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.
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.
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.
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.
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.