My Top 300 Movies :: 246-250

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246. All About Eve

Oh Bette Davis, how I love you in this film (and so many others). I adore the quick dialogue, both witty and snarky, something I LOVE in both film and television. This movie never loses its punch, and is such a delightful and devastating look into Hollywood.

Fasten your seat belts, its going to be a bumpy night!”

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Beau Soir :: Claude Debussy
from the soundtrack to All About Eve

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247. Walk the Line

Music movies and music biopics, they always steal my heart. Joaquin and Reese are fantastic in this, they have so much chemistry, and they captured the spirit of both Johnny and June perfectly to me. The music is amazing, the story, the supporting characters, and the relationship that builds between them – it is a forever favorite of mine.

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Jackson :: Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon
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Ring of Fire :: Joaquin Phoenix
from the movie, Walk the Line

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248. Same Time Next Year

I was nine years old when I first saw this film, and though I could not have completely understood this couple’s predicament, I felt connected to this story, this romance, and this couple. There is something irrefutably romantic about meeting once a year on the same weekend for your entire life. By nature, it is stolen love, and a forever vacation romance (you never get the day-to-day of a real relationship this way), and it is definitely flawed in many ways, that said, there is something honest about all of it, personal, and intimate. I always felt that these two people knew each other better than most people ever have the chance to.

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“The last time I felt like this”

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249. Thelma and Louise

This movie changed a lot for me, and will always mean a great deal. I remember first talking about being raped after seeing this, I remember realizing that I would never own a gun because I did not want the option to take a life, as I know I would have shot him, too. I also remember that it reinforced how I felt about certain unshakeable women in my life, those kind of friendships that nothing breaks.

“Trucker scene”

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Let’s keep going.”

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“On my own”

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My Top 300 Movies :: 211-215

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1211. Milk 

An emotionally-charged, phenomenal bio-pic, this movie belongs on a list of movies that make me cry my eyes out. Amazing performances by Sean Penn, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, James Brolin, Diego Luna and Alison Pill – among others – directed by one of my favorites, Gus Van Sant. This is the kind of movie that makes me want to get back into volunteer/social change work again.

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212. The Evil Dead

One of my favorite horror franchises. I actually saw the second of the series first, but have definitely seen this one more than all of them. I was introduced to the series by my first boyfriend, who was a lookalike to Bruce Campbell in this movie.

“What’s wrong with her eyes?”

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“We’re gonna get you!”

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113. Peace, Love and Misunderstanding

Stories about families, about unexpected love, about coming of age (no matter what age) and forgiveness are all favorites of mine. This film is also graced by some of my favorite actors – Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (the latter who I have had a crush on for a very long time).There is so much to this movie, so much heart, laughter, love, sadness, and new beginnings. I feel like I could use the sandbag and balloon to set free (see the movie, I encourage you, and you will get the reference).

Writing, creating and poetry

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114. Before Sunset

I’ll be honest, the first time I saw this I hated it, vehemently, to the point where I wanted to scream at the screen and throw things at it. It upset me deeply that in the first film, when Celine and Jesse were young, love seemed hopeful, and now, when they were older (the same age pretty much as I was when I saw it), it seemed so jaded and full of regret and unhappiness – I didn’t want that to be the stage I was in. The more I watched it though, the more it meant to me, the more I could see and feel the hopeful that still was in there, and the reality of it all, and now it may be my favorite of the three.

“Stop the car!”

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“I have these dreams.”

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115. Cabin in the Woods

Clever, witty, unique, brilliant really – one of the smartest horror movies I’ve ever encountered. At times it is a satirical approach, but it goes so much deeper than that, digging in to social commentary, as well as in to the survival and strength of the individual, both subjects that my favorite horror movies touch on. One of the best parts, if you can watch this at home…pausing and perusing the monster white board.

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My Top 300 Movies :: 191-195

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191. Joe vs. the Volcano

A journey of self-discovery taken when the worst is expected, when the clanging chimes of mortality are ringing in the distance, or when the mundane and the miserable are just too much to take anymore, whatever fuels it, that rebellious, brave and maybe crazy desire to just go and really live is powerful. Joe experiences it in this surreal story that completely captured me the first time I saw it. This is a movie full of wit, romance, adventure and the magic that plays in our minds in those quiet moments when we allow it.

