Confession #2: Because of Confession #1, I usually buy a People magazine once a year -- the Academy Awards issue -- so I can get my pretty dress fix. This year I have a self-imposed ban on purchasing magazines, so I will have to make a trip to the library later this week.
But none of that has to do with why last night I turned on our television for the first time in . . . maybe all of 2011 . . . to watch the actual awards. Instead of the dresses being the attraction (I'd much rather quickly flip through People than watching the awards for hours), I watched because I loved The King's Speech. I worked on homeschool planning while the film was given awards for the categories of Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Film.
Marc and I went to see The King's Speech in December for our anniversary, and when we left the theatre I commented that I thought it would make my top ten list of all-time-favorite films. Upon further reflection, I realized I don't actually have ten all-time-favorites, so it's been promoted to the top five. I thought for fun I'd share my list.
- The Sound of Music. I have loved this movie for as long as I can remember. We watch it as a family every year for my birthday -- a tradition we started, I think, even before the kids were born.
- The Shawshank Redemption. I've probably watched this movie more than a dozen times, but I will never, ever get tired of it. (After these two, the order of my favorites is arbitrary.)
- Henry V. Music is what really makes a film special to me, so combine a great score with Kenneth Branagh's amazing acting, and even I can get past the intimidation of Shakespeare.
- Mr. Holland's Opus. Being the daughter of a public school art teacher and now a mom of a child with special needs, this film still stays with me.
- The King's Speech. Comes out on DVD in April, so please see it, if you haven't already. I know some people are wary because of the bad language used in a couple of scenes, but Marc and I were not offended and thought it was perfectly in context because the point was that it was supposed to be out of character. If you want more detail, feel free to email me. And pay special attention to the music in the final speech (Beethoven) -- every note and word seems perfectly timed. Many critics have noted the irony of using German music, but it's absolutely my favorite part of the movie.