Favorite Films for the Coming Long Weekend

We’re coming to the end of the summer blockbuster season and I must confess I’m not sad about it. Of the summer’s releases my favorite was Rango, but the big budget, supersized special effects offerings didn’t do much for me. I’m not a movie snob. I like any genre–comedy, epic, animation, sci-fi and even horror. I’ll watch a movie at the theater, at home or even on a plane. I judge a movie by the writing, storyline and cinematography. I also like it when there is a surprise or two.

This Labor Day weekend I plan to spend some of my time relaxing with a good movie or two or three. How about you? Are movies going to be part of your holiday plans? If so I recommend the following:

Barry Lyndon (1975)
directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Ryan O’Neal
Set in 18th-century England, it’s a period movie done in Stanley Kubrick’s quirky style.
Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi247005465/
Amélie (2001)
directed by Jean-Paul Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou
I love the colors and imagery in this movie. It’s a visual treat as well as a touching story. It’s in French with subtitles.
Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2330460441/
Being There (1979)
directed by Hal Ashby and starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden and Melvyn Douglas
This movie’s script is brilliant. It’s a “mistaken for greatness” story with fabulous wit and dry humor.
Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi489947929/
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
directed by Chris Columbus and starring Robin Williams, Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan
Who doesn’t love a good tale of cross-dressing? This is one of my favorite Robin Williams comedies with plenty of slapstick and hilarious lines.
Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2564882713/

So those are a few of my favorites. What do you suggest I add to my movie-watching list?

70 Responses to Favorite Films for the Coming Long Weekend

  1. Se says:

    Your selections appear to have a theme of mistaken or hidden identity. Thus, I would suggest including:

    ‘The Tourist’
    http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi304847129/

    and

    ‘North by Northwest’ http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi457179673/

  2. Wanda Tomaski says:

    I’m trying the Bloody Mary Tomatoes at my Garden Party on Aug 27th I’ll let you know how the folks like them. I for one can’t wait to try them

  3. Dolly Sarrio says:

    Allen,
    You have my favorite movie of all time and my daughter’s as well! Love it!
    Mine is “Being There”, it is something special. Brilliant, touching, funny all of the above.
    Catie’s is “Amelie”. She has had me watch that so many times. I love it too.
    Dolly

  4. Mamie Trivette says:

    Movies that I watch over and Over.

    Ever After – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir-Secret Life of Cathy McCormick-Always-Hans Christian. LOVE STORY.Pretty Woman.
    Where Pigeons go to Die and Fly Away Home is the best.

  5. Jo Ann T. WI says:

    I have just recently watched “The Help”…a very good movie and the book is very well done, too. You will laugh, cry and clap at the end. And, then you will want to see it again. I also saw “Crazy Stupid Love” another very good movie which will have you laughing loudly! Emma Stone is in both and does a fantastic job! Enjoy!

    • Sandra says:

      I too just saw The Help. You will experience every emotion one can in this movie. The movie went right on track with the book.

  6. Gia says:

    Cinema Paradiso – You’ll laugh and cry. Italian w/subtitles

  7. Dreamer of Dreams says:

    I was just talking with another film lover this weekend, my Mom about Ryan Gosling and how talented he is. I’ve seen several of his movies as I was as struck by him in the Notebook as many of you were. I have watched him transform into a myriad of characters and nail every single character I’ve had the pleasure of watching him play. Those types of characters that branch out of their original prototype are the real makers of Hollywood legends. I picked up a movie recently at Blockbuster called Stay starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, and Ryan Gosling after reading the back cover and thinking it would be a great film for my love of psychological thrillers. My usual issue is that I’m not as thrilled as I feel I should be and I get bored and irritated by the whole aspect of the film right down to the directing. Now what really makes me happy is that unbeknownst to me I was in for a mind ride which just really puts hope back in my heart for psychological thrillers. I’m also lucky I rented this film because I was able to watch it more than once which was definitely needed; it simply had me in tears. I am just a simple film nut, always will be and I will always be looking out for the next best film. The unique one that will take my mind and bend it sideways for a while, so I am living in a half reality for a while. I had this film for a while and eventually bought it and have it in my collection now, but it gave me hope that was needed in this type of genre and the actors of tomorrow. http://bit.ly/jP1NIT

  8. Debbie says:

    “Duma”. maybe hard to find but so worth the challenge.

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  10. Jen M says:

    A couple more to think about: The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby – unfortunately Mia Farrow is miscast as Daisy, but the rest of the cast and the sets are fabulous, Jane Erye (Ruth Wilson version), Face Off – John Travolta and Nick Cage are amazing, Dirty Dancing, and The End of The Affair (Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore).

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