Hi friends! This week’s MINI episode is our TOP 10 favorite movies of all time.
You can find the podcast posts archive here.
Our favorite movies …
Emma: Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
(Here’s the flours scene that we mention … it’s SO cute!)
Elsie: Moulin Rouge (2001)
Anyone else in love with Ewan McGregor? Fun fact: Emma once met him on a rooftop in London (it was a meet and greet, not like a chance meeting BUT STILL) and she got his autograph for me and I had it hung up in my house for like 10 years.
Emma: Harry Potter (the whole series, but her favorite is … And The Goblet Of Fire)
Elsie: Clueless (1995)
Anyone else in love with Paul Rudd?
It looks like Urban Outfitters is sold out of the yellow plaid vinyl, but here’s another version.
Emma: Say Anything (1989)
Elsie: Dream Girls (2006)
I looooove this movie and the mansion toward the end is my number one movie dream house (here’s a link if you’re curious)
Emma: The Greatest Showman (2017)
Emma’s celebrity crush (of all time!!!) is Hugh Jackman.
Elsie: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
(it was tough to choose just one Wes Anderson movie.)
Emma: Love Actually (2003)
-We’ll circle back
Elsie: Mary Poppins (1964)
The new one is also nice (I love Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins), but the original is pure MAGIC and so wonderful. Julie Andrews is my queen forever!
Honorable mentions …
Emma: 13 Going On 30, Bridesmaids, Sweet Home Alabama, Jerry McGuire, X-Men lol, The Neverending Story.
Elsie: Down With Love, Empire Records, Amelie, The Fifth Element, The Sound Of Music, Mama Mia Here We Go Again.
Thank you so much for listening!! This was so much fun to record. We hope you are having a safe quarantine. Love, Elsie + Emma
P.S. We’d love to hear YOUR favorite movies of all time in the comments. And if you have any requests for mini episodes, send them to podcast AT a beautiful mess DOT com
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Episode 26 Transcript
Emma: You’re listening to the A Beautiful Mess podcast. Today is a mini episode, which means it’s under 20 minutes and we stick to just one quick subject. Today we’re talking about our favorite movies of all time. Heyo!
Elsie: Woo Woo! Okay I’m so excited to do this because we love movies and most of mine are movies that are either old or have been out for a long time. So it’s like nostalgia central.
Emma: And mine are random as fuck, so…
Elsie: So yeah, it’s what it is. I mean, you don’t choose your favorite movies. They chose you, right? That’s how I feel about all these movies.
Emma: I also was like, this could be a much longer list. And I’m one of those people who doesn’t really rewatch a movie like I. I rarely rewatch movies. So I was kind of basing it a little bit on that. So, OK, let’s get into it. I’ll do my first one first. My first one is my all time favorite. The rest are not an order, but this one is. And it is Stranger Than Fiction, if you know, you know.
Elsie: I love that movie, too. And yeah, Emma has…didn’t Trey do the like flower thing with you.
Emma: Yeah, he did.
Elsie: Oh, it’s so cute. Okay. I mean I put a picture of that in the show notes. Maybe we’ll get sued for doing that, but it’s really cute.
Emma: Oh the movie posters?
Elsie: No the movie, the picture where he’s giving her the box of flowers.
Emma: We probably will get sued, but maybe we’ll it anyway. Okay. So what’s yours?
Elsie: All right. This is also my favorite of all times. I put it first and it’s Moulin Rouge. It’s just like never to be beaten. Ewan McGregor, I was thinking about how, like, Ewan McGregor was like forever my biggest celebrity crush and Emma’s is Hugh Jackman. And I was like, I think it’s because they can go between like being like Wolverine or like Star Wars guy or whatever and then being like in a musical and like dancingg. It’s just like find a man who can do both…
Emma: We like a man with range.
Elsie: Yeah. Moulin Rouge is my favorite Ewan McGregor and my favorite Nicole Kidman of all time and also just has a lot of Elton John songs. And there’s really nothing that I don’t like about it. But it’s just amazing. Yeah. You had him planning a movie night with Uncle Zac soon, which I’m calling him Uncle. He’s my friend Zac. But we call him Uncle Zac because he’s Nova’s uncle, Nova’s pretend uncle.
