This weeks Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish is our favorite stories in television and film. I technically broke the rules this week, but I don’t care. The fact of the matter is that I don’t watch that much T.V. and while I certainly enjoy movies, my favorites tend to be based off of…books. While it was never explicitly said to not include book-based stories, I’m choosing not to as much as possible. So my list includes some stories from other forms of media. I hope you don’t mind!
- The Office — I. Love. The Office. I’ve watched the series multiple times, I’m constantly referencing this show… it is my life source. Hilarious and heartwarming…if you haven’t watched this series, where have you been? Pam and Jim are my OTP.
- Strictly Ballroom — Baz Luhrmann’s classic dance movie with an amazing soundtrack and just all around awesomeness. A cute love story, some ridiculous characters, great comedy moments… I love this movie! My mom brought this home from the library one day years ago and I really thought I was going to hate this, but it’s truly amazing. Fran is a beginner dancer with eyes on the next star of ballroom dance, Scott Hastings. After Scott loses his partner and credibility after improvising moves in front of Australian Dancing Federation President Barry Fife, he gives Fran a chance to dance with him in the Grand Prix. Everyone, especially Scott’s mom, panics, conspiracy are revealed, and Scott finally stops living his life in fear. I’m pretty sure it’s on Netflix, watch it tonight!
- The Golden Girls — Um. If this needs explaining I really feel sorry for you. Harsh, but true. Greatest sitcom of all time. All time! (I’m totally a Sofia by the way.)
- Modern Family — Speaking of hilarious comedies that often manage to teach us lessons and warm our hearts without being overly cheesy… This show is great. Not many shows make me literally laugh out loud but this one does at least once an episode. I’m talkin’ big belly laughs here. The good stuff.
- The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists — This album by The Decemberists tells a story through a series of songs. It’s basically a musical soundtrack without the existing musical. The album is meant to be listened to as a whole, but I feel that a few of the tracks are good stand alone songs. I don’t want to spoil too much, because half of the experience is piecing together the story while you listen, but it’s basically a love story between a girl and a boy who is raised by the forest. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s really amazing.
- Parks and Recreation — I’m currently playing catch up on this one (I’m extremely behind the times here) but I love Leslie Knope and all of her antics. She is one of the best feminist characters I’ve seen, and the whole cast of this show is brilliant. Brilliant!
- The Book of Mormon — I just saw this musical earlier (almost exactly 4 months ago!) but I’ve been obsessing over the soundtrack for quite some time. Part of the reason this story resonates with me so much is because I used to be LDS (Mormon) and this story is, in part, a conversion story. Also, it’s really funny. And NSFW! Fair warning!
- Next to Normal — Another musical, this is the simultaneously depressing and uplifting story of a woman coping with loss and mental illness, and how it affects her family. Again, I don’t want to spoil too much, so I won’t. Just know that it’s good, okay? Awesome.
- Into the Woods — This one is kinda breaking my own non-book-based rule, because it’s a musical based on fairy tales, but there are original characters (the baker and his wife) thrown into the mix, and the plots are all interwoven in a remarkably original way. Plus, and I may be wrong about this, I am pretty sure the entire second act is original an original storyline. Anyway, this Stephen Sondheim musical is currently being made into a film by my boss, dear old Mickey Mouse. I have mixed feelings, but I know that I will ultimately be giving some of my paycheck back to Disney when Into the Woods arrives in theatres.
- When Harry Met Sally — My favorite movie. Boom. I said it. The rom-com of the century. Just perfect in every way. Funny, romantic, sad…all the feels. Another movie that I quote and/or make reference to on the regular. Often unnoticed by those around me. Excellent soundtrack too! If you haven’t seen this yet, check it out. Especially if it’s your time of the month. It’s great with some ice cream. Just sayin’.
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