100 Favorite Movies|60-51


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Anne-of-Green-Gables-The-Sequel60. Anne of Avonlea | 1987 | G

Growing up, I always found young Anne in her first movie to be a rather bizarre character. She seemed to get into trouble too much and her flighty spirit didn’t appeal to me. That was until my mom let me than see the sequel Anne of Avonlea, where she was more grown up and her spirited ways felt more exceptable. This amazingly long movie (224 minutes!) is still one my sister and I rewatch quite often. It reminds me of when I was younger while at the same time I find more and more to relate to as I get older. Anne’s engaging spirit is lifting, her determination to push through trials is encouraging and her adventures as a teacher, writer and good friend are both fun and heartwarming to watch.

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59. Say Anything | 1989 | PG-13

I have only seen this movie once which is sad because I need to rewatch it. It’s very easy to understand why this film is so popular and why I fell in love with it before the first 30 minutes had gone by: it’s because Lloyd Dobler is, in essence, what every girl wants from a young man. Lloyd Dobler is easily the best part of the movie because his perfectness is absolutely realistic. He’s not a cutout ‘Prince Charming’ or the annoying goody two shoes. He’s unafraid of being different and of owning who he is and what he wants out of life. He has eyes for only one girl and his spirit of determination to love and be with only her is very endearing. By the end of the movie, Lloyd Dobler had made his way onto my list of best movie men, very near Rocky Balboa and Captain America. :) And the movie kicked “Goblet of Fire” to the curb. :)tumblr_mc7gv0g6l11rf97m1o1_500

58. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | 1977 | G

I HAVE SO MUCH CHILDHOOD LOVE FOR THIS MOVIE. If you were to ask me what the definition of innocence was, I would say Winnie the Pooh and point to this film. This movie is so beautiful. At first glance it may feel simplistic but it’s actually a fun ride. The emotional spectrum is wide: it’s has some very laugh out loud moments from Pooh’s bottom being stuck in Rabbit’s residence to Piglet sliding about Owl’s house with a teacup on his head; and there are scary and sad parts, like when Tigger promises never to bounce again. The cast of characters are broad and dynamic; they drive the stories together. The songs are chirpy and cheerful and the animation is good old hand drawn magic. I like to watch this movie when I feel sad or want to feel safe or nostalgic as it’s the perfect spell to make one a child again.

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57. Toy Story | 1995 | G

How did Toy Story–a movie I didn’t even grow up–beat my childhood love Winnie the Pooh? Hmm, I don’t know, maybe because it’s just simply brilliant? What I hope you all understand is that I often predict how I’ll feel about a movie before I even watch it–if I’m skeptical, it’s all up to the movie to change my mind. After I was seventeen, I decided I wanted to see Toy Story because of how popular it was. I didn’t think I would like it all but the interesting plot, witty humor, clever characters and spirit was able to change my mind. Toy Story was brilliant and I’m very bitter for not getting to grow up with Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Thankfully I gave it a chance and it won my heart. (DARN YOU FROZEN FOR YOU COULD NOT DO THIS AND LEFT ME MISERABLY IN MY ORIGINAL PREDICTIONS OF DISAPPOINTMENT.) Toy Story truly rocks.

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56. The First Wives Club |1996 | PG

A girl flick with depth, The First Wives Club stuck out to me because of where my family is with my parents separated and a (much needed) divorce pending. The film is a comedy about three old college friends who, when reunited by another’s death, decided to band together to bring revenge down on their exes who they gave everything to and are now getting crap from through their divorce proceedings. The movie not only made me laugh quite hard but it was also a good feeling to see them turn their predicaments around to their benefit together. Besides that, the film delves deeper into how important support from friends is for women both in and out of relationships and how getting revenge just isn’t thinking big enough. I recommend this movie to all girls for both a laugh and a reminder to find friends who will be there for you through the most heartbreaking moments of life.

