My Top Ten Favorite Movies

Those that know me, know that my family owned one of the first video stores in the Bronx back in the 80s when VCRs first emerged. I became sort of  a movie buff since I had my pick of any movie I wanted to watch, and did so for almost 15 years. I have compiled a list of my favorite movies, and by favorite I mean I drop everything, regardless of importance, if one of these movies is playing on TV. They are not in any specific order of importance because I love them all so much that I couldn’t classify them to a specific ranking.


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1. The Godfather Part 1: I love this movie because of the family dynamics among the Corleones. Regardless of all the violence, there is genuine love between them in all the relationships. Well, maybe not in Carlo’s marriage.


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2. The Godfather Part 2: My dream is to go to Italy, and visiting the old country through the eyes of the young Vito Corleone is breathtaking. His struggles and tribulations that afflicted him, made him the person he was and gives you an understanding on why family was so important to him.


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3. The Count of Monte Cristo: My daughters probably know this movie by heart now. My DVD doesn’t even ask to play anymore, it just automatically does it. This story of vengeance and friendship is very captivating. I was first introduced to the story when I read the book for an English class in high school and I was in love. I was drawn to read more classics, including taking some college literature courses.


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4. Harry Potter Movies: The geek in me first read the Harry Potter books because I would see many people, especially older ones, reading the books on the subway every morning on my way to school. When the movies were released, I was the creepy adult in the theater with no kids watching eagerly like any other kid.


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5. Scarface: If you was raised in the 70s and 80s, then you know who and what Scarface is. No, not the gangster Al Capone, but the Brian DePalma film starring Al Pacino (you notice a theme here with Pacino). Classic lines, like “I tell the truth, even when I lie” have been repeated and used in the music industry and other mediums. Although the movie was not a box office blockbuster, the movie still became a cult classic, with one of the biggest underground followings of any movie in history. We were teased for a while on a part 2 based on the son of Tony Montana, who was going to be portrayed by the rapper Cuban Link. Nothing ever came of the project, but I’m sure if it was to resurface, many would be in line to see the drug kingpin’s story line continue with his son.


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6. Traffic: When this movie came out, it was one of the first DVDs I purchased for my first DVD player and I was immediately in love with it. Seeing the world of drugs from all angles, and how they are interconnected, whether the connection are obvious or not. From the low-level drug dealer to the cartel head, Traffic takes you on a journey into the lives of several families, located throughout the United States and Mexico, but connected by the same drug trade. Drugs can affect everyone, and this movie expertly portrays that life and the darkness it can entail and bring upon a family.


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7. Not Without My Daughter: If anyone was to try to hurt my girls, I would go all lioness on them, just like Sally Fields who fights heaven and hell to get her daughter back from the clutches of her Middle Eastern husband and his family in Iran. The lack of rights that women have in this region of the world is deplorable, and this movie depicts the plight of many woman who just want to be mothers to their children. Even though the movie is set in the 80s, many of the challenges are still present and relevant in the Middle East today.


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8. Finding Nemo: In the words of Dory, “Just keep swimming” is one of the most motivational phrases that came out of a cartoon in recent times. This movie captivates you with its vibrancy in color and the storyline of love between father and child. Most movies are centered around a mother’s love for their children, but Finding Nemo portrays the love of Marlin and his son Nemo, who disobeys him and gets lost out at sea. After many years of waiting, we finally are going to have a continuation to the movie, titled Finding Dory and hopefully it will be just as good, and hopefully better, than the first one.


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9. Sleepaway Camp: My mom was always into horror movies, and since she did not want to watch them alone, my sister and I would sit down and watch them with her. My sister was a wuss and cannot watch a horror film to this day. I, however, love a good horror flick and one of my favorites has always been Sleepaway Camp. It has a cheesy storyline, but the concept of a boy being dressed and forced to live as a girl was something unheard of in the 80s. Of course the boy was expected to go crazy with a mom forcing him to dress and look like girls. I didn’t like parts 2 or 3, the original was the best one.


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10. The Mummy: The geek in me had to have an archaeological movie in the bunch, and the only reason The Mummy beat out the Indiana Jones movies was because I’m obsessed with all things Egypt. This movie is rich in history of the pyramids and the legends of the mummies. My dream has always been to travel to Egypt and go to the pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the Museum of Antiquities. I have always wanted to learn how to decipher hieroglyphics and study the way of the Egyptians. Maybe one day I will be able to go to school and get a degree in archaeological studies.

There are many other movies that I  love, but these hold a special place in my heart, and like I said, I drop every thing and change my plans if they come on television. Do you have any favorite movies? Do you drop every thing to watch them?

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