5/04/2006

Gardening Movies- 2006 update

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:

1. Greenfingers
2. Adaptation
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


Broken Flowers
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 movies—they 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 husband’s 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.

Adaptation
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 IÂ’ve ever seen on film, not Christian Slater as a florist.

Garden State
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!

10 comments:

akanett said...

Thanks for your post Nelumbo. I like your blog. You really have green fingers. I will be coming back to visit.

Judith said...

Love your list! Greenfingers & Saving Grace! Ah!--favorites of mine! Not sure I've seen Garden State & will definitely have to find Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

M Sinclair Stevens said...

And, of course, 'The Secret Garden' based on the children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The 1993 version is probably the best so far.

Also:
* Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
* Grey Gardens. Documentary of the Jacqueline Onassis's odd cousins.
* Bread and Roses. Perhaps timely movie about illegal immigration.

Congrats on getting through your finals. I still have to get through next week.

Neil said...

What about "Being There" with the main character being Chauncy Gardner, who wins over everyone with his gardening metaphors.

Annie in Austin said...

Will you accept Shakespeare set in Italy? Almost every scene in Much Ado About Nothing took place in the garden of a fabulous villa.

Annie in Austin

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Gerard Caron said...

I stumbled on your site and had to be amazed at the almost same look as my blog.Mine is called " Our Gardens Our kitchen" and is aimed at helping my family learn from my mistakes.In the winter here in Canada i have to find ways to break out of cabin fever so yesterday I wrote about movies with food and garden themes>enjoyed your post greatly

Gerard Caron said...

I stumbled on your site and had to be amazed at the almost same look as my blog.Mine is called " Our Gardens Our kitchen" and is aimed at helping my family learn from my mistakes.In the winter here in Canada i have to find ways to break out of cabin fever so yesterday I wrote about movies with food and garden themes>enjoyed your post greatly

Melvin said...

wow, beautiful post...
thanks for sharing....

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Ninja Annie said...

"Rosemary and Thyme", two ladies who design and grow gardens for a living, and maybe solve the occasional murder. A British mystery series I cannot recommend highly enough.