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30-Day Meme - Day 2: Your Favourite Movie

2.  Favourite Movie

This one is easier to pick out, even though – like with music – my favourite changes from day to day. However, I can definitively say my favourite movie of all time is Bringing Up Baby. 1938. Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, directed by Howard Hawks.

Why do I love it? Because I absolutely adore watching Hepburn, the clueless, madcap socialite, completely destroy Cary Grant's absent-minded professor both figuratively and literally – all while making him fall in love with her. They're equally nuts, each in their own way, and the people around them have no idea how to react to either of them. It's just a fun, fast (it's Howard Hawks, after all!), funny and utterly charming romantic comedy and I think it's the best one from (what I consider to be) the Golden Age of romantic comedies.

To be honest, until I watched Bringing Up Baby, I always thought Cary Grant was a dramatic actor. I didn't realize his fame was because of his romantic comedies. Thanks to this movie, I discovered Cary Grant (hands down my favourite actor ever), Katharine Hepburn, 1930s screwball comedies and the joy of classic films. I'll always love it for those reasons if nothing else.

Oh, yeah - there's a leopard, too...  :D

And you can find everything on YouTube.  Here's a trailer for it:




Other favourites (in no particular order):

Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Indiana Jones (of course)

It Happened One Night – 1934. Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert. Frank Capra. The first movie to win all five of the major Academy Awards. 

The Thin Man – 1934. William Powell, Myrna Loy. Hands down, the best on-screen romantic couple ever. Powell and Loy made fourteen films together and were so convincing as a romantic couple that many people thought they were married in real life. For an hilarious screwball comedy with these two, I highly recommend Libeled Lady – 1936. William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow. Jean Harlow absolutely ROCKS.

Tremors – 1990. Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward et al. I can't even begin to describe how much I love, love, love this movie. “We decided to leave this town just one damn day too late.” “Food for five years, a thousand gallons of gas, air filtration, water filtration, Geiger counter. Bomb shelter! Underground... God damn monsters.” Bwahaha!


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30-Day Meme:
  1. Favourite Song - July 9. 2010
  2. Favourite Movie - July 10, 2010
  3. Favourite TV Program
  4. Favourite Book
  5. Favourite Quotes
  6. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  7. Photo that makes you happy.
  8. Photo that makes you angry/sad.
  9. Photo you took.
  10. Photo of you taken over 10 years ago.
  11. Photo of you taken recently.
  12. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  13. A fictional book
  14. A non-fictional book
  15. A fanfic
  16. A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
  17. An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
  18. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  19. A talent of yours
  20. Missing – so, whatever tickles your fancy.
  21. A recipe.
  22. A website.
  23. A YouTube Video
  24. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  25. Your day in great detail
  26. Your week in great detail.
  27. This month in great detail
  28. This year in great detail.
  29. Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days.
  30. Whatever tickles your fancy.

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"All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need...fantasies to make life bearable."

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"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little --"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

-- Susan and Death in Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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"And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based."

-- Lord Vetinari in Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

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They thought the Library was a dangerous place because of all the magical books, which was true enough, but what made it really one of the most dangerous places there could ever be was the simple fact that it was a library.

-- Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

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As a wizard, it was something that Ponder had only before encountered in acorns: a tiny soundless voice which said, yes, I am but a small, green, simple object - but I dream about forests.

-- Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

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In the 24th century, there will be no hunger. There will be no greed. And every child will know how to read.

-- Gene Roddenberry, as repeated by Jonathan Frakes in the documentary How William Shatner Changed the World

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We've got two lives, one we're given and the other one we make
And the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way.

-- Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Hard Way from the album Come On, Come On

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Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want.

-- John Mayer, Waiting on the World to Change from the album Continuum

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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow."

-- Mary Anne Radmacher, as seen in Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Tales to Inspire

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I never loved the soldier
Until there was a war.
Or thought about tomorrow
'til my baby hit the floor.
I only talk to God
When somebody's about to die.
I never cherished freedom
Freedom never cries.

-- Five for Fighting, Freedom Never Cries from the album Two Lights

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It may sound absurd: but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed: but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream

-- Five for Fighting, Superman (It's Not Easy) from the album American Town

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Had a dream last night took a time travellin' ride
Back to my childhood where those monsters reside
They snack on innocence and dine on self-esteem
But I like to be in touch with what makes me scream
Vampires, mummies and the Holy Ghost
These are the things that terrify me the most.
No alien, psychopath or MTV host
Scares me like vampires,mummies and the Holy Ghost.

-- Jimmy Buffett, Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost from the album Fruitcakes

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"I want to believe that... the dead are not lost to us. That they speak to us... as part of something greater than us - greater than any alien force. And if you and I are powerless now, I want to believe that if we listen, to what's speaking, it can give us the power to save ourselves."

-- Fox Mulder, The X-Files from the episode The Truth, pt. 2
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