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Favourite things part IV: What’s your favourite movie?

moviesIt’s Friday again already. With the kids back at school and extra curricular activities up and running again, the days have just whizzed past in a blur. And after my last post which got a little deep, (haven’t replied to comments yet but I will, still processing), I am in need of a little fluff. Everyone needs a little light hearted relief now and then don’t they?

So today I’m revamping my old “A few of my favourite things” series. You can read parts one, two and three too if you like!

Here we go:

A few of my favourite things part IV: Favourite Movies

This is a really tough one, not because I’m not a movie buff, I totally am. I love everything about movies and tend to analyse the sets, costumes, cinematography, direction as well as the acting. And of course I love getting totally wrapped up in a story line, just like a good book. The reason it is so tough is because I have so many! And so many different ones too. Here they are, in no particular order. (As there is no way I could choose)


greaseYep I’m a Grease girl. I love everything about this movie, even though the whole premise of the movie is just wrong. I mean changing who you are to get a guy? But I guess in the end they both realised it didn’t matter who they were, they were in love. The only thing I hate about this movie is when the car drives off into the sky at the end. And my favourite song? ‘We go together‘ of course.

Dirty Dancing


I was 11 when I first saw Dirty Dancing with my cousins on the summer holidays. I had no idea what it was all about but I loved it. And Mr. Swayze of course, who I appreciate so much more these days in those shirtless scenes. I just loved the music. These days you will be happy to hear I do know what’s going on in the movie and in fact, I still have the soundtrack, on cassette mind you! And I recently bought it on iTunes. I love, love, love this movie.

The Outsiders


In Year 8 we studied the text by S.E. Hinton and I read it in one sitting. And then we got to see the movie and I fell in love with it even more. There is something so sad, yet so beautifully touching about this story. And as I posted on FB yesterday, isn’t it the greatest cast ever assembled? I mean, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Tom Cruise all in one place?

The Breakfast Club

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Loved it back then in the 80’s and still love it today. The thing about The Breakfast Club is that everyone can relate to it in some way or another. Everyone has been one of those characters just trying to wade through high school and get out unscathed. It’s a movie that will be a classic for every generation.



I remember seeing this when it first came out and I was totally taken by the concept. If you haven’t seen it (firstly you must), it is about four medical students who take it in turns to ‘flatline’ each other and then bring back what they experienced in those few seconds of ‘dying’ before being resuscitated. It gets a little twisted, and creepy but the acting is fantastic, especially Oliver Platt.

Top Gun

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As a kid who grew up in the 80’s I couldn’t not have Top Gun in my list. Back when Tom Cruise was HOT and not weird, and back when soundtracks were bloody awesome, it has it all. Action, romance, friction and great music.

Bridges of Madison County


This one has a special spot in my heart as it was the first movie my husband and I saw together. Starring my two favourite actors Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, it is a story of true love and personal sacrifice. It is slow, but touching and it isn’t for everyone, but it is our favourite movie. Bring the tissues, you will cry. And cry. And cry. (Or maybe that’s just me)

Love Actually

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Definitely a movie I can watch over and over again. Who doesn’t love a good Rom Com? And this one is the best. So many storylines intertwined with perfection, it is warm, funny and moving. And what an amazing cast!  I could watch it every week. And I have such a girl crush on Keira Knightly.

Notting Hill


Another Rom Com, and who does this genre better than Hugh Grant? Yes, he might play the same goofy, sometimes arrogant character in many of them, but he’s just divine. And who could forget the line “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” Oh……



Did I mention I grew up in the 80’s? Oh my God! I love this movie so much I want to squeeze it tight and never let it go. Kevin Bacon. Great music. Fabulous storyline. It’s so 80’s, so daggy now, but just the best.

Dead Poets Society

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I’ve written before about this movie and it’s profound effect on me . I love everything about this movie so much so that it brings a lump to my throat every time I think about it. I want to be there. I want to embrace every character and shout with them ‘Carpe Diem!’ And I want to bow down to Mr. Keating in respect and honour. I would go close to saying, almost, that this IS my very favourite. Almost.

Other honourable mentions:

All of the Die Hard movies, Rain Man, Good Will Hunting, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Monty Python’s Holy Grail, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, Batman, The Dark Knight, Galdiator, The Grinch, Back to the Future, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Wizard of Oz, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal.

See I told you I told you it was hard to narrow down!

Tell me, what’s your favourite movie/s?