Emma: And that’s where Piggy came from.
Elsie: And it’s his favorite. Yeah, it’s his favorite movie as well.
Emma: Okay. My second one is kind of more of a series, which I know is a cheat, but I just wanted to put all of the Harry Potters. I do think they’re extremely bingeable. I watch them all again before Christmas this year. If I had to pick a favorite because I know we’re supposed to be picking just one movie, then I’m going to go with the Goblet of Fire. But I love Harry Potter.
Elsie: I’ve never watched the Harry Potter movies, but I can’t wait. I’m waiting until Nova’s like, I don’t know. What age do you think? Like seven or eight?
Emma: Yeah, the first ones are really not scary. The first? Well, especially the very first one. See how she does on the first one.
Elsie: Like first grade or second grade.
Emma: Yeah, you could try second grade. Just see how she does. She gets a little scared. So there’s some scary stuff in the later ones for kids, not for adults.
Elsie: Well I can’t wait to have my own Harry Potter phase, but I wanted to like wait and share it with my kids. Okay. My second one is Clueless. It is to me the ultimate 90s movie. I’ve probably watched it more than 50 times in my life and I will watch it every two to three years until I die.
Emma: Yeah. If you hadn’t put that in the list, I would have. Because I love Clueless and Paul Rudd has to be on the list of like celebrity crushes. Since we’re kind of bringing that up.
Elsie: Yeah. Yeah, I love Paul Rudd and oh I will say this one more thing. The vinyl of the clueless vinyl record. It is like the yellow plaid on the front and I will link it if they still sell it. But it’s the most beautiful, funny, cute vinyl in our whole collection and it’s a great soundtrack.
Emma: I had a Nokia cell phone in high school that had like a case that was like snap together and it was the yellow plaid because it was from Clueless or I wanted it to be. It wasn’t really OK. My third one is an oldie but a goodie. It is. Say Anything. Have you ever seen it?
Emma: It’s the one where he holds up the boombox.
Elsie: Oh yeah.
Emma: Cuz back it’s from nineteen eighty nine. So it’s I kind of love 80s movies like Pretty in Pink, Footloose all that, but probably Say Anything’s my favorite.
Elsie: He like, works in a record store?
Emma: No, that’s High Fidelity. That’s a good movie!
Elsie: OK, never mind, I don’t know it.
Emma: No that’s a good movie. Same actor, different movie.
Emma: This one’s too like a sweet romance. Romcom.
Elsie: Nice that. Yeah. I don’t know that I’ve seen that. I’m going to check in and see.
Emma: It’s charming…
Elsie: If Jeremy will watch it with me. So he’s like it’s either a yes or no and I never know which one it’s going to be with old movies like that. Ok, so my third one is Dreamgirls. and it could have been my first one because it’s definitely one of my favorite movies of my whole life. Do we see it for it? Was it like your 20th or 21st?
Emma: It was my 21st birthday.
Elsie: I remember we went to see it for one of her birthdays and we went to Imo’s Pizza also. Okay. So we watched two Valentine’s Days ago and we accidentally watched the extended version, which was hilarious because it was even way longer. And anyway, I am obsessed with Beyonce. I’m obsessed with Jennifer Hudson. I’m obsessed with the costumes. The house that is the Beyoncé character’s house at the end of Dreamgirls is like my ultimate mansion in L.A., like house porn, like ten out of 10. I just I love everything about Dreamgirls and I want to watch it if I can ever find anyone who wants to watch it with me. That’s what we’ll be doing.
Emma: I love Dreamgirls. Amazing, amazing performances. Just really good. OK. So I also felt for my next one that I needed to have at least one musical on here because I do love musicals. And I was like, all right. What’s my favorite musical? And so this is actually a fairly new movie, but I just really do love it. And it’s The Greatest Showman.
Elsie: Oh, yeah!
Emma: I love The Greatest Showman so much. Yeah, it has my favorite celebrity crush, Hugh Jackman. So that’s probably part of it. But I just love that movie. I love the message of it. And it’s really fun and catchy.
Elsie: It was beautiful.
Emma: Mm hmm.
