Happy Monday, friends!
Okay, I’m starting off my week with something different that I hope you think is fun too. Andrew and I listen to The Musers on The Ticket (a Dallas sports morning radio show) every morning and they often play Top Five, Bottom Five with certain categories. We always think this is fun and discuss our own Top Five, Bottom Five of whatever the category is later that day…which typically leads to funny/heated/I can’t believe you conversations…and today, I thought we could play it too 🙂 .
On Thursday night over dinner, we were talking about our Top Five, Bottom Five MOVIES which led to a big discussion/disagreement, and I thought it would be fun to hear what you think about my picks. Now…full disclaimer, for this category, we all know that my top favorite movies are: Bridget Jones’ Diary, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated, The Holiday, When Harry Met Sally, Crazy Rich Asians, and Love Actually. I’m not including any of those “typical” Shay picks. We are talking about my TOP FIVE favorite movies that are perhaps a bit under appreciated but super fantastic and then my BOTTOM FIVE movies that so many people love that I think are overrated and not that great.
I, OF COURSE, want your feedback in the comment section and your Top Five, Bottom Five MOVIE selections too!! I am so curious about where you guys stand on this!
Here we go, in reverse order here are my TOP FIVE, BOTTOM FIVE MOVIE picks…
#5: MEET JOE BLACK
When was the last time you watched this movie? I just love it! First of all, Brad Pitt’s acting is BRILLIANT. He plays both of his characters so well. He goes from uber adorable “typical” Brad to you know…a quirky guy so seamlessly. I love Anthony Hopkins (I always love Anthony Hopkins in any movie!), I love the set, I love the score, I love the supporting cast. I love the story…I love it all. This one here is totally in my TOP FIVE!
#4: A FEW GOOD MEN
You guys, if this movie on on TV, I’m stopping and watching it. When was the last time you watched this one??? The cast is HUGE! Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Kieffer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollack, Demi Moore, Cuba Gooding Jr and Noah Wylie. If TOP FIVE means that I cannot not watch it if it’s on TV and/or I can quote it line for line, then this is in mine.
#3: OCEAN’S ELEVEN
Go ahead and say Twelve and Thirteen too. Hi, my name is Shay and I only have one movie saved on my iPhone…and it’s this one. I love this movie. I could gush for days. The writing is so clever and witty. The characters are so nuanced. The music is fun. The setting is Vegas. If I had to name my favorite of Ocean’s 11, I don’t know that I even could?! I love Rusty and Danny’s chemistry. I love how pitiful and yet adorable Linus is. I love the Utah brothers. Andy Garcia…geez, I have a crush on him. Andrew and I flip this (or the other two) on all the time when we just want something random/easy/fun to watch. Our kids all love these movies too. Why is this the only movie saved to my phone? It’s just always a good idea 🙂 .
I mean…this movie did win the Academy Award for best motion picture, so it’s clearly not just one of my favorites, but many other people’s too, but I love Argo. I have seen this movie too many times to count and yet, I STILL GET ANXIOUS EVERY TIME I WATCH IT. Every time. Every. single. time. Anyone else? If you don’t know, this movie is based on real events, and I promise you, you will be on the edge of your seat the entire time. Everyone in the cast is phenomenal, but I have a big ole soft spot for John Goodman in particular. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen this one, watch it tonight!
And my #1 MOVIE PICK…
#1: The Martian
Yeahhhhhh! I love this movie! Who agrees with me that this is a FUN MOVIE?! We watch this movie all the time over here! I still remember my dad calling and insisting we go see it in the theater when it first came out. I love the music (LOVE IT!), I love the entire cast, I love how smart and clever the storyline is, I love how Matt Damon does a great job of carrying so many scenes by himself while still being super entertaining, and I love the ending (it wraps up so nicely!). Love, love, love!
So, that’s my TOP FIVE…but you know, I think the scandalous part of this post might come from which movies I think are highly overrated and land in my BOTTOM FIVE…
#5: FIELD OF DREAMS
It’s just so dumb. I like sports movies and can cry with everyone else during Rudy or cheer loudly during Hoosiers or The Blind Side, but geez, this one is lame to me. Anytime I see a “top sports movies of all time” story on the internet, I’m astonished when people name this one IN THE TOP FIVE. What? No thank you. I love me some Kevin Costner, but nooooo! I find this one slow and boring too. Plus the plot is just lame to me…and I really don’t get how it’s this big “sports movie”?! I just do not get this one’s appeal. This movie was easy to name in my bottom five.
#4: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Um, no thank you. My holiday cheer takes a nosedive anytime Andrew wants to watch this movie. I used to indulge him and sit through it with him, but now, I don’t even do that. When the pharmacist hits him in the head? What? There’s nothing wonderful about that! I think this movie is just so sad. So very sad. Why watch this when you can watch something like Christmas Vacation or The Holiday or basically any other holiday movie. I know it’s like the #1 Christmas movie of all time, but it’s a big no thank you for me. (And please, like Donna Reed wouldn’t have had a line of men waiting to marry her should Jimmy Stewart not have been around?! #yeahright)
#3: THE WIZARD OF OZ
Why? Why? Why? This is one of Andrew’ favorite movies. Talk about creepy and disturbing. I do not get the draw. Even as a child, I was like “what is happening here and why am I watching”? I mean…I’m actually kind of speechless right now over my disdain for this movie. It’s just bizarre and wrong…and weird and long. I just don’t get it. I do not get it. I’d rather watch It’s A Wonderful Life, so that’s saying something.
Don’t hate me, but this next one was the very first movie I thought of when I heard this topic because I find it highly overrated…
#2: FORREST GUMP
Yup. Is his acting brilliant? Absolutely. Is it like the longest and slowest movie of all time? Yes, it is. I swear this one is like 4 hours long. I mean…I get that the premise is good and the moral to the story is great, but the fact that I want to scratch my eyeballs out halfway through should tell you that I find this one highly overrated. It’s just so long. It’s so long and the story just keeps going and going and going and I’m just not that into it. I love me some Tom Hanks, but I find this particular movie not up to the hype.
And I’m fully prepared to be hated for my #1 BOTTOM PICK…
#1: THE NOTEBOOK
I don’t get it. Everyone loves this movie but me. There are a million chick movies/rom coms out there that I find waaaaaaaay more entertaining than this one. Every time I see a list of the Top 100 movies for women/romantic movies/Valentine’s Day movies/best movies this is like #1. Why? What is your appeal? I need someone to explain the appeal. Also, I think it’s pretty slow too. And a little boring. And (I’m bracing for the anger that’s about to come my way), but I don’t see the chemistry between these people at all. I don’t enjoy the ending. I don’t enjoy any of it. Why do so many of you like this one SO MUCH?! I really just don’t get it.
Ha! So, what did you think? At dinner on Friday night, Andrew and I played this with my parents and my dad and I agreed on so many…my mom and I only a few. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on my TOP FIVE, BOTTOM FIVE and I would really, really love for you to leave yours for me to check out!
That’s it for this Monday! You guys make things so much fun. Love you all! xx