A few of my favourite things: #1 – Film

I’m always intrigued when someone can name their most favourite ever of a particular thing, whether it’s a song, book, film, place, restaurant, drink, fruit, meal or whatever.

With anything I’m interested in, I have trouble naming my top five or ten. I never put my two bob’s worth into the Triplej Hottest 100 for that reason. I also suspect that in many cases, a “favourite thing ever” is something someone likes a lot that they happen to be talking about or are exposed to at a point in time. Part of the trend in everyday language to make things generally seem as fabulous as possible. Like sports games which are now all important, rather than just regular important. But I digress…

Anyway, in the spirit of reviewing stuff, I thought I’d have a go at a series of entries naming my short list, and my favourite ever, of a few of my favourite things.

So for this first one in the series, I’m starting with just about my favourite things, films. If that is not enough of a challenge, I’m going to top it off with a twitter style review of my winner. Wish me luck!

Some of my favourite films

Classics – It’s a Wonderful Life, Casablanca, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Arsenic and Old Lace, High Noon.
Comedy: just about any Marx Brothers film, High Fidelity, Local Hero, early Jim Carrey (e.g. Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura 1 & 2), most Mike Myers stuff, the American “push the boundaries” school (Judd Apatow style), starting with Anchorman through the 40 Year Old Virgin to The Hangover etc, the jerky and quirky like Dodgeball or Zoolander, Kevin Smith’s work from Clerks, through Dogma to Clerks 2. Well, for a start anyway….
Drama: Runaway Jury, Life is Beautiful, Sophie’s Choice, Good Night and Good Luck, The Descendants, Field of Dreams
Hollywood style: Philadelphia Story, the later Oceans Eleven etc, early Tarintino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), The Whole Nine Yards, It Happened One Night
Sci-fi/fantasy: well, yes, Star Wars (4-6) and Lord of the Rings
Musicals: High Society, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mary Poppins.
(Update: I forgot the Coen brothers! They get their own category.)

See what I mean? I’m hopeless at doing this. Even my shortlists are long, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten heaps of crackers. And my list cheats by naming groups and types of films. But I’ve surprised myself, as I can get down to…

My all time favourite:

My winner is Casablanca

My Twitter review:

Classic stars, performances & dialogue create lots of the great moments of film. I watch it whenever it’s on. It is a beautiful friendship.

My challenge to you, my reader

Maybe this format might catch on, so if anyone else wants to offer their favourite and their 140 characters, please knock yourselves out. Not interested in arguments about why one choice is better than another – we are all entitled to our opinions. Just have a go at baring your soul too, by boiling something you love generally, down to one favourite.

I found it both enticing and liberating!


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  1. Damian Brown says:

    Greg, I reckon that our view of a particular movie is a little bit like songs i.e. influenced by what is happening in your life first time you see it. I think M.P.A.T.H.Grail fits that category. I like your list but need to add Butch Cassidy somewhere in there. However I have to say that I am forever mesmerised by The Godfather I,II and III- any of them or preferably all one after the other. No matter how many times I have seen them.

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