5 + 5 Movie Meme

I got this meme from Wil at Moyen Γ‚ge (who still hasn’t answered my question about whether he has six fingers on his right hand). The instructions are simple: List 5 favourite movies and 5 “guilty pleasures,” with explanations.


  1. Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing: A little known film about an awkward young America man who travels to Spain and meets and awkward older English woman and, well, let’s just say they bring out the best in each other. Love, love, love it.
  2. Maurice: A brilliant adaptation of the novel by E.M. Forster about a young English man discovering his sexuality and seeking happiness in an intolerant world. Again, love love love it.
  3. Lost in Translation: A quirky but thoughtful little movie that I just can’t get enough of.
  4. Crossing Delancey: Another quirky but thoughtful romance that I can’t get enough of. It just came out on DVD, much to my delight.
  5. Billy Elliot: Hilarious, uplifting, and heartwarming. It reminds us what beautiful things parents can do for their children.

Guilty Pleasures

  1. G.I. Jane: Somehow, despite being a pacifist, I really enjoy seeing girls kick butt. I’d put Xena on the list too if she wasn’t strictly TV. Lara Croft gets an honourable mention.
  2. Twister: Not a stellar effort, but as a hurricane survivor I’m pathologically drawn to seeing people get terrorized by high winds. Long story. I don’t actually own this movie but it plays frequently on TV.
  3. Persuasion(1995): This is a guilty pleasure only because it is pure romance. Bonus: Ciaran Hinds.
  4. Jane Eyre(1997): Ditto, with more Ciaran.
  5. Rebecca(1997): Again ditto, with Charles Dance.

I suppose I cheated a bit with those last three but I couldn’t think of any truly cheesy movies that I enjoy. Anyone else want to play?

15 comments on “5 + 5 Movie Meme

  1. wil says:

    “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” But, but, how could you not have picked the 1940 Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine version?!?
    Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing sounds interesting, but I can't find it on Netflicks or Amazon…

  2. Sylvia says:

    “The house was a tomb. Our fear and suffering lay buried in the ruins…”
    I'll have to keep an eye out for the 1940 version.
    Unfortunately L&P&TWDT is not available anywhere, as far as I can tell. I have a fading old VHS version I recorded off the TV some 20 years ago. I keep hoping it will come out on DVD at some point because everyone who sees it loves it.

  3. wil says:

    Me again. How does Maurice compare to Brokeback Mountain?

  4. Imani says:

    Billy Elliot is the best movie about dancing ever made. Period.

  5. Sylvia says:

    Better than Saturday Night Fever?

  6. turtlebella says:

    While I'm here…
    I think Maurice is a Merchant/Ivory film, no? Love Merchant/Ivory films, wish I could live in them. That said, although some of the same themes are involved Maurice is just about as different as could be from Brokeback Mountain (although I adored that too). The worlds are entirely different. The original writers that the movies were adapted from are so different – totally dissimilar styles. Class is a huge issue in Maurice as well as sexuality, where it is not in Brokeback Mountain, as the main characters were basically from the same socio-economic background. And then there is America vs. England…especially the American West (and its attendant mythology) and Oxbridge England (with all its attendant mythology!). And frankly, the sex scene in Brokeback Mountain was better! Of course, I only hazily remember such scenes in Maurice, it's been years since I've seen it…so I could be wrong.

  7. turtlebella says:

    I wish I could see movie with the longest title ever (L&P&TWDT) because all your other favorites are some of mine too!
    While I'm wishing, I also wish my books were unpacked so I could grab my copy of Rebecca and type out my favorite quote from it. It's from the scene where they are all having tea under a big tree (can't remember what kind), I don't remember the words, only the feeling of intense nostalgia and peace that it left me with after reading. I haven't seen either movie adaptation, I don't think. Netflix, here I come!!! πŸ™‚

  8. Sylvia says:

    Ah, but Clive and Ennis have the same problem: they've seen the brutal consequences of being found out and are too frightened to say yes to love. Maurice and Jack both have too much spirit to stifle themselves and seek love elsewhere, whatever the cost.
    I may have a line on a copy of L&P&TWDT, though it's expensive. I'll have to review my old copy to see if it's really worth it. Perhaps I could cover some of the cost by bootlegging copies here… Mwa ha ha!

  9. Sylvia says:

    Oh and you're right, there's no sex in Maurice, not even in the book. I think Forster wanted to make sure he didn't give anyone an excuse to dismiss the book as pornography.

  10. Imani says:

    Oh, I've never seen “Saturday Night Fever” but I really can't imagine it being any better. It probably doesn't even have T. Rex's “Cosmic Dancer” on the soundtrack.

  11. Sylvia says:

    You *must* see it. It is a brilliant portrayal of a time and place. Much, much grittier than Billy Elliot, but there is growth and hope.

  12. Chuck says:

    Now, how do you make the distinction between a favourite and a “guilty pleasures” favourite?

  13. Sylvia says:

    I suppose a guilty pleasure is just anything that doesn't fit your usual image. YMMV

  14. patricia says:

    Oh goodness, Charles Dance! Be still my heart. He was SUCH a dish in his youth. Even now, he still has that 'certain something'. Grrrrrr…
    Oh, and I loved that production of Rebecca, not just because of dishy Charles, either.

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