Hello all, well you people are just plain making me look bad! Here I am whining about the quiet same-ness of domesticity while I am finding a plethora of fun and exciting things on your sites. Queenoscots has a wonderful essay of the state of the American home re: you and your remote control…she also has posted some very very nice pictures with even funnier comments about said pics….Female_Valet has a wedding anniversary (and a new baby!) coming up and she’s posted some wedding pics, Medea00 has some great pics and prose that will tickle the mother (and the funny bone) in you….I guess I will make a short list of movies (most or all descriptions of movies copied from my beloved Netflix) and leave it at that. I will shut down this lap top and wander away, knowing my contribution to the community is but a pebble dropping in the ocean….anyway.

Funniest Movies of All Time:

Office Space: It’s Dilbert come to life when office drone Ron Livingston breaks free from the shackles of his cubicle environment and conspires with cohorts to embezzle money from their soulless, high-tech company. With pointed jabs at corporate life’s nihilism, Office Space boasts a standout performance from Stephen Root as a prototype workplace nerd. Written and directed by Mike Judge, creator of “Beavis and Butt-head.” (and I HATE those two).

Waiting for Guffman:Community theater gets spit-roasted in this blistering mockumentary written by (and starring) Christopher Guest, who plays the ultrafey Corky St. Clair, a local theater impresario. In honor of Blaine, Mo.’s 150th anniversary, St. Clair mounts a mediocre musical tribute to the town with hopes of taking the production to Broadway. Eugene Levy costars, along with a talented ensemble cast.

One Night at McCool’s: Trampy femme fatale Jewel (Liv Tyler) nonchalantly wraps the men in her life around her little finger as though they were rubber bands. They are, in turn: a horny bartender (Matt Dillon), an arrogant lawyer (Paul Reiser) and a guilt-ridden detective (John Goodman). They’re mesmerized by Jewel’s wiles … but all the frustrated, happy homemaker wants out of the deal is a house!

City Slickers: For a change of pace, three amigos (Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby) facing midlife crises sign on for a fortnight cattle drive through the Colorado hills. The urbanites’ survival depends on a leathery trail boss (Jack Palance, winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar) who doesn’t cotton to greenhorn city slickers. Though they run into foul weather, pregnant cows and pistol-packin’ ranchers, trail’s end brings a bittersweet victory.

….and deserving of honorable mentions would be: Clue, Mr. Mom,Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, and Chevy Chase in the original Vacation.

Best Romantic Comedies:

When Harry Met Sally: Can men and women remain friends without the sex part getting in the way? Nora Ephron’s episodic screenplay introduces womanizing, neurotic Harry (Billy Crystal) and ambitious, equally neurotic Sally (Meg Ryan) as chums who resist sexual attraction to maintain their friendship — a relationship always teetering on the brink of love. As the two draw closer, the question resurfaces: Can they stay just pals, or will the sex part get in the way?

Sleepless in Seattle: Writer-director Nora Ephron teams rueful widower Tom Hanks with Meg Ryan, the soul mate he may never meet. Although separated by thousands of miles, they’re linked through an encounter on a radio call-in show. Remaking the Cary Grant-Deborah Kerr soaper An Affair to Remember, Ephron struck pay dirt and found a new twist on the rendezvous at the top of the Empire State Building.

Bridget Jone’s Diary and Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason:

This sequel to the hit movie Bridget Jones’s Diary begins four weeks after the final events of the first film. The formerly single Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) discovers that life with her new beau, barrister Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), isn’t everything it was cracked up to be, and neither is her new job as a news reporter for the “Sit Up Britain” television show. Co-stars Hugh Grant, Jacinda Barrett and Jim Broadbent.

Love Actually: An ensemble comedy that tells 10 separate (but intertwining) London love stories, leading to a big climax on Christmas Eve. One of the threads follows the brand-new, unmarried Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) of the United Kingdom, who, on his first day in 10 Downing Street, falls in love with the girl (Martine McCutcheon) who brings him his tea. Denise Richards, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley and Rowan Atkinson co-star.

….and once again with honorable mentions: Finding Neverland, The American President, Jerry McGuire and Mansfield Park…oh yeah, and Somewhere in Time.

Best Scary Movies:

Strangers on a Train:Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) is a mamma’s boy a couple cans short of a six-pack who meets tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) on a train. Bruno desperately wants his rich father dead; Guy wants a divorce from his shrewish wife so he can marry a senator’s daughter and mount a career in politics. Guy laughs off Bruno’s suggestion that they “trade” murders. But Bruno remains undeterred!

The Others: Writer-director Alejandro Amenabar manipulates viewers’ psyches in this bone-chilling thriller. Staunchly religious Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), have a rare sensitivity to light — but the house seems haunted. Soon convinced that the strange events and visions are real, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost.

