The Movie That Is You


Because I’ve been spending way too much time in my head lately and after that way too much time on io9 (it’s where my brain goes to rest after thinking about story all day), I began to think about the movies I love, which then led to thinking about how my taste in movies defines me, which then led me to think about what I’d choose if somebody put a gun to Milton’s head and told me to pick one movie that represents my taste in story and my worldview. The movie that, if you like it, you will probably like me and I will probably like you. The movie that I would take to a desert island with me and play over and over. That movie.

This is Milton:

Milton 15-39-03

And this is my movie:


What’s yours?

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139 Comments to 'The Movie That Is You'

On March 8, 2014 at 8:56 am Amber said...

Love Actually. It makes me laugh and cry, all at the same time. The saddest moment of my marriage was when I had to explain to my husband why it’s funny that Martin Freeman is naked in almost all his scenes – and he didn’t get it.

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On March 8, 2014 at 10:10 am Jenny said...

I have to watch that again. Everybody in that was terrific.

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On March 8, 2014 at 8:59 am Katie said...

The Big Easy. And that was a hard choice; it just barely beats out How to Steal a Million.

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On March 8, 2014 at 10:11 am Jenny said...

You are a woman of dimension and excellent taste.

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On March 8, 2014 at 9:31 am MaineBetty said...

Ghostbusters. Cue theme…

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On March 8, 2014 at 10:12 am Jenny said...

Oh, Harold Ramis . . .
Great movie. I must have said, “Dog and cats . . . living together” a thousand times.

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On March 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm Skye said...

That’s my favorite line/monologue too.

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On March 8, 2014 at 10:11 am Claudia said...

Friendly Persuasion – a Civil War movie starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, and Anthony Perkins… from a book by Jessamyn West. By far the best movie and book I have ever seen or read. Have you seen the movie, Jenny?

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On March 8, 2014 at 10:21 am Sylvia Ketrie said...

Will I be banished from CrusieLand forever if I admit I don’t have one of those movies, not being “into” that medium hardcore? Because if so then I can totally pick a movie. (Can I pick Serenity?)

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On March 8, 2014 at 1:09 pm Jenny said...


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On March 8, 2014 at 10:37 am Julie H. said...

Oh geez, one movie? Hm. The Mummy. I’ve actually “watched” that with friends over the phone super late at night. LOL. So yep. The Mummy.

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On March 8, 2014 at 10:38 am robena grant said...

Well, I guess we’re not gonna be friends ’cause I don’t even know that movie. Ha ha. But now I want to know it, because I want to know why you like it.

The movie I’d select would be French Kiss. The reason: cheese, vineyards, Frenchmen, diamonds, destroyed romance, new beginnings. That’s enough to keep me happy while I build a hut, find food, and send up flares. Beats talking to a coconut.

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On March 8, 2014 at 2:13 pm Molly said...

Plus, Kevin Kline singing La Mer. Love that song.

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On March 9, 2014 at 3:37 am Beth Matthews said...

Hmmm…Kevin Kline. My sister and I were obsessed with him as kids, and it was because of Luc. And the Pirate King…

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On March 8, 2014 at 10:38 am Lola said...

I don’t get to see enough movies to answer that question but for tv I never get tired of Buffy. To the point that my husband has asked, “haven’t you seen this a hundred times already?” (yeah, so what’s your point?)

And the last time I went to the movies it was to see something called Magic Mike that a gal friend wanted to see. It was her third viewing. Ummm, I think I’ll stick to favorite desert island tv programs.

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On March 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm Sarah B said...

Ooo, yes, ‘Buffy, the Vampire Slayer’ is my happy tv place. I can’t count how many times I’ve rewatched certain scenes, especially from S7. Never fails to take me to that place where real life nonsense doesn’t matter. People always look at me askance when I say I love BTVS so much, because they think, as I’m an English teacher, that I should only watch BBC classic series! And I do love those. But I could bore for England on the subject of BTVS, so I will just say that my favourite theme in fiction is redemption, and that’s a big part of BTVS, exemplified by my beloved Spike. Also, the character development is second to none, and I always connect far more to characters than plot.

How we can become better versions of ourselves is also part of my favourite film, which, I have to admit, has been ‘Star Wars’ since I was 13! Good defeats evil and people are shown to rise magnificently to the occasion. All set in a science fiction setting, with humour, a combination I adore. (Han’s transition to hero was another example of sexy and flawed men who are redeemed; a theme to which I respond so well, for which I blame my early exposure to Mr Darcy and Mr Rochester!)

Another top 5 movie is Percy Adlon’s ‘Bagdad (sic) Café’. It’s quirky, whimsical and hopeful, with a great message about how it’s fine to be different, and how one person can can have a beneficial effect on others, that seems small, but can be everything. It’s a very human film that makes me smile.

