What we consider our favorite things says so much about us. While some books, songs, or films may remain lifelong favorites, our tastes may change, and what we once loved might not touch us in the same way.
I wanted to track what I consider my top favorite films for this reason. Some choices were immediate and easy, and others took more consideration. There are movies I love and consider important to how I’ve grown, but if I could only watch ten films for the rest of my life, which ones would pass that test of watchability? Going by this test, some surprises snuck into this exclusive group, but life can’t be all comedy or drama or camp or fantasy. We need silly, inexplicable stories just as much as we need the serious ones.
So these movies are the ones that never fail to delight me, the stories that inspire me and comfort me at this time in life.
Movies are the memories of our lifetime. We need to keep them alive.
~ Martin Scorsese
1) Any moment Hugh Bonneville has in Notting Hill, from his brief, drunken rendition of “Blue Moon” to him giddily searching for Anna while wearing a rugby shirt.
2) The background music in the 1985 Anne of Green Gables mini-series, my absolute favorite book-to-movie adaptation, and its whimsically sad but hopeful tones.
3) Lilly chasing down Michael and Mia in The Princess Diaries, undoubtedly clunking along in the private school curse of penny loafers and screaming, “Not you, I don’t even know you!” to other students.
4) Seeing the two old men that my sisters and I always said resembled our grandfathers during “The Soldiers of the Old Home Guard” in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
5) The booming opening beat of “Tradition” that plays just as Tevye rides his cart off-camera in Fiddler on the Roof and the quick shots of Jewish symbols that follow.
I think TV shows become a tad bit more likeable when it is clear that cast members are close. We’ve all heard about Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox’s friendship blossoming on the set of Friends, the lifelong bond between Candace Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber shining through on social media, and Zach Braff lending out his backyard for Donald Faison’s wedding. Gilmore Girls’ Kelly Bishop visited her TV spouse Edward Herrmann just before his death to say goodbye. My millennial heart soared when photos of the Sprouse twins reuniting with Ashley Tisdale and Phill Lewis appeared.