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Day 13, Tuesday. Five of your all-time favourite movies.
I perfected this list in 2001, when I was in college and people would not stop asking me about my favourite movies, unless it was to ask me about my favourite bands. No, it hasn’t changed since then. I haven’t found any movies I liked more.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird. One of only two movies I have seen that was as good as the book. (Life of Pi is better than the book.)
2. Charade. I’m still trying to decide which is my favorite Audrey Hepburn film: this or Roman Holiday. The Children’s Hour would top them both, except I hate the way it ends. (The only Audrey Hepburn film I have not seen is Ondine.)
3. Gigi. I assume Leslie Caron went on to have a stunning career; I’m still starstruck by Gigi. It’s also my go-to soundtrack for explaining to people the difference between Rodgers and Hammerstein (whose work I uniformly loathe) and Lerner and Lowe (whose work I uniformly enjoy).
4. Wit. Okay, I lied; I added this one to the list in 2008, after a friend sent me a copy and I cried all the way through it. I get Dr. Vivian Bearing – I too am an academic with an obsessive love of John Donne and a terminal disease. I also count it among Emma Thompson’s better performances, which is saying something, because Emma Thompson.
5. Electric Dreams. Okay, I lied again; there are a lot of films better than this one, which is a low-budget hack job about a sentient computer and his human. Even the usually-competent Jeff Lynne fell down here. But I’ve never quite gotten over how equally cute and terrifying I found this film as a kid.
6. Hotel Rwanda and Amistad. Because 4 and 5 were lies, here’s bonus #6: the two films I thought were superb, yet will never watch again. My empathy center can’t take it.