The way I worked through this was to create a list of movies that impacted me. Movies that speak to a specific period of my life. Movies that I have finish if I see them on.
So without further ado, my list. Not the best movies I've ever seen. But a list of the movies that I would say are my favorites. In order of release:
The Thin Man - Endlessly quotable. Nick and Nora Charles are definitely couple goals, minus the alcoholism. Comedy with a touch of noir. The movie that defined gathering all the suspects in a room to identify the culprit. I love the book and I love this movie.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - As I've wrote previously, I need this movie every once and a while. Capra at his finest and a great representation of what our country is supposed to represent. A standout film from the greatest year in film.
Singin' In the Rain - The greatest movie musical ever. So many great numbers. Make 'Em Laugh, Good Morning, Singin' in the Rain. And Lena Lamount is one of the greatest characters ever created.
Maltese Falcon - Noir at its finest. A wonderful collection of character actors. Bogart, Lorre, Greenstreet, Astor. Truly the stuff that dreams are made of.
Summer Magic - This film reminds me of my childhood. One my mother loved. The songs are burned in my brain. Ugly Bug Ball, Flitterin', Beautiful Beulah. And one of the greatest songs ever written - On the Front Porch. An anthem to relaxing on the front porch. To spending time with family and friends. To unwinding. To life. Not the greatest movie ever made, but one always in my memory.
Monty Python and The Quest for the Holy Grail - The movie where I discovered cult classics. One of my favorite examples of British humor. Again, endlessly quotable. And remarkably silly - which we always need every once and a while.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? - I saw this at just the right time and it blew my mind. All those characters together at once. Interacting in inventive and appropriate fashions. A touch of noir, and a lot of cartoon greatness. Still technically impressive.
Se7en - Again one that hit at the perfect time. It led me to following directors, particularly Fincher. Neo noir and a incredible hook.
Bernie - Linklater is always an interesting director if nothing else and this is my favorite film that he has made. Incredibly accurate for East Texas and a master stroke performance by Jack Black.
The Avengers - This was a moment built to that could not be ignored. The first phase Marvel movies had already hooked me. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America. Since the first indication at the end of Iron Man - Nick Fury with those words, Avengers, I had been waiting for this film. And it did not disappoint. Great character interaction. Heroes being heroes. Avengers: Infinity War came close, but this built it all.
Ask me again in a few weeks and the entire list could be different. But these are the movies that speak to me now and have impacted me in various ways. I'd love to hear yours.