These are movies which will always stop me dead in my remote control clickin tracks… Not a list of the greatest movies by any means, just flicks which I’m always in the mood for.
1) Baby Boom… This is an 80s chick flick starring Diane Keaton as a NY yuppie. She inherits a bambino and life as she knows it will never be the same again. After a rocky but hilarious fish out of water start, she ends up living many an office professional’s “plan b” dream, living in a small town, starting an organic baby food business and hooking up with the always sexy Sam Shepherd who plays the local vet. My favorite line is “I just want to turn on the faucet and have water, I don’t want to know where it’s coming from…”.
2) Never Been Kissed… Drew Barrymore as Josie Grossie, the girl in high school who is passionate, sweet and smart but doesn’t have a clue how to be cool. She goes back to high school as an undercover reporter, meets the man of her dreams (& mine…), Michael Vartan, who plays the English teacher. David Arquette is hilarious as her former baseball star brother who shows her the secrets of becoming popular. My favorite scene is the final one at the baseball stadium when Mr. English comes sprinting down the stairs.
3) Office Space…Sort of like the Dilbert strip but some of the players are better looking and the comedy a little darker. Starring Ron Livingston (you’ll remember him as the tormented writer from Sex & the City who couldn’t handle Carrie’s success) and Jennifer Aniston. Each and every scene is hilarious from the carpooling gangsta rap to the “we need to talk about your flair”. Anyone who has worked at a CPA firm or big corporation will appreciate the excessive use of acronym report naming. My favorite storyline is the mistreatment of poor Milton and his red swingline stapler.
4) Heathers…Speaking of dark. Christian Slater and Winona Ryder star in this black comedy about the popular girls (coincidentally all named Heather) getting picked off one by one. My favorite line is “Betty Finn was a true friend and I sold her out for a bunch of Swatch dogs and Diet Coke heads”.
5) Grosse Pointe Blank…First of all John Cusack is smokin in this easily one of the best comedies of the 90s, as a hit man for hire who decides to go home for his class reunion. His sister Joan plays his hilarious, flamboyant fashion loving, conscience challenged assistant/receptionist. Jeremy Piven also shines thru in his pre Entourage days. The soundtrack brings you back to the 80s, especially if modern rock was your thing.
6) Point Break…Keeanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, Patrick Swayze and the Chili Peppers make an impression in this surf & cops flick. Point Break is likely the reason I never tire of Fast & the Furious either, it’s kind of the same plot when you think about it. Cute undercover cop develops a respect of the guru leader of the crime posse, a love of their lifestyle and a romantic entanglement with a girl who can drive with the big boys, even down to final the final scenes of the cop letting guru “get away”.
7) Shrek…Eddie Murphy’s donkey never fails to make me laugh in this animated favorite. I’m also a lover of children’s lit and get giddy with all the references and poking fun at these classics. This movie is also brilliant in it’s jokes that are both funny and equally appropriate for adults as well as children. Who doesn’t love a good “beauty is on the inside” theme?
8) Titanic…One of the few movies which made me cry. When Rose was being lowered in that lifeboat, I thought I was gonna start sobbing in agony right in the theatre. But what I really love about this movie is all the attention paid to detail. If you read up on the history of the Titanic, there are so many small details included in the movie which come from the notes and records on this real life tragedy. Rose’s wardrobe was to die for and the theme of conflict, society girl falls in love with boy from the wrong side of the tracks rings true even today.
9) Grease…Oh how I miss the days John Travolta movies were all about the dancing. The wardrobe was awesome, all those 50s tight sweaters with cropped pants and swingy a line dresses. I can never resist a good makeover and the last two scenes, You’re the One I Want and We Go Together are my favorites. Tell me about it stud…
10) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days…Kate Hudson plays a Cosmo or Glamour type of mag writer who desires to inject a little substance into her monthly “how to girl” columns. She engages in a battle of the sexes fueled by ulterior motives with Matthew McConaughey as she does all the things “The Rules” tell us not to. Favorite line is “Does Princess Sophia want to come out and play?”.