I don’t know how many times I can talk about ten of my favorite movies on this blog.

But Geof has asked me to do it once again.

The rules are as follows:

1. List your top ten favorite films in no particular order.
2. If you’re tagged, post your list and tag 3-5 other people.
3. Link back to the person who tagged you.
4. Give a hat tip (HT) to Dan.

Dan, may I just say, you are looking particularly lovely today. Whoever you are.

After some discussion, Mike and I determined that our definition of our favorite movies includes movies that we would be especially excited about showing our kids because they represent something about who we are. For example, I look forward to showing our kids The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride, but The Princess Bride shaped me in ways that The Wizard of Oz didn’t, so it goes on the list. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

Also, Mike and I have a constant debate on whether the Pride and Prejudice miniseries can be included on lists like these. I say yes, and he says, “No, it’s not cinema. It’s a miniseries.” (He really does say that. Cinema.) I have not included it on this list, but it’s there in spirit. Michael.

About a Boy. This movie means something to me because of what it says about relationships and people in our lives. The first time I saw it, the conversation at the end deeply affected me, when Will says that if other people can make you happy, they can also make you unhappy. I remember thinking, “Yes, that is it exactly!” And then sweet Marcus does exactly what I would never do and goes out on the stage anyway, because he knows that the secret of life is that you need backup. You need those people around you who will make sacrifices for you when you need them to. I am not good at putting myself out there, and that is a lesson I need to learn just as much as Will did.

Millions. I do not know a better movie about faith and belief and making a difference in the world.

-The (original) Star Wars Trilogy. Mike said this would not be on his list. Which made me feel like such a nerd. But I watched The Return of the Jedi over and over and over (we taped it off TV) and I read the novels and there’s just something about this story that I find so amazing. It still makes me feel like a kid to watch it. These days I can’t really watch Star Wars: A New Hope because it’s so exposition-heavy, but I don’t get tired of Empire or Jedi. For the record, since we talked about showing movies to our kids . . . our kids will watch them in this order: 4, 5, 6, Last 30 minutes of 3. We will just be pretending 1 and 2 don’t exist.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I know, everyone has this on their list. But I think about how I felt when I saw them, and I know they make the cut. The waiting in line, the first time I saw the Shire, the way it cemented my eternal love of Theoden. One of my favorite books, and while I disagree with some of Peter Jackson’s choices, his love of the material comes through, and that is enough for me.

The Princess Bride. I feel like this movie shaped an entire generation’s sense of humor. It certainly helped shape mine. The first time I saw it, at a church lock-in, I thought, “That was strange.” But I wanted to see it again. The book is wonderful and hilarious, but this movie is something special, just the right combination of humor and sincerity.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I chose not to do the whole (original) trilogy because this is my favorite, the one I have seen the most, and the one that I would be most excited about watching as a family. The Indiana Jones mythology, the father and son relationship, and the awesomeness of the tasks at the end. I love it all.

Dave. This was a huge movie in my family. The scene where Dave balances the budget taps into those feelings I have deep, deep down that nice people really can change the world. Since I’m so cynical about politics and people, it’s good for me to watch an unabashedly inspirational movie like this from time to time. Also, it’s hilarious. The ending drives Mike crazy because he finds it completely unbelievable (sure, the rest of the movie is totally something that could happen?) but my unabashedly inspirational self just can’t resist it.

Sabrina. There’s, uh, a lot of Harrison Ford on this list, have you noticed? I’m not sure this movie is particularly good, but it is my go-to movie when I can’t sleep. It comforts me. We watched it a few weeks ago and I was fascinated by Linus . . . is everything he says to Sabrina a lie? When does it become the truth? Is there a moment when things change even though he doesn’t realize it? I haven’t decided yet.

You’ve Got Mail. This is a movie that was just okay when it came out, but now I totally fall for Kathleen Kelly and the way that she must now define who she is as a woman without her mother’s store. I cry a lot more than I used to. Especially when the store closes. “We have loved being part of your lives.” I love the way that this is, in part, a movie about the way that books move us.

I hesitated quite a bit over what the last movie would be. Notting Hill? No, it doesn’t move me quite like some of the others. Little Miss Sunshine? Love it, but something kept me from including it. The Whale Rider? That’s a movie with a powerful message, but I don’t think it would be in my top ten.

And so . . . the tenth film for inclusion is . . .

Pieces of April. I used to think the ending was abrupt, but when I watched it last Thanksgiving, I realized that it was the way that the family will remember holidays from now on: in bits and pieces. That’s how I remember my dad’s last Christmas, in snapshots. I don’t feel like an outcast in my own family, but I need to hear the message about what family means, to be reminded that we have to take advantage of that while we can. I cry watching this one now, which shouldn’t be a surprise. But it’s a good sort of cry.

My three people to tag are Mike (I will post his answers here), Melissa, and Bethany.

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