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Top 100 Movie Challenge

In response to Nathan Bransford's top 100 movie challenge, here are my 100 favorite(ish) movies. Unlike Nathan, I didn't spend much time on this list. It's really the first 100 movies I love as I thought of them, but it covers my tastes.

I love romantic comedies and Hitchcock, teeny bopper films and Wes Anderson. There's a lot of classic Gen X stuff, a few action flicks, and—just for fun—a smattering of surrealism. I pretty much love anything with Cary Grant in it, and I have a soft spot for summer camp hijinks. I'm sure there are a few great ones I missed!
1. The Princess Bride
2. Rushmore
3. My Fair Lady
4. Notorious
5. Casablanca
6. Vertigo
7. Rear Window
8. The Goonies
9. Empire Strikes Back
10. Star Wars
11. Return of the Jedi
12. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
13. Pretty in Pink
14. Sixteen Candles
15. You've Got Mail
16. French Kiss
17. Sleepless in Seattle
18. Dirty Dancing
19. Pulp Fiction
20. Ella Enchanted
21. To Catch A Thief
22. Bringing Up Baby
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Good Indian Girl: A Long-Winded Post on How I Became a Writer

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My dad always wanted me to become a doctor. I kind of ruined it all by fainting at the sight of a whale heart on a school field trip. At least, I've been told it was because of the whale heart—I actually have no memory of seeing it. All I remember is waking up on the floor, my classmates staring down at me.

So there went my medical career. My dad was pretty disappointed. But like all good Indian girls, I grew up undeniably practical. As if by osmosis, I understood from birth that writers and artists starve on the streets. I really didn't want to starve or live on the street...so I ended up getting a computer science degree.

There was something about writing code that really appealed to me. From my very first CS class, it just clicked. It was so logical and rational...all the things that good Indian girls like. But I felt like a part of me was under-utilized. I tried to be creative in the workplace but my bosses really only needed a code monkey. They had other peop…