Monday, December 28, 2009

YMD and Friends Film Bonanza part 19

One more Chicago based list, this one from an old friend, the lovely and talented Kate Napleton. Katie and I used to, along with some other friends, write a blog together in high school. I've erased that one, but it's very awesome to have her guest on my new venture. Take it away, Miss Napleton.

1. Mean Girls dir. Mark Waters (2002)
I mean, who didn't want to high five Lindsay Lohan with their private parts after this one. Bring in Rachel McAdams, hardly recognizable from her Notebook role and it's gold. And last, but not least, Tina Fey's Ms. Norberry and writing, and it's basically a Katie Napleton fantasy league. Chicago cameos are also a plus.  
2. Love, Actually dir. Richard Curtis (2003)
Any movie that can combine porn actors, Mariah Carey, and tear-inducing wedding montages and I'm in. 
3. The Royal Tenenbaums dir. Wes Anderson (2001)
Hello outfits. I especially identify with the disfunction of this family and denial of smoking. 

4. Shaun of the Dead dir. Edgar Wright (2004)
Zombies + London + hilarity. My brother Danny and I spent an entire summer renting every zombie movie the Family Video in St Joseph, mi had to offer. This was our favorite parody, which says a lot because Fido also really spoke to us. 

5. Best in Show dir. Christopher Guest (2000)
This is one of my dealbreaker movies. Its a careful screening process for hookups an boyfriends. If they don't like it, I run. It's not a bee, its a bear in a bee costume.

6. Finding Nemo dir. Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich (2003)
I've seen this about sixty times in the last year, as the two year old I nanny loves it. It is so much better than Caillou I feel like I could make out with the DVD box in appreciation. 

7. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy dir. Adam McKay (2004)
I'm going to take you to Pleasure Town. 

8. The 40 Year Old Virgin dir. Judd Apatow (2005)
I liked it for many reasons, but the delicate balance of Steve Carrell's earnestness and humor is amazing.

9. High Fidelity dir. Stephen Frears (2000)
I initially bought this movie in high school as an impulse during my John Cusack phase. Catherine Zeta Jones as Charlie, one of his top five breakups, is a character I often channel while drunk. 

10. Rachel Getting Married dir. Jonathan Demme (2008)
Anne Hathaway proves she's not just Princess of Genovia, and again, I love the family dynamic. 

And they still keep rolling in. We'll see if this gets done today, actually. Def one coming up in a few hours though, so stay tuned.

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