Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Movies or TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This is going to be a tough one, because I really don't watch a lot of TV the days. I simply don't enjoy much of what's on right now. You'll have to pardon me if I show my age with this post.  LOL!

Top Ten Favorite Movies or TV Shows

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My first choice actually is a new show. Season One of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove premiered on Hallmark Channel last year. The next season is due to kick off this coming Saturday. I love it enough that I've read some of Macomber's books that the series is based on, but there are so many of them I doubt I'll catch up.

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Downton Abbey is the other current show that I love. Though some fans believe it has gone downhill over the years, it still captures my interest. I was sad to see Dan Stevens leave at the end of Season Three, but Season Four was jam-packed with the kind of drama that made the show popular to begin with. I can't wait for Season Five.


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Little House on the Prairie remains my favorite classic television show. I'm actually going to Walnut Grove, Minnesota next weekend for a 40th Anniversary Cast Reunion. I'm going to fly out to the Midwest to meet a bunch of my girlfriends in Wisconsin, and then we are going to travel around to some of the Laura Ingalls Wilder sites. I've always wanted to do this, but none of my family is keen to go, so this worked out perfectly.

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From 1993 - 2000, my son and I watched the adventures of Cory Matthews as he and his friends navigated adolescence. We never missed an episode. The Disney Channel recently created Girl Meets World, which is about Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley navigating the same murky adolescent waters that they did years ago. It's a cute show. Not sure if it will be as popular as the original, but my girls like it.

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It's hard for me not to like a show with Andy Griffith in it. He was in a lot of great classic television shows. He was from North Carolina and he lived in Manteo, North Carolina at the time of his death. We were in Manteo the day after he died to watch the fireworks on the waterfront. They were proud of their native son. If you visit Big Al's Soda Fountain and Grill in Manteo, you'll find some memorabilia from The Andy Griffith Show there.

My all-time favorite Andy show was Matlock, where he played a criminal defense attorney. It's on in re-runs, which I try to catch when I can.

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Schindler's List is one of the most powerful movies ever made. "The film presents the indelible true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. It is the triumph of one man who made a difference, and the drama of those who survived one of the darkest chapters in human history because of what he did." I personally believe this is one of Liam Neeson's best performances.


 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is an action-packed fantasy adventure about four children who travel through a wardrobe into the land of Narnia and fulfill their destiny to free Narnia from the White Witch. Though some of the more Christian elements were stripped from the story, I still found it fascinating. 

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I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this movie. The Monuments Men, based upon a book of the same title, is the story of an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners. As The Third Reich falls and orders are given to destroy everything, the Monuments Men are in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture. I loved it so much, I bought the book based upon it the day after seeing it in the theater. You can find my review here.

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I'm keen on anything about the American Revolution, so this fictional tale starring Mel Gibson was a favorite when I saw it in the theater. "In 1776 South Carolina, widower and legendary war hero Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) finds himself thrust into the midst of the American Revolutionary War as he helplessly watches his family torn apart by the savage forces of the British Redcoats. Unable to remain silent, he recruits a band of reluctant volunteers, including his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), to take up arms against the British. Fighting to protect his family's freedom and his country's independence, Martin discovers the pain of betrayal, the redemption of revenge and the passion of love."

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Based on real events, Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck stars and directs this movie about the covert rescue of six Americans hiding out in the home of the Canadian ambassador when militants storm the United States Embassy in Iran, taking 52 American hostages. If I could only recommend one movie to someone, Argo would be it. Superb acting and storytelling make for a fabulous movie. You can read my review here.

So there you have it. Hope you'll post links to your lists. 


Fiza Halliwell said...

I've seen The Little House On the Prairie so many times and it never bores ;)

My top ten

Michelle F said...

Wow! out of the ones you've listed I've only seen a few. Some I have never heard of.

These days we don't have t.v.
When we did, I rarely watched it.


Cheryl said...

Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you stopped by. I'm not much of a TV watcher either. I would much rather read.

Kay said...

I really want to see Monument's Men! I'm glad to see that you liked it so much. I was a Boy Meets World fan as well. I have yet to watch the new show.

Kay @ It's a Book Life