My Top 300 Movies :: 246-250



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!”


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

Poster - All About Eve_02


Walk the Line / Walk the Line

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.



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


Ring of Fire :: Joaquin Phoenix
from the movie, Walk the Line


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.

Movie opening



“The last time I felt like this”

Film Thelma and Louise

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”


Let’s keep going.”




“On my own”


Where We Wanna Be



My Top 300 Movies :: 211-215


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.

Gay Pride rally speech


Cleve joins the revolution




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?”


“We’re gonna get you!”




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






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!”


“I have these dreams.”



THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012) L-R Kristen Connolly and Jesse Williams

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.

Elevator/Monster cubes


Truth or Dare



My Top 300 Movies :: 191-195


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”


Come Go With Me :: The Del Vikings


The beginning


Sixteen Tons :: Eric Burdon


Luggage Salesman scene




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


Mr. Bingley’s Single


Miserable Mr. Darcy






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”


“I need you”


“I want you”


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




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
with scenes from the movie, Who’s That Girl?


The Look of Love :: Madonna


Causing a Commotion :: Madonna


Best Thing Ever :: Scritti Politti




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.



“Bad coffee”




“This is the girl”



My Top 300 Movies :: 181-185


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”


“This is my son, Duncan”


“Storm Chaser”


For the Time Being :: Edie Brickell & The Gaddabouts




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).

First sight at the fish tank


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


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


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


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




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?”


“Runaway car”


“I’ll take you.”


“Kiss the girl”




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.

Lloyd explains what he wants to do with his life


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


“Would you honestly fall for Lloyd?”


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


The boombox scene




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.

Karaoke scene


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


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


Peace in the Valley :: Alabama 3



My Top 300 Movies :: 171-175


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.



Black Widow “Interrogation


Such lost creatures


I don’t see how that’s a party


Final scenes


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”




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


Me & Julio Down by the School Yard :: Paul Simon
with scenes from, The Royal Tenenbaums


Funeral Scene


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.



Final Scene


Debbie and Danny

Living Inside My Heart :: Bob Seger




Anybody Had a Heart :: John Waite


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”


“Milk Money”


Train track scene


Stand By Me :: Ben E. King
with scenes from Stand By Me


“Goodbye to Childhood”


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.”



The Way Back Into Love


Pop Goes My Heart!


The Kiss


Don’t Write Me Off Just Yet

My Top 300 Movies :: 166-170


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.

The start of the story of “The Dude


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


Tumbling Tumbleweeds :: Sons of the Pioneers


The Man In Me :: Bob Dylan


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


Time Warp :: Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast


Rose Tint My World :: Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast



Science Fiction, Double Feature :: Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast


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.”


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


Things Have Changed :: Bob Dylan


Watching the Wheels :: John Lennon


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?

Top 5 things I miss about Laura


Monday morning tape


Dry the Rain :: Beta Band


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


Most of the Time :: Bob Dylan


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
(final scene of Wicker Park)


First date


Love makes you do crazy things.”


Strange & Beautiful :: Aqualung

My Top 300 Movies :: 161-165


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.



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


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


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


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


All I Want Is You :: Barry Louis Polisar
with opening credits of Juno




Loose Lips :: Kimya Dawson


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.



Safe & Sound :: Sheryl Crow


Shadow Puppet :: Thomas Newman


White Oleander Ending


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?”

The new flatmate


Shallow Grave :: Leftfield


My Baby Just Cares for Me :: Nina Simone




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...”


For the Time Being :: Edie Brickell & The Gaddabouts


Storm Chaser



My Top 300 Movies :: 156-160


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.


Ca Plane Pour Moi :: Plastic Bertrand




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.


Little Light of Love :: Eric Serra



where the boys are

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.


Where the Boys Are :: Connie Francis




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.

It Happened One Night - Still #2


Poster - It Happened One Night_03


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.

Kat’s poem


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



My Top 300 Movies :: 151-155


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).



C.K. and Macaulay

TPS (5)

Oh, C.K. Dexter Haven!!!”


PS poster


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?”

Fortune Tellers


Lady Cluck and Maid Marion

Love Goes On





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.



La Mer :: Kevin Kline

final sceneTHAT scene (his hands grasping her dress does me in)



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.



Fresh breaths a priority in my life…

600full-sixteen-candles-screenshotLook at baby John Cusack!


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



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.



Elephant Love Medley


One Day I’ll Fly Away


Come What May


My Top 300 Movies :: 136-140


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.


Joan and Keenan


Keenan and Joan



Drinking in LA :: Bran Van 3000

Angelene :: PJ Harvey

Porcelain :: Moby


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.

CM Capture 3

This is not your fault.”


“The best part of my day”


“Say you don’t love me.”


Baker Street :: Gerry Rafferty

Say Yes :: Elliott Smith

Miss Misery :: Elliott Smith


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.




If you wanna be happy” ending scene


Love is Strange :: Mickey and Sylvia

Mambo Italiano :: Rosemary Clooney

Sugar Shack :: Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs


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).


Radiating Sexual Vibes


Practice kisses


You look good wearing my future.”



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.




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

Metal Heart :: Cat Power

Lonely Lola Cherry Cola Girl :: Bic Runga