ten things tuesday

Ten lesser-known movies that are fun to watch:

1)  Fandango.  A college fraternity road trip movie. I watched this a lot when the movie first came out. I always wished I had some college friends to go on an epic adventure like that.

2)  City of Angels.  This is my favorite movie because it's one of the few romantic movies I can think of that doesn't end happily ever after in the traditional sense. And it has a great soundtrack.

3)  Running Scared.  It's a classic family favorite. We watched this movie so many times and repeated the funny lines over and over and over. I think it was overlooked because the buddy cop movie had been done so many times in the mid-80s, with Beverly Hills Cop and Lethal Weapon. But I love both Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines, may he rest in peace.

4)  The Fisher King.  It is a redemption story that is compelling and wonderfully acted. Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams are fantastic.

5)  Reign Over MeA man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.

6)  Beautiful Girls.  It's a cult hit that really stuck with me. Natalie Portman is so sweet. Friends gather for their high school reunion; they are all at a crossroads in their lives. An underrated film.

7)  Office Space.  One of the movies that I always stop to watch when I catch it on. Anyone who's ever done battle with a photocopier can relate to this movie.

8)  The Family Stone.  Dynamics of a family holiday meal. Oh boy. Every family's comedy/drama.

9) A Fish Called Wanda.   is a heist comedy about a gang of diamond thieves who double-cross each other in a series of increasingly hilarious and chaotic events. Oh, great googley moogley but I laughed at the torture scene. This movie reminds me of such a specific time in my life--the friends, the atmosphere--all of it.

10) Say Anything.  Lloyd Dobbler and Diane Court are exploring a relationship at the end of their senior year of high school. Can their relationship work?

1 comment:

The Gal Herself said...

#3 -- The final action sequence takes place at The Thompson Center, aka The State of Illinois Building. I LOVE that old girl. She's fallen into disrepair and is closed now for renovation -- Google bought her from the State and says they are committed to restoration, but we'll see. So I'm grateful Running Scared preserved how she looks in my mind's eye.