The other day Chrissy Teigen tweeted that she has this thing where she purposely won’t watch movies that are super popular. Just something in her won’t allow her to do it. I think she even joked that she needs to see a therapist for her desire to “withhold joy” from her life. Funny thing is, I can be the same way! Yes, I love movies and tv and if it’s something I really want to see then I will see it. But a lot of times when I haven’t gotten to see something and then everyone is talking about how amazing it is – it loses its appeal to me. It’s almost like I purposely go out of my way to not see it just because everyone else has and says I need to. Sometimes I’ll be honest and tell people I haven’t seen it. Other times when I don’t feel like it becoming a whole thing, I’ll just pretend I’ve seen it. I mean, I won’t elaborate on the lie and talk about the movie but I’ll just nod along.
Why am I going on this tangent? Well, yesterday on my day off I finally saw Bird Box. It was all anyone could talk about back in December and early January and I just didn’t see it. And then so many people were talking about it and posting memes that I just didn’t feel like it. But since I had time yesterday and because I love Sandra Bullock I finally saw it and I did really like it!
Back when the movie first came out in December and everyone was talking about it, I saw people all over Twitter lamenting the fact that a lot of teenagers and pre-teens today have no idea who Sandra Bullock is! They just kept calling her “the lady from Bird Box”. This is tragic because she is one of my favs! So I thought I’d highlight 5 of my favorite movies of hers. I’m probably missing some that I love but these were the first 5 that popped in my head that I love.
Speed is the movie that first introduced me to Sandra Bullock. I saw the movie when I was in like 4th grade. Yeah, I had those parents that let me watch whatever. I wasn’t watching secretly either – I watched it with them! I looooove this movie and I haven’t seen it in a while but it’s so good and I definitely had a crush on Keanu Reeves in this movie. If you don’t know what it’s about – Keanu Reeves plays an LAPD officer who gets tipped off by a crazy guy that there’s a bomb on a bus. He jumps on the bus to try to save the passengers. The bus can’t go below 55 mph or the bomb will detonate! Sandra Bullock is a passenger who ends up having to drive the bus after the bus driver is accidentally shot.
2. While You Were Sleeping
I mentioned this in a blog post years ago on Christmas movies. This is another one that I haven’t seen in a while but is so good! This romantic comedy follows Lucy, a transportation worker (she collects the tokens for the train) who has a faraway crush on a businessman she sees getting on the train every day. When she sees him fall on the tracks, she literally leaps to save his life. She goes to see him in the hospital only to find he’s in a coma and the doctors won’t let her see him since she isn’t family. Confusion and chaos ensue and she is mistaken as his fiancee. Since he’s not awake to correct everyone, she gets swept in to the lie when his family arrives and meets their son’s secret fiancee!
3. Hope Floats
This one is the saddest of the bunch, but again a good movie. Sandra Bullock’s character is blindsided (not to be mixed up with another favorite of mine The Blindside!) by her husband leaving her for another woman. She takes her daughter (a young Mae Whitman) back down south to her mother’s house and tries to figure out her life. A guy, Harry Connick Jr., from her past comes in to her life and helps her find herself again. This movie actually has one of my favorite quotes.
“Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome. That’s what momma always says. She says that beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, too…”
4. The Blindside
The Blindside is one of my favorites and if it’s on tv I have to watch it. It’s based on the real life story of Michael Oher, a homeless teenager, getting taken in by Leigh Anne Tuohy and her family. Leigh Anne, her husband, and her family help Michael get the help he needs academically and turn him on to football because his large size would make him a good football player. Utilizing his size, they teach him football so that he can use it to get to college. He does succeed, goes to college, and goes to the NFL. The Tuohy’s help him survive, secure a good future, and most importantly give him love.
5. The Proposal
The Proposal is so funny! I love this movie and Ryan Reynolds is probably my favorite Ryan so it just makes this movie even better. Sandra Bullock plays a high-powered book editor and Ryan is her assistant. She faces being deported back to Canada so she forces Ryan’s character to pretend that they are engaged and that they intend to get married so she can stay in the country. To sell the story to Immigration, Ryan’s character takes her back home to his parents’ in Alaska for a family party.
Clearly, I love Sandra Bullock and her movies. And there are so many that I’m leaving out like Miss Congeniality, Two Weeks Notice, and more. Oh and Practical Magic! The list could go on and on. Bird Box is definitely up there now that I’ve seen it.
Do you like Sandra Bullock? Do you have a favorite movie of hers?