G’s Ten Favorite Movies

gabbyWhen first asked by my Hubby to create a list of 10 favorite movies I was daunted by the prospect. I didn’t really think I had 10 favourite films that I could name. In actual fact, I found it was truly difficult to limit myself to only 10!

But – I’m gonna try…

  • Giant (1956) – Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. I love the tension of the romantic triangle. And – James Dean!

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, from the original bestselling novel by Mario Puzo.

These are two incredible films. They’re both long films, but – two incredibly directed, acted, and visualized films that need to be seen back-to-back, so settle in and enjoy.

*(parts III & IV just plain suck, so please don’t punish yourselves!)

  • Once Were Warriors (1994) – Starring: Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison. A wondrous hidden gem from New Zealand, about the survival of the family unit against conflict from both within, and from outside sources. A brutal depiction of a tortured family dynamic…
  • Romeo + Juliet (1996) – an unconventional, modernized, updated remake of Shakespeare’s classic tale of doomed romance, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Paul Sorvino, Harold Perrineau, Brian Dennehy, Pete Postlethwaite, and more! Directed in quirky, yet effective ‘music video/noir’ style by Baz Luhrmann.
  • Rudy (1993) – Small in stature, but huge in emotion! Underdog story guaranteed to make you cry even as you cheer !
  • The Sandlot (1993) – a film that captures the warm feelings invoked by the remembered joys of summer and old childhood friends gathering in the pursuit of a shared passion – baseball. A film that holds appeal for viewers of all ages.
  • The Color Purple (1985)  – Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and many other great Black actors. No matter where I happen to catch it, I’ll watch straight through ’til the end. But; the “Mom-ma! Mom-ma!” bit??? Why, Mr. Spielberg? Why?? The rest of the film was pitch-perfect until that point…
  • Toy Story (1995) – My first Pixar Studios film, and my reference standard for all animated films that have come since. Also; I always knew there had to be a good reason my toys were never where I’d left them the night before!
  • West Side Story (1961) – Essentially, the 1950’s New York City version of Romeo & Juliet. A musical, a classic, a gem.

It turned out to be much harder than I thought it would be, to come up with these 10 (technically, 11!) choices. It’s so hard to limit ones choices when there are so many great movies out there waiting to be enjoyed…don’t you agree?!

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