Elsie: OK. So I want to put it a Wes Anderson movie, but I didn’t I couldn’t choose. And then I ended up just like looking up the list and like sitting there staring at it for like five minutes. And I in the end, I just picked the one that I want to watch. If I was going to watch one tonight, which is The Grand Budapest Hotel. But they’re all so good.
Emma: They are. I love Grand Budapest. And then probably my other one is The Royal Tenenbaums, which I didn’t put on my list. I’m just throwing it out there since, you know, I feel anxiety of only getting to pick five. But yeah, Wes Anderson, movies are always a good bet. Grand Budapest is probably Trey’s favorite of all his.
Elsie: Mm hmm. So beautiful. I wish it was a real hotel. That’s my only regret.
Emma: Oh yeah. Right. So this is my last one. And it’s kind of a Christmas movie, but which so I know it’s not very seasonally appropriate, but I just love it. And it’s Love, Actually. It’s got to be kind of the greatest…
Elsie: I thought you were going to say Home Alone.
Emma: Home Alone is amazing too. If we just did top ten Christmas movies, I feel like that could be a mini episode this next year.
Elsie: I love Love, Actually. Oh, we could do a Christmas movie episode. OK. We’ll do a Christmas movie mini.
Emma: But yeah, I do love Love actually even out of the season. I just, it’s just so sweet. There’s so many different stories…
Elsie: When that little girl is singing!
Emma: Oh yeah I know. It’s it’s the best. I love Love Actually.
Elsie: Ok. My last one. This could have also been my first one. It reminds me of my mom. It I will force my children to love it. We listened to the soundtrack two days ago. I’m decorating one of the rooms in my AirBnB based off of it.
Emma: I love that you say you’re gonna force your children to love it
Elsie: No matter what I have to do. They will love this movie. And it’s Mary Poppins.
Emma: Old or new?
Elsie: Old. I like the new one, too. And I love Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, but it didn’t catch me in the same way. The original is the original.
Emma: Same, same. Emily Blunt’s amazing, but. Yeah. The original is. I don’t know. Magic. It’s just magic.
Elsie: OK, so it’s. Yeah. Just such a moment in time. OK. So you we were listening to soundtrack and you know the song with the the like suffragette woman…the mom, you know the banner and she’s singing her little feminist song and her voice is so crazy just her vocal is so crazy. And Nova goes “mommy. Why she’s singing like that.”
Emma: Oh, Nova’s kind of trolling her!
Elsie: Julie Andrews is doing, I don’t know it might be canceled because of quarantine, but a performance soon at the Ryman, I think. And I really, really have to find someone to go with me.
Emma: Really? I thought she didn’t sing anymore. I thought she had something with her throat.
Elsie: It’s a performance. And I don’t know what kind of performance it is, but I just love her so much. She’s a queen of all the humans in the world. She’s my queen.
Emma: She’s amazing.
Elsie: Mm hmm.
Emma: Okay. So those were our favorites, top ten. But we also wanted to kind of rapid fire some other ones that didn’t make the cut just because. Why not?
Elsie: Yeah. And like, I promise you by…I’ll probably add even more in the show notes because by tomorrow I’m going to be so pissed that I forgot one.
Emma: Me too. Oh no. We did say this! So here’s my rapid fire ones. 13 Going on 30. Love it. Bridesmaids, Sweet Home Alabama, Jerry Maguire, but most of the X-Men franchise, but not all of it. You can decide. And Never Ending Story. (sings Never Ending Story theme)
Elsie: That’s a really good list. Okay. Mine is Down With Love. It’s definitely my favorite. If you if I was just gonna go on like decor inspiration from a movie, I would that would be my number one.
Emma: See I would do John Wick because I want John Wick’s house. (laughs(
Elsie: Remember when we used to be obsessed with the mansion from Twilight?
Emma: Yes (laughs) Still am!
Elsie: That’s funny. It’s a good house and it’s actually a real house, which I love that. OK. So Empire Records, Amalie, The Fifth Element, which I’m going to try so hard to get Nova to do that costume, I don’t know if I can get her to do it…
Emma: The opera singer?
Elsie: Leeloo Dallas Multipass.
Emma: Oh Oh yeah. Multipass.
