40. The Enchanted Cottage
Do you know what loneliness is, real loneliness?
Beautiful story of a couple who don’t strike most people as pleasant to look at (they’re very aware of their “ugliness” as well), but when they spend some time together in an “enchanted cottage” it appears that the scars that marr their bodies melt away and they are healed. In the end, the message here is that true love colors the world in an entirely different way.
“I’m impossible to forget, but I’m hard to remember.”
“I teach my kids about the things that really matter. I will teach them about Abraham Lincoln and Ronnie Van Zandt, because they are equally important in my house.”
That first quote resonates with me as it seems that I’m constantly reintroducing myself. I don’t know if it’s because most of the people I meet are forgetful, or maybe I’m forgettable.
This movie, more than any other I can think of, reminds me of my family in southern Oklahoma. To clarify, my dad’s side — the Johnson family. A southern, sweet, hard-workin’ bunch of folks who know how to handle a funeral and that’s with food. Also, their reaction to the notion of cremation would be just the same.
It’s a movie about failure, change, death, and family that stands by no matter what.
38. Ever After
My great-great-grandmother’s portrait hung in the university up until the Revolution. By then, the truth of their romance had been reduced to a simple fairy tale. And, while Cinderella and her prince did live happily ever after, the point, gentlemen, is that they lived.
Big, big sigh. Maybe this should be higher on the list, or maybe I’m just in a royal wedding mood. I watched this obsessively in 1998. I was 14, ”in love” with Prince William, and living in a dream world. And it was FABULOUS. I don’t actually know anyone who hasn’t seen this movie, but if you haven’t then you must. It’s just plain sweet.
37. Away from Her
“I think all we can aspire to in this situation is a little bit of grace.”
“It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”
This is a movie about a man having to let go of his wife who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. If you’ve ever witnessed deterioration like that in a loved one, this film will hit home. It handles the topic delicately and approaches it from a direction that you don’t see so much — the life of a spouse “left behind” by the disease and how he deals with the changes. Captivating.
What do you mean I’m funny?
Do I really need to explain Goodfellas? It’s also on my list of “Movies You Might Be Shocked to Know I Love”. Give me agood mafia movie any day. This one is spectacular. Be prepared for some rough language though.