One of Husband and my favourite things to do is watch movies together. Some times it’s classics, sometimes (a lot) of times it’s Scifi, sometimes it’s new releases. But it is always fun. Not long ago we watched a documentary on the National Film Registry and film preservation. I immediately wanted to watch all of the movies ever made. And I was surprised what types of films were on the list and how diverse the list was. So I thought I might share some of my favourite films. They should be enjoyed with popcorn, junior mints, snow caps, and maybe some of your favourite wine.
1. Gypsy – Natalie Wood plays a vaudeville performer turns burlesque star, what is not to love? Check it out, there are some mean musical numbers. It’s is also a stage musical.
2. Moulin Rogue- This is probably one of my favourite musicals of all time, it’s a campy, crazy, drug and alcohol fueled romance between a courtesan and a writer in the late 1890s. I love how it mixes modern music with 1890s Paris. I still can’t get enough of the amazing costumes and sets.
3. Romeo + Juliet – This story on it’s own is amazing and gut wrenching, then throw a young Leo DiCaprio and Clare Danes with their lines in iambic pentameter (just for the record, I spelled iambic pentameter from memory, I felt that necessary to report) and you have 90s movie magic. The 90s music goes a long way too.
4. The Mummy – I have been fascinated with ancient Egypt for as long as I can remember, it was always my favourite section of history in school. This film has it all, action, adventure, mummies, librarians… Brendan Frasier… If you have never seen this gem, run do not walk to your television and watch it immediately after finishing this post.
5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – I watched this for the first time about a week ago, and I am really sad I waited so long. It is probably the best alien movie I have ever seen and I wish they made all alien movies with as much heart and story, as I feel scifi as a whole is an under served genre and most movies are either made to sell tickets, or made into love stories for teens/middle age housewives.
6. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir- This is my favourite black and white film, I remember watching it all the time with my mother. It’s about a ghost and single mother who fall in love, check it out little Natalie Wood is in it.
7. 10 Things I Hate About You – This is my favourite teen film, and what is not to love, young Heath Ledger (RIP), and Joseph Gordon Levitt, in a modern retelling of Taming of the Shrew (yes, more Shakespeare). It’s just a super fun film and everyone should see it.
8. Heathers – 80s teen movie at it’s best! I saw this because my mom has a thing for Christian Slater, Winonna Ryder is in it too, although she plays “A Veronica”. It’s dark twisted and all good, they even did a Musical off Broadway. Check it out, and for any lit nerds, the Moby Dick references are hilarious.
9. Nightmare Before Christmas – One of if not my favourite Christmas films of all time, also my favourite Tim Burton film. If you have not seen this film you must have been in hiding under a rock for the past 20+ years. Watch it, sing along, fall for Jack like Sally does.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy – I couldn’t leave this off, not only is it super funny, the effects are great, the casting is impeccable, and the soundtrack is the best I’ve heard in a while. Yes, it’s based on comics, and yes I am a nerd, but this is a great film. Chris Pratt is perfect as Starlord and Karen Gillan plays a great baddie.
Honorable mention: Full Metal Jacket, Gone With the Wind, Resident Evil, Singing in the Rain, Inception, Little Nemo, Natural Born Killers, The Princess Bride, The Last Unicorn, Office Space, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Sound Of Music, How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, The Littlest Rebel and last but certainly not least Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
In closing, it doesn’t really matter what your preferred genre is, films on their own are meant to evoke emotion and take you on a journey, as long as you enjoy it then it served a purpose. Everyone will see each film differently and take different things away but that is why film is so important. These Amazing Shadows is the documentary that Husband and I watched recently, I recommend that everyone checks it out, it’s really inspiring. And on that note it’s time to end.
All for now,
Title from: The Right Profile by The Clash