Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Top Ten Movies

It’s Oscar season.   It’s the time of year when studios like to put out their most dramatic, exciting, or tear jerking movies as contenders in the upcoming Academy Awards.  For the past six years or so, I have made it a point to watch every Oscar nominee or possible nominee by year’s end.  Unfortunately, this year, life happened and I am a little behind.  In honor of one of my favorite pastimes, I am posting a list of my top ten favorite movies.

1.  The Lunchbox
This movie about a woman trying to entice a disinterested husband and a man whose life changes when he gets the wrong lunchbox is quietly powerful.

2.  The Godfather
This movie is full of life lessons that I hope I’ll never need, like, “Leave the gun, keep the cannoli”, and a few I live by, like, “Never  tell someone outside the family what you are thinking.”

3.  The Philadelphia Story
Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart all in one movie.  How can it not be good?

4.  The Artist
We take dialogue for granted.  The Artist tells a great story like the silent pictures of yesteryear.

5.  The Intouchables
A story of a friendship between a rich quadriplegic man and his unconventional caregiver.  It was inspired by a true story and is truly touching.

6.  A Separation
An Iranian film about a troubled marriage.  Life is hard everywhere.

7.  Roman Holiday
Audrey Hepburn at her best.  This movie is a great escape.

8.  The Sound of Music
I never get tired of watching and singing along.

9.  Star Wars
This is a nostalgic favorite.  I was too young to appreciate the original when it first came out, but the trilogy was an integral part of my childhood.

10.  Bringing Up Baby
I went through a Katherine Hepburn /Cary Grant phase in my youth.  This movie is possibly their funniest.