Monday, April 11, 2011

Guest Post: Recommend Some Classic Movies!

movies In My brain is a week-long movie event where all book-related posts are put on hold and movies reign supreme! It runs from April 10 to 16, and click here to find more movie posts and learn how to participate.

Today, I am so happy to be featuring a post from the very talented (and Canadian) Yahong Chi! Don't forget to check out her blog and dwell in the awesomeness. Welcome, Yahong!


I’m one of those people who is completely out of the loop when it comes to movies. Big names, blockbusters, Oscar winners, maybe (Harry Potter, Inception, The King’s Speech, respectively— I’m pretty sure, at least). But beyond that, I’m clueless.

If you’re thinking, “Then what’s she doing on movies In My brain?! Get her off the guest post list!”, hear me out. See, I know you dear mIMb readers know movies, and I’m thinking movies In My brain is the best place to commence my official movie education. Thus, I make my plea to you: educate me, bring my movie repertoire up to speed. I need both classic must-sees, and then some more recent jewels. I want the best of the best!

Remember that my movie education is very undeveloped. (I grew up on Disney, okay? It’s every little girl’s prerogative.) I haven’t even seen Star Wars— apparently that’s a major transgression. What can I say? I’m a bookish person.

I’ve got my popcorn on hand, DVD remote at ready and I’m prepped for a movie marathon. Sling those suggestions at me in the comments— looking forward to some quality time with my TV.

( French for “kisses”),


Thanks for dropping by! You poor girl... haven't seen Star Wars... xD

So... I'm definitely interested to hear what YOU think... got any Classic movies to recommend?


  1. Oh my goodness, we could be here all day! Some of my faves:

    An Affair to Remember
    It's a Wonderful Life

    The Princess Bride
    The Breakfast Club
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    Terminator 1 & 2

    Edward Scissorhands
    Total Recall
    Empire Records
    Pulp Fiction
    The Secret Garden
    Romeo and Juliet
    Life is Beautiful
    Run Lola Run

    Mean Girls
    Kill Bill 1 & 2
    The Notebook
    Inglourious Basterds
    Easy A
    Jane Eyre

    Ok, I'll stop now...

  2. Well, Star Wars (at least Episodes 4-6) have to be first.

    Then, these films are generally ranked the best three by the American Film Institute:
    Citizen Kane (1941)
    The Godfather (1972)-read the book too!
    Casablanca (1942)

    Other oldies:
    Gone With the Wind (1939)-read the book too!
    The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    Rebecca (1940)-book
    Notorious (1946)
    Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    My Man Godfrey (1936)-available on youtube because its copyright expired
    Ninotchka (1939)
    Stagecoach (1939)
    Goodbye, Mr Chips (1939)
    To Catch a Thief (1955)
    North by Northwest (1959)
    Charade (1963)
    Psycho (1960)
    Waterloo Bridge (1940)
    Camille (1936)
    It Happened One Night (1934)
    All About Eve (1950)
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
    Gigi (1958)
    Some Like It Hot (1959)

    In general my tastes skew toward comedy and films with Cary Grant but I think this is a good start. Also scan the listings for TCM if you get that channel-uncut and commercial free classics 24/7.

  3. Seconding It's a Wonderful Life, The Breakfast Club, Gone With the Wind and Bringing up Baby (actually just about any movie with Katherine Hepburn is fantastic).

    Would also recommend 10 Things I Hate About You, the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice (Colin Firth, what more needs to be said), and movies with Audrey Hepburn (my personal favorite is My Fair Lady, but Roman Holiday is also fun). Since you're a Disney fan you've probably already seen Enchanted but if not, definitely watch that one - such a cute feel-good movie.

    I'm sure I could think up a ton more but those are some that come to mind right away!

  4. Wowie, thank you my dear children! (That's just a term of endearment. Has nothing to do with age or anything. Hehe.) I'm definitely ctrl-c-v-ing all those suggestions, THANK YOU! (And thanks for having me, Audrey! <3)

  5. OH MY GOSH. I don't even know where to begin... And I'm definitely seconding/thirding some of these.

    It's a Wonderful Life -- I watch this every year. Still not old.
    Singin' in the Rain -- I die laughing every darn time.

    The Princess Bride
    Terminator 1 & 2
    Life is Beautiful
    Pride & Prejudice (BBC w/ Colin Firth)
    Pride & Prejudice (Keira Knightley -- ok, I can't help it. It skews a little more modern than straight Austen, but it's so HOT. In an Austenian way.)
    Love Actually

    I could SO go on. But there you have it. These are all I would gladly watch again, multiple times each.

  6. Edward sissorhand



    Corpse bride

    nightmare before christmas

    Alice in wonderland (Tim burton one)

    Star wars number three

    The outsiders

    spirited away

    The chronicles of narnia the lion the witch and the wardrobe

    Pirates of the Caribbean

    Interview with a vampire

    Happy feet

    Thats all I can think of at this moment besides the harry potter movies (1-5 skip 6 then watch 7 part one and part two comes out this july)

  7. T__T I forgot links don't work automatically on blogger XD

  8. Some many good recs already. I am still shocked at the haven't seen Star Wars news. Definitely watch that one.

    The Breakfast Club is another good rec from the 80's.

    Another great classic is Breakfast at Tiffanys :)

  9. Pan's Labyrinth
    The Breakfast Club
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie)
    Interview With a Vampire
    Let the Right One In
    Shakespeare in Love
    All the Days Before Tomorrow
    Teenage Dirtbag

    and obviously Star Wars (original trilogy only. The new ones are brain damaging.)

  10. Oh! And Boondock Saints and Silence of the Lambs (it puts the lotion on it's skin!)


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