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Movies. TV. Podcasts. Documentaries. Books. Blogs. I love them. It’s not a secret at all. I’m sure my brain will explode someday with all of the information that I’m consuming. I’m one of those people that constantly has a background noise on while I’m doing something, often that’s TV or a movie. I don’ have to sit and focus entirely on something to still be entertained by it. #multitasker247 So, this week I’m giving you some insight into some of my favorites – movies, TV, Instagram accounts, and other things I’m loving. I can never ever decide on a favorite anything, but right now, this is what I’m enjoying!
I’m also notorious for running some of the same movies constantly. Ask my college roommate, Libby, about my love of movies. We seriously let so many run ALL THE TIME. Not much has changed for me!
Without further ado, in no particular order, here are five movies I love and will watch whenever they are on TV or whenever I need the “fix!”
Drop Dead Gorgeous
I swear to JEEBUS that this movie is one of the most ridiculous movies that you will ever see. It’s about a teenage beauty pageant in small-town Minnesota and this cast of stereotypes doesn’t disappoint! It’s shot in that mockumentary format (much like Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, The Office, etc.) and follows the “contestants” from pageant prep all the way through the celebration parade after the pageant. Allison Janney’s character, the next door neighbor to the protagonist played by Kirsten Dunst, is one of the biggest highlights of the film. Sweet God, that woman is like my hero. Kirstie Alley, Brittany Murphy, Denise Richards, and Amy Adams also appear in this comedic cult film.
Yup, the old school 1987 version is always a hit in my book. That terrible version they recently made for TV, hell no. Only the original is worth your time & money. You know the quote “Nobody puts baby in a corner” or “I carried a watermelon” came from this iconic 80s film. Jennifer Grey (pre-nose job) and Patrick Swayze play the infamous Baby and Johnny. The soundtrack is killer if you’re into oldies, as I usually am. I also love anything with Jerry Orbach in it (he plays Dr. Houseman). I remember watching this as a child, so it’s always been special – I seriously watched everything that the adults in the house watched. I even had a Dirty Dancing poster up on my wall during most of college!
Mona Lisa Smile
I apparently have an extreme connection to Julia Roberts. If you look at my DVD drawer, she’s probably in half of them. I don’t know why, but she is! I love this movie for many reasons. It’s beautiful to look at – 1950’s/60’s fashion. It’s historic and puts a huge part of history on display – women being college graduates and setting their own course of life. The music is great, plus there are famous musicians in cameos all over the place. One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from this movie: “But not all who wander are aimless. Especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition; beyond definition; beyond the image.” Besides Julia Roberts, you’ll also see more Kirstin Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Dominic West.
Dead Poets Society
Ok, I’m seeing a theme now. I really like movies where a lead character goes against the mold and forges their own path. That’s exactly what Robin Williams’ character does in this film. Williams’ English teacher ignites a love of language and storytelling in his students and that’s something that I’m insanely thankful for from the teachers I’ve had in my own life. We all know that Robin Williams was hysterical, but I always find such enjoyment in his serious work. It’s always SO good. I’m also noticing that Dirty Dancing, Mona Lisa Smile, and now Dead Poets Society are all set within the same 5 year period.
This infamous “O Captain, My Captain” moment is one that always resonates with me and gives me the feels when I watch.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
This is just as rom-com as it gets. It’s fluffy. It’s fun. It’s a straight up reminder that meddling never works, plus it takes place in Chicago…which is always a winning element for me! Julia Roberts’ character is a silly mess, but she’s lovable. You feel for her, but you also think she’s pretty stupid. My favorite moment takes place in the ballpark bathroom when the homeless lady keeps screaming “Kimmy, Kimmy” while Julia Roberts is looking for her friend’s fiancee in the bathroom. That moment happens at the top of this clip, so listen really closely.
That was fun! Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing more of some of my favorite “stuff” this week! 😉
Tell me in the comments: What are some of your favorite movies?