Ask the grumpies: What is your favorite movie?

Leah asks:

What is your favorite movie?

#1:  I guess maybe the Princess Bride?  Though it does bother me how it doesn’t pass the Bechdel test, it’s still a really enjoyable movie.  I used to say Captain Blood and Tales of Manhattan, but I haven’t seen either in well over a decade and for all I know the suck fairy has visited them.

#2: I’m not sure. But recently I saw Black Panther and y’all should go see it!

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30 Responses to “Ask the grumpies: What is your favorite movie?”

  1. Zenmoo Says:

    I’m very fond of “Empire of the Sun” – I saw it for the first time when I was really quite young, maybe 11 or 12, and it made a huge impression on me. ALL the themes (colonial life, nuclear war, losing your parents, Crazy independence). I haven’t watched it particularly recently but I have re-read the book a few times.

    I also like The Princess Bride, watched that with my daughter the other day. It was enjoyable (unlike The Goonies. That just made me squirm with the creepy sexism/harassment)

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Yeah, the suck fairy really visited the goonies. Also the sanitized tv cuts we grew up on are way better than the theater version.

    • Debbie M Says:

      The suck visited “Air Force One.” I still love Harrison Ford as President, the movie is very exciting, and I love how they captured that short moment in time when cell phones were the way they were back then. But the Vice President made the wrong decision. I can’t believe I kind of hoped she would do that the first time I watched the movie when the last time it was so clearly the wrong answer to me.

  2. yetanotherpfblog Says:

    I think my favorite is Fargo. Frances McDormand is a treasure.

    Honorable mention goes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That movie was thrilling and was the first time I understood why people got so into the Star Wars franchise.

    I really liked The Princess Bride as a kid/teen. I worry about rewatching as an adult now that the internet has taught me Buttercup is supposed to be air-headed instead of just super stoic, especially given I can’t remember any other women in that movie.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      She’s stoic in the movie. There are two other women. A hag who yells at buttercup (about foresaking true love) and max’s wife (who never talks to buttercup). Fails the bechdel test hardcore.

      • Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

        One of my favorite parts: Liar! LIAR! LI-A-A-AR!
        I’m not a witch, I’m your wife! But after what you just said, I’m not even sure I want to be that anymore!
        We used to say that apropos to each other at school ALL THE TIME and I don’t know why but I love it. Probably because she’s calling out her husband So. Hard.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Happy Star Wars day!

    • Debbie M Says:

      I love the first half of “Fargo.” You have your stereotypical bad guys (a smart, brutal one and a dumb, talkative one), but then also a whole different kind (a used car salesman slimy one).

      And the McDormand character is so awesome. She has tact! She and her husband are great together! She is super pregnant and always hungry and they show that! She’s smart and a decent human being. I just love her. Oh, fun accent, too.

      (I just really hate the ruthless bad guy so much, though, that the movie as a whole is not a favorite.)

  3. monsterzero Says:

    The Incredibles passes the Bechdel test, though not by a lot. Helen and Edna mostly talk about Bob.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      *sigh*
      I love love and all, but… it really is nice when women are shown as having aspects of their lives that don’t involve generally dealing with (catering to) men. Bonus points if it’s not just about fashion too (though fashion is fascinating, the more I read of regencies, the more I realize that a lot of fashion is there in order to keep women back).

  4. Debbie M Says:

    “The Iron Giant” is the movie I’d recommend to anyone. Great characters, beautiful animation, amazing robot, funny bits, important questions.

    I don’t exactly remember the Bechdel test, but I’m sure this fails since it has only one major female character. At least she’s a real character though she does examine love interests. And it’s set in the 1950s where it was realistic to have no women in the military, etc. :-(

    My actual favorite keeps changing. Right now it might still be “Hot Fuzz.” It’s a cop-buddy movie, but the cop’s buddy is a plant. Is the real reason he got fired at the beginning because he’s “too good” like they claimed? Or is he just trouble? Also a comedy.

