I’ve been tagged.

So, I’ve been tagged with a meme and I feel like a f*ck’n retard because I barely know what that is. I guess a meme is like blog chain-mail, right? Anyway, Dona at the YA book blog Books Boys Buzz tagged me, and since I’m a blogaholic I’m gonna rock the hizzouse with my list of top ten fave movies. (And I’m not trying to rip off Emma’s post ;), just adding to the glory!)
Top Ten Favorite Movies is an easy-slash-impossible task for me because I’m a movie slut—I have waaay more than ten favorites. I mean, how many movies are there in the world? Yeah, a freakin’ lot. But I love Kicking and Screaming by Noah Baumbach. I probably shouldn’t admit how many times I’ve seen it. For me, this movie has the BEST dialogue ever. Practically every word out of Otis’s mouth is pure neurotic genius: “It looks like a chicken wing or a cheese fry.” (not an amazing line in and of itself, but if you watch the whole scene, you’ll be peeing yourself with laughter). The characters are all so profoundly and simplistically deep and pathetic, and they have the greatest quirks and idiosyncrasies ever. It’s like Chicken Soup for the Neurotic, What-the-hell-am-I-doing-with-my-life Soul. Soooo amazing!

Donnie Darko is usually too intense for me to watch but I love it anyway. The last time I saw it I bawled for an hour at its achingly obtuse profundity. Maybe I was PMSing. Again, it has great dialogue. Jake Gylenhaal has the greatest speech ever about The Smurfs that cracks me up EVERY time. Brilliant. And it has an awesome 80’s soundtrack. Patrick Swayze plays this hilarious motivational speaker/pedophile, and Jake Gylanhaal is in it, so… ’nuff said.

Office Space is just really funny. I love the scene when they get all G’d-up and destroy a hard drive to some Ice Cube song. And the Michael Bolton thing is hilarious. It’s indie without being obnoxious and everyone who’s ever had a job can relate to it.
Heathers can do no wrong. At different times in my life I’ve wanted to be Heathers 1, 2, & 3, and Veronica. Usually Veronica. I used to love Winona (pre psycho-clepto phase). Nude croquet, brain tumors for breakfast, cow tipping, corn nuts, drano—frickin’ DRANO! I’m not even going to bother picking a quote because I’d just start reciting the whole damn movie.

Roman Holiday, because Audrey Hepburn was just one of the most brilliant amazing pioneering fashionable elegant women in the entire universe. And it was a beautifully sad love story. And Gregory Peck was hot. And they get to ride a Vespa. Yeah.

Breakfast Club. Another movie I could practically recite from start to finish. Why can’t they make movies like this anymore?

Okay, don’t laugh, but Satisfaction used to be my favorite movie ever. One summer I think I watched it thirty times, and every time I would choose a different character and act it out in my living room (yes, I had a lot of free time). Anyway, it’s totally 80’s but it’s this awesome movie about a bunch of girls that have a band and go to the beach for a summer gig–does it get any better than that? It stars Justine Bateman (Malory from Family Ties) and Julia Roberts in one of her first movies, and a couple other random people. Don’t ask me why, but it also goes by the name “Girls of Summer” which makes it sound much trashier, but whatevs.

Bottle Rocket. The first feature by my future husband, Wes Anderson (ooops, don’t tell my actual future husband!!). It’ not as well-oiled as some of the later movies, but it’s uh-mazing nonetheless. It has an adorable cross-cultural love story, and GREAT lines. I think I’m mostly enamored with it because it was the first time I’d seen this type of genius. Wes Anderson has been perfecting it with Rushmore, Tenenbaums etc, but it was so raw and adorable in Bottle Rocket. (And Luke & Owen’s brother has the biggest role he’s had in any of Wes’s movies. Future Man rocks!!)

The Princess & The Warrior. It’s by the guy who made Run Lola Run. I think he’s brilliant. This love story makes me want to get hit by a car and need an emergency tracheotomy under a mac truck. Sigh.


When Harry Met Sally
is the quintessential “New York” movie. I can’t help watching it every time it’s on TNT (which is a lot).