“Joe quits”

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Come Go With Me :: The Del Vikings

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The beginning

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Sixteen Tons :: Eric Burdon

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192. Pride and Prejudice

During my senior year of high school, my favorite literature teacher gave me a long list of books to read for extra credit (that I didn’t need), and to challenge me (which I did need). This was on the list, and it marked my first Austen I ever read, and I was instantly lost in the pages. The film captured me as strongly as the book did back then, and I found myself lost in the cinematic experience.

Darcy’s proposal

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Mr. Bingley’s Single

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Miserable Mr. Darcy

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“Bewitched”

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193. Like Crazy

This movie hurt like hell to watch, but it was so well done, so spot on, so damn heartbreakingly true for anyone who has ever been in a long-distance relationship. The time zone issues, the phone calls, the desperation and sadness when apart, the joy when together, the never-ceasing doubt and the impossibility of it all is captured perfectly here. Wonderful performances, especially by Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin.

“Sorry I woke you up”

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“I need you”

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“I want you”

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Fragile :: Dustin O’Halloran
with scenes from the movie, Like Crazy

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194. Who’s That Girl?

If I believed in such things as “guilty pleasures” this would certainly be up there at the top of the list, but I don’t believe in feeling guilty for things I enjoy, and I enjoy the hell out of this movie. It is over the top Madonna from the True Blue era, it is silly and wild and ridiculous, and tells another story of stepping out of the expected, mundane life and into one that is unexpected and full of adventure. And, well, I’m a sucker for a love story, too, even if it is a silly one.

Who’s That Girl? :: Madonna
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The Look of Love :: Madonna

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Causing a Commotion :: Madonna

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Best Thing Ever :: Scritti Politti

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195. Mulholland Drive

Movies about Los Angeles, and movies by David Lynch, are a sure thing for my cinematic heart. Visually stunning, mysterious, visceral, intriguing, beguiling, and in some ways frustrating as I can’t help but find myself wishing it had been a television series as it was originally meant to be (mainly because I want more). When I watch this film I feel lost within it.

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“Bad coffee”

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“This is the girl”

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My Top 300 Movies :: 181-185

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181. The Way Way Back

I love the unexpected joy of discovering a movie you know nothing about ahead of time and having it be one of those movies that you just get, and that just gets you, and it soon becomes one of your all-time favorites. This has so many things I love in it: unconventional family dynamics, a found “family of choice”, a honest coming-of-age tale, a summer vacation plot, great performances, witty dialogue, well-developed/complex characters, and damn good writing. Also, Sam Rockwell – I love Sam Rockwell.

“Return to your Ladyfriend”

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“This is my son, Duncan”

3

“Storm Chaser”

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For the Time Being :: Edie Brickell & The Gaddabouts

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182. Romeo + Juliet

I have studied, seen, and been involved with an uncountable amount of Shakespeare in my life, and I have my favorite plays, which this is not typically one of. That said, I love this portrayal, the way the language is woven into the story in both obvious and subliminal ways, the rock and roll feel to it (these were teenagers and this was a rebellious tale of love, albeit a tragic one), the imagery and casting and look and feel, the soundtrack and the “Baz Luhrmann” of it all. The movie left an indelible mark on me, and is one of those films that represents a certain time in my life (the 90’s also left quite an indelible mark).

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Talk Show Host :: Radiohead
with scenes from, Romeo + Juliet

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Lovefool :: The Cardigans
with scenes from, Romeo + Juliet

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#1 Crush :: Garbage
(Romeo + Juliet version)

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Kissing You :: Des’ree
with scenes from, Romeo + Juliet

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183. Leap Year

I’m a sucker for this particular brand of romantic comedy, which I harken back to It Happened One Night and also to French Kiss (two other favorites in this “sub-genre”), where someone is running to or from something and on the way meets up with someone who they don’t readily fall for, usually argue with, and then (of course) they do fall for each other — and find themselves in the “travelling adventure”, too. It’s predictable, and maybe I like that part of it, too, all I know is that these are movies that make me feel good — and this is one of them. Great cast, too; I love Amy Adams and Matthew Goode in it, as well as a slew of supporting characters in the Ireland portion of the film.

“He got you a suitcase?”

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“Runaway car”

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“I’ll take you.”