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On March 8, 2014 at 11:11 am Rachel said...

Gosford Park. I love the layering, the dialogue, the time period, and the fact that you have to pay attention every second to get everything (and even then, probably watch it more than once). But there are very few people that seem to like it – my mom and my husband being two of them. Not sure what that says about me…

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On March 8, 2014 at 11:16 am Kate Frishman said...

Princess Bride. Back when my husband and I were dating, I told him that if I was ever in a funk and he couldn’t get me out of it he should turn on that movie, give me some chocolate, and come back at the end.
But I do love BTILC and now I need to watch it again :)

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On March 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm Natasha said...


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On March 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm colognegrrl said...

Working Girl. The music (Carly Simon) and the Staten Island Ferry and Harrison Ford and the Eighties fashion vibe… Also, the first time I watched it I was really sick and it made me feel better. Also, I like the idea that you can get the job AND the guy if you really go for it. So, Working Girl it is.

But there are as many runners-up after it as in the New York Marathon.

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On March 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm Paula said...

Raiders of the Lost Ark

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On March 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm katyL said...

Really, this is two questions because the movie that best represents my worldview may not be the same as the one I’d bring to the desert island.

To answer the worldview question, it’s hands down Harold and Maude. Just love Maude. She’s plucky, caring, and doesn’t let others beliefs stop her from living her own. Love how her mind works, views on life, and she’s even petite like me:)

On a desert isle, though, I’d probably take a classic or Something’s Gotta Give if I was looking for a distraction. Or, if I was stranded on said desert isle sans help & comforts and I was feeling practical, some movie loaded with survival tips & tricks. But since I’d never go near an island that didn’t have comforts, I’m thinking that last one isn’t necessary;)

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On March 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm Terry said...

Harold and Maude is an awesome movie. One of those you either get or you don’t.

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On March 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm Katherine said...

Chocolat. Everything about that movie IS me.

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On March 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm Cricket said...

My choice is Charade – the best Alfred Hitchcock movie that Alfred Hitchcock didn’t direct. Although Netflix keeps suggesting BTILC for me so it may be time to watch it.

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On March 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm Beth Matthews said...

“You know what’s wrong with you?”

Ah, I wish they’d made more movies together! Grant/A.Hepburn=So good.

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On March 9, 2014 at 7:46 pm Carol said...

Love that scene. Another great Cary Grant scene is in North by Northwest when he is climbing through the window and the woman in bed is about to scream, puts on her glasses and sighs, he says “ah, ah, ah” and escapes.

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On March 9, 2014 at 11:24 pm Katie said...

My favorite still has to be “You won’t be able to lie on your back for a while, but then you can lie from any position, can’t you?”

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On March 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm Deborah Blake said...

I love a lot of the movies mentioned (interesting that they’re mostly “guilty pleasure” types). I’m The Princess Bride too. I always called that my date test movie. If I watched it with a guy and he didn’t think it was wonderful, that was the end of that, right there.

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On March 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm Bernie said...

Feast of Love. Has the great Morgan Freeman with the elegant Jane Alexander and deep, deep, DEEP down I am a hopeless romantic. I love how it shows all the phases of love and how it is messy and doesn’t always work and how you can pick yourself up and try again and maybe find something wonderful.

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On March 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm Jessie said...

If I am going to a desert island, I am taking “Tootsie” with me.

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On March 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm Terry said...

I’m not a movie person, so this would be a no-win scenario for me. In fact, the one potential dvd on my shelf isn’t really a movie at all. The Scarlet Pimpernel (Jane Seymour, Anthony Andrews, Ian Mckellan) has everything. Fencing, secret identities, angst… :-) No space ships or explosions, though.

I do have a book though. If you liked “84 Charing Cross Road” we will get along just fine.

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On March 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm Terry said...

Still pondering this question and bugged that I don’t have a movie that encapsulates who I am. I do love some classics like Casablanca and Philadelphia Story. But there are 2 movies that changed my life. The first was Romeo and Juliet (1968) – I was 12 and fell in love with Shakespeare because of it. The second was Star Wars – because Star Wars changed the whole world.

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On March 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm Jenny said...

Oh, good, I’ve ruined Terry’s day. ARGH. Just pick one, there’s no quiz at the end, I swear.

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On March 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm Terry said...

I can’t! I’m as bad as Oliver.

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On March 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm Terry said...

Okay, then. Blues Brothers.

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On March 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm Sylvia Ketrie said...

Because Blues Brothers is a cross between Romeo & Juliet and Star Wars? :)

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On March 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm Peggy said...

Ooh, I want to switch, I want The Blues Brothers, too! I wore out my VHS do it and haven’t replaced it with a DVD yet… Thanks for the reminder, Terry!

