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7 all-time favourite movies #FridayReflections

I am not a huge movie buff but I do enjoy watching them ever so often. While I’m not someone who buys movie DVDs, there are few I do own and there’s a reason for that. They are the ones I can watch again and again and again. It’s hard to choose a favourite movie from my 32 years on this planet but I think I could easily do 7 favourite movies. I think.

Mary Poppins

 

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I grew up with Mary Poppins and till today, I know all the songs. Mary Poppins was my foray into magic and fantasy. I longed to jump into a painting that turned real. I longed to have a nanny. I longed to have penguins dance with me. I longed to drink tea on the ceiling. Even now, all these years later, I own the DVD and re-watch it to bring back nostalgic memories. And yes, I can spell supercalifragelisticexpialidocious! I swear the movie taught me how to sound out words and help spell them!

Crash

I watched Crash on DVD the first time. I didn’t know much about it back then but stories about how the lives of strangers interact always appeal to me. I watched and I fell in love. It was a multi-star cast and yet, didn’t really have the big names. I loved the theme of prejudices, race and stereotypes and how we as a society like to deny it but continue to perpetuate it. And no, it’s not just white people who are prejudiced. It’s all of us. Every ethnicity thinks it’s better than some other ethnicity and we do so in subtle ways. Crash highlighted that. And it also highlighted how sometimes, we are not who we think we are. If you haven’t seen it, please see it at once!

You’ve got mail

 

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I love this light-hearted movie of love on the internet back in the days when online dating wasn’t even a thing. It was the first movie I went to watch with my friends after we finished our Year 10 school certificate. It was a big deal as we went out to the city by ourselves. And it lived up to its expectations for me even though at the time, I didn’t have the internet and therefore, didn’t get some of the concepts. Hard to believe, eh? I always fantasised about my very own You’ve got mail story but sadly, that never eventuated!

Last cab to Darwin

I watched this Aussie movie last year and was bawling my way through it. It’s a beautifully made film of a man, Rex who decides to take his life – or rather, death – in his own hands and travels all the way from Broken Hill to Darwin after being told he has a terminal illness. The movie has been done with so much sensitivity and the four main characters of Rex, Polly, Tilly and Julie are all alluring in their own way. Best of all, I loved the relationship between Rex and his neighbour Polly.

Finding Nemo and Finding Dory

 

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Okay, so I’m going to cheat and mention both as one. I loved both movies and especially loved the messages. While it’s true I first fell in love with Nemo for the whole Australia factor, the rest of the movie was awesome too. I loved the laugh-out-loud moments with Bruce or when Dory speaks whale and the seagulls! My favourite line is “Just keep swimming” as it’s something I tell myself every time I want to give up. It was also my motto when I hiked the Overland track — I did adapt it to the situation. Both movies are cleverly done even though Nemo was better and in the end, teach you about friendship, family and resilience. What more could you ask for?

Primal Fear

 

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I don’t know if anyone knows this movie. It was one of the first movies I watched Edward Norton in {and promptly fell in love with him!}. It was a fantastic thriller where Aaron (Norton) murders a priest after stabbing him numerous times. Richard Gere is his defense lawyer and takes the case pro bono for the publicity. The twist in the end took me by complete surprise. Norton’s acting was masterful and I still think he was robbed of an Oscar that year {it went to Cuba Gooding Junior for that movie with Tom Cruise…can you believe it?!}. Even though I know the plot twist, I still love watching the movie.

Bend it like Beckham

 

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Given that I watched Bend it like Beckham at the movies four times when it was released should be an indication of how much I loved it. I was still living in India back then and this was a story close to my heart. While my parents were never near as conservative as Jas’s parents, I could identify with the tomboy Jas. While I didn’t like Beckham, I appreciated the love for sport as I was a cricket-tragic at the time ogling after the likes of Gilly and the Aussie team. I even spoke to my posters of Gilly that adorned the walls of my room just as Jas did. It’s a movie close to my heart and I never did learn to cook that aloo gobi!

As I write these, I realise there’s only one recent movie that makes the cut. Either I’m growing old or I really haven’t been to the movies in a while! Or maybe, they just don’t make them like they used to.

What are your favourite movies of all time?

Do share!

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  • Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic
    September 23, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Great picks! I still love You’ve Got Mail! It’s when I fell in love with Tom Hanks! And Bend it like Beckham! I watched it so many times when it came out! And who doesn’t love Finding Nemo! I haven’t watched Finding Dory yet, but I definitely plan to!
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  • Ashleigh Mills
    September 23, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I really need to see The Last Cab to Darwin. I am with you on the rest of them though!

  • Ness
    September 23, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I have to admit to not having seen most of those movies. Since I’ve had children I don’t seem to make time to watch them or go to the movies. I need to catch up!
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  • Haidee@Maybe Baby Brothers
    September 23, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Love the combo of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together! The only other one on your list I’ve seen is Bend it like Beckham which was equally as enjoyable 🙂
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  • Mandy @ Barbie Bieber and Beyond
    September 23, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I love “Love Actually”, whether it’s Christmas time or not. Gets me in the feels every time. I don’t know how many times I have watched it!
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  • Lata Sunil
    September 23, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I loved Bend it like Beckham. Like you, I am also not so fond of Beckham, but the crazy antics of the family was fun. Finding Nemo is my children’s favourites and it is watched everytime it is on TV. The others I haven’t watched and will look out for them.

  • Deborah
    September 23, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I have ‘comfort movies’. Sleepless in Seattle was once one, along with Four Weddings and a Funeral. You’ve Got Mail is the same. Then it was “Jane Austen Bookclub”. Sometimes it’s TV shows like Buffy or West Wing that I can watch again and again.

    I haven’t watched much TV lately so I think I’m out of practice!
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  • Pratikshya
    September 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Out of this list I have watched only one movie.. you have got mail.. I have loved it.. I love writing mails and letters..and exploring book shops.. especially the ones at the corner of the streets 😀
    Wanna watch these !! Great list.. 🙂

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    September 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I also love You’ve Got Mail, Bend It Like Beckham and the Finding Nemo movies. My favourite movie of all time though is Independence Day (I love a good disaster movie!)
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  • Angel Stew & Devil's Brew
    September 24, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Mary Poppins, You’ve Got Mail and Finding Nemo are all movies that leave me smiling. Great choices! #fridayreflections

  • Ankita
    September 24, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I have added the movies of your list to my bucket list. I am embarrassed to admit but I have seen only two movies from your list: Bend it like Beckham and You’ve got mail. Love both of them, though <3

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  • Ramya Rao
    September 25, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Wow. These are my all time favorites too! I have Matilda as well. I love the movie and would watch it anytime.

  • Sunita Saldhana
    September 26, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Mary Poppins was the first movie I ever watched in a theatre,, back in 1968. I was just 4 years old. And it was Magic! Sound of music is another favourite, with Lady and the Tramp, Escape to Victory, Roman Holiday, Patch Adams and Magnificent Seven completing the list.
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  • Avada Kedavra
    September 27, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Two of my most favorite movies are on your list Sanch 🙂 I love Finding Nemo/Dory and You’ve got mail. Have seen those movies so many times!
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