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“Kiss the girl”

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184. Say Anything

Though I have my issues with the Lloyd Dobler character and what I think he represents to my generation, I still have quite a soft spot for him, too (it’s complicated, really it is). Beyond Lloyd, I adore Cory and Diane and the soundtrack and the movie itself and Cameron Crowe films in general, and just about everything this movie is to me (it is iconic to my adolescence and an important movie to me). This is one of a handful of “favorite movies” that I can recite pretty much line-by-line, by memory.

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In Your Eyes :: Peter Gabriel
with scenes from, Say Anything

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“Would you honestly fall for Lloyd?”

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All for Love :: Nancy Wilson
with scenes from, Say Anything

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185. A Life Less Ordinary

On the road, on the run, with a karaoke stop along the way, and Ewan McGregor – how could I not love it? Such an amazing cast, especially Ewan, Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo. I am a huge fan of early Danny Boyle films.

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Leave :: R.E.M.
with scenes from, A Life Less Ordinary

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Don’t Leave :: Faithless
from the film, A Life Less Ordinary

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Peace in the Valley :: Alabama 3

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My Top 300 Movies :: 171-175

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171. The Avengers

A band of misfits and outcasts, all with special talents and broken souls, who become an unexpected family, and within their story I found myself transfixed, and devoted. There is humor here, and heart, and a heaping dose of humanity within a story of super humans — there is so much going on within each character, and so much left to unravel and reveal later. These are the kind of heroes, and villains, that I believe in, and find myself hungry for more, and more, of their stories.

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172. The Royal Tenenbaums

A different family, yet still full of misfits, outcasts, and broken souls. Wes Anderson has a style that is immediately recognizable, and a knack for creating characters that are not just unique and unusual, but completely unforgettable. There is something iconic in the characters and the story in this film, something that transcends the movie itself, imprinting differently than cinema usually does, connecting almost the way that music does.

“Introducing the Tenenbaums”

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Margot

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Needle in the Hay :: Elliott Smith
with scenes from, The Royal Tenenbaums

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Me & Julio Down by the School Yard :: Paul Simon
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173. About Last Night

I recently re-watched this film to see if I still felt the same way about it, and yes, I do. To me, this has all the elements of what it felt like for me, in the late 80’s/early 90’s, to move in with my boyfriend — the good, the bad, the friends, the pressures, the naive expectations, and the end. Also, my adolescent crush on both of the lead actors in this film still holds strong.

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Living Inside My Heart :: Bob Seger

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Anybody Had a Heart :: John Waite

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174. Stand By Me

When I was young my two best friends were brothers, Jason and Chris, who lived next door to me. We were inseparable, and we used to go on adventures through the neighborhood, and as far beyond as we could go, to see something, experience something, and to get away from our home lives, too. It was a powerful time, and we had a connection that is hard to describe exactly – but watching this movie makes me remember the feeling, almost exactly.

“The body”

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“Milk Money”

3

Train track scene

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Stand By Me :: Ben E. King
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“Goodbye to Childhood”

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175. Music & Lyrics

There is so much about this movie that I love: the music aspect, the writing, the ex-80’s Duran Duran type musician, the creative connection that turns into something more, and Drew Barrymore, who I always just love just because. This movie reminds me of how much I like writing collaboratively with people, and it reminded me of a musician I once wrote with for a short spell. It also has one of my favorite movie lines in it: ” A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex. But then, as you get to know the person, that’s the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It’s the combination of the two that makes it magical.”

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The Way Back Into Love

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Pop Goes My Heart!

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The Kiss

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166. The Big Lebowski

Stories in Los Angeles, unexpected character connections, and the wit and dark comedy of the Coen Brothers are some of the elements of this film that I love. There is something more, too – maybe it is the actors (so many in this that I love), the music connections (see if you can spot Aimee Mann and Flea), the friendships, or maybe it is the “follow your bliss” simplicity of “The Dude” himself. At first blush his slacker nature seems rooted in laziness, but I think under the surface there is more to it – a simplicity that he fights for, and is often unable to sustain, that draws me in.

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Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) :: Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

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Tumbling Tumbleweeds :: Sons of the Pioneers

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The Man In Me :: Bob Dylan

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167. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

I have lost track of how many times I have seen this film, or of how many times I dressed up like Magenta and did cast for it, or how many times I have sang the songs from the film with my friends and with myself. I fell in love with drama and acting around the same time that I first saw this movie; I felt like I had found my place in the world, my band of misfits and marvelously colorful people — both on the screen, and in the theater with me.

