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Monday, March 23, 2015

100 Favorite Movies: 1

Well, here we are. We've reached the top of the list. My number one favorite movie ever made. We've counted down one hundred films en route to arriving at this, the best. It's a Wonderful Life. What a wonderful choice, right? When I was younger, I always found this movie to be boring because I could never get into it. I didn't understand it and it didn't resonate with me. But now that I'm older, I can appreciate it. And boy do I ever. George Bailey is such a broken man who is stuck in the endless rut of broken dreams and Jimmy Stewart absolutely and completely becomes the character. In the end, the valuable message of friendship is communicated to people discouraged the world over and all the people George's life touches are so much better for his existence. It's a Wonderful Life transcends the idea of simply being a "holiday movie" or a "black-and-white snooze-fest." It is something larger than life that is made all the better from every wonderful piece of detail carefully selected and placed in the movie whether it comes from Uncle Billy's finger or Sam Wainwright's telegram. For all these reasons and countless more, It's a Wonderful Life is my all-time favorite movie. Merry Christmas, you wonderful old building and loan indeed.

Fantasy comedy-drama directed by Frank Capra and written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Frank Capra in 1946.

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Henry Travers, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner, Todd Karns, Samuel S. Hinds, Lillian Randolph, Frank Albertson, Virginia Patton, Bobby Anderson, Sheldon Leonard, and Karolyn Grimes.

Tune in tomorrow for a full recap of my 100 Favorite Movies!

1 comment:

  1. Great movie and a great choice for number one. Always a good watch and always, without fail, makes me emotional at the end. Sign of a movie well done. Great countdown!