    Probably also fails the Bechdel test: There are women, they do talk, and not just about men (except one), but they are in the great minority and are not the major characters.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      The Bechdel test is a really weak test– so if any two women talk to each other about something other than men, even once, the movie passes. That’s why it’s so disheartening that so very few movies pass.

      The Iron Giant sounds pretty cool!

      Yay comedies!

  5. Leah Says:

    I guess I expected more here. I have a long list of favorites, and I don’t even feel like I watch that many movies. But that’s in relation to my brothers, who are both film buffs, so I’ve watched tons with them.

    Some favorites:
    1. When Harry Met Sally
    2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    3. Life as a House
    4. Empire Strikes Back
    5. Rogue One

    I have lots of others too . . . this is but a subset. I would like to see more strong females in movies. I hear you there. I still enjoy these anyway.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Ah, we did not realize you wanted favorite movies plural!

      When Harry Met Sally is a good one. I can’t believe I didn’t see that until I was well into adulthood (it was showing on the plane to Germany along with Up which I also watched for the first time). I was like, how have I never seen this before? I’ve still only seen it once, but many of the scenes really stuck with me.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Zoolander is another that I watch a ton. And most stuff by Miyazaki (not Princess Mononoke though). The Sting. The Philadelphia Story. Most of Preston Sturges’ films. The Lady Vanishes. (Early Hitchcock is pretty good. Though I’m glad he’s dead so I can watch without feeling guilty that I’m supporting a sexual harasser.) His Girl Friday. Most of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers even if she was a fascist. Lots but not all of the Rosalind Russell movies (Auntie Mame! but NOT the Women, UGH, which I think may fail the Bechdel test despite having only female characters). Similarly Barbara Stanwick movies. Mae West. Most of the Danny Kaye movies even though he’s a jerk, he always plays the nicest guys (DH and I both love The Court Jester and have most of the songs memorized– DH used to sing the lullaby in it to our kids when they were babies). Many of the Errol Flynn movies even though he was a sexual harasser. Every Douglas Fairbanks movie I’ve seen so far (and he probably *wasn’t* a sexual harasser!) Many early Shirley Maclaine movies even though some are seriously dated and have probably been visited by the suck fairy many times over. I used to like a lot of Doris Day movies too, but I suspect they all suck, especially since the last time I watched her Hitchcock remake that I used to love it was pretty bad compared to the original (but still, Que Sera Sera is a great song). There’s a lot of musicals I would rewatch if I had time… like Hello Dolly. I love old romantic comedies and screwball comedies.

  6. chacha1 Says:

    I looooooove movies. But if I had to choose a desert island movie, it would be Singin’ in the Rain.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      YES. That one gets better with watching! (Though again, Bechdel test). Sadly that seems to be the only decent movie Donald O’Connor ever picked. I have tried watching so many of his other movies which have just been so terrible. Skipping to just the musical numbers.

  7. First Gen American Says:

    Ha…princess bride is on right now.

    In our book, movies rank high for their re watchability, not their cinematic genius.

    Some Favorites are: pulp fiction, overboard, the big Lebowski, jaws, super troopers, desperado, Deadpool, weekend at Bernie’s. They’re All pretty low brow but fun. Although I can watch Emma over and over again too. Anything bbc is great. There are also lots of movies I’ve loved but don’t want to rewatch. Once for Schindler’s list was enough.

  8. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    Galaxy Quest (converted by PiC). While You Were Sleeping (even though it’s probably really bad, it was a favorite back in the day), Rogue One made me really sad but it was still good. Wonder Woman. I heart Black Panther without yet even seeing it – can’t wait to. Almost anything Audrey Hepburn solely because I adore her. We’re also, thanks to JB, addicted to Zootopia and Moana but they’re just good on their own without a child around. I definitely played Moana 4 times in a row one day when JB was gone.

  9. seattlegirluw Says:

    I don’t have a favorite, but one that I love and haven’t seen in ages (and have been thinking about a lot lately) is Noises Off. It’s a movie about a disaster of a play, and it’s hilarious — not to mention pretty star-studded at the time.


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