Honorable Mention: RAD/Gleaming the Cube/Thrashin’. Am I the ONLY one who likes awesome 80’s sporty/daredevil movies? RAD is about a BMX biker. Keep an eye out for the bicycling prom scene—uh-mazing. Thrashin’ is definitely the lamest of the three, but I have to think of them in threes. It’s Romeo & Juliet on skateboards. Cringeworthy outfits, dialogue, and plot, but it will make you laugh, and there’s an awesome cameo by the Red Hot Chili Peppers before they were famous.Gleaming the Cube is probably better known than the other two. It’s one of Christian Slater’s early movies. (The one where he had blonde hair and looked so hot!) He’s a skateboarding delinquent trying to find out who killed his adopted Chinese brother. Quite the caper, lemme tell you.


Okay, so it’s nearly impossible to pick just ten favorite movies. It totally depends on what mood your in. Classics? Cuz Gone with the Wind is really good. As is Casablanca, Philadelphia Story, Chinatown… Musicals: Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story… Scary movies: Silence of the Lambs, Dead Again, Don’t Look Now, The Shining… Comedy: Little Miss Sunshine, Big Lebowski, Harold & Maude… And I LOVE film noir movies: Laura, Double Indemnity, Maltese Falcon… All those amazing clothes and the lighting. So sexy.
Okay, I have to stop, I’m going into movie-overdrive!!! Ooh, maybe I should go to the video store. What amazing Top Ten movies did I miss? It’s time to share.

PS-I just saw Blades of Glory, and I think I MIGHT have to add that to my top ten favorite movies because it was so goddamn hilarious. My throat hurt when I left the theater from laughing so hard. As with most Will Farrell comedies there were the “necessary plot device” scenes, but all the characters were so GOOD—especially Amy Poehler and Will Arnett! There were so many good lines, but I’ll leave you with this one:
“I just wanna cut off your skin and wear it to my birthday.”

About alexgirl

I'm a YA novelist livin' in fabulous Brooklyn with my husband and our two kitties. I love film making, photography, music, chocolate, sushi, friends, cardio, TV, and a bunch of other crap I can't think of. One published novel, Back Talk, available at Amazon. (and another one in progress!)
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9 Responses to I’ve been tagged.

  1. molly g. says:

    ohh my gosh.. i feel very lost in here… but all the movies that u mention are amazing.. specially the breakfast club.. i love it.. amazing..
    cya,
    +molly g.+

    p.s: i’m visiting that blog u linked.

  2. Wow. Go to my blog Alex. We’re totally on the same wavelength with the whole “Cut off your skin…” thing. I love you more now.

  3. Alexa says:

    Wow, you make me feel really young when you post about all those older movies. Not saying you’re old by any means, just…well, I was hardly alive for some of them!

    Actually…I’ve only remotely heard of 4 of them. Oh well.

    PS- I opt out of future tagging. XP

  4. emma says:

    ohmygod, alex richards, why are you amazing?
    every.single.one.of.those.movies.kicks.monkey.balls.

    in response to alexa’s comment, i am pretty young but have seen all those movies. but that could just mean that i have FAR too much time on my hands.

  5. Crazy Eddie says:

    The Breakfast Club is classic. I remember being all of 10 when I first saw the movie (in the theater) and left feeling like I’ve just grown a slew of new pubic hair. When Harry Met Sally… now that one I couldn’t really appreciate until I got a bit older (boys mature a bit slower than girls… lol) and ended up falling for their silly yet multi-layered relationship…

    Love your list.

    Besos

  6. Jody says:

    Fab-o list. I love them all!

  7. crystaljade says:

    awesome picks. the breakfast club is one of my favorite movies of all time too… i just love the ending, when the jock and the weirdo end up together–sighs… donnie darko sounds interesting, i’ll check that out soon

  8. shari says:

    You and I share many of the same faves!!! 🙂
    I haven’t seen the fisrt one…Ima have to get it. 🙂

  9. alex says:

    oh my sweet yams.

    office space is……………. so………………… AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    for anyone who hasn’t seen it, well, see it cause it’s radically awesome.

    heathers and breakfast club: equally awesome. im just not freaking out as much because hardly anyone i know has seen office space.

    blades of glory: slightly less awesome, but still radical. 😀

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