My Top 10 Favorite Movies

The Beatles while filming Magical Mystery Tour

The Beatles while filming Magical Mystery Tour

I know this list won’t be strictly Beatle-related, but I felt like I had to do it at some point. I’m not really into movies the same way I’m into music, but I do enjoy a lot of movies, mostly comedies, and thought I’d share some of my favorites with you! There are a couple of Beatle-related movies on here as well. 🙂

10. Elf
I thought about not including this since it’s a Christmas movie, but a good movie is a good movie, regardless of the season. Anyway, I absolutely love this movie! I saw it it in the theaters when I was young, and ever since I’ve been entranced by its charm. I really don’t know how anyone could dislike this movie, unless they can’t stand Will Ferrell. Whom I love dearly, so that’s not an issue for me. 🙂

9. Stranger than Fiction
I first watched this back in January when my friend recommended good Will Ferrell movies for me to watch. As soon as I saw this, I was hooked. The story is fascinating and the acting, from Ferrell to Emma Thompson to Dustin Hoffman to Maggie Gyllenhaal, is phenomenal. Also, for a movie not based on a book, the screenplay is fantastic. Not that many people know about it, but it’s a great movie that makes you laugh, cry a little, and contemplate life.

8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Though I’m a huge Python fan, I’ve actually only seen this entire movie once. That said, I think it’s one of the most brilliant comedies ever made. I don’t think I’ve laughed harder at a movie from start to finish ever than I did at this movie. This would probably be ranked higher if I’d watched it more than once, but I do love it. A lot.

7. A Hard Day’s Night/Help!
I know in a previous list I separated these two movies, but here, I just can’t. They’re both so great for different reasons, and really I don’t prefer one over the other. I really should just have all of the Beatles movies in this slot.

6. The Sound of Music
I’m definitely a sucker for old fashioned movie-musicals, and this I think is one of the best. Whenever this is on TV, which thankfully is pretty often, I have to watch it and sing along to all of the songs. Julie Andrews has one of the most beautiful singing voices I’ve ever heard, and all of the songs are classics.

5. Forrest Gump
Watching this in my history class recently reminded me just how much I loved this movie, which is why I’ve included it here. I don’t think I need to tell anyone why it’s amazing, but I’ll just echo the masses and say that Tom Hanks is a brilliant actor. This is also one of the only movies that really makes me emotional at the end. It’s visually stunning, emotionally penetrating, and well deserving of its status as a modern classic.

4. George Harrison: Living in the Material World
I hope I’m not cheating by including a documentary on this list, but this one is so amazing that I can’t resist. It’s three and a half hours long, but it never drags. And of course, it’s about my dear George. 🙂
He lived a very interesting life, which lends itself well to a fantastic documentary. I’ve probably watched this 4 or 5 times. By the end, I’m always crying, but always glad I watched it again. I’d recommend this to any music fan or fan of documentaries.

3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
The third and final Will Ferrell movie on this list, but probably the most well-deserved entry. I first watched this movie in December because of the hype over Anchorman 2, but as soon as I watched it, I understood why so many people love it. It’s absurd, ridiculous, weird, and absolutely hilarious. I tend to like movies with kind of a weird charm anyway, which this definitely has. Here’s hoping there will be an Anchorman 3!

2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
I am a huge fan of movies from the 80s, but this one stands above the rest I’ve seen as a true masterpiece. This is my go-to “snow day/rainy day/boring day” movie, and no matter how many times I see it, I laugh just as hard in all of the same parts. There’s also the memorable scene with Twist and Shout, which of course I love! If you’ve somehow never seen this, you’re missing out. And life moves pretty fast to be missing out on this. 🙂

This pretty much gives it away...

This pretty much gives it away…

1. Field of Dreams
I haven’t seen this in a while, but it’s without a doubt my favorite movie. I first watched it as a 7th grader obsessed only with the Mets and not yet with the Beatles, but as my love for the Beatles and many other things has developed, this has remained my #1 favorite movie. Its story is magical and uplifting in a way that truly distinguishes it as a work of art, and even my friends who aren’t baseball fans love this movie. I definitely need to watch this again soon, and you should, too!

