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  1. What are your favorite movies, and why? For the purposes of this discussion, let's define "favorite" as "movies that you come back to, again and again, or years later, and always enjoy." For me, in no particular order and probably left out a bunch of big ones due to "record store syndrome": When Harry Met Sally I surprised myself even considering this one, as it's not really my type of movie. But I recently caught it again on TV and realized that's the third or fourth time I've tripped across it and continued watching. It's a tight film that could work as a stage play. Only a few characters, well acted, doesn't stray from the subject, and not that I'm a sap or anything but what Harry says to Sally near the end always makes me tear up a little. Europa Report Wrote about this elsewhere on this forum. Tom Jones My father was in love with the movies. When I was very young he said once that if he had the money, he would buy a movie projector and watch movies all the time. About ten years later, an incredible new invention appeared: the video tape player. (Beta or VHS?) He did not have the money even for that but I swear we were the first family in town to have one, and by the time he died (about 25 years later) he had amassed an astounding collection of classic Hollywood movies. One of the first he showed me was the 1963 Best Picture, Tom Jones. I can't say why I love it so much. It's goofy, fun, mostly well-acted, I thought Albert Finney was adorable (I was a teenager). All these years later I still laugh out loud at some of the lines. "It's a good night to be [abroad/a broad] and looking for game." I never caught Pop's love of the movies; books were my thing. I went and read the entire novel, unabridged, impressing the hell out of my English teacher, but that's another story. The Usual Suspects What can I say. It works. It just works. That penultimate scene after Verbal leaves the police station, and Dave Kujan looks around his office, carefully, and realizes what just happened... I just love that. The Thomas Crown Affair The remake. The original was one of my mother's favorites; I found it dated. I bet if I had a daughter she'd find the remake dated as well. But I love the kind of story where two smart, resourceful people try to outwit each other. I think this movie sort of fell apart at the end, but I still love it. Alien About ten years ago a restored version was released and I saw it at the Uptown. I can honestly say that it is the only movie I went back to years later that was actually better then I remembered. I don't even like thrillers, but this movie is great. Lady and the Tramp OK so maybe I am a sap. Tremors "Broke into the wrong goddamn rec-room, didn't you?!" Starship Troopers No explanation. Never has such an awful movie been so enjoyable. Denise Richards is hawt. Pass the popcorn. Groundhog Day "Anything different is good." How long did Phil spend in Punxsutawney, anyway? True Stories Sometimes I think I'm the only person in the world who likes this movie, a "celebration of specialness". Porco Rosso I guess I actually am a sap. The scene in which Curtis breaks into Gina's garden, and she reminisces about her and Marco flying... sigh. So beautiful. Millennium Actress Has anyone else even heard of this movie? I rented it from Erol's once on a whim when Mr. P was out of town and never stopped loving it.
  2. Is there a similar thread for books? My favorite book (also a movie) East of Eden. My least favorite book (also a movie) Grapes of Wrath. What do they have in common? The Author: Steinbeck.
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