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Apr 13 2009

You have got to see this!

by Amanda L

How often have you seen a movie and just died to share it with someone? Has a particular movie made such an impact on your life that you have seen it like a million times?  For me, two of my favorite movies of all time (that the Library owns) are My Cousin Vinny and the Sound of Music. Anyone watching these movies with me has to endure my reciting the lines verbatim. The Sound of Music made such an impact on my sister and me that we recreated the movie over and over after seeing it on the big screen.


Have you ever wondered what some of the stars’ favorite movies are? I found an interesting book in our collection called,  You gotta to see this: more than 100 of Hollywood’s best reveal and discuss their favorite movies. There are several movies mentioned at least two times by the stars. These were On the Waterfront, Claudine, Casablanca , Terms of Endearment and Taxi Driver.

It was interesting to me to read what each star stated as their favorite movie and try to figure out the reason why. Sometimes, at least according to me, it depended on the star’s age. If it was a director who was giving his/her’s favorite picks, it aligned with the Oscar picks.  Some of the more interesting films picked were: Purple Rain, Anchorman, Bad News Bears, Sugar Cane Alley, Blues Brothers, Say Anything and The Bad Sleep Well.

What is your favorite film and why? If you have read or skimmed this book, what did you find interesting about the stars’ picks? Just like our favorite books, I believe that our situation at a particular time and our experiences influence our favorites. What about you?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

The Book Shopper April 14, 2009 at 6:57 AM

If you like Cousin Vinny, listen to the DVD commentary by Director Jonathan Lynn. Not only does he talk about how the film was actually made here in Georgia, but that the movie is more about social class than anything else. Vinny and Mona Lisa come from working blue collar backgrounds, but the judge and the D.A. have more aristocratic heritage. Also, the movie has no villain — that we actually see anyway.

Amanda L April 14, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Thanks Book Shopper. I have something to look forward to this weekend!

Veronica W. April 25, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Favorites? How much time do you have? Ok, a few. Shirley Valentine (wonderful opening song too); Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson version); All the Bournes; The Preacher’s Wife (Denzel); Ghost; The Old Settler and most recently, Taken. I’ll give you the rest later.

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