Ladybugs…thanks for joining me for this month’s Where Bloggers Live 06.2022: Favorite Movie Moments. This month, the gals and I are sharing our favorite movies with you. Or in my case, my favorite cinematic moments. My single favorite movie may change when something new emerges on the silver screen. But there are a few movies that continue to remain at the top of my evolving and ever-changing list. And those are the movies I am going to share with you in today’s post. You probably won’t find a movie among them that you haven’t already watched yourself. But maybe my post and the posts of my Where Bloggers Live buddies will inspire you to revisit some of your favorite movies and cinematic moments.
But before we get to that, if you’ve missed any of the Where Bloggers Live posts this year, you’ve missed a treat. So far, we’ve given you a look at our ‘rides’ in January and our furry fam in February. And in March we described our dream house. In April I was overwhelmed by LIFE when the gals wrote posts about their favorite piece of furniture. Would still like to do that…someday.
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Ever wonder where the ideas for this series come from? Well, let me tell you!! Each month our fearless leader Bettye comes up with a prompt for the gang to respond to. The prompts always make me use my noggin for more than a place to hang my hat!! And they usually have me traveling down Memory Lane in the process. Today’s post is no exception. Here’s are my favorite moments in movies.
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My favorite genre of movies is the same as my favorite genre of books: historical fiction. With my favorite time period being World War II followed by the U.S. Civil War and the turn of the 20th century eras. Most of my favorite movies portray stories set during one of those 3 settings.
World War II
It would probably be safe to say I’ve never met a WWII film I didn’t like. Or a book set in this era that I didn’t love. Sometimes I wonder what is wrong with me that this historical time speaks so to me. I may forget all the little details in the books and movies I love best…I am 64, you know. But I never forget how those books and movies made me feel. And I think that is what makes them perpetual favorites.
Saving Private Ryan
My all-time favorite World War II film would probably be “Saving Private Ryan” starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, directed by Steven Spielberg. This movie was released in 1998. It won 5 Oscars, won 79 other awards and nominated for 75 more.
IMDB Synopsis: Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
There are many scenes that haunt me in this film. But my favorites are:
- Mrs. Ryan is receives official notification that her sons have died in battle.
- a desperate French father tries to get U.S. soldiers to take his children thinking they would be safer with them.
- haunting phonograph music echoes through the bombed buildings of a French village as the U.S. troops lie in wait for the approaching Nazi soldiers.
“Schindler’s List” is another movie set during the second world war that is among my favorites. Released in 1993, it stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. It won 7 Oscars, 91 wins total and 49 nominations.
IMDB Synopsis: In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
This film is shot in black and white. But one of the most moving scenes of the picture features a little girl in a red coat…the only color in the movie.
- prominent businessman Oskar Schindler watches from a distance as Nazis round up villagers and a small child in a red coat wanders among the chaos in search of safety and a place to hide.
- Schindler receives a send-off by the many Jewish people he saved from certain death by employing them in his factory.
Life is Beautiful
Another lesser-known World War II movie is the Italian “La vita è bella” or “Life is Beautiful.” Released in the 1997, this foreign film was directed by Roberto Benigni. He is cast in the leading role along with his real life wife Nicoletta Braschi. “Life is Beautiful” won 3 Oscars and has 72 additional wins and 52 nominations.
IMDB Synopsis: When an open-minded Jewish waiter and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
The love among the members of this family is incredible and keeps them alive under the worst of circumstances. Guido and Dora go to great lengths to protect their young son from the truth that is the prison camp to which they’ve been relocated.
- Guido has explained to young Giosué that by living in the prison camp they are really playing a game. And the family must play their best to earn points and hopefully win the grand prize, a tank.
The ineffable human spirit is the thread that ties these 3 movies together. The love of parent for child. The love of soldier for country. And finally, the love of one human for another in the world’s darkest days. These movies are forever tucked in my heart and mind.
What movies come to mind when you think of your very favorites? I could certainly go on and on…there’s “Shakespeare in Love” and “When Harry Met Sally” for love stories. “The Great Gatsby” – both versions – for symbolism and beautiful images. And “Overboard” is ridiculous fun with a happily-ever-after ending.
Hope you will join me in visiting the blogs of my dear Where Bloggers Live buddies to discover their favorite movie(s). Then maybe we will both have something new to watch this weekend!!
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Sally at Within a World of My Own
So, last night I was spraying our pillows with linen mist before bed. I sprayed but couldn’t smell anything. Sprayed again. Nothing. Held the damp pillow under my nose. Nada. Started to spray a third time when PC asked why I was drowning my pillow with Bath and Body Works “Sleep” pillow mist. I told him I couldn’t smell the mist and asked if he could…and then it dawned on me…
I’ve lost my sense of smell.
Going to retest for Covid today. I am actually feeling much better but still very congested. Could just be a sinus infection. We’ll see.
If you haven’t seen the “Top Gun” sequel yet, I highly recommend it. We saw it in Tucson over Memorial Day weekend when I was absolutely raw with emotion over the Uvalde, Texas school shootings. I cried from opening credits to closing credits. Not solely over the movie.
Have a restful weekend friends!!
Hugs and kisses,