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On March 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm Terry said...

Replying to myself because I don’t understand why some comments have a Reply button ans some don’t.

R&J and SW are major influences, dear to my heart and contributed to who I am. But Blues Brothers is the desert island movie because a) it never ever fails to make me laugh and b) it’s one of my favorite movie soundtracks. On a desert island I’m going to need both.

It really is two separate questions.

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On March 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm Jenny said...

If the comments go beyond a certain number of nestings (I think five), the blog starts over again at the margin.

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On March 8, 2014 at 2:24 pm er said...

The Korean drama My Name Is Kim Sam Soon.

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On March 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm Susan said...


Apparently we were separated at birth!

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On March 8, 2014 at 2:32 pm Lorna said...

This is an amazingly hard question. I’m following KatyL’s lead and giving 2 answers. For worldview I’d have to say the Milagro Beanfield War. For the desert island I’d want The Producers with Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel because I’d need a laugh.

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On March 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm Rouan said...

It’s a very hard choice between Romancing the Stone, American Dreamer and The Gods Must be Crazy…although someone mentioned Gosford Park and The Princess Bride and…I’d be in deep, deep trouble if I really had to choose!

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On March 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm Julie H. said...

Wow American Dreamer. I remember going to see that when it first came out. I think I even own it on DVD.

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On March 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm Jenny said...

That’s the romance writer’s Casablanca. I love the scene where the husband says, “I’ve taken about all of this I can take,” and she says, “And I’ve given all I have to give,” and leaves him at the passport desk. That and the Jello Eiffel Tower.

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On March 9, 2014 at 8:54 am Kate Frishman said...

Yep, I own and love that one, too. And now I want to watch it. Hey, I’m supposed to be watching 1940s movies. Can Argh do a list of those next?

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On March 9, 2014 at 7:07 pm Corrina said...

I love American Dreamer so much. But I think Galaxy Quest is my movie. Or the movie that is me. Endlessly geeky, the people are a little bit klutzy, but they save the world in the end.

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On March 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm cleo said...

It’s a tie between The Matrix and Babette’s Feast. And I think I’d be friends with anyone who loved BOTH movies too.

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On March 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm Kieran said...

Rain Man.

I’ve never seen your movie. I want to watch it. I loved Kurt Russell in Overboard.

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On March 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm Terry said...

Overboard is one of my guilty pleasures! I’m not sure why (not a romcom fan) but I will always stop and watch when it’s on tv. That and the Fugitive. I think I went 3 years without ever catching the train crash.

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On March 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm Jenny said...

It’s a satire on the hero’s journey, complete with “going to hell.” We quote it all the time. “Son of a bitch must pay.” “Sorry, sorry, just thrilled to be alive.” “If we’re not back by morning, call the president.”
I need to watch that again.

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On March 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm Terry said...

BTILC is a must-see just for the final episode of The Middleman.

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On March 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm Terry said...

And just realized I meant Escape from New York for The Middleman. (ARGH, indeed.) BTILC was from my Kung Fu/Kung Fu: The Legend Continues days. Yeah, don’t ask.

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On March 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm Sure Thing said...

Desert Island movie? Ever After: A Cinderella Story. She rescues herself a lot. I’d probably use the disc to reflect light out to sea and signal a ship…

My worldview movie? Batman Begins or The Last Samurai. It is a bit about “the will to act” and “it would not be a wasted life” quotes respectively.

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On March 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm Sara said...

I forgot about Ever After: A Cinderella Story. I love that movie!

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On March 9, 2014 at 3:39 am Beth Matthews said...

Dougray Scott’s hair! Ugh, so good.

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On March 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm Peggy said...

I told people “Legally Blonde” at a dinner party last night when the same question came up, mostly to see how they would react… but I must say, that move is better than people give it credit for. Probably I’d really want “Casablanca” or “Hopscotch,” but Elle Woods does work hard to reach her goals, treat people kindly, and look out for the less powerful/less fortunate, despite all the pink and interest in fashion, so if I was forced to commit to “Legally Blonde” I think I could manage it. :)

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On March 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm Susan D said...

No contest. Sliding Doors. No, wait — Shirley Valentine. Oh, wait, did someone say 84 Charing Cross Road? Oh, oh darn.

Well, SD and SV are about women who reinvent themselves. And 84CCR is about a woman and her BOOKS.

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On March 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm Kate Frishman said...

Oh, I LOVE SV & SD! Now I need to watch those again, too!

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On March 9, 2014 at 12:53 am Katie said...

Love Sliding Doors. The two paths concept is is really interesting. Also John Hannah is all kinds of awesome.

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On March 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm Sarah said...

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition

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On March 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm JenniferNennifer said...

Mumford is not the best movie I ever saw, but it is my absolute all time favorite.

