One of my forty before forty goals was to watch all of the movies from the AFI’s 100 Most Inspiring Films Of All Time. I’ve watched +40 so far and some are just meh… I am sure they’re there for reasons beyond my armchair expertise, but regardless, I decided to ditch that goal and replace it with “choose an actor and watch their full IMDB profile.” As I contemplate and research who I will commit to, I thought it’d be fun to make my list of the top 100 films that impacted my life for 100 different reasons. I will admit, some films (actors) are questionable in 2019 but there are many things from our past that we can not hold judgment on and I will ALWAYS standby Grease 2 making my list over Grease!
In alphabetical order, the top 100 films that impacted my life for 100 different reasons
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
500 Day of Summer (2009)
About a Boy (2002)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Annie Hall (1977)
Back to the Future (1985)
Beautiful Girls (1996)
Before Sunrise (1995)
Benny & Joon (1993)
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Call Me by Your Name (2018)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
Dangerous Minds (1995)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Father of the Bride (1991)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) or Pretty in Pink (1986) or Sixteen Candles (1984)
Follow That Bird (1985)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Garden State (2004)
Gleaming the Cube (1989)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Grease 2 (1982)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Home Alone (1990)
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Jurassic Park (1993)
La Bamba (1987)
Lady Bird (2017)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Little Women (1994)
Lord of the Flies (1990)
Love Actually (2003)
Love Story (1970)
Mean Girls (2004)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
My Girl (1991)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
One Week (2008)
Opportunity Knocks (1990)
Pet Sematary (1989)
Point Break (1991)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Pump Up The Volume (1990)
Reality Bites (1994)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Say Anything… (1989)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Stand By Me (1986)
Surf Ninjas (1993)
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Craft (1996)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
The Girl Who Spelled Freedom (1986)
The Goonies (1985)
The Graduate (1967)
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988)
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Wizard (1989)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Top Gun (1986)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
True Romance (1993)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
There’s a podcast I listen to that always ends with rapid-fire questions. One being, what’s your favourite movie? It drives me bananas when people can’t name a movie! I love movies and although it’s hard to narrow it down to my all-time favourite, I could at least say something. Say Anything!
Tell me your favourite! Fight with me about my list (I feel like I am missing a few). Tell me which actor I should pick? I’m leaning towards ChristianSlater, Michael B. Jordan, Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke or John Hughes.
In 2014 I made a 50 under 50 favourite things list… it was epic and in my opinion, it still holds up:
So this year I am back with more things I love which may or may not be more than $50
10 more things I love, but they ain’t cheap
Hello Anna: I love my bottle opener. Amanda gifted her to me years ago and she’s never failed! Easy to use and fancy enough to keep on display so you never need to go rummaging through your gadget drawer in a moment of panic.
And Speaking of wine, we are sharing a Case of Compassion from Feed Nova Scotia with Mike’s parents for the holiday festivities. Drinking for a good cause sounds like a great idea!
I loved my SPIbelt… I miss my SPIbelt. I lost it on my travels and replaced it with another brand which is not as great. It was an awesome companion on long runs, carrying my phone, gummies, etc. and fit so nicely that I never felt it bouncing or moving.
Cusinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor: I have had this for 10 years and it has survived many pestos and baby food creations – it’s small but mighty and I give it a big thumbs up.
Tivoli Audio Model One radio: Another item from our 10-year club but still sounding strong – it’s pretty basic, and you can get more bells and whistles but it works well and plays daily in the kitchen.
Mac Mini: We got a Mini four years ago when we ditched the cable. Although an Apple TV works great for Netflix, I love the Mini because it holds all of our movies and it links to our other devices. We keep it under the TV and it can take CDs, DVDs and USBs…etc. easily. There are times in life when you need a YouTube dance party, and the Mini delivers.
Longchamp Large Tote Bag Le Pilage: The bag that can hold many (many) things but always make you feel classy. I love mine for traveling and think it’s a great alternative to a diaper bag if you are in need of a diaper bag.
Le Creuset 4.2L Round French Oven: Le Creuset is amazing for cooking but even more amazing to clean. You can burn a full pot of soup in there and it will all just wash away in a jiffy. I love this size for making sauces and soups and especially risotto.
Gym membership at Cyclone Group Fitness: I will be the first to tell you I don’t go as often as I’d like but when I do, I love it! Group fitness classes are a treat – especially when I spend so much time running alone. Find a gym that makes you happy – I like barre / TRX and spin which is why this place works for me!
I walk David to school everyday and I often bring my earphones so I can listen to a podcast on my way home. The other morning, as we were getting ready to head out the door, David asked me if I was bringing my earphones so I can listen to Justin Bieber.
Um, no. Justin is for running.
His comment made me wonder… what does my child think about me?
So I asked him.
M.What do I do?
D.You work from home (more prying) you shop online (more prying) you make stuff for Needham (getting hotter, I am on the Board of Directors for the after-school daycare and do design work for the centre… more prying) you are a writer… Yes, I do dabble with that.
After several more questions, I realized we were not getting anywhere good.
Who else wants to join in? I will answer and you answer back in the comment window below!
Hottest Brad Pitt role: I’m not a huge Brad Pitt fan… He’s good but he’s never been on my Freebie 5 list. So hottest role is hard to answer. Favourite role: True Romance. However, Christian Slater out-hots him.
Strange talent: I have poor blood circulation in my hands so I can touch hot stuff.I can also turn my toes in and my legs out, which is opposite of most… These are all more like defects than talents. So I will also throw in that I have an excellent perception of measurement. My Communication Technology teacher told me.
Favourite indulgent beauty process: Pedicures.
Least favourite indulgent beauty process: Massages. Do massages count? I am not a fan. Manicures because they’re pointless for me – it only last a few hours.
Pink or red lipstick: I rarely wear lipstick so tinted gloss for the win.
Go-to coffee order: Black with a hint of dairy if it’s within distance.
Current celebrity style icon: Michelle Williams, Diane Keaton, Anna Kendrick, Kara Goucher (runner), Joanna Goddard (blogger), Rey (from Star Wars)