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55. Despicable Me 2 | 2013 | PG

This film is so adorable, nearly as adorable as the first one. Steve Carrel is still fantastic as Gru. The girls are as adorable as ever; Agnes is still the cutest animated girl since Boo in Monsters Inc. The minions are just as hilarious and become a bit more essential to the plot in this film, which was really neat. Although the movie is not quite as good as the first one, it’s still extremely lovable and hilarious (there’s a plus because there is no Vector, who I didn’t like from the first one. :P)

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54. Monsters University | 2013 | PG

I was so excited for this movie when I heard it was coming out and I was not disappointed. The movie is exciting and makes you want to pack a bag and head to college to learn all you can so you can do your very best. The plot was fun with the expansion of the monster universe and new types of monsters to see which was really cool! The back story of how Mike and Sully met is great and I love how their friendship formed. I really appreciated the character development that was given to Sully as well. Mike’s story progression was also very interesting as he wanted to prove himself scary. The film is funny and upbeat with some heartwarming moments that I completely enjoyed. A very good prequel to a fantastic Pixar movie.

Pacific-Rim-poster-1384x2048 53. Pacific Rim | 2013 | PG-13

I regret not seeing this at the theater because it was just so darn good! I originally figured this was going to be one of those dumb-fun-for–23-year-old-guy-in-crummy-shirt type of movie with not substance. I’m happy to say that the film was able to prove me wrong almost right away and provided not just great action and amazing CGI but also an interesting plot and characters with just enough depth for me to care about them. Oh, and the soundtrack is to this is awesome; very similar to the original Iron Man music! Overall, a fantastic summer flick that must have been amazing in 3D and I will be forever bitter that I didn’t get to see it that form!

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52. Rio Bravo | 1959 | NR (a light PG from me.)

I haven’t seen Rio Bravo in ages but it still stands out to this day as my favorite western of all time. A small group of flawed–and one perfect *cough*Colorado*cough*–and realistic characters who band together to uphold the law in a western town taken over by gangsters. The film isn’t about thrills or action (although there are great moments of such) but  is more about the characters and their progression from their flawed pasts to a united group who stand against your classic bad guys. If you can become invested in the characters, like I did, the long film will be well worth the watch (this rather pitiful review for this fantastic film is making me want to rewatch this!! Ahh! Who wants to watch westerns with me? :D)

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51.  Rocky III | 1982 | PG

The third Rocky movie somehow found its way to pretty much right in the center of my list after 51! The movie is so high because of how well it wraps up the journey of the first two movies. Even though there are six Rocky films, the series would have been just fine if it had ended here in a trilogy because of how good this one was. Rocky’s rise to fame, then need for a moment of soul searching honesty,is really neat to see in this film. The build up to the ‘final’ fight is fantastic and doesn’t loose it’s power with multiple rewatches and Rocky continues to be one of the best stand up guys of film history (only to be matched in my book by Chris Evan’s Steve Rogers/Captain America.) That’s pretty good to come from a boxing saga, of all places! :D

~Jamie

I DIDN’T MEAN TO GET SICK. *cries*


tumblr_mihio53mJR1r6uijdo1_500Well, I would post the next addition to my 100 Favorite Movies post but I’ve been sick with a cold nearly all week. After a couple of days of trying, I gave up writing altogether as my mental energy had slowed waaay down (this is also the reason why I haven’t been commenting this week; I’m so sorry everybody.) *Sigh* I’m a complete baby whenever I get sick, I’m afraid. 

Anyway, I’m feeling a little better today so I decided to write this up so I don’t break my blogging streak.

Pretty much all I’ve done this week besides cough and take medicine is watch stuff on my laptop. I decided to finish Season 9 of The Office just so I could say I’ve seen it all. Season 9 was not that great up until near the end. It wrapped up very well and I’m glad I finished it. I also went back to the original UK Office, which I hadn’t been able to finish the first time I tried watching it, and blew through the two seasons in under twenty four hours. So that was lots of fun. 

Movies I’ve watched this past week include Mamma Mia! (didn’t like,) The Good The Bad and The Ugly (too slow overall,) August: Osage County (dysfunction at it’s craziest = not really a happy movie,) rewatched a Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes (no shame that I’m still crushing on him,) and watched Shaun of the Dead WHICH WAS SO FUNNY AND HYSTERICAL I WANT TO ADD IT TO MY TOP 100 FAVORITE MOVIES BECAUSE I WATCHED IT TWICE IN TWO DAYS WHICH I NEVER DO; HONESTLY BRITISH COMEDY WITH ZOMBIES IS THE BEST. It’s rated R, but if you already watch R rated movies anyway, then you need to watch Shaun of the Dead because it’s my new favorite movie.

