Lucy Todd Marathon Final Thoughts
I’m forever indebted to Lucy Todd not only for suggesting the ten films that she did, but also for reading and commenting on my blog regularly. I don’t think many people read my blog at this point, but I’m hoping that as it grows, more people might discover it in the future. The blog is linked from a few notable websites, and I have received comments from individuals that have not disclosed their identities, so maybe more people are reading than I think. Either way, Lucy’s involvement kept me going strong. As such, I’m sad that this marathon is over, though I hope Lucy keeps recommending films for me to watch. Who knows? Maybe I can do a Lucy Todd Marathon Number Two someday!
These ten films do contain some common characteristics, the strongest being their desire to make the viewer feel better after watching. More often than not, I did feel great once the movie ended because the film worked for me. Sometimes, though, I simply felt relieved that the movie was over—Saint Ralph and Children of Heaven. Even with those two clunkers (my humble opinion of course), I was glad that I saw every film that I did on this marathon. Both Saint Ralph and Children of Heaven had their hearts in the right place, which didn’t make me feel like my time was wasted.
On the other hand, I watched some wonderful films that I might not have even considered had it not been for Lucy’s recommendation—A Patch of Blue, What’s Up Doc, Butterflies Are Free, Happy Accidents. Other films that I enjoyed, such as To Sir with Love and The Station Agent, I probably would have eventually seen on my own at a future date. I’m extremely happy that this marathon brought these films to me sooner rather than later. Finally, Lucy gave me an excuse to revisit a beloved treasure that I haven’t seen in a long time—Billy Elliot.
Here are the ten films in order from best to worst.
- To Sir, with Love
- The Station Agent
- Billy Elliot
- What’s Up, Doc?
- A Patch of Blue
- Butterflies Are Free
- Happy Accidents
- The Color of
- Children of Heaven
- Saint Ralph
Here are the Lucy Todd Marathon Awards (I will pick a winner and two runners up in each category)
Best Actor- Sidney Poitier- To Sir, with Love
-Runners up- Jamie Bell- Billy Elliot and Peter Dinklage- The Station Agent
Best Actress- Goldie Hawn- Butterflies Are Free
-Runners up- Marissa Tomei- Happy Accidents and Barbra Streisand- What’s Up, Doc?
Best Supporting Actor- Bobby Cannavale- The Station Agent
-Runners up- Gary Lewis- Billy Elliot and Wallace Ford- A Patch of Blue
Best Supporting Actress- Eileen Heckart- Butterflies Are Free
-Runners up- Shelley Winters- A Patch of Blue and Julie Walters- Billy Elliot
Best Scene- Punching Braille- The Color of
-Runners Up- The Courtroom Scene- What’s Up, Doc? and The Final Dance- To Sir, with Love
Best Character- Billy Elliot- Billy Elliot
-Runners Up- Mohammad- The Color of
Best Director- Peter Bogdanovich- What’s Up, Doc?
-Runners Up- Stephen Daldry- Billy Elliot and Majid Majidi- The Color of
Best Picture- To Sir, with Love
-Runners Up- The Station Agent and Billy Elliot
I’d love to have Lucy comment on this post by ranking the movies from the marathon in order from best to worst based on her preferences. Thanks again Lucy! Great recommendations!