My Top 300 Movies :: 221-225

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221. Wicker Park

A moody and mysterious film that is loaded with memories, a movie I saw while visiting Chicago during a moody and mysterious time in my life. The romance of it, the tragedy, the loneliness and the hopefulness, all of it ever resonates with me. The soundtrack and the look and feel of the film are unforgettable, too.

The Scientist :: Coldplay
Final scene

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Against All Odds :: The Postal Service
with scenes from the movie, Wicker Park

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Trailer

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222. Before Midnight

Jesse and Celine again, now married with children, now part of each other’s lives in a real, for better or worse, every day kind of way, and not in the one-night romance, or “one that got away” regret kind of way. They are now fantasy realized, and that can be rough terrain to make a life in. I still love them, still feel hope for them, and yes, I still relate the most to Jesse – no matter how much this feels like an “end”, I still see the future in these two.

First Loves

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“Would you ask me to get off the train with you?”

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Trailer

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223. Grease

I suppose the movie is all about Danny and Sandy, but it was always Rizzo that I loved the most. I fell in love with this movie when I was a pre-adolescent, and kept the love for it strong though the years, the re-watches, and even when I got to play Rizzo in a stage production of it. I always sort of wanted to be a Pink Lady.

“There are worse things I could do.”

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“Oh those Summer Nights”

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Trailer

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224. Ghost World

Enid is one of my favorite movie characters of all-time. I love her complexity, her innocence and jadedness that could be contradicting but instead ring real, her humor, her intelligence, her flaws, and her friendship. I always felt the loneliness in her, how she never seemed to quite fit, all feelings that seem so resonate so deeply.

“That’s not for sale.”

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“It’ll be a riot.”

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Trailer

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225. Shaun of the Dead

I love everything about this movie – the humor, the dialogue, the cast, the music, the plot, the ending. I love the scene where they are trying to pretend they are zombies and the mother is just being herself, when Ed and Shaun are throwing albums at the zombie and having to argue over which are okay to throw, the “plans” of survival that always end up in the pub, the idea that it took a zombie apocalypse to motivate Shaun in his life, and the brilliant choreographed fight scene to the Queen song, “Don’t Stop Me Now”. The movie is a fantastic mash-up of horror and comedy, with strong characterization, writing and emotion – a movie full of the same “Scooby-Gang” ensemble magic that I love in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series.

“Don’t Stop Me Now fight scene”

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Record toss

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Trailer

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