My grandmother has been packing up house to move for the past few months, and I’ve been spending Sundays helping her out. Recently, we uncovered a treasure trove of Disney movies on VHS and DVD (and even a few laser discs!), and packing them all up made me a little nostalgic.
Then! Last week, Becky from Disney in Your Day tagged me to play along with a Personal Film Festival meme. The rules are simple: Select your favorite movie from each year you’ve been alive. Fun, right? Here’s what I came up with:
I was two, and Dorothy returned somewhere over the rainbow for a … well, it’s a slightly darker look at the merry old land of Oz. I just love it so much.
I remember seeing this in the theatre as a kid. My brother was 2, and my mom was pregnant with my sister. And I sang these little songs all day, every day. They still make me want to dance. (Second runner up: Scrooged. So, so good.)
Every girl’s first love was Prince Eric, right? This is such a good, classic romance movie. I do have two also-rans for 1989, though: Teen Witch and All Dogs Go To Heaven.
Another classic Disney love story. And a total favorite of mine.
Can you feel the love for this movie? I can!
Growing up, one of the only things my dad and I bonded over was music. Specifically, pop music from the 60s and 70s. I was obsessed with “classic” music as a teenager, and this movie came out at exactly the right time to feed that obsession. Plus: Liv Tyler. God, I love her.
Who put the ‘glad’ in the slow, inevitable death of Disney’s Renaissance period? Hercules!
This one holds a special place in my heart because I saw it in theatres with my aunt and a few of her friends … that sounds lame, but they all used to babysit me when I was a wee lass so it was a really fun night. And they took me out for Baskin Robbins afterward. This is a true story. I also really love this movie. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and cheesy.
The first rule of Personal Film Festivals is that you have to show Fight Club. (That’s how the saying goes, right?) This book (and subsequently the movie) totally changed the way I think about and interact with media.
I think this might be my favorite movie of all time. It’s so funny and sweet and ridiculous and sappy (in a good way). Plus, Hugh Grant dances. That’s why second place has to go to Finding Nemo.
Loooooove this. Dan and I are always thinking about getting matching tattoos, but we can’t decide between Wall-E (for him) and Eve (for me) OR the grape soda bottlecaps. We can’t decide. So we remain tattoo-less. But how I love this movie. So much romance and heartbreak and adventure!
This is one of my all-time favorites. I literally watched a bit before bed on my phone every night for months and months after it came out. I can’t explain why, but it speaks to me on such a level. I still tear up about 90% of the time whenever I hear Mandy Moore and Zach Levi sing together. It’s just so heart-wrenchingly beautiful. That’s why it had to be Punzi … and Toy Story 3 (which may be my favorite of the Toy Stories) gets second place.
A super cute animated retelling of every high school student’s least favorite work of Shakespeare … starring lawn gnomes. It’s so crazy that it actually works. Plus: Maggie Smith and Michael Caine play awesome rivals.
Joss Whedon knows his way around superheros and he definitely knows his way around comic action plots … and he basically made kind of the most awesome movie ever (until Guardians came out two years later).
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
So what films would play during your personal film festival? Putting this list together was harder than you might think, and I challenge you to try it for yourself! If you post it, leave a link in the comments so I can check it out!