Simone's Butterfly

I enjoy movies of almost all genre' except for Horrors.There are a number of drama and Art movies that I really enjoyed. But I decided to choose my list according to the movies that I watch over and over again.

For example, I felt inspired by the Erin Brockovich movie but I have only watched it once and don’t really wish to watch it again. Grease on the other hand I can’t even count how many times I have watched it. I was so excited that to get the opportunity to watch its re-lease on the Big Screen that I was almost late for my flight back to South Africa (I Au paired in USA the year it was released). I watched the movie the morning – my flight was in the afternoon.

So with no further ado I recommend and present to you the following movies.

5 Movies I want to see:

1. Marley & Me - Comedy

I want to watch this movie because it sounds like fun family comedy I will enjoy with my
daughter. Its got some good reviews as well. I enjoy Owen Wilson.
Tagline: Heel the love
Plot:A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.
2. Godspell (1973) - Musical

I think I have seen the play , it was an open theatre show. I really would love to the movie. I already know some of the songs which will just make it more.Its is the Gospels according to '60s hippie counterculture. Jesus' life and teachings are illustrated in harmless rock songs ("Day by Day") and New York City locations.

I have ordered it on Lovefilm but months later I still do not have confirmation that I will be getting.

3. John O'Donohue: Anam Cara - Documentary
This a DVD is a tribute to the life and work of one of Ireland s leading contemporary thinkers, following his untimely death in January 2008.The Irish writer, poet, philosopher and former priest John O Donohue believed in the importance of understanding the sacredness of landscape and the natural world. The author of Anam Cara and a number of other bestselling books on Celtic spirituality.

4. The Great Gatsby (1974) - Drama
One always hears about this story and although I enjoy reading, I don't feel like reading the this book - but I want to know whats all the fuss about. When I discovered that Robert Redford acts in it - my interest increased. The story is about Jay Gatsby the dashing millionaire who takes a shine to the spoiled Daisy Buchanan. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
5. Dead man (1995) - Action/Adventure, Drama and Thriller

A Johnny Depp I have not watched yet. You get a love triangle, double murder etc..... it has gotten good reviews.
Tagline: No one can survive becoming a legend.
10 of my favourite movies:

1. My Fair Lady

A classic love story and musical based on the novel Pygmalion. My mother really hoped that watching this movie would help me be more lady-like. It did not pay off immediately, but I know she is very happy with the woman that I have become.

Genre: Comedy / Family / Musical / Romance / Drama Tagline: The loverliest motion picture of them all!
Plot Outline: A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

2. Grease

When I saw this movie I new I would marry a guy with blue eyes (guess what…..I did!).

Genre: Comedy / Musical / Romance Tagline: Grease is the word
Plot Outline: Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

3. Jesus Christ Super Star (the 1973 version directed by Norman Jewison)

I was really curious to watch this movie as it had been banned in our country. My mother saw the stage play , she felt very moved by it. I love the music, the attitude (especially the comedy) and dance. My 6 year old daughter watches it over and over again. I particularly like the “Herod song” – it’s a very catchy tune and very funny.

Genre: History / Musical Tagline: and now the film...
Plot Outline: Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner.

4. Fiddler on the Roof

I have two stage versions of this as well. One by a South African cast another by an international cast.

The comedy in this movie just does not get old. I think maybe growing up as a Seventh Day Adventist – this movie is symbol to me that we must not let ourselves get trapped into traditions and miss out on life.

And of course – the song If I were a rich man is just a classic

I walked down the isle to music from this movie. The music also formed the soundtrack of my Wedding video.

Genre: Drama / Family / Musical
Tagline: The screen's most magnificent entertainment returns...filled with joy, laughter, love and life. (re-release)
Plot Summary: Film version of the stage musical, based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem. Tevye the Milkman is a Jewish peasant in pre-Revolutionary Russia..

5. The Sound of Music

This is a family favorite – what makes this one even better is the fact that it is based on a true story.

It’s not surprising that it has received many accolades and is on many top 100 lists.

Genre: Biography / Drama / Family / Musical
Tagline: ...the more you see it, the more it becomes one of your favorite things!
Plot Outline: A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower

6. Forrest Gump

I enjoy the adventurer through history in this movie. It gives a sense of hope in that even though Forrest seems to even though his seems to be “stupid” – his innocence, determination, courage and love overcomes his inadequacies. The fact that his “true love” seems to escape him gives the story a sense of reality.

Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance

Tagline: The world will never be the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump.
Plot Outline: Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc.

7. Pride and Prejudice

I sometimes get so emotional when I watch this movie – especially if I am on my own. There is just something about this story that seems to touch my inner core. I am not also sure that I can put my finger on – the longing to feel loved completely – the search for wholeness in society where I am at a disadvantage because of my class, colour and status as a women……….

Genre: Drama / Romance Tagline: This holiday season, experience the greatest love story of all time.
Plot Summary: The story is based on Jane Austen's novel about five sisters - Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet - in Georgian England...

8. Ever After

I like this rendition of the fairy tale, it makes it feel like so many things are possible. Also love how science, art and history are interwoven into it.

Genre: Romance / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy Tagline: Desire. Defy. Escape.
Plot Outline: The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale

9. The Full Monty

Great comedy. Like the fact that men can feel just as insecure as women is presented in this movie. Each guy is sexy in his own way.

Genre: Comedy Tagline: Six men. With nothing to lose. Who dare to go....
Plot Outline: Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

10. Lion King & Hercules

I am a real sucker for children’s movies – these two are by far my favourites.


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