Always have to warn people that the first few minutes break Jenny’s rules – they are very strange and have nothing to do the major plot of the movie. Except that they sort of do in a weird way

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On March 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm Jill Q. said...

I think it would have to be “Romancing the Stone.” Romance, comedy, adventure, plus Michael Douglas in his prime playing a rascally swashbuckler instead of his usual sleazebucket roles.
The interesting thing is that all my runner ups were romantic comedies (The Sure Thing, I Know Where I’m Going, Walk, Don’t Run,) and also most of them had “uptight woman learns to let her hair down” theme.

Interesting . . .

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On March 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm Jen Savalli said...

Way, way too many to pick–including most of the ones mentioned in the other posts–but like Jill Q. I’m going with Romancing the Stone. I always stop to watch when it’s on TV.

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On March 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm Terrie said...

I’ve been reading this thread trying to think which I would pick, have to say Walk, Don’t Run would certainly go on the short list anyway. Silly, charming, and so innocent.

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On March 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm Mitchiewitch said...

Do you mean Walk, Don’t Run with Cary Grant?

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On March 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm Cathy M said...

I’m not a movie goer, but I can think of two movies that I hold in high esteem that are at opposite ends of the spectrum of emotions. The first, “Glory” moves me to tears with its portrayal of the brutality of war, the essential dignity of individuals, and the desire for recognition of one’s innate humanity and worth. And the second is “Arsenic and Old Lace”. I love the manic, frenetic energy Cary Grant exudes and the cast of characters is wonderful. It never fails to make me laugh.

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On March 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm Terrie said...

Oh, yes, I love both of these, too!

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On March 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm Ash said...


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On March 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm Sara said...

Star Wars. The original ones. Indiana Jones (except the 4th one).

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On March 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm Sara said...

I meant to say it’s a tie between Star Wars and Indiana Jones. But if I had to choose just one…I’m really glad Milton’s life is not in my hands.

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On March 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm Skye said...

This is tough. I have three that I’d start out with, and it’s a little scary to think that they “are” me, and yet, they probably are. I don’t watch a lot of movies and I generally avoid dramas, so my three to pick from are Deep Rising (great monster movie with the best ending ever), Men Black (the first one), and RED. But if someone put a gun to Milton’s head, I’d have to holler out Men in Black. And yes, if you like that movie it is quite possible you will like me. If you like all those movies, we will probably be BFFs.

Anyone who put a gun to that handsome poochie’s head would then get a Noisy Cricket put to their head, which would then vaporize. :D

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On March 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm Penny said...

Sleepless in Seattle. I love the skilful way they made a whole movie with the protag and antag never meet until the end of the movie. BUT:

I’m going to cheat a lot.
Colin Firth, Pride and Prejudice
Pretty Woman
You’ve Got Mail
Nottingham Hill…

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On March 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm TamsinWS said...

Another vote for Overboard, plus Kenneth Branagh’s hilarious In The Bleak Midwinter – “I should think that’s about all Buddha can take from you, isn’t it?” “Colonically, this has set me right back.” “Cast off thy coloured nightie!” “Another day, another 0.0001 of a dollar” – God, I love that film!

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On March 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm Kate Frishman said...

I’ve never heard of this one, it sounds fabulous. Adding it to my watch list. Thank you.

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On March 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm Jenny said...

That film is almost impossible to find. There’s an archival DVD for it on Amazon, but I’m not sure it’ll play on my player. It’s also called “Midwinter Tale” for some reason.

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On March 8, 2014 at 8:34 pm Terry said...

Check out – – turned up in a web search. I have a tivo rip from 6 or 7 years ago. It used to run once in a while on the movie channels like IFC and Bravo but I haven’t seen it in a while.

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On March 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm Jenny said...

Excellent. It’s going on my TBW list.

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On March 9, 2014 at 1:58 am TamsinWS said...

Amazing! Thank you so much for the YouTube link, Terry! That has made my day!! :-)

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On March 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm S said...

Fargo. Hands down my favourite movie ever! Marge Gunderson is the prosaic, heavily pregnant police chief in pursuit of the truth. Jerry Lundegaard is the weasel, inept car salesman behind the plot to kidnap his wife so he can milk his f-in-law for the ransom money. Every part seems to be perfectly cast. Even the minor characters are brilliantly executed. And then they put Carl through a woodchipper… blissful sigh; does it get any better than this?

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On March 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm Jinx said...

