If you have read some of my previous blog posts, you’ll know I have a love for film and TV and so I thought I would introduce a section on my blog just for film and TV. I’ll do occasionally reviews, round-ups and basically just talk about my favourite things to watch.
To start off, I’m doing a run-down of the films that make me happy; basically my favourite films I have watched over and over again as they never fail to put me in a good mood! Film and TV is my escapism – when I am feeling down or just want to disconnect from the real world I will watch something, usually something I know I will enjoy.
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Princess Bride is often the film I say is my all-time favourite, even though I don’t have a favourite film. Telling the story of Westley (Cary Elwes) rescuing his true love Buttercup (Robin Wright) there is action, comedy, drama and romance. The sword fights are some of the best I’ve seen in any film, (they worked with Bob Anderson, who also worked on Star Wars, Mask of Zorro and Lord of the Rings), the dialogue is very funny and very quotable and the characters are perfect. It’s has a universal appeal, and one my best go-to cheer me up films.
What I love about this whimsical French film is the main character of Amélie. She is a dreamer who appreciates the little details of life. A small part of me wishes I was her; working in a quirky Parisian cafe and helping people live happy lives. She is positive and fun, and very French. I also love the aesthetics of the film, the bright colours and green tones, and all the supporting characters. My favourite scene by far, however, is when Amélie takes the arm of the blind man, walking him quickly down the street describing the sights, sounds and smells of the things around them.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
I am a sucker for a chick flick and romantic comedy, and 10 Things is without a doubt my favourite. I love that it is based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew yet fits perfectly in an American high school setting. The film has so many great lines (you suck!) and funny supporting character – the teachers and the dad particularly. Of course, one of the main reasons I love it is because of Heath Ledger. He plays the mysterious bad-boy rebel with a heart of gold so well, and his smile makes you smile. I’ve always thought paintballing seems like a great date.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
My last post of visiting Wells in Somerset came about because of this film. Part of Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, I have seen Hot Fuzz countless times and it never fails to make me laugh out loud. I can pretty much recite the whole film, and have caught myself quoting it IRL. As much as I did enjoy Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End, and Wright’s other non-Cornetto Trilogy films, Baby Driver and Scott Pilgrim vs The World, this one is my favourite. His editing technique, visual gags mixed with brilliant dialogue is why I love this film.
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)
I am a huge fan of Wes Anderson’s films, and could easily put any of them on this list, but Fantastic Mr Fox just wins because it is such easy watching. There is the usual Anderson cast (Billy Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson) along with George Clooney and Meryl Streep, and the usual Anderson visual style such as symmetric compositions and limited colour palette (but still gorgeous). Like his other films, it also has that dry, subtle humour that catches you off guard, and some great one-liners. And it goes without saying the stop-motion animation is spectacular.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Sometimes, I love a musical and Moulin Rouge! is my favourite. The mash-ups of songs along with the original ‘Come What May’ make the soundtrack one of my favourites ever. The costumes and the bold sets and production design are stunning. Baz Lurhman became one of my favoured directors. I even like Australia. The film was probably the starting point of me becoming a fan of Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, and increased my love for Jim Broadbent, if that is even possible. The only thing about Moulin Rouge! being a ‘happy’ film for me is that it does make me cry. A lot.
What are your go-to happy films, TV shows, games or activities?