Apr 25 2013

50 things: words i’ve loved


tendril momentum

ethereal chiaroscuro ripples

ranunculus desideratum

azure zephyr tintinnabulation

gentle grace gesticulating gone

tender mesmerizing wisp

hope sonata confutatis

flicker solitude

refined crepuscular twilight

nostalgic soar bravado

periwinkle forgiveness

cacophony blossom

stillness desire kaleidoscope

delirious waltz dream whisper

zenith soliloquy

alchemy perhaps

mellifluous sentient ambiance

rapscallion serendipity






Combining my “50 things” series with my post for NaPoWriMo.
A poem a day for 30 days, in honor of National Poetry Month.
This post is part of NaPoWriMo. see more here.

Mar 7 2013

50 things: movies i’ve loved

The movies in this photo are all the movies I actually own, so of course, they get top billing.

This may have been even harder than narrowing down 50 books. After the first twenty or so, I could have come up with a hundred. And I’m certain that I have left out so many, mainly independent films that I remember watching and loving, but not their name. I’ve seen all of these more than once, which, in the end, was the criteria for making the cut.

And apparently, Emma Thompson is by far my favorite actress, though if you ask me, I always say Juliette Binoche. I don’t think I have a favorite actor, really, though if I had to pick one, I would probably say Anthony Hopkins, but only in his non-violent roles.

A lot of these are movies that made me cry. Either in sadness, or in laughter, with Wit and Shadowlands earning Best Sob awards. Napolean Dynamite and A Christmas Story might be my favorite comedies.

  1. Remains of the Day
  2. Pride and Prejudice (the McFadden version)
  3. Wit
  4. Sense and Sensibility
  5. The Dead (The John Huston one, not the zombie one)
  6. Love Actually
  7. Napoleon Dynamite
  8. Shadowlands
  9. A Christmas Story (our Christmas Eve tradition)
  10. A Family Stone
  11. The Gods Must Be Crazy
  12. Amadeus
  13. Forrest Gump
  14. Chocolat
  15. Harry Potter Series
  16. Cold Mountain
  17. Cool Hand Luke
  18. Dead Poets Society
  19. Good Will Hunting
  20. E. T.
  21. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  22. The Fisher King
  23. Grizzly Adams
  24. Home for the Holidays
  25. Field of Dreams
  26. Moonstruck
  27. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  28. Spencer’s Mountain
  29. Rain Man
  30. Clerks
  31. Schindler’s List
  32. Like Water For Chocolate
  33. The Color Purple
  34. The Usual Suspects
  35. West Side Story
  36. The Hours
  37. Jeremiah Johnson
  38. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  39. 50 First Dates
  40. Born Free
  41. Lord of the Rings Series
  42. Night on Earth
  43. Short Cuts
  44. Sleepless in Seatttle
  45. Before Sunrise
  46. Ghostbusters
  47. Lost in Translation
  48. Juno
  49. Little Miss Sunshine
  50. Sideways

So here they are, 50 movies I’ve loved. I’d kind of like to be watching any one of them just now.

Apocalypse Now is a movie I never got over, though I can’t call it a favorite. Suspiria, which I saw when I was 15, made me afraid to look out of windows at night for years, and turned me away from horror films forever. I love Woody Allen movies, but couldn’t choose a favorite. Henry V is a movie I absolutely loved, but I’ve only seen it once.

And Back to the Future was the last one I cut, though I have seen it dozens (perhaps hundreds) of times because it was my son’s favorite movie for a few years when he was a kid. But I’ll let him put that one on his list.

So okay, now it’s your turn. Would love to see your list if you feel so inclined… come back and leave me a link to your post if you do!