To many people, Groundhog Day is all about whether or not Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and if we are going to have a longer winter or an early spring. To me, however, the holiday is all about the 1993 Bill Murray movie.
This movie is definitely a favorite of mine, and I thought I would share the Tucson Songstress Top 10 list of favorite movies of all time.
Starting with #10 (IMDB links included for your reference)…….drum roll pleeeeezzzzzz……
10. Beavis & Butthead Do America: Yes, I know….cheap thrills, but this movie cracks me up! Here’s the IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115641/
9. American Pie: More cheap thrills….I’m probably getting a reputation here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163651/
8. Pretty in Pink: Had to include a John Hughes movie, and the character, Ducky (John Cryer), sets this ahead of all the other Hughes’ films: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091790/
7. Cabaret: With Liza Minelli and Joel Grey, you know this has to be a hit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068327/
6. Groundhog Day: I thought Bill Murray in this movie was classic! Rent it if you haven’t seen it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/
5. Harold and Maude: This movie a cult favorite, and I have to admit that the Cat Stevens soundtrack plays a big part in my admiration for this film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067185/
4. Singing in the Rain: Gene Kelly is so debonnaire! I love the charm of this movie and the music, of course, too: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045152/
3. The Sound of Music: This movie is perfect in every way. Great music, amazing story, perfect actors: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059742/
2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Audrey Hepburn has got to be my favorite actress of all time. She is a total classic in this movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054698/
1. Home for the Holidays: This movie is Jodie Foster’s directoral debut and stars Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. It is all about family dysfunction at holiday time. I know this movie would not be #1 on most people’s list, but I love it and think about it still all of the time. It is hilarious and has some good heart, too. So, if you haven’t seen it, rent it for some humor and a great story: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113321/
As for my song of the day, I am going with a song from “Groundhog Day,” since it was the movie that inspired today’s blog. Bill Murray wakes up each morning at 6am in the movie. The plot is that he has to repeat each day until he learns to be selfless and gets the day right. Every morning, the song that comes on the radio is Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe.” There’s one scene where the song is driving him nuts, and he destroys the clock/radio about 5 times in a 15 second span of time. It’s an awesome moment of fun comedy, and I can’t help think of “Groundhog Day” every time I hear this song. Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear and watch Sonny and Cher sing it.
I love how the movies can have such an impact on music, and there are many songs that I now associate with films. Hooray for Hollywood! They have given this Songstress a lifetime of great memories.