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We love all things Disney at our house.  Consequently, in honor of the big 3D release of Beauty and the Beast, I have decided to list my most favorite Disney/Pixar movies of all time:

5. Snow White – It is the original princess movie, and it is my Stinkerbell’s absolute favorite.

4. The Little Mermaid – You cannot help but love all of the songs and the characters in this film.

3. Beauty and the Beast – This film has such a beautiful story, and the ballroom scene is simply amazing.

2. Up – Not many movies can touch you so deeply and make you laugh quite as much as this one.

1. The Lion King –  A classic in every sense of the word.

So, what are your favorite Disney films?

My daughter has recently become very curious about all things Harry Potter. She has caught bits and pieces of the first two movies on TV. Consequently, she asked to see the movies in their entirety. So, I borrowed all of the DVDs from a friend, and we began our Harry Potter movie marathon this week. We successfully made it through years 1 – 5, albeit with lots of pauses of the remote for explanations along the way. We stopped during “The Half-Blood Prince” because it became too intense for my daughter. But, she is totally hooked and plans to be Hermione for Halloween this year.

Watching all of the movies again reminded me of how many wonderfully magical details J. K. Rowling packed into her brilliant series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the books, so I want to do so again soon. I still love and feel connected to those characters who tug on my heartstrings … those like Hagrid, Dumbledore, Sirius, and of course, Harry himself. But, I also recalled the visceral reactions that I have to the villanous characters. Obviously, no one who enters the world of Harry Potter can help but loathe the Malfoys, Bellatrix, and Voldemort. But, I had forgotten until I re-watched “The Order of the Phoenix” just how horrible and infuriating Dolores Umbridge is!

Which characters from the Harry Potter series do you like and dislike the most, and why?

Today marks the second annual National Dance Day.  To celebrate, I have listed my favorite dance movies of all time.  Enjoy!

10. Dirty Dancing (1987) – The late Patrick Swayze was wonderful as Johnny, the rebel dance instructor.  And remember, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!”

9. Flashdance (1983) – If Alex (played by Jennifer Beals) can get into a prestigious ballet school after working as welder and exotic dancer, then anybody can!  Dancers everywhere wore cut-up sweatshirts after this movie.

8. Dancers (1987) – Mikhail Baryshnikov and Julie Kent starred as professional dancers making a film version of the famous ballet, Giselle.  The dancing was beautiful, and I still have my official movie poster!

7. White Nights (1985) – Mikhail Baryshnikov and the late Gregory Hines are featured in this classic.  Who can forget Hines’ brilliant moves, Misha’s famous pirouette scene, or “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie?

6. Fame (1980) – Who didn’t want to be a student at the New York High School of Performing Arts?  I love how the film weaves the students together in their various genres.  And obviously, Debbie Allen rocks as Lydia!

5. Billy Elliot (2000) – This film shows how Billy, played by the unbelievably talented Jamie Bell, uses dance to find joy and overcome his obstacles.  It’s a fabulous story that you will never forget.

4. All That Jazz (1979) – This movie is the semi-autobiographical tale of the legendary Bob Fosse.  It’s a fascinating look into the world of Broadway.  The dancing is spectacular, and I absolutely love Ann Reinking as Kate.

3. Black Swan (2010) – This film was frequently advertised as a “psychological thriller”.  What a massive understatement!  The way in which director Darren Aronofsky uses the story of the ballet, Swan Lake, is genius!  Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis are both incredible, and the dancing is heartbreakingly gorgeous.

2. Center Stage (2000) – The love triangle between Jody (Amanda Schull), Cooper (Ethan Stiefel), and Charlie (Sascha Radetsky) is played out on stage during the big performance finale.  This movie gives a realistic view of the pursuit of becoming a professional ballet dancer.  The dance sequences are amazing, and the soundtrack is awesome!

1. The Turning Point (1977) – This film has an outstanding cast with Mikhail Baryshnikov as Yuri, Shirley MacLaine as Dee Dee, Anne Bancroft as Emma, and Leslie Browne as Emilia.  The story revolves around the sacrifices that must be made to become a professional dancer and the conflicts that arise on the way to the top.  The dance scenes are excellent with Emilia and Yuri, and the cat-fight scene between Emma and Dee Dee is unforgettable!

I caught There’s Something About Mary for the hundredth time this weekend, and it is still HILARIOUS!  Yes, it contains crude humor.  And, yes, most of the jokes are politically-incorrect.  But, you can not help but laugh your head off when you watch unforgettable scenes like this …

I absolutely LOVE movies, and I love discussing them with other people.  So, I want to know what is your favorite movie?  Give me a list of your top three to five and tell me what you love about them.  I want to know those movies that you have watched over and over again and can quote almost every line.

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