The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is hosted by Long and Short Reviews. This week’s topic is: Favorite movies of all time and why.
Okay, warning: this might get long.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Facotry: I’ve loved this movie since I was really young. It was a huge part of my childhood and always made me happy. Still does. Had the pleasure of watching it with my seventeen-year-old daughter last year and she was more interested in watching me than the movie.
Tombstone: As you’ll see going down this list, I love Val Kilmer. He was the main draw for this movie, but in the end, the entire cast was amazing. My stepfather rented it on VHS one weekend when I was in high school and I think I watched it three times that weekend. Yeah, obsess much, Amy? Anyway, I love this movie so much that I made a trip to Tombstone, AZ with my long-time BFF about ten years ago.
The Princess Bride: My mom stumbled across this movie one afternoon, she found it on some cable station and every time I saw her watching it, it was always at the end – where Westley, Inigo, and Fezzik are standing outside the castle, talking to Buttercup. It’s actually my mom’s favorite part of the movie, she loves Buttercup’s fall after she jumps out of the castle window. “Hello, lady,” was something said in our house often because of that. I think a good part of my attachment to this movie is because of her, but honestly, it’s an amazing movie no matter what my attachments.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: And let the Val Kilmer obsession continue. Hahaha. But seriously, my BFF (as mentioned above in the Tombstone bit) told me I had to watch this movie. Yeah, I cannot tell you how happy I am that I took her advice. Robert Downey Jr. is hilarious and Val Kilmer as a gay private eye is the best thing ever. Never mind the fact that they freaking make out at one point in the movie.
The Magnificent 7: A friend, different from the above, wanted me to see this movie so badly that she bought the DVD for me and had it shipped because she was tired of me waiting for it to become available at the library. I love a good western, but this goes above and beyond. It has all the action, drama, and humor of Tombstone, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.
Thunderheart: Um… more Val Kilmer anyone? This movie I can blame on my husband. He was watching it on television one night and I got hooked. I actually still have a VHS copy in my bedroom closet.
The Woman in Black: I don’t even know how I found this movie initially because the version I fell in love with was the one from the 80’s, long before Daniel Radcliffe starred in the remake. And as much as I love DanRad, the original is so much creepier. And the original ending? CHILLING. I need to see if I can find the original on DVD somewhere because I think my nineteen-year-old would appreciate it. She enjoyed the remake, so I’m sure she’d like the original, despite its lack of special effects.
Real Genius: This and Top Secret! are my two favorite Val Kilmer movies. They’re his first two movies, I believe, and they’re so freaking goofy that you can’t help but laugh and laugh, even when you don’t want to. Real Genius is the reason why I love Val so much, but every movie he just gets better.
Inception: I’ve only watched this movie twice, but it really is the most bizarre and yet engrossing movie I’ve seen in a long time. I need to watch it again, soon. This movie also started my love affair with Cillian Murphy, but that’s a whole other mess.
(Side note: there’s a joke that the Supernatural fandom has a gif for everything and… while searching Tumblr to find gifs for this post, I was astounded that pretty much every movie I searched for, there were Supernatural gifs in the mix. Color me amused.)