I have a hard time sitting through a whole movie. I think it was because when my kids were little when they were preoccupied with watching something…that was my time to get things done around the house. There are a few exceptions to that rule that I am sharing with you today.
These six movies without a doubt are my all time favorite. Ever.
I love the old classics and these fit the bill perfectly. These are movies that we have watched over and over for years. Some are a yearly tradition when all the kids are home.
I pulled these pictures off Amazon and you can purchase them there (they are all linked). There is a brief description of each movie under the picture.
Pour your favorite drink and grab some snacks, settle in for a few hours…you are in for a treat! Be sure and let me know which ones you watch and what you think.
Do you have a favorite movie/movies? Please share with me!The Great Race This one is my favorite. Mr D. and I have fun quoting it for funny situations. Family friendly and hilarious!
Academy Award winner Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood star in a slapstick farce about a 22,000-mile road race from New York to Paris set in 1908. Dastardly, black-garbed Dr. Fate (Lemmon) dares the world’s greatest hero, The Great Leslie (Curtis), to the race across the Wild West, through frozen Alaska and into the Kingdom of Carpania. Fate sets a series of nefarious traps for Leslie, but neither plans on the indefatigable suffragette Maggie DuBois–the object of both Leslie’s and Fate’s affection–to enter the race, determined to strike a blow for feminism.
Hello Dolly Barbara Streisand is a knockout as Dolly Levi, the woman “who arranges things like furniture and daffodils and lives.” And Hello Dolly, is the blockbuster musical you’ll want to see her in again and again. The famed plot concerns Dolly, a young widow and professional matchmaker who sets her sights, and whatever else she can muster, on conquering tight-fisted Yonkers merchant, Horace Vandergeider, beautifully played by Walter Matthau. How she does it has to be the grandest, singingest, dancingest, marchingest flag-wavingest musical there ever was.
Those Magnificent Men An air race from London to Paris provides the premise for this marvelous comedy, which features thrilling aerial photography and some stupefying stunt flying. It’s set in 1910, when the (lovingly re-created) airplanes of the period were likelier to sputter and crash than they were to go in a straight line. The international contest requires an international cast, including Stuart Whitman as a cowboy American interested in the ladylove (Sarah Miles) of an English ace (James Fox). Alberto Sordi and Gert Frobe represent the Italian and German nations; Terry-Thomas plans frightful sabotage for race day. From the jaunty opening song and the great opening-credits drawings by Gerald Searle onward, the movie has a pleasingly breezy tone that sits well with the meticulous flying sequences. . –Robert Horton
Around the World Phileas Fogg bet his fellow club members that he could circle the globe in eighty days. That may not be impressive today, but in 1872, it was nearly impossible. Accompanied by his valet, Passepartout, and the wandering Princess Aouda, Fogg crosses Europe, India, Japan, the Pacific and the United States.
It’s a Mad World A police captain follows a mad dash for $350,000 buried under “a big W.” Directed by Stanley Kramer.
Oscar Oscar was Sylvester Stallone’s agreeable, 1991 effort at broad comedy, a fast-talking, suspender-snapping gangster farce featuring the Rambo star as a 1930s Chicago mob boss, Snaps Provolone, trying to go straight during overlapping personal crises. No, this isn’t Billy Wilder, but director John Landis (Coming to America) has crackling fun with Oscar‘s fruit salad of traditional comic themes and tools, including mistaken identities, a powerful man’s weakness for his children, and a nonstop parade of outre secondary characters. The cast includes Kirk Douglas as Stallone’s father, whose deathbed wish compels Snaps to go into legitimate banking at the exact moment the latter’s daughter (Marisa Tomei) announces her love for a chauffeur. Meanwhile, another woman claiming to be Snaps’s offspring is engaged to a fellow (Vincent Spano) who has stolen $50,000 of the big man’s money. Wackiness ensues. The winning cast includes Peter Riegert, Don Ameche, Chazz Palminteri, Eddie Bracken, Harry Shearer, Yvonne DeCarlo, and Bruce Davison. –Tom Keogh