Besides watching my laptop, I’ve also played my Happy Farm app religiously, listened to audio book dramatizations and helped my mom by sorting through our children’s books so we can downsize. And I’ve been sleeping. So there’s not much else to talk about except that I’m looking forward to not being sick. :P Hopefully if I keep improving like today so I will be able to get back to writing my movie posts, commenting and functioning like a normal human being. Until then, I shall be watching more movies on my laptop in bed. (I’ve marked my Skype profile as “away” but if anyone wants to IM I would enjoy that a lot. I miss human interaction.) Hope you all are doing well.

~Jamie

Link to Latest 100 Post


WordPress is giving me trouble today, it’s hiding my latest Favorite Movies post below my Captain America one. Gr. I’m going to make this easier by just linking to it here. And now it’s not even letting me insert the link. THIS IS MY LUCKY DAY. 

 https://throughtwoblueeyes.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/100-favorite-movies70-61/

~Jamie

The Winter Soldier (short n’ spoiler free)


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(I’m keeping this short since the movie just came out.) I saw Captain America The Winter Soldier Friday evening with my sister and we both really loved it! During a scene, Kayla randomly leaned over to me and whispered, “This the best movie ever!” That pretty much summed up my feelings too.

It was awesome seeing Steve Rogers front and center again. It was his movie The First Avenger that brought The Avengers into my sights in the first place. I fell in love with his heart, character and nobility. I take a moment now to say thank you to Marvel for the amount of energy and thoughtfulness that has been put into translating this character onto the screen without making him seem preachy or over in-your-face-patriotic or trying to make him more liberal. They’ve done right by him and that makes me extremely happy.

What makes this movie so great is that Steve shares this movie with SHIELD. Natasha Romanoff was amazing in this movie; she and Steve make such a great team. I really liked seeing more of her and I’m glad she got to share the spotlight. We also got to see a lot more of Nick Fury during the first half; it was very exciting seeing him in action rather than just directing people around. :D As to the rest of the movie, there was tons of fantastic action, intimate emotional moments, excellent introduction to The Falcon and some good twists throughout the plot!

Other than a few technical things that bothered me (two action scenes were little hard to follow because of the cinematography) I have practically no complaints about the movie! I highly highly recommend getting to a theater as soon as earthly possible to see this if you haven’t yet!

~Jamie

100 Favorite Movies|70-61


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tumblr_mdppgrNaVd1r39wjho1_500 70. The Aristocats | 1970 | G

Oh this movie. This is one of the Disney movies I got to grow up with, so there is a special place in my heart for it. It’s terribly underrated for the amount of heart and pure fun that it is. The soundtrack is so jazzy! The cat characters are so endearing, especially for anyone who’s loved on a cat. Butler Edgar is actually a fun villain, the two dogs are hysterical.  (Personal note: My family had a tom cat visit us for about two years when I was 11 and he was built exactly like Thomas O’ Malley, like exactly. He was black and white though. We named him Buttons.)

jonah-a-veggie-tales-movie-movie-poster-2002-1020196001 69. Jonah: A Veggietales Movie | 2002 | G

Yes, I love this movie. I’m pretty sure it was the first movie I saw at the theater that wasn’t an IMAX nature show. I have a lot of nostalgic ties to it since I grew up on VeggieTales. This was back when the creators actually seemed creative and used all sorts of vegetables types instead of just carrots for crowds and when Kahlil the caterpiller/worm was introduced. The soundtrack and songs in this movie are some of VeggieTales best and OST is one of my ultimate favorites. I can hear you laughing, but I’m quite serious, I own the special addition DVD! :P

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68. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End | 2007 | PG-13

I actually really like this movie, nearly as much as the first in fact! It’s just so much fun! Things mentioned or begun in the first and second movies are wrapped up in this third one (if you didn’t know this already about me, I do like an ending movie that brings good conclusion to a trilogy.) It’s ridiculous that Captain Barbossa becomes one of my favorite characters during the run time of this movie, it really is! Captain Jack is witty as ever and of course my favorite character. I love the adventure through Davy Jones’ Locker and the gathering of the pirate lords for the epic ending. While not as quite as good as the first film, it only follows a little below it and I still find it extremely enjoyable.

real_steel_2011_poster_01 67. Real Steel | 2011 | PG-13

“Rocky with robots” is a great description for this movie. The futuristic idea of boxing robots is an interesting plot idea which was handled quite well. This is a great underdog story, with an underdog robot and it’s underdog owner. Hugh Jackman is always fantastic. I really liked his character’s progression towards becoming a more proactive, caring father to his estranged son. The story is very heartwarming although maybe not a great story, is still a good one.

