Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Author Spotlight - Barbara Hodges talks about her favorite movie

I'm fighting a head cold. My husband is out of town on a business trip and I'm feeling abandoned. So the first thing I do is call my mommy, and then I dive into my stack of feel good movies, they're almost like chicken soup for me when I need cheering up.

I choose Gidget with Sandra Dee and James Darren. Gidget wins out by just a hair over The Incredible Journey. Gidget does the trick, has me smiling, but if she hadn't worked I'd given into a good cry by popping in Old Yeller or maybe Dumbo.

What's in your stack of feel good movies? I seem to have favorites for every mood, and then there are some I can watch over and over no matter the mood I'm in. Dirty Dancing is one of them, and Chicago and Grease.

So what makes a movie speak to us? I think it's the same thing that makes a book one we read over and over and never get tired off; involvement with the characters, the plots, the need to be taken somewhere else.

I've watched Gidget at least fifty times since I first saw it when I was sixteen, but still I get caught up in it. And even now that I'm a few years past 16 I still identify with her struggle and determination to get what she wants. Good messages huh? Give me a happily ever ending any time and that's whether I'm feeling bad or not.

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  1. Good choices!! I'm with you, I could watch these over and over. My favorites to re-watch are older movies- I love the zany comedies of the 30s- Cary Grant especially!

  2. Return to Me, While You Were Sleeping, Persuasion, Father Goose (or almost anything Cary Grant!), and oddly enough, Tremors. (grin)

  3. I'd pick Pretty Woman, Six Days Seven Nights, Chocolat and (quirky and rather violent choice) Lock,Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels.

  4. I'm a sucker for "Tristan and Isolde" with James Franco, any movie from the Underworld, The Sound of Music, and Young Victoria. An odd mix to say the least.


  5. Yes love Father Goose, Tremors, and Pretty Women.

  6. I nearly wore out Phantom of the Opera when I got it as a Christmas gift. I've never had a movie affect me like this one. My muse loves the emotions the music draws and whenever the muse stops talking to me, I pop the DVD into the machine and get them talking again.

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