I watch a lot of Turner Classic Movies. Lately, TCM has been asking celebrities to guest host and select four movies they want to share with viewers. I can’t imagine narrowing down my favorite movies to just four. How could I pick four? It depends entirely on my mood, the season, whether I’m alone or with friends, and on and on. Could you pick just four? I’m curious what folks would select for their top four films to share with an audience. And since I can’t restrict myself to four (my post, my rules) here are some of my favs:
Chocolat: Ok, it isn’t because of Monsieur Depp that I love this movie. But he doesn’t hurt it, that’s for sure. This is a gorgeous film that makes me warm up a mug of hot chocolate with chili powder every time. Love, love, love it. Same deal with Enchanted April, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. All good chicky-flicks.
His Girl Friday: Rosalind Russell was one of the all-time great comedic actresses. This film is a great showcase for her talent and Cary Grant wasn’t half bad either. Goofy plot but who cares. Ditto for Myrna Loy in the Thin Man series.
All About Eve: Bette Davis, George Sanders, heck even Marilyn Monroe. This movie is really perfection. Great casting, and some of the best lines ever. Hang on for the bumpy ride. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane is another doozy. Davis and Joan Crawford.
The Illusionist: This movie really stayed with me, mainly from the strong performances of Paul Giamatti and Edward Norton. That, and I’m a sucker for Houdini-style magic.
Family Plot: Greatest runaway car scene ever. Bruce Dern was hilarious. My favorite of Hitchcock’s movies, except for Rear Window, Dial M for Murder, Notorious..Oh dear….
Films I loved but will never watch again: Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, Silence of the Lambs.
Musicals I’m not ashamed to say that I love: Singing in the Rain, Gypsy, Mame (with Rosalind Russell, not Lucille Ball), Anastasia (love the music, story is whacked).
Oh, there are just too many. Oh well. As long as TCM keeps playing ’em, my list will keep growing. Funny how my favorites never seem to be anything currently playing. Hmmmm, wonder why that is…