Friday, October 29, 2010

friday five: comfort via media

Kathryn at RevGals writes: I don't get to watch that much tv anymore, but I actually wrote down today's Oprah show on my calendar. Why? Because she is hosting a Sound of Music cast reunion!!! ...

It seems no matter how many new movies, tv shows or books come down the pike I still have my ol' stand by favorites that I can watch/read over and over and when I do they actually bring me comfort - like an old sweatshirt or a favorite food.

Today's Friday Five is an opportunity for you to list five of your favorite 'go-to' movies/tv shows/books. You can use images, links, explanations or
netflix
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When it comes to tv I like what I call "smart" television: it engages my brain. If the writing is bad or the acting is lousy, I am ready to move on. The exception to this is great character interaction. I love Bones for this more than anything.
 1) Hands down, the best television ever is The West Wing. Superb writing, outstanding cast, and an amazing education in politics (I yawned at politics before TWW, but I came to appreciate it, and am now something of a devotee. If nothing else, TWW changed how I look at and engage politics.) I watch reruns regularly. 


2) My favorite movie: The American President. What a surprise! (Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it was written by the same writer as The West Wing!) I can watch this movie over and over and over again.  


3) I like good drama. My favorite is probably The Hunt for Red October. It's smartly written and very well acted. And Sean Connery is well, Sean Connery!

4) I, too, love The Sound of Music. It's well written, well edited, and the music is superb. It's also great to see that in real life the good guys DO triumph now and again! Is there a better scene than the family crossing the Alps at the end?


5) TV marathons of any of these: Law and Order, Burn Notice, Bones, JAG...

6) I have to add a sixth, LadyHawke. It's historical fiction, good vs. evil, poignant love story, and a touch of comedy. It's basically fantasy, but fun and heart-warming. Love. it.

12 comments:

kathrynzj said...

Great list. To me Ladyhawke paved the way for Princess Bride.

Thanks for playing!

Sharon said...

I also don't tire of The American President. The Michael Douglas character is so appealing, his "Come to Jesus moment" speech at the press club brings me to tears every time, and Annette Benning is amazing, too!

The Bug said...

I've never seen LadyHawke - I should check it out.

I LOVED West Wing too - although we stopped watching the season they killed off CJ's boyfriend (Mark Harmon - swoon!).

angela said...

Wow, I never saw TWW--I bet it's not something I should ask to watch though--my husband is ultra conservative.

I loved Lady Hawk the book and the movie too. Sat on pins and needles with Hunt for Red Oct. And I love Bones (though some of the visuals are too much for me) and Burn Notice and NCIS and CSI though I am way behind having not rented from Netflix as much recently. Hubs and I got hooked on them together.

Molly said...

I love me some West Wing too!

Teri said...

I LOVE the American President! Though my favorite part may actually be the White House tour guide. It's how I feel about leading a youth group sometimes. "We're walking, we're walking, we're stopping..." LOL.

Sandy said...

I love Law and Order and JAG. I have to admit I've never seen The West Wing or The American President, but I may have to check those out!

Mompriest said...

Yes, yes, yes - to movies and tv show...but I don't know Ladyhawk - something new to check out - YAY!!

Wendy said...

Bones, West Wing, American President, LadyHawke. Good stuff.

Joolie said...

great list! Ladyhawke is a good one, Matthew Broderick is so young!

Jan said...

I like "American President," too, but don't you also like "Dave"?

Jules said...

I miss Jag and West Wing...quality writing, admirable characters and thought provoking topics.

My favorite movie? In Harm's Way with John Wayne and Patricia Neal...

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