My favorite movie of all time is a weird foreign film called “Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Tears,” — a funny growing-up tale of three Russian girls who meet each other at their first job (I think it’s in a factory) and stay friends for life. Each one travels a different road in life, and end up in completely different worlds. But there’s a sweet funny romance for the main heroine in the last third of the movie, and even her teenybopper daughter takes off her headphones and attitude and likes the guy. Unfortunately, I only have a fuzzy subtitled VHS tape of it, and it would wear out on the island in two shakes. So I guess I’d take Groundhog Day, my second favorite. I could watch that movie over and over and over and over again. Seriously. :)

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On March 9, 2014 at 8:41 am Susanne said...

Hey Jinx,

Speaking of foreign films, did you see the Russian one about the soldier who is on leave, and he gets tasked with all sorts of errands to run? Like, bring soap to his friend’s wife, even though it takes him out of his way. And by the time he gets home to visit his elderly mother, he has to fix her roof. So his entire leave is spent on doing things for others. He goes back to the front and dies. I saw that film about forty years ago and it never leaves me.

But for downright enjoyable movie, I’d say Moonstruck.

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On March 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm Bonnie C said...

LOL, the Hubbin heartily approves your choice, Jenny. I love Kurt Russell and will generally watch anything he’s in (we both loved Soldier ;p) but Big Trouble is just one of those needle scratch on vinyl things for me. It continually confuses the Hubbin and occasionally makes him question my sanity.

Princess Bride is an excellent option and up until recently I would have said Star Wars, but The Avengers has become my go to flick and I can’t imagine not having it on tap forever and always. ;p

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On March 8, 2014 at 9:23 pm Jack Getze said...

Up in Smoke

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On March 9, 2014 at 1:22 am CateM said...

Probably Moonstruck. It’s the romance and the dry practicality and the family and New York. I love everything, but I especially love that part where the fiance asks if he can talk to her privately, and she says “No, I need my family around me now.” I love how family is the source of so much of the conflict, but it’s also the thing she’s never ever giving up.

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On March 9, 2014 at 1:59 am Becke Martin Davis said...

Even with a gun to my head, it’s hard to pick just one movie. I’m leaning towards French Kiss, or possibly That Thing You Do. Or maybe Philadelphia Story. Or You Can’t Take it With You. One of those anyway.

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On March 9, 2014 at 9:22 pm Becke Martin Davis said...

Just thought of one more – it’s weird and wonderful, and it probably comes closest to my world view – a little romance, a little mystery and a lot of strangeness: Unconditional Love with Kathy Bates, Dan Ackroyd and Rupert Everett.

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On March 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm stephanie said...

Love these!

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On March 9, 2014 at 3:02 am Kate said...

“Persuasion” starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds. A wonderful adaptation of Austen’s book.

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On March 9, 2014 at 3:43 am Beth Matthews said...

My first gut reaction was Return of the Jedi, that movie basically defined my childhood (I’m still HUGE Star Wars geek–for the Originals anyway). And whenever I think about desert islands I’m pretty sure I would want to be able to watch “Yub Nub,” and the moment where Luke comes sauntering up, lightsaber swinging, SO happy and bear hugs Han and Leia. That is probably my favorite moment put on film for all time because it’s just so joyful. Also community. *happy sigh*

The only other film that probably comes close in terms of duration and definable moments for me personally is Jurassic Park. I spent a large part of my youth wanting to be either a paleontologist or a film director because of the excellence of that movie.

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On March 9, 2014 at 6:55 am Eleanor said...

I think my worldview movie is probably the remake of the Thomas Crown Affair. Sometimes people hurt you, sometimes they lie to you, and sometimes you just gotta have faith. Also threatening to break both your boyfriend’s legs is a valid response to betrayal. Plus that scene in the Met–OMG. Could watch that over and over.

Thing is, I don’t know if that’s my desert island movie. It would probably depend if I was alone on the island or not, and if not, who I’d be with. Alone it would probably be the Birdcage. Or Real Genius. Something happy with lots of laughter.

I know that if we’re talking plays, though, there’s just one. Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. It will forever be the most heart-breaking, thoughtful, well-written play I know.

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On March 9, 2014 at 8:10 am Katie said...

You have to love the way he smiles when she threatens to break his limbs. That’s one of the cases where I prefer the remake to the original. I need to watch the McQueen version again, because I remember thinking it worked as a heist movie when I saw it, but of course it sucks as a romance. The remake, on the other hand, was deliberately a strong romance. The whole thing was very Remington Steele; maybe that was on purpose.

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On March 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm Terrie said...

Someone else who loves Arcadia! I love, love, love that play! I know someone who just happened to be in London during its first run and just happened to drop by the theater to see if there were any tickets available and she got to see it with Rufus Sewell. I am green with envy just thinking about it. Everything you said and hilariously funny as well. The bit where the characters are talking at cross purposes about what was going on in the gazebo is one of the funniest exchanges ever.

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On March 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm Carol said...

Yes, this is one of my favourite movies. Yes, a much better remake than the original.

