January 09, 2007

My college friend NBS tagged me for a movie meme. He notes that growing up he had abusive parents that wouldn't let them have such things as color TVs and cable. My parents also were of a similar abusive bent and living in a small town, we couldn't even pick anything up with rabbit ears. However, we were allowed to check out movies and I watched a lot of old movies with particular emphasis on Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock and musicals.

Favorite movie:

I have several favorites, but I particularly like Gigi and Auntie Mame. No particularly good reason, but I do like them a lot.

Favorite movie with a religious theme:

I'm sure I could think of something I like better given time, but I'm rather fond of Ben Hur -- more so than Heston's Old Testament epic.

Favorite movie priest: There aren't any truly memorable films about priest that come to mind, although I think David Niven was pretty good in The Bishop's Wife and the priest in The Quiet Man is endearing.

Favorite movie nun: Peggy Wood as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, of course.

As for tagging people -- how about Mrs. Ootfp and Blair?


Do you know what? Mrs. NBS and I STILL have no cable. Seriously, it's all about the bunny ears on top of our tv. When the weather is about the change the reception cackles.

Anyway, thanks for playing along with the meme. And don't you agree? The wedding scene in the middle of Millie really could have been cut. Other than that, the film's perfect.

Posted by: NBS at January 9, 2007 09:10 PM

We don't have cable here either. In fact, my poor deprived children pretty much only get to watch TV when they are sick or I am.

The wedding scene is a bit strange, but Thoroughly Modern Millie is a pretty great film.

Posted by: Jordana at January 9, 2007 09:17 PM

My husband told me tonight that he has never seen The Sound of Music.

I thought he was joking!


Posted by: Mary at January 9, 2007 10:39 PM

Mary, the list of classic movies I've never seen is pretty long, and SoM is on it - I've never watched it all the way through. Musicals don't generally work for me (Gene Kelly films being the exception), but I have no excuse for never seeing Casablanca. Especially since I have a Netflix account.

On the Quiet Man, Jordana, can I ask which priest? Both Ward Bond as the senior Catholic priest and Arthur Shields as the Protestant rev. were very good, though Bond gets the nod for his body of work for me.

Posted by: skinnydan at January 10, 2007 08:44 AM

A musical you may enjoy is "White Christmas", even if you don't happen to celebrate the holiday. The only part that gets a little "Christmasy" is right at the end (just a big tree on a stage), and you can't deny Irving Berlin's songwriting genius throughout the movie. [Yes, I said genius.]

When I thought of movie priests I had to think awhile, since nothing came to mind at first. I would go with the currently out-of-favor Mel Gibson in "Signs". The working out of his faith is the highlight of the movie, and not necessarily any alien encounters.
(My favorite angel would be Cary Grant in "The Bishop's Wife". I enjoy seeing how he inspired others.]

Posted by: Marc V at January 10, 2007 02:16 PM

Dan, I was thinking of the Catholic, but the Protestant was good too. Speaking of Maureen O'Hara movies, the minister in The Parent Trap is amusing too. And you really do have no excuse for not watching Casablanca -- and High Noon, if you've missed that one too.

Marc, if only all angels looked like Cary Grant...

Actually, when I think of movie angels, Clarence from It's a Wonderful Life always comes to mind first.

Posted by: Jordana at January 10, 2007 02:51 PM

I have seen High Noon, and it is terrific. I'll put Casablanca on my list soon.

And Marc, since Irving Berlin was Jewish, I can look past the Christmas part. :P

Posted by: skinnydan at January 11, 2007 07:52 AM

Mine is up.

Posted by: Blair at January 12, 2007 11:46 AM

*hanging head*

I've gotten behind in my work, but I'll move this up the "to do" toute suite!

Posted by: Patricia at January 18, 2007 11:44 PM