Favorite Movies


I did not say anything last Sunday about the Oscars. In case you missed it, Hollywood celebrated their annual self-congratulatory love fest last Sunday. I mean their arms grow ten inches patting themselves on the back. I can’t even remember the last Oscar telecast I watched, it has been that long.

And it is not because I don’t like movies. I love movies – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The problem is just that the Oscar telecast is just so gosh-darn boring.

I used to like the Oscars. Bob Hope wasn’t a bad host. The last few years he hosted he started getting stale.

Johnny Carson was the best. Classy. Self-deprecating. And just plain funny.

Following are my suggestions for improving the Oscar show.

I think the Oscars show should cut out all music and song numbers, including for Best Song. They are superfluous.

I want to know who won Best Movie, Best Actor and Actress, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

I want to see Hollywood glamour on parade.

I want to see and hear actors and actresses unscripted. The year Sally Fields won her second Oscar was beautiful. I caught a glimpse of her psyche and learned she was essentially like me. She wanted to be liked. That was real.

I also like to see how movies are made, and to see the nominated actors on the set with directors. I want to see some of the preparation and planning that goes into making a great movie. And work in Oscars for the other categories this way.

Now for some of my favorite movies. Not necessarily the best movies. Just some I like.

Dr. Zhivago is my favorite movie. I never tire of watching it. It is a good interpretation of my one of my favorite novels. It is a love story set against the background of the Russian Revolution. The cinematography is fantastic. Director David Lean took Boris Pasternak’s novel that reads like poetry and made a poetic movie.

Next is the Russian 8 hour version of War and Peace. No other movie of this novel does it justice. They are simply too short. And Hollywood always takes the over weight and dumpy Pierre and casts some one thin and handsome. Pleeeeeeaaassse!!!

I also like A Fish Called Wanda. This tale of thieves trying to do each other in to take all of the bank heist diamonds is just too funny. And Kevin Kline’s Oscar win for the character of Otto was well deserved. This movie always makes me laugh even now when I know what the next line or plot twist will be.

I also like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. It is a very well made movie. It is one of the few movies that “got” me. What I mean by that is I did not see the plot twist and figure out what was coming. It is just so well written, directed, acted, and edited I just did not see it coming. I normally can spot the set up and then the twist early on in a movie, TV show, or play. This movie totally surprised me. For that reason alone it would be in my top ten. But this movie is great all the way round.

I also really like the (sadly) little known and quirky Don Juan De Marco. It is notable for being one of the last movies Marlon Brando made. He was so over weight by then that he was largely filmed sitting down. In this movie he shows why he was one of Hollywood’s greats. The movie also stars the quirky Johnny Depp, who holds his own in scenes with Brando very well. Depp plays a psychiatric patient and Brando the psychiatrist. But in the end it is the Depp character that helps everyone see how to enjoy life.

I also like Some Like It Hot, The Godfather (all parts taken together, but Part 1 is the best; the scenes in part 2 of Little Italy are worth the price of admission alone,) Rear Window, Amistad, Schidler’s List, and The Pelican Brief.

I also like Henry V, both Laurence Olivier’s and Kenneth Branagh’s versions. One was for the WW II generation; the other for the Vietnam and Falkland’s generation. Both brilliantly acted and photographed.

As for musicals I like West Side Story, Singing in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, and Chicago.

I also like these children’s movies: Babe, Fly Away Home, and The Bear.

I have left a lot of my favorite movies off the list. If I had included all of them this post would be 10,000 pages long. And we can’t have that! Can we?

Besides, I am more interested in what movies you like. What are some of your favorite movies and why?
Featured Recipe    Garlic Roasted New Potatoes

I have two versions of this recipe. One from an unknown cookbook; and one from one of the newspapers in Dayton, Ohio. I don’t know which newspaper. Complicating matters, the two Dayton newspapers merged years ago. One of the recipes was by Ann Heller, a food editor for one of the papers at one time. I don’t even know if she still has that role.

In any event, I use a little of both recipes when I make this dish.

Something Different Today

I thought you might like to see an entire meal and not just a side dish for once.

So, rather than just show you another potato side dish, today I am going to show you a complete meal with Garlic Roasted Potatoes as one of the side dishes. Today I am serving Oregano Pork Chops, Roasted Brussels’s Sprouts, and  the featured Garlic Roasted New Potatoes, with a Salad.

You have to love garlic for this recipe. It uses two whole bulbs. Not cloves. Bulbs. The bulb is made up of many cloves in it.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

6-8 medium new or red potatoes

2 garlic bulbs

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Pictured below is everything I will need to make the entire meal, not just the Garlic Roasted  New Potatoes.

Here is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Wash the potatoes and then cut into quarters.

Arrange potatoes skin side down in a baking dish that will just hold them. 

Sprinkle with the olive oil. (About 3 tablespoons)  Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.

Separate the garlic bulbs into the individual cloves.

Do not peel the garlic.

Scatter the cloves of garlic over the top.

All of the cloves from two garlic bulbs on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle a bit more olive oil over it all.

Roast in the oven for about 50-60 minutes.

Then serve with a meal.

Quickie Directions For Making Rest of the Meal

I made pork chops with salt, pepper, and a dash of oregano fried in a wee bit of vegetable oil.  Besides the potatoes I made Roasted Brussels’s Sprouts. All I did was wash, trim and cut the sprouts in half. I added some olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted them on the oven with the potatoes for the last 10 minutes. I also served a salad of just lettuce and tomato pieces.

The Big Question

When I make this dish for company the big question is always how do I eat this?

You have to use your fingers.

Peel the garlic.

Smash it with your fork.

Then get a piece of potato and the smashed garlic and eat.

Bon Appetit!!!


6-8 medium red potatoes                 $1.30

2 garlic bulbs                                   $0.98

Olive oil                                           $0.72

Salt and pepper to taste

Total Cost =   $3.00
Cost per person = $1.00
The cost of this entire meal was $12.23; the per person cost is $4.07.

Quote of the Day

Doing nothing is very hard to do…you never know when you’re finished.

Leslie Nielsen   Actor 1926-2010 

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3 comments to Favorite Movies

  • I totally agree with you about War and Peace–no other movie will do! And guess what, I just saw Don Juan DeMarco again a week ago–one of my all time favorites with a great “read between the line” plot!
    This is a new to me idea with garlic–I love it and must try this dish!

    • Roberta

      That is amazing, Sharizat, that you just saw Don Juan DeMarco.. It is just so good on so many different levels.

      Hope you like the garelic potatoes.

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