I hope you enjoyed this list! Have a great week!

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Eric Idle is my Idol

Well… Not quite. I mean, I love Eric Idle to death, but he hasn’t reached “George status” yet. I don’t think anyone besides George Harrison can reach “George status,” actually! Still, there was a pun that had to be made, and I made it.
So, anyway, I remembered that I said in my first post that I would post about Monty Python, and as of now, I have not done so. That’s about to change, because in this post I’ll describe why I love Monty Python and why Eric Idle is my favorite member of Monty Python. So Python fans, here you go!

My obsession with Monty Python is a fairly recent development, much more recent than my obsession with the Beatles. I actually really discovered them just last November, over Thanksgiving break. That was when I started looking up sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus on Youtube, and also when I saw the movie The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash for the first time. That movie is basically a Monty Python-style parody of the Beatles, through this fictional band called the Rutles. Eric Idle stars as the narrator and as Paul McCartney, another Python regular Micheal Palin makes an appearance as Rutles’ press officer Derek Taylor, and George Harrison himself even appears in disguise as an interviewer! If you like the Beatles, Monty Python, or both, you’ll love this movie!
But a few weeks before that, I saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the first time, and before the movie even officially started, I was in tears from laughing so hard. (those of you who have seen the very beginning of that movie probably know what I’m talking about) I don’t think I stopped laughing for the entire movie. It is an hour and a half of comedic genius, and it’s by far the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. I have yet to see the other two Python movies, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life, but I’m sure they’re just as good.

I also love the show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and I was thrilled to receive the box set with all the episodes for Christmas! Here are some of my favorite sketches that I’ve seen so far. If I come across any others I like in particular, I’ll make another post.

Yes, this sketch is the origin of the word “spam” being used as a term for incessant useless emails. I swear, if you’re not in stitches by the end of this, you might want to get your pulse checked. It’s just SO ridiculous and funny!

I love how this sketch develops from organized chaos into complete and utter foolishness. The whole thing is just absurdly funny, and after about 3:23 in the video, when Eric Idle goes completely nuts, I can’t stop laughing! Especially when he goes, “It’s the end of the road!”

This is a classic! John Cleese is hilarious in every Python sketch, but I think he’s at his best here. I’ve tried to walk like this on occasion. It hasn’t worked out so well, and I’ve probably done something to my ankle in the process.

All of the Pythons are hilarious in this sketch! Eric’s constant comments about the pointed sticks always crack me up, Graham Chapman’s character’s last name is Harrison, and John Cleese doesn’t stop yelling at the top of his lungs for about 5 minutes. I honestly don’t know how he keeps it up for so long.

I love Eric’s hairstyle here. It’s got a nice wave to it. And, oh yeah, the sketch is hilarious! I swear, every single one of Graham’s lines makes me laugh. He’s probably my second favorite member of Monty Python. And the juxtaposition of the coal miner son with the socialite parents is really clever.

I think this is one of Eric’s best sketches. He gets funnier and funnier as the sketch goes on. By the end, I’m barely listening to the lines because I’m so busy laughing!

I firmly believe that Monty Python is the funniest thing ever created, plain and simple. There is nothing on TV today that can remotely compare to its level of hilarity and wit.

So anyway, as you may have noticed from the videos, I love Eric Idle! He is so funny in every single sketch he’s in, and even if he’s not the featured character, he always steals the show. He does so many characters with tons of different wigs; I don’t know where they even got all of them. He’s got impeccable comedic timing, and best of all, he’s STILL funny! I’ve seen interviews with him from a couple of years ago, and I still laugh at almost everything he says. I also love how he’s always got such a cheerful, happy smile, and actually had long, wavy hair in real life. (which is hard to tell when he’s wearing all the short wigs!) Finally, he and George Harrison were really good friends! Two of my favorite people! Yay for the Beatles and Monty Python!

George Harrison and Eric Idle, two of my favorite people!

George Harrison and Eric Idle, two of my favorite people!

That’s all for now. Look out for a John Lennon solo countdown post and a post about this awesome Youtube musician guy over the weekend!