Sunday, 17 October 2010

Light Relief

For those of you who don't already know I've just received my 3rd set of revisions for my medical romance and am going to have to and retreat into the Bat Cave for a while.
Meantime Heidi Rice got me crying this week when she put a clip of 'The Way we Were' on her blog, I haven't even seen the film but the last seven minutes had me crying buckets.
So for some light relief I decided to compile a little list of my favourite films.  Now not all my favourite film actors even feature in some of these films, so hats off to Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage who are nowhere to be found.  I am also about to reveal myself as a true eighties girl. 
I tried to compile a list of ten, failed miserably, and only got it down to 13 by amalgamating some together.
I make no excuses for some of the stuff I like, I only know that if any of these films are on the TV there is a strong possibility I'm going to sit down and watch.
So, in no particular order, here goes
  1. Back to the Future - everybody loved Marty McFly and I really, really wanted a shot in that car....
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark.  One of my absolute favourites, with one of the best lines EVER "Snakes, why did it have to be snakes?"  I loved Indy, and none of the other Indiana Jones films ever matched this one.
  3. Star Wars.  Because I'm a Sci-fi geek and I always will be.  I could watch this again and again and again.  And oops!  there's Harrison Ford again - how did that happen?
  4. Star Trek First Contact.  Do you see a theme here?  Captain Picard is my all time favourite Star Trek captain and I do think I should be cast as his daughter.  But this film had the best baddies ever - The Borg!  Even the name sends a chill down my spine.
  5. E.T  I told you I was a sci-fi geek and I do have son called Elliott.  The reason I chose this picture is because there is a ride at Universal Studios where you climb on Elliott's bike, go up in the air, and ET appears in your basket!  It is magical and I felt a tear in my eye as I sat next to all the kids on that ride.  And I really loved the glowing finger...
  6. Dirty Dancing.  "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" yet another great line, delivered by a man who will always have a special place in my heart.  The tunes in this film were beyond fabulous and no, I didn't like Jennifer Grey, but then again, that's because she was dancing with MY man!
  7. Pretty Woman.  What a fabulous story.  How beautiful, vulnerable and fiesty was Julia Roberts in that part?  She nailed it!  And I really, really loved it when she back into that shop and gave them what for, go girl!
  8. Beverly Hills Cop.  Okay so I know that Victoria Beckham has now nicknamed him Beverly Hills C*ck because he done the dirty on her friend, but this film was magical.  The theme tune was fabulous and even my six year old hums it.  The one-liners were great too.  Watched Daddy DayCare the other day and he had me in stitches for that too, but this was definitely the best.
  9. Die Hard.  The common theme here is that none of the follow up movies have ever trumped the first ones.  Bruce Willis was the perfect hero for this, reluctant, hard ass and definitely fit.  Everyone should have a Bruce in their corner when the chips are down.
  10. It's a Wonderful Life.  Because I love Jimmy Stewart and I loved the fact he was so despondent in this film, absolutely rock bottom and he learned the value of life.  I loved the message behind this movie.
  11. Musicals - The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music and Singing in the Rain.  Because I spent hours and hours watching these as kids and they don't make films like these any more.  And because I played the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz at dance school.  Remember Donald O'Connor running up that wall in Singing in the Rain, and the fabulous scene with Gene Kelly dancing in the rain - do you know how much of a perfectionist he was and how many hours he spent practising that?
  12. The Slipper and the Rose.  Does anyone remember this Cinderella story with Richard Chamberlain and Gemma Craven and really snide singing.  Well I loved it!  Every second of it and I don't care if you are all screaming with your heads underneath your pillows.  We are all allowed one really bad film on our lists and this is mine.
  13. White Christmas.  So I know that I've done musicals but this one is special too.  And I have to watch it every year because I love schmaltz and this one does it to perfection.  And do you remember the little girls on pointe at the end, who were WAY to young to be doing that??
Okay, so that's me.  So what gets your vote?


