Posts Tagged ‘30 day Movie challenge’

Oh dear God. This is like trying to pick out which one of your children is your favourite. Totally the youngest. Impossible.

Thrillers to me are like chocolate to a fat kid. An exciting guilty pleasure that you just can’t switch off. My favourite movie of all time is a thriller, so understandably you’d think it would be my favourite thriller. But I’m not sure it is. I’m gonna be a big flake and choose two. Oh-em-gee. The 30 day movie challenge police are not gonna let me get away with this one… I’m surely off to movie prison! 

I know... right!?

I jest of course. No one cares if I deviate. And well, if they do, I don’t care…

So, number one – we have the genius that is ‘Rear Window’.

That scene gives me chills!

Then we have a guilty pleasure of mine. A film that would never win any awards, but Angelina Jolie is fabulous in it, and the twist at the end is just breathtaking!

So that’s it for another day week month. I realise I’ve hardly been disciplined with this 30 ‘Day’ challenge but I’m like Hitchcock… building the suspense!

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I know… I know… Its been ages again. Sue me – I have a life.

Anyway, back to the challenge. Animations a tough one for me. It takes a lot for me to be impressed by an animated film. Usually I enjoy them as a one time watch. The exception to this rule being Pixar’s incredible ‘Up’.

It’s one of the best films of the last few years, not just the best animated movie. It eclipses the sort of films I grew up watching – all the proper Disney movies. Disney have lost the magic they used to bring to the screen of late. They managed to combine the right amount of light and dark to make memorable movies that you could watch on several levels. ‘Up’ manages to do that beautifully.

I’ve said it before – good horror films are rare. But my favourite isn’t necessarily a classic yet the first time I saw it, it scared the bejesus out of me! Yes its… The Decent! 

Classiccc! The thing I love about the Decent, is it is the normal level of scary before you know there is monsters down there. The shear level of claustrophobia is enough to make you never make the ‘decent’ yourself. But half way through, the whole game changes when the rather unpleasant ‘crawlers’ come out to play. The movie is a statement about female friendship, and about how enduring the worst things through life, can ultimately give you a stronger sense of survival. It’s honestly the best British Horror flick made in years.

I’m in desperate need of lightening the mood after all that. So I thought I’d continue the 30 day movie challenge. Although I may have let a few days lap – ahem… erm or a few months *cough*, I am now ready and raring to go!

Right so, favourite action. Well due to the idiots over there at movie challenge (is it even like a company…? Meh) not including the best of all genres – SCI-FI (?! – I know right?!) I have had to make some changes and have decided my favourite action can only be one thing. It’s my favourite Sci-Fi of all time, and my favourite action, James Cameron’s incredible – Aliens.

I love this movie. It’s actually even better than the first alien movie (although that is also a masterpiece), and it cements Sigourney Weaver as not only a serious bad ass but the Queen of science fiction. The above quote is even my favourite line in a movie ever and Ripley is just so likeable and strong its just impossible not to travel through the movie with her. You can see all the similarities of Avatar when you watch Aliens as well, which makes me wonder what a film it would have been if it had have been made today. If you haven’t seen this movie, what the hell have you been doing?! No I’m kidding of course. Seriously, get out there and see it. Even if your not a Sci-Fi fan, its a movie that anyone can appreciate.

Sigourney Weaver is like nerd mecca – we shine our replica light sabres in her direction at least once a day 😉

Edit: Haha I just realised how that sounds… I wasn’t trying to be dirty in any way! Honest!

There are so many contenders for this its unreal. I love the drama genre and I have so many favourites to choose from. To name a few – Changeling, A Time to Kill, House of Sand and Fog… I could do this all day. But if by favourite we mean that I could watch it all day every day and not get bored then there really is only one choice:

Girl, Interrupted Trailer

Don’t let the trailer fool you, the film is a lot darker than it paints itself to be. Its an insight into the insane that ultimately forces you to see them as real people like all of us, and that despite being locked away from the world we all must face a that same dark side a little bit every day within ourselves. Angelina Jolie is mind blowing in this film, and deserved the Oscar (not as much as she did for Changeling however and she was passed over). However now that Brittany Murphy has died its not as easy a watch as it used to be, and her characters fate in the film is especially overwhelming.

That being said, its a great film that is as warm and funny as it is dark. A definite recommend.

This is possibly going to be the most controversial of all my choices because some would argue it isn’t truly a comedy. But its hilarious on so many levels and Whoopi Goldberg deserved her Oscar in every way. I should point out I’m not the biggest fan of comedies. They tend to be in my experience poorly made and often a lot lacking. A great comedy is about as rare as a great horror movie, like a black man at a KKK party my friends. Anyway, its a great movie and one that I have been watching virtually my whole life – and I can guarantee you my kids will too. And I can’t think of a better tribute to the wonderful Patrick Swayze. Long may his movies live on.

Best line in the movie!

The shear genius of ghost is I don’t really think there are many movies with a similar concept. Not necessarily the concept of someone being a ghost and staying put on earth, but more the character they chose when they chose Oda Mae. They could have gone for an old white gypsy (or traveller to be P.C.) stereotypical fortune teller/psychic lady. Or they could have gone for anyone of an older age who you’d probably expect in such a role. But they chose a thirty something, African american, money driven female who was faking and was as surprised as everyone else to find she’s psychic! It was a statement about the class and race in the early nineties and Whoopi’s portrayal of Oda Mae is so nailed on that she is without a doubt one of my favourite characters in a movie ever. Patrick is so likable and relatable in this movie, and his on screen chemistry with Whoopi sizzles so much it outshines anything coming from Demi Moore as Swayze’s mourning girl friend.

Overall, its just a great movie, and one that always cheers me up.

Edit: Just found the full movie on youtube as well if your interested. In one part too so you have absolutely no excuse not to watch it! 

Film is one of those things were for every one good movie there are a hundred terrible ones, and for every great movie – there’s a thousand stinkers. So picking my least favourite movie is probably harder than picking my favourite. Also because bad films are, for the most part, forgettable. But there is only one film I’ve ever been to the cinema to see, and I’ve fallen asleep in it. I was of a wee young age of seven at the time but even then I was a tough critic. My worst movie ever:

My Favourite Martian: I’d rather have dinner with Josef Fritzl than watch this train wreck again.

This film is bad on so many unspeakable levels. And the stupid humour so poor that it couldn’t even appease my seven year old self. Fail.

NB. This movie is also a remake of a TV series. I HATE REMAKES!!!! They are the biggest insult to creativity and there are only about 5 in existence that were any good. So that fact just increases my dislike!