Millie Owens: When I graduate from college I’m going to New York, and write novels that’ll shock people right out of their senses. I’m never gonna fall in love. Not me! I’m not gonna live in some jerkwater town and marry some ornery guy and raise some grimy kids. But just because I’m a dope doesn’t mean you have to be.
Hal Carter: Listen, baby, you’re the only real thing I ever wanted, ever. You’re mine. I gotta claim what’s mine, or I’ll be nothing as long as I live. You love me. You know it. You love me.
Granny introduced me to Picnic right around the time I graduated from high school. It reminds me so much of my small town and life in a place that moves just a little bit slower. I guess because it takes place in Kansas. I really feel for Madge, the female lead in the film. She’s the oldest daughter and there are a lot of expectations thrown on her. People expect her to choose and know what she wants and have a very particular kind of life right out of high school. The film is a snapshot of the moment when she stands on the cusp — will she do what people expect of her? Or will she dive head first into the life she really wants? Sooo good.
4. The Sound of Music
Maria, these walls were not meant to shut out problems. You have to face them. You have to live the life you were born to live.
To this day, I still find myself humming “I Have Confidence” when I’m feeling nervous.
I was 7-years-old, sitting between my mom and granny, the first time I saw this musical. It was being performed by the high school vocal music students at my school. I was mesmerized by the songs. And for many years I thought the ticket to true love was to become a nun. Well… I got over that part. This movie has meant so much to me over the years. I can pop it in and it instantly makes me feel better. Part of it does leave me longing for a simpler time in my life.
I split these last five films into two posts because the top three could be a tie. I flip flop all the time and it depends on the mood that I’m in, but the top three…they’re just it for me. I have a couple of “honorable mentions” that didn’t make it onto the list, so I’ll be getting to them soon.