  1. Tons of luck with the revisions - and hurry up because I want to buy your book.

    LOVE The Slipper and The Rose. I've seen it so many times I know it by heart and was horribly disappointed when it was last on tv to find they'd edited huge chunks out of it. Never mind, I have not one, but two copies on dvd.

    You must watch The Way We Were right the way through - Robert Redford was never so gorgeous (apart from, perhaps, in Barefoot in the Park).


  2. Go the eighties!! I love Star Wars. Best. Movie. Ever. :-)
    Good luck with the revisions, Susan. I know you can do it!

  3. I am tired so not able to fire my brain up on films, but CONGRATULATIONS on the revisions!

    I know it's another step, but how great and encouraging to get them really... they see it in you Susan, and that is brilliant.

    GOOD LUCK!! Have you got a deadline to work to?

  4. Hi Susan!
    Third times a charm. I just know it.
    I loved Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. And It's a Wonderful Life is one of my favorites. Every holiday season I'd scan the channels looking for it. Finally, my husband bought me the movie!
    Good luck with the revisions. I keep saying it, but I mean it....I know you can do it. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help!

  5. Revisions, natch, such HARD work, but worth it in the end. Wouldn't it be nice if we had a revisions genie who could spirit away the work in progress and present it back to us done? Hah, in our dreams eh? Good luck with 'em. I absolutely love 'It's a Wonderful Life', it's definitely on my list. The other film which I watch over and over is 'Tootsie', it's my ultimate feelgood romance, slightly wacky but funny and Dustin Hoffman is one of my favourite actors. I'd also put 'As Good as it Gets' and 'Romancing the Stone' on my list - is there any coincidence that both films have romance authors as main characters? Hmmmm, never thought about that!

  6. Congrats on revs number three and all the best with them. How exciting!!

    Oh, so many faves in there, but I LOVED LOVED the slipper and the rose! And dirty dancing too!!

    I too am a girl of the eighties - am still obsessed with Bon Jovi. Have been a fan for almost 24 years... enough said.

  7. Oh - and how could I not mention Pretty Woman!

  8. OMG I read your Top Five and thought 'We are sooooooooooo different'! Thank God you redeemed yourself with Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman!
    Probably my all time faves are Love Actually, How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. I'm also quite partial to Bridget Jones on film.
    Congrats again on the revs. And I read today of another author who sold after a third set - so I reckon it's third time lucky :)

  9. Suzanne so glad to find another person who loves The Slipper and the Rose, I thought I would get slated for puting it in here!
    Jackie - delighted to find a fellow Star Wars junkie, I never wanted the Princess Leia costume, I just wanted to be a female Han Solo, so much more fun!
    Joanne - no deadline as yet, waiting until I have a chat with the editor and will decide one then but I think I'll probably suggest about a month, any longer and I'll go crazy!
    Wendy, thank you for your good wishes and watch out because I may come and pick your brain!

  10. Cara, can you please, please find me a Revisions Genie, what a wonderful idea! I thought Michael Douglas was SO sexy in Romancing the Stone, good pick!
    Janette - another Slipper and the Rose junkie Whoopee! As for Bon Jovi, gotta love those hairdos!
    Rachael, I loved The Sound of Music too and spent many an hour practising the dance routines. I wanted to be Brigitta, how about you?

  11. Susan,

    First, good luck on the revisions. You'll nail them for sure.
    And do we ever have alot in common when it comes to Sci-Fi. I always wished Picard had a surprise daughter. Who, of course, fell in love with Wesley Crusher. :-)

    I'm embarrassed to say I've never seen 'The Way We Were.' Got some movie watching to do . . .

    Abbi :-)

  12. Hm, you mention some of my favorite moves already, but I would add Strictly Ballroom. That movie caught my attention years before the current Dancing with the Stars craze. My girls watch White Christmas every year and my oldest and youngest sang, 'Sisters, sisters', at a talent show last June, for their middle sister who loves that song. You must put, 'The Way We Were' on your watch list.

    How are you doing with those revisions?

  13. Abbi - actually I had my eye Geordi, but any Star Trek character will do!

    Nancy, I've put it on the list! Revisions are a bit hideous, I might be emailing you shortly!