Taking a break from my Doctor Who marathon, I’ve decided to list my favorite movies (in no particular order). The blog exercise by Lorelle inspired this post and I’ve tried to follow it as closely as possible.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
This movie is so good. About five years ago I watched this movie EVERY SINGLE DAY for about a month, when my granddad gave the DVD to me as a present. It has a fantastic setting, great music and is the only musical I can remember without the characters’ motivation to be love. I can watch this movie any day and still love it. The opening song is also SO COOL…
Normally someone’s favourite Marvel movie would be Iron Man or The Avengers (which I’ve only seen half of on the plane to Singapore before inconveniently landing) but Thor (which I saw on that same plane) is probably my favourite. It has a great central character who evolves during the movie on how to change his behaviour, has fantastic action, awesome monsters and Loki, who is the King of Awesome Villains.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Who doesn’t love Harry Potter? I’ve read four of the books and listened to three of them (as Stephen Fry can obviously get through books the size of bricks better than I can). I’ve seen all the films and while they’re all fantastic, the first one is the best in my eyes. It does an amazing job of telling the story through Harry’s eyes, before showing the magic (no pun intended) of Hogwarts and the magic world.
- Pan’s Labyrinth
Wow. Wow. A dark and gritty war/fantasy tale, this movie is structured so well that you need to genuinely think about whether the two worlds presented in the movie are real. The creature designs are awesome and the whole movie just has a foreboding atmosphere around it so that you know that these characters might not make it to the end of the film. Do they? Well, that’s the brilliant part.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The best example of British comedy, this movie is so funny I can watch it even when it is raining and still enjoy it. Most comedies I see now are pop culture jokes, one liners or fart jokes and this movie is able to go past that to deliver completely nonsensical humour… and take it completely normally. Just watch this clip and try not to crack a smile or laugh.
- The Empire Strikes Back
When Doctor Who was off air in 2009, Star Wars was my sci-fi. After watching all of them, I can now say that Episode V is my favourite. It’s more dark, action packed and funny than the previous one, and has amazing model work and fight scenes. It’s also one of the few movies I’ve seen where the bad guy wins. And it has cinema’s greatest twist. I won’t say because of spoilers but… oh, you all know what it is.
Ah, Pixar. Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, WALLE, some of the best animated films ever. But Up is quite possibly the best Pixar film. Not only is it funny and emotional, common features of Pixar, but it also has great characters and stunning animation. I watched this in 2009 as an 8 year old and even I could feel the emotional weight presented in the movie.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
Ahh Indiana Jones. While all of them are great (even the fourth one), you can’t top the original. Incredible effects for the 80’s, fantastic action (how can you forget the boulder scene?) and a plot so absurd it’s fun. The Last Crusade was an extremely close contender for the spot, but you can’t beat the original.
I haven’t seen enough Bond than I should (six out of 23), but if Skyfall is anything to judge, then the next ones should be fantastic too. Great action, a fantastic climax and opening, with an intriguing plot. Its great underlying themes about whether spies are relevant or not are also well handled. And then, while M talks to the government about that topic, the villain bursts in, thus explaining why spies are needed! That’s great story structure!
- Pacific Rim
OH YEAH!!! Now that summer is over, the blockbusters have gone. Pacific Rim was easily the best summer blockbuster I saw this year. An awesome premise, incredible action (with a twenty minute fight in the middle of the film involving four robots, two monsters and a submarine) and enough characterisation to make the characters likable.
So they’re my Top 10. What’s yours? I know there’re films which apparently are great but I haven’t seen them, so if you could recommend one, that’ll be great.