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RAMBLINGS ABOUT FAVORITE FLICKS

For Hicksflicks.com, Dec. 13, 2013

I went to the dentist last week and filled out more forms than I have teeth. And I have almost all my teeth.

One of the questions at the end of a form was for "Personal" information and asked "What TV shows do you watch regularly?" and "What are your favorite movies?"

You can't ask a movie critic, or former movie critic, about his favorite movies. Unless you have a lot of time to listen to his lengthy list. Or in this case enough pages of paper for said critic to get writer's cramp.

So I named a couple of TV shows I watch every week (there are actually only three right now, "Elementary," "Blue Bloods" and "The Middle"; I just listed the first two). But when it came to "favorite movies" I was stuck. There was one line at hte bottom of the form. So I just wrote "Old Movies."

I do like contemporary movies. Why else would my wife and I go so often – every week, sometimes twice or three times. (Which is nothing compared to what I used to see when I went to everything.)

But if I were to start naming my favorites, my real favorites, those that most often rotate off my shelves, I would instinctually revert to the golden oldies that I love to watch again and again.

And there are so many, of every stripe, every genre from every era of filmmaking, that a brief sitting wouldn't do.

I I thought about this again when I was listing some of my favorite Barbara Stanwyck films for an item elsewhere on this page. There were so many. And that's just Barbara Stanwyck! And I didn't list them all. The same thing happened a couple of weeks ago when I was writing about Frank Capra.

If I start listing just by or director or star we'll be here forever.

So yes, my favorites are older movies. But that's not to discount my faves from this or any other recent year (or decade). "All Is Lost." "Gravity." "The Way Way Back." So many for 2013.

Guess I'll have to break down and do a favorites-of-the-year list at year's end, although I hadn't really planned to.

After all, I don't see everying anymore.

Then again, I do see everything I want to see.