So if you have been following this (2 month old) blog from the start, you will know I have loved films my whole life. I hope the following gives you an insight into the films I like, love and/or wish I hadn’t seen!
My Top 20 Films:
The Godfather 2, LA Confidential, The Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Bourne Identity, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Empire Strikes Back, Casino Royale, The Fellowship of the Ring, Signs, Jaws, Cinema Paradiso, Avengers Assemble, The Goonies, Shaun of the Dead, The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation, The Shawshank Redemption, Black Narcissus, Sleepy Hollow
First horror film and favourite type?
I was 10 and staying at my best friend’s house. Her teenage brother had a collection of horror films. We watched Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves. I had to sleep with a light on for a month afterwards. I was easily scared then. I prefer 70’s horror movies like The Shining, Carrie, Halloween and Rosemary’s Baby. I also like George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. I did enjoy the Ring and the first two Scream movies too.
Films that make me cry?
Oh, there’s been tons. Schindler’s List, Born Free, Watership Down, Amelie, Beaches, Artificial Intelligence, Ben Hur, Cinema Paradiso, The Green Mile, Sense & Sensibility, The Shawshank Redemption….
Best child actor?
Kirsten Dunst in Interview with the Vampire. Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine. Rory Culkin in Signs and Mean Creek. Perfect examples of actors, not stage school ‘jazz hands’ types.
Films that make me laugh?
Trading Places, Despicable Me, Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, There’s Something About Mary, Paul and speaking of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, their Cornetto Trilogy: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and World’s End.
Most disappointing film?
Anticipated by so many, so many left disappointed. The Phantom Menace. Should have waited for The Phantom Edit. Come on JJ Abrams, I have faith in you to restore the saga.
Best teen film?
When I was a teen; The Lost Boys, The Breakfast Club and Heathers. I never got the fuss about Dirty Dancing. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, it is fun, but I am dismayed when women say ‘it’s the best film ever’, including other genres. It’s set in the 60’s , but he had a mullet, she had a perm. They dance. They fall in love. Nobody puts Baby in the corner. More recently, I’ve enjoyed Mean Girls, Kick-Ass and Superbad.
Favourite war films?
It isn’t my favourite genre. They’re sometimes a hard watch, but it’s important that they exist. Schindler’s List is amazing. My favourite are; Empire of the Sun, Ice Cold in Alex and Carve Her Name with Pride. My husband wanted me to say Apocalypse Now, but that’s his favourite.
Most beautiful film?
Studio Ghibli make the most beautiful animations. Giuseppe Tornatore’s films are stunning. Tarantino, whether you like his films or not, always makes an amazing visual impact, on me. For costumes, music, cast and locations; To Catch a Thief and The Talented Mr Ripley. Powell & Pressburger’s Black Narcissus is absolutely exquisite. Most recently, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.
The Talented Mr Ripley, Match Point, Shallow Grave, The Usual Suspects, A Simple Plan, No Country for Old Men and LA Confidential.
Who are my favourite actors?
Several. Cate Blanchett, Leonardo di Caprio, Joaquin Phoenix, Tobey Maguire, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Robert Downey Junior, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence, Paul Giamatti, Edward Norton, Kirsten Dunst, Scarlett Johansson and, Tom Hanks.
I hope you know a bit more about what I like now and most importantly, that you enjoyed reading!