Summer movie season is officially upon us. Whether you’re a movie buff or not, chances are there is a flick out there that brings back major memories. We’ve asked some of our fearless film lovers about their favorite movies… and their answers made me want to break out the buttered popcorn. So grab your cargo shorts and your biggest purse, stock them full of drinks and candy and prepare to spend countless hours enjoying some sweet summer flicks. Happy Summer Movie Season!
I love, love, LOVE movies! Before I had a baby girl, I spent an embarrassing amount of time parked in front of the TV watching movies (or the Food Network...what? Tyler Florence is delicious...) now I only get to sneak a movie in once and awhile.
What do you watch when you want to laugh?
Easy - Anchorman The Legend of Ron Burgundy. How can you keep a straight face when Tim Robins shows up and says "Public News Team is taking a break from its pledge drive to kick some a**. No commercials, no mercy!"
When you want a little romance?
The Princess Bride or The Mummy - I like my manly heros of the swashbuckling variety and my heroines to be brave and mouthy.
During the holidays?
I look forward to watching It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve every year. I think everyone goes through a period when they get overwhelmed and they think "how did I get here?" but most of the time "here" is a pretty darn good place to be.
What movie reminds you of being a kid?
The Neverending Story. I think I watched that movie every day for a year. I wanted a Luck Dragon so bad!
With Honors reminds me of being a teenager. I had such a crush on Brendan Fraser and that was such a romantic version of college... plus who wouldn’t want to be roommates with Patrick Dempsy?
What was the last movie you saw in a theater?
Star Trek. I never knew Spock could be so smokin' HOT. Kirk who?
-Erin O., TodaysMama.com
The Movie I Love, Own, and Watch Just Once a Year
I was moved by Groundhog Day when I saw it in the theater 16 years ago. I bought it the moment it was available in VHS. When it came out on DVD, I bought that, too. It’s there waiting for me every February 2 for my annual viewing on Groundhog Day itself.
I marvel at how well constructed it is and how seamless the pieces fit together. How many times must they have filmed those sequences with Ned Ryerson? Bill Murray who we usually rely on for his knife-sharp irony couldn’t be more real. Andie Mcdowell is the girl a guy could fall in love with over hundreds of lifetimes. Even the reliably irritating Chris Elliott is tolerably good in Groundhog Day.
But the reason why I love the movie and the reason why I limit my viewings of it is because the arc of the story spins out a message that feels like revealed truth. I watch it to remind myself that I have to make the most of this life. I have to make sure that the days don’t bleed into each other. I have to love the girl of my dreams every day. I have to think first of others if I want to be my best self. I have to learn about the world and myself with the dawn of each day.
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That once-a-year viewing of Groundhog Day reminds me that I have plenty of time left if I treat every day like it’s my last!
-Paul Jones, blogger - The Learners Guild
Movies are a favorite pastime for my husband and me, though we’re sadly behind the most current offerings since the birth of our son two years ago. Netflix has revolutionized the ability for anyone, nearly anywhere, to access obscure titles and specific tastes. My personal favorite video store is Best Video in Hamden, Connecticut -- shout out to the most well-versed owners and interesting movie sections I’ve ever seen! Even the New York Times gives props to these guys.
Critical picks, artistic taste and stuffy awards aside, however, here’s a list of the movies that consistently find a warm place in my heart.
Fried Green Tomatoes -- Since seventh grade I’ve watched this movie when I’m sad or lonely, and almost always feel better afterward. Despite a little plot involving cannibalism, the women in it move me with their love and relationships, and I have a soft spot for Jessica Tandy in any role. Towanda!
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory -- This movie is a staple from my childhood, and of course I’m referring to the 1971 Gene Wilder version. I’m not a fan of the boat ride scene, but otherwise find the film delightful. Anyone care for a Snozzberry?
Once -- I don’t lean on movies for romance, but this film really got my attention. It’s a sort of tragic love story with a fabulous sound track, and my husband and I love it.
Almost Famous -- This is a nostalgic movie for me, since I saw it with my now-husband the night before we first kissed. The night we actually kissed, we watched Eyes Wide Shut. We try to forget about that unfortunate flick and concentrate on the night-before movie. We thought Almost Famous rocked and were just too nervous for smooching that night.
Anchorman -- Ron Burgundy didn’t impress me the first time I watched this movie, but the subsequent 100 viewings find me laughing harder and harder. There are so many great quotes hidden in here, along with cameos from all the current funny guys. I even have an “I (heart) Lamp” t-shirt.
I’m not a so-called “movie buff.” In fact, I’ve been known to rarely make it through an entire flick. Something about holding still for more than two hours makes me want to snuggle up and sleep. With that said, there are a few fabulous films that I can sit through… over and over again. In no particular order…
When I want to cry?
Has anyone seen the movie My Life? It’s the one with Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman, and possibly the saddest and sweetest movie known to mankind. But, despite the sadness, it’s one I can enjoy watching over and over again. It makes me want to evaluate my own life’s purposes and remember what I cherish the most. Four words: Get out the Kleenex.
What movie reminds me of my childhood?
There are two… The Goonies and Grease. I used to beg my brother and sister to let us watch Grease. It’s definitely one of the movies I have nearly memorized. I always wanted to be Marty… the girl with 18 boyfriends across the globe. And The Goonies… I can’t think of this movie without saying, “Hey, you guys!” (A line from Sloth).
When I want to laugh?
I absolutely crack up at Steel Magnolias. I can quote SO much of the movie-- from Truvy’s beauty shop to Shelby’s weddin’ day. Their accents are unforgettable and the storyline is one that warms your heart… straight from the South. “Oh, he’s so confused he don't know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt." (A line from Truvy).
My all-time favorite flick?
I would have to say my favorite movie of all-time is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the 1971 version). Again, it‘s one of those movies that I have nearly memorized. One of the best elements of this film are the songs. With one exception, “Cheer Up, Charlie”, which I have been fast-forwarding through for as long as I can remember. There are so many parts of the movie that are absolutely mouth-watering (to this day, I still fantasize about sinking my teeth into one of those gigantic gummy bears). This movie will ALWAYS be a must-see for me.
-Rebecca D., TodaysMama.com