(This week, The Broke and Bookish is having us mention our top ten favorite non-book stories, meaning tv shows, movies, etc.)
It felt weird writing this post because a.) I write about books, not movies/shows and b.) I've never really reviewed or discussed movies/shows before and I couldn't think of what to write. However, I decided that this would be an excellent exercise in writing something I'm not used to, so here goes:
1. Little Women-This movie definitely comes in first place. Dear, dear, Little Women. I loved the book so much and of course, I couldn't turn the movie down. I've seen this movie about 8 times and it never gets old.
2. Sherlock-This fabulous TV show is one of the few shows that I actually watched all the way through without finding it ridiculously dumb by season 2. It's smart, funny, dark, and edge-of your-seat-watching.
3. Pride and Prejudice-The Colin Firth one, of course. He's the only actor I've ever seen who could pull off Darcy. There was a version that starred Keira Knightley, but the guy who starred as Darcy (can't remember his name) was kind of sad-sack.
4. Oh Brother Where Art Thou- Another movie I've seen multiple times. I laugh and laugh whenever I see it. It's very loosely based on The Odyssey and is setting in the south in the 30s. Everybody absolutely has to see this.
5. Jeeves and Wooster- A British TV series based on the wonderful books by P.G. Wodehouse that, sadly, didn't last long, but was wonderful while it did. Hugh Laurie was brilliant as Wooster. Then, later, I heard he was starring as the curmudgeonly doctor in House and I was further convinced that Laurie is a brilliant actor. Going from a bumbling aristocrat in the 20s to a smart, bitter doctor nowadays is amazing. And he sings and plays the piano. Need I say more?
6. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day- A funny, sweet comedy set in the 30s based on a book that I could never find (gah). I loved this movie. In fact, maybe I need to see this again...
7. Little Dorrit- The Dickens series that nobody sees. I loved, loved, loved this series. It's interesting, exciting, romantic, and even funny at parts.
8. Food, Inc.- The documentary that everybody has to see. I don't usually make sweeping statements like this, but the food culture in America in particular, and the western world in general, is beautifully addressed in this documentary. It manages to be honest and serious, yet not so depressing that you want to jump off a cliff after hearing the news.
9. North by Northwest- I love Hitchcock and this is probably my favorite. I sat on the edge of my seat the whole movie.
10. Rebecca- Do you know, I have never seen the iconic Hitchcock version of Rebecca? I've only seen an obscure Masterpiece Theater version that was made some time in the 2000s. It was fantastic and I can wholeheartedly recommend it.