Sweet Transvestite :: Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast

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Time Warp :: Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast

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Rose Tint My World :: Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast

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168. The Wonder Boys

Stories about writers hold a special place in my heart, as do unconventional friendships and tales about groups of friends who become a “family” of sorts. This movie makes me miss when I used to have a group of friends who were all artists and writers and musicians, those conversations and shared passions, I miss that. This movie reminds me of why I write, and inspires me to keep going — and the cast is wonderful.

I couldn’t stop.”

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I don’t think he needs sexual confusion to mix up the stew a little more.”

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Things Have Changed :: Bob Dylan

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Watching the Wheels :: John Lennon

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169. High Fidelity

A movie based around music, conversations about music, obsessing about music, life working in a record store, and the interweaving of music and emotion and misery with love, is a pretty damn perfect combination for me. This is nearly everything I love all wrapped up in a film which happens to star one of my all-time favorite actors, John Cusack. I mean seriously, could this be any better?

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Dry the Rain :: Beta Band

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You’re Gonna Miss Me :: 13th Floor Elevators

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Most of the Time :: Bob Dylan

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170. Wicker Park

Film noir meets lost love meets a mystery in a city full of memories for me with a memorable soundtrack — these are all part of what makes this one of my favorite movies. Three favorite, often underrated, actors of mine – Diane Kruger, Josh Hartnett and Rose Byrne – give unforgettable performances. This is a winter movie to me, moody and mysterious and emotional.

The Scientist :: Coldplay
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First date

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Love makes you do crazy things.”

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Strange & Beautiful :: Aqualung

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161. 500 Days of Summer

Each time I watch this film I respond differently, and find myself switching between who I relate with more. The ending, a once “hopeful” misread is now something I see more as a “repeated behavior” blindness, as much as we hope Tom learns from his relationship with Summer, in as much as we hope we learn from past relationships, he meets the next one and it is the same reaction, over again (this is the “ending” that Joseph Gordon Levitt has defined that it is to be taken, as well – not that I don’t subscribe to the fact that art is subjective, as is our perception of it, but I digress). The Expectation/Reality moment in the film is always the one that pulls an emotional punch to me, as does Tom’s sister’s proclamation on soul mates.

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You Make My Dreams :: Hall & Oates
with scenes from 500 Days of Summer

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Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want :: She & Him

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Us :: Regina Spektor
featuring scenes from 500 Days of Summer

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162. Juno

My favorite love stories are not typical, and tend to feature strong, but flawed women, a damn good soundtrack, and a story real enough that I can see myself within it; mistakes are okay, they are what make us all who we are, and to me, they are what make most of us all the more beautiful. Juno is one of those love stories, to me. It is about the love of family in all its forms, of friends, of life partners, and invariably of self, and yes, it is the love story of two young people who in the end think the sun shines out of each other’s asses, even on bad days – what more could you ask for?

Anyone Else But You :: Ellen Page & Michael Cera

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All I Want Is You :: Barry Louis Polisar
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Loose Lips :: Kimya Dawson

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163. White Oleander

Emotionally charged Mother-Daughter relationships are rough on me for a variety of emotionally charged personal Mother-Daughter reasons from my own coming-of-age, despite that though,I am drawn to well-told stories, even if they hurt to take in. This is one that hurts, but I still love, just as I did the book it is based on. The film is one of those rare exceptions where it does the book justice, as well, something I always appreciate.

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Safe & Sound :: Sheryl Crow

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Shadow Puppet :: Thomas Newman

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164. Shallow Grave

Such a psychological mind fuck of a movie this is, and I mean that in the best of ways. Early Danny Boyle as a filmmaker, early Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston as actors, brilliant storytelling and performances, I love this look into the dark side of humanity, especially when greed comes to call. This one definitely is a conversation ignite, too – it is impossible to watch this with another person and not ask the question: “what would you do?”

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Shallow Grave :: Leftfield

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My Baby Just Cares for Me :: Nina Simone

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165. The Way Way Back

My favorite film of 2013, The Way Way Back is one of those coming-of-age movies that I tend to fall head-over-heels for. The cast in this is incredible, as is the writing – such a unique, yet relatable, story of a family on vacation who has all sorts of complicated dynamics (yet again, relatable) and how one grows in such circumstances as a person, and who they connect with. This is about family, about friendship, about confidence, about growing into oneself, about letting go, and about a damn cool water park (also, Sam Rockwell – *sigh*).

