My Top 100 Movies (in no particular order)

15/100: Its a Wonderful Life

This is also one that I have talked about before, but I cannot stress enough how much I love this movie.  It has been such a great influence in my life.  I relate to this movie on so many levels, and I love every message of it!  The characters are incredible, I love me some Jimmy Stewart.  I mostly love that it is the story of an every man, and for that reason it is one of the most happy and uplifting films that I have ever seen  When this man dies, those that knew him will remember him fondly but the world will not, and that is okay, and I love that thought because I think that is what most of us should aspire to be.  Not that we should not ever want to be more than that, but the fact is that even if the whole world doesn’t know who you are, you still have touched some people’s lives.  :)

"Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about… they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you’ll ever be!"


My Top 100 Movies (in no particular order)

14/100: The Little Mermaid

This is one of my favorite Disney movies.  I loved it when I was a kid and I still love it now, despite the fact that my father tried to hide it away from me because of the “message” that a girl disobeys her father and then gets everything she ever wants….yeah that happened.  But the joke is on him, by the time he took it away, I already had it memorized and always pretended to be Ariel when I was in any body of water.  The secondary character in this one are hilarious and I love Ariel’s voice!  Ursula by the way is one creepy villain, but at least Eric lets her have it.  I love the fantasy story of it, especially the idea that there are mermaids and a whole world that exists underwater.  Much more uplifting than the original story! :)

I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but I know something’s starting right now. Watch and you’ll see.  Someday I’ll be part of your world


My Top 100 Movies (in no particular order)

13/100: Forrest Gump

How could I not?  Tom Hanks is extraordinarily amazing in this movie.  As is everyone else.  It is truly some amazing story telling, the main character is totally lovable and we get to see practically everything about American history for those years, which is awesome.  This is one of those movies that pulls at my heartstrings all the time and I seriously cannot find a single flaw in it!!  An incredible movie that is going to last through the ages!

"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going."


My Top 100 Movies (in no particular order)

12/100: Little Women

I love this classic tale, a brilliant novel and a great movie also.  The actors are all awesome and I love seeing all of them before they got really famous!  I always enjoy seeing a story of a family enduring through it all.  I love the family life and everything about the difference in the sisters, and yet they always love each other!  An awesome telling of an American classic.

If lack of attention to personal finances is a mark of refinement, then I say the Marches must be the most elegant family in Concord!


My Top 100 Movies (in no particular order)

11/100: The Princess Bride

I mean come on, how could I not?  This movie is just straight awesome quotes, the entire thing is so wonderful, a perfect blend of comedy and action and an awesome love story.  I would quote this movie in my sleep and in fact I am planning on making an awesome picture that says “As You Wish” with a silhouette of Buttercup and Westly, and it is going to be amazing!

That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying “As you wish”, what he meant was, “I love you.” And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.


My Top 100 Movies (in no particular order)

10/100: The Phantom of the Opera

I have said it before, I will say it again, I do not care what any critics say, I love this movie.  I can quote the entire thing given that I spent an entire summer watching it almost non-stop every day.  And I am not exaggerating…I was obsessed.  This movies is full of all the awesomeness that exists, I love the romantic story and the wonderful music, and just so everyone knows, Gerard Butler is mine!  :)

"Child of the wilderness, born into emptiness.  Learn to be lonely, learn to find your way in darkness."


RIP Skye McCole Bartusiak

Skye McCole Bartusiak died yesterday at age 21 from causes unknown.  She was known to have had several seizures in the week before her death and she died in her sleep.  She was most well known for being the young daughter in The Patriot and Megan Matheson in 24.  She also appeared in a TV movie called Love Comes Softly alongside Katherine Heigl.  It is so sad to see someone die so young, and I hope that her and Heath Ledger are playing more games together in heaven!


My Top 100 Movies (in no particular order)

9/100: The Count of Monte Cristo

As I said before, I love me a good revenge story, and this is the mother of all of them.  I just love watching the change in him, every part of Edmond Dantes is awesome from the sweet illiterate guy to the man in prison who had given up on everything that is taught what to do by Dumbledore :), and then the total bad ass who gets revenge on those assholes who destroyed his life.  It is wonderful, poetic and romantic in its atmosphere and I just love every second of it! 

"Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine!"


RIP James Garner

James Garner passed away on Saturday due to natural causes.  The 86 year old actor was well loved in Hollywood and was well known for being an everyman and a gentleman.  He never got caught up in the star’s light even though he was well known thanks to his roles in the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files.  He also appeared in a bunch of movies, my favorite of which are The Americanization of Emily and the movie version of Maverick.  He was funny and he will be so missed as one of the nice guys of Hollywood! He is survived by his wife of 58 years and their tow daughters.

"I got into the business to put a roof over my head," he once said. "I wasn’t looking for star status. I just wanted to keep working."


My Top 100 Movies (in no particular order)

8/100: Gladiator

Another movie that wholeheartedly deserved every Oscar that it won.  Again with some freaking incredible acting, from Russell Crowe, Richard Harris (RIP) and Joaquin Phoenix.  Joaquin was such an ass in this one I had the hardest time getting over it and not seeing him as a nasty asshole in everything that he was in.  I just love watching a good revenge story (as you will see) and every time he turns around and delivers that speech, I start cheering until I am standing up throwing my fist into the air.  It is such a sad and touching story, a part of me wishes that it was entirely factual.

"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."

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