Here’s Looking at You, Movie Lovers

Ever feel like you’ve found your Internet tribe, so to speak? I feel like I’ve found mine here.

The thing is, even though I’m an author of mysteries, one young adult, and one thriller novel, plus various screenplays (as yet unproduced), I am also a die-hard movie lover.

So, I was thrilled beyond words to be recognized on Ruth’s awesome Silver Screenings blog! 🙂

This is me! 🙂

Anyway, this blog post is a thank you to Ruth and to everyone who’s similarly-minded about the awesomeness of movies.

Here’s a question I really hate: “What movie would you want with you if you were stuck on a desert island?”

Okay, first of all, you’re basically asking me which movie is my favorite. As a die-hard movie lover, the answer is either, “It’s impossible to pick a favorite” or “It depends on what mood I’m in.

So, since it’s impossible for me to pick a favorite movie, I’m going to randomly select some of my very favorites from different genres.

Do I have a favorite drama movie? If I did, it would probably be The Best Years of Our Lives. The film never fails to bring a tear to my eye.

But, wait … I almost forgot about The Grapes of Wrath!

Musicals? Now, there’s a tough call. Do I go with a Fred Astaire or a Gene Kelly? I just adored Fred Astaire in The Band Wagon. But who can resist Gene Kelly in An American in Paris? As it happens, I reviewed that movie previously.

As for foreign films, once again I’m at a loss. There are so many good ones, in all sorts of different genres. Do I go with a high-octane thriller like La Femme Nikita? Or should I go with a Jacques Tati comedy? When I saw Playtime in college, I fell in love with Tati’s use of audiovisual stylings to tell stories revolving around human absurdity.

And speaking of comedy, where on earth do I start? Do I pick one of the silents? Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd? And what of the ladies? Mary Pickford? Marion Davies?

Do I go with satire, parody, or slapstick? Should I pick Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid or Catch-22 (which I reviewed here)? And what sort of comedy fan would fail to add at least one Marx Brothers movie? In my case, I’d have the difficult task of choosing between Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera.

And as for Westerns … good grief! How do I decide between John Ford, Sergio Leone, and the great revisionists, like Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch), George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), or Arther Penn (Little Big Man)? Or even parodies like Blazing Saddles?

As for film noir, Eddie Muller’s Noir Alley on TCM has opened my eyes to a whole world of choices. But my pick would be one of three: The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, or Out of the Past. Now, that’s with a gun to my head, mind you! 🙂

Oh, and secondly, if I’m on a desert island, how the hell do I watch these movies? 🙂

So, thank you, again, Ruth! And thank you to everyone who reads this blog! Here’s to the movies! 🙂

PS: I have an updated Movie Review Journal, which you can download here for no charge.

The cover! 🙂

Index pages

Notes! 🙂

I’d love to know what you think of it.


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4 Responses to Here’s Looking at You, Movie Lovers

  1. I’m late to the party, Debbi – and thanks for the mention!

    This is a terrific post. I agree with you re: the question, “What is your favourite movie?” That is IMPOSSIBLE to answer. It’s hard to choose a favourite in a certain genre, no? However, the movies you mentioned here are some of my faves, too. 🙂

    And thanks for access to the movie journal. I just downloaded a copy – whee!

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    • Debbi says:

      I suppose you’re probably right. My problem is I love SO many movies. It’s much easier for me to pick the ones I would totally avoid. 🙂

      I hope you find the journal useful! Would love to know if it’s been of real use to you. As you know, I’m on Twitter under my name @debbimack and my film lover alias @FilmWoman. Also, my email is

      Someday, I should really set up a contact page on this blog. Duh! 🙂

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  2. Debbi, I started using the Movie Journal, and I really like it. I didn’t print it out – I just enter my info right into the PDF, and presto! So easy! Thanks again.

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    • Debbi says:

      Thanks so much, Ruth! 🙂 So glad to hear that. I’m using it, too. It helps me remember how each movie I see affects me when I write the details down.

      Because I write screenplays, watching films has been changed for me. Like the way I read crime fiction now. It seems like I pick up more subtextually than I did when I was younger.:)

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