Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by the folks at the Broke and the Bookish. Each week has a different theme where participants try to come up with ten things to fit the theme.
This week is Movie Freebie. I chose to do ten favorite movies.
Juno is a charming indie film written by Diablo Cody. It was her first screenplay and she won so many nominations for it. And a lot of the charm of the film comes from the screenplay. Ellen Page and Michael Cera helped too. The dialogue was quirky and funny, I could rewatch it a million times and still find something new to laugh at. The scene at the convenience store when Juno is doing a pregnancy test and the scene where she talks with Leah through her hamburger phone are just two of the best repartee ever.
The Star Wars franchise is just so epic, even the Prequels. Granted, I’m one of those kids that watch the Prequels before the Original. Super excited that they’re doing a film every year now, I just hope that they’ll all be worth watching. I know a lot of people say that it’s scifi, but I still think that a more appropriate term to label it is space fantasy. My favorite film of the series is Empire Strikes Back.
The Lord of the Rings
I love the Lord of the Rings series (not the Hobbit films though). I watch the films before the books, and I actually love most of the changes made from the book to film. Aragorn’s self-doubt, Arwen’s increased role, Elrond’s doubt are all additions to the films. There are a few I don’t like as much though, like Faramir’s arc and the undead army. My favorite film of the series is actually the first one, the Fellowship of the Ring.
I read the books before the film. I think the film was already out then, I just hadn’t seen it yet. And I was super stoked the see it. I was super disappointed that things were cut from the book to the film. It was one of my first experience of book to film adaptations of books that I loved. But once I embraced it for what it was, I love them all. My favorite film of the series is a tie between Prisoner of Azkaban and the Deathly Hallows. Interestingly, Azkaban is my least favorite book. But the way the story was handled, the increased maturity and the muted tone of the film was just incredible.
I used to watch Home Alone every Christmas season when I was a kid. Until the disc broke. I can’t remember what happen there. Might have involved falling over while the disc was not secured in the box or accidentally stepping on it. It was just a fun and simple feel good movie and most of the attachment I have to it is memories and nostalgia. I never did replace the broken disc, and I’ve swap watching it with watching Harry Potter for the holiday season. Speaking of which, it’s probably time for a Harry Potter marathon soon.
I really love the Matrix movie. It was mind blowing when I first saw it. Living in a computer simulation, taking the red pill and waking up in a post-apocalyptic world. Able to learn things by downloading information to your brain. All the weapons you want at your disposal in simulations. I wonder if my love for games and computers started here… hmm… I enjoyed the sequels. Not so much the execution but the expansion of lore. I always love me some lore.
Gladiator is just such an epic movie. From Lisa Gerard’s singing and Hans Zimmer’s score to Maximus’s speech at the end of the film. The story of a general becoming a gladiator and fighting his way up to the arena to get his revenge. Plus it’s set in the Roman Empire. That’s always a plus in my book.
My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
Zombieland was such a fun movie to watch. It was a comedic film about zombies. I was thinking about whether to choose this or Shaun of the Dead, but I chose this one instead. It kind of reminds me of the Scary Movie films, they’re not much alike but it just gives me the same vibes and I love it. The opening alone was superb. The rules and the no real names thing really made the film for me. Plus, Emma Stone kicks some zombies in this one. Oh, not to forget Bill Murray’s awesome cameo.
Mean Girls was such a classic teen comedy. It was Lindsay Lohan at her finest and with Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried to help plus Tina Fey’s writing, the film was an enjoyable experience and more importantly, I could watch it again and again and again and still laugh.
I’ve always loved the character of Batman. From the Animated Series to the film series kicked off by Tim Burton, Batman has always been an interesting character and the rogues gallery was just as awesome if not more so. So when Nolan chose to do a more grounded, serious approach to the character I was game. Nolan’s films reminds me of comics like Arkham Asylum: a Serious House on a Serious Earth and the Killing Joke, where it’s not fun and games but rather a brutal fight between the mad and the insane. Granted, Nolan’s Batman is not that mad. In any case, I love his take on the characters, especially Bane’s return to the Knightfall Bane, instead of the muscled goon. Bane and Harley Quinn has always been some of my favorites from Batman’s rogue’s gallery, and if I have the time, I would probably write a fan fiction of. I actually had ideas of a Batman game involving them, but of course, being extremely lazy and incapable of anything involving drawing, it’s nothing but a dream. Anyway, my favorite film in the series is the Dark Knight.
Those are my ten favorite films/film series off the top of my head. I’m pretty certain there’s something I forgot. Have you watched any of them? Did you enjoy it? Are there similar films you can recommend? Let me know in the comments down below 🙂