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On March 9, 2014 at 10:56 am Allie said...

Clue? The House of Yes?

I’m not sure what these say about me.

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On March 9, 2014 at 11:46 am RainyWeather said...

Desk Set – Tracy and Hepburn with no thought of romance, but working together and falling in love with each other’s brains (both characters are very intelligent) and personalities. Wonderful witty dialogue, wonderful supporting cast, funny and charming all the way through. I know it’s based on a play and the play may be even better, but I’ve only seen the movie and I just adore it. Like everyone else, I find it hard to pick only one favorite (Did anyone mention Bride and Prejudice or Keeping The Faith?), but in a gun-to-my-head, pick-just-one scenario, it has to be Desk Set.

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On March 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm Kelly S said...

The movies I have watched the most repeatedly include “The Princess Bride”, “American Dreamer”, and “While You Were Sleeping”. “R.E.D.” will get up there. There needs to be an animated movie on my list because I love them! Ice Age, Tangled, Shrek, The Toy that Saved Christmas, and the wonderful in between “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”.

It is really between the first 3. Any one of them would work. Similar themes. But with a gun to Milton’s head, I’d probably go with While You Were Sleeping as I am more likely to be in Chicago (worked in the loop for 12 years) than to be on an adventure or need a swashbuckling hero.

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On March 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm toni said...

BTiLC was my brother’s favorite movie of all time, so it has a very special place in my heart. (Which means, you’re definitely good people.)

It’s too hard for me to pick. I was a screenwriter too long, studied too many films, broke them down. I can narrow things down by genre, but it’s really hard to pick just a favorite.

Although one of my favorite “comfort” films, a romance I’ve watched more times than I will admit, is THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER. I love that film. It’s the perfect coming-of-age film. Plus mountains (New Zealand) and horses. Just can’t be beat.

Sci Fi – The MATRIX. Until the third one, which violated almost everything they set up in the first two. I think they got too smart for their own britches, because they started spouting philosophical terms, but using them incorrectly. Using the gestalt of the terms incorrectly, when they’d done well in the first two. I had to mentally rewrite the third one just so I could rewatch the first one again.

I can’t stand YOU’VE GOT MAIL, and want to slap the characters, over and over.

The Bourne trilogy (particularly the first two) for action.

Old school stuff–well, there’s just not enough room. His Girl Friday was one of my favorites. Almost anything with Kathryn Hepburn in it, too. God, that woman was amazing.

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On March 9, 2014 at 3:11 pm Jenny said...

Pick ONE, Causey. Jeez.

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On March 9, 2014 at 6:23 pm toni said...

Ha. It’s taken me TWO YEARS to narrow down the paint colors. Finally picked the final ones today because the painters are waiting on me to start next week. I’m much much worse with movies.

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On March 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm Kimberly said...

The Man from Snowy River was fabulous. That ride down the side of the mountain is unforgettable. I can hear and see that scene right now without even closing my eyes.

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On March 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm Molly said...

Ack. I suffer from overthink. Desert island… long movie, then. Represents me, ummm… too much pressure. In the meantime wanted to thank people for all the amazing suggestions. Hadn’t heard of Mumford but love Hope Davis and checked out the director– Lawrence Kasdan– and he’s done so many great films (Big Chill, Body Heat, Silverado). I want to see another of his that I hadn’t heard of: “I Love You to Death” (I like black comedy). And, you Star Wars fans, apparently that director wrote Empire Strikes Back.

Haven’t seen Big Trouble in Little China or Overboard, but they are on my to be watched list now.

Anyway, I’m down to King of Hearts (because I could learn some french on that Island and I think this movie captures my love of the absurd, music, black humor, and romance.).

Though Daytrippers, Babette’s Feast, Shakespeare in Love, Cold Comfort Farm, and The Blues Brothers were serious contenders.

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On March 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm Tamsin said...

Hudson Hawk. (Waits for the groaning to stop.) I know it was panned. I know it won a Razzie, but still… it is near and dear to my heart. You’ve got a trope-y good girl/bad boy romance where nothing–not danger, not distance, not even GOD–can block the course of true love. It’s got a strong buddy movie sub-plot where snarkasm is the language of love. It has a criminal with a heart of gold proving that smarts and loyalty can beat monied-bastards every, stinking, time. It has James Coburn making self-deprecating meta-jokes throughout a rot-gut distillation of all the spy movies of the 70′s, and to top it all off, it proves that everything in life is better with a soundtrack in your head.

My not-yet-husband and I discovered that we each had a love for HH long before we could even stand each other. Just proves it was meant to be. LOL.

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On March 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm Jenny said...

I have tried to watch that three times. I think I’m missing a gene or something because I know it’s a cult movie and I can’t get through the first act.

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On March 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm Tamsin said...

