This one time, I went to Europe.
(I like to start my stories this way because my roomie Kim rolls her eyes. She says I reference everything with this introduction. I could be telling a story about eating at Subway last week and I would start it with “This one time, about a year after I got back from Europe…” See? It’s fun.)
So I went to Europe. While in Rome, everyone in our little tour group got to pick one thing they wanted to see. Obviously we went to the Colosseum and the Vatican and the Trevvi Fountain and ate at this fabulous little Italian restaurant…
But what I really wanted to see was the Spanish Steps. Everyone knows that undercover princess Audrey Hepburn was eating ice cream in that very spot when the dashing young Gregory Peck came and picked her up and showed her the town before falling madly in love with her. And so, on our last night there, we ran across town so I could have my moment. When somebody started complaining about the trek, my Spanish roomie Audi would say, “Hey, we’re just going so Rylee can do her Audrey thing.”
Another time, I went to New York.
(This is my other roommate Jeehee’s favorite story because I went with the boy who she ended up marrying. Oh, good times.)
While I originally went to New York to get my Psych on, there was obviously a stop I had to make the next day as the wonderful sister of Max’s sister-in-law showed us the sights.
Yup. We took a stop at Tiffany’s. Sadly, it was before breakfast. But that’s ok, because then the moment would have been absolutely TOO perfect for me to handle. So I did my best Audrey thing with a cheesy smile on my face.
This week, it was Halloween.
I usually hate Halloween. I can never decide what to be and end up dressing up in some lame costume just so I can wear jeans to work. I had a burst of inspiration at the beginning of the month and couldn’t believe I hadn’t ever though of this genius plan before.
I would do the Audrey thing.
Oh, you know. Just doing the Audrey thing.
And now, for the grand finale I’m sure you’ve all just been DYING to see:
#3-It’s a Wonderful Life
As I was talking to my mom, I realized that all of these numbers are totally messed up. Why is this movie not number one on my list? Because at the time I numbered the list, I was in a Cary Grant mood. But Jimmy Stewart makes his character one of the most beloved of all time–what girl doesn’t want a George Bailey in her life? He’s smart, sweet, and sticks to his moral guns, but his down-to-earth nature imperfections make him seem real, as if he could be the neighbor down the street or your own dad. He’s the kind of guy you just want to be best friends with, and that’s what makes it a movie that I will always consider at the top of my list.
Seriously-this movie is amazing. And let’s be honest–with the names Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn side by side, you can’t help but have a hit on your hands. Cary plays a dashing con-artist type person (I won’t give away any major details on his character for those of you who still need to see this movie) and Audrey plays an adorable flirt. When both actors were first cast for the role, Cary requested that Audrey be portrayed as the one chasing after him since he was several years her senior, and let’s be honest–who can look at that man even in his mid-50’s and not think he’s a total hunk? The plot for this one is fantastic too–you will never think of liverwurst in the same way again.
#1-Singing in the Rain
Now, I know that I’ve said you need to watch all of these movies if you’ve never seen them, but really? Singing in the Rain? If you haven’t seen this one, you obviously don’t have a soul. There are so many good moments in this one, including one of the most iconic scenes of all time, which inspired one of the most amazing commercials of all time (don’t tell me you didn’t love it). I really cannot rave about this movie enough, and hope that if you haven’t seen it, you invite me over on a rainy afternoon so we can pop some popcorn and fill our souls with the magic that is Singing in the Rain.
So that concludes out list. Again, I need to apologize for the numbering of many of these movies–who knows why I put them in the order I did, or whether I would even change it if I had the chance. These are the movies that have inspired my love for the classics, and I hope that you enjoy them!
This is one of those movies I feel like I need to put up out of principle. As I have yet to see Citizen Cane and I refuse to see The Godfather (out of principle) Casablanca is the highest-rated movie from AFI’s Top 100 Movies List
. Humphrey Bogart (who happens to top the list of AFI’s 100 Stars
, just one ahead of Cary) does a fantastic job playing the owner of Rick’s Cafe, a former American patriot turned cynical skeptic by the girl who done him wrong. When she comes back with her French Freedom-Fighter Fiancée (I love alliteration!), amazing and awe-inspiring scenes like this
one occur. It makes me proud to be an American….or French…or something… either way–Goosebumps!
#6-Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me (or any time admiring the display on my bedroom walls) knows that I ADORE Audrey Hepburn. And she is at her eye-popping, jaw-dropping, glamorous best in this film–even with her hair in a towel, wearing a pair of sweats with no make-up on. (How is this fair
?) I feel like a lot of people feel like Holly Golightly at some point–like a poor no-name slob, looking for love. And let’s be honest–how can you not love a movie that ends with a good kiss in the rain?
- The movie that introduced me to the stud of a man known as Rock Hudson-all six-foot-six of him 🙂
- A movie I’ve been calling my favorite for a long time, and we welcome back Danny Kaye
Jimmer Update–I finally got to go to a basketball game tonight! Jimmer was a little off his game, though…he only scored 36 points. That’s ok. I’ll get to see the Jimmershow again at the next one!