Elsie: The Sound of Music. My other Julie Andrews like ultimate queen woman and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (laughs). Cuz it is our most watched movie of the year by a lot.
Elsie: And so good. So, so good.
Emma: Ok. That’s that’s movies. So if you need some movie recommendations. There you have it.
Elsie: Yeah. Hopefully by the time this episode goes up the quarantine…
Emma: Don’t jinx it. Don’t jinx anything.
Elsie: OK. Let’s not even say.
Emma: Don’t. Yeah. Because who knows…
Elsie: All right.
Emma: I’m going to be so sad, if not. Well, we’re sending our love to you this week.
Elsie: And if you’re loving the mini episodes, please leave us a review and please share it somewhere or with someone. Doesn’t matter who. That would just mean so much to us. Yeah.
Emma: And we’d love to hear if you have recommendations, let us know and you can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks.
My all time fav is Notting Hill and will stop and watch it on TV no matter what point the movie is at. I also love The Godfather 1&2, The Sound of Music, Pitch Perfect and any Nancy Meyer movie (The Holiday, The Intern, Somethings Gotta Give, It’s Complicated) for her houses and interiors, they really are to die for! Devil Wears Prada, Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde, The Chronicles of Riddick, This Means War. Okay, have to stop because I could go on and on.
… oh and extra special mention for Strictly Ballroom, also a Baz Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge, film that is just delightful.
I love Clueless and 13 going on 30 and I also love, love, love The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslot, New in Town with Renee Zellweger and Baby Boom with the very handsome Sam Shepard.
Stranger Than Fiction is my absolute favorite too! Then Dan in Real Life, The Wedding Singer and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Mmm, I’m feeling a movie night asap!
When Harry Met Sally is the quintessential romantic comedy! Also love Hitch, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Ten Things I Hate About You (modern version of Taming of the Shrew), Overboard (the original). Anything by John Hughes, Cameron Crowe, Wes Anderson or Christopher Guest. If you’re looking for a classic, Barefoot in the Park starring a young, hilarious and sexy Jane Fonda. It’s charming, quirky NYC apartment setting plays a starring role too. I’m a Parker Posey fan, and I think Party Girl is her best. Speaking of Posey, Dazed and Confused is a classic!
My girlie/sweet/sentimental side/romcom is what I’m craving right now: Princess Bride, You’ve Got mail, Something’s gotta give, it’s complicated, Julie & Julia, sound of music, 100 foot journey, when Harry met sally, Forrest Gump, The holiday, big , definitely maybe, as good as it gets, about time, time travelers wife … I gotta rewatch these!!!
Obvious Child, It’s a Disaster!, Cabin in the Woods, Happy Death Day 1&2, Moana, Black Panther, A Simple Favor, When Harry Met Sally, Spy!, The Heat, honorable mention Hereditary and It Follows
My Top 5 are Little Miss Sunshine, Penelope, Stardust, The Holiday, and maybe The Princess and the Frog? (The fifth slot is open for debate, but that is the winner for today.)
LOVE Ewan McGregor!!! Big Fish is my all time favorite movie! <3
Augh I forget about Big Fish! That was the beginning of my unending crush on Jessica Lange!
I can’t believe I’ve never watched some of these movies… thanks for sharing! ❤️✨
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Oh my goodness I could totally “go to the video store” with either of you and we’d both be happy!! Except Elsie, we’d have to fight over Paul Rudd, because he’s totally a Baldwin. And if either of you can find a way to watch Dear Frankie, you won’t be sorry. Ditto Paddington 2 (it looks like Amelie), Penelope, and Pushing Daisies (okay not a movie, but so charming). ❤️
Bend it Like Beckham! <3
Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley
When Harry Met Sally
The Devil Wears Prada
An Officer and a Gentleman
Terms of Endearment
I agree with Clueless and Love Actually
Some of my favourite movies:
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Elsie, I think your girls would love this one, too)
Wayne’s World (I quote it all the time)
The Secret of Roan Inish
Sense and Sensibility with Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet
Amelie, Delicacy, and A Very Long Engagement, all starring the lovely Audrey Tatou
Roman Holiday with lovely Audrey Hepburn. ❤️
I ❤️Your list!!!
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