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66. 21 Jump Street | 2012 | R

I can’t recommend this movie but I will not lie to you all that I didn’t love it when I watched it (or that I bought it for when the sharp need to rewatch it comes along in my funny bone–an this has happened several times.) Even though it’s quite crass, it actually has some heart as well, which is what saved it for me, besides the fact that I did find it quite hilarious. I really love Jonah Hill in this movie as he plays a sensitive, quite lovable character–to make that shorter, I have a crush on the character. :P Channing Tatum is also great in this movie; he and Jonah have great buddy chemistry and are hysterical together. The plot is ridiculous but it works. It works, it works pretty well, actually. And the end is rather epic and I always get extremely invested in it! Overall, this is my definition of a ‘guilty pleasure’ except that I don’t feel that guilty about loving it.

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65. Super 8 | 2011 | PG-13

I’m pretty sure this was my first introduction to the ‘horror’ genre, although it’s more thriller than horror. Since seeing this film, I’ve seen a lot more intense films but this movie made a lasting impression for more than just the intense moments. The plot construction was delicious in this film as nearly all elements worked together to push it forward. The characters are great; the construction of them is great. Although the too much swearing and slightly overdone young romance makes for some awkward parts, I still really like this movie and it’s overall vibes of science-fiction, broken families needing mending, and intense sequences.

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 64. Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs | 2009 | PG

This movie is so cute and creative! Flint Lockwood is one of my favorite animated leads because he’s hysterical, clever, and yet realistic. The animation is very fun; the colors and themes are, dare I say, nearly Dr Suess like! The creativity that poured into this movie is a real delight to see. The movie is also quite beautiful emotion-wise, with father/son problems being dealt with, funny macho police man who dearly love his family and lovable news reporter Sam Sparks learning to be her real self. I like this movie for the creativity and emotional depth it delivers. Not to mention it’s also whip smart funny!

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63. Charade | 1963 | NR (I’d rate it a light PG-13)

You want plot twists?! Lots of plot twists in a mystery treasure hunt dark comedy with an amazing pairing made out of Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant? Then please come over to my house and we will watch Charade together. The love I have for this movie runs quite deep because it’s so fun and yet darkly toned. The film has some great plot twists that may call for second viewing to piece everything together just right; the awesome thing is that the film can withstand rewatches because of it’s sarcastic comedic element. Audrey Hepburn’s character is lovable, classy yet truly quirky and a pure delight to watch. Cary Grant is splendid as always; I wish he and Audrey had done more movies together! The supporting cast is terrific, the soundtrack is very fitting, and the overall ride the film delivers is a must-watch one!

the-lego-movie-poster 62. The Lego Movie | 2014 | PG

This movie is fantastic! Just fantastic! It’s so hard to explain, everyone just needs to watch it! I love the balanced message between always following the instruction book and always doing your own thing all the time. Christ Pratt, who will be in the upcoming Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy, was SPOT. ON. PERFECT. for leading Lego Emmet. He is exactly what you would imagine your classic Lego man to sound like! Everyone else was perfectly cast as well (I love that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are cast against each other in this movie for some hysterical moments that were funnier to me because of my love for them in 21 Jump Street.) The animation style is made to look like stop-motion animation, which was a smart choice to make it look more realistic! This movie was also extremely hilarious–Lego Batman, people! To top it all off, it has a major twist at the end which I’m sure no one will see coming! In a nut shell, this was born to be an instant classic and so it is!

singing  61. Singin’ in the Rain | 1952 | G

One of the best musicals of all times, I don’t know how anyone can dislike this movie! If one was to make a study of musicals, this would be on the first ones I’d point to watch. Not only does it have fantastic musical numbers and great characters, but the whole plot follows Hollywood’s transition from silent pictures to ‘talkies’, which is a fascinating time for motion pictures. There’s nothing I don’t like about this movie. It’s a comedy and a darn good one. The songs are gorgeous, memorable and catching. The romance is so sweet, one of the cutest ever. Overall it’s just a very fun, very chirpy movie which can empower anyone to be happy in a rainstorm if they have the right song to sing in it!