Linking up with Jenna for Five Favorites . . .
Haley and Caroline, among others, have written lists of books that have had lasting impact. Lately I’ve been thinking about the movies that have had the most lasting impact on me. Surprisingly (or not?) they’re all light-hearted and most of them I watched in childhood. Somehow they’ve kept a place in my heart.
Oh–I just noticed this–they’re all musicals. That makes sense.
Roughly in order of when I first watched them:
WeeSing Together–the first VHS tape my parents bought. Sally and her red dress. Songs and lots of drama. I loved it, and now my girls love it.
The Greatest Show on Earth–the circus, lots of singing, sparkly costumes, love triangles, near-death heroics, and a tragic clown. Charlton Heston and Jimmy Stewart. My grandma taped this for us from TMC and we watched it over and over and over.
Hello Dolly with Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau. For some reason I still sing this line and crack myself up, “Out there, there’s a world outside of Yonkers, close your eyes and see it glisten, Barnaby. Listen Barnaby!” I am so weird, but that doesn’t mean this movie isn’t so so good.
White Christmas–My dear partner, when what’s left of you gets around to what’s left to be gotten, what’s left to be gotten won’t be worth getting, whatever it is you’ve got left.
That Thing You Do–music, cute guys, and the mod mod Sixties. The perfect movie when you’re 14. Or 24. Or 34.
Bonus: Napolean Dynamite. I saw this in theaters and thought, “They’ve made a movie about people like us!” It’s not a musical, but it has arguably the world’s best dance routine and the world’s best love song. So it kind of counts.
“Your mom goes to college.”