So, last month, I began this quest to identify my favorite pieces of pop culture from each of the five disciplines (I just made that phrase up). Basically, I’ve been going from spotlighting items from the worlds of Television, Music, Online (Digital), Movies, and Books, by assigning them a letter of the alphabet, like a strange variation of the game, Scattergories. (It seemed like a good idea at the time.) Once these lists are complete, I can easily manipulate them later on by swapping out the old for new items that steal my attention.

So far, we’ve covered TV, Online, and Music. You can find links to each of those posts in an A to Z Pop Culture Media List list, because I grew weary of retyping the links at the beginning of each post. I also put a schedule in there so you know when to expect the rest of the posts. We’ll be wrapping up next week, but today, we begin the world of Movies, from A to H.

A is for Avengers. I didn’t grow up reading comic books or poring over the latest superhero exploits. In fact, I was only marginally aware that the comic book world extended much beyond the Justice League cartoons (Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, etc.). But Avengers, the movie – and the movies leading up to it – is one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. The writing is phenomenal and the action is great despite some predictability.

B is for Bourne. We all can imagine waking up with no recollection of who we are or how we got to wherever we are. Well, at least I can. Despite my initial curiosity of how Matt Damon would handle an action role, the Bourne series of movies is definitely one of my favorites and I’m even excited in the post-Damon installment(s).

C is for Cary Grant. I almost wrote in Charade, when it occurred to me that I could expand it to all Cary Grant movies. Cary Grant isn’t my favorite actor of all time (we’ll get to that later), but I enjoy a good deal of his films, including the Hitchcock films and the comedic performances like “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.”

D is for Dark Knight. As a big fan of the 1966 Batman legacy and a notsomuch fan of the 90s Batman movies, I skipped Batman Begins altogether when it initially came out. However, like many others, the hype around Heath Ledger’s Joker drew me into the Dark Knight and I made my way to the theater to take in the movie. It lived up to the hype and then some, which brought me back to Batman Begins and had me anticipating the current film, though, I’ll probably wait for the DVD. Ultimately, a great reboot of the franchise.

E is for Elf. “I like smiling. Smiling’s my favorite.” “No singing at the North Pole. – Yes, there is!” Elf is chock full of funny moments that I never get tired of. It’s a great picture of innocence abroad and it tells a quaint and charming tale of Christmas spirit. Yes, I know it’s not a Christian version of Christmas, but it’s a staple in my house.

F is for Fast and Furious. Another franchise of films that I enjoy every time I watch them. I’m not even a car guy, really, and I know the acting and the action sequences are pretty ridiculous, but something about these movies pulls me in every time. I honestly can’t wait for the 6th installment.

G is for Gone in 60 Seconds. Another car movie. Another big cast. Another set of ridiculous circumstances and action sequences. But man, the car chases are exhilarating. The dialogue works and Eleanor is GORGEOUS. Who wouldn’t want a 1967 Shelby GT500?

H is for Harts War. I don’t really get into war movies. I’m not sure why, but I never have. I’m sure many of them are spectacular, and I love reading about wars and battles and generals, but on film, I just tune out more often than not. However, Hart’s War really struck a chord with me, and held me, captivated by the characters and the quandaries they faced.

Did you miss any of the previous installments? They’re all available at the A to Z Pop Culture Media List. Stay tuned for parts two and three of movies.

peace… love… bdg…