster, is full of charming English characters that escape for a holiday to the Italian countryside. The eternal Why, Beethoven, cornflowers, and gallant gestures make this film a timeless keeper. 

Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonleabased on the novels by L. M. Montgomery, tells of the red-headed orphan, Anne, adopted by an elderly couple, Mathew and Marilla. Anne's wild imagination results in numerous scrapes, but in the end, she comes to the understanding that what's really important was right in front of her all along. (Released in 1985, I started watching these film two years after they debuted. All these years later I still tear up when Matthew dies and when Anne returns home.) 

Much Ado About Nothing is a delicious Shakespearean romp through the Italian countryside, where all bets are off and love is masked by betrayal and deceit. 

Pride and Prejudicebased on the novel by Jane Austen, is a story of class and romance. But basically it's just another reason to watch the handsome wet-shirted Collin Firth over and over again. 

Sense and Sensibilityalso based on the novel by Jane Austen, features romance on a lighter note, but with the complexity of sibling rivalry. This movie features another one of my favorite leading gentlemen, the deliciously deep-voiced Alan Rickman. 

Waking Ned Divine is about a man who wins the lottery but doesn't live to enjoy his winnings. Ironic? Yes. But still wildly funny and rich with sweeping Irish landscapes. 

Yentlbased on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer, is a huge departure from the book; somehow that doesn't phase me though. Considered one of Barbara Streisand's most meaningful works, this movie touches me to my very core. Why settle for just a piece of sky?

And there you have it, the seven movies I would have with me on a deserted island.

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