After our read-through of Roger Ebert’s top ten films, our department decided to cobble together a list of our own favorite films. However, we couldn’t quite stop at ten, so here are our top thirteen movies, complete with irreverent “summaries” by yours truly! Just like last week, click the picture of any film to take you straight to the library website, where you may place a hold.
Lady in the Water
Haunting fairy tale about a nymph who keeps appearing in a swimming pool. She can’t get home because of the big grassy wolf!
El Laberinto del Fauno = Pan’s Labyrinth
A brilliant and tragic fusion between a world of dangerous magic, and post Civil War Spain. Delicious costuming, ten tons of wonder, and one very, very bad man.
George Clooney is forced to deal with his screwed up family after a horrible boating accident throws his cheating wife into a coma!
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth re-enact Pride and Prejudice in modern-day London!
Marlon Brando makes you an offer you can’t refuse!
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Chevy Chase gives his family – and the SWAT Team! – a Good Old Fashioned Christmas.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Speaking of Christmas – this film is good for then, or any other time, and is sure to help you remember the good things in life!
TALKING ANIMALS. Plus, we love great movies that emerge out of great books!
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey dance like cra-zay. Oh, and they fall in love, too! (ARGH SPOILERS!)
The Princess Bride
An indisputable classic, full of iocane powder, dread pirates, duels to the pain- and, of course, the fearsome R.O.U.S’s!
Fried Green Tomatoes
*furtive wink* The secret’s in the sauce!
Although we all already know what happens in the end, it doesn’t spoil the magic of the story!
The Third Man
My own addition to the list – considered by many critics to be the best British film of all time! Joseph Cotten comes to Vienna to look for his friend Orson Welles, but discovers… HE’S DEAD! But the circumstances of his death seem suspicious… there couldn’t be some sort of conspiracy going on here, right? Right?? Features a soundtrack completely composed of the zither, and some of the greatest cinematography in film history.
Enjoy the show!