questions answered, part one (movies)

From Lauralou: What are my favorite movies?

I don’t watch movies very much, which is kind of a drag. I might see 4-5 movies in the theater a year. That actually might be mildly exaggerated. I enjoy movies in the theater most, so watching them at home – while cheaper, and more flexible – just doesn’t hold a lot of appeal to me. But now that E is older, it is fun to watch old favorites with her.

Shakespeare in Love was one of my favorites, and M loved it too. We recently re-watched it with E, and she loved it as well. (Although this week’s headlines about H. Weinstein make my stomach turn.) The first movie I saw in the theater was Annie, and I still love it. E.T. freaked me out and gave me nightmares for years – it was probably the second or third movie I saw.

I like movies about food! Chocolat was a favorite, I also loved Waitress (I was a big Keri Russell fan). Julie and Julia and Big Night, also favorites in that category. Sideways – ah! Loved that movie so much.

Favorite series would have to be the Harry Potter films, but I also love the Godfather movies. I really dislike horror films, but I love to watch Jaws and laugh at how hokey it is, but still terrifying. My best friend in high school loved dragging me to scary movies; the only movie I’ve walked out of is Candyman. My favorite animated film is Inside Out. Nostalgic favorites – You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. The Pianist haunted me for months, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind lingered as well.

I’ve probably forgotten plenty, but that gives a glimpse into where my interests lie. I’m making an effort to read more (something I prefer over movies), but I have a feeling we’ll be regular matinee goers as we become empty nesters. I do love a bag of afternoon popcorn and a quiet theater.

8 Responses to questions answered, part one (movies)

  1. Yes, Big Night is a favorite of mine. So few people have seen it. I tell all foodie friends it’s fabulous and complicated and the acting and writing are superb. Jaws still terrifies me, but I live on Cape Cod, so it hits a little too close to home, especially in recent years. I just began reading “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauemeister. I’m not far enough in for any sort of review other than to say I’ve been sucked in. The descriptions of food and life, have me hooked. Last night after dinner my husband asked me what five movies I would list to introduce someone to me (something he saw on facebook). It was hard and we laughed because we basically did that with books and movies when we were dating. Thank you for answering my question.

    • When Jaws first came out, my cousins (older than me) saw it in the theaters while on vacation at my aunt and uncle’s beach house. They didn’t go into the water the rest of the week!

  2. I love going to the movies and it is a rare treat! The last movie I saw in the theater was Beauty and the Beast (when my cousins were in town in April) and before that it was Moana (at Christmas). You know what movie holds up well? Clueless.

    • Clueless is great. And we saw Beauty and the Beast on spring break in KC. Last movie might have been for F’s birthday party – Despicable Me 3- it was actually hilarious. I’m not a huge fan of kids’ movies, but I enjoyed that one.

  3. Check out Chef. Fun movie about cooking and food trucks. 🙂

  4. One school night, when I was watching my VERY young granddaughters (they’re only 9 and 6 now!), I used the phrase “we’re gonna need a bigger boat” which, of course, sparked their interest (since we weren’t, at that time, you know, ON a boat.) So, being the idiot grandmother (somebody has to do it), I bought and downloaded the movie and they stayed up too late on a school night watching it. And then we watched it again the next day, after school—yeah, it’s too hokey for kids these days.

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