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SEVEN Movies I Just Had to Own

They’re not necessarily Oscar winners. Nor are they million dollar blockbusters. There might even be titles you’ve never heard of before. Still, they’re some of my favorite movies from over the years. They’ve  all touched me … or tickled me … or just reached me in some way to the point that I felt compelled to buy them so that I could view them any time and as many times as I wanted.

I should point out that I purchase movies for myself very infrequently. Sure, we have a decent film library in our home but more than 95% of these titles belong to my children. The movies I’m talking about today are just for me. You can tell a lot about a person from his or her movie preferences. Which is why I’m nervous as hell about sharing mine. (Deep breath) Okay, on the count of three …

One …


Two ….


 … oh, whatever. Here they are!


1. Benny & Joon

2. Bowfinger

3. Down With Love

4. The Full Monty

5. Moulin Rouge

6. My Life

7. Sliding Doors

Do I still have a few titles I want to pick up? Yes, of course. There are actually several that come to mind immediately. I’ll try to get that together for tomorrow’s post. Until then, what about YOU?

What movies do you love so much that you just had to own them?


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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (Hint: Johnny Depp)

Happy Fourth of July!

Trifecta challenged us to compose something between 33 & 333 words using the word and definition below. Honestly, I think I may have cheated a little since Mr. Depp did the writing for me.

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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Dear Michele,

Yes, it’s true. Vanessa and I have split. This business of living on two continents and a private island has been difficult for years. And, quite frankly, when she caught me reading a website called “Old Dog, New Tits” … well, you can imagine the fireworks, right?

I tried explaining to her that we’re just friends. I told her we first met in 1990 and didn’t even really get to know each other until ’93. And she said, “What about Jump Street, Johnny? Or getting sucked into the bed during your Nightmare? She didn’t like THOSE, Johnny?” Of course, I shouted back that NOBODY liked those. I told her that you laugh at me every time we talk about those little blasts from the past … and that you call them my “Macchio years.” But she didn’t think it was funny.

So now, Lily, Jack and I are flying in for the 4th and we were wondering if you, Dave and the kids had any plans. Would it be alright if we tagged along? I promise to make my Tandoori Chicken. Yes, and the grilled corn, too.

Oh, and before I forget, I wanted to let you know how much I’ve been enjoying the blog. It’s such a great way to keep up with you guys. I promise I’ll get around to finally writing that guest post we talked about. And, yes, I know I just split an infinitive. That’s exactly the reason I’m afraid to write for you, you big grammar nerd. 🙂

Anyway, let’s talk soon. Let me know if you need anything else for Wednesday. The kids can’t wait to see you!


P.S. Do you think Mr. Kleinpeter would take the kids on another tour of the dairy farm while we’re in town? Lily is sooooo jealous that you have a calf named after you. And Jack’s really looking forward to milking a cow. Ask Virginia if she and her kids want to come with us again. I’ll treat for lunch after.

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1993 was a banner year for my friend, Johnny. He released two of my favorite films, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Benny & Joon, from which this tremendous selection was taken. Enjoy …


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