Can I come up with a provocative headline, or what?
You can see how much of a naïf I still am in the blogosphere when, after almost three months of putting out Muley's World, I have gotten my first tag, or meme, or whatever you want to call it. I guess that means I'm no longer a tag virgin. The nice lady who deflowered me was Stacy of Not A Desperate Housewife. But she's innocent -- she didn't know it was my first time, and anyway, I started shaving early and have a deep voice, so anyone could have been duped.
The tag she has chosen to pass onto me is one where you must tell about your favorite movies at various points in your life. Okay, I'm game. Here goes.
EARLY CHILDHOOD: The Batman movie (the first one, with the wild colors and cartoon dialogue balloons where they said things like "Holy hand grenade, Batman!"), Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Yellow Submarine, Tora, Tora, Tora (I was a big WWII nut as a kid), Oliver!, and Jungle Book (my favorite Disney movie as a kid).
TEENAGE YEARS: My absolute favorites were hilarious and sometimes crude comedies that I would watch with friends, movies so funny we'd bust a gut, such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Slap Shot, Animal House, The Blues Brothers, and Blazing Saddles and other Mel Brooks masterpieces. I also loved What's Up Doc?, the best screwball comedy I've seen (and one to almost make me forget Barbra Streisand's politics). On the serious side, I was a big James Bond fan, and especially enjoyed Live and Let Die, with luscious Jane Seymour and the cool Paul McCartney title song. (Of course, for my money, Sean Connery will always be the James Bond.) And seeing All The President's Men played a part in inspiring me to major in journalism in college, for better or worse.
ADULT YEARS: Some movies I loved as an adult were teen movies, but they came out when I was older, such as Sixteen Candles, one of my all-time favorites. Other adult favorites: Airplane (and all of its spinoffs, such as Top Secret and the Naked Gun series), more James Bond, Local Hero, My Favorite Year, The Gods Must Be Crazy, The Straight Story, Brazil, most Tim Burton movies, and a contender for my favorite movie of all time, Amelie.
RECENTLY: Like Stacy, I haven't seen a lot in the theaters lately that has wowed me. Some that have include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Cinderella Man, The Incredibles and anything else by Pixar. I'm hoping that Batman Begins and The War of the Worlds are as good as everyone says they are.
ALL-TIME FAVORITE: There's not one movie that hits all of the high spots for me, so I'll do it a different way. Best comedy: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Best drama: The Straight Story. Most enchanting movie: Amelie. And, a bit of an alternate universe thing here, my all-time least favorite comedy: Anchorman.
Now, the hard part. What three people do I dump this on next? I'll have to look for some kind-hearted types who won't hate me forever. How about Mike of The Nightfly, Katalina of Katalinaz Place and Michelle of Right in Texas? I don't think any of them would hit me if we were in the same room together, and they're all interesting people. I look forward to their choices.