#2014BloggerChallenge: My Top Five Films

When I was a teenager, I was a bit of a cinema obsessive - I did Film Studies for A-level and wrote film reviews for the student newspaper at university. However, since then I must admit my cinema-going has dropped off considerably and I'm more likely to watch films on Netflix whilst curled up on my couch. And when I do watch films, they often end up being less top drawer and more trashy. Case in point: I watched This Means War the other night, even though it's terrible, because Chris Pine and Tom Hardy were in it. I know, I'm so shallow sometimes.

So when we were given films as our topic for the #2014BloggerChallenge, it was a bit overwhelming - what on Earth was I, the film nerd, going to write about? In the end, I decided to keep it simple with my top five films. I could have written about loads more but eventually these were the ones I narrowed it down to.

Back to the Future
Back to the Future is one of those films I can quote pretty much from beginning to end. It has the most brilliant script - sharp, tight and fast, and packed with jokes without wasting a second of storytelling time - and the attention to detail is incredible, especially in the recreated 1955 Hill Valley (I think my love of all things 1950s stems from this film). If anyone got tickets for Secret Cinema, I am insanely jealous of you, and frantically trying to think of ways to scrap the £55 together...

Raiders of the Lost Ark

If Back to the Future is a more cerebral blockbuster, then Raiders of the Lost Ark is all action - and all the better for it. The temple sequence is possibly my favourite first ten minutes of any film I've ever seen, and it's so well-paced with tons of memorable moments, from Indy nonchalantly shooting the guy with the fancy sword tricks to 'Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?'. It's all the best parts of the good James Bond movies with fewer gadgets, a flawed - but more believable - hero and a heroine who actually looks like she could defend herself when needed. Plus, Harrison Ford was hot in the 80s.

(500) Days of Summer
A film's soundtrack can make or break it, and (500) Days of Summer has an awesome soundtrack, especially if you're an indie kid like me. I also love its unconventional storytelling style, mixing it up the different moments in Tom and Summer's relationship - because let's face it, most relationships are messy and memories are not always linear. It might be a bit of a hipster cliche to like this film, but I just think it's a brilliantly honest portrayal of modern romance and completely, utterly love. And if they ever make a film of my life, can Zooey Deschanel play me please?

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

This is the film I always put on when I have had a rotten day and want something to cheer me up. I've talked about it before on the blog but it is utterly fantastic. I particularly love the relationship between Tick, Bernadette and Adam - snarky, occasionally prickly but ultimately pulling together and being there for each other - and the brilliant musical numbers, with the trio's performance of I Will Survive in front of a bemused group of Aborigines being my favouirte (though Finally comes a close second). Plus it also plays up Australia as a character in its own right and makes me yearn to go back. It's a film that makes you glad to be alive.
It's such a blogger cliche, but I do love my Disney movies, especially when they're as good as Frozen. I love the relationship between Anna and Elsa, the twist of the typical fairy tale 'true love' plotline and the fantastic secondary characters (Olaf the snowman is probably one of the best comic characters ever to grace the screen). Throw in a sing-along soundtrack that gets stuck in your head for days, beautiful animation and seriously enviable beauty looks - I am determined to master Anna's coronation hair - and it's the perfect combination for a Friday night in or rainy Sunday afternoon.

Are any of these on your favourite films list?

1 comment:

  1. Awe the only one I've seen out of your list is Frozen and I loved it too!! :D