Return to your Ladyfriend...”

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For the Time Being :: Edie Brickell & The Gaddabouts

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My Top 300 Movies :: 156-160

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156. Ruby Sparks

I was attracted at first to this film because it is about a writer and an unexpected/unconventional “love” story, but honestly, there is so much more to this film than just a writer’s love story. This film contains one of the most soul-crushing, painful scenes I have ever watched, but it also contains some of the most inspiring moments, and thoughtful interactions that had me contemplating free will, desire, control, real love, individuality, and what makes a person a person. Unique storytelling at its finest, this is one that hits me differently with every re-watch, and inspires my own storytelling.

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Ca Plane Pour Moi :: Plastic Bertrand

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157. The Fifth Element

A Science Fiction/Fantasy/Unconventional Love Story/Stranger in a Strange Land with a strong female lead, that pretty much summarizes The Fifth Element, as well as laundry lists the reasons I love it. This film is all about LeeLoo for me, and seeing through her eyes humanity, whether future-ized, or not, and how we take in art, science, danger, comfort, love, hope, and danger. Milla Jovovich is brilliant in this.

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Little Light of Love :: Eric Serra

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158. Where the Boys Are

This one is a comfort movie that I directly associated with a happy memory with my Mother from my adolescence, one of those lazy weekend afternoons where my Mother and I watched a movie together, indulging in each other’s company and a shared moment of understanding. On recent viewings (I wrote a long review of this film a few months back) I was taken aback by the overt sexism, slut shaming to an extreme, and the realization that my favorite character was trapped in a “my life has no worth without a man” syndrome. It was the very, very early 60’s, and I do get that, and I acknowledge the places they were making strides from the 50’s, especially in regards to women and sex, still, there are parts that are hard to stomach – I still have that soft spot, though, and I always will.

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Where the Boys Are :: Connie Francis

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159. It Happened One Night

Frank Capra, oh my stars, I love Frank Capra movies. I also love road trip stories, and this one is one of my all-time favorites. Clark and Claudette are brilliant in this, witty, wonderful, romantic; another film I love with snappy dialogue, a strong female lead and a “Scoundrel” of a leading man.

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160. 10 Things I Hate About You

Julia Stiles is one of my favorite actors from the 90’s, and her role as Kat in the re-telling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, is my favorite role of hers. She is tough, loyal, sarcastic, smart, flawed, and fabulous. The rest of the cast is brilliant, too, a swoon-worthy Heath Ledger, a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Larisa Oleynik, and an unforgettable portrayal of the over-protective single Father, played by Larry Miller – Julia’s Kat is my favorite though.

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Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You :: Heath Ledger

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My Top 300 Movies :: 151-155

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151. The Philadelphia Story

The plot is complicated in ways that do not always make sense to me, especially when it comes to Tracy’s (Katherine Hepburn) life choices, but I still love the details and witty writing that get us through the story. Without a doubt, my favorite moment is between an inebriated Macaulay (James Stewart) and C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) when Macaulay comes to confront C.K. The razor sharp, blink and you might miss it dialogue throughout is brilliant, and the big reason I return to this movie so often (even though, I still root for Tracy leaving them all and going on by herself).

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152. Robin Hood

Before Han Solo, Vincent Price, Olivia Newton-John and Rick Springfield ever got my young girl “crush” heart-a-flutter, there was Disney’s Robin Hood. Yes, I had a cartoon character crush, and what a character he was – a hero to the poor and in need, a romantic lead who swept the Marion off her feet (not an easy thing to do, as she is ass-kicking and heroic, too), and his voice…it could have been the voice alone, really). This is my all-time favorite Disney animated movie – the songs, the story, and (sigh) Robin.

Are we good guys, or bad guys?”

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153. French Kiss

This is my favorite Meg Ryan Romantic Comedy, by far, and is definitely in my top 5 list of favorite Romantic Comedies. I adore both Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline in this – the chemistry, the humor, the clumsiness, the ridiculous plot, the inevitable happy ending that I still think about sometimes – when he grabs hold of her and kisses her in the vineyard – I do really love this movie. Luc Besson and Timothy Hutton deliver some great supporting roles, too.

