Can I tell you a secret? It’s actually not really a secret – it’s more like common knowledge that everyone forgets and then when I tell them again they groan and slap their hands to their foreheads. But here it is: I probably haven’t seen your favorite movie.
Unless it was made in the 1980′s. Because the thing is that I have four all-time, hands down, favorite movies. Movies that I love so much that any time I think about watching a different movie I can’t bring myself to do it because nothing will ever compare to these films.
I could watch these four movies, on rotation, for the rest of my life and be content. Sure, there are other movies that I might watch if I can’t find my time-tested standards, but nothing will ever compare to these four movies for me.
So last night, when I heard that Nora Ephron had passed away, I was pretty sad. Because this was the woman who gave me Harry and Sally, two of the most real, three-dimensional characters I have ever seen in a film. This was the woman who made “chick-flicks” with guts. Who wrote dialogue that showcased just how many facets there are to relationships.
That’s it. No sociological analysis, no discussion of gender roles, nothing. Just thanks for Harry and Sally, Nora.
- Nora Ephron’s Best Film Moments (newsfeed.time.com)
- Ephron: From ‘Silkwood’ To ‘Sally,’ A Singular Voice (wnyc.org)
- Nora Ephron: She Did It All With Style (deadline.com)