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25 Random Movies About Me
by Denise DuVernay

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poor marla, as if she wasn't troubled already

poor marla, as if she wasn't troubled already
The instructions are easy: list 25 movies that say something about you, then tag the friends you think are most likely to do it, too. Also, tag the person who sent this to you.

Oh, wait, this isn't Facebook? And the meme isn't movies, it's 25 random things? Oh, well, my column, my rules.

1. FIGHT CLUB (1999)
Shows my complexity—sure, I'm generally a pro-Ikea, anti-violence kinda gal, but something about Brad Pitt and Edward Norton beating the crap out of each other without shirts is, well, fine with me.

2. HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971)
"That's wonderful, Harold. Go, love some more."

3. UHF (1989)
Shows my undying love for Al, plus my childlike whimsy. And I adore the commentary—Victoria Jackson cuts the call short because she's making scalloped potatoes.

4. THE SIMPSONS MOVIE (2007)
The Simpson family are a huge part of my life, and in the movie, Marge swears in anger and we
I wish Bruce's name was in my secret notebook. Oops. wrong movie.

I wish Bruce's name was in my secret notebook. Oops. wrong movie.
see Bart's doodle.

5. THE JERK (1979)
The first time I laid my eyes on Steve, I knew what romantic love was and although I was only 6, I don't think my understanding has grown all that much more sophisticated in the almost 30 years since.

6. STRANGER THAN FICTION (2006)
Did you ever imagine Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, and Queen Latifah in the same film? Me neither, but strangely, it works.

7. OFFICE SPACE (1999)
TPS reports, flair, guarding our cake, working 45 minutes a week. Yeah, it's touched us all.

8. EDDIE IZZARD'S DRESS TO KILL (1999)
The best of all of Izzard's standup collections, and has taught me most of what I know about teaching.

9. WAITING FOR GUFFMAN (1996)
What is a small town without a Dairy Queen? Absolutely nothing.

10. DOG PARK (1998)
"Owen" is the saddest name in the world? I guess it is, but it had never occurred to me until I saw DOG
If you don't well up when he says

If you don't well up when he says
PARK.

11. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001)
I've been leery of public swimming pools since.

12. SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003)
It's how I justify to myself my unorthodox teaching practices. I mean, at least I tie the music to the lesson plan.

13. SiCKO (2007)
If my raft made it, I wonder if a kind, generous Cuban surgeon would remove my tonsils?

14. FRENCH KISS (1995)
Makes me feel triumphant!

15. AKEELAH AND THE BEE (2006)
I saw this movie, went home, and subscribed to dictionary.com's word of the day. If I don't know it, I try to use it at least once that day. (The word of the day for Saturday, February 14: myopia. The Spanish word of the day: ganar).

16. SHORT CUTS (1993)
If you gotta go fishing, why not use your local fishin' hole?

17. MARTY (1955)
Seeing this movie taught me not to take my feminism too seriously: Sometimes, we are just plenty of ripe
In 1965, she coulda painted anyone's wagon.

In 1965, she coulda painted anyone's wagon.
tomatoes.

18. TORTILLA SOUP (2001)
I have the crazy down pat. Now, if only I had the metabolism to keep up, I'd fit right in with those hermanas locas.

19. SAME TIME NEXT YEAR (1978)
This movie showed me that it's still possible to have a fulfilling life, even if things don't work out the way you planned.

20. MAGNOLIA (1999)
The number one reason I still haven't seen THERE WILL BE BLOOD.

21. A BRONX TALE (1993)
When I like a guy, I reach over and unlock the driver's side door. I'm a keeper.

22. THE CHAMP (1979)
In my heart, Ricky Schroeder is still that sad, sweet, tow-headed little boy, and not a Republican.

24. PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006)
Everyone needs a healthy fantasy life.

25. CAT BALLOU (1965)
When I was little, my parents let me watch it whenever it was the Saturday afternoon movie, even though in retrospect, I realize that hearing Jane Fonda's voice probably made them cringe.

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