I’m stoked for Oscar night and not just for the red carpet lewks. Four of the nominees for best leading & supporting actress are women over 50… yo! 👏
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Anyhoo… Michelle, Jamie Lee, Angela, and Cate got me thinking about other actresses and movies I love (most are from the 80s, btw) like Aliens — because Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is a total badass and has got one of THE BEST movie lines of all time… I’ll NEVER get tired of watching Aliens.
Well, clearly The Princess Bride :) and Back to the Future and Dirty Dancing are up there too (“I carried a watermelon.”)
My young self also has a lot of love for The American President: I still know Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue by heart, and Annette Bening is just a glowing powerhouse, and so funny.
Yes clearly The Princess Bride, I second Yael. « as you wish »
I would also add the and Raiders of the Lost Ark and anything with Harrison Ford really. And as a child I watched the Sound of Music every time when it came on tv.
Definitely The Breakfast Club. It was filmed in my hometown in a high school that recently closed but was open to the public for swimming. We went there a lot because it was cheaper than the YMCA and less crowded. I was only like 9 then, but still, at the age when I started becoming fascinated with teen culture. And a huge part of teen culture was the “type” of teen that you were. Which cafeteria table you sat at. The music you listened to.
The movie also taps into the class divisions which seemed to widen in the 80s. I ended up being a rebellious teenager, but felt more like I was accepting my chaotic home circumstances, more than actually rebelling. I think that was true in general for a lot of the burnout kids. During high school, I spent a lot of my Saturday mornings in detention. My kids (oldest is almost 23) don’t even know what detention is, much less a “Saturday” as they were called. The movie's also helpful for showing them kind of what it was like.
Pulp Fiction. The Color Purple. The Shawshank Redemption. ALSO I just showed my 9-year-old son the movie CLUE and he loved it, and I loved that he loved it.
Victor/Victoria - I love that movie so much! Also, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Ok, don't laugh but Bedazzled. The remake with Brendan Fraser. I've seen it a dozen times and own the DVD 😂. It's such an underrated comedy classic. Brandan Fraser plays a variety of dope-y characters (he's given wishes by Elizabeth Hurley playing The Devil and they never go as planned - aka "I want to be rich and powerful" turns him into a drug lord) and he's hilarious. The ensemble cast including Orlando Jones, Miriam Shor and others is top notch. Just good dumb fun.
The Sound Of Music. A defining movie (and soundtrack!) from my childhood and you can still catch me singing something from it at any point in a day. I drop everything and watch when I see it come up in a queue/on YouTube TV. Think hard about the story before you make fun of me! 😆 Continuing, Apocalypse Now still fascinates me, directors cut of course (admit I am a fan of war movies). Alien, Star Wars (all of them) & Close Encounters round out the goose bumps list.
Mildred Pierce and Claudine
Wasn’t it awful? 😱
Some Kind of Wonderful, love that movie. I remember I bought the cassette tape (!) of the soundtrack and would turn it up to 10.
I watch An Affair to Remember and Born Yesterday every time I visit my mom. Those old Hollywood stars are fantastic- never gets old
Valley Girl. Pretty Woman. Sense and Sensibility. Bull Durham. Sixteen Candles. Moonstruck.
80s teen films + 13 Going On 30
Return To Me!! It’s a lesser known romantic comedy that has held up on every rewatch. It has Minnie Driver and David Duchovny and Bonnie Hunt (who directed it!). Also has Robert Loggia & Carroll O’Connor & David Alan Grier. It is very sweet and very charming and very funny and gentle. Really deserves more fans.
Back here to add Crazy Rich Asians because every single time I flip past it on a channel I have to stop and watch. Just such a perfect fun, beautiful film.
French Kiss is wonderful. I turned 50 in the fall of 2020 and we had an outdoor movie night with friends to celebrate. I still knew all the dialogue.
Clueless is awesome too.
Leaving Normal is also one of my favorites.