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Some of My Favorite Movies

So, it’s Saturday, and that means that we’re all out partying and getting crunk in da club…or on a sandy beach…or having a candlelit dinner with “boo”…or a million other amazing things.  Right?  Okay.  Most of us won’t get out of our p.j.’s and fluffy socks.  Nor will we leave the couch or cook a good meal, opting instead to order delivery.  And that’s okay.  But that also means that there may come a time during the day/evening that we are bored.  And that will not stand.  So…to help anyone that may get bored during their listless and lazy Saturday, here are five of my favorite movies.  Most importantly some of them can be streamed from home!  Enjoy!

The Color Purple (1985)

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Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Rae Dawn Chong, Margaret Avery, and countless other wonderful actors, this is my favorite movie of all time (based on the equally amazing book of the same name).  All-in-all, it’s a wonderful movie about resilience and the African-American experience in the south during the early to mid-1900’s.  However, it’s also an uplifting movie about friends, family, sisterhood, pride, hope, and resilience.  It’s also highly quotable!  “It’s gon’ rain on yo’ head!”  Check it out on Amazon Prime!

P.S. I Love You (2007)

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This movie stars Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Kathy Bates, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, James Marsters, Harry Connick, Jr., Jeffrey Dean Morgan, on and on and on.  It’s a movie about a young widow getting over the loss of her husband–through deliveries made by him after his death?!!?  You’ll have to watch it to understand how–but it’s a definite tear-jerker, and so full of hope and love!  Watch it on Amazon Prime!

Snow Cake (2006)

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This freaking amazing movie stars Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, and Carrie-Ann Moss–and will break your heart while it also uplifts you.  Alan Rickman plays a man driving across Canada, only to be involved in a car wreck with a hitchhiker to whom he has given a lift.  There’s only one thing left to do–tell the hitchhiker’s autistic mother (Sigourney Weaver) that her daughter is dead.  Sooooo fucking good.  Alan Rickman is at his best (even considering the Harry Potter Series), and Sigourney Weaver is simply amazing.  Unfortunately, you’ll have to go rent this one at a brick-and-mortar store, or buy it here.

House of the Flying Daggers (2004)

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Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, and Takeshi Kaneshiro star in this Chinese wuxia film about a romantic military captain that helps free a beautiful rebel from indentured servitude in order to rejoin her family and fellows at arms.  But is everyone being honest about who and what they are?  Amazing action in the vein of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  Warning: subtitles–but do not let that stop you!  This is an absolutely gorgeous movie with an equally gorgeous plot that you can stream on Amazon Prime.

Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

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As if everyone doesn’t already know about this movie–Gene Kelly plays a Vaudevillian, turned stunt man, turned silent movie star, struggling to keep his career rolling during the advent of the “talkie” in 1920’s Hollywood.  Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds costar–and are sometimes the best parts in the movie.  And Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont is absolutely hysterical–and so deliciously fun to hate!  With infectious music, beautiful dancing, and a fun story, it may become one of your favorites, too!  This one can be watched on Amazon Prime, too!

Feel free to return the favor and share some of your favorites for me to try!  Enjoy your lazy, movie watching Saturday!

Until next time…

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Allen T. St. Clair is an author, blogger, amateur cook, and all-around smartass, hustling to get his books and other projects noticed.

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