1. Clueless- I quote it regularly. Right before the wedding Aaron and I watched it on a Saturday night. I guess we hadn't ever seen it together so he didn't know I could say nearly every line along with the cast. Oops. It's OK. He still married me.
You all know there is nothing funnier than when someone falls down. May she rest in peace...
2. 16 Candles- Arguably if these were numbered, this one would be at the top. This is my Goonies. If someone hasn't seen it I look at them like they're insane. Molly Ringwald, 80s music and a geek. Where is the basis your argument that this isn't one of the greatest movies ever? Non existent.
3. Clifford- A Martin Short classic. I was introduced to it in high school by a friend. I can still put this movie on and laugh myself into a stupor. This is a little known film, so I doubt most of you have seen it. But I'd highly recommend it.
OMG. I can't even watch this clip without getting giddy. Please. If you can find this on TV or Netflix or anything. Do yourself the favor. Watch it.
4. Christmas Vacation- Watchable 356 days a year. Both a Christmas classic and a golden comedy. My family quotes this as if it were real life. "haha like when the squirrel was in the Christmas tree". Except that happened to the Griswolds. Not us. Another movie I can basically "perform".
I am also a HUGE fan of Vacation, the original. But the Christmas version is just a tad more fun, thereby earning it a top 10 spot.
5. Signs- M. Night Shyamalan. A master writer and director. This film is my favorite of his, but I honestly love all of them. This particular film is about aliens (natch) and I lean towards thinking it's a very close-to-real account of how the average American would survive and alien attack. It's fantasy, yes. But I just love the characters, the plot, the ending. It also includes Joaquin Phoenix before he became a
AHHH! Best clip EVER. Fun fact- Mr. Shyamalan does a cameo in every one of his films. No, I am not insinuating that the alien seen in the above footage is Mr. Shyamalan.
6. Forrest Gump- I have yet to meet someone who hasn't seen this. I have talked to insane people who didn't like it. It's a story about history, masked in a slow man's tale. I love Tom Hanks, I love that he was able to make this role so real and believable. There is NOTHING about this film I can say I dislike. I remember seeing it in theaters for Janice's birthday. Her mom asked me not to swear in the theater. We were, what? 13? So I associate this film with Jan and my early onset attitude.
I went with the trailer on some of these because they are more poignant that choosing one scene. How do you watch the Forrest Gump trailer and not tear up? Are you a robot?
7. Dumb and Dumber- One of the first films I saw in the theater without parents. Of course with Janice! I can perform most of this one for you too. I quote it in everyday life...like daily. Hilarious, a winning comedic team, stupid plot but executed brilliantly. My favorite comedy, and that title will never be replaced.
8. Lord of the Rings Trilogy- Can't pick a favorite. Adore this series. Haven't read the books. Don;t plan on reading them. My brother had to twist my arm to get me to watch them because I fought it. If it's popular, I'll rebel and not want to be involved (the Titanic effect, as I call it). Big mistake as this is one of the most well made film/s I have ever encountered. Visual masterpiece. And Orlando Bloom is a hot elf.
9. Big Fish- This movie didn't get a lot of attention. Another lesser known film that I think is wonderful. Touching story, fun cast, imaginative. And it's one of the few movies I cry every time I watch. I'm not a typical movie-cryer.
It's a good story and you'll cry, but feel good at the same time.
10. Seven- I love a good serial killer flick. I own several encyclopedias of serial killers. I took a lot of gruesome classes in college over the course of obtaining a pre-law degree. This film is one of my favorites because of the continuity of the crimes and the overall reasoning behind them. It's creepily fascinating and they don't hold back on the crime scene footage. It doesn't have any real "slashing" scenes in it, which I prefer. My stomach has weakened with age, I guess. Let me see the after effects, but not the actual murder.
I've opted to not include a clip because you all won't want to see it! But you can Youtube it!
Those are my favorites as they stand now. There were a few I debated on adding and then replaced. Maybe some time I'll do a follow up 10 haha.
XO Autumn Van Weir