10 Movies that Endure/Popcorn Fun

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
Roger Ebert

Hello Blog Family,

Between family, friends and vacation, it has been a super duper month of cooking, entertaining, eating, drinking, traveling and a lot of really great connecting. I love summer!

But now back to blogging and all of that important information and recipes and “stuff” that I feel the need to pass on, whether asked for or not…so let’s talk about movies!

Movie & popcorn...perfect match!

Movie & popcorn…a perfect match!

My love for film began at a very young age. Sometimes in the frenetic house I grew up in, it was a Great Escape to watch a movie that took you away…Far and Away..to places and people that were Gone with the Wind…ok that’s enough! Trying to be a Funny Girl! And soon I will be Unforgiven

Nowadays when I watch some of those old movies on TCM, I find that there are many movies that don’t hold up over time…sometimes it is the music that dates them, and sometimes it is bad acting, and sometimes they just stink…

But there are many movies that do endure…definition of endure-to continue to exist; last…so here is my very personal list of what I think are 10 great movies that endure the test of time… Bring on the tissues, bring on the popcorn and maybe a little whine/wine!

If you haven’t seen them,  you really need to go through this list, one by one!

Ten Movies that Endure

1. Bridge on the River Kwai

2. Dr. Zhivago

3. The Godfather

4. To Kill a Mockingbird

5. Gone with the Wind

6. Lawrence of Arabia

7. Casablanca

8. On the Waterfront

9. It’s a Wonderful Life

10. Rear Window

And popcorn?….every movie buff knows that you have to have popcorn…but good old-fashioned homemade popcorn, not the microwave kind. Here’s my favorite recipe:

Old Fashioned Popcorn


3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels


1. In a large heavy-bottom saucepan, stir together 1-3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil and 1/2 cup popcorn kernels; cover partially with lid to allow steam to escape. Move pan back and forth frequently to make sure all kernels pop.

2. Cook over medium heat until popping slows, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand (covered) until popping stops, 1 minute. Toss hot popcorn with melted butter and salt, as desired. Makes 8 to 10 cups.

Or…get a West Bend Stir Crazy Popper http://westbend.com/popcorn/stir-crazy.html (I’ve gone through 3 of these over the years), and go to town!

Just remember…It’s a Wonderful Life!



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