Monday, October 31, 2011
Second Hand Heart by Cathrine Ryan Hyde - Top Ten Movies
1)Harold and Maude. I was literally a young adult myself when this movie came out. I loved it then and I love it now. I’ve seen it as recently as a couple of years ago. I’m guessing I’ve seen it maybe ten times. Funny and irreverent and full of very sick black humor. But ultimately upbeat. And the Cat Stevens music is unforgettable.
2) The Graduate. My generation’s movie version of Catcher in the Rye. Defined coming of age for a lot of troubled youth such as myself.
3) Being There. A Peter Sellers movie with a great deal to say about how we judge and make assumptions about each other. Funny but important.
4) The Fisher King. A movie that plays out like a very quirky, character-driven novel I wished I’d written. Good mix of comedy and drama with depth. Says a lot about the enormous price we sometimes pay for actions that seemed like nothing at the time.
5) Homer and Eddie. Whoopie Goldberg and James Belushi. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why this one did so little business. Then I went to rent it again at the video store (this was quite a while ago) and found it shelved in comedy. And that explained a lot. People see the faces of those two actors, and think comedy. But it’s touching, surrealistic (at times) and tragic. I guess the public wasn’t ready. But I was.
6) Six Degrees of Separation. In my mind, quite possibly the perfect film. I’d have put it first, except I’m going in (more or less) chronological order. What can I say about this one? Savvy and brilliant.
7) Sling Blade. A classic. This one has everything. At least, everything that keeps my eyes glued to the screen.
8) Everything is Illuminated. I hope I don’t offend Jonathan Safran Foer by saying this (because, right, he really listens when I talk) but this is one of my rare examples of a movie at least as good as its book. It seemed to take just what I enjoyed most in the book and make it shine. I loved how it started out as off-the-wall comedy and blossomed into something very meaningful. (How can you not love a film with a deranged dog named Sammy Davis Jr., Jr., who’s the “seeing eye bitch” for the blind driver? I mean, what’s not to love?)
9) Stranger Than Fiction. As a fiction writer, I just have to love a movie like Stranger Than Fiction. I really enjoy watching Will Ferrell realize his life is being narrated. And that the author is leading up to his death. I own this one (a student gave me a copy a few years ago) and I have enjoyed it multiple times.
10) Little Miss Sunshine. Yup. What can I say? Just see it, if you haven’t already.