Thursday, August 14, 2008

A league of its own

There are some questions I just cannot answer. How much do you weigh? for example. I don't know. Really, I don't know. But mostly I find the questions I can't answer have to do with favorites.

What's your favorite book? What's your favorite movie? Favorite color? Favorite food?

And I say "I don't know!"

There are too many to choose from, and they aren't comparable.

Movies. There are way to many movies for me to pick a favorite. And I'll quote one of the good ones, "I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the Heavens." I'll give you a dollar if you can name that movie.

I can't tell you what my favorite movie is. But if you give me to similar movies and ask me which I like better, I can do that.

For instance. Magician movies: The Prestige or The Illusionist? The Illusionist. Definitely. Don't get me wrong, I love Scarlett Johansson, but the Illusionist is just a better movie. You could say it's my "favorite" of the two.

Thief movies: Ocean's 11 or The Italian Job? Ooh. Now this is a tough one. In the end I prefer The Italian Job, however, I love the Ocean's movies and I think they're incredibly clever and funny.

Super Hero movies: Superman, Spiderman, Batman or X-Men? (What's up with all these men anyway? The Incredibles had it right.) X-Men. Definitely X-Men. Two words: Hugh Jackman - hello! Then Superman, then Batman, then Wonderwoman and then Spiderman. Sorry Tobey Maguire, I'm just not a Spidey fan...nothing personal. (That's why Wonderwoman ranked higher and she wasn't even on the list).

As you can see, if you give me similar movies and ask me to pick my favorite, I can do that. And there are some movies you just can't put into a category. Like Pride and Prejudice, or Second Hand Lions. And those are some of my favorites simply because they're good movies.

But watch out! Because here comes a movie that is slowly working it's way to the number one spot of my favorite movie of all time!

It is completely in a league of its own, so I have nothing to compare it with. It's the totally adorable story of a girl...what am I doing? I'm telling you the movie that's what I'm doing! No. You've got to go watch it for yourself.

Trust me. It's a feel good movie that teaches you...I can't tell you that part either or I will RUIN the ending, and I am so not ok with that.

I can tell you it's a very good movie, very bohemian, very clean. It's got James McAvoy (ranks right up there with Hugh Jackman in my book) and Christina Ricci (who's way adorable). It's made by Summit Entertainment, who are the same people making Twilight. So. Rent it, borrow it, steal it, beg, lie, cheat - do whatever you have to do to see this movie...except the stealing, lying and cheating part. Don't do that.

I love this movie so much that I even bought the sound track on iTunes last night. I can't stop listening to it. I even brought it to work on my iPod. Hey, if I'm trapped here, I'm gonna make the best of it!

If you've already seen Penelope, see it again. Usually I don't like to recommend movies because I worry someone else won't like something that I've given raving review. But in this case, I don't care. It's worth seeing at least once, but go for twice if you can.

Take Nike's advice and Just Do It. Pin It


Melanie said...

Love, love, love the movie as well. I hadn't even heard of it and then when I was down in utah my sister had rented it and told me I had to watch it. So much better than I was anticipating. Totally recommend it as well. Question: what did Tyler think of it?

Deborah said...

I begged him to get it for me for my birthday...and then I forgot I'd asked for it. So I was surprised when I got it. Isn't that funny? Anyway, he doesn't love it, like he won't suggest we watch it. But he doesn't hate it either. He doesn't leave the room when I turn it on, he'll actually sit and watch it with me - unlike when I turn on other chick-flicks and he high-tails it out of there. So I think deep-down he likes it, but he'll never admit it.
What did Mitch think?

Melanie said...

He is kinda the same as Tyler. We don't own the movie so I'm not sure how he would react if I asked him to watch it again. The mom in the movie did drive him nuts but overall I think he enjoyed it. MItch is really funny though because he doesn't mind most chick-flicks as long as that isn't the only thing that we watch. We have to have a balance between them and the action movies as well.