The Academy recently sent out a tweet asking followers to describe their favorite movie in five words. I love stuff like that. It’s a fun writing challenge, trying to say something in a prescribed number of words. But I also hate stuff like that. How am I supposed to pick just one favorite movie? Or one favorite anything? I once wrote a letter to one of my four sons, in which I told him he was my favorite, ¼ of the time. He was less than impressed.
Parents are not supposed to have a favorite kid, so that’s probably not a good example. But how about a favorite song? Probably something by Bob Dylan. No, wait, maybe something by Van Morrison. One of my favorite oldies is “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” by The Casinos. But I can’t say that’s my absolute favorite. If I were asked my favorite color, I would probably answer, “Blue, no, yellow…” and be cast into the Gorge of Eternal Peril.
But getting back to movies. Some of the replies were quite clever, and some took a little bit of thinking to figure out the movie. Some described movies that I liked, some described movies that should be nobody’s favorite. But there are so many great movies to choose from. I thought maybe “The Godfather” (Reluctant heir heads Mafia family) or “American Graffiti” (Teens cruise around California town) or even one from the hard-to-explain-why-everyone-loves-it category, “Escape From New York” (Snake must save the president). In the end I chose “In Bruges.” I’m a big Martin McDonagh fan, and I find something new to like each time I watch that movie.
I tweeted my reply, “Hitmen hide out in Belgium,” and immediately thought I should have said “Hitmen lay low in Belgium.” I never could pick a favorite.
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