Funny that you said that. My 15 year old son LOVES the movie, and my daughter–who’s probably going to be the most adorable dictator in the history of the world–can’t get through the first scene either. Genetics. Who knew?

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On March 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm Katie said...

Is this the Bruce Willis movie where he’s a burglar who just got out of prison? I tried once and couldn’t get past the 15 minute mark.

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On March 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm fiveandfour said...

My husband and I still quote Hudson Hawk every once in awhile. (It’s supposed to be torture, not therapy!) It’s definitely of a unique type of humor and it’s our kind of over-the-top when in that kind of mood.

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On March 10, 2014 at 12:47 am fiveandfour said...

PS …we were the only ones in the theater laughing during The Hudsucker Proxy and The Big Lebowski, which neither of us could believe at the time. (I know people have caught up to Lebowski, but I don’t know about Hudsucker. ) Anyway, we’ve come to accept that the range of what we find funny might not match the norm and we’re ok with that. Still, HH is probably one of those that’s an excellent choice as respects finding kindred spirits. For us, we can let not liking HH slide, but not finding at least some of the Coen Brothers comedies funny is likely a deal breaker.

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On March 10, 2014 at 2:12 am Jenny said...

When I analyze The Big Lebowski I have problems with it. If I just watch it, it’s mind-blowing.
I’ve never seen Hudsucker, so that’ll go in the queue.

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On March 10, 2014 at 11:03 am nancileigh said...

You really have to pay attention to Hudsucker – it has amazing dialogue. But my favorite scene is really a visual, accompanied by an amazing soundtrack, of the evolution of a fad. It really is a wonderful movie that too few people know about.

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On March 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm Skye said...

Mm, forgot Groundhog Day. I can watch that one over and over and never get tired of it. But I think I’ll still have to stick to Men in Black. With having Groundhog Day washing up on a rogue wave. :)

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On March 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm Rouan said...

I’ve been pondering this again and it’s definitely a toss up between Romancing the Stone and American Dreamer. Both films feature a woman who ends up breaking out of a shell/rut and becoming the person she always was underneath. I wrote a poem several years ago that talked about the spell the sound of a plane flying overhead evoked when I was a child lying on the ground looking up at the sky and dreaming. This is the last line: “The call to the wild, adventurous me that lurks beneath the surface, waiting to be free.”
No wonder those two movies speak so strongly to me.

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On March 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm Annamal said...

Either Grosse Pointe Blank or the Adams family.

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On March 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm Terrie said...

I can’t say which is my desert island pick yet (I need to ponder, and yeah, I get how ridiculous that is) but I will note one of our favorite guilty pleasures: Undercover Blues. Ridiculously silly and I can’t imagine anyone thinking it’s a really good movie, but Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner are hilarious as a husband and wife spy duo (with a new baby) who truly adore each other and Stanley Tucci is even more hilarious as the bad guy wanna be.

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On March 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm Renee said...

Okay, so I just “liked” half of the responses here, and fired up the VHS player. Need celluloid fix now! However, big, happy, grinning joy for Big Trouble In Little China! I’ll take that in a double feature with Kung Fu Hustle. :)

Also, if someone puts a gun to Milton’s head, you need to call us. We’ll kick his ass!

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On March 9, 2014 at 8:15 pm Jenny said...

Milton is curled up beside me as I type, no guns in sight.

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On March 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm Jilly Wood said...

Strictly Ballroom.

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On March 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm Carol said...

Thomas Crown Affair (remake) scene in the Met is similar to the scene in The Heist, both Brosnan movies. Same set up with the men dressed in bowler hats and the Hawaiian shirts.

Always stop to watch The Green Mile, Charade or North by Northwest or To Catch a Thief and Love Actually.

The Green Mile

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On March 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm Carol said...

I`d smuggle The Thomas Crown Affair on to the island in my bra.

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On March 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm Kimberly said...

Barefoot in the Park

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On March 9, 2014 at 11:17 pm el7 said...

Just one pick? And it’s going to a desert island… I suppose I ought to pick one that I’d watch anytime, no matter what mood I’m in, and be glad I saw it even though I’ve seen it a million times before. And then assume that this movie says something about my worldview, because I’m sure it must if I’ll sit down to watch it whenever. I’ll have to go with Singin’ In The Rain.

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On March 10, 2014 at 12:25 am fiveandfour said...

I have a really, really hard time with making lists of favorite things, then winnowing things down enough to pick a number one. One example of my analysis paralysis is that I’ve been trying to make up a list of my top 5 favorite songs for each day of the week (inspired by a High Fidelity discussion over a really great dinner)…I’ve been pondering this question for YEARS and still can’t get a list organized in my head.

I guess what I’m saying is that it’s a really good thing for Milton’s sake that this gun is hypothetical.

