50 of My Favorite Films — Honorable Mentions

My honorable mentions list has grown and shrunk over the course of this endeavor. In all likelihood I could have had a list of 100 films, but that would have been pretty watered down and who wants that? Plus it would have taken twice as long. You all have been patient enough 🙂

So, on my list of films that didn’t quite make the cut, or that I saw after I began assembling the list (over a year ago), are these (in a very particular order — from ones I like to ones I really really like):

Samt el qusur (The Silences of the Palace)

This film holds the distinction of being the first feature-length movie to be directed by a woman in the Arab world, though I didn’t know that when I stumbled upon in on some world movie channel when I was in 8th grade. It is a dark picture of the memories of a girl who grew up as the child of a kitchen maid in a palace in Tunisia. The story and the acting are excellent. It offers a very unique perspective.


Oy vey.

If my mom read my blog she would be rolling her eyes right now. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Babs, Mandy Patinkin (LOVE HIM), the cinematography, and the gorgeous music. It’s the music that really gets me. Forget about “Papa, Can You Hear Me?”, there are so many gorgeous songs in this film.

“Will Someone Ever Look At Me That Way” — Can’t everyone understand that feeling? Gah! Unrequited love.

“The Way He Makes Me Feel” — Oh my lands.
There’s no storm yet I hear thunder
And I’m breathless, why, I wonder
Weak one moment then the next I’m fine
I feel as if I’m falling
Every time I close my eyes

A Walk to Remember

I’ve written at length about my feelings on this movie.

The Notebook

No need to explain The Notebook, is there? The above two scenes are a couple of my favorites, though I have to say the talk that Allie has with her mom about the man her mother used to love is on up there on the list, as well as the little chat that Allie and Lon have when Allie is trying to decide what to do. Sigh. This is a cry movie.

Love, Actually

One of my favorite romantic comedies. This pairing is one of my favorites from the film and it’s really…heartbreaking, I suppose. It’s hard for me to buy Andrew Lincoln as a zombie killer in the south when I see him in this.

Wait Until Dark

One of my favorite suspense films! It’s excellent and not anything like films you’ll find today. Seek this one out.

Forget Me Not

This one will RIP YOUR HEART OUT. But it’s so good. One of my newer favorites. I love stories that take place in a short period of time. I won’t give away the ending, or what the characters are dealing with because that would ruin it for you, but let me just say that it’s something that’s close to my heart.

Last Night

Speaking of short period of time — Last Night. A woman’s husband goes out of town and a man she loved once shows back up. Combine all this with Eva Mendes wanting to start something with the husband, the husband paying less attention to the wife, and the former love of hers still being in love with her, and all of this colliding on one single day — well, it’s better than you may think. I love this film. The dialogue is exquisite, especially that between Keira Knightly and Guillaume Canet. When he says, “Why aren’t you writing?” Oh goodness. It kills me.

50 of My Favorite Films — 3-1

Here they are! My top three. I started making this list a long time ago and these three have swapped places with each other a number of times. In reality they all tie for me, with one being my preferred film a certain times while another may take the top spot depending on my mood. And they are all at least a tad bit tragic.

3. Splendor in the Grass
Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.

I fell in love with this after watching 20+ times during my freshman year of college. I had seen it before and decided to write one of the best (IMO) papers of my life on it. It’s a story about expectations and social mores, young love and the things that can drive you apart. Natalie Wood is excellent in this film and the ending is worth every minute. Not everything ends up the way we expect. Life just…is.

Trivia: I named my first guinea pig, Wilmadean, after the main character in this film 🙂

2. Two for the Road
Mark: It’s really meant for photographing three-dimensional objects.
Joanna: I’m three dimensional, as a matter of fact.

This is a story of falling in love, falling out of love, and returning again — all told in a non-linear style that I love. This is Audrey Hepburn in my favorite performance of hers. She’s so natural and funny in it. Albert Finney is a little gruff, but charming. Their love story is believable and goes through all the twists and turns that real relationships do — nothing sugar-coated about this. It shows beautifully how relationships change over the years and brings the viewer to the point where the protagonists are, deciding where their lives are going to go.

Such a lovely story with wonderful music. It makes me cry every time I watch it. Especially the “I’m three-dimensional” scene. Sigh. Watch it.

1. Jeux d’enfants (English: Love Me If You Dare)
Tell me that you love me first because I’m afraid that if I tell you first you’ll think that I’m playing the game.

You will either love or hate this film, most likely based on the ending. You need to be able to make the ending what you want and not demand such, ahem, concrete answers from the film.

It’s beautiful. I love every single moment of this. From all the versions of “La vie en rose” that play throughout to the quirky little dares. Even the great big ones. It’s really about two kids who love each other and who have a hard time getting around to expressing it in an appropriate way. Gorgeous and funny and sad. (Try to avoid spoilers before seeing this one!)

Thanks for sticking through this with me! Here are the previous films in the list:

5 & 4
10 – 6

15 – 11
20 – 16
25 – 21
30 – 26
35 – 31
40 – 36
45 – 41
50 – 46

50 of My Favorite Films — 5 & 4

5. Picnic
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.

If you missed any of the previous posts (and there are some good ones, so take a look):
10 – 6
15 – 11
20 – 16
25 – 21
30 – 26
35 – 31
40 – 36
45 – 41
50 – 46