And so the Classic movie list continues. Today, we get to start with my favorite leading gentleman: Cary Grant in–
#10-North by Northwest
This movie is brilliant. Not only does Cary’s character maneuver through winding roads after being intoxicated, evade being framed for a murder that takes place in the United Nations, avoid being mowed down by a crop-duster, and climb on the nose of Jefferson on Mount Rushmore, the O. in Roger O. Thornhill doesn’t actually stand for anything, which is fantastic. Alfred Hitchcock does it again!
#9-Mr Smith Goes to Washington
This is the movie that inspired me to never go into politics. Jimmy Stewart come through for us again, playing a kind-of naive, but super sweet new congressman who goes to Washington to preserve the American government he so reveres. When he finds out that it’s not all sunshine and daisies, he takes a stand…literally. This movie taught me what a Fillibuster was and got me extra credit in my AP American History class my junior year. Thank you Jimmy Stewart!
#8-Gone With the Wind
Now, this movie didn’t make it to the top ten list just because it was the first movie in history to swear…although Rhett’s parting line is pretty awesome. (Disclaimer–by clicking on that link, you may be subjected to a PG rating word. Don’t say I didn’t warn you) Rhett Butler is basically amazing. So are Scarlett’s dresses (that seems to be a common theme in this list…) Sitting through all 5 billion hours of this movie is totally worth it, because the story, the characters, the actors, and to music are all unforgettable, making this movie a definite classic in my book.
- A love story that takes place in World War II and arguably the best movie of all time
- The story of a glamor girl who finds herself and she finds true love. Also, the reason why I adore Audrey Hepburn.
I rarely have weekend plans, but I am super excited for this Friday. Why, you ask? Because I get to see a Cary Grant movie I’ve never seen before in the Library Movie Theater! BYU is kind of awesome like that–they have this on-going classic movie festival. Ever since I arrived at this blessed university, I have been waiting for the day they show a Cary Grant movie, and this Friday, I will finally have my chance!
I’m saving my I-Love-Cary-Grant post for after I see the movie, but I’ve decided to make a top ten list of my favorite classic movies. When first putting together this list, I realized there were way more than 10 movies I at least had to mention, so here are the honorable mentions of my Classic Movies List.
West Side Story
The classic star-crossed lover tale put into a modern-day New York, complete with teenage gangsters dancing like ballerinas. Leonard Bernstein won at life after making this fantastic musical (which apparently is supposed to opera-esque. Interesting) His music is fantastic:Officer Krupke helped me realize that blood-thirsty teenage gangsters are actually harmless little boys with a great sense of humor, America made me want to move to America (weird, I know), and Tonight…well, that song is a masterpiece.
One of Alfred Hitchcock’s finest pairings–Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. Jimmy is a close second for my favorite actor of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and he will appear quite frequently in this list–don’t say I didn’t warn you. He does an excellent job of portraying an over-eager photographer who’s cooped at home with a broken leg. Grace Kelly does an awesome job being his mega-glamorous girlfriend. (Her wardrobe in this movie is to DIE for! Seriously-her dresses are amazing!) What I love about this movie is it provides the perfect amount of suspense even though we never even leave the apartment. Seriously. Alfred Hitchcock is amazing.
I had a hard time justifying putting this in the top ten list because it’s a Christmas movie, but I knew it had to go up. It’s also a shout-out to my Grandpa, because apparently this is his favorite movie of all time. I’m not saying I blame him–Irving Berlin’s songs, the amazing choreography, and Danny Kaye just by himself make this movie a hit. Whenever he and that other chick dance, it makes me want to quit everything I’m doing right now and take dance lessons until I can dosomething like this
To Catch a Thief
And so Grace Kelly and her gorgeousness make it back on my list, and we are finally introduced to the man I would have married if he wouldn’t have died 5 years before I was born…among other reasons, I guess. This is another Alfred Hitchcock that features elegance in an exotic setting–an artful thief wooing a beautiful woman on the French Riviera. Yum. Cary Grant once commented that Grace Kelly was his favorite actress to work with, and I think the way they play off each other in this movie really shows the dynamics of these two legendary actors.
To Kill a Mockingbird
I’m actually not sure why this movie is only in my honorable mention list and not in the top ten…I must have my priorities totally messed up, because this is one of the most inspiring movies of all time. I mean, who though that a single father who spends his days as a near-sighted lawyer would ever be attractive? Gregory Peck has done it, though, in his spot-on portrayal of Atticus Finch. Yummy. In my top ten list of favorite super heroes, Atticus Finch would probably only be beaten by Jimmer
. Moral of the story here: I need to pay better attention when putting together these lists so I can put To Kill a Mockingbird higher on my list next time.
- More of the legendary work of the one and only Alfred Hitchcock
- Jimmy Stewart living the American Dream
- A trip down south to talk about a movie that has not only made it to the top of 7 of the American Film Institute’s Top 100 lists, but remains the best-selling movie of all time. It also may or may not have a smokin’ hot main character whose name rhymes with Bett Ruttler. Oh, baby.