This week we’ve been asked to list some of our all time favourite films. There are so many films that I love out there. I’ve purposely not put things like Harry Potter, The Batman Films, Hunger Games as I think people will already know what they are about. This list shows some of the films I will watch over and over if I can. So let’s get stuck in!
Django Unchained (2012):
I could have put a few Tarantino films on here but decided to go with Django Unchained. I’ve seen it a few times now and would happily sit down and watch it again. It tells the story of a Slave (Jamie Foxx) who finds himself within the company of a Bounty Hunter, Dr. King Shultz (Christoph Waltz). Together they set out to capture the Brittle Brothers. Once successful in that, they continue on and find themselves arriving at a plantation owned by Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) where Django’s wife is still a slave.
The film has all of the style given in Tarantino’s work and a brilliant sound track. Jamie Foxx plays an amazing Django. It turns slavery on it’s head and I love it.
Spirited Away (2001):
The first of two Studio Ghibli films in this list. Spirited away tells the story of 10 year old Chihiro. Her family are moving to a new location and become lost. They find an amusement park where the adventure begins. All is not what it seems, Chihiro ends up separated from her parents and must work for the spirits of the park to get them back.
One thing I would say is this film may not be for young children. I think it would have frightened me when I was younger as there are a few things that visually can be a bit scary. In fact, the fate of Chihiro’s parents was actually a nightmare of mine as a child!
Having said that, as an adult I adore this film. It’s the first Studio Ghibi film I ever saw. It’s unusual, the drawings are beautiful as is the music.
My Neighbour Totoro (1998):
The second of the Studio Ghibli films on this list. I love this film! LOVE IT! I’ve seen it countless times. George (my Son) has also seen it many times. It’s a big favourite in our household. The story looks at family bonds, particularly between the two sisters Mei and Satsuki. Again like Spirited Away, they move to a new location. As they settle into their new life, they meet the spirits of the forest. The first time you meet Totoro, you feel the magic in the scene. For me this film is heart warming and another visual delight. AND there’s a Catbus!!
“You remind me of the babe.”
“The babe with the Power”
“Power of Voodoo”
“Remind me of the babe”.
Ooooohooohooohooo I love this film! It’s about a girl named Sarah (Jennifer Connelly). She’s 16 and reluctant to ‘grow up’, instead, wanting to live amongst the stories of her youth. One night she is asked to babysit her Brother, which she is furious about and asks the Goblin King (David Bowie), to take him away. Which of course he does! Sarah then has to work her way through the Labyrinth in the Goblin King’s kingdom within 13 hours or she will lose her Brother forever.
It’s brilliant! The music is all written and performed by Bowie, that alone is a reason to love it!
Snakes on a Plane (2006):
As the name suggests, this film is about Snakes, on a Plane. Various poisonous/deadly snakes. High on pheromones and ready to kill. They’ve been placed there by a mobster in order to kill a witness on board, I’m guessing he wasn’t concerned about the other passengers. The film has one of my favourite Actors, Samuel L Jackson (also in Django Unchained). He brings his own finesse to the film and it perfects it. It’s one of films that regularly pops up on television and I always watch it!
Shaun of the Dead (2004):
“Go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over”. Another one I’ve seen a billion times. A comedy Zombie film with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. It’s Spaced with Zombies!…sort of. We even have an appearance from Daisy/Yvonne (Jessica Hynes). In fact the whole cast is great. Shaun (Simon Pegg) is having a bad time so he decides to improve his life by getting his girlfriend back, thinking it’ll improve things. Just as he decides to do this, everything is taken over by a huge Zombie apocalypse!
Along Came a Spider (2001):
Another one that seems to be on the TV a lot and if I see it, I end up watching it to the end. A Senator’s Daughter who is under Secret Service protection is kidnapped whilst in school. Detective and Psychologist Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) is brought into the case despite recently losing his partner. It’s a fairly fast paced psychological thriller with lots of mind games. I was surprised to find lower ratings for reviews on this film when I searched about. I guess there are plot holes and it’s a fairly easy watch. However I enjoy it all the same.
Die Hard (1988):
I love watching this at Christmas. There I said it! I know it’s not a Christmas film, it’s just a film that happens to be set at Christmas. John McClean (Bruce Willis) is going to meet family for the holidays. He visits his estranged Wife’s place of work during a Christmas party and the whole place is taken over by terrorists. The ring leader, Hans Gruber is played by the late Alan Rickman and he’s awesome. With this in place, it’s up to McClean to save everyone. There’s some pretty good famous lines as well 😉
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993):
I love this film around Halloween and Christmas. It’s perfect for both! Tim Burton’s masterpiece tells the story of Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon), Halloween’s Pumpkin King. He has become bored of the same celebrations every year and has gone on the search for something different. He stumbles upon Christmas land and decides he wants to be the new ‘sandy claws’. The film features stop motion animation with clay models, using Burton’s unique gothic type style. It’s beautiful. This accompanied with Danny Elfman’s musical soundtrack makes this film an absolute classic.
That’s my list (for now!),
Thank you for reading,
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