The Shining: All work and no play make Jack a bloodthirsty boy. On the wagon after his alcoholism created family troubles, aspiring novelist Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a position as off-season custodian at an elegant but eerie hotel so he can write undisturbed. No sooner have Jack, his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son Danny settled in than the ominous hotel starts to wield its sinister power over father and son. …

….and more honorable mentions…The Ring honestly did scare the pee out of me, as did Blair Witch Project even though I had to watch it with my eyes closed because the motion of the camera was making me sick…One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Donnie Darko are scary too…

Best Drama/Real Life Movies:

Virgin Suicides: Responding to the lax moral milieu of the mid-1970s, Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon (James Woods and Kathleen Turner, respectively) keep their five alluring, adolescent daughters on a short leash. When the youngest, 13-year-old Cecelia (Hannah Hall), unaccountably commits hara-kiri and wayward elder sister Lux (Kirsten Dunst) violates curfew, Mom puts all the girls under virtual house arrest. But her overreaction has unintended — and dire — consequences.

Lost In Translation: Set in Tokyo, this subtle, nuanced film played Bill Murray against type and earned director Sofia Coppola an Original Screenplay Oscar. Two lost souls — the young, neglected wife (Scarlett Johansson) of a photographer and a washed-up movie star (Murray, in an Oscar-nominated performance) shooting a TV commercial — find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other’s company and away from their lives in America.

About Schmidt: When insurance actuary Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) retires and his wife dies, he looks for life’s meaning on a road trip to his daughter’s (Hope Davis) upcoming wedding to a waterbed salesman (Dermot Mulroney). But Warren can’t seem to get anything right. En route to the wedding, he shares his life through letters with a Tanzanian boy he’s sponsoring for 73 cents a day … and soon, Warren discovers renewed purpose.

…honorable mentions include…Adaptation, The Good Girl, The Woodsman, Rainman, Fallen, The Manchurian Candidate, The Shawshank Redemption, A River Runs Through It, Legends of the Fall, Gosford Park….this is my favorite category so I had a hard time choosing the best ones…

Best Action Films:

XXX: I won’t even tell you what its about, just that it has Vin Diesel that should be enough for any self respecting woman!

The Net: Sandra Bullock is Angela Bennett, a freelance software engineer who lives in a world of computer technology. When a cyber friend asks Bennett to debug a CD-ROM game, she discovers a conspiracy that will turn her life upside down. Soon, her records have been erased, and she’s been given a new identity and a police record. Her vacation is ruined as she struggles to determine why she’s been deleted from society. Dennis Miller also stars.

Devil in a Blue Dress: In this compelling neonoir set in 1948 Los Angeles, war veteran “Easy” Rawlins (Denzel Washington) is looking for work. When a stranger asks him to locate a missing woman, it sounds like a surefire way to snag some quick cash. But Rawlins gets more than he bargained for and soon becomes entangled in a murder mystery.

….other good flicks include….The Heist, Enemy of the State, Pelican Brief, Double Jeopardy, Kiss the Girls, etc etc!

And Finally…Best Movie Musicals:

Chicago: Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) hungers for stardom, but instead ends up in the slammer in 2002’s Best Picture winner. Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is a superstar whose fame flares — then dims — when she shoots her cheating husband and lands in jail. When Velma’s lawyer, notorious Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), makes Roxie a tabloid sensation, he sets up a singing, dancing catfight between the two ambitious women. Based on the Broadway musical.

Moulin Rouge: Naïve young poet Ewan McGregor falls in love with cabaret star Nicole Kidman, and their ill-fated romance serves as a convenient peg on which to hang a dazzling array of numbers that span musical idioms (from snatches of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” to Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”). But the real star of the show is director Baz Luhrmann, who came up with this infectious concoction.

West Side Story: In retelling the Romeo and Juliet tragedy, West Side Story won 10 Oscars. But instead of Verona’s warring Montagues and Capulets, it’s the Sharks vs. the Jets, rival gangs battling for turf on the streets of 1950s New York City. When Jet Tony (Richard Beymer) falls for Shark Maria (Natalie Wood), the only way to solve their dilemma is through a rumble in the asphalt jungle.

…and honorable mentions in this category include…My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music…..

Movies that will always make you cry….
*Steel Magnolias
*Schindlers List
*Saving Private Ryan
*Once again, A River Runs Through It
*Where the Heart Is
*Little Women and…
*Big Fish

SO I hope you all enjoyed this (if you even made is this far)…Have a great day and I’ve already been round to your sites to say hello….


5 thoughts on “

  1. I read through your whole list, and you certainly chose some great movies!  I’m glad you mentioned Enemy of the State–I’ve always loved that one.  I’m a Die Hard fan, too (the first one).  Have a great day!

  2. I would like to add “The Ideal Husband” as a fun and cute romantic comedy that even Larry liked and also “Cider House Rules” was an excellent drama with Tobey McGuire.
    I like movies where the time seems to go by fast and these two qualify. Larry is more hard to please movie-wise than I am and he liked both movies. 🙂

  3. I loved this post!  How fun!  and I feel so honored you mentioned me!  You mentioned some of my all time favorite movies!I hope work is going well for you.  I miss your posts.Have a great day.KElly

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