Reminder to love your life from favorite classic movies

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For me, it’s not only been the Blizzard of 2010 but the flu. There is a difference. Had it just been the blizzard I would have been looking busy but really just wasting time. The flu, however, kept me stuck on the sofa so I ended up watching old movies– wonderful, funny, tragical and magical movies.

Coming back to the real world put me in touch with the fact that we are so eager to move on to the next new thing that we give short shrift to anything not so new.  A movie comes out and within two weeks, it’s on DVD. Good songs are only good for a couple of weeks. No wonder people feel insecure about themselves. Any success is immediately overshadowed by the implication that if it’s not the latest thing, it’s not as good. We don’t take time to savor, to take our place in the universe—or if we do, it’s only for 15 minutes.  Here are some movies that have much to say and that we need to hear…again and again.

Network—the writing is phenomenal and so is the plot.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner- the writing is honest; Spencer Tracey died 16 days after he finished the movie. It still makes me sad that he’s gone. If you don’t know who he is, you’re missing something.

Fiddler on the Roof- Stunning insight into change and the human spirit. Sophistication doesn’t score. You can’t not sing.

The Bridge on the River Kwai – makes you understand why we should be on bended knee to anyone who served in the military in WWII.

Turner Classic Movies is showing all Oscar winning movies in February. You can even vote online for your top ten favorites. Catch is, you’ll have to watch some to be able to vote. It’s a great catch.

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