Good day people! I felt I needed to write something as I haven’t written in a while. So to tide you over until my next big post, I figured I would get the ball rolling with a Top 5 list.  First off, I love movies. LOVE them. Movie marathons are some of my favorite things to enjoy on weekends. Especially when its super hot or epic cold outside.  Now, I rate movies that move me on here, but today, I just want to share my All-Time Go-To’s. There are so many that have impacted me, but these 5 are the ones that I go to on a regular basis if I need cheering up or motivation.  These are in no particular order as I love them all and the degree of love varies on the mood I am in.  So let’s get started.

  1.  The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

 

Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Meryl Streep…Need I say more? Oh, ok, I will.  An ambitious and somewhat naive college graduate gets hired by a very demanding boss at a fashion magazine.  In no way does she fit in personality-wise or fashion-wise. Definitely the odd man out.  This is a story about survival, rising to the challenge, finding yourself, and blowing everyone’s mind with awesomeness.  This movie is packed full of sarcasm, excellent one-liners, great fashion, and epic acting.  I would watch this movie everyday, but there are so many other new one’s to discover!

2. Amélie (2001)

 

I love foreign films.  This one is in French. Yes, it has subtitles, but you don’t notice them after a bit.  Audrey Tautou plays Amelie, who is a quiet, loner-type girl, that enjoys the simple things in life. She discovers a hidden treasure in her apartment that inspires her to start doing good things for other people, hoping to bring them some happiness. Along this path, touches many lives, while finding her own happiness as well.  When you watch it, you will see where Travelocity got it’s inspiration for the traveling gnome in its ads.  After watching this movie, I have no doubt that you will be inspired and filled with happiness as well.

3.  Shakespeare In Love (1998)

I know, I know. What’s with the sap, Danna? Let me tell you what. This movie. Not a huge Shakespeare fan, but I love this movie. In school, you learn that Shakespeare was married to a woman who lived in another town, yet he was also a homosexual. This movie puts a fun little twist. You learn that yes, he is married, but people may have pegged him as homosexual as his love was a woman who dressed as a boy so she could act in his play. It was against the law in that time for actors to be women, so this of course is a huge taboo when it comes out. The cast is amazing.  Hello, we have Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, and Gwyneth Paltrow plays the lovely Viola. I get teary eyed thinking about how beautifully it all ends.

4.  Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Based upon Jane Austen’s classic novel, this movie is filled with epic vistas, snobbery, elitist attitudes, and the lost art of Chivalry. Many of men now days are either too lazy, don’t care, or are with women who don’t value it. I am not saying EVERY MAN, so if you are one of the few who still value it, I hope you are being cherished by a woman who appreciates it. Pride and Prejudice allows me to dive into a classic film with the wonderful Mr. Darcy and for 2 hours and 5 minutes I can pretend that I am the one that bewitched him. This film has a spectacular cast and leaves me happy, but sad that it’s over. So, I have to watch it over and over again.

5.  The Full Monte (1997)

If you haven’t seen this movie,  you need to stop what you are doing, and watch it now. Right Now. I have to admit that when it first came out, it didn’t sound all that enticing. But one hot summer day, this flick popped across my HBO, and I happened to be taking a study break from some college class. And my life has never been the same.  This is a story about 5 laid-off factory workers, who are desperate to find jobs, but the market is terrible.  One night they happen upon a club and see that there are hundreds of women lined up and throwing money at some dancers on stage.  They get the bright idea that if they could do it for 1 night only, they could make enough money that they could breathe easy for a bit. The problem is that they are a far cry from what a “typical” male stripper would look like. This movie is packed full of great lines, hilarious British humor, a couple of tears, and some familiar faces! This is a movie I watch when I need a bit of cheering up.

 

I know that most of these films are pretty “old” but they are my classics. I have many more favorite movies, but that’s for a different time, and different genres.  If you have seen any of these, let me know! Which ones do you love?

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