|A to Z Challenge|
M is for... Movies!
One of my favourite outings is to the cinema - I love getting lost for a few hours in other worlds, in science fiction fantasies and great romances. Over priced popcorn and sticky floors, it's all part of the experience. I'm not the biggest fan of 3D but I love seeing edge of your seat action films on IMAX screens...though I've yet to experience D-Box seats!
For years I collected DVDs. Any film I'd seen and remotely liked or films I wanted to watch would find their way onto wish lists and under the Christmas tree - we became a DVD giving family for years and amounted quite a collection, from box sets to limited editions and even a couple of blu rays. We carried on until we realised that there turned out to be DVDs still in their cellophane from two Christmases ago . Uh oh. The collecting slowed and now we buy few and far between - Netflix is somewhat to blame too, and a lack of space!
I don't watch a lot of films at home these days but there are a couple that I still bring out from time to time and pop in the DVD player....
1. Marie Antoinette (2007)
Sofia Coppolas interpretation of the life of the legendary Queen of France, Marie Antoinette has been a firm girls-night-in favourite of mine. It was my first introduction to Marie Antoinette and sparked an interest that went beyond the movie and to the pages of history itself. I've always had an interest in Royal families and court/period dramas. I love the film, the cast and the soundtrack. Goes great with a slice of your favourite cake!
2. The Notebook (2004)
It doesn't mater how many times I watch this film - I cry, every single time. Behind every great love is a great love story and the story of Noah and Allie is sure to have you reaching for the kleenex. I always crack this film out when I'm feeling a little blue - ok, so it doesn't exactly have a Hollywood style happy ending, but it's heart warming and so so touching!
3. Donnie Darko (2004)
So, why are you wearing that stupid man suit? Not only is the soundtrack to this film one of the best but the casting is outstanding - and the narrative questions pretty much everything and blurs the lines between sanity and insanity. No matter how many times I watch his film I become completely engrossed and shed a tear or two in the end. And who doesn't love a philosophical conversation about how Smurfs have sex?
4. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
I love zombie films, throw in a bit of comedy and some awesome quotes and you get the perfect night in with a pizza and beer kind of film! I can't hear 'Don't stop me now' without giggling over the pool que-beating zombie scene from this film. Fantastic! If the zombie apocalypse does strike I might just nip to my local and wait for the whole thing to just blow over!
5. Disney - any and all of them!
It had to be said - if there's any DVDs I still buy it is Disney DVDs. Tere's a film for every day, ever mood, every audience. From the music to the animation and the wonderful storytelling, watching one never fails to put me in a good mood. I cry when I watch the opening scene to UP and sing-a-long to every song from The Little Mermaid. Plus they're great to watch if you're having a lazy day - well these and the Friends box set that is!
What are your go-to films that you still reach for? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,