Meg Charron Webb loves to laugh. When asked to name her favorite comedy, she named about a dozen.
As the director of branding/creative outreach for the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture — or OKPOP, as the center to be built in the Tulsa Arts District will be known — she has come to know the collections of many artists.
And as a woman who loves to laugh (she’s also a co-founder of Tulsa’s Blue Whale Comedy Festival), it wasn’t easy narrowing down her No. 1 comedy.
But then she thought of family.
“I’m going to have to go with ‘The Great Outdoors’ with John Candy,” she said. “My brother and I pretty much have it memorized, and I still email my family to ask when we’re going to take a vacation together to that place in the movie.”
It would not be the last question in which her family played a role.
For this recurring series of stories, we asked Charron Webb about all of her movie favorites.
What is your favorite movie of all time and why?
I love the message in movies like “Giant,” and that film has so many scenes that I can never forget. That’s the one, but I also stop and watch “The Godfather Part II” and “Goodfellas” anytime they are on TV. I love “Gone with the Wind” and watch it with my grandmother once a year. And as an Irish-American woman, I love “The Quiet Man.”
What is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen and why?
It’s “The Great Outdoors,” but I like anything with John Candy in it, with “Uncle Buck” and “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” other favorites. I can watch anything with John C. Reilly; I think “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” is underrated. I love old Buster Keaton films, the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges.
What is the movie that scared you and why?
Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” scared me to death. I still see a flock of birds on a telephone wire and wonder what the heck they’re up to. I don’t trust them!
What is the movie that makes you cry and why?
With my parents getting older, I’d have to say Tim Burton’s “Big Fish.” It’s such an aesthetically beautiful film full of incredible actors, but the story of a man at the end of his life retelling what seems to be impossible-to-believe tales of his human experience to his son is a reminder that our parents have lived rich lives full of heartbreaks, love, loss, sadness and triumphs.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen this past year and why?
I didn’t know how I’d feel about it, but I ended up loving “The Favourite.” I know this is a controversial train of thought, but there’s no bigger enemy to a woman sometimes than another woman. It’s brutal. Plus there’s a ‘u’ in ‘favourite’ so you know it’s a high-brow film.
What is your favorite movie experience, maybe one you saw as a kid, or with friends in summer, or a midnight movie, and what made it so special?
“The Wizard of Oz” is such a special film to me. I loved it as a small child, and I love it today. The music, the way the film turns from black-and-white to color, the ruby slippers; it’s a masterpiece. I saw it at Guthrie Green a few years ago as it was played to a packed-out park. I got emotional about all of the little kids seeing it for the first time.
At the theater, where do you prefer to sit and what are your refreshments of choice?
Seating is center of center. Refreshments are a large Diet Coke and popcorn, and I need to put my own butter on my popcorn. If you don’t have butter for the popcorn, I’m out. I love theaters that will bring me a glass of wine during a film. The key word being “bring” me.
What old movie would you love to see on the big screen, either again or for the first time?
“Beetlejuice.” I saw it in the theater with my dad when I was little, and I love that movie so much. Michael Keaton is amazing, and it was my first introduction to Tim Burton films. I’ve been a lifelong fan since!
What upcoming movie are you looking forward to seeing?
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” I love Quentin Tarantino films, and I spent several weeks in Los Angeles last fall while they were filming this. I have a fascination with Los Angeles in the 1960s. I’m sure the soundtrack will also be incredible.
Do you have a favorite movie star whose movies have many times made you go to the theater because you like that person’s films so much?
Right now, I have three actors that I will go see in anything because they blow me away in everything: Sam Rockwell, Michael Shannon and Walton Goggins.
Is there a director whose films you like so much that you will see any movie that they make?
As hipster-cliche as it might seem, I will see any and all Wes Anderson films. I feel like I’m a kid again and I’m being read a delicious book starring Bill Murray.