Everybody loves a good movie. For me it's the ultimate form of escapism, a chance to step into an imaginary world and put reality on hold for a couple of hours. It's also a form, albeit a socially acceptable one, of voyeurism. You observe people from different walks of life in different situations, you share in their hopes, dreams, tears and triumphs thus becoming emotionally invested in the story and images in front of you. It's also the one guaranteed way of getting a very hyper Ginger Warrior to sit still for longer than five minutes.
Initially I thought I would name this post "My FIVE fave films of all time" but I soon realised I was setting myself an impossible task. I mean, could you select a top five from all the films you have seen over the years? I, sadly, cannot, which is why I have decided to share my favourite flicks according to genre. Not all genres mind, just the most popular ones. I don't want to keep you for too long when there are so many incredible movies you could be watching instead.
Ginger Warrior, over and out.
I've lost count of how many times I have watched this movie and yet I still find myself on the edge of my seat, heart pounding, as Warden Norton tears the poster from the cell wall to reveal a tunnel just wide enough for a man to crawl through. That man, Andy Dufresne, epitomises the strength and endurance of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Tim Robbins at his very best.
How is it that you can watch a movie a dozen times and yet still cry at the very same parts?? In fact, you find yourself crying BEFORE the tear-provoking action takes place because you know it's coming and you may as well let yourself go sooner rather than later.
Love, loyalty, faith and undying friendship are the themes that captivate me each and every time.
I was a die-hard Nightmare on Elm Street fan from the age of nine to eleven. Nine, yup, that's right. It could explain a lot... The funny thing is I wasn't remotely scared back then and never lost a single night's sleep to bad dreams or thoughts that Freddy was coming for me with his knife-embedded glove. Now, however, I couldn't bring myself to watch them - I'd be terrified! Any psychology majors out there care to explain that one to me??
For me, the coolest vampire film ever made! I was probably in my early teens when I saw this for the first time and I thought Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland (more so Jason) were scary and sexy in equal measure, even if they did eat maggots.
I first saw this in Italian with Spanish subtitles. Now, if that doesn't mess with your head nothing will!
While a huge cinematic triumph (it won three Oscars at the 71st Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language film) it offended some left-wing critics due to the way in which humour and pathos are associated with the horrors of the Holocaust. I personally loved the way in which Benigni's character never failed to see only the very best at the very worst of times and I'd like to think that there may have been men and women like Guido in the camps who were a beacon of hope and light in the darkest of places.
A remake of the 1957 film of the same name.
I found this randomly sitting in my living room one day. Had no idea who it belonged to, I just knew it wasn't mine. I'm not overly keen on the Western genre as a rule but on this particular day I was at a loose end and popped it in the DVD player. A hundred and seventeen minutes later it became one of my favourite films. More good versus evil action with a bittersweet ending.
Makes you think long and hard about justice and judgement, humanity and divinity, vengeance and forgiveness. Edmond, the downtrodden protagonist is on a quest for personal justice that will see him blur the lines between good and bad, moral and immoral. I like to think that he is morally immoral. :) And is there a more satisfying moment than when Villefort is taken away in the very same wagon which transported Edmond to a life of mental anguish and physical torture in the Chateau d'If? Revenge is undeniably sweet. (And Jim Caviezel is rather tasty too.)
The Matrix blew me away when it was first released and the very fact it garnered four Academy Awards proves I was not alone in my assessment. Ok, so none of them went to Keanu for his acting abilities but I'm generally able to overlook his slightly wooden approach to acting and it works in his favour for this particular character. It was just, all in all, a cool film with cool people wearing cool floor-length leather jackets. I'm not ashamed to admit I almost bought one. I just didn't seem to be able to carry it off in the same way...
One of my all time faves, for sure, even if the sequels did disappoint.
Robert de Niro mincing around in a pink tutu - that did it for me!
A beautiful, Japanese animated adventure film which had me spellbound when I first watched it in the late eighties. My neighbour Anne had a copy on VHS and I would beg to borrow it every few weeks. I had completely forgotten about it until I saw a similar animation, Spirited Away, at a friend's house a few months ago. Memories of this magical tale of ancient technology, sky piracy and blossoming love came flooding back and I promptly bought it on Amazon. Definitely one for the whole family.
If you have seen this film before then I need only say one thing: THE BARN DARN SCENE! Hands down the best choreographed, most rousing dance routine ever to grace the silver screen! And the fact that all the brothers are ginger only serves to make it even more enjoyable.
I want Hugh Grant to bug me as he does in most films but in this particular flick, I can't help falling for the bumbling idiot role for which he is universally known. (And no, I'm not referring to his extracurricular activities). It has to be said, however, that Rhys Ifans, despite a supporting role, manages to steal the show as Spike. Great one liners, great gaffs and he wears his grey Y fronts with Welsh pride.
The "truffle-shuffle", slick shoes and extendable boxing mitts, puzzles and booby traps, the unfortunate statue missing its (ahem) vital organ, Chunk and Sloth's unlikely friendship, small in stature, HUGE in presence Mama Fratelli and the list goes on and on! It may be coming up for thirty years old but in my humble opinion it's still the greatest kid's adventure film EVER!
I think I may have wet myself the first time I watched this. I was in my second year at university, it was a particularly stressful time and I needed to seek refuge from my own mind. I took myself to the language lab on campus which boasted a huge range of foreign films. I grabbed the first one that said "comedy" on the label - I was in desperate need of a laugh. And I was not disappointed. It's a French film (which I am sure you have already guessed) and follows the adventures of Godefroy the Hardy and his undeniably Baldrick-like henchman, Jacquasse. A senile sorcerer sends the two men hurtling forward in time from the 12th century to the 20th century where they discover, and with great hilarity, modern day inventions which both bewilder and terrify them. I cannot recommend this film enough. Rent it and amusez-vous bien, mes Warriors!