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La Mer :: Kevin Kline

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154. Sixteen Candles

Me and Molly, forever I will always be a fan of her characters, especially her John Hughes/80’s era. I think we all relate to Sam in some way, even if in memory, even if our family never forgot our birthday, even if a geek never took our undies – we still get her and have felt like her. I had a note taken by a boy I was crushing on – a note that mentioned him, I did the awkward “I have nothing to say” and just act stupid when a hot guy spoke to me, and I had way too many rides on both school, and public buses, to cringe over. I did always wish to have a Dad like she did (even in his forgetfulness) and a boy to come rescue me from a family function who would kiss me on top of a table over a cake and give my undies back..wait, no, that just all sounds weird when you write it all down – anyways, at sixteen, I did want a Sam and Jake kind of kiss with an 80’s song playing in the background – that I did want.

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Fresh breaths a priority in my life…

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This kind of moment…with or without the table, cake and undies (the song can stay though – I’ve always loved the song)

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155. Moulin Rouge!

What is there for me not to love in this movie? As a grown up musical theater student, a music and pop culture obsessive, a lover of flawed characters and love stories that I believe in, and all the crazy, Baz-fantastic, eye candy colors and scenery and costumes and visuals – I have so much love for this movie. It makes me cry messy, sobbing tears, but I love it so.

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My Top 300 Movies :: 136-140

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136. Playing By Heart

Ensemble storytelling at its finest, underrated and almost anthology-like in its pace and characterization, catching you at tiny moments by surprise as the connections between everyone are revealed. A raw and real look at so many relationships, from new lovers, married couples, siblings, parent and child, and everyone’s relationship with love. Joan is on my list of all-time favorite female characters who I relate to from the core of me, in all the ways that she is: impulsive, loving intensely, how she is rash and emotional, sometimes selfish, fiercely loyal to those she loves, and quite often dramatic.

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Joan and Keenan

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Keenan and Joan

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Drinking in LA :: Bran Van 3000

Angelene :: PJ Harvey

Porcelain :: Moby

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137. Good Will Hunting

Emotionally charged, vulnerable, character driven, and exquisitely written and acted, every re-watch of this film has me honing in on different moments, and feeling different levels of emotion. The relationship, the slow build to trust, that Will has with Sean as his therapist is very real, and completely moving, especially when the walls finally crack. I always leave this movie wanting to know more and longing to see what happens next, not just with Will and Sean, and Skylar, but with Chuckie and Morgan, too – a sign of a good story, when I am left wanting more.

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This is not your fault.”

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“The best part of my day”

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“Say you don’t love me.”

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Baker Street :: Gerry Rafferty

Say Yes :: Elliott Smith

Miss Misery :: Elliott Smith

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138. Mermaids

Unconventional families and unconventional women, other favorite elements in stories and films. This is yet another Winona Ryder role that I love, along with great performances by Christina Ricci, Bob Hoskins, Michael Schoeffling (post-Jake Ryan/Sixteen Candles) and of course, Cher. Shades of my own childhood pepper throughout this film, especially in regards to Kate’s relationship to her Mother, although I never clung to religion as rebellion; this is a real keeper of a film, to me.

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If you wanna be happy” ending scene

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Love is Strange :: Mickey and Sylvia

Mambo Italiano :: Rosemary Clooney

Sugar Shack :: Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs

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139. Some Kind of Wonderful

This movie is all about Watts to me. I love her character, her complexity, her strength, her vulnerability, her flaws, and her style. I do wish, though, that there was more to her motivation beyond Keith (or at least a sequel of what she did next – maybe her stint in an all-girl punk band).

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Radiating Sexual Vibes

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Practice kisses

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You look good wearing my future.”

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140. Desert Blue

A stunning, wonderful story that takes you into life in a small, desert town and introduces you to the colorful people who live there, each one perfectly flushed out and unforgettable. This is one of my favorite movies that no one ever seems to have seen. The mood of the film, and the dynamics between some of the characters, is one of my inspirations to the novel I’m writing.

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What the Hell Are You Crying For? :: Nina Persson & Nathan Larson

Metal Heart :: Cat Power

Lonely Lola Cherry Cola Girl :: Bic Runga