I usually feature favorite books on Wednesdays, but have reviewed six dozen books this year on Amazon and Goodreads, so decided to have fun with favorite old movies instead.
James Bond. My first date with my husband was to see “Goldfinger.” Guy thought it was because I liked James Bond. No, I just wanted a date with him. In fact, those early James Bonds seemed smarmy.
I don’t have to be coaxed to watch a Bond movie if Daniel Craig is in it. Or Helen Mirren.
A few more favorites. . . .
A Hunt for Red October
“A Hunt for Red October” is a perennial favorite, even though there’s a couple of smarmies in it, but so are James Earl Jones and Scott Glenn.
Master and Commander
“Master and Commander.” A cousin’s son, Ken Scar has a bit part in it, but the story turned out so satisfying we bought a copy. And Russell Crowe is in it. Okay, anything Crowe is in.
Men in Black
“Men in Black” is such fun, as is anything with Tommy Lee Jones and/or Will Smith in the cast–like “Hitch” or “Pursuit of Happyness.”
Driving Miss Daisy
“Driving Miss Daisy” is such a delight, with Morgan Freeman as Hoke Colburn.
I’m not really a fan of Robin Williams, but really enjoyed “Dead Poets Society.” And “Mrs. Doubtfire. “Patch Adams” is great (in spite of the clown). So is “Finding Forrester.”
Harrison Ford. Anything he’s in. Son Dan was small when we saw the very first “Star Wars” movie. I’d never been to a movie a second time, but it was such fun and the music was phenomenal. We really enjoyed the next two Star Wars movies–except for that awful Jabba the Hutt. We still have LPs of John William’s scores of the films, including the Star Wars Christmas album.
Dan collected action figures. I still have them.
We did not enjoy the newer “Star Wars” movies, but “Indiana Jones” is still a favorite.
The book by Kathryn Stockett is so satisflying, as is the movie.
What a captivating movie about the power of prayer.
“October Sky” is nearly as rewarding as Homer H. Hickam, Jr.’s book Rocket Boys.
I did not expect to like “Cinderella Man,” but knew about James Braddock through old family letters to two Wilson brothers who were in the Navy during the Depression. This film shows as well as anything I’ve seen what the mind-set was of those needy families embarrassed by being “on the dole.” Plus, Russell Crowe is in it.