Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Yours, Mine, and Ours

By Lisa Karon Richardson

So continuing with the love theme, I want to talk about the movies we love. You know, the movies you wind up watching over and over again. The ones that we cuddle up with on a rainy day when there’s no one around to whine, “not that one again!”

 I tried and tried to narrow it down to the best. The top, the numero uno. But, being an American I like to have lots and lots of choices. And being a woman, I want to be able to change my shoes, er—movie to suit my mood. All in all I decided the job was just too hard. So I pawned it off on you.

Here are my top picks, sorted by mood. You guys tell me which ones are the best. Or tell me which movies you like better. I.e. The ones I forgot to include.

 Pink Panther-When I’m in the mood for funny.
Anne of Green Gables-When I’m in the mood for something sweet. Indiana Jones-When I’m in the mood for something adventurous.
To Catch a Thief-When I’m in the mood to see Cary Grant and Grace Kelly (This happens a lot.) White Christmas-When I’m in the mood to watch a Christmas movie. (Am I the only one who does this outside the actual Christmas season?)

 Okay, your turn. What moods did I forget and what movies. Oh, I’ve got one, The Princess Bride. I should have put that on the list. Anyone else?

 Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, LISA KARON RICHARDSON’S early stories were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now, even though she’s (mostly) grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Vanishing Act, the second in the Charm and Deceit, series co-authored with Jennifer AlLee, released in September 2013 as did “Midnight Clear,” part of the MISTLETOE MEMORIES collection.


  1. I would have The Princess Bride on my list, too! And strangely enough, I love to watch old James Bond movies. There are very few films I can handle watching again and again.

    1. I love the old James Bond movies too. Sean Connery was the best bond ever, but Daniel Craig is a close second.

  2. for funny: DEFINITELY the Princess Bride. my numero uno film.
    for sweet: Fools Rush In
    for adventure: Indiana Jones - movie one
    for fun: Monsters Inc or the Iron Giant (both animated)
    for sci-fi fix: Star Wars
    for swooning: Kate & Leopold
    for epic: Gladiator

    not sure what movie to go to for mystery/suspense night. and NEVER a horror flick... never, never, never, never...

    1. DebH I'm with you. Never a horror flick. I have 0 interest. Monsters, Inc and Star Wars (the original trilogy) are great picks too. I can definitely watch those again and again.

  3. Sadly, I have never seen The Princess Bride from beginning to end. Only bits and pieces here and there. I'll watch anything with Cary Grant, and anything with Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn.

    Lisa, were you referring to the Steve Martin Pink Panther, or the Peter Sellers Pink Panther? I grew up watching those with my dad. And the cartoons - I always loved Pink Panther cartoons.

    1. I actually liked both versions of Pink Panther. I think I had the Peter Sellers version in mind when writing the post though. It is such silly, campy, crazy fun.

  4. I though of another one to add to my favorites list too. Up. That cartoon is amazing!

    1. Up is wonderful! Many Disney movies would be in my rotation. Also Pride and Prejudice.

    2. Which version of Pride and Prejudice is your favorite, Susie?

  5. My repeats include: Pride and Prej (yes, the Keira Knightley version ) I tend to put it on when I need soothed. I don't sit and watch it. I just like knowing Elizabeth and D'arcy are 'in the house'. Plus Becoming Jane
    For Romance? Maybe The Lake House (love the dance scene!) For fun- Fools Rush In or Music and Lyrics. For Drama? Last of the Mohicans.
    For Hormone Therapy Australia. When I need a vacation: NIghts in Rodanthe. My favorite off beat movie is one called Local Hero. When I need a good cry. Out of Africa.

  6. Mood for RomCom: Music and Lyrics
    Mood for Sweet:
    Mood for Adventure: Serenity, Gladiator
    Mood for Justice: High Noon
    Mood for a Spaghetti Western: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

  7. Anita, I really like Music and Lyrics too. That was a good movie. Perfect role for Hugh Grant.

  8. You've Got Mail has to be my favorite--love Meg Ryan's outfits, apartment, book-store, and on-line pal...Tom Hanks...


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