Best I can do is think of a few, each of which are representative of different parts of my worldview. In no particular order I’ve got:
A Room with a View
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Donnie Darko
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
The English Patient <–In this case I always incorporate some bits of the book into the story as I'm watching the movie (plus bits from In the Skin of a Lion) so there’s a little cheating on my part with this one
Fight Club <–Admittedly there's cheating here, too, because I have to ignore one very big thing for the story to work, but once I let logic go, I'm good to let it ride (kind of like with life)

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On March 10, 2014 at 10:27 am AuntiMame said...

Singin’ in the Rain.

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On March 10, 2014 at 11:36 am Briana said...

MY movie — Life is Beautiful. Plus, I could learn Italian while I’m stranded. For a less intense variation on the theme of redemption and grace and boundless love, I will pick Disney’s animated Robin Hood. (Yes, the one with the foxes.)

Desk Set is the romance that I *want.*

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On March 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm BelleD said...

My movie would have to be “Eat Drink Man Woman”.

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On March 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm Mary (Egads) said...

My answer today is Lost in Translation. (Of course, that assumes I don’t need the How to Survive on a Desert Island documentary.) I like the slow build of relationship, even though it’s not a romantic one–the alienation, then the human connection. I also tend to like movies with long stretches without dialog. The scene where she watches the newly married Japanese couple walk through the garden and sees the husband take his wife’s hand gets me every time. I love unspoken moments like that.

My favorite part of Love Actually is the opening and closing credits–what appears to be real people, meeting at an airport. That looks more like love to me than any other part of the movie.

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On March 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm g said...

I was struggling until someone mentioned animated movies, and then it came to me: The Incredibles. So much good stuff, and Edna is the best part.

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On March 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm Val said...

Favorite movie: Love Actually
Movie that defines me: The Truth About Cats and Dogs — roller skating dogs, dirty sneakers and women who can’t eat salsa without dropping it on their clothes.

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On March 13, 2014 at 7:24 pm Sarah said...

“I’m shedding; I’m extremely nervous”

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On March 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm Lynn Rae said...

Blade Runner. The soundtrack and visuals alone make it a work of art.

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On March 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm MJ said...

Worldview: It’s a Wonderful Life. DH and I have watched it every Christmas for the last 30 years, and I still find new things to see and think about. Huh, it’s probably my desert island movie, too.

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On March 11, 2014 at 8:39 am lee said...

In the small and bizarre department, I have had a mad thing for Tight Little Island/Whiskey Galore since high school. Turtle Diary made a huge impression on me, and is so thoughtful and so careful and so beautiful… And for straight up weird and funny, Buckaroo Banzai.

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On March 12, 2014 at 9:41 am Nan said...

Hands down, Bottle Shock–Chris Pine, Wine, Alan Rickman, California Bay Area, and Paris–all the things that make life wonderful. How can you lose really?

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On March 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm Jennifer said...

When Harry Met Sally. Because I’m the sort of person who would think of and deliver the “Auld Lang Syne” monologue in the midst of a romantic moment, just because it wandered into my brain at that point in time.

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On March 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm Sarah said...

For me it would be Adventures in Babysitting “Don’t FUCK with the babysitter…” and Cold Comfort Farm “There’ll be no BUTTER in HELL!” But I must admit to watching While You Were Sleeping a few thousand times – Lucy is pretty much me – right down to dunking Oreos in the cat’s milk. Jenny – I’m waiting for the Movie Quote Challenge to be the next blog post…

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On March 13, 2014 at 8:46 pm Jenny said...

OMG, we’d break the blog. Too many of us here LIVE on movie quotes.

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On March 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm Aileen said...

Whenever I don’t know what to do with myself, I watch Auntie Mame.

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On March 15, 2014 at 7:36 am Bona said...

The problem is that you ask very different questions, with different answers. Which movie should I put? The one that represents my POV? My favourite one? The one I’ve seen more times? The one I will watch any time?? The most romantic, the most heroic, the only one that I will take with me to a desert island???

But I will try because I’ve come to love your blog, and people here has made the effort to answer your question. So I will do the same, I’ll stuck with the title: The Movie That Is You, that represents me or my intellectual point of view about the world. But now, today, I mean. Tomorrow I could easily chose a different one.

I think it could be a Swedish movie, ‘Det sjunde inseglet’ by Ingmar Bergman. Let me see in the wikipedia how it was called in English… ‘The Seventh Seal’. A hero in a no-win situation but he plays the game anyway. One of my favourite topics in movies.

NB: This is an impossible topic, don’t you think? OK, I love movies. Do you know how many pictures I’ve watched in my not quite short life? From all around the world, in any possible language… If you really love movies, you really can’t chose just-one-damned-movie!

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