Finals week is over, the grades are in, and my Netflix subscription is renewed. Life is good.
In 2005, I listed some of my favorite Gardening Movies. It's time to revise the top 10. Keep in mind that not all of these movies are actually about gardening; some are just good movies with botanical symbolism and/or flowery names.
Updated Top 10 Gardening Movies:
3. The Constant Gardener
4. Little Shop of Horrors, the original cult classic (1960)
5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
6. Saving Grace
7. Broken Flowers
8. Garden State
9. Bed of Roses
10. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Honorable Mention: Steal Magnolias, Magnolia, Bread and Tulips, Little Shop of Horrors the musical (1986), White Oleander
I'm a big fan of Bill Murray, especially in Groundhog Day and Lost in Translation. Broken Flowers is much in the same realm as Lost in Translation. For the first 10 seconds after this movie ended, I was dumbfounded and cursing the abrupt ending. Then 10 minutes later I realized the beauty of a non-packaged Hollywood ended and I wished I hadn't watched it alone so I had someone to talk to it over with. Thank goodness for on-line forums.
The Little Shop of Horrors, the original cult classic (1960)
Long before the Broadway musical and spin-off movie musical, there was this original cult classic B-movie. The original version offers a cameo by a young Jack Nicholson, a surprise ending, and all the frills of a typical low-budget movie. And the original is not a musical, which is a plus in my book.
Greenfingers / Saving Grace
These two movies made the top of my list because they are true gardening moviesÂthey are focused around an obsession for plants. They are also both British comedies. Greenfingers is based on a true story of a British prison that gave inmates a chance to become gardeners, while Saving Grace is about a woman who finds herself penniless after her husbandÂs death and resorts to utilizing her gardening skills and resources on a special plant much different from her prize-winning orchids.
The Constant Gardener
Somehow this movie is both a thriller and a contemplative drama, and it blends perfectly together.
Rachel Weisz really deserved the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for this movie.
With Oscar-nominated performances by Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, Adaptation is a strange but mesmerizing journey loosely based on the novel The Orchid Thief.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Based on a best-selling novel, this movie handles tough subjects like poverty analcoholismsm, but still manages to be heart-warming.
Bed of Roses
This movie is a romance, ergo traditionally a chick flick, but my husband actually likes it, too. If you are a true plant geek you will swoon over the most beautiful rooftop garden IÂve ever seen on film, not Christian Slater as a florist.
This film resonated with me I was going through my quarter life crisis. Zach Braff wears many hats as writer/director/actor in this film. (He also stars in one of my favorite TV shows, Scrubs.) Hey, and there's even a blog for this movie- Zach Braff's Garden State Blog.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Another cult classic. Whenever someone gets all hysterical about genetic engineering I think of this movie. Yeah, when we put a ethylene resistant gene into tomatoes, they could turn into the Tomatoes of Wrath! Whatever.
Any other suggestions? Please comment!