My Eight Favorite Movies

Saturday, January 16, 2016
I am always up for a rainy or snowy weekend. It generally means binge watching my favorite movies and overdosing on butter laden popcorn and Goobers. As we settle in to winter, I am reminded of the dreadful weather that often befalls the weekends. Those weekends are my favorite time to either channel surf in search of my favorite movies or to fire them up on Netflix.

I have a handful of movies that I can watch over and over again. They never get old, and watching them the 100th time is like watching them for the very first time. That's when you know you love a movie.

Here are my 10 favorite movies of all-time.

1. You've Got Mail
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are a classic combination that makes for the best rom-com out there. I first saw You've Got Mail in the theater on it's release date, December 25, 1998. It has been a favorite ever since. The iconic scenes of New York and the foray into social media make this movie on the bleeding edge. To this day, I can't turn it off if I'm channel surfing. And, I have this movie to thank for my Starbucks addiction. Yes, it was You've Got Mail that first turned me on to Starbucks.

2. The Holiday
Yes, there's a rom-com pattern here. But seriously, the combination of Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, and Judd Law is anything but disappointing. There's something familiar and comforting about a movie that centers around the holidays. This one is filled with awkward and romantic as well as heartwarming moments.

3. Star Wars (the original)
I was 9 years old when this movie was released, and I can clearly recall the day I first saw the movie. For some reason, and I can't quite pinpoint why, I have loved this movie, and the original trilogy. OK, so maybe it was the crush I had on Mark Hamill. Or maybe it was my fascination with Princess Leia's hair style. I feigned illness to stay home from school and watch the movie on HBO...way back in the day. I have campaigned hard to get my girls to fall in love with this movie, but alas, one has interest but the other has none. So, I'll continue to watch...with or without them.

4. Clockwatchers
Anyone who has ever worked in a dysfunctional corporate environment will appreciate this dry comedy. Toni Collette plays a temporary employee who is trying to fit in with the regular employees but after failing to penetrate the corporate clique decides to strike up a friendship with her fellow temps. But after a rash of in-office thefts occur, Collette wanders if the temps are being set up and if it's worth it to stand behind them or jump ship.

5. Take Me Home
When a young woman discovers her husband has been having an affair, she walks out to find the nearest taxi. She hops in and orders the driver to "drive". She ends up hiring the down-on-his-luck cabbie to drive her from NYC to California where her mother, father, and sister live. Along the way, these two form a bond and discover that they have more in common than either of them would have ever expected. This independent film has an all-star cast including Sam Jaeger from Parenthood fame and an incredible soundtrack.

6. The Outsiders
This coming-of-age movie about rivals "The Greasers" and "The Socials" includes an all-star cast made up of Robe Lowe, Patrick Swayze, and Matt Dillon. This movie explores the social injustices and the struggles between the rich kids and not-so-rich kids. In the end, the Greasers get redemption but it costs one of them their lives. If you've never seen this movie, watch it. It's a great story of good versus evil and is a great step back in time to see these iconic 80s stars in their hey day.

7. Never Been Kissed
This heartwarming story of the triumph of the underdog will have any skeptic believing in true love by the end of the movie. When a copywriter adorably portrayed by Drew Barrymore is sent on an undercover story to infiltrate the inner circle of high school, her story takes a turn for the worst and her cover is blown. She has one last chance to redeem herself. Watch the movie to see if Barrymore's character prevails.

8. Bridesmaids
Where do I start with this one? I mean, just the comedic talent in this movie is more than impressive. Several SNL alum combined with other funny girls is a recipe for one heck of a funny movie. Some movies start of strong and fade. Bridesmaids starts strong and stays strong until the end. Kristen Wiig and Megan McCarthy are a winning combo, for sure.

What are some of your favorite movies?

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