Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting a blog hop today. It seems as though half the blogs in my Google Reader are participating in this, so who am I to think alternative, huh? Nevermind that I already did a list of favourites on Saturday - those were books, this one is dedicated to movies. Anyways, here goes - twelve of my favourite movies (and why):
12. Love Actually
I know a bunch of people who cannot stand this movie either, but I honestly have no idea why. Alright, the actors might not be the best of singers, and for a musical that can get annoying. And yes, the story is pretty lame. But HELLO feel good movie! There are half-naked men dancing in flippers!
9. Finding Nemo
On my first overnight flight (to Japan) I watched this movie three times. On my second overnight flight (from Japan, one week later), I watched it three more. This movie is so well-made, so colourful, it promotes several valuable lessons and it is funny on so many levels. The only movie that ever made me want an aquarium.
Ronja must have been the first fictional character I ever consciously knew I looked up to. This beautiful movie adaption puts modern technology to shame by its use of 1984 hand-animated dolls (I am guessing) for the various creatures living in the forest, mini-models of the fortress that is Ronja’s home and other old-fashioned props and effects. It works like a charm! This movie certainly has a lot of charm. Also I love the (original Swedish) soundtrack, with the robber's choir.
It took years before my parents bought a VCR, but once they did our three first movies were Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and Aladdin. I watched all of them over and over again – my copy of Beauty and the Beast barely works anymore – but the one I continued to watch when I grew up was Aladdin. I love the humour in this movie, and I think I’d watch it alone for Genie’s jokes.
I almost didn't watch this one (I have a post coming up on the subject sometime, if I ever get it written), but I am glad that I did, because I absolutely adore it. The cast, the look and feel of it – it’s pure gold. If you liked Princess Bride, then you’ll love this one. It's got magic, fairy tales, difficult love and Ricky Gervais. Who can ask for more?
5. Pirates of the Caribbean. The Curse of the Black Pearl
This movie goes on the list for two main reasons: a) Johnny Depp; b) Keira Knightley’s character’s line: “If you think that hurts, try wearing a corset”. Aside from this, this movie has nearly nothing to offer. You know, aside from wicked swordfights, spectacular sets, an awesome cast, great music, brilliant humour and a wooden eye. I *heart* this movie!
4. Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain
This movie manages something I admire greatly, both in books and in movies, to treat serious themes respectfully, with warmth and humour. The Britain shown in this movie is one with high unemployment and violent strikes. The problems of a little boy who just wants to dance (but is afraid to breach the local do’s and don’ts) becomes heart-wrenchingly difficult in the midst of these national problems that affect his family directly.
2. Saving Grace
...aaaand number one is:
I cry and I cry every time I see this movie, and it is not (just) because I know I will never get to marry Count Laszlo de Almásy. No, what makes me cry are the tragic (and epic) love stories, the hopelessness of war, how beautiful the desert looks in the yellow light, and, strangely, how sad it is that Willem Dafoe drops an egg on the ground.
That’s it! 12 movies I am now craving to watch.