Happy Saturday, everyone! Today I thought it’d be neat to discuss movies. You can tell a lot about someone by learning about their favorite films. Listed below are my Top 10 favorite movies and why. Feel free to share some or all of your favorite movies in the comments! I’d love to hear about them (and get recommendations!).
*Note that these aren’t in any particular order. 🙂
We Bought A Zoo
“When his teenage son gets into trouble, Benjamin Mee gives up a lucrative newspaper job to move his family to the most unlikely of places: a zoo! With help from an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, Benjamin embarks on a fresh beginning to restore the dilapidated zoo to its former glory, while uniting his family.”
There are so many things I love about this movie. Not only is it a story of new beginnings and family struggles, but it also explores how deep both love and loss can go. This movie teaches you to adventure, even when everyone thinks you’re crazy. There are so many lessons involved that I’ve taken to heart especially with my husband’s and my own adventures.
“Why would you do this? Why would you do x, y, z?” “Well…why not?”
While You Were Sleeping
“Lucy, a lonely subway worker, becomes smitten with a handsome stranger. But when she saves his life after he’s been mugged and fallen into a coma, his hilariously offbeat family mistakes her for his fiancee! Soon, the mix-ups escalate as Lucy fabricates a life between herself and a man she’s never met! And when Lucy falls for his charming brother the situation really gets uproarious – as she’s forced to make a choice between the two!”
Okay, I admit it. I love really well done, heartfelt romantic comedies. This was a movie my Mom introduced me to, and it is my favorite romantic comedy to this day. The acting is phenomenal, and the story line will have you bent over in laughter for sure. I love the family ties in this movie too, and how eccentric the family is. It reminds me of my own family, in a way. 😉
“Iris is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6,000 miles apart find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves to Amanda’s L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris’ handsome brother Graham and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur, mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles.”
This movie is literally the cutest thing ever. Hubby and I watched it for the first time this past Christmas and loved every minute of it. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and the ending is just perfect. A great movie for the holidays (or any time you need a good romance).
Crazy Rich Asians
“Based on Kevin Kawn’s best-selling novel, Crazy Rich Asians follows New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore and meets Nick’s family for the first time. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family.”
Okay. There are so many things about this movie that I adore. Some people think it sounds superficial or that it’s a cheesy movie just because the title isn’t all that great. However, there is so much more to this story that meets the eye. I cry every. Single. Time. I watch this movie, it’s that good. I connect with Rachel’s character in so many ways, and there are so many parts where I laugh because it reminds me of my mess-ups or awkwardness when meeting Hubby’s family for the first time! A fantastic movie with a strong cast of characters, great humor, and just enough bittersweet to make you emotional at the end.
“In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.”
I know what you’re thinking – why would this be in my top 10? I love love love Disney movies and own many of them, but this is the one that’s the icing on the cake for me. I have loved Paris since I was a little girl, and Hubby actually took me there for our honeymoon. Not only is there nostalgic appeal, but the food in this movie. It looks amazing. I always get a craving for bread and cheese when I watch it. 😉 Also, this is just such a great, heartfelt, comforting movie that whenever I’ve had a really bad day or even if I’m sick, this is my go-to. I love it.
Now You See Me 1 & 2
(Just the first movie’s synopsis for spoiler reasons!)
“Four talented magicians mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursuing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move.”
This was a series my parents introduced me to, and I loved them so much that I had to share them with Hubby. Since that moment, these two movies have become some of our favorite to watch together. We actually tend to watch them once every month or every other month. They’re seriously THAT good! All I can say is that if you haven’t watched them, you need to stop reading this blog post and go start them.
Ocean’s 11 Trilogy
(Just the first movie, again, for spoiler reasons!)
“Dapper Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is a man of action. Less than 24 hours into his parole from a New Jersey penitentiary, the wry, charismatic thief is already rolling out his next plan. Following three rules: Don’t hurt anybody, don’t steal from anyone who doesn’t deserve it, and play the game like you’ve got nothing to lose. Danny orchestrates the most sophisticated, elaborate casino heist in history.”
This trilogy is another one of my husband’s and my favorites. Once we saw the trilogy, we were hooked! These movies are fresh and exciting and always have a great little twist at the end. Not ashamed to say that we also binge these once a month or every other month. They’re phenomenal!
Other Honorable Mentions: The Greatest Showman, Monster’s Inc, Runaway Bride, , Narnia: Prince Caspian, Dead Poets Society, Fast and Furious Series, and National Treasure 1 & 2.