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Rose’s top 10 favorite movies (and why)

27 Oct

Well, since you now know my favorite actors and actresses, it only makes sense to now tell you my favorite movies and the reasoning behind it.  Here we go…

10. The Gods Must Be Crazy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080801/) A Norwegian film. Truly ingenious. The plot is very simple. A tribesman finds a Coke bottle and takes it back to his village where it is put to many uses. However, there is only one bottle to go around and it causes jealousy, envy, anger, hatred, and, even violence in the village. This movie is funny, it’s deep, and, it is a “must see” movie.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

9. The Devil Wears Prada (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458352/) Now hold your boos and hisses, yes, I know this is a VERY commercial film, and, I probably do have it on the list because it is such a great insight to the fashion world. Without naming names this movie is based on a real life “Miranda Priestly“. This film is not for everyone, and, there is a lot of inside industry humor, but, that’s why it’s on my list.

The Devil Wears Prada

8. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054698/) This is the movie most associated with Audrey Hepburn. Based on the Truman Capote novel, the story centers around Holly Golightly and cafe society. Holly has her fun by coaxing dollars from rich, older gentlemen, but, in the end doesn’t realize what she has until she throws it away. (I particularly like the symbolism of the cat in the movie.)

Breakfast at Tiffany's

7. Roman Holiday (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046250/) A fantastic cast including Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert and Gregory Peck. It’s the story of a Princess who decides to take a break from it all (think “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off“). It’s just a fun light-hearted movie that won Audrey Hepburn an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Roman Holiday

6. Schindler’s List (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108052/) A heart wrenching movie that is extremely compelling. The basic plot is about a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. It is a movie everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

Schindler's List

5. Pride & Prejudice 2005 version (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414387/) The movie is based upon Jane Austen novel of the same name. The story centers around the Bennett family and in particular Jane and Elizabeth Bennett and their trials and tribulations of finding love. A true chick flick, but, one I love as much as I love the book.

Pride and Prejudice

4. Amadeus (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086879/) The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as told by Antonio Salieri (an Italian classical composer, conductor and teacher). There is a reason this movie won 8 Academy Awards. Just watch it and see for yourself.

Amadeus

3. Hotel Rwanda (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395169/) The incredible true story about a a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. By the end of 1994 more than a million people died in the genocide. It’s an unbelievable story.

Hotel Rwanda

2. Goodfellas (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099685/) This mob-hit (pun intended) is not only based on a true life story, but, the acting, directing and every other aspect of this film is top notch. Every time you watch, you can see something new. A very worthwhile film that can be watched over and over again.

Goodfellas

1. La Dolce Vita (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053779/) Yep the Federico Fellini classic wins my vote for best film. It’s gritty. It’s real. And, it makes you ponder your own life and choices.

La Dolce Vita

And so many more could be added to this list, but, this is my personal top 10 favorite movie list.  I suggest all of them to nearly anyone, but, especially lovers of good film!

Happy Hump Day!

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Rose’s favorite actors and actresses and why

26 Oct

I have  a few moments to kill while I’m waiting to start work, and, what better place to express myself than my blog.  I made a new friend online, and, we’re having some rather interesting conversations.  Today I was posed “who are my favorite actors” and so here is my top 6 (three women and three men):

1. Audrey Hepburn. Yes, she is true old school, but, what made her great was charm and ability to really take on the character in a roll. She also carefully selected her roles, and, instead of actors of today who go for quantity, she went for quality. You’d be amazed how many people under 30 don’t even know who she is – and if I mention “Rome Holiday” or “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as some of my favorite films, I often get confused looks as though I’m speaking Chinese and it’s almost always followed by the question “Who is Audrey Hepburn?” Followed by blank stares because (as already stated) most under 30 just don’t know her.

Is there any movie that says Audrey Hepburn more than "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - well maybe "Roman Holiday".

2. Cher. Surprised? Don’t be – there is a reason she won an Oscar for “Moonstruck”, she is an outstanding actress. Cher has the ability to change and morph with the times. Again, she is an actress that selects her roles carefully. One of her best movies (beyond “Moonstruck”) was in a film that received very little attention – “Tea with Mussolini“. Not only was it an outstanding cast, Cher once again showed her range as an actress.

Cher in character as "Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan" in the wonderful (highly under rated) film "Tea with Mussolini"

3. Vanessa Williams. True, she may not be the best actress nor the prettiest woman out there, but, she is good. What I like about Vanessa Williams is her ability to take something bad and turn the situation around into a positive. How many other people could have been a disqualified Miss America, and, manage to overcome her negative public image and develop a singing and acting career that has now withstood the test of time. Pretty impressive in my book.

How many other people could have been a disqualified Miss America, and, manage to overcome her negative public image and develop a singing and acting career that has now withstood the test of time. That's why Vanessa Williams is pretty impressive in my book.

4. Gene Hackman. Perhaps one of Hollywood’s best, but, under rated actors. Think about his range of rolls from “The Birdcage” to “The French Connection” – the man has range! He can do it all from drama to comedy.

From "The Birdcage" to "The French Connection" - Gene Hackman has range! He can do it all from drama to comedy.

5. Keanu Reeves. Surprised? Yes, you probably are, but, there is a reason he has been acting so long. He’s good and he’s more than just the dude from “The Matrix” series. From silly (nearly moronic) movies such as “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” to a nearly unknown film called “A Walk in the Clouds” – he also demonstrates range. Sure he’s commercial, but, he also can act. Can’t beat that combination!

Keanu Reeves - he's more than just the dude from "The Matrix" series

6. Cary Grant. Again, another old school Hollywood actor who had both looks as well as talent. Talk about classic films – “North by Northwest” is a Cary Grant classic, and, yet few people under 30 know him or the movie. Or one of my favorites (especially since Audrey Hepburn co-stars with him) “Charade” .  The problem is that most people under 30 think “Charade” is a game you play at parties, and, don’t even realize it’s a classic movie.

Cary Grant. Again, another old school Hollywood actor who had both looks as well as talent.

So that’s my top 6 list.  I hope you enjoyed reading it and why I think believe these actors and actresses deserve the top spots on my list.

Wishing everyone a pleasant Tuesday!

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