The movies I love

Can you tell that I love stories? I've already mentioned some of my favorite books so I thought it fitting that I also share some of the movies that I enjoy! What do I like in a movie? In a nutshell, I want to see redemption gained, justice served and love conquer all!

Before I share some of my favorites, I feel compelled to include this Must-Read-Disclaimer: The following movies have various ratings. Before you choose to watch any of them, please consider that we rarely watch them in the raw. Whether it is using Clear Play, TV Guardian, or a quick-draw with the remote or iPad cover, most of our viewing is done with editing! We own Clear Play — a DVD player that edits out all the undesirables (you choose the amount of editing and it does an amazing job). I do NOT give a blanket recommendation for any of the movies on this list…frankly I don’t ever give a blanket recommendation for anything because I have no way of knowing what might possibly offend someone!

If you are interested in finding good movies for your family I suggest two things: 1.) Watch the movies yourself. 2.) Read reviews online at one of the many family friendly sites listed below:

  • http://www.pluggedin.com/
  • http://www.kids-in-mind.com/
  • http://www.screenit.com/
  • http://www.filmratings.com/
  • http://www.commonsensemedia.org/
  • http://www.dove.org/

While movies don't quite evoke the same pathos in me that books evoke, I do love a good movie all the same. I believe that film is an art form and I appreciate that it is yet another way that talent is expressed. I think that many times filmmaking and film appreciation are de-valued. It’s been said that watching a movie together is not a good choice for quality time. I heartily disagree. Our family has enjoyed many movies together and spent hours critiquing and discussing movies. This might not be something that all families enjoy, but it is one of our favorite things to share together. I have many fond memories of discussions in which a few of us vehemently upheld our opinion about a movie character while others totally disagreed. Listening to our girls speak in ‘movie quotes’ will always make me smile. Film appreciation is not for everyone, but it is for us! It is not the only thing we enjoy doing together, but it is one thing we enjoy a lot!

During my decades of movie viewing I have seen a little bit of everything. Like books, some movies I never tire of and some I never want to see again! I enjoy so many movies – ranging from deeply moving and introspective to seemingly shallow (seemingly is the key there…most of what I like has a lesson or two in it…or I can relate to the characters and that pulls me in…). I also recognize that, aside from the period fiction, many of my favorites are not movies that make the top ____ movie lists of all time. That’s okay, they are my favorites for my reasons!

There are so many movies that are heart racing, heartwarming, inspiring and just plain fun! These movies make me smile, cringe, laugh, and weep…

I think my favorite movies fall into three genres: romantic comedies, action-suspense (in real life, science fiction, or fantasy) and period fiction (not in that order). I haven’t included many action titles (suspense and science fiction types) because, though I enjoy several of them, they are not my favorite genre of all…I also didn't list all versions of some of my favorite BBC movies. In most cases, I like any Austen movie — if I think it a good adaptation — that goes for Dickens, too! I also love most BBC movies based on novels unless they are based on a book I dislike or find especially discouraging…

Not too many old movies make my list of favorites. I grew up watching old movies and – though some amuse me – I'm just not a devoted fan. I've seen most of the best loved classics and there are few (if any) that I crave to watch. I spent years watching them on Saturday afternoons and had my fill! Interestingly enough some of my favorites are remakes of old movies. In almost every case, I prefer the remake.

As with books, I prefer fiction to non-fiction. I do like true stories – if they are GOOD stories and the movie is well done. In most cases I prefer a happy ending!

Remember my initial statement? I like to see redemption gained, justice served, and love conquer all. Not asking for much, am I? Actually, I think that's a good plan overall, even in real life!!

Mostly Period Fiction/Fantasy
(Editing not required, but might be desirable for some)

  •  Emma (1996-Paltrow and Northam)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (2002-Firth and Everett)
  • Pride and Prejudice (1996-Firth and Ehle)
  • Sense and Sensibility (1995-Grant)
  • Persuasion (I like both versions-2007 is my favorite, though)
  • Jane Eyre (mini-series 2006)
  • Little Dorrit (2009-Foy and MacFadyen)
  • North and South (2005-Armitage) *Please do NOT confuse this with the horrid 1980’s Jakes’ adaption. This is based on an Elizabeth Gaskell novel.
  • Wives and Daughters (1999-Waddell)
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003- Ciarán Hinds)
  • Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea (1985-Follows and Dewhurst)
  • Little Women (1994-Ryder and Bales)
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy (directed by Peter Jackson)
  • Harry Potter Series (all of them)
  • Tangled (Disney)

Modern Flicks
(Editing absolutely required for most of these)

  •  Sleepless in Seattle (1993-Ryan and Hanks)
  • Serendipity (2001-Cusack and Beckinsale)
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009-Fisher and Dancy)
  • Leap Year (2010 – Adams and Goode)
  • How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (2003-Hudson and McConaughey)
  • While You Were Sleeping (1995-Bullock and Pullman)
  • Sabrina (1995-Ford and Ormond)
  • The Parent Trap (1961-O'Hara and Mills)
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